You’re won­der­ing what to do about in­fe­rior parts, and Jon Bent­ley picks out his clas­sic car fan­tasy garage.

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

The 24 Fe­bru­ary lead is­sue let­ter about poor qual­ity re­place­ment parts was an in­ter­est­ing read. I could give you a list longer than my arm of those I’ve been sold, in­clud­ing bushes per­ish­ing af­ter a cou­ple of years, balljoint boots crack­ing, and drive­shaft joints wear­ing pre­ma­turely. I don’t see the sit­u­a­tion im­prov­ing, let alone be­ing erad­i­cated.

This is down to a num­ber of fac­tors. There are some big sup­pli­ers, who should know bet­ter, sell­ing cheap but in­fe­rior parts, and this makes it even trick­ier for peo­ple like me to ob­tain com­po­nents that ac­tu­ally work and last.

On some cars there’s a lack of dealer sup­port due to age or the brand sim­ply not ex­ist­ing any more. Ini­tially, I re­ally strug­gled with my MGB and Tri­umph Stag.

But the so­lu­tion is with us, the car own­ers. We should not ex­pect a coolant hose set that costs £30 to last more than a few years. The same can be said for wheel cylin­ders and balljoints cost­ing less than £5.

Good qual­ity parts are out there, but you need to broaden your search of where to get them, and this may not nec­es­sar­ily be from the spe­cial­ists. CS Rand­hawa, War­wick

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