View Full Version : Unobtainium parts list

01-15-2008, 11:38 AM
This is a term I learned not long ago and being someone who works with metals everyday, I find it an amusing term. It is however a problem for us as enthusiasts who are trying to source parts out and have come up empty handed.

I'd like to start this list of "Unobtainium" parts that we know of. I know I'd certainly like to know what they are and it could be for any make or model for us all to reference.

You never know? We might be able to sticky this, someone might read this thread and have something that another enthusiast needs to complete a 20 year restoration thereby making their day.

I'll edit the post and start adding to the list of "Unobtainium".

01-15-2008, 11:44 AM

Stearing shaft housing clamp to firewall.

Brake adjusters.

Heater switches with cable.

Shift lever hold down plate.

Bakealite part between stearing wheel and dash.

Turn signal light assy.

Stearing wheels.

Rear spring flat u-bolts and fastners.

Rubber floor mats and door inserts.

Dash board supports x2

01-15-2008, 12:10 PM
Jack, you forgot the proper floor mats!

01-15-2008, 12:38 PM
yea I surely did.

01-15-2008, 01:04 PM
Someone was watching "Core".

01-15-2008, 01:06 PM
Triumph Tr-3 SmallMouth
Front apron Chrome grill surround, upper and lower. Including joint covers and mounting hardware.
The six cagenuts on the front apron that hold the headlight buckets to the apron.
{I got some from Fastenals but they are slightly larger {physically} than the O.E.M. ones and don`t quite fit the square holes, although the thread size is correct.}

01-15-2008, 01:51 PM
I remember that Penske and Donahue used to say that the Porsche 917 was made from Unobtainium.
I saw those cars in person...I think it was true!

Anyone with an anvil, an oxy-acetelyne torch, a 5 lb sledge hammer and a good eye can make most anything that goes on our cars. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/jester.gif

01-15-2008, 04:16 PM
I heard that same thing about th' Gettysburg Address... with typewriters 'n monkeys. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

01-15-2008, 05:20 PM
A TR6 that doesn't spot fluids.

01-15-2008, 06:16 PM
TR2 grille.

01-15-2008, 06:16 PM
A TR6 that doesn't spot fluids.

That's easy, just drain everything before you put it away for the night.

01-15-2008, 06:24 PM
Pinion bearings for early Sprite diffs. Still available, but horribly expensive.
Crush sleeves for the bearings have been hard to get for years.
The spring clip for the back of the Bugeye ignition switch.
Early MG Midget dash motif.
Fuse box covers for early Spit/GT6.
Internals for Spridget Smooth Case trannies.
Spit oil pump bushings, (pressed into the block).
1098 oil separator tappet covers.
TR2/3 heater motors.
Spridget padded cockpit surrounds.
Original style GT6 fuel pumps, with the glass bowl and primer lever.
I could go on...........

01-15-2008, 06:25 PM
Extra money for my LBC project.....
Time, for my LBC project...
Anybody got some of that stuff?? hehehehe

01-15-2008, 06:26 PM
Concrete that doesn't get oil spots. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wall.gif

01-15-2008, 08:44 PM
MK1 MGB Steering Rack upper bushing. It seems I need to replace the whole rack instead of replacing a bad bushing.

01-15-2008, 09:00 PM
The plastic upper bearing? Moss sells them.

01-15-2008, 11:20 PM
High beam indicator for an mgb. I have yet to find one without having to buy an entire dash.

A good used right front fender for a 73b that isn't a rusty junky beat up piece of junk.

01-16-2008, 01:42 AM
Stewart, I might have a lead for you on that one.

01-16-2008, 08:35 AM
/bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif ....


01-16-2008, 03:11 PM
The plastic upper bearing? Moss sells them.

Actually, the bushing that is inside the steering rack, just where the shaft enters the aluminum housing. My column was taken care of already by GEM Enterprises.

01-16-2008, 04:09 PM
How about a working "Clear Hooters" headlight switch...?
Take care Bob

01-17-2008, 12:44 AM
How about clear hooters,
Did I say that?

Simon TR4a
01-17-2008, 05:15 PM
Nial the crankcases of the 917 were cast in either magnesium or "elektron" which is an aluminium/magnesium alloy, so pretty exotic.
I have seen people trying to sell 917 brake calipers at amazing prices, but not sure if its just for the historic value or materials.
As for LBCs, rear bumpers for TR4s are available, but 3 times the price of fronts, for some reason.

01-18-2008, 12:06 AM
How about the plastic reservoir of master break cyclinders of various MG cars? I can't find a good one here.

01-18-2008, 06:13 AM
<snipped, reverently>
As for LBCs, rear bumpers for TR4s are available, but 3 times the price of fronts, for some reason.

Ummm... I'll stick me neck out here an' say: front-end crashes? /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smirk.gif