I started looking at body replacements when my car broke down in late 2014.
I wanted to fix the engine and the wheels and get the vehicle running again.
I had no clue how much work it would take.
So I decided to check the online body shop I frequent, BodyTech.
The shop was a little pricey, but it offered a quick turnaround and a wide selection of body options.
When I went to pick up my replacement body, it was not what I expected.
“It looks like you’ve replaced a Porsche,” I said to my mechanic.
“Yes,” he said.
“The car is very different from the one you used to drive.”
I was shocked.
“That’s why you had to replace the entire vehicle,” he continued.
“Because it’s a Porsche.”
But I was in for a surprise.
BodyTech had a wide range of models for my car, including the Porsche 911 Turbo and the GTI.
The GTI was not one of them.
When the GT I arrived, the dealership made a few minor cosmetic changes.
They added a small door that looked like it was made from a plastic toy, and they replaced the air intake with a small, black one.
But the main difference between the GTIs and GTIs was the way the car was supposed to be used.
It had a flat seat and no roof rails.
That made it look more like a sports car than a regular car.
I was confused.
The car I drove was a normal 911 Turbo.
It didn’t have a roof rails or an air intake.
It looked like a normal Porsche.
The dealership said it would cost about $500 to replace my GTI, but that wasn’t the case.
I got a new GTI that had the right exterior shape and was painted with the GTA’s logo on the grille and doors.
When it arrived, I had to go through several trips to get my GTi back on the road.
The next few months were a blur.
The parts arrived and I tried to get it in my hands.
I drove to BodyTech and waited for the technician to arrive.
“There’s nothing wrong with this car,” I told him.
“I’ll take it out and put it in,” he replied.
“Can I have it?”
“No,” he told me.
“What about the roof?”
“I want the roof.”
“What if I don’t have the money to pay for it?”
“Then it’s not a car.”
“It’s a car, but not for you.”
I got home from work and was confused again.
“This is the GT, and the roof is part of it,” I thought.
“Is this how it’s supposed to look?”
“It doesn’t look right,” he agreed.
I walked back to my car and tried to look at it again.
The wheels were covered in the GT insignia and the front end had no side windows.
The entire windshield was black and had been glued to the car.
“Why is it black?”
I told my mechanic, who explained to me that the GT was supposed not to be seen from the side, but from the front.
I asked him to put it back in the garage.
“How can I put it right back in?”
He said, “If you can’t get the front windshield up and in, you can do it by replacing the roof and the hood.”
I couldn’t believe that.
I put the GT back in my car.
A week later, I was driving home and was surprised to find the car had been repainted again.
This time the paint had a darker tone, and there were no side window inserts.
The hood had also been painted white.
The exterior was painted bright orange, but the rear was still black.
“Did you replace the whole thing?”
I wanted the car back in working order.
“You can’t do that,” my mechanic said.
I kept asking questions and waiting for my GT.
Every time I asked, the technician would give me a different answer.
I went through months of phone calls, emails and visits to the dealership.
Finally, he finally told me that I could just swap out the roof.
I didn’t want to.
“Here’s what you need, and here’s what I’m going to do,” he was telling me.
He told me to contact my insurance company and that I needed to come up with $300 to replace all the body panels and roof.
The rest of the parts arrived in a box in the parking lot.
The new body panels looked like they were made of a plastic.
But I wasn’t worried about that.
The whole car was a different color, and I didn