I feel like I have somehow stumbled into the cavity of a TIME MACHINE and have gone back to 1953!
PEP BOYS was big in the fifties, and EVEN AT THAT TIME it wasn't a bit unusual for someone to take their pre-war Ford to town, park in front of Pep Boys, and just keep putting one MannyMoeJack generator after another on it
until they found one that would actually work.
I have long held in total distain most of the "rebuilt parts" vendors because I hate doing the r & r work over and over. The old adage: "If it runs, PAINT IT!" was/ still is, all too true with regard to rebuilt engines and transmissions. The mere fact that the engine rebuilding industry has what they euphemistically term "rebuilder's pistons" should give you an idea that: "Yes, Virginia, there IS a difference!"
There is no force on earth that could make me buy a Chinese fuel pump, no matter HOW cheap it was. I don't trust the Chinese and I don't trust the crap they send over here.
Would YOU stand under a load that was suspended by an el cheapo Chinese-made screw-pin shackle instead of a genuine Columbus-Mckinnon?
Auto parts are ONE thing, but remember a few years ago when some of the airlines had to drop engines off and completely tear them down because they had in some cases been assembled with fake grade 8 bolts made in China?
In 1996 I did an infrared survey of two gigantic jet engines at a power plant, and the inspection revealed that they both had hot air squirting out of the main flanges. Yep, both engines had fake grade 8 bolts from China holding them together.
Like who has TIME to replace auto parts over and over? Isn't once enough?