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I pride myself on accurate identification of the parts I sell. One of the key items to this is a large library of parts catalogs and literature from General Motors, Delco Remy and other suppliers. I consider it to be a huge asset.
By having this wealth of data, I am able to tell you more than the basic application for a part. I can tell you if it is first or second design, what option package may apply, model year or production break-points and more. I am only limited by what was printed in the catalogs.
I had picked up a few Pontiac parts catalogs when we first started collecting parts. These got us by when we were looking up parts for our GTO, but when I had to identify an Oldsmobile or Buick part, I met a roadblock.
My collection really took off when I met a seller at a local swap meet who no longer needed his parts catalog collection. When I purchased it from him, it literally filled up the interior and trunk of my 1976 Chevy Impala! This was when my education truly began. I worked as a technician at an Olds dealership at that time, and some of the senior parts countermen gave me a lot of good advice.
My next impasse was when I could visually ID a part, but couldn’t find the part number in the catalog. That is when I found the beauty of the price schedule. Number changes, discontinuation dates, divisional interchange and other data made a big difference in identifying parts.
I purchased a number of older Buick, Olds and Pontiac parts catalogs on eBay, but a lot of my collection was found one piece at a time at swap meets and other sources. I may have a sizable investment in all of my literature, but it truly pays off in correctly identifying parts.