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Aftermarket A-pillar moldings
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I forgot that I actually ordered a set of the aftermarket A-pillar moldings that are available, got them in the mail today, and man was I floored by how horrible they were!!! Both of them made it to me cracked in the lower radius that reaches down inside the door jamb, and they had many fiberglass pot holes in them along the outside edges. They are VERY brittle, almost scary to handle!! I do appreciate that someone is trying to make some of this stuff available to us because sometimes we have nowhere to turn for original parts, but if I was manufacturing these parts I would not have let these go out the door. It took 4 months for them to get manufactured and then get to me broken? WOW! Needless to say, I already got a stock one and repainted it, and have it installed. They are going back!! They would look ok in your car if you could get them in without breaking them, the original graining was there, and the forming seemed correct, but I think they have to package them better as I think the shipping is what cracked them. I think we all know UPS is not very delicate with our packages. But hey, at least they are available now.
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Omie01;214582 Wrote:I forgot that I actually ordered a set of the aftermarket A-pillar moldings that are available, got them in the mail today, and man was I floored by how horrible they were!!! Both of them made it to me cracked in the lower radius that reaches down inside the door jamb, and they had many fiberglass pot holes in them along the outside edges. They are VERY brittle, almost scary to handle!! I do appreciate that someone is trying to make some of this stuff available to us because sometimes we have nowhere to turn for original parts, but if I was manufacturing these parts I would not have let these go out the door. It took 4 months for them to get manufactured and then get to me broken? WOW! Needless to say, I already got a stock one and repainted it, and have it installed. They are going back!! They would look ok in your car if you could get them in without breaking them, the original graining was there, and the forming seemed correct, but I think they have to package them better as I think the shipping is what cracked them. I think we all know UPS is not very delicate with our packages. But hey, at least they are available now.
From CJ Pony parts?
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#3
I am very disappointed with the quality of the repro parts but sometimes that's all you can get. If you have a chance please post a picture of this part.
thx

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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#4
Yes from CJ, I will take some pics, but so far I have not taken the time to figure out uploading pics to this site. When I get my car going, I will take some time to post pics and give some insight to some of the issues, and successes of my build. Still sooooo much I want to do!!!
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#5
Here are pics of the repop A-pillars.                

I couldn't believe both of them were cracked in the same place, Like I said in a pinch they would look ok, BUT, for $175 for the pair you can still find a "GOOD" used pair!!!
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#6
It's funny some of the aftermarket is good, some bad, so just ok. We really need a thread that just covers quality. Some of the problem i find is that many of the venders don't list the brands so you don't know what's good or bad. If you can find the manufacture info send them a email detailing the issues and that you published those issues on the mustang forums. Maybe they will retool before they get too many bad reviews. I think this happened on our rear interior panels. MP made some improvements but the bad reviews are still there. Make sure you add comments on CJ, s reviews!
Thanks for sharing your experience.
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#7
Yeah experiences do vary. I bought the rear qtr trim panels too, and got them to fit ok, could have been better. I understand that manufacturing costs need to be kept down, but so far, everything I have needed, I would have paid a little more for a "GOOD" product.
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#8
Yeah a thread for posting the parts and issues with them would be good. So far I was not happy with the rear Qtr panels and the deluxe front door panels. Some other parts gave me problems but was able to get them to fit right. I wound up using the door panels but the rear qtr panels were not used. Did not want to mess with them.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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Omie01;214608 Wrote:Yes from CJ, I will take some pics, but so far I have not taken the time to figure out uploading pics to this site. When I get my car going, I will take some time to post pics and give some insight to some of the issues, and successes of my build. Still sooooo much I want to do!!!
Good info, these were on my wish list from there as they are almost impossible to find anywhere. Do you think this was an isolated incident? I have ordered many parts from there and have no complaints. .....as of yet.
I remember reading a thread somewhere that said you could "modify" existing coupe or convertible "A" pillar covers by cutting them and taking a section out then re-glueing them somehow. This is exactly what this "crack" looks like on both in the same area. This "crack" looks too perfect to me.
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#10
CJ's is a member/vendor on here (Steve is the POC I think). This will be an excellent opportunity for him to step up and explain the products as shipped by his company. I called CJ's and they asked me to prepay for them. I asked how they looked and they told me they were not even manufactured yet. I am very glad I did not prepay - ending up with inferior product. I would hope this is another wake-up to all the repop manufacturers. But I really don't think they care. Sad but true. Quality control and attention to details boils all the way down to the individual parts. It is really THAT SIMPLE.

I called Don at OMS and he would not sell me a set until he had one in his hand to sell. Don is straight-forward and honest when I ask him about repop (reproduced) products. I always ask the differences between the NOS and a repop. He has never steered me wrong. THANKS DON!

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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