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Snake_Eyes
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posted 12-20-2002 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake_Eyes   Click Here to Email Snake_Eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who makes the best quarter panel skins or full quarter panels for a 68?


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RICKS
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posted 12-20-2002 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's not as though there's a bunch of different manufacturers making sheet metal products. Most all of the Mustang parts suppliers carry the very same selection of merchandise from the same manufacturers when it comes to those 1/4 panels, either repair or full. This is an instance that I would advise you to AVOID the U.S. made (well, actually now they're made in Canada) 1/4 repair panels from American Designers. They're simply incorrect for '68, even though they've been sold for decades for both 67 & 68 applications. They are not the correct contour in the C-area. Imported Taiwanese sheet metal is really the way to go for this area. Correct full 1/4 panels and 1/4 repair panels are available for both early-style and late-style 1968 Mustangs from overseas. The quality is quite good, we've never had a complaint. The difference between early and late has to do with the style marker lamps on your car (Ford changed them mid-production). There is only ONE manufacturer, one set of tooling, for these 1968-specific correct 1/4's and 1/4 repairs. It doesn't matter who you buy them from, as long as they have them in stock and they aren't jerking you on the price or the truck freight costs. Whether you go for the more expensive full 1/4, or the cheaper 1/4 repair, is your call depending on your needs.

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Cruzer
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posted 12-20-2002 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cruzer   Click Here to Email Cruzer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was working on a 66 vert we had to put new quarters on both sides. NPD only had one side so we bought it & got another one from a local Mustang store. The one from the local store wasn't as good as the one from NPD. It didn't fit as good, but both quarters lines weren't as sharp as the original panels. I guess over time the molds wear & are not getting retooled often enough. We 1st tried some lower patches for the quarters from American Design. To be honest they sucked. So we decided to go with the full quarters.
Here's a link to the work.
http://web.infoave.net/~ronniek/tom.html

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RICKS
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posted 12-20-2002 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, on 65-66 1/4 skins, there have been several different manufacturers and sets of tooling producing parts over the years, and that's an item that we source exclusively with one manufacturer that we know is the best for that part. Conversely, the new ultra-correct 67 and 68 1/4 panels and skins are relatively new, replacing older "generic" tooling that stamped only one panel to cover all 67-68 applications. These new specific-application pieces are only being produced by one manufacturer. If you're buying a 1/4 panel that specifically states for instance "1968, late-style" only, then you know you're getting the good new tooling, no matter who you purchase it through. It's a real rat's nest, repro parts, that's why it's always good to ask around and not to generalize about groups of parts. It's also good to develop a relationship with a supplier that does all this homework for you, so that you can count on the best available stuff without having to research manufacturers every time you plan a purchase. (Sorry, a shameless indirect/sneaky plug! I try to avoid those, please forgive me).

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mustangs68
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posted 12-20-2002 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgive,,
LOL..I welcome the insight into the industry
sam

(in Fact I save as many of the 1968 threads as possible to help other 68 Owners..the insight is welcomed )

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Snake_Eyes
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posted 12-22-2002 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake_Eyes   Click Here to Email Snake_Eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How much would a pair of skins cost? I need the ones with side marker bolted to the out side. I have an older catalog from NPD not sure if part numbers are the same. Also can I have a part numbers for both sides?


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Cruzer
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posted 12-22-2002 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cruzer   Click Here to Email Cruzer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NPD has them for $119.95 ea. The part #'s are 250-3RH & 250-3LH. These are full skins with the indents.

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Snake_Eyes
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posted 12-25-2002 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake_Eyes   Click Here to Email Snake_Eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Out of curiosity are the American designer quarter skins for a 67 better then the 68 ones they make or junk too? What would be the difference in price and its thickness between the two?

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RICKS
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posted 12-26-2002 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
??? American Designers doesn't make any 1/4 repair pieces that are 67-only or 68-only. They make a one-part-fits-both-years application for 67-68, which is the problem. Don't bother with American Designers. Technically, they don't make a full-face skin for 67 or 68 anyways. The largest thing they make is called a "1/4 repair wheel flair" which starts at the rear of the wheel opening and extends forward to the door jamb. As I said before, it's fine for a '67 owner, but this part is not correct or advisable for your '68 because of the C-scoop area.

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