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Old August 14th, 2007, 02:22 AM   #1
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Picked up a red 93 f150 with a caved roof with damage to windshield frame and rear window frame. I will need a new front windshield no questions about it, and i have a donor rear slider to replace the stock flat glass. The donor glass will come from a blue donor truck I have that has a good roof.

Ok, now the background info is layed out, Im looking for people that have done this to tell me some things to watch for or jigs they built. I will be cutting the roofs off at natural seam points to help eliminate gross errors in measurements. I will be measuring a few times to make sure i get a square cut on all 4 corners.

I have searched google to look for top chops, roof replacement, and body panel replacement and came up with really vague references with not too much detail. I want to do the job right, and do it right the first time.

Thanks for any info or words of encouragement

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Old August 14th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #2
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plexi glass, duct tape and visqueen fixes everything
on a side note I have no clue but to just measure and remeasure and do it once more for grins and giggles.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 03:00 AM   #3
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you always wanted a dun roof didnt you?
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Old August 14th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #4
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What i have done in the past is to cut the pillars off to get the roof off. I look for spot welds that are on the truck that are the same on both trucks to measure from. Most spot welds were done by a robot there for they are a good place to measure from. You can cut one so it is about 3/8 longer on the flats and have it so they slide together. When putting it back together use self tapping screws to hold it into place to check door fit and window measurement.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 09:10 AM   #5
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I have done a roof transfer in the past and chopped roofs on some of the 40's cars. I documented how to do this on an 81 Camaro to see some of the concepts it is here:

http://www.wideopenwest.com/~smiley2...Off/stage2.htm

I used a spotweld cutter and used the holes as weld points for putting it back together.
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you always wanted a dun roof didnt you?
You may want to confirm this with Dave, but I believe your a prime example to attest to the fact that Darwin was wrong.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 10:14 AM   #7
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You may want to confirm this with Dave, but I believe your a prime example to attest to the fact that Darwin was wrong.
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Thanks for the pics on the how to stages. Hope your camaro project goes well. Looks like I may need to take pictures of everything I do so I can help out other people too.
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Thanks for the pics on the how to stages. Hope your camaro project goes well. Looks like I may need to take pictures of everything I do so I can help out other people too.
Thx, Yeah that one is done as far as the roof is concerned. It still needs more work in other areas yet.
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I did this on an 80 Toyota pickup, took all the measurements, squared off the cut edges, and overlapped at the pillars. I used the doors to square off the roof for gap, though. (Big mistake) Even though the front windshield opening was at the proper height, and the roof line matched the doors perfectly, I forgot to square off the windshield opening, and brace it before I welded the pillars in solid.
The glass company went through two windshields before they figured out that it was out of square. They were not happy with me.
I ended up using a tow strap and a one ton truck with some minor tugs to square off the front windshield opening.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 01:07 PM   #11
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When I cut my toyota in half I used a laser level from sears to make sure that everything was level to the world, and then taped along the laser line. If you can find points of commonality in the roof line to measure from you should be set.

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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:01 PM   #12
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hey i have done a few chop tops and have streched a few limos in my day for ease i build a x brace across from the four corners to keep it square thats what i was taught by the old timers back in the days that i did that kinda thing
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