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catman_45
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posted 03-25-2002 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking through all the repro parts for my stang, running across alot of $$ discrepencies...so I was wondering who makes the best stuff, especially the sheet metal. Seems like AAPD has some good stuff, anybody know how good? Anybody I should avoid? Thanks for any info on this.

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Hemikiller
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posted 03-25-2002 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of all the repro stuff I've used, the "Goodmark" brand seems pretty good. My 71-73 floors fit beautifully! I'm not really sure if there are any real "brands" in repro metal. Mustangs Unlimited used to have 65-70 floors made just for them. As far as fenders, quarters etc, there is probably one or two SE Asian companies doing ALL of the stamping. RICKS could answer this better than I, as he is affiliated with NPD.

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-26-2002 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are supposed to be better fenders coming-using the Ford dies or whtever. Goodmark fenders are OK. Same weight as an orig, fit is acceptable, but the steel is noticeably softer. I put one on my 65 and took it off, prior to paint. finding a very good orig.

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RICKS
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posted 03-27-2002 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Goodmark is just a U.S. wholesale distributor, not a manufacturer, but they do have some items manufactured under "exclusive" agreements with manufactures. However, they dropped out of the Mustang metal business a year ago. The "Goodmark fender" was nothing more than the same fender we've been importing directly from the manufacturer as our "best quality" fender for years now. The original Ford fender tooling is indeed going back into service, but at high prices that I have a serious problem with. And who knows how actually "good" those fenders will turn out. Trust me, just because it's a Ford tool does not ensure O.E. circa 1965 quality. If you search my posts, you'll find my rant on that subject about a month or two ago. It's super tough to talk about sheet metal in general terms, because it is truly a maze of manufacturers and importers. Some items are the same thing no matter where you go, other's are not. There is no answer to "who makes the best stuff", instead it's the challenge of our company and our peers to solve the puzzle and carry the best we can get application by application. There are several U.S. manufacturers of metal, but their focus is primarily structural metal, not outer sheet metal. Ask questions of suppliers (U.S. or import?), realize that 99.9% of the time when there is only an import piece offered, that no U.S. piece exists. And ask the folks on forums like this who have been ordering parts and building cars for years for their suggestions. It's the responsibility of parts retailers to solve the monkey-puzzle of sourcing the best available parts for you, it shouldn't be your burden or worry. It's not for me to come on here and exploit an open forum situation for my own gain (which I have absolutely no hidden agenda for I assure you), so you'll have to rely on the members of this forum for specific recommendations. I'm not going to pitch my product. But I always feel compelled to dive in when someone tosses out the general questions like "who makes the best repro parts", because a general or blanket answer to that question is a huge disservice and relatively useless.

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catman_45
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posted 03-27-2002 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, lemme try to narrow my question down a bit. I'm looking at getting my rear quarter panels and front fender from AAPD, $175 for each 1/4 panel and $150 for the front fender. I have no clue from their site about how good these parts are. Has anybody dealt with them before? And are those prices anywhere near the norm? I found some really cheap panels (like $60) elsewhere, but I'm betting those aren't to good.

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RICKS
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posted 03-27-2002 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A $60 quarter is not a full quarter panel, it's just a full-face quarter repair skin. Big difference, doesn't include the top of the 1/4 all the way into the trunk, cannot be installed in a "factory" manner.

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catman_45
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posted 03-27-2002 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for catman_45   Click Here to Email catman_45     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, so would the $175 quarters from AAPD be good then? Would the be truly 'full'?

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-28-2002 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know 'whose brand' or whatever, but I have bought a couple of 1/4's for cvs. I have found the repo full quarters to be a reasonably good fit. No worse than the black primered Ford ones. I know that red oxide is the preferred replacemnt-at a helluva price. I would TRY to avoid a skin like the plague. There is ONE LONG weld that I don't care to get involved with! And on a 67/8 the lower part behind the rear wheel is totally wrong-the one I/ve seen. The 67/8 repo front fenders have been a MAJOR problem-hope they've improved them. On one of those, would rather put a lower patch panel on if the rest of fender is good. It does boil down to picking the supplier who sells the beat avail. And then, there is another problem. Working with 65/8's, have had a couple, one in particular, that had a very slight twist or whatever. It was extremely difficult to make sheet metal line up-and I was using good originals. Schlepping it to a frame man helped but it was never TOTALLY right! So that is a factor that CAN muddy the water. I suspect that repos sometimes get a bad rap.

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