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Does anyone try to build using only American made parts and tools?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by no55mad, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. no55mad
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,871


    This may be impossible in this day and age.
  2. NoPaint
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 74


  3. old1946truck
    Joined: Apr 9, 2008
    Posts: 685


  4. hotrodj54
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 622


    90% of my tools are when i can find them

  5. Sando
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 130

    from Burbank CA

    Yeah I try...its like going to the supermarket, you gotta read labels. I recently came to own alot of my grandfathers tools and evry sigle one says "made in U.S.A" I know that Im gonna have those forever.
  6. I do my best.

    I seek out as many used parts as I can. And I own many many US made tools.

    You can find an old US made power tool at the swap meet or at a garage sale that will work forever for the same prices a Harbor Freight tool costs.

    You just need to look around.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2009
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,033

    from California

    it's too late to start thinking American now. the damage is done.

    oooh... did I just get political? sorry. back to HOT RODS
  8. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 4,128

    J Man
    from Angola, IN

    I try to buy everything American made as much as possible. I do have two British cars but they will be American powered and rebuilt with tons of American parts.

    I am actually having a hard time finding a nice set of 21" A wires. They make new ones but they are imported.
  9. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,867


    Come on.... gotta have some tools that say "Hecho en China" on them some where in the shop! :D
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 1,527


    i try!!!! most of my tools are snap on and i usually check to make sure its not china made but some times that stuff gets to the door and its got it wrote on there.
  11. RClark
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 147


    I try in everything that I do. Tools, parts, building material (I'm in the cabinet business), and everything that I can are all American Made. Sometimes it can be very difficult, though. I had a hell of a time finding an American Made lawnmower recently. And I'll never buy another starter or water pump from auto zone, pep boys etc. I don't need a lifetime warranty with an American made part!
  12. southpark
    Joined: Aug 2, 2007
    Posts: 712


    the real question is....

    are you using an american made spoon to stir up all this bullshit??
  13. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    YES when possible but do you really think that all the repo parts that you buy are made in the USA ? try again ! All the chrome stuff is from over seas along with the no name nuts , bolts and electrical connectors you use the build your hotrod ! Way too much foreign shit to filter through to find the good stuff !
    Tools are easy but everything else is a shot in the dark ! :eek:
  14. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Nice straight round 21" Model A wires have been hard to find for many years. The best seem to come off older restorations built when the pickings were alot better. Besides round and straight the rolled beads are very susceptible to rust.
  15. Yep....always have...
  16. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 2,917

    from Rome NY

    I try every chance i get. Its hard, and expensive. Hell, i havent gotten american made steel delivered to my shop in years. It all has CANADA stamped or inked on it. I guess thats the closest thing to american quality i can get.

    New question. American petroleum products?
  17. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,892


    Were are my Milwaukee power tools made?
  18. DynoDave
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 22

    from Michigan

    Yes, when I can. There are a few foreign tools that have snuck into my collection.
  19. Good One ;)
  20. The Chinese speak Spanish?:rolleyes:
  21. I try to use only made in Canada stuff, you think you guys got it tough!
  22. moter
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


    I have mostly Snap on, Mac and Matco tools. I have some chinese crap that i use to beat on or cut up. We have a new Snap on 3 ton jack that says "assembled in USA" but on the Snap on web site it is assembled with parts from "other countries" :eek: It has the "Snap on price"... As for parts.......try and buy USA made.
  23. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    its hard as hell any more

    I try to re-build old stuff, junk yard hunt for old original parts to refurbish..and try to be an educated consumer when i buy "new" stuff..but lately it is ..or has become a daunting task to buy shit new that isnt made some place else..sign of the times probably..
    But I dont give up that easily...
    I like taking crusty shit and trying to fix it least when stuff is 50 to 80 years old i have a dam good was made HERE
  24. spot
    Joined: Jun 10, 2009
    Posts: 204

    from usa

    I try to use all US made parts. It's hard to tell sometimes as a lot of the suppliers off shore the manufacturing and assemble it here.
    All of my air and hand tools are US made. My electric tools are from where ever.
  25. Troyz
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 276


    Hard to tell anymore. I've gotten parts thinking they were manufactured in the states only to find that little gold sticker hiding somewhere. It sucks but when you need a part to get something on the road it's hard to send it back. Some of you snap-on, matco, mac guys have more money in your hand tools and box than I do in my car.
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 58

    from NC

    WE still manufacturer ALL our parts in the USA (NC). Our seat belts are made in OK, Carpet in AL, Glue in MO, Seats in CA, Billet in TN & GA, even our ABS is made in GA. We still believe in the USA and American workers

  27. bobjob55
    Joined: May 23, 2009
    Posts: 327


    jap junk is still better than chineezee junk... I try to "buy American"but almost everything is being outsourced these days... fender guitars are made in Mexico because of cheap labor,,RCA made in china,,craftsman india or some other 3rd world country..getting hard to find parts made in USA.. and with so many people out of work inthe USA ..i know we can still build them.. big business just want's a big profit.. and screw us...
  28. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 4,128

    J Man
    from Angola, IN

    I am trying to locate some off an old restored car. I guess that is why am not having any luck. There are some on e bay but they are pretty ugly. I only need 2. When I stop looking I will find them.
  29. I started this post 8 years ago and it was to late then. I tried to find Chevrolet small block motor mounts "made in U.S.A." not even from the dealer. made in Pakastan and reboxed GM.
    we are sending all our top technology to a communist country that has no compititon. get used to it our government is all ready borrowing cash from them. it's time to learn to "Press 1 for Chinese, Press 2 for Spanish, Press 3 for English
  30. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,661

    Larry T

    On the import deal, the last batch of K&N filters I bought said "Made in Taiwan" on the box.
    So yea, you need to check the labels. Kinda hard to do when you're ordering from a warehouse though.
    Larry T

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