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PostSubject: Cheap Parts???   Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:40 am

When it comes to my 1958 Plymouth Belvedere, I am testing my luck to see how lucky I can be. First off, the car was given to me for free. Also, as of yet, I have not had to pay more then between $50 and $80 for parts that I've been buying. Most of everything else I need, the guy who gave mt the car told me I'm welcome to anything extra that he has.

I am currently looking for the body panel on the passenger side between the door and the rear wheel well. I am waiting on a couple of snail mail letters from a couple of potential parts sources, but I figured I'd ask on here as well.

Does anyone have this body panel and are willing to part with it for about $75.00?

I was told that these body panels are Rare (DUH!!!) and that I would end up having to pay between $200 and $400. The cheapest I've found this panel for so far is $123, which isn't bad, but like I said, I want to test my luck.

I know there are some things I'll need to pay the going rate on, such as fenders, but I got a set that needs work. Want to try and keep the car original.

Anyone have and leads on this body panel let me know.


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PostSubject: Re: Cheap Parts???   Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:11 am

You talkin' the 'dog leg'?

I dunno if Bill's Speed Shop out there in yer neck of the woods still has that HUGE supply of 'repair' panels or not?

$75 a side sounds reasonable for those.
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PostSubject: Re: Cheap Parts???   Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:20 am

Yes, Bill's speed shop is still around. I just talked to him, or someone from there last week. He said he did have the panel and was asking like $130 or something for it. I might end up having to do business with him, because his name keeps coming up no matter where I look.


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PostSubject: Re: Cheap Parts???   Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:16 pm

One thing to remember when buying body panels......NEVER look for the cheapest panel..


Once you try and test fit, align all the body lines, and weld it on, you'll see why...

I've restored a Christine doing all my own work, and HAD TO LAY OUT over $10K to even finish. Please do not take this the wrong way, but you WILL spend the bucks sooner or later.

Might as well hear it now...Start with a good idea of the quality of restoration you want.

Sure there are cheaper parts out there, but once you've had to spend WEEKS working them just to make them presentable, you find that cheaper isn't always better. VERY few things on these cars are cheap.
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PostSubject: Re: Cheap Parts???   Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:27 pm

That particular panel is fairly simple to reproduce, as there are no compound curves. Most of the aftermarket panels I have seen for these cars are a poor fit at best anyhow. Unless you can find a 2-door car that has been hit hard in the rear, it is unlikely you will find someone willing to cut that section from a restorable car.

Cut the bad portion out, and take it to a metal shop, even heating and air shops can usually fabricate a simple piece like this, and the cost will often be cheaper than buying a reproduction panel. Be sure to use 18 gauge sheetmetal.

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PostSubject: Re: Cheap Parts???   Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:11 am

Thanks guys, everyone is beging a good help. I've found a panel, but need to get some money together to get it. My work has cut my hours so I gotta talk to them.

My car's body is actually in good shape with the exeception of one or two spots. So thanks goodness.


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