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    changing a roof

    after some info on chnaging a roof on a mk2 escort. are there spot welds to drill out on the pillars anywhere? need to change the c pillars too are they part of the roof or the rear quarter thanks

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    Re: changing a roof

    theres pics on here somewhere, try dangerousdave 's resto thread ?

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    Not 100% but.... C Pillars are part of rear qtr panels. Roof is spot welded along gutter and brazed on pillars.

    I have the pleasent task of repairing the c-pillar and roof corner on a mk2 at some point soon - not looking forward to it!

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    Re: changing a roof

    i'll be keeping an eye as i have to change my mk1 mex roof, i have been told its spot welded along gutter and lead loaded on the four pillars

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    Re: changing a roof

    As above, c pillars are part of the 1/4's and the skin is spot welded down the gutters and the front and rear screen appetures with the corners brazed and a couple of spot welds on the rears as well as braze and then they are lead loaded ontop of that! The way i did it was to stick a grinder carefully down the drip rails in the corner so that it left the spot welded flange of the skin on the car and then i simply stuck the gutter flange on the new roof to that with good quality sealer and plug welded the screen appetures and seam welded the corners and nothings moved yet in about a year now i guess! Pics are in my resto thread probably 10 pages or so from the end?!

    I would say good luck, but you wont need it they are a piece of piss, easier than fitting a pair of pattern wings

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    Re: changing a roof

    its got a sunroof but the c pillars are knackered too so im trying to get a roof that has been cut at the bootom of the pillar's

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    Its getting a struggle to get any second hand sections now. I rang around the main escort speacialists a while ago to try and get a rear NS chassis rail section to be told they all dont tend to break shells up now as there is always someone wating even basket cases to restore.

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    Re: changing a roof

    If your desperate expressed list a mk2 roof at 525....a lot of money you say but one cut off a shell is 200+ for a nice one and you have to spend a day or two carefully unpicking it and messing about, this one will saves that time for a little extra money and if it fits well is probably the best way round it.....definately in the next few years when the shells have all dried up!

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    Re: changing a roof

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    If your desperate expressed list a mk2 roof at 525....a lot of money you say but one cut off a shell is 200+ for a nice one and you have to spend a day or two carefully unpicking it and messing about, this one will saves that time for a little extra money and if it fits well is probably the best way round it.....definately in the next few years when the shells have all dried up!
    I got told by someone who bought a roof skin off expressed steel panels that it was a very bad fit.
    I ended up getting a 2nd hand roof and cutting the skin off and it fit perfect, and it only cost me 50
    Last edited by wozzy; 07-06-2010 at 15:23. Reason: .

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    Re: changing a roof

    Fair enough, i guess theres no real options then except to keep paying the premiums when they turn up!

    The only other option would be if anyone can get their hands on a straight roof attached or not to a shell then my mate will copy it in carbon as he is almost ready with the first mk1 roofs and would have moulded the mk2 ones off mine but its not perfect due to being changed so he is looking for a straight original roof as it left the factory

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    Re: changing a roof

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    Fair enough, i guess theres no real options then except to keep paying the premiums when they turn up!

    The only other option would be if anyone can get their hands on a straight roof attached or not to a shell then my mate will copy it in carbon as he is almost ready with the first mk1 roofs and would have moulded the mk2 ones off mine but its not perfect due to being changed so he is looking for a straight original roof as it left the factory

    OH Bugger lol

    I saw a company on e-bay advertising the carbon roofs but when i contacted them they said that they wernt ready yet.
    Is this anything to do with your mate.
    If we had spoken earlier i would have lent him my roof to copy.
    Just out of interest how are these fitted to the gutter

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    Re: changing a roof

    Not too sure, my mates company is performance trim, from what i can see the carbon roofs arent on there he will probably wait til they are done before he starts selling them properly. As far as i know they are bonded on, im not sure if he will include the gutter part or stop it in that 90degree fold but he likes to leave around 2-3" of the old skin to give a good surface to bond onto, and from inside you wont see the old skin remains.

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    Re: changing a roof

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    Not too sure, my mates company is performance trim, from what i can see the carbon roofs arent on there he will probably wait til they are done before he starts selling them properly. As far as i know they are bonded on, im not sure if he will include the gutter part or stop it in that 90degree fold but he likes to leave around 2-3" of the old skin to give a good surface to bond onto, and from inside you wont see the old skin remains.
    If he knocks them out at the right price he should sell loads of them.
    The company i saw are on e-bay and they are advertising the mk2 carbon door cards

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