The Parts Department section in the Subscribing Members area is having a serious coat of looking at because the original format did not lend itself to being very useful. To be honest, it started off on the wrong foot and as it developed it became more and more difficult to work with no matter what was done to patch it up.
After examining a number of alternative approaches it became clear that the best thing to do was to discard the entire original catalogue, stock listings and so on and completely re-write the whole lot to take advantage of some rather useful features of the forum software previously not used for such a venture.
The new system appears to work well now that the front end format is established and a representative (albeit small) chunk of the new catalogue is completed. It also provides a number of useful features that members may find very helpful in their searches for parts to keep their CFs on the road.
At some point all the original catalogue etc. will disappear as the new catalogue is completed section by section starting with production years 1978-1984 Group A, Engine and Clutch, for 1759cc and 2279cc Vauxhall OHC engines. Progress is slow though because it involves rather a lot of data entry ...
Ultimately the new system will make things so much simpler that management of the Parts Department should require nothing special beyond maintaining a spreadsheet to keep abreast of stock control. The rest essentially is 'write once' so hopefully will need little maintenance apart from updating cross references and other information that serves to overcome the fact that many GM part numbers on their own often may be of little practical use.
Subscribing Members who wish to see how things are shaping up can do so starting from the PARTS ENQUIRIES page of the Front Counter sub-forum in the Parts Department section.
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Catalogue Group A (Engine and Clutch) completed for all three year groups -
- 1600cc, 2000cc, 1759cc, 2279cc Vauxhall OHC petrol
Perkins 4.108 diesel
Perkins 4.154 diesel
2100cc GM diesel
- 1759cc, 2279cc Vauxhall OHC petrol
2100cc, 2000cc, 2300cc GM diesel
- 1979cc GM CIH petrol
2300cc GM diesel