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Old 12-04-2010, 02:35 PM
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VERY UNHAPPY with fender aprons shipped from National Parts Depot (http://www.npdlink

Hello all,

I just ordered the rear and front inner fender aprons (PS / LH) for my 1968 Mustang coupe from National Parts Depot (http://www.npdlink.com/).

If you have an NPD catalog – they are part numbers 227-1ALH and 16055-2A.

When they arrived yesterday – I was super excited thinking that I would be able to work all weekend and get some serious work done on the car.

However – I was SERIOUSLY disappointed when I opened up the box and found that both the rear and front fender aprons HAVE NO HOLES punched for the fender bolts! On a 1968 Mustang coupe – these holes are rectangular punch outs.

After calling the number on the parts invoice (in Michigan) I talked with one of their guys there. He told me that this was NORMAL for these parts!

This is my first restoration project – so I don’t have any previous experience to draw upon. I assumed that when you order a replacement part – you can count on getting a part that has ALL of the appropriate punch outs (in this case they are rectangular punch outs).

I have the following questions for the group.

1) Is this normal and can I expect this going forward when ordering sheet metal parts or is this just specific to National Parts Depot?
2) Can someone suggest another source for the front and rear PS / LH inner fender aprons – where they ship parts with all of the punch outs?
3) Assuming this is normal – how do you create the rectangular punch outs for the fender bolts on these sheet metal parts?

Thank you
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Welcome To The Aftermarket World Get Use To It
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:54 PM
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hello,

ok - well thank you for the information.

are ALL of the after market vendors like this (poor quality) - or - are the parts from National Parts Depot just poor ?

thank you,
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I t is mainly hit or miss no matter where you buy them from. I am sure one company is better than the other but how would you know unless you did alot of research. Just because a part fits one car well does not mean it fits all cars well expecially the old ones.

Just have fun its just a car

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Old 12-04-2010, 03:06 PM
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hello,

ok - i understand.

thank you for the advice.

thank you,
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:06 PM
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i would'nt say poor quality, more like aftermarket quality. I'd see if they will do a return and start over. maybe find some other supplier and call their tech line and ask if the parts have the punched areas, holes drilled, ect....
if you can find NOS it will fit like you are wanting. expect to pay$$$$, possibly original used ??? would be better route.
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:17 PM
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it all depends on vendor who's making the parts. I've ordered rear valance for Charger and it needed one hole to be smaller, then it had 2 holes that needed to be removed and it didn't come with wire clips to hold light harness onto it like factory did. Most aftermarket parts won't just bolt-on and be ready for paint.
Also expect some dings/dents/scratches on body panels that you will have to fix.
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hello all,


i may try to find another vendor. i believe someone told me to check out "Glazier Nolan" on the web.

someone also suggested that i just create the punch outs myself and get on with it. i am not opposed to this at all. this is my first project car - so i am just trying to learn and have fun with it.

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I am just wondering if they dont put the holes there because the fit varies from car to car.......just a guess.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:15 PM
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I am just wondering if they dont put the holes there because the fit varies from car to car.......just a guess.
Very good point Poncho.



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aftermarket aprons

I had the same thing years ago aprons I bought from MUSTANGS UNLIMITED, but it worked out for the better. You can after you weld your aprons on, mount the fenders on with screws for alignment, then drill your hole later for finish fit. I was lucky, I knew a tool and die maker and had him to make me a die press, later I drilled my holes I pressed in the die by tightening it down . Looks original,
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Most of the after- market crap is made in china or Taiwan enough said. We keep doing it to our selves.
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My friend said it best when he said "If they wanted to be honest instead of saying Just like original in the catalog they said Similar to original, can be used if nothing else is available".

I think that is as profound at it gets.

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Its always better to find good used sheetmetal than after market.....I just saw a 68 and a 66 mustang at the local U pull it....Both had good aprons but that was about all that was left....
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I will do just about anything before I buy a repro part of any kind. I will never be surprised at how easy it is to find original parts. I do it all the time, NOS parts, good used, it is amazing how much stuff is out there even for my odd ball Rambler, or 53-55 Corvette stuff that I have been searching for.

I am sorry, but the repro stuff is a VERY last resort in my opinion.

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