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    Default Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    I've got an 1990 C-150 with roof and gutter issues. A prior owner had coated the roof in some black material. I assume they did that to fix a leak problem. Today I've got leak problems and my gutters are in really bad shape. The roof appears to like it might have been bondo'd together when it was made.

    Looking for advice on the feasibility of fabricating a new roof and gutters. I am not a sheet metal guy so I'd have to hire it done. Is this something that would be reasonably feasible for a body shop that does a lot of restoration work?

    I'd really like to go back to a nice painted metal roof.

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    I do not believe you can buy a new cab roof anymore. You could source a roof or two at a junk yard and have a good body shop graft/install and paint them.

    It wont be cheap though. I just had mine done (1995 C-350) and it was about $3,000
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    I highly doubt it's cost effective to fabricate and replace the entire roof vs repairing the damage. It's not like you can source another Cent roof and the work of removing and replacing the entire thing is very significant. I have little doubt a competent shop can fix what you got. That said there's really no way to find out what is feasible by any particular shop without asking them. Every place has different skill sets and willingness to take on unusual projects.

    I'd think the best thing to do would be to do what you can to make the issues as visible as possible. Remove the headliner, the roof rack, back seat, maybe do some removal of the coating, things like that. Then find at least few different places to show the rig to, see what they say, and choose the one you like best. obspsd is right that this kind of work is pricey though, so I wouldn't dig into it unless you're committed to getting it fixed and able to spend the money.

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    [QUOTE=Korben;77496]I highly doubt it's cost effective to fabricate and replace the entire roof vs repairing the damage. It's not like you can source another Cent roof and the work of removing and replacing the entire thing is very significant. I have little doubt a competent shop can fix what you got.

    I meant getting a F150 ext cab roof or two, Sorry I did not make that clear.
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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

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    I highly doubt it's cost effective to fabricate and replace the entire roof vs repairing the damage. It's not like you can source another Cent roof and the work of removing and replacing the entire thing is very significant. I have little doubt a competent shop can fix what you got.

    I meant getting a F150 ext cab roof or two, Sorry I did not make that clear.
    FWIW he'd need/want to start with a crew-cab roof. Not only for length and fit but only the crew-cab roof has the ridges.
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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    If I was definitely keeping the vehicle and had a few thousand dollars. I will go ahead and strip down most of the roof myself then hopefully get it repaired as is. I had my roof done and I had several holes through the roof and pinholes lots of places. I had mine white lined with a kind of coating like rhino liner (Its been over a year and I it still looks amazing). The liner is just a possible cheaper solution.

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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    Quote Originally Posted by Korben View Post
    FWIW he'd need/want to start with a crew-cab roof. Not only for length and fit but only the crew-cab roof has the ridges.
    A crew cab roof would be best but they are hard to find.

    Also most if not all C-150 broncos did not have roof ridges because they started out as a F-150 ext cab pickup.

    C-350 broncos have the roof ridges because they started as a F-350 crew cab pickup.
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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    Can you explain to me why my C-150 has roof ridges?

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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    My C-150 has roof ridges too. I think only the stretched broncos had smooth roofs.
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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    My 1993 C150 built from a F150 pickup has a smooth roof.
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    Default Re: Fabricating a new roof for a C-150

    I further examined my roof awhile ago and noticed they skinned a crew cab roof over the original in this model. They could have done the same to the Broncos. Some are just spliced where cut and others are overlayed to add ridges. The C350 model will almost always have ridges unless vinyl is applied I believe as the one I saw was smooth with vinyl. I Bes it just depends on what the customer wanted and other options and factors.

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