Made in China
#1
Okay, I have read some posts regarding the fitment of reproduction body panels. Below are some pictures of work I did to make a re-pop rear valance fit on my 66 Mustang. Basically, I split the panel down the center to open it up about a 1/4 inch. The driver side fit like a Mercedes Benz but the passenger side still had a large enough gap that I wasn't happy with so I ended up extending the edge of the panel with weld. You see people doing the same thing with aftermarket doors where the gaps are too big. Basically, a lot of work for such a small panel.

       

Below is a picture of a fiberglass hood and R-Model valance I am using. These are both higher quality made in USA parts. The fitment is dead nuts. Not bad at all for fiberglass panels!

   



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#2
I try to avoid "Made in China" stuff as much as possible, but it's getting to where you can't. Example: I'm trying to find a charcoal grill with attached smoker. Been looking for about 3 months now off and on with no luck. Every one I find is made in China.
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#3
THAT IS GOING TO BE NICE RIDE MIKE. Clap_ I AGREE WITH YOU 100%. I JUST GOT A FEW NEW OFFICIALLY FORD LICENSED PARTS FOR MY 69 AND WHAT STICKER DO I SEE ON THEM. MADE IN CHINA. WTF?
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(05-18-2014, 12:34 AM)BLACK JADE 69 Wrote: I JUST GOT A FEW NEW OFFICIALLY FORD LICENSED PARTS FOR MY 69 AND WHAT STICKER DO I SEE ON THEM. MADE IN CHINA. WTF?

Thanks BLACK JADE! It's getting harder and harder to locate Made in USA stuff, especially the OE parts. And the NOS stuff they sell on e-Bay is way too high priced, especially for my budget. At least the China parts are priced competitively and affordable for us hobbyists (and the stickers come off)!





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#5
They said the same about made in japan when i was a kid, who thought!
Nice project, not easy to weld on those new thinner panels,SSig_goodjob
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#6
Looks like you are talented at body work, wish I was!
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#7
Chinese Junk!!! This is my biggest fear now that I have another Mustang to restore. Back in the 80's when I restored my '67 coupe, China was just making fireworks. As far as I'm concerned, that's the only thing they're good at. I should know - I'm an Embedded Systems Engineer. Biggrin
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#8
Well done Mike - looks great.

Made in China - made to fit in the U.S.A.

I looked at a 2013 Mustang GT last year and was so slapped in the face by the "Made in China" stamp on the spare tire that I walked away.

I love American democracy, soul liberty and religious freedom too much to be comfortable actively supporting the Communism of China.
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(05-23-2014, 03:32 AM)Steven Harris Wrote:

I love American democracy, soul liberty and religious freedom too much to be comfortable actively supporting the Communism of China.

Me too but unfortunately we've let it go too far. If we had only refused to buy their JUNK before they put lots of our companies either out of business or out of the market there might have been a chance. Unfortunately it's nearly impossible to buy ANYTHING now that doesn't have some parts that are made in China. Even if you pay "extra" for a name-brand "American-Brand" item all that usually means is that you're just paying more for same piece of Chinese crap that you can buy with a different brand-name at 1/2 the price.

At least I still have my South-Bend lathe, my Bridgeport milling machine and my Sioux valve grinding tools.Smile



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(05-22-2014, 01:01 PM)jrpav Wrote: Chinese Junk!!! This is my biggest fear now that I have another Mustang to restore.

This is definitely the quote of the week !!!
(05-23-2014, 03:32 AM)Steven Harris Wrote:
I love American democracy, soul liberty and religious freedom too much to be comfortable actively supporting the Communism of China.

And this is one qualifies for the quote of the year!!
(05-22-2014, 10:49 AM)Rare Pony Wrote: Looks like you are talented at body work, wish I was!

Thanks for the compliment Rare Pony...I can't take full credit. I have a great teacher who I had purchased my first Mustang from. We remained friends and when I purchased this car he stood by my side and guided me through the restoration making me believe in myself that I can actually do the work. Without his help and guidance, I would have been in way over my head from a technical stand point (i.e. 2 complete rear frame rails and 1 full front rail replacements). It is pretty scary stuff to do!

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