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Old 10-16-2018, 07:16 AM   #61
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Around the mid-sixties my aunt rode a 106cc Sears motorcycle from Vermont to Alaska and back, a testament to her and the bike.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:49 AM   #62
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Back around 1954, when I threw a rod through the block in my '28 roadster (not the one I have now), I went to Sears on South Main in Houston for a new short block. They cost $35 then but they were selling them out for $5 and had 3 left. I bought 1 and they gave me for free, a new carb and distributor. Three of us pulled the motor, replaced the parts on the new block and reinstalled it in less than a day outside, using a 2x4 in a friends yard.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:44 PM   #63
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Off Sears topic a bit but J.C. Whitney and Warshawski were selling engines and supplies out of opposite ends of the same warehouse I believe some years back. A friend of mine ordered a replacement cylinder head and got shipped a rebuilt short block model "A"engine . He never received a bill or was asked to return it. Good thing because it went into the sport coupe rather quickly ! Bad boys huh ?
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:06 PM   #64
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...I remember when Sears was the place(in some towns the only place) to go for car batteries, tires, mufflers and quality American made tools. Also house paint. Sears is a victim of poor management and changing times. There's too much competition now and Sears waited too long to change their sales tactics to keep up.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:02 AM   #65
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Sears is a strange case, they were the original Amazon! And now they can't figure out how to compete, strange.
good point
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:02 AM   #66
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In 1967, I needed a manual transmission for my '50 Buick Special. The local boneyards didn't have one, and my mother suggested I look in the Sears Catalog. There it was. I took a chance and called the number listed in the catalog. I was told there was one in stock in town. I figured I would have to drive into Minneapolis to the main store, but when I asked where it was, I was told it was at the Knollwood store in Hopkins, Minnesota. At that time, I lived in Minnetonka, Minnesota which is the next suburb over. I had the transmission at home an hour later. It was $59.95 as I remember.

That's what I miss about Sears.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:23 AM   #67
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In 1985 I bought a '74 F250 (390 with granny 4-sp) at auction. I was 17. Went riding with a "friend" of mine. He showed me how to do exhaust explosions. Push in clutch, turn off ignition, pump the gas, turn on ignition, let out on clutch. You get a nice boom. After a few times I pumped the gas a little too much and blew up the muffler. My dad made me go to Sears Auto center and have factory single exhaust and a muffler put back. He would not even consider dual exhaust. I did no more exhaust explosions after that. I also bought my dwell meter in that store-and a bunch of DieHard batteries. I can remember seeing that store be built in the 70s when the Mall was built. About 3 years ago they tore the auto center down to bare earth. Last year a restaurant went up on the site. The Sears in the mall is now something else. Fun memories. Sad though.
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:38 AM   #68
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In the 70's the sears tower in Chicago was the tallest building in the world. That was sold off long ago to another company.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Tower

A lot has to be said about the Ford Motor Company they are still around and going strong.
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