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Not building a show car, just want to fix the usual Spider rust.
Bottoms of the wheel wells, some nose damage.

From what I see posted about the web it appears that Alfaholics panel$ are preferred but significantly more expen$ive.
Seems the prices are about the same in $ and £ but £ is around 1.6 times $, plus shipping!

So how good/bad are the Wolf panels?
 

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The problem comes with actual fit. How much MORE will it cost for a panel fabricator to fit the Wolf panels as compared to the Alfaholics panels? Do you want to pay your body shop or Alfaholics? To fit a rough panel requires considerably more skilled body work than to fit a well finished panel.
 

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If you get the Wolf panels, go to Harbour Frieght and get their small English wheel.
I needed that to get the driver side rocker to fit.
For the passenger side, I got the panel from Classic. Perfect fit and cost/shipping to Ca. was not bad.
 

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Most of the standard panels are from the same manufacturer. Buy on price incl. delivery and service. I prefer ClassicAlfa for body panels. That said, I've bought from all the major UK sources (and a few Eu) without incident and would have no hesitation going with the best deal on the day. I also have some stuff from Wolf which wasn't available anywhere else, whilst the shopping experience was excellent the fit is average(as expected). So you end up paying more in labour to fit.
 

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Bad quality panels need huge work to get them to fit properly and usually the finishing is done with an unhealthy layer of filler to blend the panel in.

Good quality panels fit with the minimum of fuss and welding & require just a skim at the joints.

In the end, the costs of re-working the panels end up balancing with the higher cost of the good quality panels, the job gets done in a fraction of the time, your body guy will actually want to talk to you again & you don't have filler slathered on your panels to try & line things up.

There's an interesting thread on the Giulietta Forum about resurrecting an old race car where the panels were badly re-done by the first body guy.

Ciao
Greig
 
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