How to Find the Classic Truck Parts You Need

When you pick up a Classic truck or car, more often than not you are embarking on a restoration project. While these projects are fun and rewarding, finding parts, particularly certain Classic truck parts, can be a real challenge. Willys and International truck parts are often rather difficult to come by and if you do manage to find them, can be somewhat expensive. However, if you have your heart set on restoring that classic truck, then you are probably willing to do whatever it takes to find the parts that you need. Don’t let the excitement of starting your resto project, though, impede your ability to make wise decisions. Some people will take advantage of that. It is best to shop around and, better yet, ask around for other truck owners’ advice on where they get their Classic Truck parts. 

If you have a truck that is rare or does not have parts that are readily available, then you will need to do a little more in depth search for your classic truck parts. Choose some sites that you trust and inquire there. You can also contact people who have a truck that is the same model as yours and ask them for advice. Junk yards and salvage yards are also good places to look for your parts. If you exhaust all of your resources and you still come up empty, then it is probably time that you consider fabrication. Locate a good, reputable machine shop and have your antique truck part made to order. This is a little more on the expensive end of getting a part, but it may be your only option for getting the right part. Trying to adapt a part that is not right for your truck could turn your restoration project into a disaster.

Another good source for finding classic truck parts are vintage truck clubs. Check to see if there are any in your area, or you can look online for clubs. You may have to pay a membership fee, but the advice and support that you can get from the club members can prove to be invaluable. These vintage truck clubs form networks and when you need a part someone in the club usually knows where you can get it.  If you are serious about your antique truck restoration, this is a resource that you really can’t do without. They can give you advice, help you if you get stuck with a part of the process and refer you to reputable restoration services, parts companies and much more

Your vintage truck restoration project can be very fun and rewarding. Whether you do it yourself or you farm out some or all of the services, you will end up with a truck that you are proud to drive. Imagine making a vintage Chevy, Willys or Ford your daily driver! Finding the right antique truck parts can be a little difficult at times, but there are many valuable resources out there. For instance there is good article that lists all the major classic trucks for sale here.

How to Export Truck Parts to Africa

Over the last decade, exporting has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Technological advancement in various areas of logistics has made it easy for businesses of all sizes to get involved in the exporting business.

Africa is largely a developing continent, and due to its size and geography it relies extensively on heavy duty machinery such as trucks to haul large loads of goods from one part of the country to another. As the African terrain can be very rough and rugged, trucks are known to breakdown quite often, and this necessitates a large volume of exports of truck spares and replacements to the continent.

While some African truck repair shops carry all the necessary truck parts to get the truck up and running, sometimes, the parts are not in stock and need to be imported from another country. Below are two ways that we export truck parts to Africa with relative ease. I say relative, because some regions and shipments have been fraught with problems, so we will also cover some of the potential problems you may encounter when exporting to Africa.

Air Freight

Technological advancements and the declining cost of air transport have allowed exporters of truck parts to easily send the ordered parts from one country to another within a matter of days. Buyers need not wait for weeks on end to get the parts they require, they can simply ask the seller to send the parts via air and receive them in 3 or 4 days.

While using air freight as a primary mode of transportation is a good way to export, it is also a very expensive one, particularly as compared to using land and sea freight. Sending something via air freight can run up hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in shipping costs. The general rule of thumb with air shipment is the heavier and more fragile the item, the more it will cost to ship. Since most truck parts are quite heavy, be prepared to pay a significant amount of money to send the part via air.

As the exporter, you are always able to charge the buyer for the air shipment; however, be sure that they are given the option of having the part sent via an alternative method.

Ship Cargo

Exporting goods via the sea is perhaps one of the oldest modes of international transportation. Shipping cargo can be dated back at least several centuries. It is because of ship routes established back in history that we are able to so easily navigate the seas.

Most exporters send very heavy truck parts via ship cargo. Ship cargo is also used if there are a number of truck parts being exported (in bulk). Sending truck parts via ship cargo is usually less expensive than sending it via air cargo, however; it does have its disadvantages.

While technological advancements in the field of logistics have enabled sea shipment companies to purchase fuel powered ships to transport goods, the shipments can still take a great deal of time to reach their destination. Depending on the country of export, a shipment via the sea can take anywhere between a week and three weeks to arrive at its destination.

Sending truck parts via ship cargo can also increase custom costs. As Africa is still a developing country, there can be a lot of customs issues at its ports, as well as corruption, which can lead to expectations of bribery, among other issues: The truck parts may sit at the docks awaiting clearance for days if the process is not sped up with a little “persuasion”. For this reason I would try to choose your destination, and indeed entire shipping route, carefully when you are making arrangements to export to Africa, as some countries are more prone to corruption than others.

There is also the issue of instability, be it social, economic or ethnic strife and conflict that can affect the cost of exporting to a given country, and this should be considered carefully. Bad social conditions or conflict can freeze cargoes in place, incur unforeseen costs, slow supply lines, or even cause cargoes to ‘disappear.’ For this reason, try to plot an export route through stable countries wherever possible.

These are just a few of the issues we have come across when exporting truck parts to Africa, and these are equally valid concerns when exporting anything to the African continent.

When and How to Buy Aftermarket Truck Parts

A truck is primarily meant for loading, unloading, and rough long distance drives. It is categorized under heavy automobiles categories, which is why driving a truck is a lot different than driving just another automobile. Essentially a commercial vehicle, there are people who do drive a truck for the mere fascination for its grand size. It is essentially used for loading and transport of heavy stuff over a long or short stretch. However, since most trucks have an open load bed, they can also be used as passenger carriers. Across the world, the basic anatomy of a truck is the same. Some common truck parts are a chassis, a cab, an area for placing cargo or equipment, axles, suspension and road wheels, an engine, a drive train, pneumatic, hydraulic water and electrical systems.

If you want to make your trucks more efficient and faster, but cannot afford it, that’s where aftermarket truck parts play the vital role. Aftermarket parts are those parts that are made by a company other than the original manufacturer or OEM, of the automobile. You can also use aftermarket parts, if you want to do certain modifications in your truck. Another main advantage of using these parts apart from affordability is that you can install them with minimum knowledge about the automobile, instead of the original ones, which require professional installation.

Before ordering an aftermarket truck part, be certain that it matches your vehicle’s model or the manufacturing year. Also, you need to check your manufacturer’s warranty before making aftermarket changes as your truck may void its warranty, if mentioned anywhere.

If your truck sets out on long journeys, then wear and tear of various parts is likely to happen sooner than it would otherwise. If you think that your truck has been demanding more maintenance or troubling you more often, it is time to go for a replacement. Although all the parts are available from brand specific outlets, many people opt for used truck parts, as it is more affordable. Various workshops provide the customers with the best grade truck accessories. You can visit their warehouse and choose from some high performance auto parts that suit your truck the best.

All you need is to be very cautious and must ensure that you pick the best performance equipments to give your truck a long life that in turn guarantee your safety while you drive truck out on the road. You can choose from the wide variety of aftermarket truck parts that are available in the market. However, when you pick equipments to modify or reinstall in your truck, there are chances that you may end up setting your hand on poor quality parts. Always emphasize on unmatched performance, so that your truck is ready for all kinds of adverse conditions when it sets out. It is vital that you settle for nothing but the most efficient, high-grade replacement, as it will directly influence your truck’s performance in the years to come.