The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 6, 2019.
This is one item a lot of us would but if it was still offered. HRP
Boy, I bet it was difficult to "keep a straight row".
Remember when it was Warshawsky Co.?
Here's an interesting history.
No-the ad says it’s easy. Lol. Actually that was my first thought. Wavy Louvers.
I agree. Easy for them to say!
I remember that you could buy damn near anything for you car..mostly trinket junk..there is still only one thing that you cannot buy from J.C.Whitney or Warshawsky,Thats pride of ownership
I used to have the JC Whitney catalog mailed to me. I used the hubcap pages to identify what hubcaps I found on the road!
They alway offered the chrome door that you could use for a gas filler door, for years. Then in about 1985, I wanted to replace that door on my OT daily driver truck........ loked and looked........couldn’t find it , called...... they quit carrying it! Just my luck!
I would like to see the 33 Ford Hoodsides with 34 Style Latches that J C Whitney used to provide return to the market
I have a 1962 JC Whitney catalog I occasionally browse, sent these to buddy a while ago, may as well post ‘em on this thread...
RIG=something designed to sell,but not to work well. But yes,I too order one,wish I knew were I put it long ago ! LOL
I really liked most all I got from JCW,did wounder if I ever payed them enough to cover cost of all the cat.s they sent me !!
I would have loved to grab one of those 308's .....
I guess one reason I never used J.C. Whitney was I didn't really start buying parts, etc. until about 1969 when I got my first car and was more drag car oriented so it was more of the hot rod type stuff, Ive always viewed their offerings as more custom related.
I'm sure people who bought from J.C. Whitney were as proud of their car as anyone but I agree, to me most of it falls under the category of "trinkets".
No bongos and fuzzy dice for me!
As a fresh high school grad, new to car ownership and living in the vast Chicago suburbs, I actually made the pilgrimage once upon a time downtown to the store for some item I didn't want to wait for. It was a big room with aisles and loaded down shelves, and nothing else. No typical manufactures signage on the bare walls......... nothing. Just a sparse looking check-out counter at the back and a view through dusty windows at the front. It was sort of a let-down for a kid expecting something akin to Mecca or Shangrila.
Did ya notice the item at the bottom of the page? HRP
From a couple vendors, That they would walk the shows during set up and take pictures, by the next day they would have one in their booth
Not everything J.C. Whitney sold was junk, but the problem was you couldn't tell from the catalog descriptions what was what because there was very rarely any manufacturer listed. They did have a lot of 'brands' that you never heard of and quality was all over the map. Although you generally didn't have to worry about any of it being imported in those days.. LOL.
I bought my first tool set from them in '63 (Industro brand, made in the USA) and the 1/2" socket set and box wrenches that came in the metal tool box gave me years of service; I still have the box wrenches, they're one of my prized sets as I've never seen another set quite like them.
And they had 'stuff' that you'd never see in a 'conventional' auto parts store. Sure, a lot of it was gimmicky crap, but you'd find some interesting bits in there too.
First shop I worked at ('62-'63), we' d drive in to Chicago (90miles) early sat morning and buy overhaul stuff ( pistons rings bearings and gasket sets) for work coming up , name brand stuff and they had everything , remember you had to get in line and have your list ready , if you forgot something you had to go to the back and start over ....saved a ton of money.... Used to buy 3finger 10 1/2" plates and discs for $22 , some Chicago area rebuilder , and they had tons of NOS flathead parts., Sometimes the boxes were water damaged , as long as the part was good , we didn't care ...
This could be a fun thread!!!!!!
Some of the coolest stuff came from their string of junkyard suppliers! Two samples...they took huge multi-row radiators from heavy duty trucks and powerplants, sawed them up, and worked them into and onto the radiator tanks of popular cars. Super-duper heat exchanger for your flathead, anyone?
And---they had a large assortment of junkyard engines, vaguely guaranteed not to be absolute crap. I think circ 1970 a 59A was $75...
The stuff dreams were made of...….. as a kid on the mailing list in the 60s
Fiberglass front fenders that were lighter than "race weight". I remember a kid had a pair on his 56 Chevy, he went to the super market and the bag boy ran a shopping cart into them and crack them.
Don't forget Honest Charlie, they carried actual speed parts but sometimes with the same questionable pedigrees... LOL
It was one of my dream books back then. It would 'finely' arrive in the mail and I would thumb through them until they were worn out.
I used to hang out at Honest Charlie's in Renton. Bought most of my parts from B&B....memories
I remember the center grille piece for '49-'50 Mercs. My cousin Ronnie got back from Korea and installed that 'grille-joiner', it was 5 narrow bars, matched up perfectly. Just 'lose' that 'guard' in the middle.
the first car I bought at age 13 was a 1963 Corvair 700 coupe and I bought quite a lot of stuff from them for it. Then they had two pages of Corvair parts in the back and multiple pages of Model A and VW stuff. Getting a new catalog from them in the mail use to drive me wild!
I bought stuff from them for years for many of my cars. One of my favorite was a camshaft kit for the Pontiac V8 that I drag raced. it was .480 lift intake & exhaust, 308 duration intake, 320 duration exhaust with 108 degree center line. I put it into a 455 I was building with a offy 2x4bbl 360 intake and a pair of 500 Carter Comp series AFB's and
four tube headers with #48 heads. That 455 had a wild idle that shook the car it was in like no tomorrow! Everything in that engine came from them.
Wish they still had that stuff today as I would not hesitate to buy from them.
In the early 70s, I bought a lot of parts from Honest Charlie's, and all the stuff was top quality.
I do remember that they also advertised do-dads. I used to receive both Honest Charlie's, and the J.C.Whitney catalogue, but don't remember buying anything from Whitney.
I looked forward to each new catalog mailed to my dad in the mid '50s. I started buying stuff in '57 for my home-built GoKart, then my high school '54 Ford, and years later for many other cars. As already stated, they sold many unique items, but also quality name brand items as well. Flathead and Y-block parts as well as a huge selection of glass and steel pack mufflers and exhaust accessories were some of my favorite items. Still enjoy browsing through the '55, '59 and '72 catalogs I have.
Whoa there cowboy ! I had dice (although not fuzzy) in the '23, the '54, and the '57.
Whithey was also THE place to get seat covers and carpet, the ones in my '56 Chevy wore like iron !
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