[MR2] door power window switch - 86
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jan 13 23:42:42 EST 2010
Honestly Byron I came to the sudden realization that I am being stupid at
these Pick & Pulls. Some of their stuff cheap - for example just because it
was good I pull a door sill - the tabs tend to break on them - they charge
me $7 for the thing and I am sure it wouldn't be that much more through
Aaron. And now I have 2 extra of them.
The best way to shop at a P & P is to have a need for something - find that
need - and just buy it. I gave the cashier about 7 things - and get a $70
bill. I wasn't paying attention to the ring up. And I got tired of trying to
scrape off the paint markings on parts so I ask them not to mark it. So No
One of the things was the igniter - some nimrod - not wanting to spend 2
minutes undoing the distributor to igniter plug, cuts the wire. Urgh! My
late friend Bob S Master Mechanic taught me to take some pride in whatever
parts you are working with.
Anyway the car had 164,000 miles on it and I asked the cashier if I could
have a break on that part - he gives me $5 off. So now I have 4 of these
things - my investment about $100 for 4 used igniter/coil assemblies- a new
one at $450 or so is bad but buy it once and not worry about it going out. I
have to get a wire from a bad one (presumably when my current one goes bad),
unsolder the cable - it is only 2 wires. I may drive the car another 10
years on the same igniter - meanwhile I have another 4 used ones. See why I
am starting to see the stupidity?
Some of the P & P stuff is a fantastic value other things are not. Replaced
the steering box on my MB for $50 - rebuilt ones are $600 (which if I had a
job would be the way to go)....well, you guys get the idea ;-)
The ebay stuff - some of it is a bit perplexing. Some guy sells the little
storage box at the end of the console (on the firewall) for $50 - one bidder
only - which tells me that was his asking price. These things are a dime a
dozen at the P & Ps. I suspect he found a buyer that needed one - saw this -
and paid the starting price.
The Mk1 frunk emblem - for some reason these are hot. Last year they went
for maybe $15 - now $40. Are people stealing them? It looks a bit like a
Nazi eagle to me ;-) Are they still available?
Anyway I put one of those up.
Oh, radio speakers - these are unavailable now. I bought some new ones about
5 years ago and surprisingly one went bad. So I put an old one in from my
stash (still have one left) and everything's fine.
How many extra speakers does one need?
I have to start buying a bit smarter...
For some reason I have seen in all my P & P visits only 1 2nd gen - I know
they made fewer but not that much...
I was thinking of pulling the head on that 164K car...but then again how
long would an old head sit in my garage until I need it? Maybe it would
never be used - that's the kinda stuff I'm talking about ;-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Byron" <autoxer at sbcglobal.net>
To: "William Brandt" <wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net>
Cc: "MR2 List" <mr2 at mr2.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: [MR2] door power window switch - 86
> Just think of the fortune you can make selling the parts on ebay :) Wish I
> could find some MKII parts locally, but most of the places have closed due
> to EPA requirements and high bay area rents.
> William Brandt wrote:
>> Thanks Aaron - I have always thought that part was a Toyota "we got you
>> by the short hairs" part. ;-) I have found that you no longer can get
>> speakers for the AW-11 - they have a nice 85 at P & P but with my last
>> bill of $70 I have decided that just going to get parts is stupid.
>> I have 4 used igniters. 3 rubber spoilers. I'm closing in on Steve
>> Bagdon's parts stash I fear ;-)
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