Classic Car Parts

Do you remember your fist car? Or maybe a friend’s car in high school that was spectacular? That classic car you used to own can be found once again, thanks to the power of the Internet and online reproduction manufacturers.

What makes a car classic is the person who owns it. To you or me, it might look like some clunker, but to the owner, that car is a diamond in the rough, a true gem. Classic cars are getting harder to find, and some are getting harder to keep on the road as new laws make it difficult to have a classic car pass inspection.

Another problem with classic car building is trying to find the right parts that fit the vehicle. If a car made in the 1940s winds up in your stable, chances are you might be the second through tenth owner, and there is no telling what the other owners did to the vehicle. You won’t know if anything is original until you start tearing the vehicle apart trying to salvage items or while trying to retrofit some new ones.

Take for instance newer radios. When the previous owner of the vehicle bought a new radio, he indeed cut into the wiring harness ruining the length of the cables and possibly had burned some. So, it would be wise at that point to simply replace the wiring harness from a reproduction manufacturer ensuring there will be no electrical problems in the future. But where do you begin to search for reproduction manufacturers?

Internet Advertising

Trying to find the right rear lens cover for your 1968 Camaro might be a chore unless you know where to ask. Post a message on one of the many free message boards trying to locate your missing part. Also, chances are someone has that part and has posted an ad to sell it. There are many auction sites to look through as well as public message boards.

Hot Rod Associations

Talk with members of hot rod car clubs to see if they know of a place to purchase the parts you need or of a person selling those parts. Most hot rod car clubs post notices in the paper and online on where they meet and at what times. Even though you might not consider your vehicle to be a hot rod, these are car enthusiasts and will love to help you hunt down the part you need. A lot of these member were once in the same predicament you were and have now mastered how to search for that missing part and some just seem to know everybody on the circuit.

Classic car parts are not always readily available and you may have to have something machined in order to get the piece you need. Then again you can always forgo building a car by hand and buying one that has already been completely restored.

How to Find Classic Car Parts

The Classic Car Club of America distinguishes a classic car as those between 1925 and 1948. They note that classic cars are produced in limited quantities and sold at a higher price. They further explain that a 25 year-old car will qualify as classic since the normal shelf life of a vehicle is 10 to15 years only.

Owning a classic car is a great investment for car enthusiasts. The price value appreciates as it ages. The only problem or challenge most collectors encounter is when they need to change some car parts and accessories. The classic car parts are not usually available in typical automobile shops.

Owners can still look for specialty stores that carry car parts for outdated models. Shopping for a classic car part is now easy with the use of internet. They can search the internet for dealers who are engaged in restoring and selling classic car parts. They can look at the classic car classifieds for easy access on complete lists of sellers.

Placing an order through the internet is easy. It will only take a few minutes. The buyer will have to use his credit card to pay. The product will be sent through courier service once the payment is received and confirmed. Deliveries usually only takes a couple of days depending on the courier service provider.

Join groups and organizations having the same interest in classic cars. You will be able to get a lot of tips from them regarding where to go for hard-to-find parts, what shop best restores a classic car, or maybe recommend an excellent mechanic who offers door to door service.

It is also fun to hangout with people of the same interest. You can do things together like watching car racing competitions, going to exhibits, or sharing each other’s experiences on how you got your collection. You might be able to influence them positively in some way.

Some automobile shops are providing catalogs for their classic cars and parts. They could be ordered online and is to be sent through mail. Included in the catalog are photos and specifications of available parts.

Most of these shops restore and recondition old parts. A few manufacturers make new parts for classic cars. Normally however you will find parts that actually came from a dismantled classic car.

Here are a few Classic Car Part Suppliers for your reference:

Speedway Motors

This is the America’s oldest speed shop. This store provides parts for street rods for over 56 years.

Select Motor Car Restoration Parts & Gifts

This shop offers parts restoration for Chevelle, Impala, Corvette, Firebird, Camaro, and Nova ChevyII.

Paragon Corvette Reproduction

It is licensed by General Motors and provides reproduction and reconditioning of Corvette parts.

Dallas Mustang

This shop is involved in classic car restoration for 28 years. It specializes in Mustang parts and accessories restoration. It also offers on-site Dynojet Chassis Dynamometer tuning.

Obsolete Classic Auto Parts

This shop specializes in antique, classic, street rod, and obsolete Ford and Chevrolet parts since 1974. Below are the lists of the car models with available parts:

1. 1909-1927 Model T

2. 1928-1931 Model A

3. 1932-1948 Pass & 32-47 Pickup

4. 1948-1979 Pickup & Bronco

5. 1949-1972 Full-size Ford & Mercury

6. 1955-1966 Thunderbird

7. 1960-1970 Falcon & 60-65 Comet

8. 1962-1972 Fairlane/Torino

9. 1964-1973 Mustang

Heinzman Street Rod Shop

This shop is a supplier of street rod parts and components for over 30 years.

Restoration Specialties & Supplies, Inc.

The company started since 1974 and is now a leading supplier of hard to find car parts. They sell window channels, belt weather strips, rubber weather stripping, rubber bumpers and grommets, fender welt, hood lace, door panel board, and cowl board.

Kanter Auto Products

The company is a worldwide supplier of new mechanical automobile parts for 1930 to 1990 American car models.