By bob P 3255 Date 2014-09-21 21:34 Edited 2014-09-21 23:17
That' s right, that's how much I was charged for a guy to rebuild my stock carb. He also set the timing.......
To say I was floored would be an understatement...... And this was done in the name of a professional Car Museum that I trusted. I know the Mechanic is an Ace when it comes to any vintage car, but his Boss, the owner, is an absolute crook. Well, I got it home and now guess what, I have to take it back because it now runs like crap. I test drove it at the shop and it seemed to run O.K. I've checked for any possible vacuum leaks, etc, but I can't find a simple answer.
At my age, I've got no one to blame but myself. Live & learn as the ol' saying goes.............
Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
By LoCashJohn Date 2014-09-22 03:26
Wow!!! If you don't mind, where was this service done??
Did they offer an estimate up front? Even if not, that's WAY out of line for the work done.
More brains than bucks...
By bob P 3255 Date 2014-09-22 12:07
I know it's difficult to get an estimate on a troubleshoot job, but it was obvious that with a totally rebuilt engine and newly installed wiring system, that the problem lied in the carb. It just was not idling right so I took it to
SNOOK'S DREAM CAR MUSEUM in Bowling Green, Ohio. 70 mile round trip. Like I mentioned earlier, I know the mechanic to be one of the best in the area. So I trusted that I'd be treated FAIRLY...
I'd gave to say that in my many years on this planet, I have never been screwed like that before. The owner of the Museum, Jeff Snook is the culprit. Obviously they could have installed a new or rebuilt carb for $150 or less and it would have taken less than an hour to install.
But I can't blame anyone but me............... thanks for the ear anyway........
By Ron S 3875 Date 2014-09-22 14:04
Dang and I thought it was rough on thinking of buying a rebuilt FISH carb for $450 or a complete propane conversion for a $1000 for my buggy. At least that garages name will stick in my head as a place NOT to go to for emergency service (or even to ask the time of day) when I travel the states with my old 40's Hudson.
By bob P 3255 Date 2014-09-22 21:39
By glassbuggy Date 2014-10-06 23:45
Sounds like the place is the origin for the word '' Snookered ''
By bob P 3255 Date 2014-10-07 03:49
Well, on the bright side, I've got the little car running great again and it's on the road collecting miles.
Here's an interesting sidenote.. My wife and I had driven a little over 100 miles the other day starting with 3/4 tank of gas in beautiful weather when about 2 miles from home, ran out of gas. The gauge read 1/2 tank, but a check revealed it was bone dry. Called our grandson who saved us with some spare gas.
I am now carrying a stick and an extra gallon of gas. The interesting thing is that I got nearly 40 MPG.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2014-10-08 02:56
Damn Bob, that sucks. As a automotive tech I hate hearing stories like that becasue we all get lumped into the same pile as a bunch of crooks. I don't care how good a guy is $700 to rebuild a carb is outrageous. We do it every day at our shop for FAR less than that, and on bigger, more complicated carbs. I woulda kicked Snooks in the nads when I got that bill. I'd do everything to make sure the word got out about your experience in that area.
By Larry R 3785 Date 2014-11-13 01:27
I'm in auto repair as well& sorry to hear this kinda story, makes
It tough on everyone. What goes around always comes around
By Rick M 3613 Date 2015-03-23 01:31
Did you think about turning this guy in to the BBB?
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