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    jmhickey
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    Default older chevy van roof gutter/Mexico body work

    Does anyone know if there is anywhere to get a replacement roof/rain gutter
    for an older van (1973-1978) or does it need to be fabricated? Also does
    anyone have any experience with body work in Mexico?
    Thankx




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    Mike Marlow
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    "jmhickey" <jeannemarie@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:50efdabac9c2799e2f85282d971812cc@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
    > Does anyone know if there is anywhere to get a replacement roof/rain

    gutter
    > for an older van (1973-1978) or does it need to be fabricated? Also does
    > anyone have any experience with body work in Mexico?
    > Thankx
    >


    Probably much cheaper just to fab it in. There should be a ton of shops in
    Mexico. Have you looked around at all?

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    Mike Marlow
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    "Mike Marlow" <mmarlow@alltel.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > "jmhickey" <jeannemarie@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > news:50efdabac9c2799e2f85282d971812cc@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
    > > Does anyone know if there is anywhere to get a replacement roof/rain

    > gutter
    > > for an older van (1973-1978) or does it need to be fabricated? Also does
    > > anyone have any experience with body work in Mexico?
    > > Thankx
    > >

    >
    > Probably much cheaper just to fab it in. There should be a ton of shops

    in
    > Mexico. Have you looked around at all?
    >


    Argh! I'm sorry. I just realized that you asked if anyone had *experience*
    with body work in Mexico. I haven't but I have heard of some very crafty
    work coming out of Mexico. For a van of that vintage, I shouldn't think
    you'd have much to worry about. If it were a brand new car I could see
    where your standards might be higher for body work, but for a 30 year old
    vehicle it hardly seems worth being too picky.

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    jmhickey
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    Default Re: older chevy van roof gutter/Mexico body work

    Yes Mike, you're right. I'm not that picky, but would like it done right. I
    guess the only way to do that is "do it yourself" Unfortunately, I don't
    weld or work in sheet metal.
    I can always get it painted here after the work is done. I would consider
    some kind of fiberglas top, if I can find one that is closer to the
    original profile, not a bubble type. The only real bad part on the roof is
    the gutter.
    Thanks.


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    Mike Marlow
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    "jmhickey" <jeannemarie@verizon.net> wrote in message
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    > Yes Mike, you're right. I'm not that picky, but would like it done right.

    I
    > guess the only way to do that is "do it yourself" Unfortunately, I don't
    > weld or work in sheet metal.


    I would not say that at all jeannemarie. There are lots of places the world
    over that do perfectly good work. Unfortunately, I don't know anything
    about body shops in Mexico so I can't offer you more specific
    recommendations.

    > I can always get it painted here after the work is done. I would consider
    > some kind of fiberglas top, if I can find one that is closer to the
    > original profile, not a bubble type. The only real bad part on the roof is
    > the gutter.


    I'd just take it to what is considered to be a reputable body shop near you
    and get a quote. You might be surprised at what you discover.

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    Edwin Pawlowski
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    "jmhickey" <jeannemarie@verizon.net> wrote in message

    > Also does
    > anyone have any experience with body work in Mexico?


    Limited experience. Some is excellent, some is crap. Hmm, sounds like
    shops in the US. My brother had his '69 Impala re-upholstered and it was
    top notch. I saw some minor body and paint work that was as good as any
    I've seen. I've also seen some that was second rate.

    Ask around and I'm sure you'll get some specific recommendations.



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    jmhickey
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    Default Re: older chevy van roof gutter/Mexico body work

    Thanks Mike and Edwin for your comments.
    Much appreciated.


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    Jimmie D
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    "jmhickey" <jeannemarie@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:50efdabac9c2799e2f85282d971812cc@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
    > Does anyone know if there is anywhere to get a replacement roof/rain
    > gutter
    > for an older van (1973-1978) or does it need to be fabricated? Also does
    > anyone have any experience with body work in Mexico?
    > Thankx
    >


    I used to have a friend who always liked to have his paint and/or body
    customized a little and he took it down to mexico, he lived in san diego.ITs
    been a really long time since I have been in contact with him. Back in the
    early 90s he had a 20 years old Chevy van overhauled complete with murials
    and disco bed. I think it cost about 2K. He had kin down there so he knew
    where to go. Im sure his being hispanic had something to do with it to. Same
    thing in the states though, you have to know somebody that knows the best
    place.



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