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Offline TC76LDOVERT

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« on: December 16, 2017, 05:49:03 PM »
I am new to Cadillacs with my 76 Eldo vert but have come to realize OPGI never has everything in stock needed to compete a project.

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 06:12:42 PM »
I don't think you will find anyone with everything in stock.   It is a fact of life.   Even the car makers don't have everything, and have to rely on providers to deliver parts in time for production demands.

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Offline TC76LDOVERT

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 06:28:31 PM »
I am not restoring it I just washed to repair the quarter windows tracks and rollers. They don't have the parts to do two windows. While going through the website looking at Cadillac specific parts they typically are not stock items.

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2017, 08:51:49 PM »
One thing you have to realize is that Cadillacs are few and far between compared to Chevrolets, or even Buicks. You can't got to Amazon.com and expect to get everything you need "just like that." Just because you "want" the parts doesn't mean that there is enough need for someone to reproduce them and make money in the process. So, you're going to have to hunt around for this and that. In any case, welcome. You have a fine car to enjoy.
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2017, 09:41:14 PM »
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2017, 10:59:25 PM »
^^ They won't have everything either, but keep looking. fleabay works in many cases. You should also get a copy of hemmings from the newsstand / bookstore. I get it about twice a year.
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2017, 03:05:20 AM »
More than some other vendors, it does seem like a lot of OPGIís catalog is on backorder. But I have found that if you ask, they are pretty upfront about how long you can expect to wait.
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2017, 12:44:28 PM »
Try USA Parts.

http://www.usapartssupply.com/cadillac.php

I would ask club members about experiences with them before using them.   Hint hint.
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2017, 12:47:07 PM »
You may also try to see if some parts cross fit other GM car lines.   Like Olds and Buick.

Some parts are shared.     Fusick in East Windsor, CT has been helpful. 

https://www.fusickautomotiveproducts.com/


Offline TC76LDOVERT

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2017, 08:19:57 AM »
I am not looking to complain or give them a bad name but I think it ticked me of because I went through my order over the phone with a helpful guy but didn't realize half my order was on back order till I received the email order acknowledgement. It makes sense that the lower production Cadillac has less demand but it now I have half of what I need for an unknown length of time.

Lesson learned and will know if its listed online as low stock alert that means they don't have it.

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2017, 11:12:28 AM »
Ive found out by trial and error that most of the online sellers are just that SELLERS. And Iím not complaining at all as this is a perfectly good business model particularly for our hobby. The problem, however, is that as SELLERS they dont control the remanufacturing process and need to order their inventory from the very very very few people/businesses who have the deep pockets and risk personality to actually make the products that a dwindling few of us need. Example.....anybidea what just the molds could cost to make alone for a set of Cadillac huncaps from the Ď50ís???  How about north of $20,000!  Now you need to sell lots and lots of repro hubcaps to just make that back let alone turn a profit.

So my point is the same as others have said......patience and thoroughness is key when sourcing parts for our old beauties..... and occasionally being quick on the draw when you do locate one in stock since it may be gone the next time you look

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2017, 11:21:56 AM »
OPGI is in Seal Beach Cali.
I've been there to get the lay of the land, and found that if you are after Cad parts, you're in for a surprise, kinda sparse.
Looking for Chevy, Olds, Buick, Pontiac - 60's on up, you stand a much better chance of getting them over the counter, then and there.
The demographic associated with those marques and years, as you might sense, is allot younger and more of them - so supply the need = good business.

Apart from finding a part, ready to come your way, you may want to consider where it was made.
The maybe not so politically correct admonition is BUY AMERICAN - NOT FROM OVER SEAS MANUFACTURERS.
It has been expressed over and over on the forum, you will be happier in the short, and long run - fit, finish, longevity.

Have fun,
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2017, 08:14:57 PM »
The biggest issue I have had with some of these parts dealers is that they try to pawn off parts that are supposedly reproductions but are not.

Then they charge big bucks. I had one on eBay with their own website showing a picture of the part which was correct and sending another part that was not in the picture while charging top dollar.

Then when you point it out they insult your intelligence. I basically said I was willing to pay for the correct part and get hosed but not for a part I could pick up at the local auto parts store. Then they get smart then I just return the junk and reverse the credit card charge and I do not pay for shipping when they pull this stuff.
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2017, 10:25:21 PM »
ALWAYS pay via a credit card, Especially when using fleabay. Make SURE your paypal payment funding is via a CC, and NOT a bank acct.
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Offline 64CaddieLacky

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2017, 02:17:26 AM »
Iíve had issues with OPGI when I needed a fuel sending into for my 64. It was on back order at first for 4 months, i patiently waited and when i finally received the sending unit, it was the wrong one!

What happened was the manufacture shipped a certain amount of sending units in wrong boxes that werenít labeled correctly. After OPGI apologized for the mix up, they said the replacement will take another 2 weeks to come in, to my frustration I was pissed! After waiting almost 5 months to receive the unit, only to find out that the part is wrong, I let them have it. >:(

Well, the replacement unit didnít take another 2 weeks to come in, it took 2 more months! Needless to say, it was utterly ridiculous and extremely poor customer service on their part because I was the one that had to call and ask WTF is going on. They didnít even give me a discount for the major inconvenience of it all.

 I also think many of their Cadillac parts are way overpriced, especially their emblems and scripts. I will only go through them if I have no other choice, other than that, itís always EBay for me.
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2017, 07:15:15 AM »
I find that most of the "big advertisers" and big "drop shippers." I always start with Rock Auto. Last winter I did some work on a 74 Eldorado that needed lower front fender sections. They were 1/3 the price of OPGI and although they are a drop shipper, you can see "quantity available" and where it will be shipped from.


One note of caution with them is I avoid their rubber bushings for Cadillac, or any Mexican/Chinese bushings. They never fit. Get the part number from Rock Auto and then go on E Bay and find someone selling USA Made "old stock."
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Re: OPGI
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2017, 02:12:47 PM »
If you just need to have the rollers replaced, I had an auto glass shop replace one for me. If I remember right it required a special tool to press the nylon roller on  i

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Re: OPGI
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 10:53:33 AM »
I am not looking to complain or give them a bad name but I think it ticked me of because I went through my order over the phone with a helpful guy but didn't realize half my order was on back order till I received the email order acknowledgement. It makes sense that the lower production Cadillac has less demand but it now I have half of what I need for an unknown length of time.

Lesson learned and will know if its listed online as low stock alert that means they don't have it.

This happens with many suppliers.  As a shop I once received a "partial order" with important items to complete the job not sent but tabbed as "back ordered"--- never telling me this at the time of the order.  So now I waited a week for parts to complete a job with essential parts missing with no time of expected delivery.

You noticed I said I "once" had this happen.  I don't deal with them anymore. 
It may take more effort than you thought but you can find parts,  you just have to be patient and invest some time looking.