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Re: Electronic Parts Availability, Serviceability, Lifecycle
Posted to Industry Issues Forum on 12/28/2014

Just to add a footnote to your post , Simon ,I normally don't work on cars , or light trucks , our shop is set up for , and services heavy equipment , diesel engines , etc . There was one exception ,some time ago , a retired person , near our location , brought in a 1988 Dodge Lancer , ES version , turbo engine , low mileage - It had several complaints , mostly electrical malfunctions , the owner was determined to keep it going , no matter what . I turned to our website here , put out the request for assistance , and our esteemed member Louis Bernstein answered the call , told me what to look for , nailed it down in two shop sessions . The car is still running , the owner drops by every so often , and often stops in just to show us what he's done to the car . I looked at the resale value of the car , in the USA , was surprised by what I found .I can tell you what a John Deere 544H bucket loader is worth , and they're not cheap , but I have no idea what antique cars sell for .Gary G. hit it on the nose , the retired senior who owns that old Lancer doesn't care what it is worth , he is determined to keep it until he can't drive any more .I guess there is money to be made , in servicing the old stuff , if one is so inclined to put in the time on them .

Roger Rutledge
Technician/Shop Foreman
Green Park Services
Brantford, Ontario, Canada