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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-13-2002, 12:01 AM
merle4
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Hey all, I'm new to this board and recently bought a 91 wagon to fit my growing family's needs. It still gotta be cool, though, so I bought a Moon roll pan and roof rack filler kit. My first trial fits of the roll pan have not gone well, as it looks like the tailgate will not open either way without me grinding a HELL of a lot out of the top lip and side opening lips of the pan. Like to the point of not having edges anymore. Now before you all jump off the ship, I work in a bodyshop and have been doing this work for almost twenty years. So I do have a smidgen of talent when it comes to fab and fitting. This thing also looks to be about a 1/2 inch wider than the car. I know a few of you have to have done these, any tricks to making them work easy? I'm sure I can get it on there, but I'd sure like it to go easy instead of being a fist-fight. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm not real impressed with the quality of this stuff, the glass work is decent, but the fit is a bit of a joke. I know you don't get much for $225, but hey, I'm a working stiff and that's a lot of beer money. Thanks in advance,
Merle Eschman
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-13-2002, 12:26 AM
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I've currently got a Moon pan in primer on my wagon. The only fitment issues I ran into were I had to enlarge the mounting stud holes, and notch the lip that turns in towards the car on the driver's side so my gate could open like a door. Other than that it's fit fine. Lines up fine with the body lines and didn't require but some minor bondo work to fill in the dips and pinholes.

Did you get the one with the plate recess or the totally smooth one?
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-13-2002, 12:55 AM
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I got the plate one, had to whack an inch or so out of the retaining pan on the rear, but that was ez. I need about a half inch off of the top of this so the gate will open down, and another half inch off the left side to let it swing like a door. I'm gonna end up with gaps that you could shove a small farm animal through This car hasn't been wrecked in the rear, either, so that eliminates that, too.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-13-2002, 07:25 AM
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Merle, I have the no plate pan on mine, it fit great side to side, but I also had to cut down the opening. Yea there are gonna be gaps, and I am still trying to figure out how to "mask" them. But the thing I learned from being around the body business is , fiberglass doesn't fit. So modify it! I prefer to function more than look good. Besides people other than B-body nuts won't even notice. Mines been on for about a year + unpainted or primed and all I get is compliments about how the car looks cool now.

If you do solve the gap issue please tell us. As far as the rubbing... my side gate opens fine after grinding, the tail gate still rubs, but I didn't want to grind anymore away. I don't "use" my car much anyway.
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