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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Well today I did something stupid. I was passing a truck that was stopped, got a little too close and clipped my cowl just underneith the windshield frame on the rear bumper of the truck. Well of course truck bumpers are sturdy as all get out and the fiberglass was not as strong. Here's the damage done.


The crack is easily visable from both sides and is about 14 inches long. I still haven't called the insurance company because the after hours line is backlogged with hurricane calls, so I'm waiting until the morning to call my insurance and see what happens theoretically if I file a claim. I'm going to hit up a repair shop locally that I was told can do fiberglass well tomorrow but could use some ideas on how much this might cost at a shop.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Check the attachments. I left the pictures large in size so you can see the detail of the crack.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Can you get a shot a little further away?
It's kind of hard to get perspective of the size so close.
Not that I know squat about fiberglass, but still.....
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Wow THat was a high bumper or I'm looking at this wrong.

Do you know who made the tub.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Fiberglass is easy, Get some clamps or a jack, get it back into shape knock the loose stuff off and start layering on the repair resin on both sides, Smooth it out and paint.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Yes it was a high bumper. This was on a liquor delivery truck, meant to unload into loading docks. The windshield hinge is at about the level of the bottom of my ribcage....and I'm 6foot2. Here's a pic from further away..but since its white and all the damage is hard to see so I put my finger by the end of it all.

No I don't know who made the tub....it was on the Jeep when I bought it. If there are things that will make it obviously one brand vs. another I can look if it'll help any.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

It also bent the windshield hinge, so I have to bend that back. The reason I don't want to do this myself is because a: I want this to look as close to normal as stock, b: the area by the door hinge is affected and I want it to line up correctly and work as normal. As it is now I can't close the door without putting the windshield down which aligns things enough for it to work.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

Swing on by here if you want a hand,

we can fill that bad boy up with some resin and get 'er sanded and looking respectable again

you might have to remove the windshield entierely during all this to take some weight off.....alos maybe remove the dash to get at it frmo the inside....

it shouldnt be tough, just time consuming.

let me know if ya need a hand. Saturday im going shooting during the day but thats it. lots of marine stores around here have the glass and goo for that too....
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

this is why I love fiberglass.. it's soooo easy to repair, and it can easily be repaired stronger than it ever was.
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Re: Fiberglass repair? Cost estimate?

It may not be a bad idea to glass in a fabed piece of metal as a reinforcement for the repair. It can't hurt!

Ain't fiberglass wonderful!
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