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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 20, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

I'm in the process of installing an 88 454 in my 71 pickup. I decided to replace the insulated base gasket for my carburator and went to the nearest O'really?s this morning, 15 miles away. When I got there with the old one, the kid asked me what it was. I told him, and he asked what it was for, so I told him. He said they had one at the warehouse, he could have it by noon. I declined. I went to the nearest autOzone, and the little girl asked what it was, what it was for and finally found it on the computer and said they could have it by Tuesday. The kid next to her saw me drive up and asked if that was my blue car out there. I said yes. He asked what it was. I should have just told him it was a blue car. I'm thinking my base gasket isn't in that bad of shape after all.........or, I can just go to NAPA Monday.
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If they sell gasket material you could trace your old one and cut it out but I know what you mean, I called 3 big name local parts stores for a 1211 rec port intake gasket and every (kid?) that answered the phone said "what make and model?" I said the motor is made from different parts and they kept saying the part # needed letters in front of numbers untill I called a forth store and an older sounding guy answered and I told him I need a 1211 int gasket he then said "oh that's in our performance line" after about 1 minute lol
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post #3 of 50 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 20, 2:38 PM
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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

This is exactly why I order EVERYTHING online ahead of time from Amazon or Rockauto,etc. I'm tired of wasting my time & gas money for the pleasure of dealing with idiots, then driving home empty handed.
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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

Doesn't '88 have TBI? I thought carbs were gone after '87?
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In the old days parts stores would have carb base gaskets hanging on the wall.
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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

I went to iowa for an army school.

My starter went.

I went to the nearest autozone and stated I needed a starter for my car.

He asked what make?

I said Saab.

He said "what's a saab?"

I left.
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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

Napa has a young kid I like to screw with. I ask for a 2-6 plastigage…..he went to his keyboard and just started to hit the keys, then looked up like a lost sheep. The veteran next to him just started to laugh. I told him to pay close attention, this is a teachable moment, he did, he's not dumb by any means, and he listened, learned, and he'll know next time. He knows me, and always asks what cool car I'm working on now??
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Doesn't '88 have TBI? I thought carbs were gone after '87?
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In the old days parts stores would have carb base gaskets hanging on the wall.
This is stamped 88 on the block, definitely had a carb on it, was in a motor home.
Thanks for the Amazon lead
I agree, the guy behind the counter would just walk to a shelf or a hook on the wall and bring it to the counter.
Ah, the good old days................
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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

There was a big Napa store with a machine shop in the back in the city where I grew up.My Uncle who was an auto mechanic and had his own gas station before he retired told me to go there and wait for Ernie to be free and put your parts order in with him.In 1976 that was some of the best advice I ever had,that guy would take the time to explain things about the parts I was buying or help me out if I didn't know what to buy.
That place is closed now and they put about 3 or 4 different stores in the same place.

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This is stamped 88 on the block, definitely had a carb on it, was in a motor home.
Thanks for the Amazon lead
I agree, the guy behind the counter would just walk to a shelf or a hook on the wall and bring it to the counter.
Ah, the good old days................
The TBI's came out on the light duty trucks first and the Heavier duty trucks still had carb's because they had looser emission standards.Later on they all came with some form of EFI.I'm not positive on what year the change over was though.
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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

If most of us weren't after "the best deal", meaning the lowest price for the least quality, maybe many of those places would still be in business.

There is one of those stores, a Napa one, near my mother-in-law's place; family-owned with the kids working in the store too. Yes, I could go to Autozone.. or use Amazon prime.. but I'd rather pay a little more and keep them around.

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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

I looked up a C30 to get the 454 in '88. I didn't check the heavier chassis...probably why it had a carb.

There is an outstanding NAPA store close to my business that my company buys from. Real parts guys that know what you need and where to get it. The only problem is sending your mechanic down there because it takes them longer to come back.

On my projects, I always check Rockauto first because I plan my parts needs and can wait.

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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

I know the last 454 I bought had a tbi but it had a standard q jet intake and a funky adapter that had water going thru it, about a 1 inch thick. I bet merles would have had it on the shelf but it's a little farther drive into town.
i just changed the metal fuel filter in my 66, had a spare in the trunk. Decided to pick one up to have on hand and stopped at autozone. asked the guy for a 3/8 inch metal filter, he asked what year car etc. I jist went to the fuel filter display and found the universal filter. jim
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In the first year or so of my wife and I being married I bought an Olds 442 after I totaled her POS 79 Malibu. The Olds had been sitting for a while before the repaint so I sent her to the local parts chain (Deckers) to get me all new belts and hoses because the ones on it were getting dry rot. My wife knew a thing or two about cars back then but when the counterman asked her what kind of car she tilted her head to one side and said "a red one" (she is blond). She said you should have seen the look on his face LOL. When I read the OP that's the first thing I thought of.

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I feel your pain. My local NAPA is pretty good. Autozone and Advance Auto - not so much. I went to Autozone and asked for some spark plugs by brand and part number. The 5 year old started with what year and what vehicle and it went downhill from there.

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Re: I miss the Mom and Pop parts stores

The local Napa store here is still privately owned and gives that old fashioned type of service. To be honest, your not going to find many parts for 50 something year old cars same day at most auto parts store anymore. I plan out projects and source parts accordingly so as to have them all on hand at the start of the project or when I think I need them. I do try to buy local if the price is not too far off, for example I ordered a set of KYB gas adjusts for a project I just finished, locally they were $70-100+ ea and at Amazon I got them for $31.00 each shipped to my front door in a few days.

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