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Old 05-14-2004, 09:25 AM
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Body patch panels

I am looking to buy rear wheel opening patch panels for a 72 nova and a 70 El camino .Also the front fender patch panels for the el camino of course ....There are alot of place to get them,does anyone have advise as to who to stay away from. Of course Im on a budget so Id like to do find a good price but not sacrifice quality. Thanx

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Old 05-14-2004, 02:37 PM
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I bought quarter panel sections from Mill Supply. They were of substandard quality (in my opinion). Dont get me wrong, They fit but the bends around the wheel wells werent as sharp as original. My choices were very limited however, as not many parts places make sheet metal panels for a 70 Galaxie. I suspect the panels for your application are readily available just about anywhere.
During a conversation with a guy from Rolling Steel Body Parts, I was told that there are only about 2 actual manufacturers for sheet metal parts any way. Dont know if thats true or not, but if it is, you might better spend as little as possible if your going to end up with the same exact panel that you would pay more for from a different "middle man" supplier.
One thing I will say about my panels from Mill Supply is that are of heavy gauge metal, alot heavier than the original panel off the car.
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rear fender patch panels

I have been trying to locate rear fender patch panels for a 1950 chevy truck.I need to locate these,if someone knows where to locate them let me know.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:54 AM
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I am looking to buy rear wheel opening patch panels for a 72 nova and a 70 El camino .Also the front fender patch panels for the el camino of course ....There are alot of place to get them,does anyone have advise as to who to stay away from. Of course Im on a budget so Id like to do find a good price but not sacrifice quality. Thanx
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Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo stuff, quality is decent, prices are good. They can prob get Nova stuff or tell you where to find it.
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Pretty much all of the patch panels are Chinesium and they're all stamped in the same one or two factories in China. Fit and finish on all of them suck and material thickness is less than original, but they are all you can get. Just shop for the best price.
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Frankly a fellow can join over at metalmeet.com and learn how to make your own patch panels and such from flat sheet metal..lots cheaper and yours will fit and look better. One does not need all the fancy tools one may think to do this..

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You can get patch panels and quarter panels/fenders etc from most any auto body supply store. If they sell auto paint and body filler etc, they sell the repair panels.

You get what you pay for.
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You get what you pay for.
Unfortunately, not necessarily in this case. Since the panels are all made in the same factory, you pretty much get crap, no matter how much you pay for it.
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Well you have a good thing there. You have what I like to call catalog cars. Basically you can build a complete car out of a catalog but who has the money to do that lol. Anyways I like Year One products. They are a little higher but the quality is much better and they are made in the USA. How much of the wheel openings are you planning to replace? Is it rusted or just damaged?
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i believe you get what you pay for
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