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Another Happy Customer!

I recently purchased left and right side headlight assemblies for my 2004 Mustang. RockAuto's service was awesome!

My first impression was the professional box packaging. Product was 100% as promised. I'm still shocked I saved over $200. Will definitely continue to use RockAuto for all my replacement parts.

James in North Carolina

 

Carlisle Events
RockAuto is the Official Auto Parts Store of Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events

2011 Schedule of Events:

Carlisle Bike Fest
July 22-24

Carlisle Truck Nationals
August 5-7

Corvettes at Carlisle
August 26-28

Fall Carlisle & Auction
Sept. 28-Oct. 2

 

Upcoming Events
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Hadji Shriners 18th Annual Car Show
7/23/2011
Pensacola, FL
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Pharoahs Street Rodders Cruise In
7/23/2011
Damscus, OR
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6th Annual Cruisin for Tunes
7/23/2011
Westerville, OH
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4th Annual K-9 Car Show & Fundraiser
7/23/2011
Burlington City, NJ
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Pine Grove Hampton's Off Road Fury
7/23/2011
Pine Grove, PA
website

Hudsonville Classic Car Show Motorcycle Show
7/23/2011
Hudsonville, MI
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Mecosta Days
7/23/2011
Mecosta, MI
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Mass Gash Bash
7/23/2011
East Templeton, MA
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Chicago Crossroads Corvette Club
7/23/2011
Chicago, IL
website

The Queen City Chevelle Club-6th Annual General Motors Car & Truck Show
7/23/2011
Springfield, MO
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Nash Back At Ya Car Club
7/23/2011
Rogers, AR
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Osage Beach-Benefit Car Show
7/23/2011
Lake Ozark, MO
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Bongo Bash Bites Back Take 2
7/24/2011
Hailsham, East Sussex UK
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MOCGB Highclere Show
7/24/2011
Reading, Berkshire UK
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South Shore Street Rods Car Show
7/24/2011
Hingham, MA
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Vette Fest 2011
7/28/2011
Boise, ID
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11th Annual McGrew Trail Ride
7/29/2011
Central Point, OR
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Summer Night Cruise In
7/29/2011
Delaware, OH
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POWMIA Awarness Rally Auto Show
7/30/2011
Pocatello, ID
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Cold Spring Street Machine Car Show
7/30/2011
Cold Spring, MN
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Seneca Car Show
7/30/2011
Marysville, KS
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Crossroads Cruz-In Burnout Championship
7/30/2011
Johnson Creek, WI
website

2nd Annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show
7/30/2011
Frazee, MN
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2nd Annual South Texas Stangs Benefit Car Show
7/30/2011
Seguin, TX
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Winder Barrow HS Band Benefit Car Truck Show
7/30/2011
Winder, GA
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Annual Cruise-In/Fly-In
7/31/2011
Tillamook, OR
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Team Sue's Poker Run/Cruise In
7/31/2011
Arcaida, IA
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Coast Guard Festival Charity Car Show
7/31/2011
Grand Haven, MI
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Classic Car Show
7/31/2011
New Lenox, IL
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6th Annual Chenango Car Show
7/31/2011
Aurora, CO
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Warbird Car Show
8/2/2011
Logansport, IN
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41st Yellowstone Rod Run
8/4/2011
West Yellowstone, MT
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Webster Monthly Swap Meet Car Bike Show
8/4/2011
Homosassa, FL
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7th Annual Marion Car Cruise
8/5/2011
Marion, MI
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Hot Nite In The City Show-n-Shine
8/5/2011
Kamloops, BC
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Backroad Cruisers
8/5/2011
Albany, MN
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Bay Side Mustangs-2nd Annual Mustang Mania
8/6/2011
Davidsonville, MD
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5th Annual Mark Twain Corvette Club All Corvette
8/6/2011
Qunicy, IL
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Flight 93 Memorial Cruise
8/6/2011
Columbia, MD
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8th Annual Purple Door Cruise In
8/6/2011
Grove City, OH
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3rd Annual Motorcycle Roundup
8/6/2011
Cumberland, BC
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10th Annual Classics at Lee Hall
8/6/2011
Newport News, VA
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KAARC 32nd Annual Car Show & Swap Meet
8/6/2011
Kalamazoo, MI
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Worth Days Annual Car Show
8/6/2011
Palos Heights, IL
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Stallions Gate Mustang & Ford Club Inc
8/6/2011
Maple Park, IL
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3rd Annual Great Escapes Off Road Car Show
8/6/2011
Adrian, MI
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Wheels for a Cause 2nd Annual Car & Bike Show
8/6/2011
Joliet, IL
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1st Annual Customs & Classics dreaMS of a CURE
8/6/2011
Dumas, TX
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Sweet Summer Nights Car Show
8/6/2011
Minneapolis, MN
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5th Annual Fun! Car & Truck Show
8/7/2011
Milaca, MN
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Mopar Magic 2011
8/7/2011
Bremerton, WA
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Sebago Brewing Company Cruise In
8/7/2011
Gorham, ME
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Second Annual SACK Benefit Car Show
8/7/2011
Denver, CO
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5th Annual Bash at the Lube
8/7/2011
Hampton, VA
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3rd Annual Cruise-In for Diabetes
8/7/2011
Terre Haute, IN
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Mason Dixon Chapter of the Falcon Club of America
8/12/2011
Annapolis, MD
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Midwest Thunder 10th Annual Benefit Car & Truck Show & Stereo Sound Off
8/12/2011
Pontiac, IL
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Cruise the Gorge
8/12/2011
Dallesport, WA
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Midwest National Mustang Show
8/12/2011
Des Moines, IA
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6th Annual South Eastern Shindig
8/12/2011
Youngstown, FL
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McMinnville Auto Club
8/13/2011
Dayton, OR
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Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival
8/13/2011
Springsfield, MO
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Sunflower IH Show
8/13/2011
Halstead, KS
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Stanton Old Fashioned Days Car, Truck, & Bike Show
8/13/2011
Sheridan, MI
website

Charles E. Lewis Days & Northwestern WI Car Club Show
8/13/2011
Fredric, WI
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Old Dominion Corvette Club-22nd Annual All Corvette Cruise In
8/13/2011
Ashburn, VA
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American Legion 170 Classic Car & Bike Show
8/13/2011
Centerville, MI
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Ole Car Club 33rd Annual Car Show
8/13/2011
Gallipolis, OH
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Mopar Club
8/13/2011
Rio Ranch, NM
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The Ladies Auxiliary to the Unexcelled Fire Co
8/13/2011
Ocean Grove, NJ
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Uptown Rutland Business Association-2nd Annual Classic Car Show
8/13/2011
Kelowna, BC
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Car Show & 50's Dance Party
8/13/2011
Ridgewood, NJ
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24th Annual Gravette Day Car Show
8/14/2011
Gravette, AR
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Teamsters Local 455 9th Annual Car Show
8/14/2011
Denver, CO
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22nd Annual Yellow Rose Car Show
8/13-8/14/2011
Fort Worth, TX
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Sizzling Summer Car & Hot Rod Show
8/14/2011
Tualatin, OR
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8th Annual Meadowood Car truck Show
8/14/2011
Millersville, MD
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Wheels & Wine '11 Charity Car Show
8/14/2011
Milford, DE
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Isabella's Fight Car Show & Benefit
8/14/2011
Prince Frederick, TN
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Show Off All Car Auto Show
8/14/2011
St. Louis, MO
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American Iron Car Show
8/14/2011
Pleasant Hill, CA
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Focus Fanatics & Fiesta Fly Car Show
8/15/2011
Austin, TX
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Rolling Rods Classic Car Club
8/15/2011
Fountain, KY
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2011 Big Saturday Show
8/15/2011
Lewes, DE
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VTR 2011 Convention
8/17/2011
Littleton, CO
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41st Annual North South F-100 Run
8/19/2011
Bellflower, CA
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Carolina Classics at the Capital
8/19/2011
Raleigh, NC
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The Northern Mini & Retro Ride Show
8/19/2011
Louth, UK
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CAMO's 16th Annual Regional Meet
8/19/2011
Madison Center, CT
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Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital 3rd Annual Benefit Car Show & Festival
8/20/2011
Mokena, IL
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6th Annual Old Time Cruise to Estacada
8/20/2011
Estacada, OR
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Detective Kenneth Adamo Memorial Car Show
8/20/2011
Maywood, NJ
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Automotive Swap Meet-Metcalf Fairgrounds
8/20/2011
Ottawa, ON
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Skykomish Show-N-Shine
8/20/2011
Baring, WA
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Flanagan Fest Annual Car Show
8/20/2011
Flanagan, IL
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11th Annual Intermountain Mustang and All Ford Stampede
8/20/2011
West Jordan, UT
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20th Annual Dealer Day Car Show
8/20/2011
Cropseyville, NY
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7th Annual Show Us What You Got Car Show
8/20/2011
Brentwood, CA
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14th Annual Rally in the Vally Car Show
8/20/2011
Kelowna, BC
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2nd Annual Cruzin & First Annual Ribs & Rolling Georgia BBQ Association BBQ Cook Off
8/20/2011
McDonough, GA
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1st Annual Post Falls Police Cops-N-Kids & Rodders-N-More
8/20/2011
Post Falls, ID
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WAPTO Showdown
8/20/2011
Gaston, OR
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6th Annual New England Chevelle & El Camino Regional
8/20/2011
East Brookfield, MA
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Hot Alma Nights
8/20/2011
Alma, KS
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Bash 2011
8/20/2011
Northport, AL
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Radkes 12th Annual Car Show
8/20/2011
Carlisle, PA
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Fourth Annual New Malborough Classics Car Show
8/20/2011
Sudbury, MA
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Burien Chevrolet All Chevy Car Show
8/21/2011
Lakewood, WA
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Midwest Thunder-10th Annual Benefit Car & Truck Show & Stereo Sound Off
8/21/2011
Pontiac, IL
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Kornfest Car Show 2011
8/21/2011
Trempealeau, WI
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Hoosier Pontiac Oakland Club
8/21/2011
Greenfield, IN
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9/11 Memorial Car Show
8/21/2011
Montague, NJ
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The Wanderers Car Club-16th Annual Car Show
8/21/2011
Schenectady, NY
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Wisconsin Mufflers 5th Annual Car Show
8/21/2011
New Berlin, WI
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St. Gerard Charity Classic Car Show & Cruise
8/21/2011
Lansing, MI
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13th Annual Mountain Festival Car Show
8/21/2011
Tehachapi, CA
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Sunbust
8/21/2011
Tacoma, WA
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30th Annual All Vehicle Show
8/21/2011
Fremont, NH
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Car & Bike Show
8/21/2011
Hylkje, Norway
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American Motors National Show
8/21/2011
Ypsilanti, MI
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Troop 110 5th Annual Car Show
8/21/2011
Edison, NJ
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Reservoir Thunder Car Show
8/21/2011
West Shokan, NY
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East Coast Camaro Club
8/21/2011
Nashua, NH
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34th Annual LeMay Annual Car Show
8/24/2011
Auburn, WA
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19th Annual Un-Finished Nationals
8/26/2011
Everett, WA
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The Blue Ridge Runners Meet
8/26/2011
Bridgewater, UK
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Battle Mountain Burners Car Club Car Show
8/26/2011
Winnemucca, NV
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Kisses For Kyle Foundation Car Show
8/27/2011
Ambler, PA
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Port Townsend Kiwanis Classic Car Show
8/27/2011
Port Townsend, WA
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Car Show/Flea Market
8/27/2011
Thurmont, MD
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Transwest Buick GMC Custom Car Truck Show
8/27/2011
Commerce City, CO
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Mid-Atlantic Ford Roundup
8/27/2011
Yorktown, VA
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Brown County Shrine Club
8/27/2011
Nashville, IN
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Electric City GTO's Car Show
8/27/2011
Schenectady, NY
website

Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department Annual Car Show
8/27/2011
Dagsboro, DE
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4th Annual Iowa Lincoln Highway Assn Motor Tour
8/27/2011
Davenport, IA
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Springdale Car Show
8/27/2011
Middleton, WI
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5th Annual Car Show
8/27/2011
Paragould, AR
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3rd Annual Warriors for Charity Car & Bike Show
8/27/2011
Fountain, CO
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Lake County Customs & Classics Car Show
8/27/2011
Winfield, BC
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Potato Days
8/27/2011
Barnesville, MN
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2011 Seneca Cruise Night
8/27/2011
Seneca, IL
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Knuckle Busters Car Club Car Show
8/27/2011
Aledo, IL
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Exquisite Car & Truck Club
8/27/2011
Woodbridge, VA
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Air Cooled at the Orchard
8/27/2011
Hamden, CT
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Knights of Columbus 1st Annual Classic Car Show
8/28/2011
New Windsor, NY
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Old Fashioned Downtown Saturday Night
8/28/2011
Eaton, OH
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2nd Annual Team 207 Auto Club Car Show
8/28/2011
Lewiston, ME
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3rd Annual Car Truck & Bike Show
8/28/2011
Dartmouth, MA
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Bikers for Babies Classic Car Show
8/28/2011
Staten Island, NY
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Antique Fire Apparatus Car Show
8/28/2011
McGraw, NY
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Cascade Rambler Club Annual Car Show
8/30/2011
Seattle, WA
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4th Annual Cars for a Cause Classic Car Show
8/30/2011
Manchester, NH
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Remy Automotive Europe

See what we have from Remy

Remy started out in 1896 building magnetos for some of the first cars. In 1927 Remy and Delco merged to form Delco Remy, a General Motors Division that was the world's largest manufacturer of auto electrical equipment from 1928 to 1993. RockAuto is a family business. Two of the family grandfathers spent their entire careers at Delco Remy. In 1994 Delco Remy became independent of GM and subsequently adopted the name Remy International, Inc.

RockAuto has long carried Remy parts for North American specification cars and is now pleased to offer Remy parts for European spec. vehicles as well. Remy is one of the leading suppliers of high quality new and remanufactured parts in Europe. Besides its strong OE-presence in starters and alternators, Remy Automotive Europe now offers a whole portfolio of different product groups, marketed under the Remy brand: Brake Calipers, Ignition Distributors, Steering Racks and Pumps.

Go to the RockAuto catalog for the full line of Remy parts for European and North American spec. cars whether you drive a Vauxhall, Ford, Fiat, Mazda, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Toyota or you name it.

 

 

Forum of the Month

El Camino Central

El Camino Central is a database-driven, dynamic content, virtual community for Chevrolet El Camino owners and friends. El Camino Central was founded in early 1998 by Robert C. More to share his hobby and experience with El Caminos with others. Today, El Camino Central has over 13,000 members in the US, South America, Canada, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe making us the largest, greatest and friendliest group of El Camino owners.

If you aren't already a member, you should consider registering with us today and meet other El Camino owners from all over the world!

 

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 cynthia@rockauto.com.

 

 

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

Ouch!

I am always jealous when I hear friends talk about working on cars with their fathers when they were young. My father has many positive attributes but, in the words of my grandfather, "Doesn’t know which end of a screwdriver to hold". While I have always been handy, I never worked on a car until I was in my mid 20's (c. 1975) and couldn’t afford the costs of car maintenance. A friend taught me how to change the oil in my wife’s VW Bug and another friend taught me to tune up my Toyota a few years later (more money savings).

Those projects went fine, but around this time a third friend bought a 1950 Willy’s Jeepster. He wanted to re-build the brakes and I volunteered to help. Neither of us had any idea of what we were doing, nor did we have a shop manual to guide us. So, we jacked up the car and removed the left wheel and brake drum. We studied the brake system for a while, trying to figure out how everything worked, but needed to see more. So my friend asked me to get in the car and step on the brake slowly so he could watch it in action. We quickly learned an important lesson: Never step on a brake pedal with the drum removed! The explosion was impressive and my friend was very lucky he was standing in front of the brakes, not to one side. His brake shoes and hydraulics were completely scattered around the garage.

But, we now knew a lot more about how the brakes worked, so we gathered up all of the parts, and then carefully dismantled the other side to see how everything went together. We put it all back together using drum brake hardware kit, and it worked! I realized that I could do this and was inspired to buy my own project car: a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine, which I still have.

Jim in Missouri

 

Tell us about your most infamous auto repair blunder or unconventional fix. Use your woe to help others avoid similar mistakes or share off-the-wall solutions that worked (at least for awhile!). Please email your story to flamur@rockauto.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 your first name and your vague geographic location (state, province, country, continent, etc.) so you can remain semi-anonymous!

 

 

Automotive Trivia

Automotive Trivia

Which car manufacturer offered the "La Femme" trim option featuring Heather Rose and Sapphire White two-tone paint and matching cape, boots, umbrella, shoulder bag and floral upholstery fabrics?

A. Chevrolet (former slogan: "Like a Rock")
B. Dodge (logo is currently a Bighorn sheep's head)
C. Ford (former slogan: "Built Ford Tough")
D. Peugeot (logo is an African lion)

Answer below

 

 

My Catalytic Converter Is Safe

RockAuto

 

I maintain my cars. I change the fuel filters and oxygen sensors. Therefore, the catalytic converters on my cars are probably working at peak efficiency and I do not need to worry about them. Not so fast! Just read a newspaper or ask a police officer about the surge in catalytic converter thefts.

Catalytic converters contain only small amounts of the valuable metals platinum, palladium and rhodium, but those metals can now cost well more than $1000 an ounce (28 g). A scrap or stolen and sold as scrap catalytic converter with its insides intact can now fetch $25 to $220.

Those high prices attract more and “better” thieves. They also increase the trade in scrap catalytic converters. There are now online businesses buying scrap catalytic converters. Just ship them the catalytic converter and get paid via PayPal. Ship them enough catalytic converters and sometimes your shipping is free! Both local junkyards and distant, online buyers can watch for suspicious (shiny, new) “scrap” catalytic converters and notify the police. But thieves definitely now have more potential buyers than they did a few years ago.

RockAuto.com has replacement catalytic converters for many vehicles for a few hundred dollars or less. Unfortunately, thieves sometimes use battery powered electric saws to quickly cut out the catalytic converter. That means the surrounding exhaust pipes and oxygen sensors as well as the catalytic converter must be replaced. Repair bills including labor can easily top $1500.

So how can an owner protect their catalytic converter? Park in a garage or safe spot where the sound of an electric saw or thieves under the car would attract attention. Drive an old car. Newer catalytic converters contain more precious metals. Drive a vehicle with less ground clearance. Thieves can quickly scoot under an SUV. Engrave your license plate or drivers license number on the catalytic converter.

Recent police reports from around the world often mention newer Toyota SUVs. They are numerous, high off the ground and have catalytic converters with relatively dense precious metal content. It also makes sense that a thief would specialize on one common vehicle. He only has to carry one wrench and can learn to finish his crime in minutes. Higher risk SUV owners that have to park in unsecured areas might have a catalytic converter sensor added to their vehicle’s alarm system. They could put tack welds on the catalytic converter nuts. Or they might consider buying one of the new catalytic converter mechanical lock systems or rigging up their own using cable, chain, or some other (non-flammable) materials.

My family’s newest car is still my wife’s ’93 Ford Tempo. It only has a few inches of ground clearance and is kept in a garage that shares a wall with my bedroom. I can probably still sleep soundly at night knowing my catalytic converter is safe. Despite the crime wave, keeping up with maintenance and repairs still has the biggest impact on the life span of my Tempo’s and most other cars’ catalytic converters.

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com

 

 

Shaun's 1980 Dodge D150 Custom

Shaun's 1980 Dodge D150 Custom

This is my 1980 Dodge D150 Custom. I bought it about 18 months ago from the second owner, who had owned it for the last ten years and hadn't used it much. The first owner was the Town of Lethbridge in Alberta. I have been on the search for a long time for a stepside Dodge as there aren't many around especially in this part of the country. Shortly after I got it home I began a complete restoration of the truck, which is not an easy task as there aren't a lot of aftermarket parts Dodge Trucks like there are for Chevy or Ford. However RockAuto was able to get me parts that the limited Dodge aftermarket or the local parts stores either couldn't supply me with, or for a lot cheaper even after the shipping costs!

The truck has been completely dismantled, sandblasted, and repainted. The driveline got a complete teardown as well. The engine is a 225 "Super Six" backed by a 727 "Loadflite" transmission and a 8 3/8 rear end. The truck also features all new suspension, steering and braking components, new fuel, brake, and transmission cooler lines, a reworked wiring harness, and a freshened up interior. Essentially it's a brand new truck.

Thanks to RockAuto for helping me finish my project!

Shaun in Ontario, Canada


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Let RockAuto Help

Are you organizing a car show or other auto related event?

Are you organizing a car show or other auto related event? From goody bag stuffers to gift certificates...we can help. We can even publicize your event in our newsletter.

Just send us an email with information about your show.

 

 

Automotive Trivia Answer

Automotive Trivia

Which car manufacturer offered the "La Femme" trim option featuring Heather Rose and Sapphire White two-tone paint and matching cape, boots, umbrella, shoulder bag and floral upholstery fabrics?

Answer: B Dodge
The La Femme was introduced mid-year on the 1955 Dodge Royal Lancer. It was an attempt to appeal to female buyers.

Dodge La Femme

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