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Hot Rods Crites aftermarket body pAnels... any thought?

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  1. bonlesshotdog25
    Joined: Aug 14, 2017
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    Currently ordered 65 comet ram air hood wondered if anyone else has dealt
    With Crites before, seems when I ordered they said 4-6 weeks, but that was 4 to 6 weeks before they have told me this again, also it seems the only
    Person that knows anything is a lady named vickey who must only work from
    8-8:30 am just curious if I’m the only one who has had this issue


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  2. ceege
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    from NW MT

    Their web site says up to 12 weeks. I have never dealt with them.
     
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  3. bonlesshotdog25
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    I just really hope the product is worth the wait


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  4. kabinenroller
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    They have been in business for quite a while. I have not dealt with them but from what I have heard everyone has the same issue that you are experiencing. The quality of their fiberglass is good from what I have seen although they make their hoods with a very smooth and finished underside where the original factory race hoods were built with the air box as a separate part that was bonded to the bottom side of the hood. I am fortunate to have an exact copy of an A/FX hood that was made using a original hood as a plug for the mold. Plaza Glas in Canada made the original hoods for the 21 A/FX cars in 1964 they were sent to the car owners by FoMoCo to replace the tear drop hoods the cars came with. In 1965 all the A/FX cars had them.
     
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  5. bonlesshotdog25
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    Well if I can get ahold of Vickie tomorrow at Crites I’m sure I won’t get and answer but I would assume the thing would be damn close to done


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  6. Ray C's son
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    It takes them a while, they're a mom and pop shop. Mrs. Crites answers the phone and Mr. Crites builds the stuff. They're great people. My son bought a front clip for his 63.5 Galaxie from them. It's really nice stuff, in my opinion, but I hope you're not expecting concours restoration parts. There was a reason Ford put the disclaimer tags on the lightweight cars regarding fit and finish. Here’s a pic:

    78F489DC-EC15-4CAE-83FF-90435639F659.jpeg



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  7. choppednslammed
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    That’s a great looking ride !


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  8. I have dealt with Crites a couple of times for my o/t.
    I thought the time frame from order to door was really good considering I'm in Canada.
    My parts were pretty small compared to a hood & were in stock.
    Quality of parts was also exceptional.
     
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  9. 5window
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    Good luck, but isn't this a post you make BEFORE you place an order?
     
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  10. Bugsy48
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    I've dealt with them a few times, Mom & Pop shop, most things are built to order, never was disappointed with there products.
     
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  11. powrshftr
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    The folks at Crites are about the nicest people you will ever find to deal with.
    My hood and front bumper came from them,and the quality is absolutely outstanding.Also got my subframe connectors and leaf spring relocation kit from them.Both are well designed and built,and fit and function are great.

    I will use their parts on my A/FX project that's coming up,without a doubt.
    Quality parts,built by the same folks that answer the phone.Thats about the best you could ask for,in my book.

    Why the big rush?Look out the window right now.....You're not gonna be driving the car for another 4 months anyway.

    Scott




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  12. powrshftr
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    Also,they make an incredible amount of parts for that Comet that you're not going to find anyplace else:
    -dash/radio delete stuff
    -interior parts
    -fenders
    -doors(?)
    -thunderbolt style traction bars
    -subframe connectors
    -headers (289/302/390/427/428/429/460)
    -radiators/mounts/shrouds
    -engine swap kits
    -shock tower trimming kits and templates

    They're a goldmine,Man....Waiting a few extra weeks is worth it for really decent quality parts that fit.

    Scott


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  13. bonlesshotdog25
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    Well for smart people yes lol but not dumb gasser boys


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  14. bonlesshotdog25
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    Lol no super rush just finishing the car up
    For the meltdowns and would like to get the hood to see what kind of fitment issues I’m Gina get into everyone tells me glass is never plug and play! So just curious


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  15. bonlesshotdog25
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    Scott,

    Do u work for Crites lol if so hurry my hood up


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  17. scrap metal 48
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    Very cool Comet...
     
  18. powrshftr
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    The car's looking good.Don't sweat the hood.It'll get to you.
    Mine just needed a little scuff and paint,and drilling for the pins,but yours could be a little more involved,who knows?They all come out of the mold a wee bit thicker/thinner etc.

    You've got a shit ton of stuff to do before you need to worry about dropping the hood onto it.

    Wiring,fuel system,brakes,glass,interior,cooling system,trans,shifter linkage,clutch linkage....Save the hood for near the end of that list,and it'll be like you saved the easy shit for last.:)

    What did you guys settle on for a rear gear in the car?

    Scott


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  19. bonlesshotdog25
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    4:30


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  20. powrshftr
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    And those tires were 28" tall,right?


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  21. bonlesshotdog25
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    Everything is ready on the table to be put in we have to paint decklid too just kinda wanting to mix one batch for hood and deck lid then be done side glass is all that is left and it will be fixed up no open option lol eiser that way torque converter ordered so we can get the whitey righty in it[​IMG]


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  24. powrshftr
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    What did you guys end up going with for cam and convertor?


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  25. bonlesshotdog25
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    Yes


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  26. powrshftr
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    Motor looks killer in white,too.:)


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  27. bonlesshotdog25
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    3500-3800 stall c4 had bullet spec a cam per weight and and tranny/motor we are building/built


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  28. powrshftr
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    One thing I just noticed,though:
    If that's a factory damper on that Windsor,I'd pull it off and chuck it in the dumpster.Ford Racing offers an affordable steel one that will last forever,that has interchangable weights for different balances,or they all remove for neutral balance.

    Scott


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  29. bonlesshotdog25
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    It’s just one we had laying around it’s on for pics not
    For play lol


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  30. powrshftr
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    With a 4.30 and 28" tire that thing should be rolling around 125mph at 6500rpm.
    That'll keep your motor pulling nicely in the lights,and not revving its guts out by half track.


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