Parts for my vehicle



  • It's good to know that if someone has replacement parts for a 1901 Ford Model A, Amazon has a place to list them.



  • Meh. Doesn't make me think "WTF" at all. Where would you have drawn the line and said "now there's definitely no one who will want to buy/offer replacement parts for cars older than xxxx"? Also, isn't a negative response better than no response at all? Say, a mentally confused elderly person / car collector is looking for replacement parts for a long-defunct car. Is it better if he can click the year and then be told "sorry, no replacement parts available" or should he not be able to find the year at all? And why? What's the loss of displaying a year that won't lead to any results? I mean, I'd rather know for sure they don't have any instead of just learning they don't allow me to search for it.

    Mildly amusing, yeah maybe.



  • @derula said:

    Is it better if he can click the year and then be told "sorry, no replacement parts available" or should he not be able to find the year at all? And why? What's the loss of displaying a year that won't lead to any results? I mean, I'd rather know for sure they don't have any instead of just learning they don't allow me to search for it.
     

    i think the OP was meant more in a "it should be a freaking text input" way



  • @SEMI-HYBRID code said:

    i think the OP was meant more in a "it should be a freaking text input" way

    That makes a bit more sense, but it's not what he said. Yeah, a combo box or something might be better suited; but then I guess a huge list has a nice marketing impact too. "Look at all the years they have!!" Okay, I see the chance of there being an interesting WTF story behind it. Sadly, we'll probably never hear about it.



  •  Nice to see they at least pay attention to the fact people own old cars. I can't count the number of times I've looked for parts for something only to see that the listing stops ten or even twenty years too soon.

     That in itself is fuckery. I mean, the starter for a 1962 Dart is the same as a 1988 Fifth Avenue. You stock the part, why is your website incapable of selling it to me if I have a Dodge Dart? If the manufacturer knows the same electronic ignition for a 1994
    Hyundai Excel also fits the 1952 Packard V8, the 1932 Lincoln V12, the 1925 Rolls Phantom, and
    the 1919 Dodge truck, why the hell doesn't your website?

     It makes me crazy. If I want a new rotor for my 1969 Opel from the auto parts store down the street, I have to ask for one to fit an '82 VW Rabbit. If I want a starter for a 50's MG, I have to pretend to have an '80 Triumph Spitfire.



  • @NoOneImportant said:

    Dart
     

    Isn't that a GOGGOMOBIL?



  • @NoOneImportant said:

    Nice to see they at least pay attention to the fact people own old cars. I can't count the number of times I've looked for parts for something only to see that the listing stops ten or even twenty years too soon.

    That in itself is fuckery. I mean, the starter for a 1962 Dart is the same as a 1988 Fifth Avenue. You stock the part, why is your website incapable of selling it to me if I have a Dodge Dart? If the manufacturer knows the same electronic ignition for a 1994
    Hyundai Excel also fits the 1952 Packard V8, the 1932 Lincoln V12, the 1925 Rolls Phantom, and
    the 1919 Dodge truck, why the hell doesn't your website?

    It makes me crazy. If I want a new rotor for my 1969 Opel from the auto parts store down the street, I have to ask for one to fit an '82 VW Rabbit. If I want a starter for a 50's MG, I have to pretend to have an '80 Triumph Spitfire.

    ... damn you beat me too it. I was about to point out that there's little relation between the car's year and compatible parts. Especially when you're dealing with cars older than the 70s.



  • @Zemm said:

    Isn't that a GOGGOMOBIL?

     

     

    That little monstrosity is the reason they called them the Dodge Phoenix and Chrysler Valiant in Australia.

     


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    @blakeyrat said:

    ... damn you beat me too it. I was about to point out that there's little relation between the car's year and compatible parts. Especially when you're dealing with cars older than the 70s.
    Of course, before the 60's, there's often little relation between what the documentation (if any) says is supposed to be there and what actually is.



  • Or in the case of e.g. my 1974 VW bus , some 1949 model parts will still fit, and I have just fitted 2011 model parts to it . Just like a B-52 bomber, but I hope my VW is rustier...



  • @Weng said:

    Of course, before the 60's, there's often little relation between what the documentation (if any) says is supposed to be there and what actually is.
     

    Well, the car probably shipped with all the parts the manual says it did, and you can get a half decent manual (with a little digging) for anything post-WWII. But, as the car gets older, the Dumb Previous Owners stack up. Bits gets swapped for newer bits or parts on hand, and then stuff stops matching. I've seen British cars with Miata seats, Datsun mirrors, Toyota carbs and a Ford engine.. And that was just on one car. 



  • @NoOneImportant said:

    @Zemm said:
    Isn't that a GOGGOMOBIL?
    That little monstrosity is the reason they called them the Dodge Phoenix and Chrysler Valiant in Australia.

    That ad is one of my favourites of all time. It's up there with "Not happy Jan" which is another Yellow Pages ad. The main actor (who says "G-Oh, G-G-Oh") also does ads for an insurance company whose phone number is 134646 (which he used to read as 1-3, G-Oh, G-Oh).

    But then I haven't seen either a Dart nor a Phoenix in real life. I'm not a car nerd at all, so I might have seen it and not known what they were. I thought all Valiants were Chargers! :)

    Lots of things are named differently here. Hungry Jacks instead of Burger King. I worked at Domino's Pizza for a while (it was originally Silvio's but became Domino's biggest franchise in Australia) and the Heatwave was/is known as the Hotcell - originally the bags had to be plugged in to heat up but later they used induction. I drove a 1998 Ford Falcon for a while, where I understand the Falcons in the USA stopped in the 60s.



  • @Zemm said:

    134646 (which he used to read as 1-3, G-Oh, G-Oh)
     

    Why?

     

    ... very sloppy handwriting?



  • So, Will Carling walks into a garage, and asks the bloke behind the counter "Do you sell condoms here?"

    "No," says the proprietor, "we don't have condoms, this is a garage."

    "Ok," says Will, "In that case, give me a coil for an '81 Princess."

     



  • @Zemm said:

    @NoOneImportant said:
    @Zemm said:
    Isn't that a GOGGOMOBIL?
    That little monstrosity is the reason they called them the Dodge Phoenix and Chrysler Valiant in Australia.

    That ad is one of my favourites of all time.

    It... is?

    The guy has a broken "freps"(?) then makes 3 phone calls looking for someone who knows what the fuck a Goggomobile is? That's your favorite?

    Not Happy Jan is at least kind of funny.



  • @DaveK said:

    So, Will Carling walks into a garage, and asks the bloke behind the counter "Do you sell condoms here?"

    "No," says the proprietor, "we don't have condoms, this is a garage."

    "Ok," says Will, "In that case, give me a coil for an '81 Princess."

     

    I want to laugh... but... I CAN'T

     



  • @dhromed said:

    @DaveK said:

    So, Will Carling walks into a garage, and asks the bloke behind the counter "Do you sell condoms here?"

    "No," says the proprietor, "we don't have condoms, this is a garage."

    "Ok," says Will, "In that case, give me a coil for an '81 Princess."

     

    I want to laugh... but... I CAN'T

     

    Try taking the ball-gag out!




  • So what you're saying is I'm going to have to shop elsewhere if I want parts for my Benz Patent-Motorwagen.



  • @db2 said:

    So what you're saying is I'm going to have to shop elsewhere if I want parts for my Benz Patent-Motorwagen.

    Oh well played sir!



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    @NoOneImportant said:

    I've seen British cars with Miata seats, Datsun mirrors, Toyota carbs and a Ford engine.. And that was just on one car. 
    That's because it's a British car. Especially a BL car. The original parts probably fell off, and the owner decided he needed a car that will work.

     

    Disgustingly, my [i]1991[/i] Dodge Dakota 4x4 parts runabout is out of parts support. Some items are literally 100% gone. I can get suspension bushings for a Humber Super Snipe all day long (okay, that's somewhat sarcastic, but you can find NOS parts for it if you look hard enough), but not a relatively new American Pickup Truck. I have to have bushings cut out of polyurethane stock on a CNC mill, or painstakingly hunt down trucks in the junkyard with intact bushings and steal their suspensions wholesale.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Zemm said:
    @NoOneImportant said:
    @Zemm said:
    Isn't that a GOGGOMOBIL?
    That little monstrosity is the reason they called them the Dodge Phoenix and Chrysler Valiant in Australia.

    That ad is one of my favourites of all time.

    It... is?

    The guy has a broken "freps"(?) then makes 3 phone calls looking for someone who knows what the fuck a Goggomobile is? That's your favorite?

    Not Happy Jan is at least kind of funny.

     

    It's his accent, and spelling of goggo. With his later ads (Shannons and "Is Don. Is Good") it makes it even more memoral. "G O GG O", "not the Dart" and "Not Happy Jan" were instant catch phrases.

    Besides, I said "one of". Also in there is Antz Pantz and Carlton Draught. I can never pick just one.

    (To another poster: G is 4 and O is 6. So Shannon's was capitalising on the popularity of the Goggomobil ad by having him say the magic letters, as their phone number. Don't you have phonewords?)

     



  • @Zemm said:

    (To another poster: G is 4 and O is 6. So Shannon's was capitalising on the popularity of the Goggomobil ad by having him say the magic letters, as their phone number. Don't you have phonewords?)
     

    They're incredibly impopular here. I just checked it on my phone, and you're right, G=4 and O=6, but it's certanly not an association I would easily make :)



  • @Zemm said:

    It's his accent,

    So it's funny to Australians because they're racist bastards who make fun of people's accents? "Ha ha he doesn't sound exactly like us! Mock him!" Now I'm proud I didn't get the "joke".

    @Zemm said:

    "G O GG O", "not the Dart" and "Not Happy Jan" were instant catch phrases.

    That's so sad.



  • Yeah. I had some trouble getting stuff for my Jaguar E-type, but luckily some of the newer stuff is compatible.



  • @dhromed said:

    @Zemm said:

    (To another poster: G is 4 and O is 6. (...) Don't you have phonewords?)
     

    They're incredibly impopular here. I just checked it on my phone, and you're right, G=4 and O=6, but it's certanly not an association I would easily make :)

    Off topic: Having never seen phone words used here (at all), how do they work when you have a number with '1' or '0' in it? For example, would '198000' be "tape recorder-WT+++"??



  • @boh said:

    @dhromed said:

    @Zemm said:

    (To another poster: G is 4 and O is 6. (...) Don't you have phonewords?)
     

    They're incredibly impopular here. I just checked it on my phone, and you're right, G=4 and O=6, but it's certanly not an association I would easily make :)

    Off topic: Having never seen phone words used here (at all), how do they work when you have a number with '1' or '0' in it? For example, would '198000' be "tape recorder-WT+++"??

    1's and 0's are usually left as they are in the number, and usually (at least as I've seen it here in America - the North one...) the "vanity" numbers only make words out of the exchange and number, and not the area code. There are websites that can do this for you.



  • @dohpaz42 said:

    There are websites that can do this for you.

    Aww, you had me excited, but when I went to [url=http://www.phonespell.org]phonespell.org[/url], it said no words were found. I guess it's bad that 3/7ths (or 4/10ths) of my numbers are 1 or 0. Phooey. :(



  • @Xyro said:

    @dohpaz42 said:
    There are websites that can do this for you.

    Aww, you had me excited, but when I went to phonespell.org, it said no words were found. I guess it's bad that 3/7ths (or 4/10ths) of my numbers are 1 or 0. Phooey. :(

    Same here. As a [sort of] aside, I've always found it sort of humorous that Hooked-on-Phonics' toll-free number was 1-800-ABCDEFG. I used to joke that if a person couldn't read, how would they know to call the number? eh, this just reminded me of that.


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    @Power Troll said:

    Yeah. I had some trouble getting stuff for my Jaguar E-type, but luckily some of the newer stuff is compatible.
    This post cannot be allowed without PICS.



  • @Weng said:

    @Power Troll said:

    Yeah. I had some trouble getting stuff for my Jaguar E-type, but luckily some of the newer stuff is compatible.
    This post cannot be allowed without PICS.



  • In other news, I bought a new SIM this week just because its phone number contains my son's name - not as cool as Ob1 Kenobi though. If an 8 was a 6 it would have had our last name in it too!

    I'll be putting it onto a $1/month plan until he's old enough to use it.

    @blakeyrat said:

    So it's funny to Australians because they're racist bastards

    We might be racist bastards but at least we're not fucking racist bastards!



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Zemm said:
    "G O GG O", "not the Dart" and "Not Happy Jan" were instant catch phrases.

    That's so sad.

    Where's the beef.


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