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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Robinson View Post
    Roger - I looked at the link you sent for the HAMB. The newest post was in 2010. I wonder how their stuff is doing now (quality wise)? Anyway, I have looked online at bodies from TRC in Lula, Georgia. The website says they are using the original refurbished molds from Downs. I don't know if that's good or bad. I haven't put any money down anywhere yet, so I'm still researching. Whatever I learn I'll post it here...
    Jim - Yeah, that's why I said you need to look at the past 10 years. It looked like in 2008 "Legendary" defaulted on the note held by the Downs family, and Jamie Downs (the son - noting Shine's comment here) took them to court and was awarded all of the hardware - mainly the molds, but also other tools of the trade that had been sold by Dad. The next year Legendary declared bankruptcy to get away from their remaining debt load.
    I agree with Uncle Bob, I'd make a trip to visit before plunking down $8K or more for a body, especially today. When was looking, I first focused on N&N because of the "Budget Build" article in the old Street Rod Builder magazine spanning two or three issues over a six month period, where they stated that they found N&N to be the best value they had found on a roller package. Then I talked to Duane several times, met him at the NSRA Oklahoma City event and we walked around with him pointing out cars that were his bodies, and also pointing out what others did differently, and why he did what he did. I developed a strong trust bond with him, and felt secure buying from him.
    Sorry to say that I believe Uncle Bob's scenario is on target. The market segment is changing quickly, and looking out for yourself is a must.
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    Thank you all for the input. It's exactly what I asked for. I am a fabricator; this Deuce is the 25th or 26th chassis (I lost count) that I have built since 1968, but it's my first '32 and my first fiberglass body that isn't either a '23 or '27 T. I appreciate all your insights.

    I have seen Bebops bodies in their display at the Turkey Run and a friend of mine has a 3-window with a Bebops body. They look really nice to me and they have a good reputation; maybe that's where I should go. TRC and County Line both look good on their websites, but I've not seen them in person. They are 8 - 10 hours away, so visiting them beforehand is a problem. That's another reason I have asked for input - hopefully some of you all have seen some of these other bodies up close and can give your impressions. Thank you all.
    Jim

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    (the son - noting Shine's comment here)
    what the hell does that mean . why do you always try to start a pissing match with people ? unlike you i have done this for a living not a hobby and have witnessed many aftermarket mfg and suppliers go south after being turned over to kids or being sold off .

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    Jim I bought fender parts and running boards from Bebops for the 48 ford about 6-7 years ago now, their fit was great, and the quality and strength odf the glass impressive, plus you can call them and get great assistance from knowledgeable people! Hope that helps.
    " "No matter where you go, there you are!" Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    (the son - noting Shine's comment here)
    what the hell does that mean . why do you always try to start a pissing match with people ? unlike you i have done this for a living not a hobby and have witnessed many aftermarket mfg and suppliers go south after being turned over to kids or being sold off .
    Who's trying to start a pissing match with anyone? I was simply pointing out that you had been the first to say that a kid taking over a business doesn't always work out! To that point,
    Quote Originally Posted by shine
    .....even worse passed down to kids who may or may not have the drive and passion to continue.
    Why are you so quick to jump down my throat? Am I the only person here who's a hobby builder? I'd say I'm in the majority, not the minority, but apparently you only value comments from "professionals"?
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    FYI The N&N molds are now here in Oklahoma (Lindsey) Owned by Retro Rods. Same quality as when Duane had N&N and great guys to deal with. Have used over 15 N&N's in the past and never a problem.
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    OK, so I asked for advice over on the 1932 Ford page on Facebook and got some good input from there also. N&N got good reviews there also, but it's a long way from Titusville, Florida. Bebops also has a good reputation on that site. Overwhelmingly, I was advised to stay away from TRC. Apparently they have made a habit of poor service, bad communication, and missed deadlines. I decided to go with Fat Cat Rods in Crandall, Georgia - they are a Bebops dealer as well as building some of their own bodies. I will have my new 3-window body in about 3 weeks or so.

    Meantime, I have some things to do on my Deuce frame. Now that the Track-T is leaving and I have some "pocket change" left after buying the body, I can get the correct front tires, build my shock/headlight mounts, and do some of the finish welding on the steering and suspension. I haven't decided on color for the body yet, but am wondering if anybody on here has tried Alsacorp's "Easy Chrome"? The video on their website is impressive and if it's really that nice I would like to use it on my front axle and radius rods.
    Jim

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