Sourcing the right parts for your classic car is one of the most difficult steps of the restoration process. Dependant on your car, budget and the parts you’re after, there are many places you can look. Below is a list of a few of them.
Online forums are perfect for hunting down the parts you need, or asking advice from likeminded restorers. Only join forums that are specific to your car make and/or model, as you’re much more likely to find what you’re looking for. Similarly, look on forums for any car clubs relating to the make and model of your car – the members may have a few spares knocking about, or they may be able to put you in contact with someone who does.
The majority of car shows will host an autojumble, though you can never guarantee you’ll find what you need there, so it’s worth looking elsewhere first. Beaulieu National Motor Museum in New Forest is holding a large International Autojumble on 6-7 September: this is the largest event of its kind in the UK, so this could be your best bet to find what you’re looking for.
Classic car magazines
Classis car magazines are a great source to use if you’re looking for parts and most of them will have an online search database where you can search the web via the site. Obviously, the more specific the magazine is to your car’s make/model/year, the more likely you’ll find your parts.
Classic car magazines will have their own databases but you should also do a genuine search in Google for what you need, making sure you’re specific with all the details. With online dealers you’re likely to receive excellent-quality parts that are ready to fit, but one downside is that it is often the most expensive way to source parts, so make sure you don’t bust your budget buying through online dealers.
Always take a peek on eBay to see if anyone’s selling the parts you need. eBay is a trusted website and you can easily spot if the seller is genuine or not by looking at their user rating.
A scrapyard scavenge is only suitable for those who really know what they are looking for and are able to spot whether a part is usable or not. If you’re lucky to find what you are looking for, you could save yourself a lot of money.