How to Find the Classic Truck Parts You Need

When you pick up a Classic truck or car, more often than not you are embarking on a restoration project. While these projects are fun and rewarding, finding parts, particularly certain Classic truck parts, can be a real challenge. Willys and International truck parts are often rather difficult to come by and if you do manage to find them, can be somewhat expensive. However, if you have your heart set on restoring that classic truck, then you are probably willing to do whatever it takes to find the parts that you need. Don’t let the excitement of starting your resto project, though, impede your ability to make wise decisions. Some people will take advantage of that. It is best to shop around and, better yet, ask around for other truck owners’ advice on where they get their Classic Truck parts. 

If you have a truck that is rare or does not have parts that are readily available, then you will need to do a little more in depth search for your classic truck parts. Choose some sites that you trust and inquire there. You can also contact people who have a truck that is the same model as yours and ask them for advice. Junk yards and salvage yards are also good places to look for your parts. If you exhaust all of your resources and you still come up empty, then it is probably time that you consider fabrication. Locate a good, reputable machine shop and have your antique truck part made to order. This is a little more on the expensive end of getting a part, but it may be your only option for getting the right part. Trying to adapt a part that is not right for your truck could turn your restoration project into a disaster.

Another good source for finding classic truck parts are vintage truck clubs. Check to see if there are any in your area, or you can look online for clubs. You may have to pay a membership fee, but the advice and support that you can get from the club members can prove to be invaluable. These vintage truck clubs form networks and when you need a part someone in the club usually knows where you can get it.  If you are serious about your antique truck restoration, this is a resource that you really can’t do without. They can give you advice, help you if you get stuck with a part of the process and refer you to reputable restoration services, parts companies and much more

Your vintage truck restoration project can be very fun and rewarding. Whether you do it yourself or you farm out some or all of the services, you will end up with a truck that you are proud to drive. Imagine making a vintage Chevy, Willys or Ford your daily driver! Finding the right antique truck parts can be a little difficult at times, but there are many valuable resources out there. For instance there is good article that lists all the major classic trucks for sale here.

Safety Concerns With Your Truck Parts

Truck parts, like every other product, have their own safety concerns. The safety concern can sometimes be very serious depending on the particular part being installed on the car. For instance, fitting a lift kit on your truck will have a more severe safety concern than fitting a splash guard or any other such minor additions to the truck. But no matter how minor the truck part you are dealing with is, safety should never be overlooked.

Pickup Truck lovers should never compromise their safety in their quest to drive the most visually appealing and performance enhanced vehicles. Safety should always be considered when it comes to your trucks. All truck vehicle owners should be concerned about issues relating to the manufacture and design of their truck parts to avoid exposing themselves to undue and unnecessary hazards that could otherwise be prevented. And the truth is, with a careful attention to safety precautions about your truck parts, many risks and accidents that people are always exposed to can be prevented.

Safety concerns are always greatest when new parts are to be fitted to a truck. This is even more so when the parts will be installed by the users who will usually have no experience with handling such parts. When handling any truck part, it is always wise to read about safety instructions that come with the product. Almost all truck parts will have an instruction for fitting them as safely as possible. The instructions are not just there for nothing, they are meant to be read and followed- something that can make the difference between a smooth installation and a tragic one.

Many truck drivers are usually tempted to fix their truck parts on their own without any form of help from experienced hands. For some, it is to feel the thrill of knowing that they did a nice job of fixing up their car without any help while for others, it is just to save some money. As good as both of these reasons may be, it is always good to leave the fixing and installation of any part bought for your truck to seasoned professionals. This group of people will not only do a nicer and faster job of installing the parts; they will also know where safety concerns usually arise and as such know how to prevent any accident. Moreover, saving a few dollars is not as important as ensuring your own safety and that of your beloved car.

A number of resources exist on how to be mindful of safety concerns with your automobile in general and many of them are readily available online and in automobile journals or magazines. A simple search on a search engine will reveal the truth in this. So whether you are getting prepared to get new truck parts for your vehicle or you are just handling the old parts on your truck, you should always be safety conscious!

Looking for Used Dump Truck Parts? Here Are Some Tips Before You Buy

If you’re in the market for used dump truck parts, do you know the best places to source them? If you are wondering whether to start your search online or on the road, this article will provide some tips to get great equipment at a great price. We’ll cover the best places to shop, advantages and disadvantages of buying in person or online, and how to assess the condition of replacement items before you buy.

Where To Find Used Dump Truck Parts

There are a number of options for sourcing used dump truck parts. Some swear by auctions, which are advertised on online sites and in newspapers. The internet can be a great source for finding items (provided the listings are kept up to date). Craigslist, eBay, and online businesses specializing in pre-owned equipment can be good bets for finding specific items, whether you are looking for an engine for your 1990 Peterbilt or suspension parts for an imported ELF tilt. Whether you decide to buy on the internet or from a local retailer, the web is a great place to do your research. Start your search on the net to determine ballpark pricing on everything from trailers and tailgates, to smaller parts like hydraulic pumps and mud flaps. Wherever you choose to buy, find out what the equipment you are looking for is really worth — and know that paying a bit extra for quality, whether new or pre-owned, can save you money in the long run.

Advantages And Disadvantages To Buying Pre-Owned Equipment Online

Once you’ve done your research, you’ll have to decide whether shopping online is the best option versus buying in-person. The advantage of buying online is it can be a real time saver. You can quickly search for a very specific part easily, rather than spending the time to call or visit brick and mortar shops to find what you’re looking for. The downside to shopping online is the time it may take for delivery, the cost of shipping large items, and the inability to personally inspect the quality of what you’ve ordered. An additional advantage of shopping at a brick and mortar location is that some retailers offer warranty protection, a low price guarantee, and a policy for meeting quality standards. An additional bonus is that many businesses that specialize in used equipment, also sell vehicles. If you or a co-worker is later looking for used freightliners for sale, or a new dump truck or semi-truck, you’ll know where to go.

Concerns About Quality When Buying Used Truck Parts

When you are searching for used equipment, you may need to buy quickly; time is money and you need to get your truck back on the road as fast as possible. It pays to have some expertise when buying replacement parts or semi trucks for sale, but not all of us have years of experience in the industry to be able to quickly assess the quality of these items. Shopping with a friend or coworker who is knowledgeable about truck mechanics will help in your search. Working with a reputable company will also minimize concerns about shoddy parts or inflated pricing. If you decide to buy from someone you don’t know you may have to rely on your gut feeling about the seller. Ask specific questions to get a feel for whether the seller seems knowledgeable and honest — and be sure to check on the terms of their return policy, if they have one. Lastly, remember the important caveat for consumers whether you are sourcing new semi trucks for sale, used freightliners for sale, or pre-owned accessories: Buyer Beware.

How to Export Truck Parts to Africa

Over the last decade, exporting has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Technological advancement in various areas of logistics has made it easy for businesses of all sizes to get involved in the exporting business.

Africa is largely a developing continent, and due to its size and geography it relies extensively on heavy duty machinery such as trucks to haul large loads of goods from one part of the country to another. As the African terrain can be very rough and rugged, trucks are known to breakdown quite often, and this necessitates a large volume of exports of truck spares and replacements to the continent.

While some African truck repair shops carry all the necessary truck parts to get the truck up and running, sometimes, the parts are not in stock and need to be imported from another country. Below are two ways that we export truck parts to Africa with relative ease. I say relative, because some regions and shipments have been fraught with problems, so we will also cover some of the potential problems you may encounter when exporting to Africa.

Air Freight

Technological advancements and the declining cost of air transport have allowed exporters of truck parts to easily send the ordered parts from one country to another within a matter of days. Buyers need not wait for weeks on end to get the parts they require, they can simply ask the seller to send the parts via air and receive them in 3 or 4 days.

While using air freight as a primary mode of transportation is a good way to export, it is also a very expensive one, particularly as compared to using land and sea freight. Sending something via air freight can run up hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in shipping costs. The general rule of thumb with air shipment is the heavier and more fragile the item, the more it will cost to ship. Since most truck parts are quite heavy, be prepared to pay a significant amount of money to send the part via air.

As the exporter, you are always able to charge the buyer for the air shipment; however, be sure that they are given the option of having the part sent via an alternative method.

Ship Cargo

Exporting goods via the sea is perhaps one of the oldest modes of international transportation. Shipping cargo can be dated back at least several centuries. It is because of ship routes established back in history that we are able to so easily navigate the seas.

Most exporters send very heavy truck parts via ship cargo. Ship cargo is also used if there are a number of truck parts being exported (in bulk). Sending truck parts via ship cargo is usually less expensive than sending it via air cargo, however; it does have its disadvantages.

While technological advancements in the field of logistics have enabled sea shipment companies to purchase fuel powered ships to transport goods, the shipments can still take a great deal of time to reach their destination. Depending on the country of export, a shipment via the sea can take anywhere between a week and three weeks to arrive at its destination.

Sending truck parts via ship cargo can also increase custom costs. As Africa is still a developing country, there can be a lot of customs issues at its ports, as well as corruption, which can lead to expectations of bribery, among other issues: The truck parts may sit at the docks awaiting clearance for days if the process is not sped up with a little “persuasion”. For this reason I would try to choose your destination, and indeed entire shipping route, carefully when you are making arrangements to export to Africa, as some countries are more prone to corruption than others.

There is also the issue of instability, be it social, economic or ethnic strife and conflict that can affect the cost of exporting to a given country, and this should be considered carefully. Bad social conditions or conflict can freeze cargoes in place, incur unforeseen costs, slow supply lines, or even cause cargoes to ‘disappear.’ For this reason, try to plot an export route through stable countries wherever possible.

These are just a few of the issues we have come across when exporting truck parts to Africa, and these are equally valid concerns when exporting anything to the African continent.