Intuitively, we know it probably won’t get much better going forward. We have a hard time finding complete engines and components, but we ARE able to order a complete body shell! It can really be hit-and-miss, and kind of surprising that we can still get certain things, while other seemingly common items are disappearing fast.
This week has been interesting… we can’t find any 1275 crankshafts for rebuilding an A+, but are able to order up obscure English Moke body parts!. In the not too distant past, we could source used powerunits by the pallet-load. Now it seems we must ask you to be patient, as the waiting list for our good tested engines can be a few months deep!
The best advice is to allow some time! Don’t leave yourself in the position of needing something right away, and waiting till the last minute to get it ordered. Don’t overlook NEW items when we can’t find used ones! We’ve had a screaming deal on brand-new A+ 1275 crankshafts with bearings…. probably less than the cost of getting and re-conditioning a used one!
In particular, if you hope to pick up parts when travelling to the US, PLEASE allow us time to order items! I am astounded that folks will call me from South America and say “I’ll be in Florida on Friday, can you send these parts to my hotel”! We are happy to help, but if parts have to come from England, we may need a few weeks to get items to where you’ll be! Allow time for shipping too. Overnighting lumpy items cross-country can cost TEN TIMES or more the cost of ground shipping! We want you to get the best value for your Mini Bucks!