Originally Posted by Fiesta48
Researching is just part of a repair job. Remember before there was internet? Very hard to find advice and parts, manuals, and a place to fix things. Much easier now.
Almost never pay full retail for parts anymore. Before only available from mfgr. Or junk yards.
Manuals? If you could find them, ordered via phone, waited 1-2 weeks for them to arrive. Now most are available online in pdf files.
Advice: almost too much now. Zero before, unless you knew someone.
I would never have bought a DP, without Internet backup.
Well you do have an excellent point about having the internet now to find parts, advice, and ordering. I'm with you. Back in the day before the internet, I can't imagine having this behemoth and keeping it healthy.