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DaveNewman 07-02-2014 03:23 PM

Fox roof and hood damage
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My 1992 coupe was vandalized a couple weeks ago. It would appear that some kids stomped on the roof and hood. I had an estimate performed at a reputable shop here in Houston and they quoted me $4,300 for labor alone. They only included labor because I was told they could not find the parts I need (new roof and hood). Do I have any recourse here? Is the junkyard my only option for parts?

I should note that I popped the roof out from inside the car upon discovering the damage. In retrospect this may not have been a good idea.

Boss_Hotrod 07-02-2014 03:59 PM

There are reproduction hoods as well as numerous fiberglass options. The roof on the other hand is a different story. Nobody repops a skin for it so youll have to either fix the one on the car or find a donor.

9redfox3 07-02-2014 07:30 PM

I would be ****ing Wild ! Good luck with it I hope you find out who did it? Did you piss anybody off lately ?

DaveNewman 07-03-2014 01:15 AM


Originally Posted by 9redfox3 (Post 8405419)
I would be ****ing Wild ! Good luck with it I hope you find out who did it? Did you piss anybody off lately ?

The car is obnoxiously loud so that is certainly possible...although considering there were multiple cars vandalized that night in the area I doubt it. And yes, I am livid.

mjr46 07-03-2014 08:15 AM

pop headliner down and see if you can pop the roof back up from underside

DaveNewman 07-03-2014 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by mjr46 (Post 8405579)
pop headliner down and see if you can pop the roof back up from underside

Already did that and it doesn't look good.

Maxwelhse 07-03-2014 04:13 PM

That sucks in a way that even cursing can't describe.

Personally, since your car is a desirable notch for drag racers, I'd take the insurance check (I sure hope you had full coverage), sell the car off to a racer, and buy another one.

If that's not an option then the most realistic thing to do is beat it as "flat" as you can with a body hammer and dolly, fill it, spray it, and hope for the best. The roof steel on Fox cars is so thin that you're basically asking for a miracle if you expect that approach to work. Even if you had access to another notch roof the replacement cost would vastly exceed the value of the car.

Or plan C, F the body damage and turn it into the most hostile drag car on the planet. Ugly and fast wins. If to looks like s$%t then you wont mind beating on it like it stole your bike in 3rd grade.

mustangman711 07-03-2014 04:24 PM

I had damage such as yours on a 1993 Mustang Coupe that I bought that way.
I took it to a body shop and they welded wires to the roof and used a "Special Puller" on it and it came out SWEET! I had some other Minor Dents Fixed and the total was only about $650.00.
But, I "Re-Placed" the Fenders, Hood and Trunk Lid with used one that I bought at a pick-a-part that happened to be the same color. Nice! The Hood Cowl I spent hours on and fixed myself and it looks great and with the Plastic Vented Cowl Cover on, you cannot tell at all.
Have not had the car re-painted yet but it sure does look nice.

In short, get another estimate and look in the boneyards for the hood.
Heck, I'll sell you a hood that you can re-paint.


uedlose 07-04-2014 06:32 AM

the roof dont look to good if it was mine I would go on a search for a roof. I do bodywork for a living and I still would find a roof skin. they are not that had to put on. It is one of the first thing people see on your car plus it is up high so you see it every time you get in the car. Just finding one may be a pain. But it could be fixed if worked out. just getting in and beating it back up is not always a good thing to do with thin metal due to it stretching so easy. The hood no big deal get a fiber glass one for it or find a used one there are lots of them out there.

bluebeastsrt 07-04-2014 07:12 AM

Dude that sucks. Talk to a Dent removal service. They'll come to your house anddo the work. Those guys do some amazing things. They take spoon shaped devises and work the dents out. Couple of those look pretty deep but I've seen these services deal with some pretty nasty hail damage with good results. Good luck.

DaveNewman 07-04-2014 01:04 PM

Thanks for the help, guys. This really sucks. Oh well, I've always wanted to learn how to do body work and this is the perfect opportunity to learn I suppose. The car is in need of a full restoration and it's time I put it in storage and got to work. As a college student paying his own way this is going to take years. Does anyone know of any good online resources for someone looking to learn body work?


Maxwelhse 07-05-2014 02:01 PM

Youtube is full of videos. My advice is to watch as many as you possibly can and ask questions when you have them. You're going to see people do it wrong and right so don't trust just any single source. You can also look up paintless dent removal and using a stud gun like others have suggested.

FWIW, one of the best mechanics I have ever known (and a pretty good body guy) did a roof re-skin on his hatch (apparently it rusted from the inside out which is weird). He came out with a good result but it took him forever and was a ton of work. He removed the entire roof at the factory joints and patched the replacement one in the same way. He said he would never do it again and he's not someone that is shy about large projects.

uedlose 07-07-2014 12:13 PM

PDR can not fix that roof to many crease in the metal can they make it look better yes but they cant make 100%. If you put a stud gun to it it will need painted and the glue type well it only works ok. You could do a roof on the thing in a reasonable amount of time but you need to find one first and be very careful when you start cutting the used one lose from the roof bows so you dont distort the metal all up. you would be better off detrimming the car and then have a pro do the roof for you if you are gone to replace it. not really a beginner project. if you are gone to put a roof on it the windshield needs to come out the side glass comes out the rear hatch comes off head liner and all the interior trim near the roof, roof molding weather seals. There is lots you can do to save yourself some money and it still not gone to be cheap. Or you can just mud it up after you work most of the dents out.

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