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FLAPS Rant
#1377505 Fri Sep 18 2020 01:23 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Way back in a previous life (1970-1980) I was involved in the Automotive Industry in one form or another. In the beginning I worked for a large automotive parts company in downtown OKC. Auto Parts and Machine Company had a retail counter and a large several thousand square foot warehouse. In addition a very well respected Machine Shop putting out 100+ crankshafts per week. They supplied every parts store in the western half of Oklahoma. I worked in the warehouse and had to learn how to use the hundreds of Parts Books lining two large desks. Very rarely did we have to tell a customer we didn’t have a part in stock. We had a 50’X5’X2’ expanded metal cage full of spark plugs. On hundreds of feet of shelving was every conceivable bearing and seal, rings, pistons, rods, cams. Ring gears, pinions, shims, yokes and u-joints. Hanging from the ceiling joists were hundreds of exhaust pipes and thousands of mufflers stacked on shelves underneath. You name it and they had it.
The last 3 times I have gone to the national chain parts store, I have had to come back after the truck arrives at noon to get what I needed. Yesterday they didn’t even have a full set of 6 spark plugs. Twice the time and fuel to get simple parts. Getting very aggravating. Time to get my coffee and go out to turn some wrenches.🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377509 Fri Sep 18 2020 01:58 PM
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Posts: 9,148
Master Gabster
Nail on the head. I usually call first nowadays. It saves extra trips to town.


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377515 Fri Sep 18 2020 02:18 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,842
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Workshop Owner
I find it very frustrating when needing something simple like wiper blades. They look into their computer screen and ask, what motor does it have in it?

John


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377516 Fri Sep 18 2020 02:23 PM
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Boltergeist
If they stocked any real parts there wouldn't be room on the shelves for all the floor mats, window decals, high speed chrome lug nuts, and obnoxiously loud mufflers the "high performance" crowd wants for their 4 cylinder rice rockets! They probably make several times the profit on useless bling than they do on actual repair parts.
Jerry


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377517 Fri Sep 18 2020 02:25 PM
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Posts: 9,095
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
John, smile and tell them “it’s electric and you turn it on with a switch on the steering column “. The look on their face is priceless!


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!

Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377523 Fri Sep 18 2020 04:25 PM
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Posts: 28
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Wrench Fetcher
My pet peeve is asking the kid at the counter for a part by the manufacturer's part number, like "Give me a Gates 7350 belt" only to be asked, "What's it off of?"

When I reply with what it really goes on, the answer is usually, "Oh, we wouldn't have those."

The worst was getting intercepted on the way to the inline fuel filter display with the question "What are you looking for?" An inline fuel filter with 1/4" hose barbs." "What's it off of?" "A 1957 Asplund wood chipper." "Oh, we wouldn't have that." Sigh, "It's a generic part, I know where they are."

Jim


1935 QD 1.5 ton stake bed
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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377533 Fri Sep 18 2020 05:02 PM
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Shop Shark
Guess I am lucky. We have an old school Napa in town.
Sure they go to the computer first.
But when I go in and ask for a fuel pump for a 67 GMC 637 ci engine.
They get the greasy books out from under the counter and look it up.
The old books said they don't even make them anymore.
BTW, it mounts on top of the engine and the arm is about a foot long to reach the cam.

Take any old bearing in, off lets say, a log splitter, they clean it to get the numbers and then cross reference it.

Don


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377534 Fri Sep 18 2020 05:09 PM
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Master Gabster
Don't be harsh. When I went in to a FLAPS and needed a part for my 54 3100 back in 1983 they had it or could get it. Yes when I told them what I had i would get a far away look especially if the part was for the 1979 AMC Pacer IFS. I worked for Auto Zone for 10 years just a couple of years ago I as a way to fill my retirement years. BTW they don't pay very well for counter help. The worst when a guy sends his wife in for a part but does not tell what is for and of course she knows nothing about the car. Or a guys tell they are all the same for a 350 Chevy anf the engine is out of a boat or has been modified. I could go on and on but why, you all have been there.


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377562 Fri Sep 18 2020 07:51 PM
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Shop Shark
Here now I just give number plate number and all information comes up on computer screen about my vehicle Been pretty helpful for engine related items but not much else for the 57 chev


57 3200 pickup 265 V8 with service tray
Re: FLAPS Rant
TPR57C #1377568 Fri Sep 18 2020 08:16 PM
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Originally Posted by TPR57C
Here now I just give number plate number and all information comes up on computer screen about my vehicle Been pretty helpful for engine related items but not much else for the 57 chev
Here in the US, that would be seen as an invasion of privacy in some circles. ohwell
When I go in to get anything for my daily driver, I just lie and tell them it's a 2000 F350 (it's actually a '99 F250), that way they don't ask me if it's a SuperDuty, as there was apparently an F250 wannabe in '99, at least in their computer.

Last edited by klhansen; Fri Sep 18 2020 08:18 PM.

Kevin
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