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1bad32 10-30-2011 09:36 AM

Show me or Kilbourne body???
 
My shop that's building My '32 Ford Coupe just gave Me the choice of those bodies.
I have no idea which is better,or are they about the same.
He said the Show Me bodies would cost Me a little more $.
Any advice would be helpful,
Thanks again.

327NUT 10-30-2011 04:14 PM

Yes... N&N 3W coupe body, probably the best buy out there...www.NNfiberglass.com, and don't let your builder dictate which parts you can buy...it's your money. Wescott is probably the best but it's $19,000 then Redneck which is around $12,000, N&N is around $6500 but if you shop around you can get a better deal on it.

OneMoreTime 10-30-2011 04:34 PM

My take on this is to first work up your proposed budget..then look for the body...my own thing is that i wish to see what I am buying before laying out the cash and if that means taking a road trip or buying a plane ticket so be it..

Sam

1bad32 10-30-2011 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
My take on this is to first work up your proposed budget..then look for the body...my own thing is that i wish to see what I am buying before laying out the cash and if that means taking a road trip or buying a plane ticket so be it..

Sam

Sam Your right,,but I am going to wait until after the build is finished to fly out and make sure everything is up to par then make final payment.
I have been doing most of the parts buying Myself,like a nice 383 blown engine form Al's toy box,and a stage 3 Bowtie tranny,B&m tranny cooler,Moser rear end,and other things so it's not too big a deal for the body,I just want to make sure which is better for the price budget of around $7-8,000.

1bad32 10-30-2011 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by 327NUT
Yes... N&N 3W coupe body, probably the best buy out there...www.NNfiberglass.com, and don't let your builder dictate which parts you can buy...it's your money. Wescott is probably the best but it's $19,000 then Redneck which is around $12,000, N&N is around $6500 but if you shop around you can get a better deal on it.


Yeah, the Wescott is way above what I want to spend on a body,,unless there is "such a big difference".
So You really like the N&N body over say a Kilbourne or Show Me body,,what makes that a better body in Your opinion.
Thanks

327NUT 10-30-2011 10:14 PM

Not saying that the N&N body is any better but I've seen several coupes and roadster body's by them and they are very nicely finished when you get them. The biggest thing I think is the owner of N&N....Dwayne, he just sounds like an extremely down to earth kind of guy and will help you out all he can.

The other two owners might be great guys also, just never had any dealings with them, besides the N&N doesn't cost as much and is a very high quality body. Do a lot of research on these items because you're going to spend a LOT of money getting this car built for you.....as I'm sure you're finding out.

1bad32 10-30-2011 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by 327NUT
because you're going to spend a LOT of money getting this car built for you.....as I'm sure you're finding out.

YOU ARE DARN RIGHT!!!! :sweat:

Deuce 10-30-2011 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by 1bad32
YOU ARE DARN RIGHT!!!! :sweat:

Whatever you think you are about to spend ... better add a BIG pile to it :D

IF ... and I mean IF ... I were to build a fiberglass 32 3W coupe and was not going with the Wescott ... I would step up and buy the RedNeck body.

http://www.redneckstreetrods.com/ima...p_carfront.gif

It is more $$$ ... but it is a better body IMHO. It even looks like a 32 3W ... something the cheaper bodies do not. The cheap bodies just scream " cheap fiberglass "

The glue in windshields and the flat firewalls ... are a dead give away @ 25 feet or more. These things can be fixed ... but again ... it takes money.

I am a long time 32 Ford owner. :thumbup:
I have seen lots of folks jump in, spend a pile of money and end up with a car that they are so disappointed with once it is finished. ALL because they spend $$$ and did not know what they really wanted and what the 32 Ford real world was like.

32 Ford owners are generally very opinionated ( I am ) ...

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...1/IMG_4758.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...1/IMG_4703.jpg

And NOW ... plastic cars

http://www.carnut.com/show/04/spf/nat0744.jpg

http://www.carnut.com/show/05/spf/nat2107.jpg

http://www.carnut.com/show/01/spf/nat734.jpg


A lot of folks SAY that the fiberglass ... deal is OK ... but deep down ...
most want their coupe to look like a Henry Ford coupe ... not something out of a resin can.

.

1bad32 10-30-2011 11:11 PM

Thank You Guys for Your honest,if sometimes "harsh reality" opinions!
George{1BAD32}

Deuce 10-31-2011 05:16 AM

Go do a GOOGLE search for 1932 Ford for sale.

Lots of internet sites will show up with a good many " 32's " for sale. The vast majority of them are the cheaper fiberglass bodied vehicles. When you see " Brookville, Wescott or Gibbons " the price is almost always higher. :D
Original Henry cars even higher.


Basically the only difference in the build cost is the cost of the body. Most of the time, paint and body work on the lesser bodies add up to the cost of a better body. Centerline ( here on the board ) took a low cost body and he worked at it and made it a better looking body. He made the firewall look more like a 32 firewall. He made a faux piece so the windshield looks like a 32 windshield ( with a metal frame ).

http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/da.../IMG_1005a.JPG

http://hotrodsandhemis.com/DeucePainting/IMG_3310.JPG

He has said that he kept real good records on his expenses and he has less than 25 grand in the red coupe you see above. :thumbup: :thumbup:

I know Centerline and I believe that figure $$. He is a talented man who is a very determined indivual. He has LOTS of time invested. It can be done ... but with the rod shop rates being what they are ... it would cost mor to fix the issues than buy a better body IMHO.


Disclaimer

Flat firewalls, glued in windshields and poor fitting parts ALL bother me greatly. IF ... these things do not bother you ... then by all means proceed. I have a friend who has a Street Beast ... he knows it is junk ... but does not care. He has lots of fun with his almost looks like a 34 Ford.

http://www.autabuy.com/photos/573561_272283627.jpg

Mr. T 10-31-2011 05:43 AM

body choice, for what it's worth
 
I have used several body manufacturers over the years and have had some great bodies,none of them were any better than N&N.

da34guy 10-31-2011 06:09 AM

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Heres a couple N&N 3 windows and roadsters I've done.
Great product,quality and great guy to deal with.

Deuce 10-31-2011 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by da34guy
Heres a couple N&N 3 windows and roadsters I've done.
Great product,quality and great guy to deal with.

YES and you build them to sell ... not to keep. :D :D

MARTINSR 10-31-2011 09:08 AM

When you are paying someone to build a car, that labor isn't free. The money spent on a better body could end being a SAVINGS of money over what the shop would have charged to fine tune the cheaper body.

It isn't only about how firewalls are glued in and such, it's about how the doors and trunk are hung, are they straight, are they finished off nice or will they need a bunch of work to fit them nice enough for your expectations?

Is the body REALLY ready to paint or will it have pin holes and messed up boidy lines that need to be fine tuned, this all adds up to body labor that costs a lot of money.

I would still build some other (cheaper) car that was steel before I built a glass car but that's just me.

Brian

da34guy 10-31-2011 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Deuce
YES and you build them to sell ... not to keep. :D :D

Sure do Randy, and after 37 builds I'm still SOLD on N&N.
Great product.


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