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Dear Car Talk | Nov 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

A dear relative has just passed away and "willed" us her 1960 four-door Plymouth Savoy. The car is in very nice condition, and runs well, except that it has a worn drag link and idler arm--making it quite unsafe to drive. We've been told by mechanics that it's nearly impossible to find parts for that year and model. If there's any place on God's earth that can provide a continuous supply of parts for this car, we'd have a beautifully running classic. Can you help?? Thanks!

RAY: You need a "companion heap," Delores--another 1960 Savoy to cannibalize for parts. Just park it right out in the yard next to yours, and pluck off parts as you need them.

TOM: There are a several ways to find another Savoy. You can ask your local junkyard to put your request on "the wire." That's the junkyard equivalent of "personal ads" (White Anglo-Saxon Plymouth, 4 door, 31, seeking same--send picture).

RAY: You can also look though Hemmings Motor News or Old Cars Weekly, which both run ads for old cars and old car parts. If you don't see what you want, you can even run your own ad and see what kind of weirdos respond.

TOM: If all else fails, we suggest you take your next vacation in Havana, Cuba. 1960 was right around the time they got their last shipment of American cars. So there should be plenty of drag links and idler arms down there. And while you're there, see if you can smuggle us out a couple of boxes of cigars.

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