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Old 03-03-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Has anyone has any experience good or bad with Howell's......I need to order a few parts for my 26 coupe.....inner fender patches and the such....any input would be appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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Shipping is a huge problem with them. If he has it in stock you will get it in about 10 days. If he has to make it, you could wait months. I find the quality OK and the pricing competitive but you have a better chance of getting your items if you can find it on his ebay store site. Do a search and you will find the horror stories.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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Due to the many negative comments I'd read about dealing with them, I've never bought from them outside of their ebay store. However, the cowl panels I bought from them for my '29 were delivered in a week and fit perfectly.

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Old 03-03-2012, 04:01 PM   #4
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From my experience I recommend that you do not buy directly from him. Buy from a dealer who stocks his products. You will have a much better chance of actually getting the parts you order.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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I know there will be mixed reviews here, but from my end here I have nothing but good things to say about them. The quality and fit were excellent, and the service I received was very good. Shipping was quick, but even faster if you buy thru ebay.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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From my experience I recommend that you do not buy directly from him. Buy from a dealer who stocks his products. You will have a much better chance of actually getting the parts you order.

I have to agree with this comment. I ordered a deck lid and lower turtle deck panel for my 27 roadster about 2 years ago. Came in about 2 to 3 weeks. I recently ordered cowl panels and quarter panels for my 27 roadster pickup. Ordered on November 27th and received them in the second week of Feburary. A little slow? Well, ya, just a little wouldn't you think?.......................11 weeks? Next time i will order from one of their suppliers, but i will make sure they have it in stock first.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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Stay away from them directly, buy from ebay. The panels are never perfect and always need work before going in. I got my parts 4 months after ordering from them and it took me to file a claim to do so. Just my 2 cents....
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I bought there patches from there booth at a swap meet they didn't have one of the parts I needed and the guy told me to call in three weeks. they needed to make them. I called and the z panel was shipped to me that week.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #9
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Check this out.... https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55084
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:18 AM   #10
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Quality and customer service is nonexistent.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:36 AM   #11
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Never bought anything they made that fit.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #12
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Guess I'm one of the lucky ones, but I live close enough to deal with Ryan (the owner) personally. More than once, he has stayed open late, just to help me. I don't know him well, but I do know he is 3rd gen. in this business, so he's been around A's his whole life. He's always been extremely cordial, and gone the extra mile to help. Actually, I feel pretty fortunate, as I can just about say the same thing of everyone I've met in the Model A world.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #13
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Stay away from Howell's if you can. Parts are not very good.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:04 PM   #14
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I am not pleased at all with there service. Sheet metal, not perfect. Shipping, when they want. Trouble is, i don't know anyone else that makes 26-27 sheet metal parts. Don't think Rootlieb makes any. If anyone knows, please share.
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