« Last post by camaronut on March 24, 2017, 02:06:25 AM »
Even-though my better sense tells me different, I've gotta open my mouth on this one.....so here we go.
I have a friend who has a 69 Z, all numbers match bleh bleh bleh........
When he bought the car, it was virtually a pretzel. There wasn't a straight panel anywhere on this car. Everything was either bent or twisted....even the firewall and dash were bent like a "V". The car was involved in a unfair meeting with a huge tree on the drivers-side - inward. Don't ask about the driver....it wasn't good.
He asked me and a few of us Camaro guys, who know the cars and what it takes to restore them. We told him to walk away, unless you thinking of doing a rebody. Nope.....he was going to save this car. We knew he was in trouble...but he wouldn't listen.
Well, 3 body shops and $60K later, he has a body that is still not right, nothing lines up. For example we tried installing the rear window. No luck. The sill that the window rests against was about 1/2" off all around the perimeter. I never saw a grown man cry over a restoration...but he has finally called it quits and now has nothing to show for $60K. Every panel on this car was replaced with either Dynacorn or AMD ( I know....not a good idea) metal. This car is a confabulation of new metal. The only thing original is the firewall.
He now admits that he should have walked away, and kept looking. Thankfully he has a VERY understanding wife.
So now, he's saving up the money to buy a full body kit and hopefully get things rolling again on his restoration (which is now a replacement).
I get the reason why he wanted to save this car. He wanted to do the right thing, but got stung badly by restorations shops that had no clue.
Now, I'm not advocating using these Dynacorn bodies (I'm not a big fan of it - it's an option), but TO ME, you have to draw the line between what is / isn't sensible.