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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 7th, 17, 6:42 PM Thread Starter
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70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

Finally decided to start on a project 70 chevelle that I've had for about 15 years now. Anyways, I might need to replace the roof skin depending how I go about repairing the damage.

So has anyone bought a recent roof skin, how was the quality and where did you buy it from? Have any pictures to share? Thanks...Eric

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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

I bought one for my '66 about 7 months ago from Ausley's. I don't recall the brand but it was absolutely perfect, needed no body work at all, and only required a small amount of trimming to fit within the drip rails. . However, that is one thing that I don't care for about Ausley's, they generally don't mention the brand of the items they sell. It's kind of hard to tell in the pic below, but, the roof skin is still in the original sealer that it was delivered in. And with the light shining on it you can see that there is nothing wrong with the skin.

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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

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Finally decided to start on a project 70 chevelle that I've had for about 15 years now. Anyways, I might need to replace the roof skin depending how I go about repairing the damage.

So has anyone bought a recent roof skin, how was the quality and where did you buy it from? Have any pictures to share? Thanks...Eric
Very interested in this thread as I have a 68 that also needs a roof skin,hopefully someone can give us an idea Eric.Good on you for holding on to the car for that many years as it seems the availability for these cars are drying up certainly in these parts.
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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

I installed AMD's roof on my 70 a few years ago. Overall it went on real easy. minimal initial trimming was needed. Keep in mind that I installed both rear quarters as well and the fitment to the quarter where it meets the roof on the driver side needed work. I had to make relief cuts in that area in order to weld it properly to the quarter. I used panel bond adhesive along the drip rails and welded it in the front and rear glass areas. The one thing I didn't check and should have before welding, as with anytime you are installing any panels, is to check everything for fitment prior to welding. The front windshield trim doesn't fit in the channel properly at the passenger corner. the radius is off. it needs more curve to it. I haven't tried to correct this yet. Here's a few pictures









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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

Thanks guys for the info. My biggest issue is how the fit will be around the trim.

Here are a few pics of the car. I bought this car out of San Bernardino, CA back in '03 nice clean rust free car minus the pole indention.

Depending on how it comes back from the frame machine it will either get the right inner surround replaced or the whole clipped top.










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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

ouch! but it appears that she is on the road to recovery though... in regards to the trim, it's good that you are thinking ahead but it will be part of the fitment process. I replaced my quarters as well when I did the roof skin and the fit was really nice and tight. Like mentioned you will need to do some trimming on the roof skin in the rain gutter areas when installing. Just take your time and take a little off at a time, it's easier to trim a little more than trying to stretch it out, lol. Once we got my roof skin trimmed to the point that it would fit within the gutters without forcing it, per se, we checked the trim alignment, both front and back to see how it fit. Wasn't an issue for us, just need to make sure that corners are right as you have some adjustment width wise built into the trim.

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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

another thing, when you do go to set the roof skin, you can not get enough clamps to hold it in place, especially through the drip rails. If you don't have even pressure through out this area you will have a roof skin that will look 'puckered' above the doors. LOTS of clamps...

We also fit the roof skin first, are rather attached it first, it was kind of a simultaneous process, but for the '66 the roof goes on first and then the quarters lay on the roof skin, Again, make sure your roof skin is clamped and can't move when fitting your quarters.

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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

besides the obvious damage, is there any other reason to replace the roof skin? If not, I'd start by cutting off the old quarter and sectioning in the internal structure and see what needed to be done to save the existing roof skin.

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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

There's not much of a chance to save the skin IMO. The inner structure is damaged and with the drip rail. I don't see how you could repair the inner structure without replacing the roof skin.

I've repaired far worse in my travels in the collision industry.


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Re: 70 chevelle roof skin...hows the quality?

yeah, that's not very pretty... those pics are a better representation of the damage... from the earlier pics I was thinking that you might be able to separate the inner structure at the seam right at the point of where the top of the new quarter would go and possibly bring the roof skin back to the quarter. I didn't know that you were a body man, sorry about putting you through my dribble, lol...

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