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LMC Truck Parts

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbluesuburban, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. bigbluesuburban

    bigbluesuburban 1/2 ton status

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    So I ordered a couple catalogs from LMC truck parts. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about their parts and service. So I am totally excited about ordering some new grill components so finally get a finished look to the front of my truck.

    When I call, first off, I get an 'sales operator', not a technical specialist. I ask if she can tell me if an 89 GMC grill will interchange with my Chevy grill. She says that due to liability she can not give me that information.

    I am in shock. I thought that LMC was the truck restoration headquarters for the world. And what I find out is that they are nothing more than a warehouse. I am really dispointed, actually a little sad. I was really pumped up about getting their catalogs and about ordering parts. Now... I am just not sure that they are all they are cracked up to be.

    Has anyone else ordered parts from them?
    How was the quality?
    Did I just get a low quality employee by chance?

    And finally... Can I use a GMC Grill in my Sub if I switch headlight bezels as well. I want to cut out the grill and put in something custom and the GMC seems a little more conducive to this operation.

    Thanks
     
  2. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I have an 1989 GMC Jimmy for a parts truck and they are the same header. I can take pictures of any thing you need. Just let me know.
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  3. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    I ordered the body mounts to put my project on the frame . I ordered online without no ones help or talking to anyone .

    Ask your questions on CK5 , look at the year breaks on the parts , and just order them .

    As for the GMC/Chevy grill system , my buddy has that year .
     
  4. tiger9297

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    I called a week or so ago to ask them if their exhaust system would fit on my '90 K5. Catalog says 73-78 IIRC. Anyway, the guy said, "if it says '78 then that's all it will fit". I ask him if those year restrictions were due to smog laws and not what the system would actually bolt on to. He told me he wasn't a technician, so I then asked to speak to a technician. He said there were no technicians. So after all that I still don't know if their exhaust will work on my '90. :rolleyes:
     
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    badmix 1/2 ton status

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    They are a parts warehouse for parts we cant normally get anywhere else. thats it, thats all they are. Ive ordered from them numerous times, but I knew what I wanted to get so I didnt have to try and ask them any questions.

    As far as what will fit, I dunno. :D
     
  6. RockinChevy

    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    same here as bad mix said. I've ordered a couple of stuff online since i am hearing impaired so I never had to deal with an sales rep just yet. Their products are great so far.....
    anyways you should be able to interchange the grill with no problem, depending on how far apart the years are (somebody done this, correct me if i'm wrong) I read a post on this a while back, cant remember who started the thread but try a search...
     
  7. darkshadow

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    I had a problem with there brake lines.

    I tore out my lines at the MC do to bas body mounts, when i made my own, the leg of the line that feed the top of the proportioning valve, i couldent make short enuff do to the lenght of the bend the nut and the space needed to fit my flareing tool.

    and since i did not want to cut the crossmember i ordered a FULL set of stainless line, the full set in stainless is evadentaly the ONLY lines you can buy for a 4xsuburban.

    i get the BIG lmc box within is a smaller box from japan, with the lines.

    the lines had a VERY small bent that would have let the lines fit, if not for the long leg they put on it.

    so in the end i was forced to cut my crossmember to fit the lines.
    300 bucks well spent!
     
  8. muddermilitia

    muddermilitia ThatTrazerGuy GMOTM Winner

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    You should be able to use the GMC grill if you also switch headlight bezels. The bezels are different between the two. When I bought my blazer it had a cracked pass side bezel so I replaced it with a GMC bezel, it was the first one I found.
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  9. k204dr

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    the 89-91 all interchange as long as they're both dual headlight or single headlight. the core support is different between single and dual, and between 81-88, and 89-91. good luck.
     
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    If you call LMC for help with a part, ask for the walk in desk. I've never had to call the place to order anything, but the guys at the parts counter seem to actually know what they're doing.
     
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    lmc people are freakin idiots!:mad: , its like when you call auto zone and a chick answer's the phone...:doah:

    chevy duty is the way to go:bow:
     
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    Simple, yet very interesting and informative thread.
    So LMC Trucks is for parts only; no info :rolleyes: :eek1: .
     
  13. Chevy305

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    Ya LMC is great for little odds and ends but I have never had to ask for advise towards parts. I have had to deal with their customer service a few times and I called them pissed off and by the time I hung up I was happy I used LMC.

    My radiator that I bought from them sprung a leak and it was 7 months out of warrenty and they decided to send me a brand new radiator for free no questions asked. They didn't even make me send the old one back! :deal:

    Also I had to return some parts but both UPS and the post office would have to oversize ship it so it wouldn't be worth it to send the parts back. So LMC gave me a full refund on the parts I couldn't return and I got to keep the parts!

    One thing I'd stay away from is their body panels, I hav heard they are paper thin and really poor quality.

    BTW: Chevy Duty is pretty sweet too!
     
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    Dunno if it's the same for the newer stuff, but if you are going to cut it up anyways, look into a company called "certi-fit". (or the correctly spelled variation :))

    I paid $25 for a repo 1985 grille, and aside for the bowtie emblem placement, it bolted right in. Couple minutes with a razor knife and that was good to go, but if you were going to cut it out anyways...
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I have a 1987 K5 and used their Performance Turbo Dual exhaust pipes and they worked fine just had to cut a little off the front pipes at mufflers because they are long bed. Been on a year and they work and sound great.
    Would I buy from again? YES :D
     
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    Yeah, I was very unimpressed with LMC. Me and my buddy have both bought trim and anything that is supposed to be nice looking turns out being cheap, flimsy and not fitting good. As far as trim and such very poor quality.

    I suggest chevy duty which is now called classic parts. GM made them remove chevy from the name after 25 years. They have an awesome looking showroom too. Seen the pictures. They have an 87 chevy short bed with 15 miles on it. And a first gen k-5
     
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    I have only bought a few little things from LMC but all have been fine. I got 4 core radiator rubber supports and top pieces. Weatherstripping for the entire jimmy, some knobs, plastic trim piece over the ignition switch, Inner glove box (took a little modification to work), Locking glove box latch, Defroster vents (The plastic things on the metal dash by the windshield), Heater hose set. That is about all I can think of.

    A couple things took a little forming but all worked well.

    I wouldn't use them for major stuff. I would much rather see it before I buy. Most of the mechanical type stuff seems overpriced.
     

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