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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Crappy repo parts? I wish.

No doubt, some repo parts are not perfect, some not even close, but man what I wouldn't give for the availability I have for my 66 coupe, versus my 1968 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. Only 7,500 made give or take. Very, very little in the way of parts available. Carpet, ok. Even seat upholstery. But how about a hood? Or a quarter? Interior door panel or dash? No way, no how! Ever price a Pontiac engine rebuild? It sometimes cracks me up to read the rants about backorders or parts that have to be modified to work. Lord what I wouldn't give for something that even resembled the needed part. Resume regular programming.
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I had a 65 Fairlane(shoulda kept it) 1 year body style I kinda know your pain


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No doubt, some repo parts are not perfect, some not even close, but man what I wouldn't give for the availability I have for my 66 coupe, versus my 1968 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. Only 7,500 made give or take. Very, very little in the way of parts available. Carpet, ok. Even seat upholstery. But how about a hood? Or a quarter? Interior door panel or dash? No way, no how! Ever price a Pontiac engine rebuild? It sometimes cracks me up to read the rants about backorders or parts that have to be modified to work. Lord what I wouldn't give for something that even resembled the needed part. Resume regular programming.
My other cars were AMX and Javelin. I'd take the limited availability of those parts over the repo crap i'm receiving for the Mustang currently!

Even my dad's Corvairs had decent parts available!

I could not disagree more. A useless part is a useless part. . . .

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I have a good friend that just finished a decade-long build of a kustom 57 Chrysler New Yorker. It is resplendent. One of the greatest cars I have ever laid eyes on. Every single part acquired for that car comes with a story of some eccentric forward look Mopar guy and a price tag that would make your eyes water.

I get it, some chinesium parts are junk, but itís all relative.


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A friend of mine took classes in metal working and invested in tooling like a big (expensive) english wheel and such basically because his car needs at least a quarter panel and he figures about the best way to get one is to make it himself. He's probably right. I found and bought full quarters for my '69 on clearance sale at RockAuto. Which I WON"T be telling him about. No need to rub it in.
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I have a good friend that just finished a decade-long build of a kustom 57 Chrysler New Yorker. It is resplendent. One of the greatest cars I have ever laid eyes on. Every single part acquired for that car comes with a story of some eccentric forward look Mopar guy and a price tag that would make your eyes water.

I get it, some chinesium parts are junk, but itís all relative.


What's neat about that model, is that it came with both 2 and 4 headlamps. In those states that allowed 4 headlamps, the dealers would change them from 2 to 4. There was a feature article on that model back in the old 'Cars and Parts' magazine. Pretty neat, and a cool looking car.
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While our day-job is dedicated to sourcing and supplying as-best-as-we-can-find reproduction parts for classic Mustangs, our private collection is full of relatively-obscure top-line models from GM and Ford/Lincoln/Mercury for which reproduction parts, in general, just don't exist.

It's a completely different method of parts sourcing, the "scavenger hunt" method... Requiring factory parts texts, researching original numbers, partsvoice, rearcounter, eBay and Google...

And often times.. Nothing can be found, and time rolls on..

As opposed to when I've got one of our old Mustangs in the shop, and anything I need is a short stroll away.

It's a big difference.
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