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Old 07-08-2006, 12:38 PM
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Does anyone know of any new available sheet metal, other than the standard "rockers,lower fender, dogleg" that all the regular sites sell? especially any nose pieces.
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Old 07-08-2006, 01:15 PM
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You may have to use a donor car......or fabricate pieces yourself. Places like the Thunderbird Ranch could help you with a donor car. They will simply remove the piece you need from another bird (junked car). Hemmings motor news usually lists several places advertising cars being "parted out".
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Old 07-09-2006, 01:58 PM
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yeah, I kinda figured that was the only way. I have looked everywhere online and if any new body parts were available I know someone would be talking about them. A couple of months ago I did see someone advertising a complete nose as NOS, he was asking $5,000 for it. Expensive, but I did give it about 30 seconds of consideration. Of course then reality set in. You would think there might be a few fenders kicking around but it looks like the "bone yard" is the last source.
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Old 07-09-2006, 10:28 PM
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I think the problem is that these are unibody cars. When I cut mine up to repair it I felt sick to my stomach.......my car up on cinderblocks......looking like a shark got it.
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:54 AM
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How much metal do you need? I recently bought a beautiful parts car. Absolutely rust free and great body (should have been restored). It was at the Ermie Immerso auction (as seen in Car Craft and Hot Rod magazines). He was an old tme Bonneville racer that got into building show cars and he was doing a 3 speed 1960. He bought another car for parts that somebody had started to cut the roof off of to make a parade convertible and so it was already partially apart and then I took doors, hood and deck lid for my car. Interior is gutted but it still has absolutely beautiful front and back fenders! I have been planning on cutting the parts off and eBaying them but have not got around to it. It also has beautiful floors and trunk floor. The only damage I can find seems to be one quarter panel that has some bondo on it from an accident. Let me know what you are looking for and I will stare at it closely and see what I have. Hawkrod

Here is a picture I took right after the auction: [img src="http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/259957/fullsize/dsc00120.jpg"]
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:10 PM
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Both my front fenders around the top of the headlights have been ravished by Bondo Bob and the front "joiner" piece between them is tweaked as well. they can be fixed, but I really want some good solid metal to hold nice even lines between bumper and body. It's a shame because the rest of the fenders (and car) are in great condition. I'm not sure where the best place to cut would be or if it's worth it. suggestions?
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:01 PM
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>Both my front fenders around the top of the headlights have
>been ravished by Bondo Bob and the front "joiner" piece
>between them is tweaked as well. they can be fixed, but I
>really want some good solid metal to hold nice even lines
>between bumper and body. It's a shame because the rest of
>the fenders (and car) are in great condition. I'm not sure
>where the best place to cut would be or if it's worth it.
>suggestions?

Same problem I have with mine. :(

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/squarebird/DrvEyebrow.jpg

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/squarebi...ebrowBondo.jpg

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/squarebird/Current.jpg
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:40 PM
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Default RE: New body parts

The Squarebird body looks continuous form front to back, but that is because all the seams are filled. It is natural to cut at the seams.

I have a diagram somewhere that shows all the body sections. I will dig it out.

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>Both my front fenders around the top of the headlights have
>been ravished by Bondo Bob and the front "joiner" piece
>between them is tweaked as well. they can be fixed, but I
>really want some good solid metal to hold nice even lines
>between bumper and body. It's a shame because the rest of
>the fenders (and car) are in great condition. I'm not sure
>where the best place to cut would be or if it's worth it.
>suggestions?

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Old 07-12-2006, 03:56 PM
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Travlin, your "before" photo looks like mine... I'm pretty sure the "after" will be the same once I remove all the cra... uh, I mean bondo. ;)
Thanks Alexander, any diagrams/pictures of anything "bird" are always appreciated. It's a shame nobody has stamped out a few fenders, I'm sure many would sell.
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Old 07-13-2006, 06:56 AM
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http://squarebirds.org/images/body_parts.jpg

This picture is from the blue Ford parts book.

The original dies for the 1958-60 Thunderbirds were wiped out when they made the two stainless steel cars at the end of the production run. Stainless steel is harder than conventional steel.

The present body patch panels leave a lot to be desired in terms of fit. Our cars are rising in value over the years. It may become worthwhile for someone to produce body panels for our cars.

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