William E. I emailed the two places and both sent back replies the next day stating that they did not have the part and it was no longer available. I also did a mock purchase, whereby I ordered it, put it in the basket and did everything but go through the paying step and the orders went through to that point. I assume that when I would have tried to pay, that they would have said not in stock or sent me an email later saying not in stock. I had that happen once before for something else on a website that was saying available. Everything went through and then 3 days later go an email saying not in stock and no longer available. Also, when I go to some of these other websites that say the part is available, when I go to fill out the inquiry as to if they really have it or not, the website remembers all my info due to computer cookies so seems that they are all using a central web inventory. I think just poor website maintenance. I have also found when checking some of the used parts places online that when you go to look for a part, it is the same fill in screen. One I found here in town electronically transferred my call to a telephone call center that they subscribe to nationwide.
I have made a list of the local used parts places and recycle yards and will give them all a call when I have time. I have also thought about checking with a welding company to see if this can be repaired. I am doubting it as don't think it will stand the pressure/load that it would need but will check just in case that is my only avenue. Also, think I will check with recyclers in TN where my son lives as maybe they might have more old junked cars there than in So. Cal.
Thanks again for the thoughts/suggestions. Much appreciated. Will keep updated when I get more info. Barbara