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Rod's 8-Door!

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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by RodStRace on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:14 am

So the donor roof is off and I've straightened the edge. Just need to sand the underside of the lip and it will be ready.
Still need to remove 2 sections of drip rail to replace the bad sections on the 8-door.



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dodge man

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by dodge man on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:52 am

lookin good rod, i'll bet you cant wait to get the roof done,
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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by dix on Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:07 am

Lots of time spent there rod but that is going to be a easy sell when your finished. looking good.

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by Scotts_A100 on Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:33 pm

Rod after reading your most current update it got me to thinking about your 8 Door, have you by chance done anything with this project since your last update? Scott...
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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by RodStRace on Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:29 pm

Thanks for thinking of it, but no, it's sitting in the driveway, the roof is in the back yard.
I want to get the 69 on the road, then back to the 8 door. Gotta get back into a class at the college so I have the facilities to work on it.
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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by edfields on Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:26 am

Old post, but do you still happen to have the roof that you pulled off? Wondering if a section of it would be in good shape to replace an area on mine...
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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by RodStRace on Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:01 pm

I do have both the old, damaged roof and the replacement.
Obviously, I don't want to get rid of the replacement, but if you can use some/all of the old one, you can have it. I won't ship it though. Too big and heavy to mess with and it would have to be freighted.
If you have a way to get it handed off or someone who can pick it up, let me know.
Some friends are headed to Bakersfield this evening (2 hours), but the only way they could handle it is to strap it to the top of the stacker car trailer. No room inside, they have 2 race cars and an ATV inside.
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sweetvan

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by sweetvan on Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:52 am

Rod,
Thanks for all your pictures of the roof removal. That was so much work and it exposed views of how much corrosion can be hidden. I have to get repaired some front wind shield frame rust at the seams on both sides of my '65 window van. Your experience has helped me plan for what might be needed. Keep up your good work!
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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by RodStRace on Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:30 pm

Thanks, it's not a simple, quick process, but it's something most can do right if they are willing to see it through. Just laying some fiberglass over rusty holes will make it look better but won't fix the problem.
This one is still being pushed aside for other more pressing projects. The 108 is sitting for now since the heater is not working and temps are dropping to below freezing overnight. Too cold for the 7 AM morning commute!
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sweetvan

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by sweetvan on Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:38 am

It seems to be a good candidate for a convertible or camper. How do you think you will do the rain gutters?
On mine, I bought some 1"x2" box and cut it to length, then ripped it along two sides so that I had two, symmetrical L shaped lengths. That worked really well with the long side slipped under the roof. I had a welder spot weld it, make some rear corners and join the pieces. I fiberglassed and Bondoed the seams. I'm no pro and I just did it like I thought would work well. That was in '86 and now I'm prepping for another paint job.
Best wishes on your van projects.
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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by RodStRace on Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:09 pm

Quite a few other classmates mentioned doing a roll-back roof, but it would require still having the outer edge of the replacement roof PLUS a U gutter and guide for the support rails around the opening, PLUS cutting the roof ribs and reinforcement added.
This is also a pretty rare van (they only made ~2100 V8 auto shorties of any style in 68), so I wanted to keep it stock bodied.
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sweetvan

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Re: Rod's 8-Door!

Post by sweetvan on Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:54 am

sweetvan wrote:It seems to be a good candidate for a convertible or camper. How do you think you will do the rain gutters?
On mine, I bought some 1"x2" box and cut it to length, then ripped it along two sides so that I had two, symmetrical "J" shaped lengths. That worked really well with the long side slipped under the roof. I had a welder spot weld it, make some rear corners and join the pieces. I fiberglassed and Bondoed the seams. I'm no pro and I just did it like I thought would work well. That was in '86 and now I'm prepping for another paint job.
Best wishes on your van projects.

Just for clarification, I should have said "J" shaped lengths instead of "L" shaped.

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