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New Panels for BT5

#1 Post by John Clarke » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:33 am

Hi all
After a really good week at this years Le Mans 24hr, on the way back to the U.K heading north for the ferry port in the 356 I was just thinking how nice and quite the roads were without the big trucks which are banned on a Sunday in France. Heading north on one of the old N roads and on joining a 3 carriage section increased the speed only to have young deer bolt out from the side! It all happened so fast and slammed into the front nearside of the car seriously smashing the front wing, smashed the door in, I think that the rear wheel arch panel may be O.K. What a scary incident ! The 356 was amazingly still drivable! I was unhurt but shaken up! Just one second later and it would have been head on and probably through the screen. Don't want to think about it.
Now if the damage can not be pulled out, where in the U.K can you get a replacement Front Wing and Drivers Door (R.H.D)
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Re: New Panels for BT5

#2 Post by Adam Wright » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:31 pm

I hate deer while driving....
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#3 Post by George Hussey » Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:19 am

I would think that a Dansk dealer could supply the parts to you
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#4 Post by Jon Schmid » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:04 pm

George Hussey wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:19 am
I would think that a Dansk dealer could supply the parts to you
I hope their body panels fit better than their mufflers. :?

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Re: New Panels for BT5

#5 Post by John Clarke » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:00 pm

I was thinking just the same thing Jon. It doesn't instil much confidence, with the ongoing exhaust fit problems!
Has anyone used Mike DeJonge's 356 Panels? I believe Mike has a 911 Design European base. We need a FNS Wing, & NS Door Skin or complete door for the smashed 61 BT5 Coupe
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#6 Post by Jon Schmid » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:14 pm

Jay, I have heard good things about Mike's panels as well as those by Trevor's Hammerworks. I will admit I have not had to use their products (yet).

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#7 Post by Martin Benade » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:08 pm

You don’t have a talented panel-beater that can save the original panels? Due to the welded construction it is worth a lot of trouble to save what you have. The nature of deer damage in particular may well lend itself to a careful repair rather than replacement.

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Re: New Panels for BT5

#8 Post by Harlan Halsey » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:07 am

I second Martin's comment. I would check with Andy Prill in England, or one of the English posters to get a line on somebody who can straighten it. Actually doesn't sound that bad if the car is still drivable.
In this country, it used to be traditional for hunters to bring home the deer on the fender of the car. I'm not sure if road kill counts though.

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#9 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:36 am

Harlan Halsey wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:07 am

In this country, it used to be traditional for hunters to bring home the deer on the fender of the car. I'm not sure if road kill counts though.
Big John does this when he hits a deer, calls the cops who come tag it, then he gets to keep it. He calls it "From the grill, to the grill."
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#10 Post by Ron LaDow » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:57 am

Deer: Large rats with antlers.
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#11 Post by John Hearn » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:44 am

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Give PRS a call, they can sort it out.
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Re: New Panels for BT5

#12 Post by John Clarke » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:41 am

Hi Martin
Like you mention, My body man has also said that it is better to pull out the damage rather than put in a new panel ! The body guy uses something called epoxy resin, that doesn't sink like some fillers.
But the front wing has folded in sideways at the lower arch and has been pushed back hard into the door, he seems to think he can pull that back out ! Amazingly the front of the door has escaped serious damage , but I can't attempt to open it as it would cause further damage. I will try and upload some pics.
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Re: New Panels for BT5

#13 Post by PaulAhnell » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:18 am

John: you should have your head examined if you choose Dansk for any panel parts which need to fit somewhat accurately. Dansk mufflers have a notoriously dreadful fit (or non-fit) and lousy construction with bad interior and exterior welds, etc. and can only be a good indicator of the rest of their line. If you have a large glossary of cuss words you will use every one of them and I expect their panels wouldn't be any better. Just a guess but why take a chance given the poor experience 99.9% of forum members have had? I have never seen a Forum member express a good opinion of Dansk fit-ups. To compound the problem, Dansk doesn't seem to care and keeps tuning out the same crap at outrageous prices. See Dansk? Run away! Boycott vendors who hawk their products. They should be ashamed.
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Re: New Panels for BT5

#14 Post by Martin Benade » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:53 am

At my shop sometimes the best course is to spend some hours beginning the straightening. It will become obvious if it will work out well or not. As to filler, purists don't approve, but the thirty-year old filler I ground off my car was still holding up perfectly, mostly because it wasn't covering up any rust.

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Re: New Panels for BT5

#15 Post by Doug McDonnell » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:57 am

PRS or Roger Bray Restorations.
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