Lesson # 4,586,785,968 When ordering parts. Make sure the part you are ordering is correct. Just because the part fits and make look close does NOT mean its the right part. Almost all Classic & Antique boats were built with off the counter parts. But time has passed and if you are doing a quality 100 pt restoration, or you want to at least stay true to your boats history. The 100% correct part is a must. I can not tell you… wait, yes I can tell you how many parts I have gotten or were installed on my boat in the past that are wrong. 32. 32 friek’n parts that are wrong. Am I leaving them. You bet, until they need replacing. But when I do I am looking for the right part. The painful thing is that they are out there. EVERYTHING correct is available. IF you know were to look. So how do you know if you are a dumb dumb like moi. Well. Ask club members. Ask the dealers. Look at photos. Look at 100 pt show boats. Look at your part very carefully that you are replacing. But don’t trust it.
A possible solution. Each club out there exists for one reason. To educate folks on the brand that the club is there for. Ok there are parties and get togethers, and social things. But they are really there as a collective group helping each other learn more about there boats. SOOOO. Lets have each club create a seal of approval. Something that is on the correct part. A thing that dealers can advertise. A seal that clubs can endorse. This would add value to the clubs, and to the consumer, thus making the dealer that sells the stuff the go to resource. We can call it , the Blank Club, Authentic Part Seal. I will be glad to create such a mark and make it available to clubs for free. The rest is up to the clubs to sign on. In the mean time I need to find a new correct bolt for my carburetor……ahhhhh!