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PostSubject: Quarter Panel Mystery   Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:09 pm

Back when I was a noob to the hobby... around 2004 or so I was doing some parts hunting online and stumbled on a story that either the Chrysler 300 club or another high end club once contracted a company in California to stamp out 100% complete new quarter panels for the 58 Plymouth 2 door hardtops. I remember getting the information and actually called the guy in California. He told me they had 50 to 60 pairs sitting in a wharehouse. They wanted either $700.00 or $1000.00 a side and they refused to package or ship them. Being a complete newbie I passed as I couldn't get anyone to do the packaging and shipping. A few years later I realized the significance of this and tried to retrace my steps to re establish contact with the company. Sadly, I had no luck finding the info for this "treasure trove" and had to make due with what I had. I'm curious if anyone else has any knowledge of this or heard about them? I suppose if anyone could find them it would be Marc! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:28 pm

No, I have never even heard of them, until just now.
But to me, it almost kind of sounds a bit like a scam because of the fact that the company refuses to package or ship the item. Also the fact that the company isn't public, like them not advertising and so difficult to find/contact. But that's just my own personal opinion...

These are the only people I have heard of offering panels for '58 Plymouth's:
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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:46 pm

You know they are still out there... sitting quietly on a shelf hidden in the back corner of a forgotten, dark warehouse located in a declining city block...somewhere...

Will they be recovered and recognized for what they are or will they be sold off for scrap by the next owner of the building after the last one vacated?...

things to keep you up at night. You are welcome. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:54 pm

it would be very interesting to see if the light ever shines on this story

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:08 am

Wow Wayne thats a good story. If they had the means to stamp these out that must mean there must be a company that still has the stamp or tooling for these. That also makes we wonder the same thing for the front fenders. Boy if they started to make repro fenders and quarters that would be a dream come true for so many.

Wayne I wish I could help you out on a name but someone must know what company that was. Heck someone must have bought one or two along the way.


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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:22 pm

Yeah, it would be a dream come true if you were able to get repro fenders and quarters. Smile 

Wouldn't it be so cool if, in time, someone actually went into business selling a while bunch of new parts for these Plymouth's?
Like say so many new parts available for these Plymouth's, you could compare it to how many parts are available for the Chevy's.
Just for comparison, you can build a whole new '57 Chevy Bel-Air right out of the box, they have every single part available for it, they even offer now new frames for this car.
So to compare the Chevy with these Plymouth's, wouldn't it be nice if in time, you could say the same thing about these Plymouth's as you can with the '57 Chevy. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:55 pm

3D laser printer?  Someday? If you can build a gun from it, why not car parts?

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:17 am

i agree with you Joe, seems very reasonable

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:03 pm

So car parts can pop out of a printer?

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:31 pm

1958PlymouthFuryChristine wrote:
So car parts can pop out of a printer?

THAT'S COOL!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

A 3D printer is not really a "printer" ; from what I can tell it's more of a sculpting tool - like router on steroids.

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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:42 pm

Oh, ok thanks for informing me. Smile 
Well, I still hope that someone does use this 3D printer/sculpting tool to make Plymouth parts from it. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Quarter Panel Mystery   Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:20 pm

I've been restoring cars as a hobby since the late seventies, Wayne, and I've never heard of this. Occasionally an NOS panel would turn up in the attic of an old dealership, but not reproductions. For a time, there was someone selling full length quarter panels for '57-'58 Chrysler and Desoto, but many 300 club members [As I am a member there] that tried using them, but the fit was very poor, and the seller discontinued them.

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