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I need professional help! (body straightening)

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    January, 2017
I need professional help! (body straightening)
Posted by 195X on Monday, August 06, 2018 2:22 PM

I just got a Petty Charger off feebay. I bought it solely for the body and hood as it has the street trim and flat hood. It is horribly warped. Both pieces!

Straightening styrene is something I've never mastered. PLEASE, if one of you out there is really good at this sort of thing, can you help me out?

I'll post pics of the body later, I'm too disgusted right now!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Monday, August 06, 2018 3:37 PM

Here's the body shots.

 

 

 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    December, 2017
Posted by Dale Gribble on Monday, August 06, 2018 8:35 PM

The hood is an easy fix .... the body , not so much so ..... will be a lot easier if you have a kit interior glass and chassis to live everything up with .... almost like a frame machine for a real car only smaller .... have to bring everything back a little past aligment so it will retain straightness when tension is removed ..... be careful ..... it’s possible to repair that body .... but even easier to overdo it and ruin it ...

"rare" kit? no such thing!

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 12:19 PM

Okay, so obviously I'm not going to get the advice or help I need, especially if folks don't read the entire post. Doesn't matter anyway, the guy accepted my return. 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    February, 2017
Posted by JohnDB on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 7:41 PM

Sounds like you wanted somebody to do it for you, probably should have been a little clearer. Dale Gribble gave some good advice. Don't be mad at the forum members because you got a piece of crap off feebay. At least you were able to return it.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 7:48 PM

JohnDB

Sounds like you wanted somebody to do it for you, probably should have been a little clearer. Dale Gribble gave some good advice. Don't be mad at the forum members because you got a piece of crap off feebay. At least you were able to return it.

 

Really?? First of all I am not angry with Dale Gribble. But WHAT advice did he offer exactly? He said it could be straightened. Already knew that. He said I should have all the other parts. I do. Just where did he advise me how to fix it?

Secondly, I don't know how much clearer I could be about needing someone to do this. In fact I cut my original post down to a few, succinct sentences BECAUSE of how few people read the whole post. 

For me to be angry at the forum because I had a bad experience with ebay?? What an absurd suggestion.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    February, 2017
Posted by JohnDB on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 8:13 PM

Saying can someone help me and can someone do it for me doesn't necessarily mean the same thing. Never said you were mad at Dale Gribble, maybe I should have been clearer. Said you were mad at forum members based on your comment "obviously I'm not going to get the advice or help I need". You could have just said that you returned it. Could've had a little more patience, too. Many members don't read the forum every day. Have a great day and hope your next model gives you more enjoyment than the Charger did.

  • Member since
    December, 2017
Posted by Dale Gribble on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 9:36 AM

ummmm ..... i thought I was fairly spot on with my instructions .... geez , could have asked for clairification if my instructions weren’t clear enough ... meh , back to my hobbit hole , I tried to help... 

 

. will be a lot easier if you have a kit interior glass and chassis to line everything up with .... almost like a frame machine for a real car only smaller .... have to bring everything back a little past aligment so it will retain straightness when tension is removed“ 

"rare" kit? no such thing!

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

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    December, 2007
  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, August 10, 2018 9:47 AM

 

I like this threads title.

I think most of us need professional help...hee hee heeSmile, Wink & Grin

 

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by OldTallDad on Friday, August 10, 2018 10:38 AM

Did anybody bring popcorn?

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