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#4520723 - 09/19/17 09:11 PM Doing the parts guys homework.
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
A week ago I needed a gas cap for my tractor. Ran into autozone only to be told by the manager that they dont have tractor parts. Another employee said that he thinks one from a 60s gm truck would fit and it did.

Today I needed points for it. Was told by the same manager that they don't have tractor parts.

So I did the homework and found out that the autolite distributer in my tractor uses the same points as many cars from that era.

Studebaker,Desoto,Wyllis and Dodge to name a few. Armed with this knowledge I went back into Autozone and got the same manager.

He immediatly blared out that they wont have tractor parts.

I asked for points for a 64 Jeep cj-5. He went and got them and we compared them to the ones I took out of the tractor.

I smiled and said " I knew that you had tractor parts" as I paid and left.


Edited by Chris142 (09/19/17 09:12 PM)
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#4520724 - 09/19/17 09:15 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Good for you
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#4520732 - 09/19/17 09:21 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Not sure why you would expect anything different from a box parts store like AZ.

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#4520734 - 09/19/17 09:22 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Managers get there by kissing behinds, not by being bright.
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#4520736 - 09/19/17 09:25 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: FermeLaPorte]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Managers get there by kissing behinds, not by being bright.
this guy is very arrogant too.
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#4520740 - 09/19/17 09:28 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: JHZR2]
Chris142 Offline


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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Not sure why you would expect anything different from a box parts store like AZ.
napa was able to look them up but theirs have been "improved" and wont fit anymore. Had to return those.
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#4520764 - 09/19/17 10:07 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Napa at least has a catalog to look up a lot of non automotive parts like tractor ignition parts or lawn mower belts.

In a way, I kind of understand, if AZ doesn't have a catalog to look them up, how is he supposed to get the part number.

I'm sure a parts store with an old timer could probably look at your points and know exactly what they are.
Many of the older tractors ran Delco or Autolite ignition systems, so you can usually find automotive points to fit if you know what you are looking for.
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#4520771 - 09/19/17 10:19 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Managers get there by kissing behinds, not by being bright.
this guy is very arrogant too.


Sad...but very very true..... in pretty much every store.
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#4520794 - 09/19/17 11:09 PM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 08/03/17
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I try to look up all and any parts I need beyond basic necessities before hand. Parts guys are mostly useless, even at the dealership. You know what they say: if you want it done right, do it yourself.
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#4520820 - 09/20/17 12:06 AM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Chasing part numbers and making substitutions is all part of the game. Don't expect others to know or even care.

Accessories are a perfect place to exercise a bit of interest. I'd bet that you're on the right track thinking that the distributor was used in other applications. The same is true with all kinds of bits and pieces.

Years and years ago I had a 1966 Renault R8 and all the engine parts and accessories were available from several generator manufacturers. Renault dealers were few and far between and prices were high. The generator stuff? Cheap and on the shelf. The engine was an 1108 cc, wet sleeve, push rod, bulletproof engine. The carburetor had about 10 parts and everything was simple and easy to service.

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#4520832 - 09/20/17 12:26 AM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
I always walk in with the part number. I don't trust the employees to look up the right part number.

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#4520844 - 09/20/17 01:05 AM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: 14Accent
I try to look up all and any parts I need beyond basic necessities before hand. Parts guys are mostly useless, even at the dealership. You know what they say: if you want it done right, do it yourself.


Never had problems with Dealership Parts guys myself.
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#4520845 - 09/20/17 01:07 AM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: cronk]
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Originally Posted By: cronk

In a way, I kind of understand, if AZ doesn't have a catalog to look them up, how is he supposed to get the part number.



Yep.
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#4520848 - 09/20/17 01:08 AM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: FermeLaPorte]
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Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Managers get there by kissing behinds, not by being bright.


Authority Issues? grin
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#4520887 - 09/20/17 02:55 AM Re: Doing the parts guys homework. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 08/28/17
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Loc: Cincinnati, USA
Why would you expect a car parts supplier to know cross compatibility with other applications?

It seems like bragging to me, but then good for you! Yes, you can ignore people who don't think in engineering terms instead of marketing terms.

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