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Be careful buying too many parts prior to having your car up and running. I got bitten a couple of times. First on a clutch kit that was just too stiff to use. Had it on my shelf for 2 years before installing it. Next was the Summit carb. I picked it up 3 years ago but didn't drive the car until last year. It had a minor stumble and a bit of a high idle that I couldn't seem to cure. I checked for the obvious vacuum leaks around carb base and intake but all seemed good. Until @pollock mentioned checking the throttle shafts, BINGO! That was the source of my vacuum leak. So I'm S.O.O.L. on that as well. One year warranty long expired. Live and learn. Not a rant, just more of a public service announcement to share experiences.
 

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That's terrific advice. My first time around on my car, I was terrible about that. I bought plenty of stuff that sat for years. Hell, a few pieces I've still never installed.

With regard to the supply chain concern - I really think it will unwind a lot in the next 6 months. Obviously, missing a key part for that long could really frustrate a build. Right now it is probably smart to buy a few months out for stuff you KNOW you're going to use.
 

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I'll agree on things like electronics.

I'd bet Summit would be willing to take care of the carb issue, give them a call and speak to someone about it. It'll be pretty obvious that you didn't wear out the shafts in the three years you've owned it.
 

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This happened to me during my 10 year resto as well. I found that even if they wouldn’t honor the warranty they would cut me some sort of price break. So I’d say it’s worth a call.

Another note for people with long projects is try to keep a good inventory of your purchases as I’ve got a few duplicates I bought years apart…
 

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This happened to me during my 10 year resto as well. I found that even if they wouldn’t honor the warranty they would cut me some sort of price break. So I’d say it’s worth a call.

Another note for people with long projects is try to keep a good inventory of your purchases as I’ve got a few duplicates I bought years apart…
I take a picture of every part I buy or have for the car and keep them in a special folder for reference. It's too easy to not remember every part.

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I second giving Summit a shot at making that carb right. I’ve always had great customer service from them.

My big problem is buying stuff then changing my mind on the way I want to do the car… Also I’ve purchased the same thing twice on accident because I had forgotten I had already purchased it.
 

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I look at all the stuff on the shelf that I pre bought and never used then look at the current prices and think to myself man, I got a great deal on that!
You never know, might need them down the road.
 

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This is an interesting topic.

I am currently selecting a shop to do paint body and some of the assembly on my 67. His recommendation was to start sourcing parts that I know I'll need as he has a couple builds that are stalled out waiting for parts. The trick is to buy parts that will work well together I suppose. My fear is buying something and then a year later I get a call that says - well you bought the wrong xxx so I had to xxx....

Headers come to mind for me...

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This last year I bought a clutch kit from Summit. Later on, when I tried to install it, the pressure plate holes didn't line up on the flywheel. I contacted Summit and was told that my return window was 90 days and that I was passed it. I was bummed, but then the service rep told me she would knock 15% off the price of another clutch kit if I was interested. I took the offer and am currently working with the manufacturer in getting this thing resolved. Never hurts to ask, right?
 

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Is 90 days the typical window for most retailers?
It just may be, but my issue was I was in a car accident and out of work and no lifting, bending, etc, for just over two months.
 

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Lots of wisdom here.

Buying a few months out if you're on a schedule is wise right now. But in general, I wouldn't stock up much past that.

Lots of people using really pricey lumber right now because they didn't recognize the difference between a supply chain disruption and a shortage. Once the disruption clears, the next thing that happens is a glut.

I bought lots of stuff twice, or had to replace the new stuff I bought a few years ago because I went a different direction.

Cataloging and project managing is a really good idea on a build--unless it's what you do for a living--then it's no fun to do for a hobby too. 😁
 

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I did just the opposite last weekend. I have done the drive train, chassis under carriage, and interior on my '65 and all that is left is body work and paint. I have decided to take a couple years off from working on it and just drive it and enjoy it. But I decided to go ahead and buy any parts I needed to finish it cause who knows what the prices will be years from now. So I ordered bumpers, chrome, body seals and gaskets, weather strip, vinyl top, etc. Between NPD and KM I got everything.
However, a lot of these parts don't have to 'work' so to speak as Caper's did, They just have to look good.
 

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This is good stuff guys, keep the experiences coming!

I'm thinking I will start with parts that require long lead times or a specialist to rebuild. I'm also working up a list so that as items are in stock or I can find used I know what to pick up.

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I have lots of new parts I bought in the past, weatherstripping, door parts, etc. and I have the AAW kit to finish. I can jump from here to there if parts get delayed. I’m in no hurry, so I’ll do what I can, when I can.
 

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Great advice! I buy stuff and stash it away but it's more along the lines of coil springs, mirrors, gas cap etc. I wanted to buy my interior and stash it away as well but right now I planning on going with an all black interior but a year from now when hopefully it will be ready to put in I might have changed my mind on the color so I will wait on items like that until it's time.
 

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Is there a time a year when NPD or other retailers hold a sale? I'm thinking have a list that is a couple 000's in parts needed and pull the trigger during a sale.

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