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Old 01-04-2005, 04:04 PM
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Parts Inventory Help Needed

I've rrreeeaaaalllly got to get organized. I've got three "hobby cars" that I collect parts for. All the big, heavy stuff I keep in the garage, mostly engine blocks. The basement is for more delicate items, i.e. electrical parts, trim, carbs, intakes, etc. The 12X24 barn is the overflow of those "I'm gonna use that someday" things.

What brought this all to head was last week I went to the local boneyard and braved the elements to obtain the strut that goes between the firewall and the dash that the pedals swing from. I got differing opinions on whether a manual trans car strut was different from an automatic. After derusting and putting POR-15 on it, today I find I've got a complete strut and pedal assembly in the barn!!

Does anyone use a good system for keeping track of their "stuff"? Computerize? I once started a paper tracking system, but never kept it up.

HELP!

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Organize it (this car here, that car there, or by brands) then put labled masking tape on everything and keep it labled, thats how we keep our shop and barn(s) organized.

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Old 01-04-2005, 04:16 PM
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MI2600, you need some SERIOUS help




maybe a new project car would do? So you can actually use all the parts






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Old 01-04-2005, 06:37 PM
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Wait a minute Nightfire!!

Doesn't everyone have 8-10 blocks in their garage? And, I only have 18 cranks in the basement. So there...
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8 blocks in the garage?? I've got a 4.3 on a stand and a '69 307 with a '79 267 stacked on top in the garage. There's 3 GM 10 bolts and 7 blocks in my basement. Does that count as a start? My wife is still hounding me to move that transmission so she can take a bath!
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Old 01-04-2005, 07:33 PM
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Baths? We don need no steenking baths!
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Start selling some of those parts MI2600.

I keep everything fairly clean and organized, parts are not my problem though. My problem is that collectively there are 8 cars at my house. It drives me crazy. My mom's blazer is in the garage my white caprice is in the garage. Then my green caprice is parked in the driveway with my Honda parked behind it. My little bro's car is parked next to my Caprice and then my dad pulls his Cavalier in behind him. In the back yard we have my dads 89 F-150 and the 66 Chevy C-10 that I wish was gone.

Way to many cars.
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Old 01-04-2005, 07:53 PM
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I know Ghetto.

My son-in-law laughs at me for being a ratpacker, but when he needed an exhaust manifold for his truck, guess who had two.

I was trying to think of a way to inventory/catalog this stuff. I was hoping someone was in the same predicament and had a system I could adapt. One thing is next spring I need to get back into the barn and segregate the parts.

PS: Today, I also found a part like the one I just bought off EBay. Anyone need another '67 hood release?
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Maybe you could set up an excel spread sheet. One page for drivetrain stuff one page for body stuff, one page for interior, ect.

When I stripped my Javelin I bought a dozen boxes of zip lock bags for all the small parts and labled the bags with contents. The rest of the stuff got masking tape and magic-marker.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:40 PM
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Everything is bagged/tagged or marked...I just don't know where it is half the time. Everytime I go in the barn I discover things that I forgot I had.
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Shelving

I am putting up shelving so I can get my stuff off of the floor and segregated into some sort of logical piles..

I made a welding cart that holds most of the welding stuff..I got a surplus locker and cut the doors off so I have a spot for power tools..and have been cleaning and shoveling the scrap out of here..

Tis getting better..Now if I can just kepp from getting "more stuff""

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I use to have a lot of vintage Mustang and FE engine parts in my shed. I became tired of not having the room so I sold them on Ebay. It took a couple of years to get my shed empty, but I have began filling it up again. This time instead of car parts I have lawn equipment filling my shed, I just can't seem to keep my shed empty enough for me to get in, let alone walk in.
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MI, your inventory looks pretty well organized to me!! The only (best) solution I see is stop collecting parts and start storing what you have on the projects you have. Other-words, lay your ears back and start building one of your projects and stay with it until it is:1. Completed or 2. On hold for a critical part. Then you go get it and reach 1. above. Then go to project # 2 etc. The last one will be easy cause you have reduced your search time!!!

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Old 01-06-2005, 07:52 AM
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Trees, I know you're right. I need to readjust and focus.

The '67 is done, but I find "improvements" that I'd like to do. The '86 ElCamino is mechanically done. The '72 ElCamino is a project.

Most of my problem has been finding parts and thinking, "They don't make those anymore and what if mine broke?"

Do we have any psychiatrist members?
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log it

If it's bagged and tagged already your halfway there. Since you have a computer, log it. Log everything you have and where it is. If you move it, update the log. ie, (2) 283 heads in attic, 390 crank in basement behind furnace, hood latch in crawlspace in box marked body parts, Impala emblems in trunk, etc...
Create a file for parts, sub directory it as you'd like for reference.
You'd be better off segregating it by make, item or function for future location.
When you need or add something go to the computer and check you log. When it sells or gets used delete it.
You can do the same with a divided spiral notebook. That's how I did it BC.
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