Re: Need to make make a fibreglass body for 1971 Mustang
Yeah what you say is true, its too easy to just let the insurance write off a car these days and get a new one, there is no pride left in doing a really good job, its the old saying "if you want a job done properly, do it yourself", coming true. My oldest 2 sons have both had accidents in the last couple of months and the repairs jobs were shockingly bad, even tho the insurance covered the costs, at the prices quoted and charged to the insurance companies they should have inlaid their repairs in gold.
Bodyshops here have so much work just fixing up accident damaged cars (SA have the worst drivers in the world, official fact) that they could not be bothered doing up a classic car. Altho there are still a few who will respray one that only has minimum rust or damage, so long as it does not take more than a couple of weeks. Thats the problem, to really do a classic car well is a slow process, ideally the body should be stripped down to bare metal, specially if it has had quite a few owners, all with their own paint jobs on it. Windows should all be removed, that in itself is a problem, 30 odd year old rubber seals do not react well to be removed, they tend to just fall apart, and if its an import the cost involved in replacing those seals are pretty high, also removing the windows is risky cos most cars of that age have a few chips in them, and are liable to crack up, no matter how careful you are, so once again, the importing story. Car should also be taken apart, most old cars have everything bolted on, so to remove the fender involves unbolting about 20 bolts or so, and places just don't want to spend that amount of time on one car.
There is a place locally called Hi Tech that makes Cobra's, they have quite a good reputation, so maybe I should go up there and take a look round, the more I think about it the more people I remember who do this sort of work, guy here who makes GT40's, nice folk. Thanks for jogging my memory there slothman, don't know why I did'nt think of them before, guess its old age catching up, lol.