"Stick to comparing Camaro sheetmental parts and dismiss all other makes and models; what applies to those has little to do with these. Your bodyshop should know all this. If they do not start looking for another one."
While I agree you want to go to a body shop that likes consistent panel fitment, I don't see a quality shop taking a customers 69 Camaro and saying "well this is a 69 Camaro we have to really make the car fit together good now", that would be suspect to me. My 69 Camaro hasn't been apart since it left the assembly line, and I can tell you first hand even with all the assembly line parts it is doesn't look as nice as some of the "show" cars I have seen. From the few different makes and models I have, the reproduction Vs. original Vs. NOS is the same across the line for panel fitment. The Camaro isn't exclusive in that category. Now as far as trim and the other odds and ends I am sure there are differences with the different suppliers Vs. what Gm fitted the car with.
Bullitt? Did your car slip out of the factory without the 'B' stamp on the firewall? Smiley J/K
Gary, first I wouldn't have bought it if it had that "B", secondly knowing the original owners preferences, he wouldn't have paid a penny more for anything that didn't make the car go faster. (when I was searching for a 69 Z I did run across a couple with the "B" , out of 4 Garnet Red cars I looked closely at 2 had removed the vinyl top and had repainted the car without it. )
I have one car with a vinyl top, (66 Impala SS). After repairing the rust from moisture being trapped under the top, when I finished the car I did put the vinyl top back on, and for me 1 car
with a vinyl top is enough for me...
James, I think as a buyer I would rather see original GM fenders that have had small repairs than reproduction fenders. As far as a full quarter I agree with Gary I would repair the panel with repro metal, but if the damage is extensive enough to warrant the full panel, and you have a GM full quarter , I would replace with the full GM piece. I think even before you posted you have a good head on your shoulders and you will turn out a clean car you can be proud of, both with quality and the time and money you have invested.