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Username Post: repop panel        (Topic#359428)
J C 
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01-09-20 09:33 PM - Post#2784098    

Thinking of putting a repop right side bed panel on my 75 fleetside. I have not been able to locate a good used one. Just how bad are the repop ones. How much thinner is the metal. I hear very little good about them. Almost have to be a body man to make them fit correctly I'm told.

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01-15-20 05:13 PM - Post#2784448    
    In response to J C

I don't know what's out there as far as a box side for a '75 Pick-up either aftermarket or NOS. Ebay is where you might find an NOS box side...but I wouldn't bet the farm on it or how long you'd have to wait before one showed up.

The biggest problem with aftermarket panels is that many lack the crispness that an original panel will have. The aftermarket guys just don't posses the types of presses that were used in production...hence body lines, creases, etc. sometimes lack the same clarity as an original. It does help to have some basic autobody skills. I know that some votech schools take on projects like that if you're not up to it. Just an idea.

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07-11-20 08:51 PM - Post#2798497    
    In response to J C

I remember a place called the truck shop, in Orange County CA, if they are still open maybe call them and ask.

If they are open (Corona virus) and have one, maybe you could go look.

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11-29-20 06:29 AM - Post#2808936    
    In response to RAM_51

if i may jump in here on the subject of the repop presses. I'm a millwright by trade and i have done a few tear outs at car plants. die presses that come out of an original factory are taken out and taken to aftermarket factories. the reason the aftermarket seconds are not as crisp as lets call them first outs. The dies are worn out to their time and wear limit . they might fit a last first out better than a first out on the new model .

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