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Any thoughts on this kit guys?

http://m.ebay.com/itm/1958-1959-1960...127?nav=SEARCH
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Certainly looks complete. And the price is right. I'm now a watcher!
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Remember, you only get what you pay for. Since they are not name brand parts you have no idea where they are made and what the quality is. For an occasional driver they are probably adequate. For more sustained driving I prefer to buy name brand parts if they are available.

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Thanks John. Maybe I'll just go with RockAuto as usual. They have most of that stuff, plus, I dig the magnets!
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You might also want to check out Kanter and their kits. I used them on my '60 restoration about a year ago.
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Well I'm happy and equally sad to report that my Body Work Smoking Deal went Up in Smoke. After a week of back and forth, I'm going to pick the car up untouched. The work these guys do IS exceptional and affordable, just not for me right now. The number more than doubled after seeing the rust. Plus, I'd have to purchase all the Patch Panels, around $1000. No hard feelings or Bridges burned, a mutual agreement.

I'm hoping, since it's on the trailer already, to tow it to the suspension shop that put airbags on my Lincoln. They can do the stuff I can't, like installing bushings and what not. At least I'll get it back to the shop having some sort of progress. I'm glad to not have spent the money, but also disappointed. Cash Rules Everything.
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Always tough when expectations of a project turn sour, but sounds like a civil understanding was reached. I've been on both sides of this fence from doing paint and body work on others cars and having some things done for me. Quite often previous damage or rust has been covered up and the exterior looks like there should be no problem to refinish, but once into the restoration a lot can be uncovered - which leads to huge labor bills which are difficult to explain and accept. Its a bit of a tightrope to walk for the restorer and the owner every time.
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I also understand your frustrations. I must have gone to 20 different body shops before deciding on one. Then I got a firm bid, parts and labor, on a car that was totally stripped to bare metal with everything removed. There shouldn't have been any surprises.
Guess what. After 11 months, I finally got the car back and I ended up 25% over estimate. God, I love body shops.
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I've found that I don't even ask for a cost to get anything done unless I pull up in the car.

I asked about replacing the exhaust front to back. I want to run headers and 2.5 inch to Flowmasters just so it rumbles. I'm not thinking the performance is going to improve that much but I want the boulevard cruiser sound! In any case the price over the phone almost doubled, and mine has no rust or anything weird and it's the original exhaust system with all the hangers.

They said way more bends than anticipated!
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Thanks for the Kanter recommendation and support everyone. It seems we all have similar stories, that's the way it works I guess. When you have others do work you can't or won't do, costs are all over the map, along with quality.

Side by side with a close friend of mine, I think I'll attempt the body work and see what happens. I took a Community College course in High School and remember the process. He is a killer Metal Man, along with about everything else you can think of. So we should be able to figure it out, one section at a time. But I'll save that til later, focusing on the undercarriage as I have been doing.

On a side note...
I hope this thread is informative and helpful for other members. I'm glad to see you guys posting things that we all can find useful. That was my intention when I started... To ask questions and receive answers and have a place for others to learn as well. This thread is far from interesting or innovative, but maybe we'll get there. I know a lot about a lot of things, but even though I have always loved Cars, I don't know too much about them. That's what I'm trying to remedy.

Back to it... I got my Rocker Panels today and picked this up at Desert Valley Auto Parts! Rusty but complete. The Rear Cowl that is usually the first to go. My original is Swiss Cheese. This one looks salvageable. I bet not many of you guys find these laying around very often!
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