ordered from RockAuto for the
first time this month. I found
the online catalog easy to use
with many choices. Ordering was
easy and the parts came faster
than I ever expected...
Thanks for a great source of high
quality, inexpensive parts.
Fred in Connecticut
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Annual Cruisin In the Sun Classic
Truck, & Bike Show
Can-AM National Car Show
4th of July
Llano Open Car Show
Classic Auto Show
All Firebird Lawn Show
Settlers Car Show
Turkey Rama Car Show
Illinois Street Rod Association
Society Antique & Classic
Car Show Rally
Show & Shine
Festival Car & Truck
Old Car Show & Swap Meet
Mustang & Ford
3rd Customs & Restorations
Car, Truck, & Bike Show
29th Annual Car Show
American, Rod & Custom
West Sussex, UK
Devils Darlin's Depot Park
Classic Car Show
More Domestic Shipping Options
recently added United States Postal
(USPS) Priority Mail
and First Class Mail shipping
options for many domestic orders.
If USPS delivery
is available for the parts in your
order, it will be displayed in the
shopping cart after you fill in your
This addition helps
save you even more money on RockAuto’s
already low prices and makes your
shopping experience at RockAuto even
Need a Gift for your Dad or Grad?
you bought a Father’s
Day Gift yet? How about a graduation
gift for that special graduate you
know? Well, there is still time.
Brake parts or Weatherstripping
for the Ford Mustang your
definitely put a smile on his face!
An Oxygen Sensor or Tail Lamp Assembly
for the Toyota Camry your new graduate
for the next few years to get back
and forth to class or work would
certainly be a good gift!
and pick out the perfect gift for
your Dad or Grad.
We have all the parts your car will
ever need conveniently listed in
catalog. Not sure which
part to order? A Gift
RockAuto would be a great choice.
Gift Certificates are available for
any amount, easy to purchase, and
easier to use.
Forum of the Month
primary focus of OpelGT.com when
it launched back in 1998 was to
share photos and information about
Opel GT sports car, as well as to serve
as the website for a regional Opel
based website where questions were
readily answered by other members.
Participation exploded and its scope
quickly expanded to other Opel
community at OpelGT.com
has evolved into a leading
resource for information on all Opel
models from the 1950's to the
1980's. With over 14,500 registered
members who have contributed 180,000
posts (and over 14,000 photos),
almost any question about these cars
already in our database.
If the site's search engine can't
the answer, a post will probably
be replied to within minutes.
has a true "Community" spirit
where members freely share
information. It has also
become the center for regional Opel
to post info about local meets
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,
Repair Mistakes & Blunders
the 1950's, (OK, so I’m old!),
I worked at a gas station in Denver,
Colorado. Back then gas stations
were repair oriented, unlike
mini-marts of today. The station
I worked at had
four repair bays and two islands
pumps out front. When it got too
busy for the “gas pump
jockeys” to handle all customers,
it was common for the repair guys
during a repair to go up
front and help.
One busy day I was
summoned out to the islands to wait
on someone who
had just driven
in with a brand new 1958
Chevy Impala V8. It was the first
year of that particular body style,
were a number of other customers
and gas station staff standing
around “oohing” and “aahing” at
the car while I was performing the
regular "fill'er up" duties.
I checked the oil
and it needed a quart added as it
the add mark. I pulled off the oil
and placed it on the top of the
air cleaner, and then went inside
to get the oil. Now that the hood
up, even more folks were inspecting
the engine. As I was pouring the
oil in, I was thinking about
the new dual points
and plugs I was installing on a Chrysler
Windsor in the “back room”.
After I topped off the oil, I
saw an opportunity to close the hood…so
And there sat
a beautiful 1958
Chevy Impala V8...with a nice, round
bump about the size of an oil filler
cap near the center of the hood!
It was one of
the most sickening moments of my
young life. The customer went
ballistic, as did my boss. But insurance
the hood and I kept my job. Since
that day I have NEVER again
on top of an air cleaner.
John in California
PS: That customer
never came back. Even after repair,
the customer knew
Tell us about
your most infamous auto repair
blunder. Use your woe to help others
avoid similar mistakes. Please
email your story to email@example.com.
Include your mailing address and
shirt size (large or extra large)
and we will mail you a RockAuto "Do
it yourself?" t-shirt if we
publish your story (see the t-shirts
under Extras in the catalog). The
story will be credited using only
name and your vague geographic
location (state, province, country,
continent, etc.) so you can remain
Another Reason to Smile when the Doorbell Rings...
Who are the local
men and women that conveniently bring
RockAuto parts from the warehouse
directly to your home or business?
And even more important for automotive
enthusiasts, what are they driving?
FedEx Ground has more than 73,000
employees and contractors working
in communities throughout the US,
Canada, and Puerto Rico (about.fedex).
The FedEx Ground driver is the owner
or employee of a local business.
Their income depends on how their
business is structured and which
community they deliver to. Pay is
reported anywhere from $12 an hour
(browncafe.com) to over $100000 per
Drivers follow FedEx
specifications on the appearance
of their trucks.
Since local contractors lease or
own their trucks, they get to choose
the best vehicles for their particular
markets. Some drive Ford E series,
GMC Savana, or Mercedes diesel
powered Sprinter cargo vans. FedEx
in smaller towns might only need
a Dodge Caravan or other relatively
small but efficient vehicle. The
commonly seen FedEx step van is likely
a Freightliner chassis with a Cummins
diesel under the hood. FedEx also
now runs hybrid electric powered
step vans in a few areas.
UPS has over 112,000 drivers living
and/or working in nearly every neighborhood.
They earn an average $28 per hour
(pressroom.ups). The timeless and
ubiquitous brown UPS step van has
used chassis, bodies, and engines
by Ford, Grumman (Morgan Olson),
Cummins, Freightliner, and others
over the years. Almost all of them
had manual transmissions and many
had a custom camshaft or other modifications
specified by UPS to improve efficiency.
UPS has always
looked for ways to reduce the cost
of operating their
trucks. In 1930, UPS bought all electric
trucks built by a company called
Walker. These days translucent roofs
reduce weight and the need for electric
lighting. Compressed natural gas
(CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG)
fueled trucks improve emissions.
In a few areas, UPS now delivers
in hydraulic hybrid diesel trucks
from International Truck & Engine
(Navistar). The hydraulic hybrid
captures the energy from the UPS
truck’s frequent stops.
Carefully planning routes to maximize
the number of deliveries while minimizing
the number of fuel wasting left turns
and other traffic delays is another
way the local FedEx and UPS drivers
are able to get RockAuto auto parts
to your door in the most environmentally
friendly manner. Another reason to
smile when the doorbell rings and
you bring a box in off your front
|1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B
try to keep “Gertrude” as
original as possible. RockAuto's
selection of Bosch Ignition parts
(Distributor Cap, Rotor, Points,
etc.) has been a big help! I have
with the value and quick delivery.
Do you purchase
parts from RockAuto? If so, RockAuto
would like to feature you and your
car or truck in our monthly newsletter.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with
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