Modern materials an asset

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31 May 2003 22:05 #331 by balinwire
balinwire created the topic: Modern materials an asset
Lost parts to be made or found. If it is broken it has to be fixed or jury-rigged.
One thing I have found is that it is still a car, and a lot of modern parts are interchangeable or can be made to work with a little variation. Fluids that are on store shelves seem to work fine. Leaded gas would be nice but lets just be happy there is any go-juice. Many simple springs can be made with little effort. Many rods and linkages plus window glass are all available. The reason for this post is to get ideas of how others may have used readily purchased items. Like today I went to Auto Zone and they had a four pack of carburetor hold down bolts with nuts and washers that fit perfectly, $3.98. They had fine and coarse thread, as any good Cord carb manifold stud would be. Anyone knows that when you go to the parts counter and they say what kind of car and you reply, Cord, they instantly go on how you cant get parts for a car six million years old etc, etc, blah,blah,blah. So one gets mighty good doing with what material you have laying around the shop. Any good low budget repair suggestions in this forum would be appreciated. I need cross reference NAPA #'s for brake hoses.
Yours very truly, Barry Thomas
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01 Jun 2003 13:47 #332 by Bill Hummel
Bill Hummel replied the topic: Inexpensive Replacement Parts
One thing that has helped me is having a 12-volt electrical system. Granted, I haven't ever had to look for 6-volt parts and they may be easy to find.

I think it's great being able to walk into a Pep Boys and being able to buy halogen headlamps off the shelf. I am going down today to get new GE 12-volt dashpanel lamps.

I just got back a complete set of gauges from THE CLOCK DOC in Tennessee. Calibrated, new silk-screening, rechromed, completely reworked, they look brand new! (In fact I will have to post a picture of them! Very $$$$$$$ and took 9 months, but I can't wait to see that wonderful soft green glow of the gauges at night. They put new green Mylar film behind each gauge. I didn't tell them to, they just knew. (I am new at this and don't know diddly.)

I am not sure how you can get around this project inexpensively. I am going to do as much of the labor as I can.

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27 Jun 2003 02:13 #418 by cbs
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Even the NAPA guy was surprised he had ignition points and spark plugs available!

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