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Old 08-28-2003, 06:15 PM
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1958 chevy car sheetmetal

Anyone know of sources for sheet metal panels. I'm under the impression this is not like the 55-57 car or truck craze where parts old and new are readily available.

I have a relative who's had a 58 chevy convertible in their yard for 15 years and inquired if I'd be interested. Just try'n to figure out what I'd be up against.

Thanks, Keith

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Old 08-29-2003, 04:17 AM
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Slick...one thing you will be up against is a lot of rust but would be worth it if the car s mostly there. You will have to fab a lot of the sheet-metal. If the floorpan is good then that is a major plus. There are many companies out there that sells parts. Chevrolet Restoration World, Sinclair's, Harmon's, and numerous others that deal in used parts and parts cars. All you can do is get the car and sum up what it will take to fix it and go from there. One word of advice...It will cost a few, if not quite a few thousand to bring it back to shape. If you are not prepared to spend that kind of money then don't even attempt it. On my '62 I had to buy new floor-pans @ almost $400 for the 2 halves. Then I had to buy all the braces for underneath the pans at $30 - $60 apiece. That adds up to a few hundred. Then there are the parts that have to be manufactured from a sheet-metal place. Angle pieces bent up etc. This all adds up. Then any patch panels, etc. Nothing is cheap. The thing is will it be worth it when done? I'd say yes. If it is mostly there then save it from the scrap yard. And don't get in a hurry. Some if not most of these projects take a few years to complete if ever completed.

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Old 08-29-2003, 12:24 PM
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Good advise Kevin...I also have a 55 truck that I haven't finished in
20 years..lol...but I've had it on the road the whole time..so ..ya..they can take some time..

I'll have to take a good look...hand made repair panels...man that's got to ad up if you can find someone in your area who's capable. Nothing I ever get involved with is for eventual sale..It's for the love of saving something...so unless it looks totally cooked underneath I'll likely get involved....

thanks for taking the time to comment..

appreciate it!

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