Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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Many times one will observe a faint line of where the joint is. On some dark colors, ESP black, the line is often very visible.
Originally, non vinyl top A bodys had a much better finished roof seam than those equipped with factory vinyl tops. Often on drag cars, the original lead work on the roof joint can tear, or move around. A year or so back, was mentioning to a friend who posts on PY board how the drivers side roof and 1/4 panel joint was really moving around when the prev owner of his RAIV Judge was racing it in modified form in the late '90's. Previous owner never installed a 6 or 8 point roll bar, and even as a mid to high 11 sec car on slicks, the sheet metal in this area was visibly moving around upon launch at the strip.
A really good long time body man can often spot poorly replaced 1/4 panels. One really needs a very educated eye looking over an expensive restored car for sale or even a lacquer painted car represented as a "Survivor". , its amazing the lengths some will go. Over the years, have even ran across "back clipped" A body's that the original car consisted of the original frame, original engine, original cowl and roof. The rockers, floor, and rear 1/4's were spliced in from a solid donor car. Many times the work is flawless. Other times, not! On one '69 Judge restoration, I observed in the mid 90's, the metal man performing a back clip, tacked the two large body sections together, and after welding of the B pillar area, the rear window opening was too tight to accept the stock untouched back glass and window trim clips. At that time, the upper and lower edges of the back glass were carefully block sanded down. When finshed, the rear window, as well as the original stainless trim fit perfectly.