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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:40 am    Post subject: Engine Builder gone AWOL!!!! Reply with quote

I need a little help! In March of 2005 I sent my engine for my Fastback off to get a rebuild on it. I paid the builder half up front to get started. He told me the engine would be done around the beginning of June. He ran into a few problems along the way and then pushed the date back a little. No problem. Other things happened and he finally got it finished in October of 2005 and requested I pay him the remaining balance and then he would ship me the engine. He now has my money and I have still never received my engine. It is now Jan. 2006 and I can't get a hold of the builder who has my engine, my carbs I sent him and all my money. Has anyone every experienced anything like this? Does anyone have any suggestions on what actions I should take?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this builder near you. I think you need to be visting his shop very soon. Forget calling on the phone confront him in person.

Sounds like a con man, or a drunk/tweaker .

Hope you can salvage somthing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is the builder?
Maybe someone here can give his "shop" a once over.

Bad situation to be in.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that the guy is on the WestCoast and I am in Kansas, can't really do a visit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbow1076 wrote:
The problem is that the guy is on the WestCoast and I am in Kansas, can't really do a visit.


who is it/ what town?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He is in Portland on 46 avenue.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who in Portland? There are quite a few Portland people on here that could check this place out.

Post up an exact address.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post his name/address/phone number so other Type 3'ers in the Portland area can know to avoid him in the future. Hopefully somebody in the area will also be able to pay him a visit and find out what the hell is going on with your engine.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6712 NE 46th Ave.
Portland OR 97218
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE DBB - DIE DRITTE BAUREIHE

Type 3 specialists, right?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but I think Martin is a good guy and all, he has just put me in a bad spot and I just don't know what else to do.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbow1076 wrote:
Yes, but I think Martin is a good guy and all, he has just put me in a bad spot and I just don't know what else to do.


This seems to happen more often than not with the DDB.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bad spot? Putting you off for 6 months is a bad spot?

There's no excuse. It's bad business.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any suggestions on what I should do?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh, call them, and say where the hell is my engine??
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch... I didn't know that was Martin at the DDB. I'm SURE he will make good on this... have you spoken to him on the phone?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know Martin well enough to talk with him to get a straight answer to figure what is going on with my engine and if i am ever going to get it?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbow1076 wrote:
Does anyone know Martin well enough to talk with him to get a straight answer to figure what is going on with my engine and if i am ever going to get it?


Why don't you take charge of the situtation? It's your engine and your money.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to, but he doesn't even answer his phone. So now I get to spend more money either to fly out there or to hire a lawyer. Now I am getting screwed yet again. Life is Good!!!!
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