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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Got the van back from Arvada German Garage (formerly Wright's).

Rear brakes were $850 with parts & labor. Parts seems a bit steep at $434 for wheel cylinders, drums, shoes and fluid. $230 from gowesty, but I'm not sure what they are selling compared to what I got. Labor came in at $366.

Had a CV joint click that they said looked fine to leave as is.

Work seems good. Prices seem a bit steep, maybe they are normal? I haven't gotten brake work done at a shop in... can't remember. I was under a time crunch and couldn't shop around. In fact, after calling around a few shops, I was relieved to find a shop that would even work on the van!

Anyways... good to know they are there and available as an option.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Thank you, very much, for this useful information. I greatly appreciate the updates.

Steve Horvath at Jeno's lost his European Auto tech, leaving but one person there who can work on a Vanagon--Steve, the owner, who with all the good will in the world has more pressing demands on his time.

The pointer to Wright's/Arvada German is most welcome. I'll keep looking and making inquiries for other mechanics in the Denver metro area.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

driverdave wrote:
I called Comprehensive Car Care & Jeno's Auto Service today and neither would work on my 84 Vanagon. Painters Grinding was backed up 3 weeks.

I contacted Wright's German Motors and they said they will work on my Van. I'm having them change the rear brake pads. I'll report back when it's complete.

Wright's German Motors Inc
5609 Lamar St
Arvada, CO, 80002
Phone: (303) 420-2123


Now known as Arvada German Garage. Mr. Wright was a great mechanic and an all-around nice fella; I've heard that the guys who took over the shop from him are stand-up guys as well.

For the record, 5280 Motorsports near I-70 and Pecos will also work on Vanagons; I saw a fellow Fbook group member's van there a couple of weeks back. They were trying to find a pesky gas tank leak for him. They're also good people, although sadly they were quite repulsed by the idea of doing a 928 timing belt for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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May we assume that you've upgraded to rear disc brakes?
If not, you've got shoes back there, not pads.


Hence the reason I'm having a shop do this Wink

It's been about 30 years since I've worked with drum brakes.

I remember not enjoying the process, but have forgotten they are called shoes.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

driverdave wrote:
I called Comprehensive Car Care & Jeno's Auto Service today and neither would work on my 84 Vanagon. Painters Grinding was backed up 3 weeks.

I contacted Wright's German Motors and they said they will work on my Van. I'm having them change the rear brake pads. I'll report back when it's complete.

Wright's German Motors Inc
5609 Lamar St
Arvada, CO, 80002
Phone: (303) 420-2123


May we assume that you've upgraded to rear disc brakes?
If not, you've got shoes back there, not pads.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

I called Comprehensive Car Care & Jeno's Auto Service today and neither would work on my 84 Vanagon. Painters Grinding was backed up 3 weeks.

I contacted Wright's German Motors and they said they will work on my Van. I'm having them change the rear brake pads. I'll report back when it's complete.

Wright's German Motors Inc
5609 Lamar St
Arvada, CO, 80002
Phone: (303) 420-2123
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Sandy and I stopped by Urabus today, partly to confirm that this shop is as real as my impression of John was on the phone.

Confirmed! Colorado is lucky to have this shop, John and his brother Jeremy are exceptional people dedicated to exceptional work. These guys live and breathe buses, are a good four decades younger than the shop owners we all see retiring of late, and have some pretty special wares in the making...

Sometimes, rarely, it doesn't take a test project to trust those we hire to care for our valued rigs. This is one of those times. They are so hired.

All the Best to Urabus! 👍🏼😎👍🏼
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

I usually camp up around Cottonwood Pass on the way to Syncro Solstice if time permits. I'll have to stop by and say hello!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

"Hi Mick!
Stop by and say hi! What type of class would you be interested in attending?"

I would for sure be interested in the rust repair....maybe the metal/panel fabrication too....."

Electrical 101 perhaps???

Thanks....we'll see you soon....

Mick
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

shagginwagon83 wrote:
urabusvw, I follow you on IG and your work is impressive. IdleTheoryBus's green seats looked great - they were so happy with your work!

Ha, they are staying at a best friend's in Miami now... friend just sent a pic today of their motor pulled, but at least all were smiling.

Friend failed to see my humor in asking if the engine came from a Singer. Small engine meets Small World. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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Mr gas!! He really does the best job for 091 and 094 vanagon and late bay transmissions. His lead time is about 4 weeks. What’s going on with your transmission??


Actually, the only thing it needs are new drain and fill plugs, and fluid. You probably know how hard it is to get Swepco ANYTHING in Denver. Mr. Gas himself, met him at VWs on the Green and up at the RMW camp-outs, told me to quit swivering about what to use and just CHANGE IT, already.

Shocked

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Larry and Jim were dear friends.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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Oh, we are so there if you do an open house around then. Hope to be in the area by mid-April to early May, and within 200 miles of you until September.

Thank You very much for returning my call inquiry so quick today, my pleasure -- and Best to you and your brother!


It was great talking to you today Eric. Excited to see you in Buena Vista in the future.

-John Buschmann
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Oh, we are so there if you do an open house around then. Hope to be in the area by mid-April to early May, and within 200 miles of you until September.

Thank You very much for returning my call inquiry so quick today, my pleasure -- and Best to you and your brother!

Buenie Bus Bar & BBQ!

(Oh darn, that doesn't say "We do bus wrenching," nor "Camp while we work on your buggy") Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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Wish you guys luck! You thinking of a formal open house/campout? We'd likely make the drive, BV is rad.


We're going to have a grand opening party! were planning for late may or early june.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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Mr gas!!

Mr GAS rebuilt my 5-speed 3 years ago and its working great! Especially enjoying the Peloquin in all this snowy weather!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Wish you guys luck! You thinking of a formal open house/campout? We'd likely make the drive, BV is rad.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Hey John,

I'm in Woodland Park and camp up Cottonwood and out at Half Moon Creek all the time. We've driven by several times since you moved to BV but haven't stopped in yet. I'm looking forward to information on the classes. What a great idea.....although I think it will just teach me to leave most stuff to the pros! Haha.

Take care,

Mick[/quote]

Hi Mick!
Stop by and say hi! What type of class would you be interested in attending?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

"This summer we will have general maintence classes, upholstery classes and maybe a rust repair and panel fabrication class. Thank you to everyone who has stood by our side during this big move and we’re excited for this year!"

Hey John,

I'm in Woodland Park and camp up Cottonwood and out at Half Moon Creek all the time. We've driven by several times since you moved to BV but haven't stopped in yet. I'm looking forward to information on the classes. What a great idea.....although I think it will just teach me to leave most stuff to the pros! Haha.

Take care,

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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urabusvw, I follow you on IG and your work is impressive. IdleTheoryBus's green seats looked great - they were so happy with your work!

Brandon! Thank you so much for the kind words! I love kit and Jr, they are good people
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

urabusvw, I follow you on IG and your work is impressive. IdleTheoryBus's green seats looked great - they were so happy with your work!
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