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From: Owenton Ky,USA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 03-27-2002 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First of all I am very impressed by the response I recieved from rick about a web based sales for NPD. Thanks. Now that being said I would like to ask a question that follows along with the REPOPS thread. I am going to buy new front and rear valance panels for my 69 sometime in the next few days. I want parts that fit but I have little experience with repo sheetmetal should I buy NOS at the higher price and save the money the bodyman will charge me to make the (maybe) ill fitting repos work?

1969 MACH 1 (with no miss)

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posted 06-12-2002 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not Rick, but I got repros for my Mach, and they look pretty good.


'70 Mustang Mach 1, '72 Mustang Sprint, '94 F-150

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From: Ocala, FL
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 06-13-2002 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is an area that we could go back & forth indefinately on. It is pointless to try and generalize "repro vs. Ford" sheetmetal, because each individual part and piece carries it's own balance of price vs. quality virtue. Some are absolutely fantastic, and some are just O.K.. It's just as silly as generalizing "All Arabs are blood-thirsty terrorists". Combine value received for value given, and "will my bodyman's labor nullify the savings of the repro", and lay that out for every individual piece of metal available for the car, and you're to the point where answering the universal question "what's better, repro or Ford metal?" would take a thick book to answer. In general terms, the current repro metal we carry represents a great value for the money. Some items are better than others, but in all cases you get more than adequate value for what you pay, and that's the bottom line when you're buying anything. On the '69 valances specifically, you should be fine with the repros. They fit good, you won't get upside down with your bodyman unless he's yanking your chain. If money's no object to you, and you have a yearning to go with nothing other than U.S. metal on your car, then hunt for some original Ford. But the prices I've seen lately are sobering, I'm glad I stashed away spares for all my cars back when the stuff was cheap and available!! Original vs. Repro is not a question that someone can answer for anyone, it's something you can only decide for yourself based on your own standards, trial & error experience, and your own sense of value. Original or Repro, either way, we don't get alot of returns.

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From: Catlin, IL USA
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posted 06-14-2002 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skips69   Click Here to Email skips69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have re-pop front and rear valances on my car (also a 69'). In my experience, these are about the only re-pop parts for this car that DID fit well. I am happy with them. Now, other re-pop parts for the 69-70.....................................(Let's just say when better used Ford or NOS came along, alot of parts were later replaced).

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