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Old 09-08-2021, 07:09 AM
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What's the Best Innovation for Our Hobby?

There has been lots of new stuff to make our hobbies easier. Tools, coatings, Youtube, etc. What single thing has impacted you the most?

My top choice would be Ospho. I don't know how long it's been around, but I discovered it about 25 years ago. I can't imagine not having it in my garage. Right behind that would be powder coating.
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:54 AM
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the internet...
remembering the days of mail order via telephone vs what it's like today!
print catalogs and magazine ads
roadtrips and wandering old school salvage yards that had no inventory haha
some old dude telling ya what area of yard to look
young folks today have NO idea how easy things are because they missed out on all that.
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Old 09-12-2021, 08:10 PM
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I'd say the internet in general, IFSJA in particular. I'm early 40's, so got the benefit of a few years of working on cars before having the intertubes as a resource.

Chilton's was great for the most part for the beaters I was driving then - Delta 88, Ford Tempo, S10 Blazer / etc.

Actually had an '84 GW in '98 before there were many resources. The Chilton's for our rigs covers like 30 years (maybe not that many, but decades). Was relying 100% on common sense and what my dad taught me. Stuff would take me 3x as long, but I'd get there.

Just being able to hop on here and investigate what I'm about to get into has helped SO MUCH.
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Old 09-16-2021, 08:53 PM
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X2 ... came here to say just that.

Not just being able to pick the brains of thousands of enthusiasts, but also benefitting from the ingenuity of countless clever people who have bothered to share their tricks and inventions. Priceless.
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Old 09-16-2021, 08:59 PM
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Toolwise, I'd say probably the 1/4" cordless impact driver. Man, hardly ever pick up the drill anymore.
And someday I'll have a 1/2" cordless impact, and that'll be life changing too!
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"When this baby reaches 88 miles per hour, you're gonna to see some serious sht!"

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Old 09-22-2021, 12:08 PM
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Internet for all the reasons mentioned. I remember spending HOURS trying to figure out a how a drum brake was supposed to go back together as a teenager. Nowadays, you can just search for a picture or, better, a video. It's also really nice to be able to search the world for parts. I cannot imagine trying to keep my Jeep on the road without Fleabay, Craigslist, IFSJA, Rockauto, etc.

Next up, I'm gonna go with the revolution in shipping. Remember the days of "Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for shipping"? Nowadays, I'm annoyed if it takes more than 3 days to get here! I remember having boxes and boxes and boxes of "just in case" parts and supplies. Not anymore. its all available to us on quick shipping.
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For me, it's RockAuto.

Owning a Wagoneer in the UK is a pain. The internet makes finding parts much easier, but they still take ages to get here.

RockAuto has most of the service parts I need, and they will usually arrive from the US to my door in around 3 days. It means that if I have a part failure that stops it from running, I can nearly always get it fixed within the week.
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