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Did You Ever Buy a Vintage Car Part Without Even Knowing What Car it Came From?

Posted November 19, 2014 8:30 AM by dstrohl

If you answered "yes" to this question, then you've got it bad, my friend. And as you may have guessed, I wouldn't have asked had I not done it myself-more times than I care to admit.

Some vintage parts are so imaginatively designed that I like to have them just for display, which is good because they don't have to work. Even if they are primarily used as paperweights on my desk (remember when we actually used paper?) or are placed on a shelf, I still get to look at them on a daily basis and appreciate their craftsmanship. I call them UFOCPs: Unidentified Fascinating Old Car Parts.

My favorites include factory gauges. As some of you know from reading my past articles in HMN I have an affinity for vacuum/economy gauges, regardless of the year or model in which they were factory installed. Tachs and clocks are also fun to have and stare at, but the former have grown especially expensive.

What parts instigate buyer's remorse?

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11/19/2014 9:12 PM

Only if they're blister-packed, because you never quite know where they've been.

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