Thanks CK. What great information.Also, not all shops are created equal.
I've been away from mass so long that I don't know many of the local haunts anymore. I'll asterisk that with a sister up in Framingham west of you, but, she seldom can be bothered with anything that doesn't benefit her. Used to have a mutual friend who worked in a shop though I've lost touch with him.
Anyways, that aside, where I was going with that is some shops work on more old stuff than others, some are better at transmissions, some will do any work but are really good with axles.
If your question is a carb or tuning, there are some great guys out there that aren't a 'shop' but all they do is work on q-jet rebuilds and will rebuild the carb you send them and set it to factory specs for the motor/trans/year you say it came from.
If you need differential work, seek out where the 4x4/jeepster guys go for their offroad stuff.
Exhaust work find a shop that has their own pipe bending machine. If something doesn't work right they can tweak it, and, a good shop doesn't mind cutting out 12" of bad pipe and putting in a patch section for $40 instead of a $400 system replacement.
Radiator woes, summit has a nice all-aluminum no-plastic-tank unit under their brand, but, if you prefer the authenticity truck stop diesel repair shops occasionally still have an in-house re-core service that's going to be cheaper than what anyone else around is likely to charge on a recore.
Transmissions are tricky. And, I usually say hang out at some local car events and see what word of mouth says. Someone who has been around a while and stands behind their work matters. You need someone who knows what you've got to get all the little tips and tricks in a rebuild in there, don't just want a guy used to 4l85es redoing a vintage power glide or dynaflow
As far as anything else goes, if you haven't already you should find a USPS PO box location just over the line into new Hampshire. Have your rockauto, tirerack, eBay, Amazon, etc car purchases shipped to the NH po box and pay no sales tax. If you spend $1000 a year on car related items it pays for itself, and, you get to stop at the tax free NH State liquor store in the process. (Speaking of which, wonder if they still carry 'oh canada' out there, nice tasty maple liquor
Always loved those light blue interiors, the sun fade in the plastics to a whitish-tan always seemed more noticeable though as the pitfall.Thanks CK. What great information.
I am a Malibu fan. So I picked up a 79” at 60 yrs of age. My third. Sweet powder blue interior mint practically. Whilst trapped a bit in Beantown I’m having fun with the build. Tossing belts this summer. Not fun. AC Rehap on the list.
I have a client that has a nephew that works as a Diesel mechanic . On Mack trucks! Kinda runs the show there .
This lad has a passion for everything auto. So it’s cool seeing his enthusiasm.
Cold case oem
3” magflow exhaust front to back
All front assembly
And I need all the rest. Yep. Suspension
It’s a bit of a journey I call her Darlene
Now the gas ⛽️ to N H ? I wonder 💭 if I would save? Great 👍🏻 idea though!
Always loved those light blue interiors, the sun fade in the plastics to a whitish-tan always seemed more noticeable though as the pitfall.
As regards gas money to NH, it's only about 20-30 miles up 495 if memory serves. When we were in Montpelier VT used to shoot down that way into Boston to catch Sox games.
So, depending what you order.... could add up pretty quick, even with these gas prices it's only about $6-8 each way. Worth it for a trim piece? Maybe not. But to save tax and fees on $800 in tires, ot $1200 in a big bore aftermarket brake setup, absolutely
These days mostly georgia. Still have a couple thousand SF of warehouse space in West Springfield though, and, usually up there for at least a month a year.Thanks I will get a beer up there too!!
It’s a half a tank 8 cylinders I know I was there three days ago 70 bucks to fill that tank. What state are you in
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