Rusted header Bow

Convertible A-Body Mopar

  1. Cudabnu

    Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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    Have a new top I'm getting ready to install, cut passenger side off and found this. Everything else seems fine.
    Should I just wire wheel it, throw some por15 and call it good?
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    65 Dartman FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    I had the same issue on a 65 Coronet Convertible. I took the time to cut out the bad and weld, grind and finish a patch. Yes, the top replacement took longer than I expected but I wanted to do the repair right.
     
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      I couldn't live with knowing that mess was under my brand new top.
       
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      • Cudabnu

        Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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        Drivers side is not as bad, any other model use the same front bow? Maybe I'll get lucky at spring fling
         
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      • 66Dvert

        66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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        Check your seal and the wing pieces if your header bow is rusted.,

        I'm fixing mine now.I'll replace the header seal middle part with a vacuum formed ABS piece as soon as I get the mold made to make a sturdy one . this is what I'm starting with so it's going to be a challenge.
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        already made my template of the wings that fit on the end of the center piece.
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        fit is pretty good and all I have to do is finish it so it screws on correctly.
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      • Cudabnu

        Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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        I've got the header off, going to wire wheel it all to see what I have left.
         
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        Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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        Few rust spots on the seal retainer, not too bad, header wings look good, just the top corners, maybe more after I wire it 20190330_184023.jpg 20190330_184033.jpg
         
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        Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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        There is a complete top for sale on craigslist in Washington, $500, but the header seal is still attached and looks very rusty.
         
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        Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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        Got everything fixed and painted, modified my transmission bracket for dual exhaust. 20190410_102800.jpg
         
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        • barracudakid

          barracudakid FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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          I have a very good complete frame
           
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          i have a complete frame also in seattle for parts... don't think its rust at all..will dig it out soon
           
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          • Cudabnu

            Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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            Location, pics, price?
             
          • RustyRatRod

            RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack FABO Gold Member

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            No way would I let that slide. Cut bad metal out, weld new in. And I'm cheap as heck.
             
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            Cudabnu 64 Valiant vert, 318/727

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            Send pics and price when you can
             
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            will try and dig it out soon
             
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