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Here is a Good Shop and Mechanic for You!

It is VERY tough these days to find a good Mustang Mechanic. I'm posting this because I found a shop that I was extremely impressed with. Just how impressed? Let's put it this way, I have owned 8 mustangs and some consider me to be an expert. In the 20 years I have owned mustangs, no one has ever worked on one for me. Until now. As most of you know, I have written many of the tech articles on this website.

Well, my business takes up all my time now and my garage is filled with parts and I just couldn't take watching my project 98 Cobra just sit there any longer. I decided to take my car to this Mustang shop for some simple bolt-ons to see well they do.

The owner (1 of 2 mechanics in this small family shop) is honest, listens to what you want, finishes work on time, competitive prices, and a super nice person to boot. Best of all, I can safely say that he knows more about Mustangs then I do. Not just the big stuff, but the little tiny details that make the difference doing an OK job and doing a "perfect" job on the Mustang.

He has now done a lot of work on my car over the past month or so. He has not given me any discounts because of AFM or me writing this little blurb. In fact, he doesn't even know I'm doing it. I rarely endorse anyone, so for me to do this is saying a lot.

It is just so hard to find a someone like this to do Mustang work, I really felt that I should let all of you know. A couple things before you contact them. He is a little higher then average on the per hour rate at $85, but this is to be expected and well worth it. Also, you need to be specific about what you want done. For example, adjusting the clutch does not mean, adjusting the stops on the shifter....etc. He does exactly what is asked so he can have the car ready for you on time. They are limited on time, so call ahead.

Anyways, here is the info.

AutoSport and Performance Escondido CA

His name is Rob
 

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Glad to hear you found a good Mustang Mechanic, but it's getting harder and harder just to find a Ford Mechanic!

Even the Ford Factory Trained dealer mechanics know little about the very cars they work on as fas a performance mods and aftermarket installs.

Last summer a friend of a friend called me up and asked me to help him put together a Boss 302 motor....I've helped build ONE and that was 30 years ago!....This guy had 15 years in at a Ford dealership!

Maybe the current crop of mechanics are there for the money and are not 'Car Guys?'



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Glad to hear you found a good Mustang Mechanic, but it's getting harder and harder just to find a Ford Mechanic!

Even the Ford Factory Trained dealer mechanics know little about the very cars they work on as fas a performance mods and aftermarket installs.

Last summer a friend of a friend called me up and asked me to help him put together a Boss 302 motor....I've helped build ONE and that was 30 years ago!....This guy had 15 years in at a Ford dealership!

Maybe the current crop of mechanics are there for the money and are not 'Car Guys?'



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Most of today's "mechanics" are really just parts changers.
 

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You guys couldn't be more right......

Many of the people at the Dealerships are "Techs". Which basically means they have been trained by Ford to read certain electronics, diagnose specific problems, and swap parts.

but a true mechanic is one who has spent some time in the trenches without all the fancy tools. Like a good doctor, they have learned to use their senses to know when there is a problem and recognize it. Then they have to have the experience to know what to do about it. Just because someone is "trained", does not mean they have the natural ability to be a mechanic.

I guess that is why I posted about this guy. Old School all the way. As a bonus, he loves Fords, so he cares and wants everything to be right, as he would want it on his own cars. Hard to explain, but you can tell the difference. He is the guy people bring their problem cars to that were done wrong and no one can fix. He laughs at all the crappy work done. Like the subframes he had to cut off a car because some other "mechanic" welded them on wrong and the customer could even close his doors on the car!. Oh well, Just thought you guys should know about the guy.
 

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You can still find good technicians. Usually they are the older guys who have been there for 20+ years. At my dealership(Toyota) we have 3 guys that been there 22,25,31 years and all three race Mustangs and do their own work. The younger guys are factory trained but really don't know "other" makes. Heck even when I worked for Ford, we had like 1 Tech who knew more than just todays ford engines.

Keep in mind your techs that work for a dealership won't be replacing engine parts for a 69 Mach 1. So many do not work on performance cars on the side. This is their career, not their hobby. Those that make it a hobby, you will see that they can also work on other cars and engines dealing with muscle cars and performance.
 

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I'll have to agree, it's really hard to find a decent mechanic these days. When our other 'Stang got wrecked and 'repaired' it still didn't drive right. I took the car back numerous times to get it fixed right. Each time I spoke to the frame / chassis shop manager and he assured me each time that it was fixed properly that time. When I finally when to the dealership manager I was promptly told that all the repairs were done 'in spec' and no further repairs would be done. I told them that 'in spec' doesn't mean done right. So I took the car and traded it on one that hadn't been wrecked.
 

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It is very very tough to get a wrecked stang to drive the way it did before.
 

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Ya know, I tried my best to make the insurance company and repair shop understand that fact before any work was done, but I was deployed and couldn't convey my message clearly enough. So I kept pinging on them after the work was done because I was promised it would drive like a brand new car when it was all done. It didn't and I was pissed so I made sure I became a thorn in their side as much as I could afterwards.
 

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What was the company if you dont mind? I have had issues with State Farm and USAA.
 

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USAA, they wouldn't even give me an email address to contact an adjuster so I wouldn't spend a fortune on the phone while deployed.
 

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I refuse to deal with USAA after they screwed up and told the VA DMV I had no insurance when I paid the policy in full and I had insurance the day before and after Feb 7th 2002. I dropped them in a heartbeat when my license was revoked for failure to pay insurance when I had insurance.
 
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