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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Spares cost comparison

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I've just completed my stator, r/r change and general repair on 'Sweep' the VN, with a lot of help from this site I might add. Whilst adding up the amount that I've spent in spares & bits etc, I was curious to see how they compare to costs in the US or your part of the world whichever is applicable.

The total was 350.44 sterling. But I've broken down the cost of the various parts into dollars with the help of a currency converter, so excuse the figures.

Of course, I have no idea now what things are costwise in the US. The last time I was anywhere over that way was in Alberta in 76' when petrol was 25 cents a gallon!

ITEM COST ($'s)

Trolley Jack 46.17
MF Battery 61.04
Reg/Rec 97.90
Stator 109.81
Oil filter 10.42
Clutch plates 67.45
Fuel pipe, clips & ex gaskets 17.76
Levers & clutch cable 41.69
1mx1m gasket paper 24.08
Engine oil 32.11
Sundries (HT paint, gasket sealant, RTV silicon etc) 56.14


TOTAL 564.57

The only thing not costed here is my time, which of course is meaningless as I love tinkering about with my bike!!

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Ride free, stay safe

Regards to all,
Martin

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1986 VN750 A2 (now sold to another old fart!)

Jardine fishtail pipes (de-goated)
Coastered
R/R relocated
Stator No 2
Avon Venom AM41/42 tyres
Sundance grips
etc
etc
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Prices look about the same from what I can tell. You could've saved a few bucks here and there perhaps - but probly nothing substantial.
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The engine oil may be double what it would be here.

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Greetings to one'n'all

I've just completed my stator, r/r change and general repair on 'Sweep' the VN, with a lot of help from this site I might add. Whilst adding up the amount that I've spent in spares & bits etc, I was curious to see how they compare to costs in the US or your part of the world whichever is applicable.

The total was 350.44 sterling. But I've broken down the cost of the various parts into dollars with the help of a currency converter, so excuse the figures.

Of course, I have no idea now what things are costwise in the US. The last time I was anywhere over that way was in Alberta in 76' when petrol was 25 cents a gallon!
ITEM COST ($'s)

Trolley Jack 46.17
MF Battery 61.04
Reg/Rec 97.90
Stator 109.81
Oil filter 10.42
Clutch plates 67.45
Fuel pipe, clips & ex gaskets 17.76
Levers & clutch cable 41.69
1mx1m gasket paper 24.08
Engine oil 32.11
Sundries (HT paint, gasket sealant, RTV silicon etc) 56.14


TOTAL 564.57

The only thing not costed here is my time, which of course is meaningless as I love tinkering about with my bike!!

Love, light & peace
X2 to misterpister and niterider on prices, they look look comparable.

However your memory of Alberta gas prices in 1976 does not jive with mine. You may have been here during a local service startion price war, when prices could have dropped to ridiculously low prices for a week, a day, or an hour. I believe it was 1977 when Canada went metric and gas went from 77 cents a gallon to 17 cents a liter. (For any Yanks doing the math here, an Imperial gallon = 4.54 liters, a US gallon = 3.785 liters)

I grew up in a small farming community here in Southern Alberta in the 50s and 60s, and my dad worked at a Massey Harris (later, Massey Fergason) farm implement dealership, with fuel pumps out front. He did not remember ever selling gas at prices as low as 50 cents per gallon, even in the early 50s. So I am not disputing that you may have bought gas for 25 cents a gallon in 1976, but I assure you it was not generally available for that price.

I was however, buying fuel for my propane powered 1966 Pontiac Grande Parisienne for 10 cents a gallon in 1974. I don't know what the model was called in the USA, but it is a top of the line 4 door hard top, (no pillar between windows in front and rear doors). with a 327 CID engine and a 2 speed Hydromatic tranny, it cost me about a penny a mile for fuel. Oh for the good old days!!

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My first car was a 61 Olds 88 and gas at the corner station was .41 a gallon. When I bought the little Toyota Corolla and went to fill it up the first time it took like $2.80 to fill it up and I though the gas gauge was broken. It must have had a tiny tank in it. As a kid in Michigan I can remember us buying gas in Flint when they had gas wars and I can remember 17 cents a gallon, and you got a free dinner glass with a fill up. We had several sets of those tea glasses in our kitchen cabinet those days.

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I pumped gas summers in high school 1962-64. Regular was 25-27 cents per gallon.

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Hi Olhoss,

You may well be right!! I stand to be corrected.

I was playing silly war games at an Army exercise ground for six months in 76' near Medicine Hat. I was also there for three months in 74'. I spent all that time (as I did with most of my military service), fixing tanks & being in an alcoholic haze, so the memory may be a little out. But I do remember petrol being ridiculously cheap compared to the UK & Germany, and drinking lots of Labatts Blue!!

Regards

Ride free, stay safe

Regards to all,
Martin

'88 FJ1200 3CV

1986 VN750 A2 (now sold to another old fart!)

Jardine fishtail pipes (de-goated)
Coastered
R/R relocated
Stator No 2
Avon Venom AM41/42 tyres
Sundance grips
etc
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