Where do you go to get parts today for anything that's 25 years old or more? I know 25 years doesn't sound like it was too long ago, but tell that to the kid at the parts store counter who hasn't had that many candles on his birthday cake when he says, "It's not in the computer," or the famous, "Year, make, and model again, please." Even I have fond memories of being able to march into the Ace Auto Parts where I grew up to ask for a set of head gaskets for a '56 Cadillac 365 motor I was putting in my '50 Ford, or wandering back into the "dungeon" of the same store that held all the really old stuff that fell off the books that dated from 20 years ago and finding an N.O.S. '32-36 Ford V-8 in-head water pump. Sadly, most of these gems that were institutions for many are gone or have been bought out and "updated" while all the old "junk" was thrown out, but there is one place that's doing a good job of keeping all those "outdated" parts in stock.
Even though Egge Obsolete Engine Parts has a computer, you won't get the same response you'll get from the pimply faced kid at the big chain stores. Egge has been around for nine solid decades and knows vintage parts. E.N. Egge opened a machine shop in Plainview, Texas, in 1915 when there was no aftermarket, so things, especially pistons, were made when they couldn't get them, which led to more and more in-house manufacturing. In the '20s he moved the shop to the budding city of Los Angeles and kept building the reputation of where to get hard-to-find parts that continues today.
Some 30 years ago, Egge moved to its present location in Santa Fe Springs, California, just outside of L.A. at 11707 Slauson Ave., where they make most of the new parts they sell to complement their huge selection of N.O.S. engine parts that came from years of buying unwanted inventories and going out of business sales. Now under third-generation Egge care, the business is thriving, plus there has been a resurgence of vintage powerplants in hot rods in recent years that has trickled into the custom car and truck world and helped them keep their catalog full, as well as adding "new" products from brands like Offenhauser, Thickstun, Tattersfield, Baron, SCAT, Sharp, Fenton, Wayne, Pertronix, Isky, Trans-Dapt, and more. In addition to selling parts, Egge also specializes in Babbitt work and offers align bore services, cam and lifter regrinding, lifter resurfacing, water pump remanufacturing, and technical data/engine identification help. Check out the Ask Bob section on their Web site. During the summer, Egge's showroom is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in addition to their regular M-F hours. Get those solid lifters moving and log onto www.egge.com or call 866-996-EGGE for the latest in vintage parts!