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Old 05-02-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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Soooo if you own a shop, someone calls and e-mails you and tells you they have the money to hand you right then all they need is an estimate on how much for the labor (and you're talking about handing them around $3k) would you

A. Get them an estimate as fast as possible
B. Ignore them for 2 weeks until you have to call and e-mail over and over again
C. E-mail them back 3 weeks later saying "Hey I have a used part I can give you for a good deal" ???
D. Both B and C

well I'd say answer A but the ppl I tried to get my cams and everything else installed buuuut I def got answer D.

can't even give money away these days

but I need a tune and suspension installed...any know anything near Columbus, GA? bc I'm done with the shops in Charlotte
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Definitely steer clear of a shop like that.Do you have a local forum that can refer you to someone?
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Thats what I don't understand...thats the place EVERYONE referred me to. Even on the forums and a few guys from NC on here mentioned it. Maybe business is just doing great for them and they can afford to be lazy.

I can install everything except my suspension kit (so I can get a 4 wheel alignment) and my rear gears....but would it be safe to drive w/o a tune for awhile? I can list everything I've got waiting to put on it if that would help
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I had to check your location because as I read it I would have sworn you were from Baton Rouge. A shop here is exactly like that. If they don't want to work on your car they either A. Ignore your request and just "forget" to reply to you...or B. Give you a price they figure you won't pay...but if you do they just laugh all the way to the bank.
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this is what I have to be installed...and wanting to get Comp Cams Stage II and valve springs installed...but no one seems to wanna do it.

would it be unsafe for my engine to drive it with the other things installed on it for awhile until I can find someone to do a tune?
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My friend's shop is jammed , spring time's busy for performance shops , but even he has the respect to either tell you he can't fit you in or he doesn't want the job .... WTF?
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yeah its just really bothering me....would it be that hard to install gears yourself?? I know there are certain things you have to get lined up and I'm sure my dad can help out and some of the other mechanics he's good friends with.

and I can do the suspension myself....can any place do an all wheel alignment afterwards? and would it be ok to drive a few miles after install new springs shocks and sway bars w/o it being aligned right then?
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Tell that shop to go suck an egg.
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sooo anyone know if thats a good or bad idea of doing it myself?? and I really don't wanna bring the shops name into it just bc they may be great guys and could just be bad timing or something.
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sooo anyone know if thats a good or bad idea of doing it myself?? and I really don't wanna bring the shops name into it just bc they may be great guys and could just be bad timing or something.
From what I understand, installing gears is a pretty exact mechanical undertaking. Just gotta get everything in perfectly or else you can have problems. I've heard plenty of people doing it themselves, but I personally will be taking mine to a shop to get them installed.
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yeah its just really bothering me....would it be that hard to install gears yourself?? I know there are certain things you have to get lined up and I'm sure my dad can help out and some of the other mechanics he's good friends with.

and I can do the suspension myself....can any place do an all wheel alignment afterwards? and would it be ok to drive a few miles after install new springs shocks and sway bars w/o it being aligned right then?
Oh.. And do you have camber caster plates? Idk if your new suspension lowers it but if it does then you'll need those.
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Re: Bad Way To Run A Business

Gears and cams let a shop do unless you definitely know what you're doing.

Everything else do yourself. As far as the alignment just drive the car to any mechanic shop that does alignments afterwards.

And don't worry, it's not just shops over there...
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Oh.. And do you have camber caster plates? Idk if your new suspension lowers it but if it does then you'll need those.
It lowers it from the stock GT to the stock Mach1/Bullett, its a factory ford part and have been told it lowers it about 1.25 and wont need the CC plates, but thanks for the heads up anyways.

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Gears and cams let a shop do unless you definitely know what you're doing.

Everything else do yourself. As far as the alignment just drive the car to any mechanic shop that does alignments afterwards.

And don't worry, it's not just shops over there...
So doing the suspension should be fairly easy. I've changed shocks before...but the springs to get them in and out...how hard is that gonna be?
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It lowers it from the stock GT to the stock Mach1/Bullett, its a factory ford part and have been told it lowers it about 1.25 and wont need the CC plates, but thanks for the heads up anyways.

So doing the suspension should be fairly easy. I've changed shocks before...but the springs to get them in and out...how hard is that gonna be?
Springs are easy. Just use a small jack to tension them up so you can take off the bracket.
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Springs are easy. Just use a small jack to tension them up so you can take off the bracket.
Cool I'll give that a try. Think my engine would be safe running w/o a tune with the other stuff installed?
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Cool I'll give that a try. Think my engine would be safe running w/o a tune with the other stuff installed?
I've got aftermarket tb and intake and such on mine with an sct tuner and it runs fine.
But you'll have to wait for someone more educated on engine mechanics to chime in on this one, I'm afraid.
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surprised none of the older members on here haven't yet. They normally have made me feel stupid by now (not on purpose I'm sure haha)
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Man if I ever ran my business like that I would hope someone would kick me real hard.

It funny it seem even with the economy bad and you get a customer that is going to spend money they would bend over for you. I have been seeing just the reverse I cant figure out way.
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would it be unsafe for my engine to drive it with the other things installed on it for awhile until I can find someone to do a tune?
Your upper list will be ok to drive around on until you get a tune, the offroad pipe will throw a code and the gears will throw off your speedo until you get a tune.

As far as actually doing the springs, the hardest part will be getting the factory springs out, the new ones will pop right in place.
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Man if I ever ran my business like that I would hope someone would kick me real hard.

It funny it seem even with the economy bad and you get a customer that is going to spend money they would bend over for you. I have been seeing just the reverse I cant figure out way.
yeah I don't get it. My dad was standing there with a blank check ready to feel out the amount and he basically didn't take it seriously...its ridiculous.

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Your upper list will be ok to drive around on until you get a tune, the offroad pipe will throw a code and the gears will throw off your speedo until you get a tune.

As far as actually doing the springs, the hardest part will be getting the factory springs out, the new ones will pop right in place.
cool thanks, not worried about the CEL bc it just got inspected, just don't want it to hurt my engine. and I can take it to a bud that works for Ford and get him to recal my speedo for about $20.
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i think i'd steer clear of that shop if I was you.
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Thats what I don't understand...thats the place EVERYONE referred me to. Even on the forums and a few guys from NC on here mentioned it. Maybe business is just doing great for them and they can afford to be lazy.

I can install everything except my suspension kit (so I can get a 4 wheel alignment) and my rear gears....but would it be safe to drive w/o a tune for awhile? I can list everything I've got waiting to put on it if that would help
Now I've never personally been to there shop but they had a coupe of really nicely built mustangs at the autofair and seem to understand what there doing. You could shoot them an e-mail and see what they say.

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And there's extreme mustangs in Monroe, NC that I've heard of as well but I think they mostly specialize in Fox's
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Now I've never personally been to there shop but they had a coupe of really nicely built mustangs at the autofair and seem to understand what there doing. You could shoot them an e-mail and see what they say.

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And there's extreme mustangs in Monroe, NC that I've heard of as well but I think they mostly specialize in Fox's
CP are the guys I'm talking about...just didn't wanna say anything bad about their business on here.
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Hopefully Delk's gone out of business by now but if it hasn't...don't go there (southeast Tennessee).
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many people who open speed shops have no clue how to RUN The business just how to work on cars so keep that in mind... they cant manage their commitments.
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CP are the guys I'm talking about...just didn't wanna say anything bad about their business on here.
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yeah, I was recommended to them too from quite a few people. The whole reason my dad was getting everything done while I'm gone is bc I can't be w/o a car for more than the weekend and its easier to get it done while its not being driven. So its almost pointless to even go talk to them about doing anything when I get back.
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Ehh worst case scenario you could rent a car while its getting worked on
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Ehh worst case scenario you could rent a car while its getting worked on
yeah but I'm also stationed in GA. Every place I've looked for near me just does Imports or its just for suspension for jacking up trucks and jeeps lol
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