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magazineman

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    I'm a greasy motorhead. I've had my Birkin S3 for 12 years & I love it. Raceline built Zetec with 208 HP to the wheels & 1200 Lbs! Good times!
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    Mt Helix, San Diego
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    Lotus!--- Duh! :) And I make pistol magazines "clips"
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    Retired Realtor. Now I just dabble in slumlording

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  1. Yes, some of those dent dudes can do great work with mashed steel. But with this thin Aluminum skin dented, stretched, and torn, it's beyond Paintless Dent Guy level damage. Also, there is good insurance involved so no reason to do less than a totally legit repair. Including proper paintwork. I'll post what happens here. Although it may take some time, of course. Thanks, Guys!
  2. IamScotticus --------- Seats: This embroidered Birkin logo does not appear to be a feature added after manufacture. I think that they ARE Birkin-made items, or sourced, bespoke, to order, from an unknown supplier, by Birkin. Graham------ Here's a pic of my Graham, Just for fun. & thank you for the panel-making photos. wemtd ------ Thanks for the offer., but I was already contemplating an improved filler cap/neck as part of this fix. As well as a few other enhancements, paid out of pocket unless they are the same, or less, cost than factory replacements.
  3. Thanks, Guys. Graham, I hope you are correct. The shop that I'm using IS a quality operation. Plenty of high-end hotrods, low riders, & Kustoms get done there. Aluminum is not their usual material but the guys appear to know their craft very well. The insurance claims stuff is plugging along. Side note: I have a Graham car. A 1932 Graham Blue Streak. It's pretty gangster.
  4. Here's pics. Sorry, My posting / Computer skills are similar to an opossum's. I apologize. Rear skin is dented & torn. Plus the gap between the trailing edge of RR fender has gotten very close to the tire. But the side flank of the car, and the fender itself, appear straight. That's what's up with the poor girl Thx, Guys.
  5. Hey, Folks. Last Friday a guy (insured) hit the back of my Birkin 7 in the fuel filler area , Shoving it sideways & denting / tearing the aluminum. Rear skin is ruined + the RR wheel arch is now nearly touching the back of tire. Yeah, it's a bummer. I got an estimate from a shop (I have Hagerty) but the shop is not, specifically, a Lotus or Aluminum Fabrication kind of place. But they do some great hotrod / vintage / custom work. My question is: Do you think that a highly-skilled , but not Seven-Knowledgeable regular body shop to do this kind of repair? It will need a new rear skin fabbed & installed. Maybe even some rear frame work. Thanks in advance. Perry.
  6. Hey, Folks. Last Friday a guy (insured) hit the back of my Birkin 7 in the fuel filler area , Shoving it sideways & denting / tearing the aluminum. Rear skin is ruined + the RR wheel arch is now nearly touching the back of tire. Yeah, it's a bummer. I got an estimate from a shop (I have Hagerty) but the shop is not, specifically, a Lotus or Aluminum Fabrication kind of place. But they do some great hotrod / vintage / custom work. My question is: Do you think that a highly-skilled , but not Seven-Knowledgeable regular body shop to do this kind of repair? It will need a new rear skin fabbed & installed. Maybe even some rear frame work. Thanks in advance. Perry.
  7. Pokey--- Once the Luggage Tub & Diffuser are removed then a full assessment of damage will be possible. But yes, the fuel filler neck & cap will likely have to be replaced, at the very least. All this will take awhile as work scheduling & insurance stuff has to happen. Upside: Here in San Diego we don't really have a "driving season" ------------- It's 300+ days a year of roadster weather, so I'm not on a limited timeframe. Thanks., Man.
  8. Thanks, DanM. Nope, no injuries except to my car. And most the Good Stuff lives between the firewall & radiator anyhow!
  9. Thanks, panamericano. I'll see how this plays out over time, then post here.
  10. Hey, Folks. Last Friday a guy (insured) hit the back of my Birkin 7 in the fuel filler area , Shoving it sideways & denting / tearing the aluminum. Rear skin is ruined + the RR wheel arch is now nearly touching the back of tire. Yeah, it's a bummer. I got an estimate from a shop (I have Hagerty) but the shop is not, specifically, a Lotus or Aluminum Fabrication kind of place. But they do some great hotrod / vintage / custom work. My question is: Do you think that a highly-skilled , but not Seven-Knowledgeable regular body shop to do this kind of repair? It will need a new rear skin fabbed & installed. Maybe even some rear frame work. Thanks in advance. Perry.
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