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Old 06-27-2006, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where To Get \'73 Torino Sport Lower Quarter Patch Panels:

I need a right side lower quarter patch panel for a '73 Torino Sport, anyone know who is making them?
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been going through my 72 dealing with rust in all four fenders. I am just grinding out all the bondo, cutting out the rust, and then treating any remaining rust with Rust Bullet (great stuff). Then I am cutting patch panels out and carefully shaping them to fit as close as possible. They get welded in, ground down, and slicked with bondo.

It's a pain, but sometimes that's what it takes. Or you could buy something boring with great parts support.

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Old 06-27-2006, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Look up a company in Ohio, called Tabco.
They stamp the 72-76 torino quarters.
Beware of the imported panels, I bought a pair, one tabco, and one import.
My import panel is probably not going to even get used, because I am not happy with it, too thin in my opinion.
Last I checked, they were getting in the area of $200-$250, but it is not a full panel to the factory seams, it only goes up 3/4 of the way.
www.tabcobodyparts.com.
I have a picture or two if you are interested.

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Old 06-28-2006, 09:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey, Andy,

What's you're opinion of the shape/crispness/accuracy of the Tabco quarter skin, compared to the OEM sheetmetal? Any problems fitting that panel to a fastback car? I ran into a guy a few years ago who used an aftermarket panel (may have been a "Sherman" ) and he had to "massage" the wheelwell moldings to get them to fit, because the quarter wheelwell arch/lip detail was a little "off". Didn't look bad, but was sorta noticeable if you knew what you were looking for.
I'm not bitchin', and I don't need one (right now, anyway), just curious if different vendors are all selling from a single stamping source, or if there are several outfits stamping these, and if there is a difference between domestically produced/supplied sheetmetal. Knowhatimean?

Thanks (and it looks NICE!),

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Old 06-29-2006, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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After doing bodywork for a living for 6-7 years, I feel for the money, it's a good panel from them. The stamping are pretty good, considering they are not full panels.
With that said, I will take the US, OHIO stamped 3/4 quarter over one of those tiawan stamped full panels the gm boys have the luxury of buying.
The panel I bought was dicounted, because it was slightly dented up some on the upper body line, I gave $110 for it, new.
I have used Tabco products before, mainly truck fenders, etc, and have been happy with them. Miles better than alot of the Tiawan knockoffs.

As far as fitment on a sport, it's pretty much how you see it in the picture...I had to do some trimming around the tail light, and I still need to open up the 1/4 panel side light.

On the lip of the wheel well, they left a HUGE amount of material, I guess incase you would have a guy maybe just slip the panel over the old quarter and weld it on.
I need to get on the ball and weld that thing on, but I have been working on the 13" rotor conversion, and the brake system.
IF you want more pictures, let me know.
I have some on the MSN torino site, but a majority of them, I don't.

I am hoping I can save my Driver's side, and not have to replace it aswell.
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hey andy, that isn't actually on is it? i hope not because from the pic the veritcal-ish body line at the very back doesn't look like it lines up well.
How does it compare to the one from dearborn? if you've ever seen or used them before. Or is the imported one the one from there?

even though i don't have one anymore, kindda, I'm still trying to stay on top of things
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did you try auto krafters?
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Old 08-10-2006, 10:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey Randy-
Sorry for not checking back-
No, it's just sort of hanging there for right now, with a couple of clamps, and maybe 3 sheet metal screws just to keep it in place.
I don't know for sure of the one from Dearborn or Autokrafters.
My experiance doing bodywork for a living, you learn to source stuff direct as much as possible.
I don't recall, but I thought both dearborn and AK were getting their panels from Tabco.
Some guy on ebay was selling 1/4's for $307 a side, and I was like WTH?!? but I guess if you don't know where to look...
I actually have been bolting my old '72 front clip back together so I can atleast drive my car this year...not going to be able to get it painted until atleast next year, not with the way my money situation is, anyways.
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Hey eliteman 76,

Will those rear quarter panels for the 72 torino at tabco fit a 72 Gran Torino Sport fastback? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question but I wanted to be sure it will fit. A couple years back I had an unwanted meeting with a steel reflector post on the passenger side right behind the passenger door.
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dsfordguy,
i will confirm for him, that they will fit.

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Old 08-20-2006, 04:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I'm new in here, so let's start with giving best regards from the Torino enthusiasts from Finland (Yes, a viable bunch of freaks working on Torino's here as well ! ) to the folks on this forum.

Good to hear these panels a still stamped somewhere, but sad for me, 'cause I did not know that before and I sewed back end of my '74 2D HT together from plain sheet.

For the future, could anyone confirm are there other companies delivering Torino sheet metal parts like these ? I have checked Dearbornclassics, Auto Krafters etc., but I don't recall them having these rear end quarters ?

According to info on Tabco pages they mainly serve the U.S. markets, so I would need a link for the companies shipping these internationally. Or does Tabco ? I guess I could ask them directly, but if anyone here already knows...

If anyone interested in sheet metal job &amp; others I needed to do, check out my website www.torinoproject.com . Unfortunately in Finnish, but pictures are international

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