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Username Post: Repair Panel Comparisons        (Topic#365867)
Posts: 96

Loc: Wisconsin
Reg: 10-23-08
07-21-21 05:37 AM - Post#2823607    

Hello, just looking for some opinions on the quality of repair panels available from different suppliers. I see that EMS, Filling Station, Chevs of the 40s, NCA all seem to sell similar pieces for 53-54 cars. However, prices do vary some between them all. For example, the online store for EMS has prices higher than that of the Filling Station.

Are these sellers all getting the same parts from the same manufacturer? Or is there actually a wide range of quality differences between EMS and others?

1957 Two-Ten 4-door Sedan
1953 Bel Air 4-door Sedan
1959 3800 Pickup

Does it still count as a "barn find" when it's your barn?


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Loc: Georgia
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07-21-21 07:03 AM - Post#2823611    
    In response to kck71

I would verify with the vendor first for the particular panel you need. I believe most of the vendors carry EMS panels. The EMS panels are generally rated pretty well. If you need full floors, there was a non-EMS set (Golden Star?) that seemed to be good fit and quality. Check some of the build threads.

Also, check the cost of shipping. I know Filling Station and Chevs of the 40s can get pretty high on shipping costs. I believe if you order from EMS there is no extra charge for shipping, although this policy may have changed. So the part cost may be a bit more, but it also includes shipping.

Edited by drtyler on 07-21-21 07:10 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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Loc: Southern MN
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07-21-21 07:56 AM - Post#2823614    
    In response to kck71

I know that EMS actually manufactures what they are selling. The EMS guy actually stopped at my place a few years ago and measured up my convertible doors for replacement panels. I'm not sure who else is actually making them. Some are just resellers. I bought the rear trunk brace from an Ebay seller, it was shipped from NCA, but was made by EMS. NOS panels are the best fit if you can find them but even then may require some tweaking.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
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1930 Model A Standard Coupe

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Loc: Las Cruces, NM
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07-21-21 08:27 AM - Post#2823616    
    In response to eplantage

I used EMS wheel arch and rear lower quarter panels to repair our '50 tin woody station wagon. The shop that did the work said the panels fit pretty good and needed minimal rework to apply. The repairs turned out very nice.

Mike Ahlmann
Las Cruces, NM
'50 Tin Woodies (two) Ramon and Willard
'58 Impala Sport Coupe
'69 El Camino SS-396 (Soon going to NJ)
'16 Ford Explorer 3.5 EcoBoost - Red Rocket

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Age: 65
Loc: cleveland, ohio
Reg: 04-18-10
07-23-21 08:40 PM - Post#2823785    
    In response to kck71

as for pricing some of dealer have not updated there web sites with new pricing but do it after the order is made,

the ems online site keeps updated

the pricing problem is rapidly rising steel prices, up 130% since election day

there will be another price increase in mid august to 13% above published 2020 prices ( 10% now)

we are being told there may be up another 40% rise by the end of the year.

if your not sure of your local supplier: 1). ems will allways put a label with our name and phone number. --no label- then not ems

or you can use our online system or call direct (often busy)

thanks to all who have bought from us--the ems guy


Edited by EMS Customer Service on 07-23-21 08:42 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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Loc: Jay, Oklahoma
Reg: 10-26-11
07-25-21 08:14 PM - Post#2823894    
    In response to kck71

I bought cheaper floor pans and a toe boards for my 1953 210. After struggling with them trying to get them to fit properly I threw them aside and bought EMS. They Matched the contours of the floor and mated up perfectly. The EMS made my project so much easier.


1950 styleline deluxe sports coupe, 350 cid, TH 400, nova rear end. Gen IV Vintage air. SOLD!
1953 210 4 Door, 235 with Powerglide. All original except for the 1954 hood bird.

John 3:16

Posts: 138
Loc: Atlanta, GA, USA
Reg: 11-16-02
08-07-21 06:04 PM - Post#2824704    
    In response to kck71

Except for my floor pan and trunk pan, every other piece I used on my car was EMS. Every one of those panels was VERY high quality. The metal is thick and the stamping quality is very good (not perfect but VERY good).

I had to use a full floor pan, I believe that it was Gold Star. Very pleased with it as well.

You can look at my project page for the link and can see how the panels look after install.

Best of luck with your project!


Accountant by profession, wanna-be car restorer by choice

Rebuilding my Granddad's 1953 Chevy 150

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Age: 65
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08-12-21 02:40 AM - Post#2824978    
    In response to Franks_Old_53

thanks for for buying from ems, we try to our best for everyone

the ems guy


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