Warren Waste Of Time Potter (All Z Parts)
Posted 20 February 2018 - 09:02 AM
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Posted 20 February 2018 - 10:05 AM
Yes I think this conversation has run its course. Been interesting though.
If Warren is looking clear some more of his stock I wish he'd put more up on eBay, I'm happily collecting and putting NOS stuff away in anticipation of a restoration sometime down the track.
But posting stuff up and then monitoring it and dealing with sales takes an inordinate amount of time, as Gav has testified with his buttons.
Edited by gilltech, 20 February 2018 - 10:06 AM.
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Posted 20 February 2018 - 12:08 PM
You guys whinging about getting parts, just be thankful you weren't trying to get parts for a Valiant. It's only been the last ten years or so that there has been more than one supplier of repro parts and the businesses that were doing second hand parts are much smaller now if still operating. Even now there are three main businesses selling repro parts and a couple of shops that still have some second parts left as they all dry up. It took me two years to find a 265 block that wasn't already at maximum overbore for my charger that I didn't have to sell both my kidneys and a lung for. 15 years ago 265 blocks could be bought for a slab of beer, hell I used to buy VE valiants for $50 in the late 90's.
Simple things like torsion bars can take up to 18 months to get from suppliers here as there is very little demand, so they don't keep stock and rely on the US manufacturers to make them when the demand for the small body cars in the US is great enough.
I have known Warren for many years also through my association with Z16 and I also have had dealings both in a business and social sense with pretty much every one who had a specialty Datsun workshop on the east coast. Whilst most of the guys are still around, Warren is still the only one who really deals in parts and the volume of business for the last 20 years or so for Warren has meant it has become part time for him. Shit, the poor bloke still needs to make a quid and live, so if it takes a while to get a bit, or if he doesn't answer the phone because he is doing something more important to him than selling someone a $50 widget, suck it up princess.
The others if they still going, like Stew Wilkins, are more into the mechanical side or supplying performance parts.
Warren has had the same service for over 30 years. His health hasn't been the best at times and as he has helped me out with my zeds and other Datsuns over the years I cut him a fair bit of slack., Plus tight arse Datsun owners used to frustrate everyone in the industry, and it looks like a lot of them haven't changed. And I thought Valiant owners were bad.
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Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:49 PM
Well I just ordered some parts for my FD RX-7 earlier in the week and Mazda is telling me there is a month wait!
When people balk at prices of restored S30Z's and throw out some number as to what it would cost to restore such a car, they are ignoring all the nitty gritty details of a restoration, that is time, time spent ordering fiddly little bits and sourcing parts and fixing / restoring them, delays because something isn't ready or done or simply NLA etc..
Something to be said for buying a car already restored. My point is restoring cars such as these takes patience and to be honest if Warren takes his time (because this is a part time gig) I think that's ok. So long as you do get your parts in the end that is.
Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:09 PM
Still waiting for parts that I paid Warren for about 6 years ago. My 2 bobs worth.
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