I'm trying to get some Threebond 1211 for my copper head gasket when it arrives. It was recommended by Ridgecrest.
I looked on the Threebond website, in a vein attempt to save time to see who would stock it. Repco was the main distributor. I go in to Repco Indooroopilly, get stared at by some mentally deficient clerk who hasn't the vaguest idea what I'm asking for, so he walks me over to the other sealants to look for some. He stares at the rack at a bunch of Permatex products for a long moment, in which time seemed to stop, before realising that they didn't stock it. I could go on, I knew more about the product than he did, which is pathetic for a retailer.
None in stock. Big surprise. Automotive stores suck. I buy what I can online, but can't find anyone selling Threebond online.
He could get it in from another store, I'd have to pay the freight. I agreed, so long as he could post it to my address and got out my wallet to pay. No, you have to come in to the store to pick it up. I walked out.
I got on to the distributor for Australia, who was slightly more helpful. Recommended places to try - called them, nobody had it, I called him back and told him. He called me back ten minutes later - found someone who had one tube left in stock! (Great distributor!) I called them, but they were thirty minutes drive away and wouldn't post. I told them I'd have to find someone who would.
Texted back the distributor letting him know that they wouldn't post to me, and I'd have to use something else like Permatex.
I guess stores like Repco and Autobarn will be gone in a few years, unless they find more people who want to buy love heart shaped exhaust tips, chromed wheel covers and Top Gear figurines. I won't miss them.