Re: More Car Advice?
The rail can actually be stronger than the factory setup if it's boxed and welded correctly. The key being done correctly, every dealership body shop that I've dealt with has been horrible when it comes to anything other than replacing bumper covers or headlight assemblies.
If you can, find a local, non-dealer, body shop that works on a lot of classics, they usually have guys who actually know what they are doing.
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