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Old 01-02-2011, 10:00 PM
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where to get cheap replacement panels?

Is there any place to get cheaper panels besides LMC for a 1980 Chevy C10?

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www.rustrepair.com but remember, cheaper is not good when it comes to patch panels
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the cheapest seems to be certi -fit. But i call them sorta- fit
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Saving a few dollars on a cheaper replacement panels is not worth the added aggravation of trying to install it. You will spend hours more cutting, slicing and welding trying to make it fit. Sometimes the cheap panels are so bad they look like they were hammered out with rocks. Plus they are usually made out of thinner metal. Spend the money and buy better parts. You'll be glad you did.
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Unfortunately price is not an indicator of a quality replacement panel as they all come form across the pond. I would rely more on peoples experience rather than making my selection on price.

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The old phrase , "You get what you pay for." Definitely comes to my mind. I have a two neighbors with same year of truck 1988 Toyota 4x4. Both needed a new front bumper. Guy # 1 bought from Toyota dealer : cost about 400.oo, R and R in an hour; fits great and looks great. Guy #2 bought an aftermarket : cost about 200.oo, R and R after about 2 hours with plenty of drillin and cussin. Fits but a little off from one side to the other. Not at first glance but you have that little sting biting at your conscious.
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I just received a new rear fender from LMC for my 55.5 Chevy truck. It looks very nice, the mounting holes all line up, the stampings appear to be crisp and clean, no waves, seems like it'll be an easy R&R (I just jinxed it, didn't I?!). Anywho, their price was the same as their competitors, just a couple of $ less. And the delivery was very quick, and packed well. Thumbs up for LMC, for whatever my thumb is worth. I've ordered from Mac's as well, for my '33 Ford PU.....very nice quality too.
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Exactly, so price DOES reflect the quality of the parts. It is a fact that the higher quality parts cost more. And yes you can have fitment issues with the better parts, but it is a given that you'll have issues with the cheap parts.
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Perhaps I should have said: Some firms charge a high price for low quality panels, same as some firms charge a high price for high quality panels.

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Knock on wood, I've had good luck with NPD, just minor bending cutting and filling. I just put some panels on an 85 Shivalay pickup between the taillinghts and rear wheels, wherever the guy bought them off Evilpay, made them as cheap and crappy as possible. There is no flare to it which makes the wheelhouse trim not fit. Time to weld some more on them so they fit the trim.
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Perhaps I should have said: Some firms charge a high price for low quality panels, same as some firms charge a high price for high quality panels.

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X2. All the Chinesium patch panels are stamped in the same one or two factories, yet prices for these same parts vary widely among different vendors. If you can find quality US-made parts, get them, but a high price is no guarantee that the part is US made. In my case (Olds 442s) there is no US-made option.
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I did a s-10 for a guy once.He got cab corners from JC Whitney. What a bunch of junk. I told him I could have made a better panel with a peice of tin and two 2x4's.
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I'm not sure if your still looking, but I found great quality panels at rapidautoparts.com. They weren't too expensive and I was happy with them after all was said and done.

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Thank all you guys for the advice. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for kind of a thing, I just wanted to see what else is out there......... now I have to find an air pump system and brackets
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good used sheetmetal is best...but just because its used wont make it oem ,it may have been replaced so check out your used parts carefully ,thin material,sharp edges and rough spot welds are a dead give away.
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