Pete & Aprille Chadwell wrote:
> I have always been REASONABLY loyal to TRF, and probably always will be.
> Have they ticked me off a few times? Yes. Like the time I ordered 4 new
> UJ's and had them shipped to me 2nd day air... or at least that's what I
> asked for. On the afternoon they were to arrive, I got home and promptly
> tore into the rear end, removing both axles in under 45 minutes. It was
> Thursday and we had a big car club drive on Saturday. Before I knew it the
> clock struck 6 and UPS had not shown. They had sent the parts UPS ground
> by mistake, which at the time (in 1989 or so) took about 10 days to Oregon.
> The TR was torn apart and I was without a car until a week and a half
> later. And I've waited for backordered heater hoses for almost a year,
> too. And God knows what else.
> BUT... if you want a good illustration of TRF's dedication to our hobby
> (and theirs) just compare their catalogs (particularly the TR6) with those
> of Moss, Vicky Brit, BPNW, Rimmer Bros. etc. Although I will order without
> hesitation from those "other" guys, I will only do so on parts that are
> "no-brainers." What other parts supplier gives you a THOROUGH breakdown of
> the differences between the TR6 gearboxes, after all? TRF's painstakingly
> complete catalogs for the TR6 range I think are incredible and demonstrate
> that they are committed to doing their job to the absolute best of their
> Yeah, I get the feeling that Charles might be a little on the pompous side.
> (But I don't know the guy!) and yeah, occasionally they screw some things
> up and /or make business decisions that we may not agree with. But they'll
> probably always be the first people I call, particularly for
> out-of-the-ordinary parts.
> I would just suggest that people should not be quite so quick to jump all
> over Mr. Runyan... I think he runs a decent and honest business and for
> that I respect the guy. I rarely, if ever, read much of the text of the
> sale catalogs... I just look at the parts and the prices!! Maybe the folks
> who object so strenously to Charles' writings should do the same!
> Pete Chadwell
> 1973 TR6
At least you got a catalog from TRF. I have called time and time again
requesting a catalog from TRF without any success. The response I always get
is "we don't have any printed at this time." "When do you think you will have
them printed", I ask. "I don't know" they reply. The way I see it if you don't
want to let people know what you offer then there is no way they can buy it.
74 Spitfire 1500 (Organ donar)
70 Spitfire MkIII
Allen Park, MI