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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377585 Fri Sep 18 2020 10:25 PM
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The question left me in the dark, is it a square body???????


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377596 Sat Sep 19 2020 12:54 AM
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I'm with Don et al who have an old school NAPA. For 20 years now, I have built a relationship through two generations with our local NAPA. They know me and my truck and it's never a problem when I need stuff. They even went the extra mile (or 10) to hunt down and coordinate a place to reline the Huck Brake shoes for my one ton (and make it right when several of them failed). From antique truck parts to fishing advice to swapping deployment sea stories, I can never go in there for less than an hour. Bill and Howie Guy (and all the staff) at Guy Auto Parts in Clements, MD ... ROCKS!! They've also supported this web site in very meaningful ways -- like donating tools for give aways and even a 261 engine!

I can not over state the appreciation I have for everything they have done for me and for this web site.

For all -- there is still hope --- great small town GOOD parts stores still exist!! Find them!!


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377616 Sat Sep 19 2020 10:53 AM
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NAPA goes back a long long way. Again my friend and his Corvair needed a carb filter, we tried Flaps no go. I called Napa and they had 2.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377619 Sat Sep 19 2020 12:30 PM
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Our local NAPA is owned by a couple of older guys who were raised in the business their dad started. They both know how to use the paper catalogs. The younger brother even ran a machine shop in the back room. Put out some pretty good race motors. They do have some parts the other places don’t have, to help out the local farmers. That being said, they are getting more and more computer based and getting the brothers to dig out the catalogs is getting to be a chore. They are both rather grumpy individuals.


Martin
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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377634 Sat Sep 19 2020 01:52 PM
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Martin,

It seems that the distribution for auto parts has changed in recent years. The old school system of holding large inventories has been replaced by a more regional warehousing system that is supported by an integrated transportation system. From their perspective, less parts have to be losing money while they sit on a shelf. The tradeoff is that the customer has to wait a day or two to get the part shipped to the store. It is a frustrating reality, for the consumer, but probably here to stay.

We are also blessed to have an old-time auto parts store owned by 2 brothers, second generation. They are quite creative in tinkering with old stuff and hot rodding so odd requests are fine. When I roll in there, we have a running joke as to my eternal quest for every part they quit carrying 50 years ago. If they don't have an item; they can either find one, determine a work around, tell you of someone who can find the item, or teach you how to rebuild the part. All of the staff are top shelf material. They too are gravitating towards the parts distribution system described in my first paragraph. They are not affiliated with NAPA...our local NAPA has not been as helpful.

Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377640 Sat Sep 19 2020 04:22 PM
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Paul. You hit the nail on head.


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Re: FLAPS Rant
klhansen #1377691 Sat Sep 19 2020 11:43 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Originally Posted by klhansen
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.

From my experience, the only difference between a Superduty and not, is a grab handle on the A pillar.

I haven't done it yet, but I think it will be entertaining. I need 3 matched Dayco 17520 or equivalent belts. Matched, I say!!

Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377731 Sun Sep 20 2020 02:28 AM
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Have had good success with NAPA. They even had brake cylinders for my 49 on the shelf. I bet they dusted off the boxes before they brought them to me.
Went to another chain looking for a water pump for my wife's 81 Buick. It had a 350 in it. Nothing available, going to have to get it from GM! Okay have you got a water pump for a Chev 350? Yessir! Same thing.


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Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1377738 Sun Sep 20 2020 04:42 AM
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Used to be when I walked into any of the several parts store we do business with I'd call out "Back away from the computer" but now the only time that is heard is if they have a new hire and the other counter guys yell to him to "Back away from the computer". Last trip to one was for parts for a 49 Studebaker 1/2T Longbed with Nova clip, iron block LS, 4L60E, Trailblazer disc brake rear and so on. What I do most of the time is I DO THE SLEUTHING to give them the part brand name and part number. Much quicker and if there's a mistake it's on me provided the part shipped is the part I ordered. This approach has become mandatory with many of the ones on the other side of the counter having NEVER looked under a hood.


Evan
Re: FLAPS Rant
Justhorsenround #1378021 Tue Sep 22 2020 04:28 AM
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Shop Shark
Long time ago i walked into my local flaps , looking for a 78 chev halogen headlamp, the old timer behind the counter asked what i wanted to pay..... $5 , $7, or $12......i said $5, got the headlamp , paid the bill and asked what the difference was.....he said, cost, wholesale, retail on the same headlamp, he said some people paid $12, and he thanked them for buying him lunch!


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