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    Unhappy Rear Frame Horns Rusted - 72 Centurion

    Hi there,
    Surprised when a mechanic told me the car's rear frame horns were rusted. He saw no rust anywhere else. He tried to point it out to me but the car was down from the hoist already so it was hard to see. He's mechanical only and wasn't trying to sell me on getting bodywork done. I'm not knowledgeable at all so I don't know if having this fixed properly by a body shop is going to be a huge expense (mostly labour I assume). He was suggesting that in order to properly fix this, the body would have to be removed from the frame. Before I speak to some shops, does anyone know anything about this kind of job: how big it is and what it might cost (either Canada or the US)?
    Thanks if you do!

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    i think your mechanic it right it is a big job if it is rusted through
    The body is mounted on the frame with bolts and rubber bushings
    I don't know how many but this is what needs to be done in my opinion
    Take the hood off, the front fenders have to come off and disconnect the wiring harness, disconnect the shift linkage, remove the heater or airco unit and then undo the body bolts and then lift the body careful of the car using a 2 column car lift
    This is a full workday just to lift the body off the frame
    Repairing the frame half a day
    And the put it all back together again providing that everything come off okay also a full day
    If bolts are broken means more work to the body

    If you decide to do this buy new bodymount rubbers and bolt here http://www.oldbuickparts.com/catalog/group-c-57_73.html

    The only way it can be done cheap is when the damage is located in a place you can reach from under the car
    Then removing the exhaust can be enough to access it
    success
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    Hyundai XG 350 (2003)
    Chrysler Sebring convertible (2001)
    Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T (1999)

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    So assuming the parts involved are not that expensive, one might allow for a worse case scenario of 24 hours (3 days) labour. Do you think a potential buyer would be frightened off entirely if I took this expense into account when setting a price?
    Dankuwel.

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    There are no parts involved only sheet metal, welding machine and a grinder
    and the something to protect against rust

    Depends on the buyer and his future plans for the car
    If the buyer is looking for a driver than this might scare him away
    Someone who's looking for a project probably won't mind if the price is right
    But it is very hard to say without any further information

    Graag gedaan (your welcome)
    Erik
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    Buick Centurion 455-4 convertible (1973)

    Hyundai XG 350 (2003)
    Chrysler Sebring convertible (2001)
    Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T (1999)

    Suzuki GSX-R 750 (1991)

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