Welcome to Club Hot Rod!  The premier site for everything to do with Hot Rod, Customs, Low Riders, Rat Rods, and more. 

  •  » Members from all over the US and the world!
  •  » Help from all over the world for your questions
  •  » Build logs for you and all members
  •  » Blogs
  •  » Image Gallery
  •  » Many thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of posts! 

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!  p.s.: For registered members this ad will NOT show

 
Like Tree44Likes
  • 5 Post By cffisher
  • 8 Post By rspears
  • 4 Post By v8nutz
  • 3 Post By 34_40
  • 4 Post By 53 Chevy5
  • 1 Post By DennyW
  • 2 Post By falconvan
  • 1 Post By cffisher
  • 2 Post By NTFDAY
  • 2 Post By cffisher
  • 4 Post By 34_40
  • 4 Post By rspears
  • 2 Post By 34_40
  • 2 Post By NTFDAY

Thread: Parts store
          
   
   

Reply To Thread
Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    cffisher's Avatar
    cffisher is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Constantine
    Car Year, Make, Model: 57 chevy 2 dr wagon /73 Nova hatchback
    Posts
    9,311

    Parts store

     



    There is a parts store in my town that can and will get you any part you need. They have been there 45 years. I can't tell you how many times they have come through for me. Jim the owner is here during the summer and Arizona in winter. His daughter has been running the shop by herself for about 20 years now. The other day I went into town to see a sign in the window CLOSING. These people are like family. She is getting a 9/5 job and he is retiring. They have the most complete set of parts book from the 50s 60s and 70s. It makes it easier to find parts. Most internet sites don't have that info. I don't know what I'm going to do with them but Jim told me I can have the books. I have been going there for over 25 years. Now it will be an empty building. It has to be hard for them I know its hard for me. Good parts stores are hard to find.
    Charlie
    Lovin' what I do and doing what I love
    Some guys can fix broken NO ONE can fix STUPID
    W8AMR
    http://fishertrains94.webs.com/
    Christian in training

  2. #2
    rspears's Avatar
    rspears is offline CHR Member/Contributor Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Gardner, KS
    Car Year, Make, Model: '33 HiBoy Coupe
    Posts
    9,500

    That's sad to read! I had a really good NAPA store here, and John, the owner had been in the same spot for 50 years when he sold to a new guy and retired. They closed, moved to a brand new building, hired a bunch of young guys to run the counter and it's nothing like it was. Sure, they still have all of John's books but they rely on their computer hooked to the warehouse rather than look at the books. Used to be I could walk in and say, "John, I need a piece of 3/4" heater hose with a 90el on one end, long enough to go across the firewall to the heater connection." He'd come back with, "Ya' know, Gates makes some universal hoses like that! Let's take a look..... Will 36" be long enough?" Those days are gone....
    Roger
    Enjoy the little things in life, and you may look back one day and realize that they were really the BIG things.

  3. #3
    v8nutz is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    rocklin
    Posts
    277

    I've almost forgotten what a good parts store is like, it's painful anymore.

  4. #4
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    13,125

    That's one thing I'm lucky about. I've got 1 shop left that I knew the Grandfather, the Father and now 1 of his sons that keep the parts flowing for me. Granted I don't buy much anymore but I only go to that 1 shop for everything. And I'll never quibble about his price.

  5. #5
    53 Chevy5's Avatar
    53 Chevy5 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Doon, Ia
    Car Year, Make, Model: 53 Chevy 3100
    Posts
    2,059

    That really stinks. We have one parts store in town and they are so so. It's getting really hard to run these mom and pop stores with heath ins costs the way they are without the numbers for a group plan.
    Seth

    God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C.S.Lewis

  6. #6
    DennyW is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    outahere
    Posts
    1,079

    Same here on the parts stores. I usually check Rock Auto first, and go from there. Search internet, and anywhere that might still be selling the parts. If it's a faster wear item, if, and when I find it, I get 2. In the past, I bought extra parts for my Merc engine. Now, the ones I did buy, are no longer available.
    glennsexton likes this.

  7. #7
    falconvan's Avatar
    falconvan is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    festus
    Car Year, Make, Model: 48 Plymouth, 48,54 Heap
    Posts
    3,148

    Same here, we had a NAPA with a machine shop in the back that stocked just about everything you could want and had a great machinist. Plus these guys really knew their stuff. Long gone. We have the big three chain auto parts stores but its not the same. And no machine shop close, either.
    ted dehaan and glennsexton like this.
    1 Corinthians 1:27

  8. #8
    cffisher's Avatar
    cffisher is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Constantine
    Car Year, Make, Model: 57 chevy 2 dr wagon /73 Nova hatchback
    Posts
    9,311

    Well we do have another A/P store one town over they are fair at best but if you know what it is you want and have a number you may get what you want. Thing is it was at one time owned by the guy here in town that is retiring. So I don't give that one much time either. I think the best of all the bug parts stores around here is O Riely's They will at least look for your part. Unlike the other 3 up north of here. We have a machinest one town over that is really good. 'it just won't be the same and its getting worse.
    Dave Severson likes this.
    Charlie
    Lovin' what I do and doing what I love
    Some guys can fix broken NO ONE can fix STUPID
    W8AMR
    http://fishertrains94.webs.com/
    Christian in training

  9. #9
    NTFDAY's Avatar
    NTFDAY is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Springfield
    Car Year, Make, Model: '66 Mustang, 76 Corvette
    Posts
    4,687

    Unfortunately the old style parts stores are rapidly disappearing. I rarely, if ever, go to my local O'Reilly's without a print out of what I'm looking for. I had a lot of fun with those clowns when I had the 400sbc powered 62 1/2 ton.
    cffisher and falconvan like this.
    Ken Thomas
    NoT FaDe AwaY and the music didn't die
    The simplest road is usually the last one sought
    Wild Willie & AA/FA's The greatest show in drag racing

  10. #10
    cffisher's Avatar
    cffisher is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Constantine
    Car Year, Make, Model: 57 chevy 2 dr wagon /73 Nova hatchback
    Posts
    9,311

    Like when your after an engine part and they want to know what car it is what year what make & model. YES that is fun. It's a SBC in a 53 Ford yea that was fun
    Dave Severson and NTFDAY like this.
    Charlie
    Lovin' what I do and doing what I love
    Some guys can fix broken NO ONE can fix STUPID
    W8AMR
    http://fishertrains94.webs.com/
    Christian in training

  11. #11
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    13,125

    Oh yeah, I tell'em I need a water pump for a 302 Ford, they ask year make and model.. So I tell'em a 33 Ford Model 40! They go "HUH?"

  12. #12
    rspears's Avatar
    rspears is offline CHR Member/Contributor Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Gardner, KS
    Car Year, Make, Model: '33 HiBoy Coupe
    Posts
    9,500

    Quote Originally Posted by 34_40 View Post
    Oh yeah, I tell'em I need a water pump for a 302 Ford, they ask year make and model.. So I tell'em a 33 Ford Model 40! They go "HUH?"
    ....and then if it's a guy over 40 he says, "OK smart a$$, what'd it come out of?" and I say "A salvage yard up in Sioux Falls, SD!"
    Roger
    Enjoy the little things in life, and you may look back one day and realize that they were really the BIG things.

  13. #13
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    13,125

    And I say a scrap yard in Alamogordo New Mexico! LOL...

    OH, and then I tell'em I want the pump for a 68 Mustang with 302 and A/C.... I want the inlet on the right side.
    And they go WHAT???
    Last edited by 34_40; 08-17-2019 at 12:58 PM.
    Dave Severson and NTFDAY like this.

  14. #14
    NTFDAY's Avatar
    NTFDAY is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Springfield
    Car Year, Make, Model: '66 Mustang, 76 Corvette
    Posts
    4,687

    I told the guy once that I wanted a sbc fuel pump with the inlets at 90º and I get the deer in the headlights look. After that I told him I wanted one for a 57 283 Chevy and he was so confused.............
    Dave Severson and 34_40 like this.
    Ken Thomas
    NoT FaDe AwaY and the music didn't die
    The simplest road is usually the last one sought
    Wild Willie & AA/FA's The greatest show in drag racing

Reply To Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Links monetized by VigLink