I don't want 3 cars worth of parts in the garage. I have a crank, block, and rear end saved up. I'd like bands, a full set of spokes too. What are five must have spares you like to have?
(If I want 3 cars worth of parts, I'd just have 3 cars...)
carb, trans drums, 4 dip pan, a full set of bearings (front and rear), NOS New Day timer, and the stuff you listed above...
Why a spare pan?
Because in most areas, they are like gold.
I have a pan. It hangs on the wall. I'll hang on to it then...
You can't have too many extra parts! It sure is nice to be able to go into a cabinet or box, and pull out what you need to correct a problem.
Find out who the guy in your area is,who has all the parts. Get his phone number and carry your check book.
I am with Jack on this one. I just don't have room to store a lot of stuff. Seems like every time I needed something I had to go buy it anyway, so I liquidated most of what I had.
I have received no less than 3 calls from different folks in the local club after I joined. All offering services and parts. (usually free) I hope to be 'that guy' who newbies can come to for good, less expensive parts in the years to come. For now, I'm the n00b.
John: Terry is right, A good pan is getting hard to come by, and a good 4 dip is like gold....
A patch kit and a spare tube wouldn't hurt and spare set of plugs and light bulbs.
I have a bit of everything, from diff. housing, gaskets,sleeves, Hyatts, hoses,one coil, spare wire loom, pair of axles with gears, spindle bolts/bushings, shims, lots of "smalls".
For both the T and the Model A.
Okay..so I thought I'd be daring and try to post a pic of my "parts wall" for the T anyway...first it was too big, but after fooling around figured out how to make it smaller!! Steve..you'd be proud of me! Sometimes it just takes me a little longer....
Model A parts are on the opposite side, figured no one would be interested in that!!! LOL
For Sale 3 dip pans 47.50 ea, 4 dip 85.00 ea plus shipping, I purchased these at Meek's sale they need to go, probrably all need pan straightening as I don;t know the history of these pans. As I'm not able to get to swap meets anymore they are for sale, also 26-7 gas tanks 125.00 ea, short Ford Radiator shells 125.00, all plus Insurance and UPS. firstname.lastname@example.org
I tend to keep a look out for stuff all the time. If I need it, I buy it. If the price is right, I buy it. I, or another person may need it some day. Or I may trade it for something I don't have. I only wish I had more time, money, space. Sound familiar?
Or just move in next to Tim..........or Steve, or ........
What's a 3 and a four dip pan look like? I have like 6 pans here and dint know how to identify. Thinking. $100 ea
You may be right Tim no one here is interested in those "Late model cars"
Steve, it is the number of little shallow "dips" in the inspection cover that hold oil for the connecting rods to"dip" into as they rotate around. Sort of like an oil reservoir for each rod. Early pans had 3, later pans had a bigger inspection cover with 4 dips.
If the inspection cover is not still bolted to the pan, the hole for the four dip inspection cover is noticeably longer than the hole for the three dip cover. So much so, that the bracket for the wishbone is riveted to the front of the flywheel oil drip part of the pan, as opposed to being riveted to the pan in back of the three dip cover.
It seems that the part you need is one you either don't have or one that you can't find! Today, I was oiling my front axle and noticed that one of the oil caps was missing from one of the spring shackles. Who would have ever thought I would need one of them?
I also like to have a spare good exhaust packing nut and a set of freeze plugs on hand. A spare inner tube is good to have too. And a few good spark plugs and coils are good to have on hand.
But as usual, the part you need is the one you can't find or don't have.
I thought that's why you had a couple of spare cars on hand??? *grin*
A nickel will work for a freeze plug in a pinch. It's cheaper too!! buffalo nickels are era correct but make sure you don't mount them upside down!