I read a press release today that stated PRO TOPLINE of Auckland, New Zeeland, and Chicago Ill. has signed a purchase agreement to buy Johnson Hi-lift of Muskegon Mich. they plan on re-opening the lifter plant with all the old personell and equipment, and go back into lifter production.( Johnson was the major aftermkt producer) This should ease the shortage and bring the prices back down
01-22-2003 06:59 PM
Thanks Bob, I just got a northern catalog in today and it says "Due to a lifter shortage, we are unable to sell lifters seperately or as a set. The current shortage may change. Call for your application and update" I didn`t know anything about this, when I seen it I thought it must be a joke of some kind. thanks for clearing that up.
01-22-2003 06:59 PM
A parts-store guy quoted me a high price on sbc lifters about a month ago (like $6cdn/piece). I assumed he was full of **** when he said there was a shortage. Wild!
01-22-2003 08:09 PM
I'll go there. If You guys owned a Ford, you wouldn't have this problem...... <img src="graemlins/crash.gif" border="0" alt="[crash]" />
01-22-2003 08:31 PM
Ford lovers ...never did find a good one...maybe they like them because of how cheap they are.. <img src="graemlins/spank.gif" border="0" alt="[spank]" />
01-22-2003 08:35 PM
i knew i shouldn'ta but couldn't help myself. i'm weak. but if you wanna talk cheap, look at prices in a jegs catalog. all chevy.
01-23-2003 09:57 AM
I should know better also but, the "all chevy" is because all know "better." :rolleyes:
01-23-2003 10:45 AM
Hey theres nothing wrong with Fords they make good decrative flower planters. :D
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01-23-2003 10:54 AM
"flower planters" lol, that was great, hey since the lifter shortage is gone, wouldnt that be cool if gas came down too.
01-23-2003 11:18 AM
The local NAPA store advised us of the lifter shortage and said Ford lifters were the ones in shortest supply. Their national warehouse had none on the shelves. We bought 2 sets of overpriced Chevy lifters just to have them for the future. Who can say the NZ company can make a go of it?
01-23-2003 08:49 PM
The lifter shortage situation effected ALL lifters (mechanical flat and roller, as well as hydraulic flat and roller), for all makes of domestic vehicles. Bad news is that the Hy-Lift plant is pretty run down and they will be consolidating two plants into the existing main plant in Muskegon. Bad news is that the new owners are estimating that it will be approximately 6 months before the plant is running at capacity. So, the lifter shortage is likely to be with us for awhile longer. The Topline organization is pretty well known in the aftermarket, for doing things right - so I think they will be very successful in this business too.
One problem is that, once prices are raised on any commodity, due to shortages - it is unlikely that the prices will ever go back down to previous levels.
01-23-2003 10:09 PM
So this is why the finely machined hunks of metal are soo expensive..
01-23-2003 11:40 PM
Doea this tie into NAIRB's post perfectly or not?Now is the time for all hotrodders and car enthusiasts to unite.Rebuild those old lifters and show 'em we don't need no stinkin' new lifters. ;)
01-23-2003 11:55 PM
hey if anyone has solid lifters for a sbc I'd take em... I don't wanna spend money on them but my 400 came without lifters (probably hydrolic if it did) adn my 305 hads hydrolic ones...
01-24-2003 08:09 AM
You should be able to get a set of solid lifters from your local auto parts store. They probably won't have them on the shelf but the warehouse should get them there the next day unless the store is in Bumf**k, Egypt.