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Old 02-17-2020, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default Preferred Vendor for parts?

Hello, newbie here.
Just recently purchased a '30 Tudor Sedan. It needs the usual care but is sure a solid car. I've been driving it on short jaunts, really a lot of fun.
In order to get it running properly I've ordered a few parts. So far, just choke rod parts. Spring, bushing/rubber grommets.
Next, an intake/exhaust manifold due to mine being cracked.
The question is, who's the preferred vendor most here use?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:06 PM   #2
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I like Bert's near Denver. Excellent parts and reasonable shipping prices

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Old 02-17-2020, 10:16 PM   #3
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Berts or Brattons! Welcome to the Model A World of fun!
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:23 PM   #4
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I use many of the stores it just depends on price and the item. Like most of us we have many of the catalogs they offer and its nice to look around.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:30 PM   #5
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Berts have many used parts is you want to use used parts. Or they also have all new parts if you want to go that route.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:59 PM   #6
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I have parts catalogs from many vendors Bert's, Birdhaven, Bratton's, Gas Light, Mac's, Mike's, Snyders and there are more, most catalogs are free and most show exploded parts view with numbers which can be very helpful during assembly. I have also found cell phone pictures during tear down to be a good reference getting it back together right the first time. The red Les Andrews book is almost a must for refference. Consider joing a local Model A Club as most are a great bunch of people willing and wanting to help a fellow A'er.
Club members are also a good resorce for parts. M.A.R.C and M.A.F.C.A put out a great members magazine and the M.A.F.F.I. can supply endless information and is a must see.
Personally I think the best thing to do is join a club, get involved and enjoy Model A activites.
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Old 02-18-2020, 12:48 AM   #7
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Snyder's
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Old 02-18-2020, 01:46 AM   #8
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A and L, Bert's, Bratton's and Snyders.
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Old 02-18-2020, 01:57 AM   #9
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Snyders (super fast shipping so its my preferred dealer)
Berts
Brattons
Mikes Affordable A
Model A Medic
Macs/Ecklers

Each have essentially all the same parts. Places like Berts, Brattons, Mikes, Model a Medic will have old parts for purchase. They are all good. Take your pick
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:53 AM   #10
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CC-Mo,
Let us know where you are located. I'm about 100 miles from Snyder's in Ohio and it's a fun drive for a couple of us "A" guys to go, have lunch, and be back in time to put some parts on. The Snyder's folks are friendly and know their stuff. They are my "go to" supplier.
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Old 02-18-2020, 09:21 AM   #11
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Let us know where you are located. I'm about 100 miles from Snyder's in Ohio and it's a fun drive
I have ordered from several but I usually drive to Mikes because it's a nice 2 hr drive. Nice folks too


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(Mikes) Mikesafordable, good people....
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I know from experience that A&L, Bert's, Bratton's and Snyder's all have excellent customer service.
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Bert's Model A Center. Quality parts, great advice, and they only charge actual shipping costs.
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Old 02-18-2020, 11:55 AM   #15
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Best? Hard to tell. Most responsive to me? Bratton's. And quickest shipper since I am in Virginia and they are in Maryland.


I have NOT had a problem with any of them, but I have been told I am lucky. All of the one listed and great and if you have a problem with ANY of them, TELL them. They want to know.
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Old 02-18-2020, 01:06 PM   #16
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Let us know where you are located. I'm about 100 miles from Snyder's in Ohio and it's a fun drive for a couple of us "A" guys to go, have lunch, and be back in time to put some parts on. The Snyder's folks are friendly and know their stuff. They are my "go to" supplier.
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Old 02-18-2020, 01:57 PM   #17
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I've probably bought something from all the major suppliers over the years.

I do most of my parts shopping online so the web store interface is important to me. I find that Bratton's is the easiest online store to use.

I have visited and toured Berts, Brattons, and Snyders and have found all to be welcoming and knowledgeable. Those are my go-to parts suppliers.

I've had two small problems with two vendors I won't name. I felt they could have done more to right a wrong. So, I stopped giving them my business and instead stick to the vendors who have come through for me in the 20+ years I've been playing Model A's and they keep me happy.

Being in Chicago most parts get to me in about the same amount of time regardless of where I order. I think with my three preferred vendors they try to get packages out the door as soon as possible so there isn't a lot of lag between order and delivery.

Regardless, we're incredibly spoiled to have the options available to us.

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Old 02-19-2020, 04:21 PM   #18
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There is a parts dealer in the Springfield Mo area - I don't know anything about them .


Battlefield Antique Ford Parts
5054 S. Broadview
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I've always used Bratton's, Snyders or A&L - my favorite.
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Bert's all the way.
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Old 02-19-2020, 05:29 PM   #20
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Agreed, Bert's!
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