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Body parts from dealer

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rampage, Jul 2, 2001.

  1. rampage

    rampage 1/2 ton status

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    I went to the dealer this morning to find out how much some body parts would be for my 89 Blazer. I knew they would be a bit more expensive than aftermarket but I was willing to trade that for the quality. However, after hearing their prices I think I'll be hitting the salvage yards with a small magnet to find me some non-bondoed, dent-free parts (unless someone else knows where to get good quality parts. That includes ding free parts that are shipped from aftermarket places.)
    Dealer quotes:
    left fender - $542
    complete door (no innards) - $443
    left quarter panel - discontinued

    Five and a half bills for a fender !?!?!?!? Yeah right! Does that come with Vaseline too? *L*
     
  2. rocko

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    Junkyard's are your best bet.. I found many great condition parts at a local one around here..
    75 per fender for 81-91 Blazer's or any Chevy pickup/Suburban... etc..
    Door's usually run around 50 bucks..


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  3. rampage

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    What is the best way to find out if the parts have bondo? I REALLY need clean parts that don't need any body work. Do I use a really weak magnet and run it all over the sheetmetal to find out if it holds on or is there another way to determine? The reason I ask is because I'm going to have all my body parts chemically stripped and powder coated, and powder coating doesn't adhere that well to bondo.
     
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    you can get good quality repo parts cheep i bought everything you would need for the front clip except the core support for $300, and they weren't cheap junk, find a good body man they generally know where to get everything in any quality at any price
     
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    Not that this will make you feel any better about things, but get a load of this: I need front fenders for my '73. Checked a price about 9 months ago at the local Chevy dealer. Cost: $159/ea. Decided to wait, since I wasn't really ready for them yet, and didn't want to take up the space in the garage to store them.

    Now I'm ready for the fenders, so went to Chevy to pick them up. Turns out they raised the price about 6 months ago to over $500/ea.!!! Oh my gawd! [​IMG] Asked them what the heck happened. The parts guy I deal with is really cool, and we are always joking about GM's wierd pricing on parts. He explains that, basically it is getting harder to find used pieces that are in good shape, so GM feels they can get away with charging more. Also, limited production supposedly raises their costs. Hmmm... Hard for me to swallow that logic; him too. He thinks it's ridiculous, but has to charge the price anyway, since it's not his dealership.

    I'm going to get them through a friend that has a shop. He gets a deeper discount than I can. Still, by waiting 9 months, my fenders are now going to cost me $700 more than they would have.[​IMG] Guess I need to invent a way-back machine to go back 9 months. Oh, well. You win some, you lose some.[​IMG]

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  6. rampage

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    Checked with another Chevy dealer and they can actually get the left quarter panel ... for $1003 ( that is not a typo either ). Have all the parts for out trucks from the dealer sky-rocketed like this?
     
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    well If you are interested in aftermarket I can get them. I sell them wholesale, and they are easy to get. But shipping them would probably not be very cost effective. I get them from a local supplier here in Sacramento, and also have an account set up with LMC. All aftermarket parts are CAPA parts. Let me know if you are interested. I will get you prices. Burlingame is only about an hour and a half away i believe.
     
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    Yikes!!

    Sorry to hear that. I guess I should quit whining about $500 for a fender. Goes to show that things can always be worse, I guess.[​IMG]

    I'm hoping that sooner or later (hopefully sooner), National Parts Depot will get involved with the 73-91 GM vehicles. A friend just finished building a '69 Camaro, with my help. I was astonished to learn that you can practically build one of those from the ground up, just with parts from NPD. They have everything from the most obscure little fasteners to rear quarter panels to original moldings. Amazing!

    LMC, Cheyenne, and others do a decent job with our vehicles, but NPD seems to be the most complete of all when it comes to restoration. Maybe some day...

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    Best way to tell for Bondo..
    You can knock on the metal.. and if it changed tone it's bondo.. or at Pep Boys.. they sell this device.. called Spot Rot
    you slide it over the metal.. "usual places for rust" and it will tell you how much bondo if any... due to magnetic pull.. it'll tell you aprox thickness if it finds any...
    I prefer junk yard prices.. and the quality is great if you know what you're looking for.. 200 for a new fender compared to $75.00.. I know my answer.. [​IMG]

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    Sara - I sent you an e-mail, please check.

    Rocko - How much is that device from Pep-girls?
     
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    I think I've seen it run for about 12 bucks..
    It works pretty damn good too.... I've seen one used before.. A friend of mine had one.. he used it before buying a 65 GTO.
    Found ton's of bondo on the left rear quarter..
    Now.. I've used so called "aftermarket" or "repro" fenders.. and they don't line up with the body contour lines worth a crap... Watch out for the Japanese or Taiwan import metal..
    Very thin.. and like I learned.. they don't line up..
    I'm not the only one i'm sure who's seen this..

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