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Naj, as I watch the forums I am struck that it would be in my best interest to have a cache of spare parts. I am thinking LM, PM, HEP, some of the sensors, some brake parts( in my case 84 Lazer pads/shoes), perhaps a fuel pump, have a spare O2 . Would you recommend anything else? Motor is an 87 Turbo 1, intercooled with only 1/2 hour on the motor. Installed new clutch and I have the 465 tranny with some MP parts installed, hoping for a 525 from someone next year. New wheel bearings, new rear shocks, new brake hoses, various odds and ends. I cannot afford to spend a lot of money and cars in the junkyard are very rare here. IAS motor is new, fail often? Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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When I was a Chrysler Tech I used to stock up on high failure items (Shifter Cables, Clutch Cables, PCV Grommets) and if an item failed (Radiator Fan Relay, Baro Solenoid) I would keep an extra just in case.
Since we got Mopar Parts at 10% over cost...
I no longer have that luxury.

Other items such as Spark Plugs, Fuel Pressure Regulator, Cam Seals, HEP, Vacuum Line and Connectors etc I keep so if I need it I do not have to run around trying to find one.

It all depends on how much you want to keep, my Mottoes have always been...
"It is better to have and not need then to need and not have".
"The best insurance is the insurance you have but never have to use, if you have to use it that means something went wrong".

As far as keeping a spare HEP, you have to find one that works.
SMP/Borg Warner used to be a quality part but now that SMP "sub-contracts" it is hit or miss.
I have gotten two defective SMP HEPs in a row from Rock auto and I have one good one in my car.
It seems that the HEPs that are stamped "Standard Motor Products" on the underside are OK and the others are "Chinese JUNK".
If/when I encounter a HEP issue I only use the one in the car to get me home or started until I get a replacement and then the replacement stays in the car, this way I know I have a good working HEP for emergencies.
The HEP that is in my car now is a "Duralast" (Made By Wells Electronics) because the SMP from RA failed quickly and I worked at AZ so I bought it.
It has been in my car for 2 1/2 years now with no issues (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!)

Here is the LOOOOOOOONG list of parts I have accumulated over the years and they are all stored in underbed totes in my apartment.

AFTERMARKET PARTS - NEW
1)BRAKES
FRONT CALIPER SLIDE PINS AND BOOTS
PARK BRAKE CABLES - (2)
PARK BRAKE SHOE HARDWARE
PARK BRAKE SHOES
REAR BRAKE PADS

2)COOLING SYSTEM
BELT - ALT/WATER PUMP
BYPASS HOSE
RADIATOR CAP
RADIATOR HOSES - UPPER/LOWER
THERMOSTAT

3)ENGINE PARTS
LIFTERS - (8)
ROCKER ARMS - (8)
TIMING BELT

4)EXHAUST
CLAMPS - 2" (1) 2 1/4" (2)
DONUT FLANGE GASKET
HANGER - MUFFLER
HANGER - PIPE (2)
SPRING AND BOLT KITS - (2)

5)GASKETS
CYLINDER HEAD
MANIFOLD - INTAKE/EXHAUST
THERMOSTAT
THROTTLE BODY
VALVE COVER

6)IGNITION
COIL
COIL WIRE
DISTRIBUTOR CAP/ROTOR KIT

7)MISCELLANEOUS
CHECK VALVE
DOOR HINGE BUSHING/PIN KITS - (2)
DOOR STRIKER
GROUND STRAP
LOCK RINGS - (2) FUEL PUMP/SENDING UNIT
OUTERBELT WEATHERSTRIPPING
WINDOW FLEX DRIVE
WINDOW MOTOR - L/S

8)SEALS
FRONT CAM
FRONT CRANK
OUTPUT SHAFT - (2)
REAR CAM
REAR MAIN

9)STEERING/SUSPENSION
RACK BELLOWS
SWAY BAR BUSHINGS - INNER/OUTER
TIE ROD END - INNER R/S
TIE ROD END - OUTER R/S

10)TRANSMISSION
CLUTCH CABLE
CLUTCH KIT
FLYWHEEL

MOPAR PARTS - NEW
1)BODY
MESSAGE CENTER BEZEL
OUTER DOOR WEATHERSTRIPPING (L/S)
REAR HATCH WEDGE
RETAINERS
SEAT BELT RETRACTOR ASSEMBLY (L/S)
SIDE MARKER LENSES - FRONT (2)
SIDE MARKER LENS - REAR
SILL PLATES - (2)
TAG LAMP SOCKET PIGTAIL
WINDOW FLEX DRIVE
WIPER LINKAGE BUSHINGS

2)CABLES;
FUEL DOOR/HATCH
HOOD
THROTTLE

3)ELECTRICAL;
COOLING FAN RELAY
HEADLAMP RELAY MODULE
TURN SIGNAL/HAZARD FLASHER

4)TRANSMISSION
CLUTCH CABLE
CLUTCH FORK GROMMET RETAINERS (2)
CLUTCH PEDAL BUSHING
SHIFTER BOOT/SHIFTER HANDLE
SHIFTER CABLES - CROSSOVER (2) SELECTOR (2)
TRANSAXLE FILL PLUGS (2)

5)UNDERHOOD;
BARO SOLENOID
COOLANT BLEED PLUGS - (3)
PCV ELBOWS - (2)
RADIATOR PETCOCK
TIMING COVERS - UPPER/LOWER
TURBO COOLANT LINES- (2)
UNIVERSAL VACUUM SOLENOID

MOPAR PARTS - USED
1)ALTERNATOR HARNESS/PIGTAIL
2)CAM SPROCKET
3)DISTRIBUTOR WATER SHIELD
4)FUEL PRESSURE REGULATOR
5)HVAC CONTROL UNIT
6)HVAC/RADIO BEZEL
7)MAP SENSOR
8)ODOMETER GEARS. SPEEDOMETER NEEDLE
9)SWITCHES;
a)HEADLAMP (NEEDS REPAIR)
b)REAR DEFOGGER
c)TURN SIGNAL (NEEDS REPAIR)
d)WIPER (NEEDS REPAIR)
10)WIPER ARM
 

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Thank You for all the good ideas! I will see what I can find when I start work on the car. For now I concentrate on trying to walk without a cast as we get ready for the winter season. Thursday i get behind the wheel of the loader for the first time. With the blade on GVW will be about 50K lbs so breaking up thin asphalt appears to be a concern. A little money from every paycheque will be work on the car fund. Thanks for the notes.
 
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