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Kurganhunter

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Hey  Gearz heads, If you have seen my project and read my posts you will know that I have been working on my truck for 5 years. In this time I have been buying parts as I needed and/or could afford them. Most of which come with a 1 year warranty (by law in my state). In July I took my wife for a drive up the street as the truck was up and running. The mahogany steering wheel felt a little "funny" in my hands. I came home to find that the mahogany ring had cracked and separated from a spoke rendering the wheel totally unsafe. The maker was very willing to help until they looked up my purchase date (insert cricket sound effect here). So, I bought another new wheel from a reputable and better known brand. I did a nut and bolt check on 8/19 deeming my project road ready and took it to work twice. It is not done but, winter is looming and I just want to drive it. I have around 70 miles on it. I have to guess because either the new speedometer or new cable are not functioning. More new stuff to buy new again. I rolled into my 1st cruise night on 8/25. I parked my rig and shut it off. The only thing you could hear is the whirl of the electric fan. I opened my hood to show off the engine to the quickly building crowd, only to be greeted by a resounding thud and smoke as my electric fan motor went into full rotor lock up. I get to buy a new fan again. The truck is now parked for a week until it arrives. I realize there are going to be gremlins in and extensively modified build and things will break. It just shouldn't be "new" things.
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Bruce Gann

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I know what you are saying, been there done that. Electrical items are the worst. I found buying local helps out a little but the prices are higher then what you find online. Autozone just gave me full warranty on the battery that came in my El Camino.
That truck you built looks like it's worth the extra cost, it looks great.
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Thanks. I use the zone for a lot of stock replacement stuff. They did not have an electric fan to fit my application. They redid their computer system for the North East and it is difficult to look up pre 80' parts. For the next week my truck is the best lawn ornament EVER. LOL
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Tim H

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I have found that some vendors are definitely better than others, and I will pay more for customer service in most cases.  Summit Racing has never done me wrong, and if you purchase their house brand, they provide a 2 year warranty in many cases whereas the 'name brand' stuff is usually only 1 year.  That said, they are very reasonable and have taken stuff back in situations where the product was not used for an extended period, but had obvious manufacturing defects.
There are other places that I will avoid at all costs....of note is an online OEM replacement parts vendor that uses cheesy animated commercials (one of which is a guy garage selling his action figures and renting his dog to pay for a replacement window mechanism).  My opinion of them has dropped like a Rock in the Auto parts arena.
For the local places like AutoZone, O'Reilly's and if desperate, Pep Boys, I will only purchase parts that I know I will use immediately.

Sometimes it is better to save your money in a piggy bank and buy the stuff when you need it, unless you are forced into a purchase because of a discount or sale, or a smoking hot deal.....

My 3c worth, no change needed [smile] 
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I hear ya'. I didn't shop price over quality. It's never worth it. With a major customization that takes 5 years or longer, sometimes you have to buy a part and fit it before you can move on.That could make the part 3+ years old before it's ever in operation. Usually electrical components have a doorway warranty and I could not find one local. I had a Flex-a-lite electric fan in my Xterra for 4 years + after removing the mechanical fan as a modification.(I feel an inherent need to modify everything)  The Flex-A-Lite worked flawlessly. That is what I bought as a replacement for the cooked one. I called the SPeciAL fan company that made the smoked one and they tried to lay the blame on me.Even after I told them I knew it was out of warranty. They said I must have dropped it. Of course... I always drop $150 dollar components. And they always work for 6 running hours before they fail. Yeah, that's it. I opened the burned out motor case. It has 4 magnets. #1 came unglued from the case. It pushed against #2 which also came unglued and the mass pushed up against #3 causing a complete lock up and #2 to crack in half. It would be too BOLD to mention their name. I would never buy from the SPeciAL fan company again[mad].
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