J.C. Whitney

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  1. telecopter

    telecopter Member

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    I used to love looking through their catalogs...I bought some clear plastic seat covers for my Chevy Truck, an 8 track player, yada, yada. They had some cool and unusual gizmos. Anyone else?

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  2. TwoTubMan

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    I got a hood scoop for my Vega GT wagon. It outlived the car.
     
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    I remember buying some brackets to mount an 8 track under the dash of my 58 Chevy. Maybe an antenna...
     
  4. GAD

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    Headlight overs for my '78 280-Z.

    Spent many hours looking through those catalogs. Carvin, too, though I never bought one.
     
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    Carburetor kits for my '71 Dodge Demon 340.

    Actually, that and all sorts of stuff. I used to simply love browsing their catalogs. Theirs and "Lafayette Electronics".
     
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    They had more stuff to trick out a Volkswagon Beetle than I ever knew existed.
    When I was 14, that catalog was my dream book for when I got my first car.
    Another catalog that I wish I'd kept was Auto World... for a kid into model cars, it had EVERYTHING, including 1/24 scale drivers.
     
  7. Doodad

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    My first two cars were Beetles so I was very familiar with their catalog.
     
  8. Trout

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    Bought a bunch of Triumph TR6 parts from the Chicago Warchawski's,, same company.

    The guys the counter used to refuse opening any boxes from the warehouse for rear of a rat jumping out.

    I remember buying a muffler there, when I started to open the box to check if it was correct the counter guy jumped and screamed at me!

    They had a ton of hard to locate parts.

    Miss that place!
     
  9. cram

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    here and there I'll pay attention to their catalog from an email I get. I've gotten brush guards for my jeeps in the past and I've found parts to replace corroded brackets like for my spare tire on our FJ.
    When I'm no longer nudging children through the paces of life perhaps I'll return to customizing the rides I ride, but not so much these days; only necessity.
     
  10. Blue Light

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    In the early-mid '60s, when I canvassed the catalogue daily, hot-rodding cars was easy to do even by guys who could barely scrape by. You could get an early '50s Chevy or Ford for $200. Then you at least had to put some custom hubcaps on it. So I wasn't even old enough to drive and I'd be checking out the pages with the Iskendarian cams, and matching it up with the Edelbrock manifold I'd put on my dream car. Cherry bomb mufflers. Exhaust cut-outs. High-compression pistons. Alla that stuff.

    I never did build a hot rod. By the time I was old enough to drive and get work after school and save up, I put the dough towards something else. But boy I remember that catalogue. There were dozens of guys in my school who had it memorized, but still carried a copy stashed in their school binder.
     
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    Oh yeah, got exact size floor mats for my Econoline's
    Also exact replicas of the Ford van hubcaps
    Side covers for my old Honda CB750 and the seat padding/material to redo the seat.
    A couple nice helmets


    probably a lot more stuff I've forgotten.
     
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    My first car - bright yellow w/a black stripe and custom seating package.
     
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    My Dad used to get the JC Whitney catalogs and I remember looking through them. I guess he must have ordered from them but I don't know for sure. They sure had a lot of are parts and accessories.
     
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    Loved me my 'JC Gyp Me.'

    Parts for my MGA, Bugeye Sprite, then later parts/ accessories for my '93 Wrangler.
     
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    I used to work there. ...
     
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    And I bought quite a few of them.
     
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    Bet you had tons of friends...like working in a gear store. :)
     
  18. Roark

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    Bought some running lights from them. Loved the catalogue.
     
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    Does anyone still use their service? The internet changed everything.
     
  20. oldlefty

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    I used to buy a lot of the parts for my old VWs- long before the interweb.

    Wow. Filling out order forms, writing checks, mailing (envelopes and stamps!), waiting. Those were the days....
     

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