Someone on T-bay is currently listing a Fel-Pro engine gasket set for a Model T as "New Old Stock".
I can understand an unused original Ford company gasket set being listed as NOS, but Fel-Pro?
I alway thought that NOS only applied to original, OEM factory replacement parts that were stocked at one time at a dealership, but never installed on a car.
Am I being too picky?
Not picky...you are correct.
If non-original equipment old period items, the correct term is
NORS...New Old Replacement Stock
NOS only means New Old Stock (original mfg. supply)
I had a bunch of NOS gaskets once. After about 50 or 60 years, most of them had become hard, brittle, and basically unusable.
I had someone at Hershey try and sell me a rear 13 fender as NOS. I looked at him and said your kidding right? There was plenty of wear in the mounting holes as well as other wear from being mounted, and painted over rust! Maybe he meant 'nice old stuff', instead of 'new old stock'? ;-)
On Ebay, anything old with dust on it is a barn find. Anything old with no dust is new old stock.
Sometimes all that glitters is sequins and not gold!
A lot of stuff advertised turns out to be nasty old stuff. KGB
I have a NOS Ford script head gasket, but am wondering if Ford ever offered a complete set of gaskets for an engine rebuild?
How about this one?
When buying on the internet or anywhere else, it's always buyer beware!
To my way of thinking if its NEW and it's OLD STOCK, it doesn't matter what brand it is, it's still "new old stock" aka NOS
Technically, NOS indicates factory parts. NORS are aftermarket NOS parts, like Bulldog spring shackles, Wards king pins, etc. Oftentimes the replacement suppliers provided the factory parts, so they are not "inferior, gypo" parts.
This definition was accepted practice back in the 1970s! I guess we tend to be more "liberal" about definitions nowadays. After all, a "Classic Chevy" technically isn't a Classic Car as accepted by the CCofA. I gave up that "fight" decades ago!!