Yup,and what puzzles me the most about it is that the executives that control the auto industry are in on it. The only thing I can figure is [...]@sneakypete
Inventory taxes did it. and that drove JIT manufacturing and eventually, delivery...
You can't sit on warehouse-loads of parts anymore, so parts have become incidental to automakers... Almost a 'necessary evil' that they must pay lip service to, rather than the lion's share of their profit...
With JIT parts, and no real inventories or large production runs, there is no drive to use what they already have, so they are free to change things up year to year without any real consideration toward the bottom line... But that broke the parts continuum.
Shoot, on Chevy's, 65 to 85, tons of stuff was interchangeable even with differences in body and style. That ain't so no more. Even year to year. It's crazy.
As for me,I am in the process of redoing the cosmetics of a 51 Ford Victoria so I can drive and enjoy it until I find a buyer,and getting new brakes put on my 37 Dodge 1 ton 4x4 truck that is sitting on a 72 Ford F-250 chassis and still has the (modified) 390 in it. People freak out when I cruise by them on the 4 lanes,running 70-75 mph.
I am just about to rebuild my 78, like I said upthread... But I have a 58 fleetside Apache on the hook, and that might just change things up... I love a '58 all jacked up... They're just regal like that... So if I get her, she's getting skyjacked with a big lift and '44s... If that happens, I'll be using my 78 for undercarriage which might just work out alright...
I built a 4wd 85 1T dually back in the day that's coming back around... It's a cowboy cadillac, rigged for 5th-wheel... if the 58 works out, I'll pick that ol girl up for under a grand and go back though it for my daily driver... I'll throw a dumping flatbed on it with a ladder rack and a cherry picker and all my picking-up problems are solved.
What sucks is because of the cancer and the cancer treatment,I am unable to do any of this work myself,and am having to pay a professional garage to do it.
What I done wrong here... The worst dang thing... I spent too much on the cabin and run myself out of fun-tickets... Couldn't afford to put up the shop... Hell, even a garage would be a gain... I am getting better, but I am still all stove up. If I had 4 walls and a lid, a bridge crane here, an air compressor there, hydraulic lift tables and benches... If I had the building, I could get around my troubles and make the shop do what I can't... I am too damn old and gimped up to be laying in the snow fixin on things.
So I ain't saying I get it, but I get it.
Hope still springs eternal. I was in a wheel chair 8 years ago. Now I am walking around. So sh*t can change. Hope the same goes for you.