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« on: March 12, 2012, 04:46:35 PM »

Has anyone purchased the molded firewall pad from HBC?  It says it's an exact repro but they all say that.  For $200 it should be.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 07:35:07 PM »

Not sure as I have a NOS one from 1979 to place in our restoration but I did check prices and do some homework. Seems they are back ordered and Ricks was $30 cheaper even though I assume they all have the same supplier for this molded firewall pad. I've seen the non-molded pad and that one was a pretty bad choice. A restorer told me the molded pad was a fairly good one but again not sure to quality.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 12:30:30 AM »

Thanks Chick, I got one of the cheapo ones for mine and it about ripped in half installing it.  Nothing like the real ones.  I'd like to see one of the molded ones to see if the texture  and weight is correct.  I still have my original although its in pieces but nothing I've seen is like the original ones so far.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 06:00:57 AM »

Not sure how bad your original is in but is there any chance to salvage? The NOS one we have was purchased in 79 and from storage in the attic for 10 years or so and moving 3 or 4 times it dried out and literally started to fall apart in some areas, hence my reason for starting to check on possibly purchasing a molded one but decided to give the original a shot for repair. I think it came out pretty good. Liquid Nails has one clue that is good for just about anything including cloth and rubber so did some repairs with that and the perforated nylon drywall tape and then top coated the repairs with (believe it is a new product) Rustoleum Rubber coating. I will check with Lonny at East Coast Muscle Cars to see what he knows about the molded pads or how correct they appear.......
Would think someone on here has purchased one Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 11:30:52 AM »

It's kind of weird sometimes with all the originality asked about in these forums that when I ask about what is the best........., there usually aren't many respopnses.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012, 09:16:25 PM »

I purchased one (assume molded) for my '67 from Jim about 3 yrs ago.
It was spectacular in fit, finish and weight  Grin.

Don't recall what I paid for it..

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012, 02:21:50 AM »

Did it look like an original?  Do you know Jim?
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012, 01:47:37 PM »

Did it look like an original?  Do you know Jim?

My old one came off in pieces and was bagged long before the new one was installed. I didn't compare them side by side if thats what you mean.
The holes lined up on the heater box and the drivers side fit well all at the same time Smiley. The material appears heavy like the original.
I deplore repop stuff and was pleased with this product. I purchased NOS or used items exclusively from Jim over a period of 7 years which is what it took to complete my resto...so thats the extent to which I know him..His product knowledge and parts availability kept me coming back...

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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2012, 03:05:45 PM »

Ok, I was wondering mostly about appearance.  My original mat looks almost like rubber and very thick.  The repop I got was thin, light and made of foam that would rip if you breathed on it.  As far as Jim, I tried to get through to him and the guys I got on the phone about their repro radiator tags.  They are NOT correct for the 68Z.  The code he has on his is not a Camaro code or even GM.  He inisisted it was correct and I referred him to this site.  I really need a correct radiator tag and it's frustrating to be so close, but I'm just some knucklhead to him and I was hoping somone that  knew him could get through to him.
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2012, 09:24:18 PM »

Every pad I've seen had the foam coating not the rubberized as the originals. Is this still the case? A section of my original is gone below the column shaft.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2012, 09:54:57 PM »

The one I just put in my car wasn't molded but it was thick and had a backing on it similar to the original. The front side that faces inward toward you looked like rubber mat or leather for a better way to describe it about 1/4" thick or a little more. No foam on it anywhere.
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 12:55:21 AM »

Every pad I've seen had the foam coating not the rubberized as the originals. Is this still the case? A section of my original is gone below the column shaft.

There was a discussion a while back on here or on TC that asked about the new molded pads from HBC or somewhere and I believe that they were better but not perfect.  This one I saw on HBC's site sounded like it might be close, but I haven't seen one.  I wonder who might live close enough to HBC to check one out?
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012, 06:02:39 AM »

I believe I saw on another site that the manufacturer is Quietride and looks to have the best price.  I plan on ordering one shortly.  Has anyone purchased this from them?

http://www.quietride.com/catalogpdfs/gmf_catalog.pdf

Scroll down to page 4 of the link

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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2012, 10:58:49 AM »

Well, I've got to hear from somebody that it's dead on or see it myself first.
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2012, 05:11:09 PM »

i will keep you posted as I plan on ordering it shortly and I kept a piece of the original pad to compare it too.

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