Originally Posted by Chicago TDP
I am not going to just knock them right away BUT in the my eyes, if you want it easy, find a donor car before buying aftermarket.
Maybe I am one of the pickiest car guys out there...I have never had a single aftermarket panel fit right, ever.
9 times out of 10, I ditch the aftermarket and find an OE panel and use that.
The last hood I bought from AMD did not even fit...the front of the hood tapered in on the sides and left a funny gap...even tried it on a different nova to make sure I had a bad fender...
And again, not knocking the re-pop panels...I would just prefer to find a car that is shot and cut the roof off of...which I do need to do soon because my FIRST CAR (my 71 nova) needs a roof to be complete.
Originally Posted by WILMASBOYL78
I agree...assembly line sheet metal is always a better choice if possible. The repro stuff is convenient and easy to get...but, from experience nothing fits as well as the real thing. Of course, this is my opinion...and we know what opinions are worth
I agree with both of you. That being said what would be the going price for a decent used fender for a Nova if they weren't made by the aftermarket? I see NOS Nova fenders sell for $500-2000 depending on the year. A NOS 69 Camaro rear quarter sell for around $2500. If there were no aftermarket panels a good used fender would be $500-2000 depending on the year and a NOS fender might go for $25K for a popular car.
Most old Nova’s would be worth more for parts than as a whole. I can see ads for a 70 Nova needs 2-$5000 1/4 panels, both $1500 (each) front fenders and a $3000 hood and a $1500 core support to be complete. $800 trunk lid and $750 tail panel are there and are barely rusted out. $25K worth of floor and misc. parts are still on the car. As is for $17K!
You guys may hate aftermarket parts or might have the deep pockets for NOS and perfect GM parts. I'll take aftermarket parts for my old cars and deal with a little extra work. It isn't like its life or death for the average guy to have a perfect fit for a daily driver or racecar. Not every car has to be perfect for the owners to be happy.
Can you imagine the price of 68-70 Nova BBC engine frame stands, and heater cover if they weren’t reproduced? I bet they would bring huge money or they would be worth nothing. The aftermarket parts companies are the reason that old cars are still popular and being driven. Would you drive an old car if being in an accident would cost you $40-100K in parts and 3-4 years’ worth of time hunting NOS and perfect parts?