CUTLASS The Parts Place Purchase of Oldsmobile REPRO Parts for Comparison

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Not to be snarky, are you complaining about 8 bucks for shipping and handling?
 

69hurstolds

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Not to be snarky, are you complaining about 8 bucks for shipping and handling?
Not if that's all they'll charge me for because they backordered a part. If they tag me AGAIN for another 8 bucks to ship a friggin' nose emblem currently on backorder, then yeah, 16 bucks for two emblems and a decal would be too fuggin' much.
 

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I want to say this about repro stuff. I'm in no way an expert on repro'd stuff. But I've seen enough of the GM stuff vs. Repro to be able to tell a quality reproduction vs. a crappy one. Now, a chrome plastic repro part may look exactly like an NOS, so the longevity of the part and its finish would not be able to be told except over time.

I applaud the aftermarket for their attempts on making any reproduction part to make our favorite rides look a little better or at least the way the General made them. If we're lucky, the aftermarket could correct any potential flaws in the original parts that could actually make the repro parts better. Fat chance, but it's always a possibility. But if you're going to do a repro part, just go ahead and make it as best you can and don't be afraid of IMPROVING the part quality. Most of the azzhats who like to just make a quick buck selling crappy repro parts have no interest in making their parts better, so for those guys I can say this: there's a special place in auto parts hell for you. :)

But even NOS stuff may change slightly in appearance, shade, shapes, colors, etc., depending if the original manufacturer is still making the OTC part, or whether someone else got the contract. And...NOS stuff is only designed to fit and function like original, nothing more.

Now on to the decal...

At first blush, it looks pretty good. Same size on sections and length, width, etc. Fairly close with the yellow coloring. There's a couple things that are worth noting.

FONTS- The font looks fair on the repro. The "Caution" in yellow seems a bit thin, and not very clear. In the specs block where the Code number, part number, etc., reside, the font is off, as well as the size of the lettering, slightly. This is probably the "worst" area, along with the end "198" numbers. That said, doesn't make it horrible. It's in fairly good initial quality in my judgement. Most people needing a 198 decal probably wouldn't give it as much scrutiny as I do, so giving it a passing grade, I'd say it's about a C+. It could hop up to an A- if they'd fix the fonts. I took points off as well because the cutting has shifted on the decal leaving a white-ish strip along the top.

I'm not going to worry about the Code Number spot on the repro being "filled in" with a number. They do that for a lot of compressors, but for mine, which is original to the car, doesn't have a code number stamped in. Don't know why, but there you go.

But other than that, I'd probably use it if I had to, but I still may make my own. Jury will still be out on this one. Final analysis: Passable for most applications, but if you're restoring one, not the greatest.

198 Compressor Original Decal 2.JPG


198 Compressor Original Decal.JPG


198 Compressor Original Decal comparo to Reproduction 1.JPG


198 Compressor Original Decal comparo to Reproduction.JPG
 

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Another word about the Oldsmobile dash emblem: If yours is unbroken, but just worn, and the chrome isn't good anymore, you could save $29 and get one of those silver paint pens and re-paint the raised lettering of the emblem. You'd end up with the same thing as the repro, pretty much.
 

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UPDATE as of TODAY 11/18/2020:

The Parts Place has shipped the Repro Nose rocket emblem for 87/88. Got a tracking number (obviously administratively issued at this point).

So it's been about 6 weeks since I ordered it. Went on backorder immediately. It's not like I needed it, but just wanted to compare for the masses. Maybe they have them in stock now. China felt safe to ship them now that they think they're in the clear.
 

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