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Brett Proctor

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finding parts now can be quite a challenge. what once was readily available now can be impossible to find.
Back in the early years finding the required parts was no problem, but now those parts are no longer available, so you need to be more creative to make what's available now work.
Going through the pick a part yards here there are very few cars on the lots from the 70's and 80's.
Its not all doom and gloom though. Some items have gotten smaller and what once wouldn't fit now does.

Just an observation after building my car.
Some parts you may have to make and others you can make work.
The game has changed a little. some parts you can't just pull from other cars and install them on the kit car like in the old days.
 

farfegnubbin

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I think this is especially true with electronics and even switches. So many things are integrated assemblies that contain mysterious black-box controllers. It’s an understandable evolution but it’s kind of a bummer. I agree.
 

Brett Proctor

Well-known member
I think this is especially true with electronics and even switches. So many things are integrated assemblies that contain mysterious black-box controllers. It’s an understandable evolution but it’s kind of a bummer. I agree.
You are so right.
Its getting harder to find an electrical device that doesn't need a control module and/or CAN to operate.

I experienced this issue with my instrument panel. Something as simple as a fuel gauge. It had the 2 wires going to it from the sending unit to the gauge but it needed to be connected to CAN for it to work.

My AC unit needs a CAN signal to work. Luckly that wasn't to hard to get around.

Then combining different systems can be challenging.

I got Subaru for the engine
Mercedes for the AC
Ford for the body
Chrysler for the canopy lift system.
Pontiac for the headlights

Getting different systems to work together can be done, (sometimes) but its not like it use to be when you didn't have to worry about how the system works. the systems were basic and didn't need control modules to work.
 

Brett Proctor

Well-known member
Forgot about the EPAS (power steering), That was impossible to make work without all the sensors that were needed, till I found a control module on ebay that made it work without needing all the oem sensors.
I think just about every car today comes with some sort of power steering. Not many manual steering setups are out there today.

Yup the game has changed a little.
I think since I've started this project I've seen maybe four type 1 bugs in the pick a part yards here, and when they got to the yard's parts were already missing.
 
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