Reproduction parts discussion
Has anyone ever discussed the idea of a forum dedicated to the discussion of reproduction parts?
Not to pick on any single vendor but I am constantly amazed at the problems that I encounter with even the simplest of repro parts and I feel it would be beneficial to all of us if there was a single place to search before buying, just so that we know what to expect.
I see the topics covering three main areas:
Examples from recent purchases:
The quality of the OER repro convertible interior rearview mirror post for a 67 convertible is average. The boot for that post does not have the two holes for the lower screws like my original did therefore the originality is different but the final appearance is actually nicer because the lower screws can be tightened and then covered by the new boot, which is then attached by the single upper screw. Speaking of which, the repro post does not have a hole for the upper screw so you must drill one in order to fit the piece to the car.
That sort of thing.
There is a lot of tribal knowledge about what is right and what is wrong with repro parts but there is no "bible" to turn to. I don't think that it needs to be vendor bashing, especially since most vendors are all selling the same parts. In fact, the vendors would probably like to know what issues we encounter so that they can improve their products.
Just a thought.