[Vwdiesel] The demise of the brush
val at mongobird.com
Sun Jan 15 08:56:05 EST 2006
Just like the glass 1qt oil container, with the tin spout, it's
getting harder to find brushes. The local parts places, which used to
have a modest selection, now have virutally no brushes in stock.
This makes starter or altenator partial rebuilds virtually impossible.
Not only that, but electric tools [acknowledgement of loose VWdiesel
coupling] are getting harder and harder to service. Last I tried,
DeWalt wouldn't sell me brushes, saying that they were not a consumer
replacable item. The local outlet would replace them for me, but it
would cost about $60.
My primary source for brushes is altenator and starter rebuild houses,
and there are two OK ones in the area. One run by a young guy in a
tough part of the city is priced very reasonable. About $1/brush.
The other surburban one, sees allot of automotive work, and has a
4 bay shop. Different kind of operation. They like $5 to $10/brush,
probably figuring that they have you over the barrell.
There's an opportunity for "Brushes by Mail", a new internet site.
One can browse through brush selections, and sort by brush type,
dimension, leads, material, and yes, even application. Brushes at
$0.50 to $5.00 each, and a $3.00/order shipping charge.
My "friends" say that I dream too much.
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