I just put about 3-4,000 of parts bolts and hardware into my restoration which is now up and running. About 2/3 of that went into CJPP. I have to say their in-stock selection is usually very good and their shipping turnaround is extremely fast....albeit I only live 2.5 hours away (PA to n. VA).
Quality wise I've found much of their staple hardware and interior things are pretty good quality and fit. However, certain items like tranny dipstick tubes can be the cheap chinese knock offs and not fit well, deteriorate if you need to bend/mill them in any way to fit right. Things like that can turn a 5 minute job into a 12 hour 2-day ordeal and then ultimately fail.
Also you PAY allot for that super fast shipping. I didn't care when I needed key parts each week to maximize my time in the shop I was working out of. Now I tend to turn away from that. Nothing good comes cheap in the world of vintage cars I guess.
The most significant purchases I've made at CJPP such as Power Steering Pumps and Carb and two different styles of harmonic damper, and 24oz flexplate were pretty good. The PS pump is a bit more noisey than I expected but as it gets more broken it it's getting smoother and quieter. They are excellent about returning unused parts for full refunds less the shipping. I would like to see more transparency as to where they get things like the P/S. I think it ended up being the Lares.
Now that I am not in a dead rush to get my car off the lift and running....I can see it's best to pick parts from different vendors based on merit and supply chain origin. For example I'd only get Leaf Springs from NPD because they use Eaton. But CJ beats anyone for hard to find fasteners and many accessories. The Scott Drake stuff sometimes is really good....sometimes is really Chinese in quality.
Their biggest downside is the horrendously long time it takes to get someone on the phone, and not all of the reps are actually knowledgeable about the cars and have to run off and ask someone. When I went there in person though and the guys were extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Classic Mustangs is not all they do, they do all the newer stuff as well so I'm not surprised not everybody isn't completely versed in 1960's hardware and pros/cons. But I ran into a bunch of old cats (customers) that knew way more than I ever will.
All in all I'd give CJ a B+ no supplier is perfect and they have to go to the cheap makers to stay profitable for some things. I get that. I just would like to know if I'm buying a knockoff and just pay the extra premium on certain things that were immensely frustrating like the tranny dipstick....because I had to buy two more to get a quality one that did what I expected the first one to do! For other things like basic bolts....it matters less.
Last edited by jsbenami; 05-13-2019 at 11:13 AM.