Vintage car parts shop

barrysweet52barrysweet52 Posts: 540Expert Adviser
In Adelaide South Australia we have only one shop to go to, to find old car parts. Owner is a real gentleman in his 80s and with serious health problems. I use to tease him that he spent Mon to Friday remembering things to impress everyone on Saturday. The business doesnt sell much and so soon most of it will be cherry picked by an interstate similar parts business and because of transport costs most will be scrap metal. Are there still places in the USA where there are similar businesses. There must be 200 headlights from mainly 1920s and 30s tied to the ceiling, and tall and narrow rows of heavy boxes of misc parts 1910 to 1960. Only way to look for parts in the big heavy boxes is to struggle outside and carefully empty the boxes. All very time consuming. He doesnt Ebay or post anything. I will post some photos.


  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 418Expert Adviser
    Buying the whole lot would sound like a good business opportunity for someone !
    If he has any Stabilite headlight lenses for 1934 Terraplanes, please put me down for a couple (my '34 Hudson LTS has Terraplane headlights).
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 685Senior Contributor
    Man, I could use a pair of headlights for my 37 Hudson!
  • barrysweet52barrysweet52 Posts: 540Expert Adviser
    BigSky, the buckets are the same or can be used 1937 to 38 and some of the 1939. Our tech adviser can confirm this. The stainless edge strip is avail - people save this and the reflectors when they throw the rusted bucket away. I had to use 2 buckets to make one. Plenty of mounts are advertised. Only problem is the spring clip the small bolt goes thru to lock the light. Making small things like the clip is not hard.
  • KEL 39KEL 39 Posts: 64Member
    I believe I have 2 buckets
    You may contact me at XXX for photos
    Drop the XXX 
    Ivan L.

  • 37sedanguy37sedanguy Posts: 2Member
    By the term "buckets" what do you mean? The outer bullet shaped housing or the reflector that fits in the housing? I'm not trying to be a smart aleck. I'm a novice with a 37 Custom 6 sedan. Thanks
    Bill N.
  • Jon BJon B Posts: 7,129Administrator
    They mean the steel housing.
  • barrysweet52barrysweet52 Posts: 540Expert Adviser
    I went back to the Vintage car parts shop to look for a Essex headlight today. Old parts are getting harder to find and sometimes we need several to make one. Here are 2 photos of the headlights wired to the ceiling. At least 10 headlights wide by 15m along the roof. 
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