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Replacement body panels

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by scott85, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. scott85

    scott85 Registered Member

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    Just wondering what the consensus here is on replacement sheet metal. I need a outer/inner rocker, cab corner, and front wheel wells....possibly the lower portion of the kick panel on the drivers side as well......anyway, LMC has a pretty big selection, as does JC Whitney. I have seen some on 73-87 chevy trucks.com.....and i know that the stealership still has rockers at $208 a piece. Anyone here have experience with replacement sheet metal that can offer an opinion as far as the quality is concerned? i would like to only have to do this once!

    thanks
    Scott
     
  2. FWP

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    The stuff is made overseas. It sometimes doesn't fit right, and is dented. It's also thinner metal, like 18-20 ga, where the GM stuff is more like 14.

    I'm building a 73- I will not use aftermarket replacement panels. I did that once on my old yellow truck, won't do it again.
     
  3. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    i use aftermarket.. depends on what you expect...
    i butt chechked my aftermarket door and dented it....
    but for $53 im not complaining
     
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    Jrgunn5150 1/2 ton status

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    My dad bought some Taiwan fenders for the old 74, and they were visibly thinner.
     
  5. 76zimmer

    76zimmer Flyin Rat Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    And great for offroad.
    If not go with Genuine GM you won't be sorry.
     
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    Jrgunn5150 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah, it was a woodhaulin 3/4 ton 4x4 I learned to drive in it. He had me go between two trees once, the fender's cleared, then the door's hung up, I gassed it and peeled those back like a banana peel!
     
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    Agreed, except for the core support:doah: My aftermarket lasted a whole 3 months before the cracks showed up. Junked the 99 dollar POS and bought a GM version for 250.
     
  8. scott85

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    wow, there's reallly that much of a difference? im sitting here thinking a rocker is a rocker is a rocker....im going to have to re-think my whole game plan if in fact they are that bad. any other opinions out there?
     
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    A lot of stuff is hard to find, GM has discontinued the doors and fenders and bedsides. They still make the rockers, I say if it lasted 30 years as a GM, It's worth the investment so it lasts another 30. I got aftermarket doors and fenders and bedsides, they are thinner, but if that's all you can get what can ya do?
     

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