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Has anyone investigated the different manufacturers of fiberglass bodies for
1930 Ford's. Which ones are better than others, and what the differences are?

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wescott, downs and outlaw are some of the common manufacturs that have good reports. brookville makes steel bodies, I think there '32 3 window is in production now. stay away from street beasts, there bodies may be high quality fiberglass but they do not match original dimensions so there resale value gets hurt, and doing things like attaching fenders to the floor pans, dosn't help value ither.
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As a Moderator here, and a old Ford owner ...
I would like to WELCOME YOU here ...

Reproduction bodies ... are a very opinionated subject here ...
Most everyone has a different opinion on who is the BEST ...

Most will agree that the Street Beast cars ... are best left alone. Gibbons is out of business. Outlaw makes very good bodies ... but ... some models are more accurate than others ( for example .. the 1932 3W coupe body has a Chevrolet coupe back window )

Wescott has been in the business a very long time and has a very good reputation. I prefer them to the others ( Just my opinion ) Brookville makes nice steel reproduction bodies ... but they cost more.

I suggest you go to a few Rod Runs ... and talk to the owners of a car you like. Hopefully, they built the car and not just rode a check. I cannot tell what part of the country you are from ... but the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville KY ... will have most all of the reputable reproduction body builders and reproduction chassis builders ALL IN ONE PLACE ...
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Deuce brings up a very valid point. When you do go to car shows to spot what your looking for and ask the owner about it, make sure the owner built the car. If they did not and they say they did you should be able to tell in short order with some direct questions. Very few street rod owners actually build their cars, most buy them complete and start changing things to suit their selves. Another point, you cannot judge a body by the finished product, especially if the owner did not build it. This is a mistake just about everyone makes on their first rod, me included.

Kyle Gibbon is back in business in Nebraska, but the new name is not Gibbon Fiberglass.

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If I were you I would really consider a steel brookville model A. They cost less in the long run than a properly reinforced 'glass body and there is very little question of quality. I'm not bashing fiberglass, it has it's uses. I'm just being honest. If I were to say one name, I would agree with Deuce. Wescotts is one that I could recommend.
Here is a thread with some more info that might interest you.
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BE different....ACT normal.

No one is completely useless..They can always be used as a bad example
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Do not be decieved into thinking a Brookville steel body requires less work than a glass body to complete. They also have problems with fit and finish that need to be refined.

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Here's a web site about building a car.
Very informative!
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