Finding new sheetmetal for your old car might not be a problem, but finding quality stampings that actually fit might be something else altogether. Take the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner rear quarter panel and door jamb pictured here from Auto Metal Direct. Crisp lines mean less finishing working and more time and money spent on other areas of the project. Also notice that the quarter panel extends up the C-pillar, which is important because the area where the rear window meets the quarter panel usually requires rust repair. You could spend less than the $750 Auto Metal Direct wants for this particular piece, but you'll likely spend more time and money in the end fitting and finishing the part, so start with the best quality you can. AMD supplies all sorts of metal stampings for popular Chrysler and GM vehicles and even offers some aluminum panels. Visit www.autometaldirect.com to mull over the selection or call 866-591-8309.
Beat rust the high-tech way
Using the basic principle that corrosion is an electrochemical reaction, CounterAct creates a negative surface charge on the vehicle. According to the company, that process dramatically slows (even stops) the aging process on your vehicle. Just install the tiny control module in a discreet location under the dash, etc., hook it to a constant power supply (the battery) and place each of the supplied stick-on tabs (connected to the power supply with tiny wires) on either end of the vehicle's metal structure. The tabs evenly distribute the negative charge, which is so small it barely registers on a volt meter, but it's enough, according to the company, to stop rust in its tracks, even in salty coastal environments. There are several models to match the size of your vehicle. Does it work? Industrial versions have been used on heavy equipment (snow removal, salt mine, etc.) since 1987 with impressive results. Visit www.counteractrust.com to see for yourself or call 814-745-7535 to get the scoop and/or find a dealer.
1/6th the dash
California Car Cover is a company that has gone well beyond what its name implies, selling everything from metal signs and Harley-Davidson TV-tray sets, to Ford logo tote bags and hand-held steam cleaners. The company also gives you a chance to get behind the wheel of a 1965 Ford Mustang, a Shelby Mustang, a '57 Chevy Bel Air and a '67 Corvette for the bargain price of $60-$65.