28 - 30 Jan 2015:

I wrote to Kibblewhite (AKA KPMI) about over-size valves. I specified 2mm over and their least expensive "blend." I was told that in lots of ten, I could get them for a hundred ten each. Wait, I said, what about all the dealer forms and permits I sent? Oh, you're a dealer? We can go as low as one hundred six each.

2015 in general.

ATI is supposed to grant a 250USD "spiff" to their dealers who advertise their products on the landing page of their websites. The phrase, "It Pays to Choose ProCharger" must be present and visible. I haven't heard from them since I sent them my url. Maybe it comes off the first purchase?

Nov 2015

I just shipped off a top-end to Arias. I sent a Virago 1000 to model from, yet the pistons are really intended for the TR1. Their engineers will have to extrapolate a larger combustion chamber with a larger dome. And as I am promoting a set of cams with tremendous lift, the valve pockets must be much deeper than on previous batches.

09 Aug 2015

I ordered some sets of 96mm pistons from Arias 09 June. I use a third party finance company who pays the full amount into the vendor/mfg's bank accout. No credit card or PayPal fees; no gambling on checks; no thirty/sixty/ninety time payments. More later

Early 2018

Nick Arias JR has died and his heirs have sold his good name and tooling to CP-Carrillo. I believe that these are the remnants of the company Carrillo Rods which was prominent in the '60s hot rod scene. Sadly when I started in business, I sent packets of my credentials and a brief intoductory letter to those companies whom I thought would be handy to deal with. Most blew me off: No store; no commerce. One of these companies was CP-Carrillo. My old Arias salesman is now an employee of CP-C. He assures me that nothing has changed, just give him the job number for whichever size I wanted. I placed an order some time ago. He rarely answers email, but continues to re-assure me. I am out of both size pistons and if I can't get any, I am essentially out of business.

21 Sept 2018

CP-Carrillo has decided that they will do commerce with me. I took them down a pile of heads, pistons, gaskets, and other odd pieces. After a couple of days they directed me to one of their sub-distributors, but I still talk to a salesman at the main office most of the time. Anyhow, they told me that there was a $75 dollar charge per bore size charged once only. I asked about ceramic topped, Teflon-skirted piston kits. I was told that pistons are sold in multiples of four and they must all be identical - which is something I got used to from Arias. For the sporting pistons, I was told that a brace of four would run $2170.00. They are not cheap parts. After I reacted negatively, they promised to get back to me with prices for pistons with less features. I think at a minimum, they must have the internal lightening like those I used to sell. Meantime I am hounding other suppliers.