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post #31 of 58 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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This site is tremendously welcoming and helpful. You received a solution to your problem 16 minutes after you submitted your initial post. After that, you explained that you didn't have access to a grinder (i.e. the first solution), and then you immediately got a second work-around. You didn't like that solution either. People get tired of trying to be helpful if you don't like their solutions but instead continue to bash the suppliers.



I'm not always happy with our suppliers. But when I get a product from one that isn't correct, I call them up to discuss it directly.


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1. I called centerline and they told me since NO ONE else complained about the bushing they will NOT be contacting their supplier. Offered a refund and that’s about it, which is understandable now since none of you guys contacted them and simply altered the bushing.

2. Everything is installed and working.
Alfabb has always been helpful, I do not understand why some of you are upset? I am simply venting my frustrations about an aftermarket part. That’s it! This shouldn’t turn into a Personal issue about my mechanical abilities? Or not having tools? Or me being younger? Sheeesh!

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We all had to start working on cars at some point and most of us found that trying to figure things out before asking questions improved our troubleshooting skills.

You have an old car. There will be times when things do not go smoothly. Be patient and methodical and understand that most parts that you buy will be slightly different from the ones that were originally installed.
Buy a manual for your car and accumulate tools as you need them. You can buy a corded angle grinder from Harbor Freight for about $20 or a nice cordless one for about $100.
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We all had to start working on cars at some point and most of us found that trying to figure things out before asking questions improved our troubleshooting skills.

You have an old car. There will be times when things do not go smoothly. Be patient and methodical and understand that most parts that you buy will be slightly different from the ones that were originally installed.
Buy a manual for your car and accumulate tools as you need them. You can buy a corded angle grinder from Harbor Freight for about $20 or a nice cordless one for about $100.


This is my first time trying to swap fuel delivery systems.

I know you guys have years upon years of experience. I mostly post in hopes that you guys will guide me/correct me.

Thanks to those who offered advice and input, to those who decided to insult me it only reflects poorly on you.

I will continue to learn and if you guys don’t mind.. ask questions on this bulletin.

This is the purpose of the bulletin correct?
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Additionally, I promise I do not ask questions I could easily figure out on my own. I was honestly stumped.

I was sure that I was simply installing the part in the incorrect location or had the wrong idea entirely.

I did NOT understand that the part itself was the issue at hand. Unfortunately many of you apparently think I am the issue. Again, thank you to those who have offered friendly advise. I greatly appreciate it.

I will forward this thread to centerline and have them document it.
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Additionally, I promise I do not ask questions I could easily figure out on my own. I was honestly stumped.

I was sure that I was simply installing the part in the incorrect location or had the wrong idea entirely.

I did NOT understand that the part itself was the issue at hand. Unfortunately many of you apparently think I am the issue. Again, thank you to those who have offered friendly advise. I greatly appreciate it.

I will forward this thread to centerline and have them document it.
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I think the issue is that you let it rip on centerline. We’ve all been in the same situation as you, it’s frustrating for sure but it’s not good to hang it on others like that. You’ll get called for it here and that’s fair.

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On the german alfa forum we have a section on bad or poorly fitting parts (over a quarter of a million hits!)
it is a very common problem these days and there is no harm in mentioning a part that is poorly made....it saves others making the same mistake.
If I get a bad part I send it back and search elsewhere.

don't forget that some poorly fitting parts can really cost you....just think of the transmission mount, it is fairly common to get a badly manufactured one that is a few thou too big, and if you press it in (as you would!) you could end up - like here - cracking the tail end of the trans.
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Frustration reigns the roost.. The Helpee with the issue a bench grinder would have solved in about 30 seconds and the Helpers who have been there and have a bench grinder. Centerline isn't going to reject their stock ( like 20 =100 bucks) because of this snafu. Hug your dog and pet your wife.. the sun will rise on a new day. OOOPS,, here it comes again !!!
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On the german alfa forum we have a section on bad or poorly fitting parts (over a quarter of a million hits!)
it is a very common problem these days and there is no harm in mentioning a part that is poorly made....it saves others making the same mistake.
If I get a bad part I send it back and search elsewhere.
Dom, that's not the issue mentioned here as it's not necessary to blame Centerline.

Fact is:

If you use the castor arm bushing it'll be 1,5mm to thick to fit straight away and needs grinding away.
Using the correct bushing does not produce any issues.

But, blaming a supplier for wasting 2hrs of time instead of 10secs can't be the way.

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Are we sure a castor rod bushing is being used in this application?

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Wasn't the original issue tied to changing from Spica to Webers? If so, personally I would expect at least a few hiccups.

btw, I have found the guys/gals on the Alfabb the most helpful, even when my questions barely have merit.

And, experience is only earned over time, some of us have a knack, some others should stay out of the garage. Not pointed at anyone although sometimes I should try the kitchen.
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Wasn't the original issue tied to changing from Spica to Webers? If so, personally I would expect at least a few hiccups.



btw, I have found the guys/gals on the Alfabb the most helpful, even when my questions barely have merit.



And, experience is only earned over time, some of us have a knack, some others should stay out of the garage. Not pointed at anyone although sometimes I should try the kitchen.


“Stay out of the garage” “not pointed at anyone”

More backhanded insults
You guys sure know how to keep people enthusiastic!
Keep them coming, hopefully alfabb gets some ad revenue every time we check this thread.

Again, thank you to those who have helped me here in this thread and in the past!
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Regrettably in today's world of aftermarket parts this is what we have to deal with. For example, I bought a speedo cable for my Alfetta from a well known German supplier, was all good until I tried inserting it into the transaxle, a huge nogo. After measuring the original and the replacement, the replacement was two thousandths oversized, wasn't going to fit. I filed in down to the proper size and presto my speedo works. Was I happy with what I received, I suppose after it worked yes, but disappointed it didn't fit as delivered. This is the norm these days unfortunately. Just the way it is these days, sad to say. No one was out to get you, many suggestions were offered, and I suspect that since you are new to the arena you weren't expecting some of the responses you received. I too, wish everything fit as it should, but these days this is what we deal with. One might think in 2019 quality should be at it's peak, and it should be, but the reality is what it is. Hang in there, don't take it personally, you will receive all kinds of responses, and with some posters being a little less subtle than others. Don't give up!

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