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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 1:48 PM Thread Starter
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Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

Hello All:

I just closed a deal on a 1967 SS I've had my eye on for about six months. I still need to go pick the car up (couple weeks), but I'm already researching various products/parts to make her 'mine'.

To that end, I'd like to gather some opinions on what vendors (and products) are good and which to stay away from. Kinda like a Harbor Freight vs. Craftsman vs. Snap-On comparison in the tool world. I don't mean to denigrate any who find value in HF tools (I have a few myself), but the general perception is HF: so-so, Craftsman: middle of the road, Snap-On: the best.

I see all sorts of online vendors: Ausley's, Don's Chevelle, OPGI, SS396, ad infinitum...

Who should I stay away from?

And are some products good from any particular vendor and others poor? I.e., interior parts from Kim Jong's Super Special Mostly Authentic Chevelle Parts are fine, but stay away from their suspension parts...

I understand any replies will be opinions, but I'd like to get somewhat of a head's up on who's who in the Chevelle replacement parts world.

Just for the sake of a car intro (I previously added a brief introductory post in the New Members area), the car I bought is a numbers matching SS, 325HP, M21, 3.31 Posi, in great shape. The only mods currently are Cragars, BFGs, a cassette 'factory look-alike' radio, and a couple of aftermarket speakers. (Pic below)

Thanks in advance,

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 1:53 PM
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

First off, congrats on the purchase. There is a lot of good information here on this site with some very knowledgeable people so do your part and contribute your expertise.

When it comes to vendors, it is hard to specifically say "buy from here, don't buy from here". Everything is going to be based on personal experience. You might find a vendor that has multiple people with bad experiences but you are bound to find people who have had good experiences with that same vendor. I have a friend who has a 71 C10. He will not buy parts of craigslist because of the "issues" he has had. Me on the other hand, I have had nothing but good luck (knock on wood) with craigslist and dealing with strangers.

To each their own. Good luck and again, welcome

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post #3 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 2:15 PM
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

I have bought for my car from the follow places for ;

Suspension
I purchased the following from UMI Perf made in the USA
1964-1967 GM A-Body Suspension
and found them to be of the best looking & quality that I have ever seen/used;
1. UMI Perf 64-67 GM A Body Rear Lower Boxed / Adj Upper Control Arms # 402126
2. UMI Perf 64-72 GM A Body Solid Front and Rear Sway Bar Kit # 403534
3. UMI Perf 64-72 GM A-Body Tubular Upper & Lower Front A-Arm Kit # 403133
4. UMI Perf 64-72 GM A-Body Viking Front Coil Over, Dbl Adj Shocks # A205-550T
5. UMI Perf 64-72 GM A-Body Viking Rear Dbl Adj Shocks # B220
6. UMI Perf 64-72 GM A-Body Tie Rod Adjusters # 2103
7. UMI Perf 64-67 GM A-Body Rear Shock Tower Brace # 4059
8. Also I added the Rear Frame Cross Brackets.
The difference in ride quality/handling , went to firm and stable,
that I have acquired with the great parts from UMI Perf I put on from the previous original type Springs
and Shocks ride which was like riding on a log road,
so it has been a night to day type change in ride and handling response .


Stock Type Parts for Power Steering/Interior/Body/Brakes
https://www.ss396.com/

Performance Parts plus Wheels & Tires
https://www.jegs.com/

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Now 468/Th400 2,500 stall/ S60 3.70 Gs
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post #4 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 2:30 PM
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

Summit racing carries almost everything that other vendors carry but at cheaper price. Their customer service is great, return policy is good and super fast shipping is free when your order over $99.
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

I've been buying 66-67 Chevelle parts for 8 years on 5 different cars. Vendor satisfaction has changed over the years for various reasons. Currently I'm finding the best "Values" from NPD and Ecklers for body and interior parts. I haven't tried Ausleys, Hinshaws, Don's Chevelles, OPGI, or SS396.com for several years.

Mechanical parts: It's hard to beat Jegs, Summit and RockAuto.
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post #6 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 3:28 PM
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

I've bought from a lot of different vendors too.
Ground-Up, NPD, Ausley's, RockAuto, AMK Products, Inline Tube, The Right Stuff, Sumitt, Jegs, etc. I have also bought a few things from OPGI but find their prices can be up to 3 times the cost that others charge. OPGI does have a few parts that others don't carry though. All the others I have mentioned were good to deal with and never had any problems if I had to return something.
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I've bought from a lot of different vendors too.
Ground-Up, NPD, Ausley's, RockAuto, AMK Products, Inline Tube, The Right Stuff, Sumitt, Jegs, etc. I have also bought a few things from OPGI but find their prices can be up to 3 times the cost that others charge. OPGI does have a few parts that others don't carry though. All the others I have mentioned were good to deal with and never had any problems if I had to return something.
You can enter OPGI part number into Summit Search Engine and buy the same part (from OPGI) at a cheaper price and free shipping if it's over $99. I found out cause I was looking for door handles and some other trim parts, saved couple of hundred by buying the same OPGI parts through Summit.

Disclaimer: I don't work for Summit, I'm just a cheap bastard that researches every vendor and checks prices, coupons, discounts or any other possible way to save money.
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

There are vendors that I have bought plenty from and never had an issue with. MOST vendors are pretty good. The ones I use the most are Summit and NPD but have purchased from Ground Up, Ausleys, Hinshaws.
There is only one dispicable vendor that I will NEVER do business with again. As a matter of fact they are the only business of any kind that I have ever contacted and reported to the Better Business Bureau. However vendor bashing is not permitted on this site so let's say I would never get IN LINE to do anything with them. Liars and thieves.
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post #9 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 4:05 PM
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

For mechanical engine and powertrain stuff depending on when needed and warranty, local auto parts store or rockauto. For performance, Jeggs and Summit. For some resto, SS 396, OPGI, Yearone, etc... Interior, Legendary. Tires and wheels, local Discount tire.

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I do think most Chevelle vendors carry the same restoration parts. I always shop around since prices sometimes vary a lot. Through the last 25 years I’ve used OPG, Ground Up, Ausleys, Speedway, Summit, etc. I also use eBay (since 2000) since prices are sometimes better and I earn eBay bucks.

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post #11 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 19, 4:18 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

Thanks guys. I appreciate the input.

I'm familiar with, and do buy from Summit, Jegs, Rock Auto, etc. I have a '98 Jeep TJ that I've heavily modified, so those sources are well known.

I don't want to encourage vendor bashing at all, so if there's anyone (or place) I should be leery of, feel free to send me a PM.

Disc brakes and suspension are areas I'm looking at immediately. I've perused UMI and SC&C's sites (and have ordered Mark's book). It's been awhile since I drove a 60's era car and I've become very accustomed to the modern car handling traits. The '67 was "interesting" to say the least...

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I buy from NPD and Summitt mostly. being in Fl. NPD is about 90 minutes away. Summitt in Ga. Many times NPD gets it to me the next day.
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

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You can enter OPGI part number into Summit Search Engine and buy the same part (from OPGI) at a cheaper price and free shipping if it's over $99. I found out cause I was looking for door handles and some other trim parts, saved couple of hundred by buying the same OPGI parts through Summit.

Disclaimer: I don't work for Summit, I'm just a cheap bastard that researches every vendor and checks prices, coupons, discounts or any other possible way to save money.

I agree,I have gotten alot of OPGI products through Summit at better prices than OPGI offers themselves and much faster.
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Good advice about trying to go through Summit. Shipping costs kill a lot of what seems like good deals.
I tend to get most of my stuff from OPGI and NPD. Year One typically seems to be the most expensive option so I haven’t bought from them in a long time. I’m willing to pay more for a better product but paying the highest price doesn’t seem to guarantee the best product.
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Re: Good Vendor / Bad Vendor

I buy most of my stuff from NPD. They have the best customer service IMO and free shipping if your order is over $300. Plus they seem to stock more parts than any others so can ship right away. There are some I won't buy from due to bad experiences but I won't vendor bash on here. If you PM me I'll tell you who they are. The vendors sell mainly the same parts so to me the difference is in customer service, price, shipping cost, and time to ship.

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