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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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1972 Body problem

I have a 1972 mustang and me and some friends were having some fun driving it on a dirt road where my friend lost control of the vehicle. It went off the road and upon bringing it back on the front passanger tire got caught in a ditch and the car rolled over onto the hood. We we're onl going about 30mph and the roll was extremely slow. It crushed the windshild and made a dent in the front fender and rear quarter panels have dents and the hood as a few scratches. The doors were not able to open. The towing company after fliiping it over opened the doors and now i cant close them. I really love this car being the first car i've purchased on my own and i want to fix it. Is it possible to get this fixed? the damage doesnt look bad at all other than the dents and open doors.
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All depends on how much money you are willing to spend. The critical thing, to me, would be whether the roof was pushed down at the A-pillar(s) or if the roof is bent anywhere else. Dents can be yanked with stud welders and slide hammers, glass can be replaced, etc. Your doors not closing is bad, bad, bad and probably the first thing you should do is have the car put on a frame machine and some measurements taken to see what is up. Semper Fi.


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welcome to VMF! can you upload some pictures? It's tough to know how much damage it has when I can only look at what I imagine.


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Originally Posted by USMC-PerezJ View Post
I really love this car
No offense, but it sure doesn't seem like it.

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No offense, but it sure doesn't seem like it.
I agree, sorry. I'm not sure of the body style? possible bent frame, possible bent roof pillars,etc? It sounds like the repairs needed will quickly exceed the potential value of the car,you'll be throwing good money after bad. So is your buddy assisting you $ for wrecking your car?. If it's cheap I'd buy it from insurance and sell it for parts and move on.
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Luckily everybody is ok. Only way to tell is to tear it down and figure out what's actually bent up.

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If you rolled a 1972 coupe, you should, as they say, put some butter and jam on it because it's toast.

The sheet metal availability for the 71-73 Mustangs is limited. And when you roll a unibody car there's no end to the things that get tweaked out of shape. For what you'd spend to get it right, you could probably buy a nice Boss 351.

You should be able to find another 71-73 coupe in decent shape with a missing or worn out drive train. Buy such a car and transplant the drive train from your rolled Mustang.

And, by the way, the world is filled with old, worthless cars you can use as weed whackers. So, weed whacking in a Mustang just doesn't make sense.
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@ 2:05 "Luckily the car wasn't in harms way..."

It wasn't? It looks like Harm walked right over it!

Isn't it crazy the damage we do to our own cars due to negligence?
When getting my car painted, there was a beautiful turquise '59 Ford Fairlane Skyliner retractable hardtop in the paintshop. The rear quarters were crushed down at the tail - I couldn't figure how that would happen. Here I find that the owner had the trunk lid in the "up" position, after the roof tucked in, as he drove into the garage The hinges are such a solid iron that they crushed all the sheetmetal of the quarters without breaking!

*Funny side note* The owner of this Fairlane, upon seeing my '70 Mach in the paintshop commented "Oh, that's an a**hole car, everyone has got one!" Nice, huh?

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Can it be fixed, sure. Economically viable, doubt it. I would strip all the good parts, find another '72 and make a better car. I would then tell my dirt tracking buddy, he is not allowed to drive it.
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I think I would kick the so called friends behind and make him pay for the car that HE crashed!!
Good luck, but I would find another car, move on, and get rid of the so called friend.

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My dad flipped the 68 upside down late one night back in about 1982. It sat in a warehouse for 7 years before he got it repaired. I never saw any pics of the wrecked car, only some of the in-progress repairs. I have the list of sheet metal that was replaced, hood, one fender, three inner fendors, etc. Fortunately it was a vert so no roof to deal with. Dad walked away with a broken finger. Cost him about $12,000 for the parts, repairs and paint and that was 23 years ago.

So, yes, it can be repaired. The question is are you willing to spend the dough? My dad decided to spend the money and I'm certainly glad he did.

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