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PostSubject: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:16 am

Has anyone here had good dealings with mopar mel? I keep reading negative postings about him in different forums but his ebay feedback is generally positive. He seems to be the only guy around who has parts I need. Thanks, Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:20 am

Chris do yourself a favor and stay clear of that guy. He continue's to sell things, money is gone and no item's appear. He is not nor will never be a member and or vendor here at the CCC.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:29 pm

Thanks for the heads up, from what I've read I would not purchase anything and have it shipped. Too many people have said that they paid for something and didn't receive it. It's about a four hour drive for me to get to his shop so going in person is about the only way I would deal with the guy. I need the plastic retainer strips for my headliner and unfortunately he's the only one who seems to have them.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:09 pm

I am still waiting for my 1958 350 spark plug wire holders. Over a year now, and hoping he grows a conscience. Thanks God! Marc.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:40 pm

Did he say he shipped the part or does he not respond?

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:20 pm

What amazes me is that he still walking?
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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:44 am

One of these days he will screw over someone with real anger issues and they will take a ball bat to him.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:03 pm

Definitely sounds like someone you can only do business with in person.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:43 pm

or not at all in my personal opinion, its hard to find parts for these cars but its worth it to get them from people you can trust
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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:55 pm

Yeah, I'd much rather deal with someone with a better reputation then mel has. Have you guys come across anyone else that has the headliner strips?

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:04 pm

His strips are out of ford vans or station wagons.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:20 pm

Yeah his ad on ebay says his strips will fit 50s and 60s era Chrysler and ford cars and vans and also Cortez motor homes. If that's true, I'd have to believe someone would still have a supply of these parts, the trouble is finding them.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:46 am

I am still deciding if I want to find the roof panels or wait for a remanufactured set to become available or buy some cross rods and go with a normal headliner in fabric. Marc in Newark...

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:45 pm

Apparently sms sells a perforated fabric headliner for these cars, I'm curious if anyone here has installed one of their headliners?

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:24 pm

I dealt with him one time. And it was for the headliner chrome stripes. I payed him for them, and it was days later I got them on my door step. They are really nice.. I know everyone says not to deal with him. but I tought I should add my experience with him was a positive one. as for the center piece , I made my own . I went to lowes and bought hardboard to do the center headline and the door panels. then I upholstered them..
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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:28 pm

It's good to hear someone has had a decent experience with mel, there's a lot of negative feelings toward him but when you look at his ebay feedback as a seller, it's mostly positive. Kinda seems hit or miss when buying from him but if nobody else has the parts then I'm forced to deal with him. That, or rig something else up but I really don't want to go that route.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:33 pm

Ebay seems to be a good platform to control these kind of guys! I once had an experience with Bob McGee from R/Car. Bought my trunk floor pans from him, outside ebay. I paid and didnĀ“t hear anything from him for 8 months. He did not reply any more on any request. He was there - all the time. I found out by writing him a mail under a fake name and asked about Chevy parts. Suddenly some floor pans appeared on ebay. Found out that it was him. Along with another cheated German guy we threatened him to report ebay about his business pratices. He immediately reacted and sent us our pans!
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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:00 pm

I've dealt with a guy like that on ebay too where he stopped responding to messages but was still selling things, he had another website with a phone number so I called him and finally talked to the guy (he sounded like a dope!). This mopar mel is someone I would only do business with face to face from what I've heard and he's within driving distance for me albeit a long drive. I wouldn't deal with him except he's the only guy that I've found reproducing the stuff I need, kinda sucks!
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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:18 pm

Well I finally did it. I went and got my headliner strips from mopar mel. He seemed like an okay guy on the phone and in person but he is pricey. I found out that the only way to get the reproduction headliner is as an entire set, so buying just the center panel is out. I did find what looks like thin sheet pvc plastic at menards that looks like it will work.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:43 am

Chris,
Did you get to see any of his restorations?

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:42 am

Well, I wasn't there too long but he did have one Christine that I think has been done for awhile. There was what looked like a 61 Chrysler Newport that his helper guy said was getting a viper engine but that car needed a lot of work yet. The Christine looked like it was really nice when first finished but the hood was off and the fender brows had some kind of filler on them, like the car sustained a little damage after being restored.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:44 pm

Chris-

I made the center section for my Fury from two late seventies Ford extended cab pickup headliners. One was not long enough, so I cut and seamed the two together, carefully lining up the perforations. Looks darn near the same!

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:05 pm

Thanks for the idea John, It's hard to believe that finding a piece of perforated cardboard is so difficult.

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PostSubject: Re: Dealing with Mopar mel   Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:57 pm

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Well, I wasn't there too long but he did have one Christine that I think has been done for awhile. There was what looked like a 61 Chrysler Newport that his helper guy said was getting a viper engine but that car needed a lot of work yet. The Christine looked like it was really nice when first finished but the hood was off and the fender brows had some kind of filler on them, like the car sustained a little damage after being restored.

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