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I've recently bought a 88 cabriolet and seen many other cars without the moulding and side markers. How hard would it be to make the body smooth where the moulding is(not flush to the body, just on the inside)and how hard would it be to fill in the hole where the side marker was? thanks for all the help. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Moulding or No moulding? Side markers or no side markers? hat is the question. (gt90typer)

it's not hard at all if you have a mig welder, body hammer, bondo, finishing putty and good primer sealer. Oh, forgot to mention, the ability to use these items. It's really not that hard though, because these area are able to be gotten to from behind (most). The cabby is a little more difficult to smooth the rear quarters where the molding is because they left the seam where the top panel was spot welded to the bottom. Regular rabbits dont have this... which makes them much much easier to smooth this area. Good luck. Get some estimates from goood body shops, or do it yourself. But, make sure you use a good primer/sealer like PPGs, or that body filler will soak outside water up like a sponge and you will have moldings of rust.
 

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Re: Moulding or No moulding? Side markers or no side markers? hat is the question. (Big CADDY)

Be careful. I have seen some Rabbits with the molding indentation filled in that looked really bad. I guess it is because once you fill it in, it turns into a line and it gets tricky to make that line straight.
Filling in the side marker holes wouldn't be too bad, as per Big CADDY's instruction.
 

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Re: Moulding or No moulding? Side markers or no side markers? hat is the question. (rabbitmania)

my gti didn't have the holes, so it looks quite nice without the old moulding. my 89 cabby has the holes, but i'm leaving the mouldings. i'm probably going to put the shiny, skinny euro moulding in its place. gotta luv them euro cars with the slim moulding. sure would like to know why the North American cars got the crappy, ugly, easy to fade fat moulding.
 
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