Body Parts ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mowman, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 553

    Anyone know where one can buy new body parts at a reasonable price. ie: fenders,doors,rockers,cab corners? And do they fit up as good as the OEM parts? Thanks for your advice.

  2. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

    'Cause I'm from Canada (eh? ;) ) I don't know of specific sources for body panels other than the JC Whitney catalog, but parts for those trucks are so common you shouldn't have any trouble finding 'em. Last time I put tin on my '75, I ordered them through a local parts supply company that has a bodyshop supplies division. Check around locally and see if there's something like that in your area.

    Fit? Depends on who you ask - some swear by them, others at them. IMO, they fit OK but perhaps not quite as good as the "Genuine OEM" (at genuine OEM prices) parts.

    For a work truck, I'd have no problem using the non-OEM ones.
  3. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    I am curently working on two long term restorations. One a 1975 Mercedes 300D and then second a 1980 Ford F350 4x4. The F350 will be a friends work truck so we are using non OEM parts. This is a huge savings.

    On the Mercedes which is mine I am doing a total restoration. This means two new fenders right from Mercedes. These book out at around $750 each. (I did get a bit of a break) I would not consider using aftermarket parts.

    It all depends on the job IMO.

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