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WAS wondering,
i know john benoit has done some fasinating work on some cars like cougar 1 and some of his own.Does he do work like remove rear quarters and replace them with doner quarters?Cause i`m thinking of having him redo my 70 to concorse quality but wanna know if he is the man to send my 70 to.I mean is that my car has got some flaws and i want a cougar specialist to take care of the situation. Please this is a crucial decision i`m making here n all input would greatly be appreciated
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John does great work

There is no doubt that John would do a great job on any project related to your Cougar. The real question to ask yourself is why are you replacing the quarters on your Cougar? Unless it is some extremely rare car you can simply buy a different Cougar convertible much cheaper that is not riddled with rust and restore it instead. Shipping a car from Rhode Island to Seattle and back would cost about $2000 if the car runs, more if not. Rusty quarters means the rest of the car is likely to have rust too. You can buy rust free 69 - 70 convertibles in California or Arizona for around $4000 - $5000 dollars. It's easy to spend $10,000 replacing rear quarters, trunk floors, inner fenders and still not have as good end result. Call John Benoit, he will tell you the same thing.

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ROYCE,
well hows 1 of 24 sound of rareity? The car was hit on the passenger side between the door and the quarter in 1981-82 and the previous owner had it fixed but made a mess out of it.I tried fixing it myself and it looks horrible.I want to get the car to have all perfect body lines and perfect gaps.When you open the doors i dont want to see any signs of collision repair .Both rear quarters were replaced with aftermarket skins and that the slope isnt as sharp as the factory ones are.Should i look for a rust free shell and revin the car? Or in your mind should i take the car to a body shop n have them throw it on a frame machine check the measurements n straighten it n have myself do the work?
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Rarity is not the issue here.

The issue is not wether it's one of 24. You did not specify if it's one of twenty four 428 Cobra Jet convertibles with a white / white / white color scheme. If so, maybe it's worth fixing. If it's one of twenty four white / white / white anything else, who cares? You can spend $15,000 fixing rust and still have to do paint, body and mechanical afterwards. Will the car be worth the effort? What will it be worth finished? Remember, red convertibles are worth more than white convertibles. Bright metallic blue convertibles are worth more than white convertibles. Convertibles without rust are worth a lot more than convertibles with rust.

If the car has some worthwihile components like good upholstery and mechanicals it might make sense to look for a western car that does not have body broblems but needs the components that are good on your car. Swap parts both ways and dump the one with all the problems. Replacing rear quarters is a very labor intensive operation to do right. You can see how it looks done wrong. Spend your money on something worth the effort.

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Royce,
i guess your right i may as well just drive it n enjoy it instead of worrying about its rareity. If it was a 428 cj car id understand but alas its a 351c car so i guess ill drive it. Eventually ill tackle the prodject n have the car completly redone.
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