Fix hatch or get fiberglass replacement?

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Fix hatch or get fiberglass replacement?

Postby paranoid56 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:51 am

So my rear hatch is quite gone. the edge of where the window is, is fully rusted out and the window is loose. its going to be a PITA to fix (but willing to try)

i know this must be a common problem. Do you guys usually fix it or replace it with a fiberglass hatch? if replacing, whos got one that will take the stock glass and work like OEM?
The car is a 72 Vega GT
Thanks for any help.
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Re: Fix hatch or get fiberglass replacement?

Postby dadhad1 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:21 pm

I assume you mean 72 Vega.
(If so, remember when looking 71-73 are interchangable and 74-77 are, but you can't mix the 2 generations without changing tail light panel too).

OEM steel hatch with factory glass will be by far your best option for look/fit/finish.
You can scour around looking for a used one. They're around, just expensive to ship if you can't pick it up.
I don't know of replacement glass for them.

If you don;t care a lot about fit/finish qualities, you could get one out of glass like from Show Cars.
http://www.showcars-bodyparts.com/
But his reputation is mixed (at best), so I'd do your homework with reviews before pulling the trigger.

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Re: Fix hatch or get fiberglass replacement?

Postby paranoid56 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:19 pm

yea the reviews of that company seem very very bad. i see a couple on ebay for cheap but they all seem to be made for lexan and or race only.

I need to pick up a small bender (sold my 48" finger brake some time ago due to size) and maybe a set of shrinker/stretchers and see about fixing this.

The glass is still in good condition too same with the trim. its just all the rest thats not :lol:
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Re: Fix hatch or get fiberglass replacement?

Postby SeniorSavage » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:05 am

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Re: Fix hatch or get fiberglass replacement?

Postby paranoid56 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:43 pm

so this is what i am dealing with. the whole rear lip is about gone.
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