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Question of the Day: Did you get out the parts catalog and order some equipment for your first car?

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Did you get out the parts catalog and order some equipment for your first car? If so, what did you buy?

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1977 Direct Connection parts catalog cover
1977 Direct Connection parts catalog cover
Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.


  1. Yep! J.C. Whitney as well! But mostly for maintenance items and the occasional splurge for dress up items. However, most of my parts came from the local Ford dealer where I bought my first car, a Mach 1 Mustang. Their Parts Dept. was very understanding. They just about gave me run of the place. I used their microfiche machine to look up and cross reference parts. Then, I guess they thought that is was less trouble for them, so they turned me loose to look for parts everywhere in the Parts area including their “storage attic”. I had alot of fun working on parts for that Mustang. And some great memories. Try finding a dealer that would let a kid do that today!

  2. PAW – Performance Automotive Warehouse. Bought parts to rebuild my engine. Lived in a very small town with no auto parts stores within 30 miles.

  3. I bought my first car when I was 14 in1960 for $40 from money I saved by newspaper delivery route. The car run and drove it had a few dings on the fenders but no rust. The old flathead 6 smoked and knocked a bit but my dad being a mechanic said we can fix it. There were no catalogs only accessories ones like J C Whitney add such. My parts sources were junk yards and parts stores but I rebuild it with my dad overseeing and teaching along the way. That was the start of my automotive journey thru life. Now at 76 years old I’m still building but use the after market and mostly GM performance catalogs.

  4. YUP, JCW. the last thing I bought from them was in 1976, a dual exhaust for my 240Z, They sent one side, That was it.
    Still have the 240Z.


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