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Old 11-05-2002, 10:53 PM
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Post Anyone familiar with Summit Racing or Performance Automotive Warehouse?

I'm *very* close to ordering the parts I'll be needing for my 302 rebuild, and I'm curious if anyone has had any dealings with either of these companies and what their experiences have been.

Specifically, I'm looking at getting something like the "Summit Engine Rebuild Kit" from Summit (obviously)or maybe the "Super Stock Master Kit" from P.A.W.

Any ideas? Not trying to make anything super from this engine, just want it to be fun to drive and have decent power. This is my first rebuild, will start doing the crazy stuff on my next one, hehe.

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Old 11-06-2002, 03:05 AM
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I've dealt with both over the years and have been completely satisfied.
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Summit is one of the best mail order houses around followed closely by Jeggs. I've dealt with both extensively and have never been disappointed, even when I had to return something. PAW is a distant third simply because they aren't set up as efficiently as the other two. PAW does have some stuff that the other two don't cater to like early Hemi stuff etc. Summit and Jeggs are pretty much Chevy and Ford houses with a little Mopar thrown in. If I had to recommend one over the other it would be Summit hands down.

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Summit is great, Jegs is good but they rape you on shipping charges.
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Have you tried www.northernautoparts.com ? A friend sent me their post, anyone else no anything about them? Prices seem reasonable.
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Summit is good. Northern is great, they are 99% chevrolet. In my case, Northern shipped faster than summit.
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I've deal with Summit mostly. I did run in to problem with a set of Summit Brand guide plates. They weren't machined correctly and my push rods were binding. I called them up and they said no problem. They sent me a new set of Cranes, told me to keep the Summit set and just charged me the price difference.

Summit also has a tech line if you have any problems or questions. They get an A+ in my book.
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I have always used Summit and I have never had a problem. They even answer all my engine questions.
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I've used all 3 mentioned so far. No problems with any of them. Watch the shipping charges! Also, I've gotten great prices on standard everyday parts from Lowesville in NC, I was very pleased with a 302 kit I got from them about 3 years ago. fast service and about 20% cheaper than Summit.
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You need to be careful of the prices in Northern. Many times I've seen parts there that are more expensive than Summit sells them for.
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Ok, folowing along those lines, has anyone ever dealt with flatlanderracing? I've been looking hard at some stuff they have, and the prices are right. just wanted to see if anyone has dealt with them before I order.
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Over the years, I've dealt with just about all of the mailorder houses. Mostly I'll buy from Summit or Jegs, just because they send me a catalog every other week. No problems with either one. I've also dealt with PAW, but their catalog costs $, and the shipping is bad as well. For heads and rotating assemblies, you can't beat "dirttrackthunder" They sell a bunch of stuff on ebay, cheaper than the regular prices anywhere. Same quality, same stuff. I just bought a set of dart Iron eagle heads from them on the website. They were 35 bucks cheaper than Summit, and their policy on shipping is FREE UPS! No crap, Free shipping on everything and no "Handling charges" like the rest. Check it out. Regarding ebaym I've bought and sold a ton of stuff there, you should check it out as well.
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I have used Northern Auto Parts quite a bit. They have mostly name brand parts and they are pretty quick with shipping. Their prices are pretty reasonable too.
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i never heard of summit, what do they sell? ski equipment? :p

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Looks like I'm probably going to stick with Summit for now. Have pretty much most things I can think that I'll need, and probably a few things that I don't even know I need yet. During this rebuild, I already had to buy a harmonic balancer puller... had never even heard of those till I found out I couldn't get any further without one, hehe.
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