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curtis73 11-09-2010 12:06 PM

Sources for body panels
 
I looked through the tech articles and didn't find what I needed. I just picked up a 67 Lemans and its going to need at least floor panels, maybe rockers and one fender. I've searched OPG and a few other sites but they are top-dollar. I don't mind spending a little extra on a fender, but when it comes to floor pans that are going to be covered with carpet, cheaper is better.

Any good links to companies who sell classic car body panels for cheap?

joe_padavano 11-09-2010 03:56 PM

http://www.autobodyspecialt.com/

http://www.shermanparts.com/ecat/base/index.php

http://www.rustrepair.com/index-mf.html

http://www.showcars-bodyparts.com/catalogue.html

Rag top bird 11-09-2010 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by curtis73
I looked through the tech articles and didn't find what I needed. I just picked up a 67 Lemans and its going to need at least floor panels, maybe rockers and one fender. I've searched OPG and a few other sites but they are top-dollar. I don't mind spending a little extra on a fender, but when it comes to floor pans that are going to be covered with carpet, cheaper is better.

Any good links to companies who sell classic car body panels for cheap?

Cheaper is not always better if you $100 bucks on the panel and it dont fit well then it will cost you more in labor to make it fit I just installed a set of pans in a 66 Lamans and the pan had a inch gap in the middle where the pans meet and it took 5 hours to fix the problem

freethinker52 11-09-2010 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by curtis73
I looked through the tech articles and didn't find what I needed. I just picked up a 67 Lemans and its going to need at least floor panels, maybe rockers and one fender. I've searched OPG and a few other sites but they are top-dollar. I don't mind spending a little extra on a fender, but when it comes to floor pans that are going to be covered with carpet, cheaper is better.

Any good links to companies who sell classic car body panels for cheap?

i used these guys for goodmark parts. i was pleased with their prices and service:

http://www.rapidautoparts.com/index....com/index.cfm?

joe_padavano 11-10-2010 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Rag top bird
Cheaper is not always better if you $100 bucks on the panel and it dont fit well then it will cost you more in labor to make it fit I just installed a set of pans in a 66 Lamans and the pan had a inch gap in the middle where the pans meet and it took 5 hours to fix the problem

Normally that is true, but nearly all of the repro panels available today are stamped at the same one or two factories in China. Very few are US made and virtually all of them are terrible from a fitment standpoint. How vendors get away with charging such a wide range of prices for the same parts is a mystery. For example, all of the partial floor pans for GM cars are stamped the same and all suck as far as fitment. Doesn't make sense to spend more for the same crappy fitting part. The full rocker-to-rocker floor pans now available are an exception and can actually save a lot of labor to offset the high purchase price.

Rag top bird 11-10-2010 06:46 PM

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Normally that is true, but nearly all of the repro panels available today are stamped at the same one or two factories in China. Very few are US made and virtually all of them are terrible from a fitment standpoint. How vendors get away with charging such a wide range of prices for the same parts is a mystery. For example, all of the partial floor pans for GM cars are stamped the same and all suck as far as fitment. Doesn't make sense to spend more for the same crappy fitting part. The full rocker-to-rocker floor pans now available are an exception and can actually save a lot of labor to offset the high purchase price.

This is true there are only a few companys that make the parts but I can say that I have had very good luck with the parts that I get from Classic Industries if it is marked with the GM trademark it will like OEM parts like I said in the earlier post I just finished a set of pans in a 66 Lamans and the pans were crap they didnt meet up the middle


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