I ordered some new parts yesterday. A few minutes ago I was looking through my junk pile in the yard and found that I already have them. Oh well, at least they aren't anything major.
1. You can't have too many PARTS.
2. It always pays to be prepared and have extra PARTS.
3. You can substitute the word CARS for PARTS.
I have had similar experiences. Either I had the part I had ordered which was in a pile of parts which I had purchased at sometime in the past when I was not looking for that particular part, or when I started on a project which took a few years to complete, I had ordered the parts and then a couple years later ordered them again. Then after I had finished the project one day I came across the new parts which I had ordered at the time I had started. Things like this are good for some future job, or maybe for a friend which is looking for the part, or for sale at a swap meet or door prizes at a club event. Don't throw away, eventually all parts seem to be useful even if for a mold for making a good piece.
Steve - I've done that too! And I'll bet that you and I are NOT the only ones either!
There is one thing worse, and that is to order something you already have, and not even know yet that you've done it! Sometimes it takes "years" to learn that you've done that! Also, I've actually ordered something that I'm sure that I already have, but cannot find it! That's even much MORE "frustratinger"!
I admit it, I'm a pack rat. The problem that I struggle with is the knowledge that if I don't know I have it I might as well not have it.
A lot of times I've looked for a part I KNEW I had on hand and couldn't find it.
I buy a new part and immediately find the one I knew I had.
As soon as I buy a new one it's a guarantee I'll find the original one.
The only way to find some long-forgotten or misplaced parts is to order them again. Usually within a week of them arriving the previously mentioned parts will make their presence known. I think Murphy has something to do with it.
Just look at it as replenishing your stock.
I find the best thing to do is take a few photos of every part you have and keep it all together in one place. Whenever you need a part, check the photos first! Every time I check I find something that I'd forgotten that I have.
I would forget where I put the photos and have to take more pictures and order more film and take more pictures and forget where I put the new film and go buy more film and then take more pictures of the film I just bought and forgot where I put my camera and then take a picture of the camera and go buy a new camera but forget where I put my wallet and then take a picture of my wallet and then go get the car but forget where I parked the car because I can't find the picture of it and then I would have to find the car keys but I can't because I can't remember where I put the photo of the car keys and then ...Oh never mind I can't remember where I put the catalog to order my Model T parts
Last month I bought a super nice original Johns Manville T Special speedometer drive on Ebay. When it came I realized that I already has a brand new reproduction that was bought years ago for the same car.
I'm with Dave, Murphy has something to do with it. I recently (last night) rebuilt the fan hub on my 27 roadster when the parts came my wife asked Why did you order double what was needed? My answer if I have the parts on hand I'll never have to do this again! BTW O'Toole's observation of Murphy's law is that Murphy was an optimist.
The only thing that worries me about my stock pile of parts is, that when I die that my wife will sell them for what I told her I paid for them!!
My wife was going to hire the guy down the street and have him bring up his backhoe. I have a bad reputation when it comes to putting things back together.
I currently have my Porsche Boxster in my hangar at the airport replacing the clutch. Major take it apart job. I came home today all happy in that I finally had the muffler out and could move on to dropping the transmission. She looked at me with a smile and said that she had changed her mind. I had so many unfinished projects That she was going to have a kit sale. Come to the hangar and if you can find all of the parts for his Model A Ford, Fleet 2 biplane, Porsche Boxster, BSA Goldstar, BMW R90S, etc she would sell you the kit.
I don't by gaskets anymore until I go through the ones I have. I know I don't have all of them but I know I have too many of the rest... if that makes any sense.
If I take a photo of everything I have it won't help at this point. I still won't know where the heck the part is. I need to organize...
Kerry van Ekeren.......if your wife could GET what you paid for those parts I'd say you have a very smart wife.......
I don't know what's wrong with you guys. I never do anything like that. Yeah, right.
Your title should read
"Note to Jelf: Before you buy, know what you already have".