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PostPosted: December 2, 2018, 2:49 pm 
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So since I'm stuck here sitting in Wyoming in a blizzard I figured I'd build a Google Drive Spreadsheet listing as many links as I can find. It's completely editable so if anyone wants to add anything you're welcome to do so.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

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PostPosted: December 2, 2018, 2:51 pm 
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Probably because nearly every part we need isn't what's commonly available.

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PostPosted: December 2, 2018, 3:14 pm 
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KB58 wrote:
Probably because nearly every part we need isn't what's commonly available.

Though I agree with you on that, I've been a part of many forums that have lists like these and I feel it'd be beneficial.
Something as simple as a list suppliers for metals, bushings, brackets, tools, and whatever else.

I've been searching for a decent bushing supplier for the past 30 minutes and if there was a list I could've taken 3 mins instead.

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PostPosted: December 2, 2018, 5:48 pm 
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Well, maybe now that you've brought it up, we'll get one started. Anybody care to make a contribution??? :D

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PostPosted: December 2, 2018, 11:37 pm 
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Everyone has their preferred sources. I got most stuff from Online Metals and McMaster-Carr. I also got general automotive stuff from Summit, Speedway, and Jegs, Locost-specific parts from Kinetic, and M.G.-specific parts from Moss Motors. That's about all I needed, except for the rubber strip under the windshield, which I got from a Porsche place.


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PostPosted: December 3, 2018, 9:30 am 
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I started an excel spread sheet when I first began planning a build, than added each supplier, E-mail or address, a few with phone numbers, and P/N as I purchased a part. The part number may or may not helpful, but the supplier(s) should be, relative to the general type of part.

Ideally a spread sheet system with general categories, that would allow anyone on the forum to edit the spread sheet would be nice, and very useful to new builders.

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PostPosted: December 3, 2018, 10:43 am 
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Here's a suggestion, but it would involve some work by someone. For the moment, lets call him/her the "editor." If we all took the lists of suppliers we have in our own browser "Favorites" section and save them into a text file, the editor could go through them and collect them into a spreadsheet for use by others.

Make no mistake, this would be hours of work by that editor. Here is just a portion of my favorites (what fits onto a screen capture) for my Locost stuff.
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As an alternate, people could enter their favorites into a three column spreadsheet with the columns named, "Website, URL and Comments." So, one row might be "Rod End Supply, http://rodendsupply.com/, Great source of rod ends, swedged tubing, high misalignment bushings." That too, would be work by each contributor, but save the editor a lot of work.

Cheers,

P.S. I would contribute, but don't have the free time to be the editor.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: December 4, 2018, 12:34 pm 
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I'd suggest a simple web page for this, added to the site. I could write it, but someone who has access would have to install it. I like the idea of breaking it down by component categories.


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PostPosted: December 5, 2018, 1:15 pm 
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So, would you be willing to be the editor person, Nick? If so, what format would you like to receive the data in?

I certainly don't want to "volunteer" you if that wasn't your intent.

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PostPosted: December 5, 2018, 2:26 pm 
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While we are at it could we also add something where we can contribute links to tech articles that'd be useful?
Ive got a very useful one for making ones own headlights from scratch that I'd like to share.

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PostPosted: December 5, 2018, 2:28 pm 
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nick47 wrote:
I'd suggest a simple web page for this, added to the site. I could write it, but someone who has access would have to install it. I like the idea of breaking it down by component categories.

I feel like there may be a phpBB add-on for something similar. I assume that's what the forum is built on anyways.

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PostPosted: December 6, 2018, 3:07 pm 
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While we're at it, we could also greatly revise the rest of this site...

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PostPosted: December 7, 2018, 2:20 am 
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I'm thinking of a page with component categories, click a category and it lists specific parts in the category, click a part and it lists suppliers for the part. A button so anyone can add a part to a category or a supplier for a part. Pretty simple to do, but does require access to the website and a small database, which pretty much all web hosts have.

I agree the site could definitely be upgraded. I know it already has a few other pages besides the forum, but who uses them? This site could have tech articles, donor cars pros and cons, book summaries/reviews, all kinds of stuff, a lot of it probably already out there on different websites. Right now we really only use the forum, although I think for most of us that's enough.


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I keep the catalog from this company handy and go to it often. Don’t know what I’d do without it.

https://www.aa-mfg.com

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PostPosted: December 8, 2018, 11:20 am 
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w650gb500 wrote:
I keep the catalog from this company handy and go to it often. Don’t know what I’d do without it.

https://www.aa-mfg.com

Jesus... Those gussets are loads cheaper than anywhere else Ive seen....

BRB going to gusset my entire frame in Solidworks :shock:

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