Whenever I’m not sure what a part is, before I search through my books, I will Google the part or cast number. My typical search method would be to enter the type of part or car manufacture and the part number. A typical Google search may look like this: “distributor 1111480” or “ford c9oz-9424-d”.
When you create searches like this in Google, the information that comes up could be a website with parts identification information, a dealer selling parts or a page from a restoration guide. These sites can generally be trusted as correct information. The information could be in the form of an auction on E-bay or just messages in a chat room. That information needs to be taken with caution. It could be incorrect since any idiot can post information on the internet. If all you can find is old auctions and chat room posts, try to find more than one person stating the same facts or verify your findings in your books. If you cannot find any information on your part, go back and verify the number on the part. If your search for information is still hitting a dead end, the part is most likely worthless because if it wasn’t interesting enough for people to talk about on the internet, it is not interesting enough to sell.
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