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Old 10-04-2016, 04:33pm   #1
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Default Birdcage R&R on a 72 Coupe ?.....

Hi guys,....

I hate to just jump in with both feet,.. But here we go. In the middle of fixing up a 68 Convertible for my wife, I accidentally ran across the 1972 Coupe I owned back when my wife and I were dating, married, and for the first couple years we were married enjoyed it,.. In fact I asked her to marry me in that car. I sold it in 1986,.. Because with our family growing... it just seen a lot of garage time. So reluctantly I sold it

However! .... It is the worst possible case scenario,... Bad frame, crunchy birdcage,... Pretty much a "parts car" .... I have told myself many times,... "Just part it out..... It's beyond repair"..... But I just can't bring myself to do it... Any other car wouldn't be a problem,.. But with having history with this one. I hate to see it's ultimate demise.

I have built several Street Rods/Hot Rods over the years, and I would say my fabrication skills are above average (Not trying to brag,.. Just so you know I'm not a novis) ...

I have located a suitable frame (The original is way too far gone to save). Doing a frame off doesn’t concern me,.... BUT !... Replacing / Repairing an entire birdcage... ? That is uncharted territory for me !.... Are there any good recourse in print or on the Internet to give me information? I have built complete inner structures for fiberglass street rod bodies in the past, but I know this is totally different...

Any information would be appreciated. I really hate to see this old friend meet its Waterloo.

Thanks guys

And thanks for having me here !
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:03pm   #2
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I'm guessing this isn't a really active group ?
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Default Did you make a decision?

Hello Harms Way,

I have a similar situation with birdcage rust and a 1969 Corvette that I have owned for 30 years.

I was curious if you found an answer about what to do with your 1972 birdcage. I would hate to let my 69 go but am reluctant to spend $$$$$ more that it is worth to fix it.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

John
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:59am   #4
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No amount of destruction can remove a cars history. Some things seem beyond the practical but it doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile.
I say go for it.
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