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How To Determine If Panels Should Be Repaired Or Replaced - Panel Pointers
There's No Set Answer To The Repair-Or-Replace Debate
Almost all of us have to confront the bodywork question at some time during the restoration of our vintage Ford cars and trucks. Whether it's a crunch job or rust deterioration, the repair or replace judgment call almost always depends on each individual case. It doesn't matter if your car is a garden-variety '65 hardtop or a priceless 428 CJ convertible; sometimes it's a tough call. We know from experience. We replaced a moderately damaged fender on our vintage Mustang and later wished that we'd repaired the fender that was originally on the car. We ended up unhappy with the new fender and did more work to make the replacement fit than a proper repair would have entailed. Conversely, we've seen repairs that didn't turn out well, where a complete panel replacement would have been the best solution. With other vintage Ford cars, your course of action may be dictated strictly by what's available. Let's look at some individual situations and see what different measures might be required.