Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
9/14/20 9:40 a.m.

We’ve restored scores of cars and found that organization is a key component to success. Countless stories and books have been written about restoration organization. Most advise keeping lists, making sketches, and using plastic bags to keep parts organized in boxes. 

While we can agree…

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Torqued
Torqued New Reader
9/14/20 9:16 p.m.

After a few costly mistakes, I developed a similar system myself.  I had a lot of extra parts for my MGA because a friend and who also owned an MGA moved out of state and give me all of his extra parts.  Over the years of work and travel while the MGA sat waiting prioper restoration I had ordered parts I knew I would need as they came on sale.  Finally retired, I began spending serious time on the project and I discovered that I had purchased parts that were already in the donated stash and were in perfectly good condition.  That was when I decided that I needed to go through it all and catalog everything.  I use an excell spreadsheet for the box numbers and contents. Makes it easy to sort and find parts.  With the extras I actually have three large shelves full plus some larger parts stashed in the loft, but that includes extra transmissions, wheels, hubs, trunk lids, fenders...  With it all organized and cataloged, I have avoided buying a part that I have in the stash several times now.  The shelves on wheels really help.  With limited space, the three shelves can be put side by side - no space between - then moved apart for access as needed.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
11/2/21 1:04 p.m.

I don't think it's as much the American public that has the obsession with cheap Chinese garbage, it's more like the American retailer has made it pretty much impossible to purchase anything but. Take a stroll down any aisle in any big box home improvement center and try to identify any American made products versus Chinese crap. Probably 95% Chinese versus 5% anything else.

I'm one of the few that would much rather pay a few extra bucks and receive something I can use without fear of A: the product failing miserably, or B: injuring myself when the product self destructs.

I'm just very sick and tired of seeing "Made In China" on everything I pick up in a store.

 

 

 

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