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    Repo body panels

    Well itís been a few more years down the road.
    Has anyone started making replacement panels for our cars?

    Rear quarters and rockers would be nice.
    Even fiberglass repos would solve a lot of problems.

    If anyone on the site is good with fiberglass then with a couple of good cars as examples to form molds, seems to be a great new business for someone!

    Anybody?

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    Nope, no repop panels for f-body, that I'm aware of.
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    There has to be a demand for it to be worthwhile for a vendor. Not a lot of F bodies were saved over time.

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    I have outer rockers bent locally in 16ga to add some structure to them compared to the stock 19ga steel. I'm getting $92 a pair for four bends full length. My local fab shop has the dimensions and angles on file from the first time I did it. I just alter the big height to fit this or that one. There's a lot of variation on the vertical. Up to 1/4" that you aren't going to bow into 16ga the way that skinny factory steel complied to the giant spot guns at the factory. I just brace the car and cut them off for full replacement inside the jamb to a lap weld. Once I have them in, I just bend my own ends onto them to fit the fenders and quarters of car I'm working on. You can do the same. I do make quarter panel replacement patch panels also. But those are made to order. Once again, because of sloppy jigs making every car a different application. I'd need specific dimensions that I would supply to make a set for any individual car. What I've just said is why you aren't going to see replacement parts made again. Unless somebody starts making the inferior Canadian or Taiwanese quarters again with their muddy stamping lines and insanely poor fitment to ALL cars. There's just huge variation in these cars that nobody is going to want to put their name on making a part for only to have ignorant customers complain. Too much at stake with their reputations to make a generic fitment part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-TopSuperCoupe View Post
    Well it’s been a few more years down the road.
    Has anyone started making replacement panels for our cars?

    Rear quarters and rockers would be nice.
    Even fiberglass repos would solve a lot of problems.

    If anyone on the site is good with fiberglass then with a couple of good cars as examples to form molds, seems to be a great new business for someone!

    Anybody?
    Will never happen

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    Maybe I can drag my car up to you on a trailer,
    & Pick it up when itís ready.

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    Get in line. I had the same idea.

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    Get an angle finder and start writing down your dimensions to have the rockers bent for you at a local steel fab shop. The quarter patches are a little more involved because all the lines are angled from each other, but they're small enough to ship easily when made.
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    I actually had to find a car in better shape and turn my 78RT into a donor car because of this. It needed both quarters, rockers, trunk pan, floor pan and frame rails. Just made more sense to turn another car in better shape into a clone of my RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdawgz2006 View Post
    I actually had to find a car in better shape and turn my 78RT into a donor car because of this. It needed both quarters, rockers, trunk pan, floor pan and frame rails. Just made more sense to turn another car in better shape into a clone of my RT
    YUP ...many have used that solution to restore an F body! But who needs repops when we have F body deconstructor Jim lol

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