I have a new (not NOS) GM rear bumper and a Bumperboyz rechrome front (69 Elky). Front looks good so far, quality of chrome on rear is poor, sharp corners are dull like bare steel.
Message: New parts from GM are probably not Old Stock.
Several suppliers are now showing reproduction bumpers allegidly made from original GM tools.
Narti, Have you seen the previous posts about supplier bashing? It's also in the agreement to register with this site. We came dangerously close to Al pulling the plug on Chevelle Tech because of this. Please, please make these kinds of posts by E-mail. The rest of we 1300+ members love this site and don't want to lose it. von
I had my 67 bumpers done for $179 each by a good shop. The bumpers look awsome. It is triple plate. Time will tell, but I don't think you have to spend $350 for a good chrome job. Go to a local show and ask people who did the chrome. I asked my paint and body guy. He gave me Pete's custom Chrome in Phoenix.
My experience with reproduction trim is that it never fits right. I bet bumpers are the same.
Von, what's this about bashing suppliers? What's the problem? They don't own the site. Is Al worried about law suites?
This is from the agreement we all read when joining the board:
Please note that we do not engage in 'supplier bashing'. This is not the place to air complaints about specific suppliers and these postings are terminated as this is just a no win situation for all involved.
Recently Al posted stats on the site, we're averaging over 100,000 hits a day, 25,000 page requests. I had no idea this site was that big. With this kind of traffic, a supplier business could be damaged by one-sided horror-story telling. Of course, where there's damages, real or perceived, there's likely to be lawyers show up. Everybody loses. (except the lawyers, of course.) Also, it's not fair to the suppliers who don't get to fight back, since they probably don't even know they're being trashed in public. Al, who does own the site, has set a zero-tolerance policy on this. Hey, it's his wallet.
I'm a moderator over on Engine and Drivetrain and I probably would have blown away that post, just to be on the safe side. I like this site and don't want to see it go away.
Jameel, You see the support from Ground Up Restorations? That almost was stillborn due to what we're talking about. And because of that, we came very close to not having this exchange because of not having a Chevelle Tech site. Al owns and runs this site (and very well) and if he don't permit supplier bashing there can't be any or he will pull the plug. He has made that clear. I don't think that's too much to ask. von
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