- Jan 2, 2006
Specifically speaking of the belt reveal molding strips, the sorry-ass paper-side/clear plastic-side wrappers that GM used for years (they started using what I call all-clear "seal a meal bags" later on which were better) would age and come apart. They had a very flimsy film of adhesive that dries up over time and the bag breaks down horribly and disintegrates over time unless you have perfect atmospheric conditions. Good for the environment I guess, but not good keeping NOS parts in their bag. But they weren't supposed to. They designed the wrappers to somewhat protect the parts during shipment but also easy to open. GMPSO specifically designs everything with their own service technicians in mind for dealership shop use. NOT for time-capsuling new parts for 35 years.
Sorry for the wall of words here, but I'll finish up this info-mercial with this: When GM parts started drying up, I used to think GM repro parts were all junk. And because the standards weren't rigid at the time, that was fairly true. But like anything else, some get better over time and as economies of scale come into play, some parts can be re-popped for less and more quality can be put in. I certainly am amazed at the quality of the repopped Cutlass console lid cover. Feels the same as NOS and side by side comparison looks almost dead-nuts to the original. A little bit ulglier underneath but the metal plate covers that up.
Not saying every part is great, but some repros actually can be just as good or better in some ways. Such as reinforcing weak areas in a GM part, or better plating/painting or whatever. Doesn't happen often, but it has. That other thread about GN's getting a lot of hype of the G-bodies is a good thing. They share doors with the Cutlass. Do you think they'd have repopped entire Cutlass doors if they didn't interchange with the GN? Maybe, maybe not. Thank goodness for interchange parts.
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