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Re: Lost Generation

To: Rick Lindsay <>
Subject: Re: Lost Generation
From: Bud Krueger <>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 19:17:23 -0500

    In reality, NAPA has access to a significant batch of parts for early model
vehicles.  You may have to nudge the guy at the counter, or get to know the 
owner.  In front of me at the moment is NAPA's Echlin Catalog #104, "Ignition,
Electrical Systems Parts and PCV valves for Early Model Cars and Light Trucks
Thru 1974".  There are similar catalogs for other components.  When I had the
NAPA store I was once able find fan belts for Model T Fords.
(BTW, Catalog VQR 92 lists Timken bearings for BMWs from 66 thru 75 and MGs from

Bud Krueger

Rick Lindsay wrote:

> 'Ed' writes,
> > The most frustrating thing for me is when someone at a parts counter
> > asks the "who makes it?" question.  Its happened a couple of times. (I
> > get that with the Corvair also, then they don't believe it's a Chevy)
>    ...and when you say, "MG", they can't get rid of you fast enough!
> I have only older cars ('30 Chevy, '79 Ferrari, '88 BMW M3, '66
> BMW 1600-2, etc.) and face this frustration all the time.
>    Ever notice how the computer on the parts counter is ALWAYS
> wrong?  Or that if it even goes back far enough, it lists only ONE part
> number <that you know is also wrong> for the whole 1962-1982, or
> whatever, range!
>    Around here we have PepBoys, O'Reillys, NAPA and AutoZone.
> And even thought there is variation from store to store, here is my
> generalization:
> O'Reilly's: Not too bad an inventory, but their computer database is
>    useless for older cars and less than useless for older British cars.
> NAPA: Good Chevy and Ford parts stores.
> AutoZone: Probably the best around Tulsa.  Their database goes
>    back much further than O'Reilly's but is often incorrect.  They do
>    seem to stock paper catalogs and will use them for you (or let
>    you do so) if they aren't too busy.
> PepBoys: Totally useless source for neon, poo-poo pipes and other
>    ricer crap.  No real car parts any more.
> Best regards,
> rick

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