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Offline Joe F

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2007, 05:39:08 AM »
Thanks for the pics Brett... BIG difference!  :o

I've looked around a bit and those that I assume are the GM repros (in the online catalog) cost about $120 each at CI (or 399 for a kit of 4). Haven't seen them cheaper. (CI's part numbers are F70781-F70785, with the last one being the kit.) Can someone maybe confirm they are the correct ones?  :)

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2007, 10:37:21 AM »
You can also get them from performance Years for about $89 each (roughly).  The parts numbers are like GFR18 and GFR19 or something like that.  If you need me to get the exact part numbers, let me know.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2007, 09:14:06 PM »
GFF42 and GFF43, would that it?
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2007, 10:08:23 AM »
Yes, GFF42 and GFF43 are for the fronts, and GFR18 and GFR19 are for the rear, and GFF69 is for the lower front air dam.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2007, 10:58:59 AM »
Hitman, are the GFF42 & 43 from Performance Years the ones that you're holding up in the photo? I got a set of fiberglass ones from Texas Trans Am Specialties & they don't fit very good so I ordered from Classic Industries & just got them this morning. They are definately the Danco reproductions that you show in your picture so they fit even worse. I'm willing to try again a third time if I can get something to fit like the ones that you show in your picture.

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2007, 12:04:16 PM »
Yes, the Performance years ones are the ones in the photos that I compare to the Danko reproductions.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2007, 05:17:11 PM »
Thanks, I got them ordered today. I'll let you know how they fit.

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2007, 09:09:14 PM »
I guess I lucked out.  I had already ordered the danko reproductions with the optional bracket adapter, and mine seem to fit snugly against the fenders.  I shouldnt have to do any trimming.
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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2007, 06:45:03 PM »
I am waiting on a complete set (4+1) from NPD (Performance Years were out of stock and I can't really wait). They are the more expensive ones and are a supposedly not the Danko ones (which are fibreglass?) The description I got is that they are black(ish) ABS plastic  and that they were made by:

The C-8131-211S  is made by The Parts Place in Elburn IL.  USA

The C-7833-230A  is made by D & R Classics in Warrenville IL. USA


At any rate they are supposed to attach exactly like original. It has been kinda confusing trying to get info on all the variants that are out there, but I really (really) hope that I got the correct ones!  :-\

I'll try to let y'all know on monday how they fit!

KM... which ones did you get from Classic? They have two different sets of spoilers.


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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2007, 09:53:22 PM »
I'll check when I get home tonight but I did take my car & all the parts down to the paint shop this morning & he wasn't too worried about spoilers that didn't fit right. He said that all he had to do was heat them up a little & he could fix whatever fitting problems that there was with them.

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2007, 05:58:45 AM »
Well... I just got my spoilers... and there's a major problem. I think I got the correct side-spoilers (haven't tried them on the car yet) but the front spoiler is waaaaay off. I can't have ordered the wrong one, 'cause it's the only one in the catalog.



I suppose it might be made a little better with some heat, but at the risk of warping the plastic even more. The only other "fix" I can think of is modifying them with fiberglass filler, but that would take a  lot of work (and time that I don't have).

Exactly how are the edges supposed to look when mounted? There's a "lip" that obviously is supposed to be overlapped by the side spoilers, but are the side spoilers even supposed to overlap the actual front spoiler at all or line up like in the photo?

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2007, 09:33:09 AM »
Joe, The parts # that I ordered from Classic Industries was PT51414 & they didn't fit good at all. Still waiting on the parts from Performance Years. I'll post how they fit once they arrive.

KM

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2007, 12:26:22 PM »
Thanks KM! I know those aren't the more expensive versions that Classic has. I just got home and tried out the spoilers against the car.... I feel like letting out that pathetic "Noooooo" scream that Darth Vader does at the end of Episode 3 because I just paid through the nose for FedEx shipping do they'd get here fast. The fit is way off on the front spoilers against the fender. The rear flares fit ok, but the front.... well... have a look:



They are stamped inside with "The Parts Place". The left is a little better and I can almost get it into place if I try real hard... but the right one is too stiff.



Brett... the good-fitting grey one in your pic... do you think it's that the same make as the ones I have? Maybe I got a couple of bad pulls...


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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2007, 02:41:26 PM »
My car is the red one shown previously in this post. Does anyone know if the snowflake wheels came painted solid gold like that from the factory or did someone previously do a cheap restoration previously & not mask off or polish out the edges of the snowflakes like you'd typically see on a gold wheels? I'm trying to decide whether to match what I've got or pay the extra to have the edges show polished aluminum. If a solid gold rim was factory stock I'll probably just match what I've got.

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Re: wheel restoration
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2007, 03:14:53 PM »
Yes they were factory gold wheels that had paint all the way to the lip. The only part not gold was just the about 1/2 inch lip on the face of the wheel nearest the tire. My 78 has the gold wheels on the build sheet.
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