: New Shop being set up in Western Canada & North Dakota



97EldoCoupe
04-17-10, 06:51 PM
Well,

After losing my license for driving 6km/h over the posted speed limit, charged for racing because I had "accelerated heavily beside another vehicle", I've decided that this province does not need me, nor do I need it.

A 62 year old woman had her car towed because she was charged for racing, because she passed a semi-truck (rig) on the highway and reached 85mph by the time she passed.

American truck drivers laugh at our new law (and I don't blame them), all rigs must have speed limiters installed or face a fine of $450. Limiters have to be set at approx. 65mph. This makes passing unsafe and almost impossible (lengthy) and causes long lines of trucks to form in the slow lane.

Just too many new laws that make no sense. Increasing living costs and utility costs don't help.

I have one of the best lawyers around helping me with this racing charge so I'm hoping for a good outcome. Up to 6 months jail time and a criminal charge. Up to a $10,000 fine and 2 year license suspension. It doesn't seem possible or real. If I had done 60mph through a school zone I could understand this but 56km/h in a 50km/h zone on a Friday night?!

There's a lot of things I haven't liked about Ontario for a long time. Things used to be different. I remember back when my sister was 10 years old and I was 7. Dad gave us some spare change to walk to the general store and get some candy. "Here's an extra couple of dollars, bring me back a pack of cigarettes please." Have times ever changed. I'm not a smoker but here you can't even smoke while you have a beer in a bar. Freedom is slowly being taken away from people and I've had enough.

Manitoba reminds me of how Ontario used to be. Simple and easy going, people are always friendly, laws are there to protect people and not nail them to the wall. Insurance and utilities are cheaper. The province wants to help businesses and people prosper. Speed limits are respectful at about 62mph on most highways. I had this in mind for over a year actually. The mayor of one of the towns is very anxious to have my shop there and we've been going over some properties since last July.

Unless things change drastically my plans are now 95% a sure thing. I'll be setting up a shop in Manitoba very likely in Morris - a 1/2 hour north of the United States border. Also another shop in Pembina North Dakota, just south of the border. Both are very accessible towns, straight up Interstate 29 in North Dakota, and a 1/2 hour south of Winnipeg on highway 75. Another two towns I have in mind are Winkler, MB and Walhalla, ND. I want two shops close to each other on both sides of the border.

Unless I can train someone who I can FULLY trust to do the repairs, my Ontario shop will close. My name is on the work that's being done so I have to know for sure that someone will pay as close attention to detail as I do, and knows how to handle situations like snapped main bolts and such.

The shop in North Dakota would be mainly used for shipping kits and parts, also if someone wants me to do the work on their Caddy but doesn't have the papers to cross the border, they won't have to.

North Dakota is the first step into the USA. I just hope I can find someone reliable here in Ontario to help the customers from around the Great Lakes.

By the time summer arrives, the Manitoba shop will be in operation and the Pembina/Walhalla shop will be in the works.

Over the next few months I'll be making many trips by air/land back and forth from Ontario to Manitoba. I will always be checking emails and work will continue no matter what. If I leave my shop, I will be taking calls on the road with my cell phone.

Once the shop in North Dakota is set up, I'll find a good vehicle shipping company who can cost effectively ship vehciles from all corners of the USA, to Northstar Performance. Same with engines. Stud kits will also ship faster.

Once again - thank you everyone!

Submariner409
04-17-10, 07:14 PM
Hang in there, Jake - the U.S. is busily trying to become as liberal and socialist as Ontario (and Quebec) seem to be. You give Obama and his band of illiterate fools another year and we'll ALL be headed to Manitoba !!!

ThumperPup
04-17-10, 08:34 PM
Hang in there, Jake - the U.S. is busily trying to become as liberal and socialist as Ontario (and Quebec) seem to be. You give Obama and his band of illiterate fools another year and we'll ALL be headed to Manitoba !!!

Sub you said the exact same thing i was gona say

ThumperPup
04-17-10, 08:35 PM
Jake hang in there sorry that happend

97EldoCoupe
04-17-10, 09:57 PM
Hey thanks guys. I've been so *issed off lately about the way things are going here in Ontario. I keep thinking I have to leave and then I look around. I look at the place I bought last May. 4400 square foot shop. Room for about 40 scrap cars and then all of mine. Corn fields and woods around me. It's beautiful country in my area with a climate warmer than some of the northern U.S. states. All of this B.S. started when a guy named Dalton McGuinty became premier of Ontario (like a state senator).

I know what's right and wrong. They want to make Ontario's roads safer than anywhere else. No matter what you do, people will always die on the road. There will always be crashes- it's sad and tragic but there's no way to eliminate that completely. Lower speed limits can do more harm than good. There are times I won't even go speed limit because of road/light/weather conditions. It's basic judgement and common sense. If speed limits are too low, everyone will pass the slow guy doing the limit. I see this on a daily basis. This causes traffic obstructions and problems. Our limits on most highways, even two lane highways are 50MPH.

I've seriously considered staying here and fighting the system- I've been tempted to start a petition against some of these laws. I have considered going against everything that makes any sense and run for premier of Ontario. I don't have the work history/political experience nor the proper level of education to actually attempt this with any chance of winning. But things need to change NOW and if it gets any worse we're headed for a lot of trouble. People won't respect the law if it doesn't respect them. If you can wind up in jail for absolutely no reason, why shouldn't you make the crime fit the punishment?

I have two ambitions in my life. To help people and to have a successful business. Over 10,000 people in Ontario have been charged with this racing law since it was introduced in 2007. At a minimum fine of $2000 and a max of $10k, I can imagine the money that rolls in. Money isn't everything and if it's needed that badly, there's other ways of getting it. I'll assume if I ran for election I'd have at least 10,000 votes?! This place needs new leadership that realizes we are all people and all need freedom. The more people behind bars, the less tax dollars that come in. The more people without a driver's license, the higher the unemployment rate and more people on welfare/social assistance. If I was in jail for six months I'd probably lose everything I worked for all my life. How many more people would be in this position? Way to go Canada!

I guess the roads will all be safe soon. When everyone's behind bars, there wont be anyone on the road to be involved in a crash.

Somebody needs to make things right. There's going to be more and more anti-government people if this keeps up and that is NOT good. We need governments and law and order. It just has to work for the people, and not against them.

97EldoCoupe
04-17-10, 10:19 PM
One of America's best and most famous Presidents, did not have a lot of education. And still made history.


Lincoln's formal education consisted of about 18 months of schooling; but he was an avid reader and largely self-educated. He was also skilled with an axe and a talented local wrestler, the latter of which helped give him self-confidence.[15] Lincoln avoided hunting and fishing because he did not like killing animals, even for food.

This would never happen today, because society is trained to believe that education should be valued higher than morals and decency. Society today would have never allowed Mr. Lincoln to be elected into office. He did a lot for America and man-kind.

kjasey
04-18-10, 01:17 AM
Couldnt agree more. I was born in Springfield, Ill and i wonder why i still live in Canada:hmm:

The Ontario Provincial Police get paid way too much...police in general in ontario get too high of salary. It goes to there head..theyre the most self centered ego maniacs. They literally scared the tourism out of Windsor. There's more cops that stand around with there arms crossed than actual citizens on the street. 90 percent of the business on the weekends were from friendly detroiters 10-15yrs ago. They would give young detroiters J walking tickets among other petty things. The police took advantage of the economical time when the american dollar was at its record breaking high.

Its all about the Money Grabs. Seat belt tickets are now over $200 plus points. 30Mph zones on 4 lane highways..just before they reach 50Mph zones. If you drink a drop of beer they will ticket you and suspend your license. Emissions testing??? The government builds a state of the art hockey arena and doesnt put enough parking spots...people are getting ticketed for parking and tailgating...what a joke.

There are good cops..i know a lot...its unfortunate that most dont know how to use DISCRETION.

97EldoCoupe
04-18-10, 12:01 PM
Kal does that mean I'd have your vote? LOL- I've been treated better on the American side of the border than on the Canadian side. Ive met nice cops in the USA. I've met a few here but not many. I know of two OPP officers as my customers- nice ones- one of them told me he would like it if he never had to pin someone with a racing charge because he said cops have no business seizing other peoples vehicles like that. Some know decency and respect. But many don't.

I don't want communism to start taking over. This racing charge violates our constitutional rights and they let it go. What's next?!!

Rocket88
04-19-10, 02:07 PM
This has nothing to do with communism or socialism. Manitoba has the exact same "socialist" medicare system as Ontario and the rest of the western world have, other than the US. Which means that it is cheaper and more efficient than the US system and everyone has access to all the medical care they need. But that is a different issue.

Jake, sorry to hear about your troubles with the OPP. The new racing law is moronic and needs to be abolished. However, living in the US is certainly not the panacea that it might appear to be. Yes, there are more ways to make a fortune, but there are ton more ways to loose it also. For instance, as far as lawsuits go, the canadian legal system offers much more protection to the business owner than the US system does. And just be thankful you don't have to pay their exhorbitant medical insurance rates for your staff or family.

No, I do not like where things are going, and I'm certainly not a fan of Dalton, but having lived in both places, I will happily stay in Ontario.

Btw, I get you are busy, but I still have a bunch of unanswered calls and emails in to you.

Jailtime
04-25-10, 12:42 AM
Hang in there, Jake - the U.S. is busily trying to become as liberal and socialist as Ontario (and Quebec) seem to be. You give Obama and his band of illiterate fools another year and we'll ALL be headed to Manitoba !!!

Well said.

And good luck Jake, hope all goes well for you. I know I'd be in a load of trouble by now if I could get nailed for "accelerating heavily." Isn't that what the Northstar is for? :lildevil: Anyway, a shop in ND is closer to me for when I want some work done on the SLS.

ponyboyt
04-26-10, 10:27 AM
Jake!

Do NOT let the police fool you. Once you get to court, you will find things are a LOT different than when a cop tells you how things should be. Yes they are very pesky and often ignorant of the laws they are paid to enforce, but when you get to the court room in front of a Judge who knows his case history and knows the rules, you will see things turn in the right direction. This is why you hired a "good lawyer", hopefuly thats what he turns out to be....

Remember... i was arrested on June 16th 2009 by Niagara police for Obstruct Police "obstructing an officer in the lawful execution of his duties" <---- because i attempted to remove an officer from the rear of my cadillac, an officer who had no business, right, or authority to be there in the first place.

That exact same situation happened to another fellow a year before, with one thing different: they TAZERED the guy. He had gotten out of the car, yelling at the cop who opened his back door to do a search of his car, and the cops partner tazered the guy.

They found nothing in the car.

Suspicion of being suspicious.

The judge awarded the tazered fellow $50,000 in June of '09.

Dont give up yet.

Necrosan
04-28-10, 06:53 PM
I hate to say it, but North Dakota is probably the last place anyone will go for head gasket repairs. Maybe there's a lot there that are already bad?
If you're going to branch into the US, at least setup shop where people will come.
Here's a good hint: TONS of cars with bad head gaskets on the Chicago craigslist.. 3 a week usually. :)

Kick94sts
05-01-10, 04:51 PM
I think it's GREAT to hear about you setting up a shop in North Dakota! I know if I ever need head gaskets, that's the first place I'll go, 7 hours from where I live, and 5 from where I go to school. A minor inconvenience for the best repair possible.

edb150
05-02-10, 07:16 PM
I hate to say it, but North Dakota is probably the last place anyone will go for head gasket repairs. Maybe there's a lot there that are already bad?
If you're going to branch into the US, at least setup shop where people will come.
Here's a good hint: TONS of cars with bad head gaskets on the Chicago craigslist.. 3 a week usually. :)
Your right about Craigs list, I bought 8 of them in the last 2 months alone

Ranger
05-02-10, 11:55 PM
Your right about Craigs list, I bought 8 of them in the last 2 months alone
Still have any Joe? I might have a buyer for you.

Rocket88
05-03-10, 12:44 AM
Your right about Craigs list, I bought 8 of them in the last 2 months alone

Thats really a sad statement on the quality of GM's finest engine and finest car.... :(

97EldoCoupe
05-07-10, 10:08 PM
Rocket 88 - I know I promised you the cluster repair and the p/s line change. More stuff has happened to me in the last two months than what I care to discuss. I still have to fix my dad's cluster too so you're not the only one I've left behind. His truck still shows it's going 220 km/h at a standstill.

North Dakota - Manitoba

It's the middle of absolutely nowhere. Why there?

southern Manitoba. I put a lot of my business before my personal life- but I have great friends living there and family as well. Gotta do something for personal reasons.

Manitoba
-Friends and Family live there
-Living costs are low
-Electric rates are the lowest in North America
-The USA is only 20 minutes from where I plan to move
-Better provincial (state) government
-Higher, more reasonable speed limits (62-70 MPH as opposed to 50)
-Nicer people and a slower pace. People don't put work first there. Hardly anything is open Sundays - they figure it's time for rest on the 7th day...
-Cheaper auto insurance
-Cheaper real estate

North Dakota
-Pembina/Neche is real close to Canada
-Straight up I-75 so easy access from a lot of US states
-Tax and other incentives to set up businesses in the town of Pembina
-75 MPH LIMITS!!!! (OK yes I do believe in driving a decent, efficient speed)
-It is in the USA so shipping engines, parts, even whole cars will be more cost effective than even 1 mile into Canada would be
-I have parts suppliers in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area and they supply a lot of stuff to me. Cheaper/quicker shipping from them to me

I could move into the middle of Chicago. The only way that would benefit me is if I had 20+ employees and 50,000 square feet of shop space. I am proud of Northstar Performance and I know it has potential but I don't care to get rich. It's my passion and it's doing good and that's the way I plan to keep it. The network of shops through the USA and the supplier network I'm setting up with them is where the efficiency lies.

I could wake up when I'm 50 one day and realize I worked my whole life for nothing but money, still single, lost touch with family and friends, haven't used a weekend for what it was meant in ages... You can't take it with you. To do well is nice. To have a house paid in full, a nice Cadillac, a Z71 Sierra truck, a big shop with more tools than one could imagine, would be great. That is my dream. Someday I'd like to either sell this business to someone or pass it down to future generations, provided I do start a family someday. But if I don't make time for other things, and focus on what's really important, I will miss out on life.

A while ago I heard about a guy who owned a driveway paving company- not far from me. He had the business for many years. He lived in a simple old house, not a big-shot by any means. Dressed casually. He sold the company one day and gave each of his long-time employees a million dollar cheque and thanked them for their loyalty and help all those years. That's the type of personality I respect.

Kick94sts
05-07-10, 10:21 PM
You'll have my business for sure if you set up a U.S. shop and if my HG's ever blow!! (knock on wood)

97EldoCoupe
05-08-10, 11:31 AM
Thanks Kick94sts - I hope you never need my services though! :highfive:

Rocket88
05-09-10, 06:12 PM
Understood.
Will shoot you a PM or email.
Thanks.

johnny kannapo
05-11-10, 01:56 PM
Being established already will be in your favor even in ND. You will find the granny laws that only protect you from yourself will not be nearly as prevalent and there is a growing resistance to social justice(commies) in ND the least populated state I think under 900,000 the whole state. Canada is like Europe and the problems currently going on will find Canada first.

zonie77
05-12-10, 06:47 PM
Manitoba



A while ago I heard about a guy who owned a driveway paving company- not far from me. He had the business for many years. He lived in a simple old house, not a big-shot by any means. Dressed casually. He sold the company one day and gave each of his long-time employees a million dollar cheque and thanked them for their loyalty and help all those years. That's the type of personality I respect.

Lot of millionaires that don't look or act like it. Lot of people that look and act like it but are deep in debt.:cloud9:

GizmoQ
05-12-10, 11:29 PM
Lot of millionaires that don't look or act like it. Lot of people that look and act like it but are deep in debt.:cloud9:

And then there are those oh so few of us that can live the "life" without the wealth and without the debt.

Rocket88
05-14-10, 02:03 AM
Being established already will be in your favor even in ND. You will find the granny laws that only protect you from yourself will not be nearly as prevalent and there is a growing resistance to social justice(commies) in ND the least populated state I think under 900,000 the whole state. Canada is like Europe and the problems currently going on will find Canada first.

Huh?
Canada is doing just fine. When the US was facing total financial collapse, Canada didn't lose a single bank. We came out of the recession in great shape and our currency has been more or less continuously going up.

The problems of Europe will certainly find the US first, before it finds Canada.

stssteve
05-14-10, 03:15 AM
Huh?
Canada is doing just fine. When the US was facing total financial collapse, Canada didn't lose a single bank. We came out of the recession in great shape and our currency has been more or less continuously going up.

The problems of Europe will certainly find the US first, before it finds Canada.


I know this is OT but I think you're off point with your observations of the present Ontario government.
Sorry to hear about your experience in the US. The Reality is that McGuinty is a closet socialist, only his supporters don't seem to see that.
More taxes, more debt, and more restrictions to our charter of rights and freedoms.
Substancial taxpayer money went into GM ala Maobama, which I'm sure he'll enjoy the benefits from including $10000 credit to people buying Chev Volts courtesy of tax money.

He is slowly gouging small and medium business owners to death with new taxes. These are the people who carry our entire Free Enterprise System upon their already overburdened shoulders. They wake wondering if they will be able to grind out a living today and earn enough money to make their payroll tomorrow.
Will they be able to meet their tax obligations and will they ever be able to plow through the mountains of bureaucratic government red tape and ridiculous new regulations?

Ridiculous and unconsitutional heavy handed new traffic laws geared at lining their pockets and statistically not improving anything except effecting people's lives not being able to get to work and paying thousands in fines or legal fees, plugging up court rooms from dealing with real crimes.

Signifcant increase in government involvement controlling Utility companies and unconstitutional levying of indirect taxes to the tune of $53 million. Our utility bills are going through the roof, coincidence?

A series of health care cuts including his most recent of $720 million effecting Pharmacies small and large, pharmaceutical manufacturers and nurses costing thousands and thousands of jobs pretending the health care system is in dire need of these changes?? Yeah they need it so bad, health care professionals are fleeing the province in droves, including Dr's in past cuts.

I haven't even scratched the surface as this is OT, however I could not stand for McGuinty's antics to be minimized like that. Sorry for the rant. Jake, wish you best of luck, if you decide to hang around don't forget this clown should be promptly removed from government during the next provincial election early next year, don't forget to vote.

Rocket88
05-15-10, 01:58 AM
I know this is OT but I think you're off point with your observations of the present Ontario government.


Didn't know that I had made any observations on the Ontario government, other than that the stunt driving law was moronic.
I was talking about the Canadian economy in general, and how well we had done coming through the recession and the banking crisis.



Sorry to hear about your experience in the US. The Reality is that McGuinty is a closet socialist, only his supporters don't seem to see that.
More taxes, more debt, and more restrictions to our charter of rights and freedoms.


Nothing to be sorry about. Although I love the US dearly, I just found that the Canadian way worked better.
Don't know that McGuinty is a true socialist. More of an autocrat, it seems to me.
Thankfully, the restrictions to our charter and freedoms are nothing like what has happened in the US over the past decade. Imagine going to buy cold medicine and having to produce a state provided photo ID.



Substancial taxpayer money went into GM ala Maobama, which I'm sure he'll enjoy the benefits from including $10000 credit to people buying Chev Volts courtesy of tax money.


Huh?




He is slowly gouging small and medium business owners to death with new taxes. These are the people who carry our entire Free Enterprise System upon their already overburdened shoulders. They wake wondering if they will be able to grind out a living today and earn enough money to make their payroll tomorrow.
Will they be able to meet their tax obligations and will they ever be able to plow through the mountains of bureaucratic government red tape and ridiculous new regulations?


Well, being one of those small business owners, I must say I am doing fine. Or at least none of my challenges have anything to do with taxation. I am thankful every day that I do not have to provide health care to my employees as I would if I were in the US.



Ridiculous and unconsitutional heavy handed new traffic laws geared at lining their pockets and statistically not improving anything except effecting people's lives not being able to get to work and paying thousands in fines or legal fees, plugging up court rooms from dealing with real crimes.


That is an idiotic law. I said that earlier in the thread.



Signifcant increase in government involvement controlling Utility companies and unconstitutional levying of indirect taxes to the tune of $53 million. Our utility bills are going through the roof, coincidence?


Huh?
For oh, about 100 years now, our utilities have been controlled and owned by the government.

Our utility costs in Ontario are still amongst the lowest in North American. We just happen to sit between the two cheapest spots (Manitoba and Quebec), but we still pay MUCH less than most places in the US. (We pay about 11 cents per kw/h delivered. No where in the US is significantly cheaper, while many places are 100% or more, expensive than us.)



A series of health care cuts including his most recent of $720 million effecting Pharmacies small and large, pharmaceutical manufacturers and nurses costing thousands and thousands of jobs pretending the health care system is in dire need of these changes?? Yeah they need it so bad, health care professionals are fleeing the province in droves, including Dr's in past cuts.


Yeah, there were bad times in the past, but things are still going very well in the medical system here. Again, not a perfect system, but still significantly cheaper and more efficient than the US one. Plus, the average Canadian lives years longer than does the average American.



I haven't even scratched the surface as this is OT, however I could not stand for McGuinty's antics to be minimized like that. Sorry for the rant. Jake, wish you best of luck, if you decide to hang around don't forget this clown should be promptly removed from government during the next provincial election early next year, don't forget to vote.

Hey, I get you don't like McGuinty. I don't like him either. But that is why we have democracy and elections. We are due one by next year, and then we can all happily go and vote him out of office.

83CADMAN
05-19-10, 08:02 PM
The definition of racing is; a competition between two or more contestants and has a point of finish.
The law has this little thing called “intent”.
Was it your intent to race the other vehicle?
Was it the other motorist intent to compete in the supposed race?
I think not!:histeric:
Innocent until proven guilty means, the burden of proof is on the state.
In Washington State the law allows one to exceed the speed limit in a passing situation but once safely past must reduce speed to the posted limit. They even put lines on the road indicating passing zones.

97EldoCoupe
05-20-10, 12:04 PM
Yeah 83Cadman they have those passing lines here too but in all the wrong places :( - sounds like Washington knows what they're doing with the roads. That's fair. Here you can only go over the limit legally during passing by 10km/h (6 mph). Is that *%&#ed up or what? If I drove the way the Ontario government wanted me to, I'd either never get from point A-B or wind up in a few accidents because of unsafe passing (6 MPH increase during passing is not enough speed to pass safely in most situations). When I pass someone, it's pedal to the floor, get around the guy I'm passing, and then slow back down to the legal speed limit (or just a touch over).

97EldoCoupe
05-20-10, 12:13 PM
I will note that WAY too many people pass around bends or on hills when they shouldn't. I see that all the time. Laws are there for a reason - they need to catch the unsafe passers, the tailgaters, the people who swerve between lanes doing twice the speed of everyone else.

The guy who accelerates from a stop sign up to speed, quickly, and the guys who are doing 80-90MPH on an open highway with nobody in sight for miles, should be allowed to continue to drive as they normally do. This is where judges come in. A competent judge should be able to tell the difference whether the case placed before him/her in court is worthy of his/her time.

I don't want dangerous drivers on the road around me. Police officers are doing an important job- a necessary one- they just have to be able to see who's causing the problems and who's not.

Rocket88 - I suppose I need to get those stepper motors ordered. Dad got pulled over doing 117 km/h in an 80 zone a few days ago. That '03 Sierra with the Escalade 18's/Bridgestones rides so smooth.... without a working speedometer it's easy to speed.

83CADMAN
05-20-10, 12:34 PM
"Here you can only go over the limit legally during passing by 10km/h (6 mph). " Isnt that just a simple case of speeding? Why do they allow auto manuf. to design transmitions with a passing gear? When did we adopt the totalitarian princapals of the third reich to hinder and opress the citizans?
I dont know about you, but my ancesters have been here a very long time.
many have fought and died for our freedoms. Now they want to charge reg. folks with felonies for speeding (a trafic violation:confused:) siesing your property, assesing large fines, causing loss of rights to vote and own guns! OUTRAGIOUS!!!!:eek: Oh ya, its starting here too.:rant2:

Ranger
05-20-10, 12:45 PM
Innocent until proven guilty means, the burden of proof is on the state.
In theory. In reality when a cop gives you a citation, you are guilty and YOU must prove to the judge that you are innocent.


"Here you can only go over the limit legally during passing by 10km/h (6 mph).
6 MPH is not much and leaves one out in the wrong lane way to long for my liking.

97EldoCoupe
05-20-10, 02:16 PM
6 MPH is not much and leaves one out in the wrong lane way to long for my liking.

I fully agree. Stupid laws are meant to be broken, if breaking them does increase the safety of our highways. I've always had a problem with the way things have been run in Ontario, and now it's affecting me- big time. I think it's time to find greener pastures...

tomcarrington
05-20-10, 06:35 PM
Before you leave Ontario...do you have time for another head gasket job? I think they have gone out on my '98 Deville. I'll be doing the compressed air in the cylinder test this weekend to verify. All I know is that I would rather have somebody else do this job.

Thanks,
TomC

97EldoCoupe
05-20-10, 07:56 PM
The compressed air cylinder test (leakdown test) will not always tell. It may, but I actually have a good friend who owns a shop in Hamilton called "Rudy's Garage". The tech has done this test on the Limo that he has sitting there and it passed the test, yet still overheats on acceleration and up hills. The owner of the limo wants to pay him to put "Heal-A-Seal" in the system. He's doing what the owner wants him to, but he told me "This car will probably wind up in your shop soon..".

I'm technically not "leaving" Ontario. I'll be in both places, flying back and forth. I'll more/less be a resident of Manitoba, and a guest in Ontario. I still own my shop here and I'm not giving it up. I just have to be 51% of the time in that province. As a Canadian resident I am entitled to be anywhere in this country I like at any given time - that's my right as a citizen. Where I hang my hat 51% of the time is where I'll have my cars insured and plated. I just don't plan on spending much time on the roads in Ontario anymore. I don't trust the system. I lost my faith in it.

I am training a guy right now to take over most of the work here, and if everything goes well there may be a shop opening between Toronto and Barrie just off HWY 400.

If I run low on work out west, I'll fly back here for a while.

My '97 ETC is scheduled for a Northern road trip. I'll soon be a week out there setting things up. I won't be long, and I'll be back here for a while to come.

I will not leave any work in the hands of someone who I don't fully trust. I also will not leave all of my past and future customers in the dust. It is very important for me to have someone reliable to take over when I'm gone.

Tom I'm sure I'll have time for one more.

97EldoCoupe
05-20-10, 08:00 PM
Oh- and a flight to and from London Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba takes about 2 hours. I know the people at Westjet and they do give me pretty good deals. It's easy enough for me to have one car here and one car there. 2 hours is nothing- kind of like being in two places at once.