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Another Happy Customer!

RockAuto certainly makes owning an American vehicle in the United Kingdom a lot more bearable!

I can get virtually any part I need for my 96 GMC Safari from RockAuto, to my door in three-four days! That is excellent!

I am glad I came across your website, and will certainly be using RockAuto again soon.

Best Regards,
John

 

Upcoming Events
If you would like your event featured here, email us with details.

Kiwanis Club Open Car Show
2/8/2009
Marco Island, FL
e-mail

Arizona's Military Heroes 2nd Annual Poker Run
2/15/2009
Phoenix, AZ
e-mail

Home Runs, Hot Dogs, & Hot Rods
2/28/2009
Mesa, AZ
website

Mission Car Show
2/28/2009
Mission, TX
e-mail

6th Annual "Silver Magic" Car & Bike Show
2/28/2009-2/28/2009
Port Charlotte, FL
e-mail

23rd Annual Spring Meet Corvette Show
3/1/2009
Miami, FL
website

29th Annual MDA Car Show
3/6-3/8/2009
Roanoke, VA
website

Portland Roadster Show
3/6-3/8/2009
Portland, OR
website

7th Annual Charity Classic Car Show
3/7/2009
Semmes, AL
e-mail

Dave Davidson's 6th Annual PT River Run
3/12/2009
Laughlin, NV
website

First Flight Cruisers 2nd Annual Shamrock Show & Hooter's Poker Run
3/12-3/15/2009
Devil Hills, NC
website

Dallas Spring Classic Chevy Show
3/14/2009
Dallas, TX
e-mail

12th Annual Boys & Girls Club Benefit Car Show
3/21/2009
Sierra Vista, AZ
website

The Cars of Palestine Car Show
3/21/2009
Palestine, TX
e-mail

Corvettes & Classics Peoples Choice Car Show
3/21/2009
Rocky Mount, NC
e-mail

Rally in the Park Against Cancer Show
3/21/2009
Titusville, Florida
e-mail

8th Annual Troop 363 Car Show
3/28/2009
Orange Park, FL
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Deeza Chassis Parts

See what we have from Deeza

Deeza Stabilizer Links, Stabilizer Link Kits, Tie Rod Ends, Ball Joints, and Control Arms are now available at RockAuto. You will find these parts and more in the "Steering" and "Suspension" categories of the RockAuto.com catalog.

Deeza Parts

 

 

Forum of the Month

SVT Owners Association

The SVT Owners Association is not just another automotive forum, it's a well-established club dedicated to the historical preservation of all SVT and other Ford performance vehicles. SVTOA is a close-knit community made up of dedicated SVT enthusiasts who share a true passion for high performance Fords and a desire to stay connected to the latest news and information within the world of Ford Performance. The SVTOA online forum offers answers to technical questions, product updates and information on SVTOA activities across North America.

Membership in the SVTOA is open to anyone with a passion for high-performance Ford SVT vehicles – although ownership of an SVT or any other performance Ford is NOT required to join. For more information on all that the SVTOA has to offer, please visit www.SVTOA.com.

 

If you are the administrator or member of a forum and you would like to see your website featured in an upcoming newsletter and receive a discount code to share with your members, contact jessa@rockauto.com.

 

 

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Ouch!

In my early 20's I worked at an Oldsmobile dealership as a line mechanic when one day I got an assignment to work on a classic Ford Mustang. The owner had completely restored his "baby", but the car was running horribly. After a few minutes troubleshooting, I figured out that the fuel level float was way out of adjustment. On this particular carburetor the adjustment procedure involved removing a threaded plug on a weep hole, loosening a lock nut on the adjustment screw, and turning the adjustment screw until the fuel level is right at the level of the bottom of the weep hole while the car is running. In this case, the fuel level was much higher than the weep hole, so fuel was leaking out onto the intake manifold. No problem, it would only take me a few seconds and the excess fuel would stop flowing.

You can guess which way this was going, and sure enough, the customer had wandered out of the waiting area and was standing next to me. Well, it was taking much longer than expected to lower the level and the fuel filled up the intake manifold, dripped down on the hot header and then suddenly, WHOOSH, the engine was on fire with me leaning over it! I jumped back and luckily a fire extinguisher was close by, and just as if I had practiced this move often, I smoothly grabbed the extinguisher and had the fire out within a couple seconds. Meanwhile (as one would imagine) the customer stood with bulging eyes, mouth agape, and a shocked look on his face just as if he had been punched in the stomach.

The extinguisher had put out the fire and luckily killed the engine when it became starved of air. So I calmly turned the ignition off, washed the accumulated fuel off the manifold. I now knew the direction I needed to turn the adjustment screw, so I turned the screw far enough to make sure that the fuel level would be below the weep hole. The only damage was a few wires with slightly bubbled insulation. The customer was ecstatic that his pride and joy was running smoothly and none the worse for wear. As for me, once the customer was gone, I then took the opportunity to collapse into a chair and shake like a leaf.

Steve from Texas

 

 

Skip the Potions

Tom Taylor

There was a slimy fog on my Ford’s windshield and a faint coolant odor. The heater core, that little mini-radiator that warms the interior, was leaking.

Did I quickly find the correct new heater core in the RockAuto.com catalog, buy it, and pop it in my car? No, I thought about how cold it was in the garage. I reasoned that the heater core leak must be very small since I had just noticed it. I looked in my Haynes repair manual and found the Crown Victoria is one of those unlucky models with the heater core buried behind the dash.

I decided to first try one of those stop-leak type products for sale at auto parts chains and variety stores. Wouldn’t it be nice if the heater core leak could be fixed by just popping the hood and dumping some chemical into the radiator?

The store I visited had numerous choices ranging from $1.27 to over $10. Paying $10 for a chance to stop a leak in a $33 heater core seemed like a bad bet. So I bought a familiar brand with a middle of the pack size and price. The label exuberantly promised to seal radiators, heater cores, engine blocks, etc.

The instructions said pour the bottle in the radiator and run the engine and heater for thirty minutes. Why waste thirty minutes of gas? I poured the murky liquid in and headed out on a planned six-hour round trip.

My wife, brother, and some of our kids were in the car. For the first thirty minutes my brother and I optimistically imagined seeing a reduction in the windshield fogging. After an hour our optimism began to wane and my wife began to speculate on how breathing a mist of ethylene glycol (antifreeze) could impact the health of the children. So the next five hours we drove with no heat in the car. It got a little chilly in there.

To pass the time, my brother and I reminisced about the times over the past quarter century when we used cooling system sealers, metal crack repairers, compression restorers, gasket rejuvenators, and other automotive potions. None of them had ever worked. The “familiar brand” I had just purchased had also not worked when I poured it directly into a different car’s heater core inlet years ago.

All the labels promising quick, cheap, painless fixes are hard to pass up. If the goo does not work then it must have been because my cars’ leaks were a little too big or a little too small. There must be somebody out there driving around a ’68 Chevy with the radiator, heater core, piston rings, oil pan gasket and exhaust manifold all happily fixed with $3 bottles of miracle chemicals? Hopefully, the memory of this January’s ice-cold drive will prevent me from having these same delusions again in the future. Any leak big enough to notice is already a bad leak. Next time I pledge to do the repair the right way and skip the potions.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

1980 Ford Fairmont Futura
1980 Fairmont Futura

I had owned a 1978 Mercury Z-7 Zephyr for 18 years that I loved, but sold it on a whim, and nearly cried when I awoke the next morning. After searching for two years I found this one online. It is a one owner 1980 Fairmont Futura that had been parked in the previous owner's garage for years. The Fairmont only had 39k on it and was totally original. It has a 200 cubic inch six cylinder engine, power steering, and power brakes.

Bob in Oregon

 

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