When you’re standing in front of the empty shell of a car, or a blank canvas, rather, it can be difficult to see the end product. Though, for some, that vision is a driving force behind a project. But, as the checklist of parts and individual tasks begins to grow, it can become easy to lose sight of the big picture until the project’s completion is near.
As such, the smaller tasks become more apparent and the need for the parts that go along with them more wanting. Things as simple and forgettable as a broken rearview mirror, or cracked washer fluid bottle. And yet, it is those little details that can make the difference between winning Best Restoration at a car show, and cruising home empty-handed.
While winning awards is seldom the reason people enter the hot-rodding hobby, there are those in the automotive community who are purists and revel in the idea that their hard work and attention to detail could bring them recognition among peers. After all, who doesn’t love an accurate restoration? From year, make, and model-specific hardware, to accurate badging – heck, there are even folks who go as far as attempting to get the factory paint overspray pattern just right.
The point being, this is a game of details. Whether the project aims to 100-point correct or a wild custom, it is the minutiae that sets a build apart.
Enter Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI).
While the prospect of replacing something like a rearview mirror may seem mundane when compared to bolting on a new blower, it is something that needs to get done for legal reasons and otherwise. Luckily for enthusiasts everywhere, OPGI has those parts ready when the time comes.
Take the parts pictured below as an example. For anyone restoring a 1968-1972 GM A-Body car like a Cadillac El Dorado, Pontiac Bonneville, or Buick Riviera this is the perfect piece to finish up a project.
The days of visiting your local Pick-N-Pull and finding a perfect match for your classic restoration project are long gone. Online marketplaces are a crapshoot – you never know what you’re going to get and there is seldom a warranty or reliable return policy in place.
Conversely, Original Parts Group Inc. is a tried-and-true company known for supplying the aftermarket with quality parts. Top name builders in the industry use them as a go-to for hard to find reproduction pieces and the team is constantly working to expand its catalog.
In fact, the Southern California-based company is ensconced in car culture. In years past, OPGI hosted several make-specific car shows with many in attendance.
We caught up with several attendees and they all had the same to say about OPGI, “it’s a great place to go for hard to find parts. All the little things you don’t think about when you’re putting a car back together – they have them.”
In fact, during the OPGI Buick, Olds, Pontiac, and Cadillac show, we saw a few modern-classics (is that a thing?) in the form of some wicked ’80s G-bodies whose owners took advantage of Original Parts Group’s massive catalog. One part that comes to mind is the often deteriorated plastic washer fluid bottles found in those cars – just like the example pictured above.
So, whether you’re just starting your project or drawing to a close, check out Original Parts Group Inc. for those rare and hard to find parts. Chances are, they’ll have what you need.