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Old 06-06-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Quality body work, Celette machine

It seems my PO had an indiscretion involving the right rear. Officially was described as a "minor collision." I duly noted this at purchase, but was not put off b/c I couldn't see anything significant, the paint work looked good, and the only defect was a slight rub between the rear trunk lid and the spoiler, which I thought I could address by adjusting both. Not so. It rubs paint but doesn't affect function of either.
So now I would like to fix this properly. I don't know which parts of body/frame are affected, as the shift is pretty slight. But there was fairly liberal use of seam seal around the back of the rear tub. Wheel alignment hasn't been an issue.
Some research suggests I need to find a body shop that has a Celette machine and the 986 jigs, to make sure this is done right. It looks like Jim Ellis in ATL has one. Does anyone know of any others in the AL/GA/TN area? Any info or other thoughts/opinions are welcomed. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-07-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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anyone have anything to offer on this?
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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If some paint rubbing is the only issue, it seems that trying to straighten things out might be a case of the cure being worse than the initial problem.

How confident are you that the process will not cause more problems than it fixes, and at what cost?

Is it just the Trunk lid that rubs?
surely a very minor adjustment somewhere could solve that?

Perhaps altering the shape at the contact point with some sanding and repaint could solve it.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #4
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Thanks jb.
The trunk lid and spoiler have moved as far as they can, given the original mount positions. The contact point spans several inches. I only need a few millimeters, and I've thought about just slightly re-shaping the trunk edge, but insofar as it is a folded metal edge, I am not sure if this wouldn't open up another can of worms. Besides, it goes against my nature to address one out-of-spec component by taking another out-of-spec.
I've also been playing with the idea of suspension upgrades, and if I have any frame issues then I want them resolved before I start messing with the suspension.
But yeah, while I'm willing to spend some money to make this right, if it costs $6K to get on one of these machines then I will get out the sander / grinder and see what happens. Trunk lids are not too expensive.
I was wondering how beneficial/necessary these dedicated frame machines are to this type of work, if there were other choices in the SouthEast, and if anyone had any references.

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