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Major life change - full time parts vendor

Posted by Andrew Lydecker on

Up until now, this website and related Ebay store has been a part time endeavor.  I've been selling on Ebay for 18 years, and selling classic car parts for the last three.  I started Andrew's Automotive Archaeology in 2014 to start moving away from Ebay as my sole selling platform. My day job involved a lot of traveling, and my aim was always to build this up to the point where I can let the day job go and stay home a lot more. Two weeks ago, I left my job of 17 years, and am now pursuing this full...

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Little Dearborn parts company, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted by Andrew Lydecker on

After 60 years in business, Little Dearborn Parts is closing its doors and selling its inventory via online auction.  Auctions are occurring in rounds of 700-1500 lots about 2 weeks apart. So far, I have purchased four truck/trailer loads, with the parts filling close to 100 27 gallon plastic totes.  So far I've brought one load of 45 totes down from Minneapolis to Memphis (a distance of around 900 miles) and still have a number of lots left on the site that I will be getting this weekend.  I'm glad my dad is letting me store some in his garage...

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Engine parts from long gone companies

Posted by Andrew Lydecker on

The last lot, discussed in the previous post, contains at least a half dozen distribution containers full of engine parts.  Since my day job requires me to travel, I often have lots of free time, so on this last trip I brought a couple of containers full of engine valves.  They were all in boxes of 2-12 valves, and had manufacturer names and part numbers.  Piece of cake.  Just look up the part number on the internet and get the application, right?   Wrong!   One container had boxes of valves from four different companies - Thompson Products, Sealed Power,...

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Parts from a long closed auto repair business

Posted by Andrew Lydecker on

I came across a bunch of parts for sale in Nashville, mostly name brand replacement parts, all still new and mostly in original boxes.  It amounted to a pickup and cargo trailer load with the back seat of my trusty F150 super crew full to the top along with the bed and a 4x6 trailer.  I recognized a few parts such as a head and copper gasket set from a Pontiac straight eight, which would have been 1930s most likely.  So I knew there were going to be some old parts.  That's the fun part about this job - digging...

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Vintage audio

Posted by Andrew Lydecker on

Ok, it's not automotive in nature, but I still have an interest in vintage audio and it's one thing I keep a lookout for when I'm out and about.  I found these at a local Salvation Army thrift store.  One pair of Akai SW-170a loudspeakers. They were made in 1971 by Akai of Tokyo - a company known for their high quality reel to reel tape decks. They feature 6 speakers in a 5-way design including a 15 inch woofer, a 5 1/2 inch midrange, a horn tweeter, a 2 1/2 inch super tweeter, and two 3 inch super dome...

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