joe_padavano

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    Inline water pump?

    Yes, but they are primarily designed for race cars. https://www.summitracing.com/search/part-type/water-pumps-electrical/universal/yes?N=4294948845%2B4294951518&SortBy=Default&SortOrder=Default There are also OEM pumps used on newer cars, like this Bosch.
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    Anyone Here Install Their Own Glass?

    There are some things you never learn until you do them. I've replaced lots of windshields. Yes, I broke the first one, which was back in the mid-70s when I was young and stupid. No others in the 40 years since then. Oh, I've also rebuilt several automatic transmissions...
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    Possibly the greatest car sale story of all time

    I sure did this time. As they say, third time's the charm.
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    Possibly the greatest car sale story of all time

    While I'm not the person in the story, there IS a reason why I'm on wife number three... 😱
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    REO

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    REO

    Actually, his name was Ransom Ely Olds. The "mobile" part was his first company.
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    How would this Ice Alert work on a car ?

    I don't disagree that an ACCURATE warning would be useful. My whole point based on my experience is that the system so frequently gave a false positive warning that the driver quickly learned to ignore it.
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    How would this Ice Alert work on a car ?

    I know better than to drive faster than conditions warrant without an idiot light.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    Hard to blame RA for a USPS problem. You have the option to pick a different shipper (at a different price) when you order.
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    How would this Ice Alert work on a car ?

    Unfortunately, the problem was the "cry wolf" syndrome. The idiot light was ALWAYS saying there was icing, and at some point you just stop looking at it. It's like the warning labels on lawnmowers and the like - do you REALLY pay attention to them? When was the last time you read the "do not eat" label on a bag of desiccant?
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    How would this Ice Alert work on a car ?

    Many new cars have a similar system now. I had a 2002 Volvo that had one. Took me a while to figure out what the snowflake icon meant. It was just an idiot light that lit up when the temp dropped below 35 F. Pretty worthless, actually.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    You've convinced yourself that RA is not worth your time. Good luck to you. I've wasted enough time in this thread.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    And yet, I have actually spoken to a RA customer rep on the phone... 🙄 There is a button on their main page for Order Status and Returns. It's a bit of a PITA to go through their returns menu on the computer, but once you do, a phone number is available as an option.
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    Check this truck out

    That's very cool. Thanks for posting it. I love learning about these older, less-well-known vehicles.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    What baffles me is why someone would take a rant on You Tube as gospel. 😉 I'll add that while I won't waste my time watching that You Tube video, I've heard from more than my share of people who have tried to screw companies with dishonest returns and then complained mightily when they were caught. I used to be married to a person like this. She had a rental house and a water heater leak flooded the basement. She went to a big box store, bought a dehumidifier, ran it continuously for a week to dry out her basement, then returned it as defective. This person would do similar things such as returning items she had purchased and worn nearly a year ago to a DIFFERENT store with a more lenient post-Christmas return policy. Needless to say, that marriage didn't last long.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    As others have pointed out, I've had no problems with RA correcting mistakes they made. I'll give you two examples. In the first, I ordered new e-brake cables. One of the cables was incorrectly boxed and while the box was correct, the part was not. It appeared that the part had been returned once before. I called them and they immediately sent the correct part and told me to just keep the wrong one. The correct one showed up a few days later. In the second case, I had ordered exhaust system components for my truck. One item was wrong - the person at the warehouse apparently pulled a part that was one digit off from the correct item number. Again, I called RA. They emailed me a return shipping label and told me that they would ship the correct part as soon as the incorrect one was scanned in at FedEx. Again, the correct part arrived a few days later. I've also had no issues with warranty returns. I had a new AC Delco alternator go bad after about a month - the rear bearing siezed up. They issued a return label as soon as I called.
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    '62 Starfire Console Wiring Question

    Look at your photo again. That's a PAIR of switches - for the optional electric venti-panes (option U-7, a $53.15 additional charge). If your car doesn't have these, that's what the unused connector is for. Notice that the red car does not have the switches and clearly has hand cranks for the vent windows.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    Nope. I just have a low threshold of BS. I don't understand how one can condemn a vendor for selling low quality parts when the comparison is a rebuilt vs brand new. You imply that RA only sells low-quality rebuilt parts, and that your local chain of choice only sells "great" parts that are new. That's misinformation and pegs the old meter.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    No, that is not "obviously" what we are talking about here. How does comparing a new starter with a rebuilt one mean anything? I can get brand new or rebuilt items from either vendor. You can get crappy rebuilt parts from NAPA just as easily as you can get them from an on-line vendor, and you can get brand new, brand name parts from either source as well. Tell me again why I should pay MORE for the exact same part from a local store vs. what that part costs me delivered to my door step (especially when I factor in gasoline costs plus my time to drive to the parts store at least twice)? How is that part "better" just because I paid more for it? If you have too much money, feel free to overpay. I'm cheap.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    Really? How is a Moog suspension part from NAPA any "greater" than one I buy from RockAuto, or Amazon, or anywhere else. FYI, check country of origin next time you buy those "great" parts. They all come from China, Mexico, India, etc. I was surprised that the premium Wagner brake shoes I just bought are from Mexico. The Delco heater control valve I got from a GM dealer is also Mexico. The NAPA premium brand brake drums that I paid dearly for were Chinesium and out of round right out of the box. Doesn't matter where you buy the parts, they are sourced globally.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    Obviously NAPA franchises are privately owned and managed, with the variability in service that brings. Unfortunately, my local NAPA yet again demonstrated why I rarely use them. I needed a replacement wiper motor for my truck. This is a Chevy pickup, certainly not something rare or esoteric. Checked on line and the website says the local store has a rebuilt one on the shelf. Go there this morning, get the part, pay for it, and I notice that it doesn't look like the one on my truck. ME: This doesn't look like the one on my truck HIM: That's what the computer says it is. ME: This is the non-delay wiper motor, the delay motor has a circuit board on it. HIM: That's what the computer says it is. ME: Well, the BOX may be the one the computer says, but this one doesn't look like the picture. After several minutes consulting with the other counter person, they decide that they can order the correct one. Autozone did have the right one in stock. I should add that the NAPA rebuilt part looked like it had been rebuilt by a three year old. The Cardone rebuilt part I got from Autozone at least looks like it was done properly.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    Consider yourself lucky. I went to my local NAPA to have brake drums turned and they looked at me like I had three heads. I went to all FOUR NAPA stores within an hour drive of my house, and only one of them even deals with turning drums or rotors anymore, and they would have to send it out, making it a multi-day operation. For this reason I now own a brake lathe.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    I've noticed this as well. RA claims to have an algorithm that does this to optimize shipping cost for the lowest amount. I have not personally tracked the numbers and compared when this does happen. I certainly try to pick parts that ship together, but it doesn't always work. Keep in mind that shipping costs can vary based on weight and size, not just location. A really clever algorithm can optimize around package size limits as well.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    I probably average a package a week from RockAuto. My only complaint is that their on-line catalog is flawed (as are most vendors' catalogs as far as Oldsmobile parts are concerned). I always research correct part number first through multiple sources before ordering, and often I order by P/N, not application. Of course there's the shipping cost issue. I always compare delivered price from RA, Amazon, and local dealers and pick the cheapest. Here in the mid-Atlantic, NAPA sucks. Even when I spend time researching which of their stores has the item I need in stock, when I actually go there it isn't in stock. They could not care less that the database is wrong ("not my responsibility"}. Unless I need the part TODAY and am willing to drive all over creation to find a store with one, I'll have parts delivered to my doorstep instead. I want to mention Amazon as well. I needed new brake backing plates for my 1999 Chevy dually. NAPA was 50% more expensive than the on-line vendors, but at least they had no hope of getting them anytime soon. Amazon Prime free shipping made the total less than RA, but one of the two got lost in shipment. Customer service was great, but it took an extra week to get the part because of this.
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    Flooding in Hershey (again)

    Hummelstown is built on low lands right next to Swatara Creek, which ALWAYS floods. Hershey visitors who frequent the Hoss' Steakhouse there will recall the high water mark on the wall from the 2011 flooding.