OT: obsolete/obsolescent Ford parts.

About a month ago I asked the groups for some suggestions on
where I could get a replacement cruise control cable for my 1990
Ford T'bird.
From the difficulty I had in tracking one down, it appears that
stocks of repair parts stocked by the companies are being
reduced to the minimum by Detroit to save every possible penny.
I was eventually able to locate a NOS cable assembly at Zee Auto
in Branford Conn. They apparently have a large amount of NOS Ford
parts for old Fords that are not yet classics/antiques, but still
daily drivers.
Robert at Zee Auto was very professional, looking up the
replacement number. Zee auto takes major credit cards and ships
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Hope this will help someone keep their low-cost transportation

90 T'bird is now again fully operational and running great with
350k miles on it.
Unka' George [George McDuffee]
He that will not apply new remedies,
must expect new evils:
for Time is the greatest innovator: and
if Time, of course, alter things to the worse,
and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better,
what shall be the end?
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman.
Essays, "Of Innovations" (1597-1625).
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F. George McDuffee
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I've found this site to be a good source for GM parts at a good saving:
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Best, Steve
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Disturbing also was the decision to reduce repair parts by W.W.Grainger. However this began, to my best recollection, about 5 to 10 years ago. During this period I noticed other companies were doing the same.
The principles to tightly control inventory have been known for a long time and, had I a bus- siness thrown into competition with Chinese manufacturers, I would no doubt, have done the same. A sacrifice of customer service to survival/practicality. :(
dennis in nca
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Gee I wonder how come there are so few folks with 90 Honda-Toyota-Nissan-Subaru type cars that can keep them running like that?
I am a locksmith and I think only once or twice in the past few years was I called on to make a key for an old 15+ years) Japanese car. Seems like they are way too expensive to keep going.
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Roger Shoaf
That is great if you can be without a vehicle while the parts are shipped to you. I junked my 87 Ford ranger because I was tired of having to track down parts, then wait. Also, I do not use credit or debit cards for anything, so it could take weeks to get a part from another state.
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Michael A. Terrell
I had a 73 Toyota Corona. The speedometer cable was bad, and it was less than 10 years old. It was an odd metric size, and not available in the US. They wanted over $300 for a replacement, and told me it would take between six and ten months to have it made in Japan, shipped to the US, and clear customs. The rear seat had a tear. That ugly piece of cloth was over $900 dollars, and had to be shipped from Japan. It also had their badly designed disc brakes. If they were worn more than 25% and you had to brake hard in reverse, the calipers ejected the pads and tried to grab the disc. That was when I junked it. It didn't have 100k miles, and needed thousands of dollars in repairs. It also had severe rust in the unibody, under the floor.
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Michael A. Terrell

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