My quest for American auto parts.
I set off on a quest to buy only Made in America auto parts that are really 100 percent made in the USA, not just assembled here. I decided it's time
to invest in America. So I put my truck on jack stands because I knew this would not be a weekend job. Sure I could go the local big name chain auto
stores and buy parts from China, Taiwan etc., and be done in 6 hours. The goal though is to buy only Made in American parts. The Job, the entire
front end suspension and brake system for my 3/4 ton suburban.
I started this job October 15th 2011 , today is November 15th 2011. I will be done today. It took me 2 months to find parts made in America , take
apart the truck and put back together. This also includes time for shipping. I worked on this project every evening . The hardest part was finding all
the parts, what a pain in the butt this was. It was almost like trying to draw blood from a rock, but well worth it.
I spent $ 1,192.00 in parts, with free shipping. The alignment will be $ 150.00 My grand total is $1,342.00 I would have spent more money at the
local chain parts stores and received junk parts that last 2 years or less. I proved it can be done, but this takes time as well as planning. So
please add to the list so everyone here on ATS will know where to shop and get the best quality “ Made in America” parts.
The Manufactures of American made parts for your truck or car:
Add to the list.
Moog Suspension: A division of Federal Mongol. The real Moog parts are stamped made in USA right on the part and labeled on the box as well.
AC Delco: Suspension parts are sourced from and made by Dana Engineering. Made in the USA.
Bearings: MIBearing LLC. Located in Traverse City, MI. ( off the shelf ready to ship) . SKF, Made to Order bearings and hubs, (also off the shelf)
both of these companies products are Made in the USA. I have to say the parts these guys make are way better than the GM bearings that came with the
Brake lines and hoses: PECO Plant equipment corp. Albuquerque, NM.
Steel braided or OEM standard brake lines for anything. All are DOT certified and custom made. I opted for the steel braided lines. Made in the
USA. They do Internet orders also.
You know being that brake lines are one of the most important safety items on a vehicle; you think they would be made in the USA. ( NOT !) AC Delco
brake hose lines are made in China, some in Mexico. I could not find one made in America brake line hose even at Napa or anyplace else for that
Shocks: Edelbrock Made is USA.
Brake Rotors: GM, I found some new in the box old stock on ebay. Made in the USA. Allied-Signal also make brake rotors, hubs. and bearings that are
made in the USA also.
I had a local shop rebuild my calipers . new pistons, and seals all made in the USA. stripped and painted with ceramic. I made sure whom ever done
the work they would have to use made in USA parts only.
edit on 15-11-2011 by SJE98 because: (no reason given)