Where Can I Buy Classic Car Parts?

Where Can I Buy Classic Car Parts?

“Where can I buy classic car parts?” Well, how about from your favorite NY Yankee… or us, of course, if you need VW or early Porsche parts.

Where Can I Buy Classic Car Parts?

Working on your own classic ride in your garage, man-cave, or she-shack? Then you must be familiar with the three letters that strike fear into the heart of any vintage car restorer: NLA.

Nope, it’s not North Los Angeles. It’s not even Northern Lower Alabama, (LA means Lower Alabama in these parts). It means… NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

NLA means the part is no longer being manufactured, and the warehouses where they were are now echoing from emptiness. 

There are two choices here: cannibalize, or find and raid (well, with money) a stash of NOS (initials again?!) which means New Old Stock. 

Where can I buy classic car parts for VWs and Porsches?

If you need VW or early Porsche parts, we’ll hook you up. Here’s what Spook said:

If it’s available, we’ll get it for you.

If it’s not available, we’ll still probably get it for you.

If you’re up on your 00Dub mythology, you know that man can find stashes of NOS that can make a grown man cry. 

If you’re looking for muscle car classic car parts, you’ll have to check out Princess Patina’s favorite New York Yankees player’s new business. Check it out.

Reggie Jackson Turns Passion for Classic Cars Into a Business

First, a little disclaimer: The connection between Reggie Jackson and technology actually isn’t that tenuous. After all, I met “Mr. October” last week at an event organized by SAP—yes, the enterprise software giant.

Jackson, a case study in reinventing oneself, recently launched ReggiesGarage.com, his one-stop shop for buyers of classic car parts and accessories. (Think rosewood steering wheels, vintage air filters and old radiators—a market surprisingly valued at $36 billion). The connection to SAP? The Hall of Famer’s new website runs on the enterprise company’s soon-to-be-launched software for small businesses, SAP Anywhere.

The event took place at Reggie’s real-life garage just outside Carmel, Calif. Even if you aren’t a gearhead who can tell the difference between an M20 and M21 transmission, Reggie’s place is impressive. The three dozen or so muscle cars on display include brightly colored Camaros, Corvettes, and Mustangs, primarily from the ’50s and ’70s. The automobiles are so shiny you could eat off them. When Jackson pops the hood to show off what’s inside, you realize you could eat off the engine too. It’s the inner parts of these cars that Reggie has turned into a business—his website connects anyone looking to fix up their ride to a slew of specialty suppliers.

The longtime auto-lover’s first car was a ’51 Chevy he bought from his brother for $15. “It could go 55 miles per hour downhill,” Jackson recalls. Throughout his decades-long career playing for the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees—which resulted in five World Series rings—Jackson collected old cars. Once he retired from the sport, he decided to turn his other passion into a more serious hobby, often buying and then reselling muscle cars.

He started working on Reggie’s Garage, the one-stop shop for classic car parts, a few years ago, but struggled to find a back-end solution for cataloging the countless bolts and gauges he tracks down and sells to his customers. A long-standing relationship with Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP sap , led to Jackson trying out SAP Anywhere, which the company will launch at its upcoming customer conference later this month. The new software, a departure from SAP’s usual enterprise-level deployments, is geared at small businesses in need of web and mobile applications for tracking and selling (and even shipping) their inventory.

What SAP’s CEO thinks about the economy:

The real story here, however, is Jackson’s ability to turn his passion into a business—with a little help from technology.

“Everyone’s got an old hooptie in the garage that they want to work on,” Jackson says. “And I want to provide a solution to help them do that.”

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What You Need to Know about Rebuilt VW Transmissions

What You Need to Know about Rebuilt VW Transmissions

The Scoop on Rebuilt VW Transmissions

We caught up with Tony Walker of Aircooled Werks to talk transmissions. Guy knows his stuff, which is why we love using his custom-built transmissions in our builds. If you’re in the market for a rebuilt transmission or transaxle, here’s what you should know.

Rebuilding quality VW transmissions and transaxles takes the proper knowledge and factory tools to get the job completed. A rebuild starts by updating your gearbox with many new VW components instead of using used parts from other gearboxes to make something work. VW did a wonderful job engineering these gearboxes 40+ years ago with many modifications through the years. For the best results, make sure your transmission builder updates your unit with only the best and latest VW parts.

Tony starts with updating the gear carrier by re-bushing the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th shift rails so you have smooth shifting without future problems.VW Transmission

This solves another problem – one of popping out of 4th gear. The factory 3rd/4th slider was only flank cut on the 4th gear side and only on one side of the tooth. We install a new 3rd/4th slider that has been cut on all four flanks with better angles to enhance shifting. This allows the slider to fully engage the gear synchronizer hub and hold it in gear.

VW Transmission

Reverse gears are often abused and then become a problem. We replace all reverse gears.

VW Transmission

The 1st/2nd gear sliders are also replaced. They are flank cut on all four sides for better slider/synchronizer hub engagement.

VW Transmission

We replace both 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th shift forks with new steel 5mm late models.

VW Transmission

Media blasting is a vital part of the rebuild. We make sure all the reusable parts are thoroughly cleaned and inspected before being reinstalled.

VW Transmission

Nose cones are vital to the transmission shifting correctly. Used and worn, they can allow differences that put pressure on the hockey stick and shift rails. We install new nose cones to alleviate any problems.

VW Transmission

One of the most overlooked areas on a rebuild is the clutch cross shaft. VW only spot welded the arms from the factory. We take the best original shafts and weld both arms for better strength, or if needed, we install an HD shaft for maximum strength.

VW Transmission

After all parts are cleaned, blasted and replaced, their respect shafts are then assembled with new synchronizer rings and placed into our German shift jig.

VW Transmission

We make sure the shift points for 1st/2nd gear and 3rd/4th gear are set for proper and smooth shifting, as well as reverse gear alignment on the 1st/2nd gear slider.

VW Transmission

VW Transmission

We feel these modifications give you the best and most reliable VW transmission and transaxle money can buy.

VW Transmission

If you’re in the market for a rebuilt VW transmission for your ride, contact us for more details about how you can get one just like this.

 

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