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Favorite Place to Order Parts?

Hey Guys,

I recently purchased a 1966 LeMans and will need quite a few parts to make this restoration happen.

Just wondering what your favorite places to buy parts are? (Considering quality and price).

I already have the NPD, OPGI and Ames catalogs but was looking on eBay as well.

Any advice to someone who's just getting into restoring cars will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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AMES hands down. Better prices, real-world descriptions, and excellent service. Been using them for over 30 years now.
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AMES hands down. Better prices, real-world descriptions, and excellent service. Been using them for over 30 years now.
I agree 100%.

I've spent a LOT of money with Ames, very good folks to deal with!
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KB, I agree with these folks. The quality and price are comparable at other businesses. In fact, you will find parts produced by the same vendor at all of them. Business models are slightly different. One will have higher prices, but offer free shipping. Another will have lower prices, but charge for shipping. The real difference in my mind is the customer support. Matt

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Thanks for the input! Sounds like Ames is the way to go.

I have another question... I noticed some of the larger parts such as patch panels and trunk pans say there is an extra "oversize fee" shipping charge. If I purchase a bunch of parts that require an extra shipping charge, do they offer a bulk shipping flat rate or they automatically tack on each "oversize fee" shipping charge to each item no matter what?

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I believe Ames uses a graduated shipping fee schedule based on item prices. It makes it a bit more painful when just buying small parts, but when you think about the logistics of processing and order, pulling one-off parts, packing and shipping them out, the small parts order take just as much labor as larger orders.

Best bet is to call them if ordering oversize items. They can often combine two or more oversize items in the same box and only charge you a 1x oversize fee.

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Agree with Twistytee. I had a large order of metal pieces a couple weeks ago and by getting all of the piece parts shipped together, they were able to get shipping, oversized charges and notification fee down to $222 from $599. The parts alone were over $1,000. Ask to talk with Jess (lady in charge of shipping). Matt

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Awesome! When I'm ready to place my order, I'll definitely speak with Jess.
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I visited The Parts Place in DeKalb IL the other day and I have to say it was a bit of nirvana being in their showroom. I do have the luxury of being local though. I recently used toddsgtos.com. I emailed a follow up about delivery on my small order and I am still waiting to hear from them.
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I used several parts suppliers during my restoration project. Ames was best. That's the catalog I always grab first. The only time I go to another supplier is if Ames doesn't have what I want and that is not very often.

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