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Old 08-16-2006, 11:51 AM
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Who are the recommended companies for buying a replica body? Is it necessary to buy body and chasiss from same place? What companies should I stay away from? Trying to start a build and would like opinions.

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Old 08-16-2006, 01:19 PM
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Stay far away from Streetbeast. They also have been going by another name to try and get away from the bad rep Streetbeasts has. Someone else will have to give you that name, as it escapes me at this time.

Wescott, Redneck, and Outlaw all build a quality glass body. You can purchase rolling packages from each that come with a frame, brakes, IFS and a rear axle. However complete you want it.

Check my progress link below to get an idea of what is involved in building one of these.

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Stay far away from Streetbeast.
I'll second that! StreetBeast is the only company I'm aware of that is selling "Ford" replicas that aren't allowed to call them "Fords". Ford took them to court about this and because they're "replicas" are so bad they're not allowed to use the Ford name in their advertising. Everyone else who makes decent reproductions can use the Ford name. That should tell you something about StreetBeast kits. They're not even close to the original.
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I'll second that! StreetBeast is the only company I'm aware of that is selling "Ford" replicas that aren't allowed to call them "Fords". Ford took them to court about this and because they're "replicas" are so bad they're not allowed to use the Ford name in their advertising. Everyone else who makes decent reproductions can use the Ford name. That should tell you something about StreetBeast kits. They're not even close to the original.
Anyone familiar with B&B Roadster. They offer a 'glass 34 Coupe that looks promising. All I have done is check out their website and a little research on the net. I would appreciate opinions and advice.
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Anyone familiar with B&B Roadster. They offer a 'glass 34 Coupe that looks promising.
I would NOT buy one ...



Do you really think they look like a 33 - 34 Ford coupe ???
Look at the firewall edge ... and the overall shape ... of the roof line ...

ALSO .. Look at the door handle location on the B&B car ...

Looks as bad as a Street Beast ... to me ...

Outlaw has a good reputation ... for 34 3W coupes
But cost a good bit more than the B&B ...
you get what you pay for IMHO ...


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Good comparisons Randy. At the Louisville meet I saw a Streetbeast 34 on the road one evening when we were headed to Dillon's steak house. From the rear it was really obvious, so much so that before I said anything my wife asked me what it was....now it has to be bad for that.

The parking lots at Dillons and Buca Di Beppo were full of rods, including three 69 Camaros from Louisana .

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unstable2,

You might take a look at Lone Star Classics (lonestarclassics.com) located in Ft. Worth, TX.

My personal experience with them is from a couple of years ago when I was very seriously considering their '53 CORVETTE replica. I actually went over to their facility and looked at the display models they have on display. I was very impressed with the quality. They were extremely helpful, even gave me one of their assembly manuals and answered all my questions. Of course, they were trying to sell me something.

The ONLY reason that I did not buy from them is that I stumbled onto a partially completed kit and a guy that was in dire need of cash. The two make a great combination!

I did have to fly out to San Francisco to inspect the car and it cost me $800 to get it shipped to Dallas - but still turned out to be a great deal, especially considered all of the '53-'55 ORIGINAL goodies that I got with it. Turns out that I could recoup the cost of the car by selling the goodies.

But I digress! Give Lone Star a look. I also suggest that you check around on the web for various car clubs, boards, and forums and you just might stumble upon a real good deal! I will caution though, DO NOT BUY ANY KIT (NEW, USED, PARTIAL, etc.) SIGHT UNSEEN!!! A plane ticket is a lot cheaper than a garage full of crap!

Good Luck and keep us posted on how it's going!

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As the owner of a '41 Willys body and frame from Outlaw performance, I have no negative comments regarding their quality. It may all depend on what type body you are looking for...Some manufacturers may not make the body style you want.
The best piece of advice I can give is to ask around at the shows, and you'll get a feel for who makes a quality product.
When you decide, if at all possible, take a "road trip" to the manufacturer and tour their facilities. Meeting them one-on-one at their facilities (not their booth at a show) can be a very good indicator. If they have no interest in giving you a tour and answering all questions, walk away.

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Echoing the above comments I would add the following advice. At the shows the first question you should ask about a body or car you like is did the owner build it. If not take their advice with a grain of salt. IMO if the owner did not build the car they have zero idea what it took to bring the body to the condition you see it, and as such are not qualified to comment on the quality of the brand of body.

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Brookville ???? Not me

Stay away from Brookville's '30 - '31 roadsters unless you like lots of rework. Their '32 may be OK but when I bought my '31, they had put all their good labor resouces on their '32 roadster and neglected the others. Now that they are building a deuce coupe, my guess is that they MAY have done the same thing and the roadster may be suffering

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Here's my comment from experience. maybe it will help.

I don't have a problem with plastic cars.

About 8-9 yrs ago there was an outfit south of Kansas City making and selling deuce roadsters bodies that had a twist in them and the body contour was assymetrical right and left, very noticeable across the door top as viewed from the rear. The curvature was too flat on the right side. After lots of looking around I discovered 4 different brands of deuce roadsters being made from as far away as the west coast that their bucks had been pulled off the same irregular original. Every one had the same "flat side" on the right. It was really noticeable from the rear. When adjusting the twist out of the body, the doors wouldn't fit and needed to be redone.

Metal is expensive, but so is putting all your time and effort into a crappy plastic car.

Caveat emptor...... let the buyer beware.
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Myself I woudl hope you would get the instruction manual from Speedway for their Track-T. It is step by step instructions and can apply in general to any kind of fiberglass car..

I have had good luck with those guys in the past and Smitty has been in business for 50 years now so they must do something right..

Now as far as where to get one it depends on just what you wish for and can aford..

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[QUOTE=OneMoreTime]Myself I woudl hope you would get the instruction manual from Speedway for their Track-T. It is step by step instructions and can apply in general to any kind of fiberglass car..

I have had good luck with those guys in the past and Smitty has been in business for 50 years now so they must do something right..


I agree with this - also consider Total Performance as they too have an assembly manual though quality wise does need a bit of massaging - though their cars are OK
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