Corey and List-
I agree with Corey.
When I restored a TR6 I wanted to attempt a serious concours effort. I paid
serious amounts of money at times, but knew the options were few. I bought NOS
parts like radios, shifter knobs, hardtops, seatbelts and the list goes on. I
remember the cost of most and Corey is dead on what I paid. However, I also
remember the people who recognized my efforts and either helped me find these
parts or sold at a discount because of what I was attempting.
I never felt I was being taking advantage of by any supplier. They all knew
what they had and that the market for it (them) was small. Most were willing to
wait because I suspect they had collected the item at considerable cost also.
The same is true here I suspect.
Hope this helps-
Bowling Green, KY
In a message dated 3/21/2004 9:05:46 AM Central Standard Time,
In the past year, since taking over the Editor position of the 6-PACK, I
learned to refrain from posting comments, which may be interpreted as
bias, but feel that this is one of few occasions that merit my
I have spoken with Mr. Beeker (http://www.triumphconsoles.com) and must
commend his efforts. He is one of those few individuals who continues to
keep our sport interesting and alive. Let us recognize and support those
that try to breed innovation, introduce new products or options to our
marque - people like JMWagner (silicon gasket), Richard Good (performance
parts), David Bonito (billet aluminum parts), Rob Gibbs (SS accessories)
and Walt Hollowell (chrome plate) are just a few.
These individuals are far from profiteers. They offerings are not
presented as those of 'commercial' vendors, nor are the goods vital to
keeping our cars on the road. They simply extend the options available in
the marketplace for those who choose to customize our cars.
I do believe the list feedback is invaluable, and we are all price
sensitive - so I encourage everyone to comment. But do keep in mind,
supply-side economics does apply here, and the development of such goods
in low volume always drives cost up. The bottom line is that there will
always be someone willing to pay $3000 for a NOS TR6 hardtop (per S&C in
Darien,CT), $800 for TR6 taillight assembly, or $1000 for a set of NOS