: It's official. Northstar Perfomance is moving.



97EldoCoupe
09-15-10, 01:06 AM
This is mostly for personal reasons. Businesswise there will be some advantages, some disadvantages.

Current location - Langton Ontario. Mid-way between Buffalo and Detroit.

October 1st we will be setting up shop in Southern Manitoba Canada. A quick explanation of location:

Directly above the center of the USA. From Kansas City, MO, directly North up I-29. Only 10 minutes into Canada from the border. Very easy to find.

My new place has 7 acres and a much larger & newer shop.

Shipments to the USA will likely be sped up. Considering the proximity to the border, I believe I'll be doing most of my shipping from within the USA. This will avoid customs clearance issues (I deal with that at the border).

I'm staying in Canada for now, but should I move again, next time it will be into the USA.

I realize I won't be getting as many cars in for HG repair and I'm prepared for that. This will also allow more time to focus on what I need to do: promote the bullet-proof repair system I developed. Also, more R&D on the Northstars.

I have sold my Ontario shop and currently I'm a tenant in the same building I used to own. This is not working out very well. It seems as though I sold the property with a warranty. Anything that goes wrong in the house; I have to hear about- even when a fuse blows.

I signed the papers on the shop in Manitoba and closing is very, very soon. I have to start preparing for a move. A big one.

The new phone number for the shop (not active until the first week of Oct.) is 204-324-6410. A toll-free number is planned. 519-875-2970 should forward to this new number for a while. My website will be up-to-date with contact info.

During the next couple of weeks, I may be on the road a lot. Ranger, I have to stop in during one of my runs out West. I applied for my passport today to cross the border (gave up my enhanced license a while ago). My cell is set up for USA / Canadian calling with no roaming charges. As long as I have cell service I will be able to take calls. 519-550-0056 is my cell # (for emergencies and orders only, please don't call this number for advice or troubleshooting - please email all inquiries that are not urgent). I have been known to receive $500 cell phone bills every month so I try to avoid using it as much as possible.

I'll be travelling with stud kits in the truck ready to ship; have internet on the fly, and can print ship labels on the road. Stud kit orders will not be delayed. They may however, ship from Ontario, Manitoba, or somewhere in the USA.

If you have a vehicle at my shop awaiting repair; this may be slightly delayed. Not by choice. I plan to get each car that is scheduled finished before I finalize the move.

I still have family in Ontario with fully equipped shops and occasionally I may fly in for a short vacation and might tackle a HG job or two at that time....

Keeping more than one shop open was not going to happen. The guy I had lined up for that bailed on me; and also I want to be 100% positive the work is getting done correctly. On the other hand; I am working on a deal with CN Rail - shipping a Caddy from Toronto, ON to my shop will be around $1200 round trip- so compared to the cost of dealers, it still may be worth having the work done at my shop in Manitoba.

This is something I decided for my own personal happiness and freedom. Northstar Performance will actually prosper even more in the new location. I may even start sending my own trucks out to deliver/pick-up engines.

I was invited to a few shows; all expenses paid; one being SEMA in Las Vegas. If anyone's going; look me up- I wouldn't mind meeting some forum members.

Thanks to everyone for their support. Thank you to all of my fellow Ontarian customers; I'm leaving largely due to McGuinty's B.S. laws that violate our consitutional rights. Vote this S.O.B. out and change the Highway Traffic Act and I may someday return. I have too much life ahead of me to be jailed for driving 3 MPH over the speed limit. Another 10,000 Ontarians who were charged with this law since 2007 likely feel the same way. Such a prosperous, beautiful province gone to hell in a handbasket because some government officials forgot that we are human beings.

If you can't reach my office by phone between here and the first part of October, it's because there is a lot going on between here and Oct 1st. I will do my very best to return calls and emails ASAP. I don't purposely ignore anyone.

Thank you all!
-Jake

RippyPartsDept
09-15-10, 01:27 AM
wow, sounds like you've got a lot ahead
good luck with the move!

94CaddyConcours
09-15-10, 02:58 AM
Good luck with the move and congratulation. May Northstar Performance prosper.

Jailtime
09-15-10, 04:34 AM
Good luck, Jake! The move makes N* Performance closer to me should the STS need anything.

Submariner409
09-15-10, 09:24 AM
Hope all goes smoothly...........You're gonna love SEMA - especially the booth bimbos.

98eldo32v
09-15-10, 11:37 AM
Congratulations and best wishes.......

Ranger
09-15-10, 01:23 PM
Sounds like on hell of a big undertaking. Best of luck to you Jake. I assume you still have my number. Just give me a call if and when you pass by. You're always welcome and I'd love to meet you.

iowasevillests
09-15-10, 02:48 PM
Congrats and best wishes on the new location, I live right off I29 and if I ever make it up to the border will have to swing by the new location and meet ya!

N*Caddy
09-15-10, 09:33 PM
Oh ... s*** that is a terrible news

RippyPartsDept
09-15-10, 10:16 PM
Oh ... s*** that is a terrible news

you never knew how good you had it

edb150
09-15-10, 11:53 PM
Good luck Jake. If you come thru and meet up with ranger let me know and we can all get together,maybe do a couple HG jobs!

Ranger
09-15-10, 11:59 PM
If I hear from him I'll be sure to give you a call Joe.

ThumperPup
09-16-10, 12:16 AM
Jake good luck and best wishes with your move congrats on the new shop

joe_mn
09-16-10, 06:04 PM
sounds like the dominion area. chilly. but than all of MN is chilly. good luck with the move.

dkozloski
09-16-10, 06:47 PM
Move to Alaska. Around here the more eccentric you are the better.

97EldoCoupe
09-17-10, 07:18 PM
Thank you everyone. Hey Joe/Ranger I would love to meet both of you!

Vasi - I still know where you are and I also still have access to workspace in Ontario... and you're still a good friend of mine!

Two weeks. I have so much to do. I have a car back here for oil leak diagnosis and this one has me stumped. Oil pooling under the intake with no apparent source (not from oil pressure ports). I have a feeling it's a very porous or cracked block. (4.0 Aurora).

If anyone who has a car here finds my posts, please note I am running mostly on coffee without sleep and I will get your cars done ASAP, and very carefully.

Thank you all!

-Jake

JerLon
09-18-10, 02:11 PM
I'm just south of the border in New York. While I wish you luck with the move, I had always counted on the fact that you were just a short drive a way if my HG's ever go. I guess it will just lead to a vacation a bit further away now should the time ever come. Wait, can she even make it 1,350 miles with the HG's gone?

Well, good luck either way.

RippyPartsDept
09-18-10, 03:37 PM
camel mode for 1,350 miles would not be recommended, getting it on a CSX train (as jake mentioned might be a future option) would be the best for that probably

ThumperPup
09-18-10, 07:30 PM
I'm just south of the border in New York. While I wish you luck with the move, I had always counted on the fact that you were just a short drive a way if my HG's ever go. I guess it will just lead to a vacation a bit further away now should the time ever come. Wait, can she even make it 1,350 miles with the HG's gone?

Well, good luck either way.

From the time i was first told my HG's where bad probalby knowing i drove atleast 500 miles from the time i started to loose coolant into the cylendedrs and the time i saw smoke then i whent and had the block test and drove about 2 weeks of driving about 2300 miles before they where worked on i drove Detroit back home to Cleveland Ohio then Cleveland Ohio to Chicago Il

so im better depending on how bad they are you might be able to if you catch it early but why not just head over there now before jake takes of and get them doen just to be safe

RippyPartsDept
09-18-10, 07:53 PM
jake's already backed up with work and this move... i doubt he'll get in before the move
BUT jake did say he'll still have use of a shop in the area whenever he visits family

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 08:14 AM
I'm not saying I won't schedule a few jobs in Ontario every so often. I still have access to workspace in Ontario (back to 500 sq. ft. from over 4,400). It's a 1275 mile drive through the USA between my location here and the one in Manitoba. I've made that drive in 21 hours straight in my 97 Eldo.

I have to keep some space available here in Ontario should a warranty issue ever arise. I'm taking care of a warranty concern right now; one of my employees cracked an oil pan in four places while torquing it down. I trusted these two to do the work while I was arranging the shop out West. I will NEVER do that again. If I have employees working on a customers engine I will be present at all times supervising. Needless to say; that employee is no longer here.

There appears to be some misconceptions in some people's eyes regarding the amount of time a total Northstar re-seal can be completed in. I'm putting about 25-30 hours in each car that passes through my shop. Some go quicker; when they're original and clean. Some take longer; especially when bolts are in the wrong places, overtorqued, parts broken or missing, broken wiring, rusted bolts, etc. What I would like to clarify; and will also do so with a statement to all customers on my website; is that if you're looking for a "rush" job (Quick in and out) don't take the car to me. We work hard and steady but under no circumstances will I start skipping processes or rush things just so you can leave here a couple hours earlier. I work 7 days per week (I'm in the shop right now on Sunday morning 6am) morning until night.

Many customers; especially the ones who love their cars; appreciate the time I spend washing parts and making sure everything is clean and de-greased before re-assembly. Also making sure the correct bolts are in the correct locations. Even the engine-transaxle braces and flywheel dust shield get washed in my parts washer before reinstallation. Intake ports get brushed free of carbon. Pistons and combustion chambers are cleaned. Cam covers are thoroughly washed. Bolts are washed. The more certain I am that when the key is turned, that no problems will arise; the better I sleep at night.

I have to warranty my work and I take pride in my work with every car that rolls through here so I WILL spend the time to do it right. If you don't have the time or won't allow me the time to do it right and carefully, seek a backyard mechanic somewhere who will slap it together, dirt, grease, and all.

I have contemplated retiring from doing the cars and focusing more on the other side of my business- making sure people have access to the best parts and repair processes- I just can't see myself right now sitting at a desk 8-10 hours of the day. I'm trying my best to do both and to be perfectly honest; finding really good help is difficult. I will be hiring a new receptionist in Manitoba so the difficulties with reaching my office during normal business hours should disappear.

I'm incredibly close to closing that deal with Delphi regarding the Magneride suspension contract. If it goes through, Northstar Performance will hold exclusivity rights on paper to be the only other distributor for the Cadillac suspension parts besides General Motors. In other terms; if any Caddy with Magneride would need shocks and struts, the only two companies that can buy them direct from Delphi will be myself and General Motors. This is a six-figure business deal. I'm going to need some financial help with this one. There may be some special deals and offers coming and I will post in the Northstar Performance & Technical Discussion if and when the time comes.

I have plans to talk to Delphi / BWI to see if they can somehow work with me on a conversion kit from RSS/CVRSS of the 93+ cars to Magneride. Maybe something that could take the signals from the vehicle's harness and make it work with the Magneride struts/shocks. A signal modulator? With a firmness adjustment screw for tuning....:D

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 08:31 AM
Adjustment to my last post: Backyard mechanics are sometimes the best (I send some suspension & chassis work to a very good one that I know). My apologies to the backyard techs who care more about work quality and doing it right than the time on the clock.... Ian if you read this; sorry you do great work and don't charge enough!

Submariner409
09-19-10, 09:20 AM
Jake, Don't put all your eggs in one basket: get the Manitoba shop up and running, settle down and take a day off every week - you lost time when you hacked up your finger - cool it !!!

The DELPHI/MRC thing sounds promising - but keep a lid on it for now or you'll never get off the phone/computer. (The MRC in the 2002.5 - 2003 STS is already infinitely self-adjusting to your current driving style, but a variable setting would be fun: something else to obsess over............)

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 10:14 AM
Thanks Sub. As usual your advice is sound and I appreciate your posts!

Regarding the non-allowance of time to correctly do a job; I'm on temporary strike right now. (I have my own worker's union: population: 1)

Some people don't understand schedules and how one blown brake line on a customers car and also a recurring oil pressure warning lamp can set things back. Is three days really an unreasonable amount of time to do a complete re-seal and stud-install on a Northstar? I found another one of those 5-percentiles again....

Retirement is looking awful good right now. I know I am in a position to never take another customers' car in again if I decide not to. My nerves are not handling this very well anymore.

98eldo32v
09-19-10, 10:22 AM
You have to learn to regonize the customers that actually "appreciate" the service that you are rendering.

There is a reason why people are successful at what they do and why they are sought after. There is a reason why people are called "specialists" in their particular field. Then is a reason when you are that good, YOU can pick and choose which people to deal with and the ones to ignore.

A 1200-1500 northstar overhaul should not turn into a headache when there are too FEW people that can actually fix the thing correctly..........

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 11:08 AM
I recognize them. Those appreciative customers have kept me going. I was ready to call it curtains over a year ago. I remember the couple from Ohio who had two sets of time-serts installed and the engine failed. They brought it to me and I fixed it right and it's still going. Chris gave me a handshake and Bonnie gave my employees and myself a hug.

I remember every single customer who's had patience and understanding when I've been injured and could not finish on schedule. I remember every single one who thanked me for coming up with the repair solution that works.

The smiles, the handshakes, the thank-you's. Appreciation from both the customer and the guy doing the work..... I thank them for the distance they come to have me do the work- I consider it an honor.

I just wish I knew who these 5% were beforehand. There's other; very decent and very nice people, waiting to have their HG's replaced.

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 11:30 AM
And it's thanks to Ranger, Sub, and quite a few others on these forums who helped me change my mind and keep going over a year ago. Wallace902 was another mentor. I remember I think it was Ranger who had mentioned myself needing a good strong drink and some time to think it through.

The time is coming where I won't be doing this anymore. It may be next week; it may be 5 years from now. It depends on a few things; my health being one of them. My hands take a beating. I remember a couple weeks ago I was loosening the bellhousing bolts on a 99 STS (Bryan that was your car with the 20's on it) and they were really tight. I had a pipe on the end of the ratchet. The one broke loose all of a sudden and my thumb hit the rad support with all of that force. This is daily life for mechanics. But working 7 days per week, nothing seems to get a chance to heal.

Employees- I know a lot of you are thinking - "Jake- why don't you hire a bunch of guys to do the work for you with all of that demand?". I've tried this. Never again. It's my rep on the line and when my help goes home for the day, they're paid. They don't have to deal with it if something goes wrong. There would be the odd person out there who I could fully trust. I know it. There are plenty of guys capable of doing Northstar work. Unless they're paid a commission and KNOW that they will bite the bullet if something goes wrong, they won't care like I do. It also has to be ONE person doing the whole car. The one person should know which bolts go where, what areas need attention, which wire looked like it needed repar before the engine goes back in, stuff like that.

Any 93-2003 Northstar. Show me any bolt hole on the entire engine and show me a bucket of bolts. Any pile of brackets. I can tell you exactly where that bolt or bracket goes- correct length, head, thread pitch, etc. Certain nuts are in certain places. I've seen so damn many of these that I can almost do it blind-folded. On a good day I can have the engine out and on a stand all by myself in 2.75 hours. At the 4.5 hour mark I can have the heads off and the engine upside down with the block separated. But it doesn't always work like that. Rusty exhaust bolts sometimes require a plasma cutter to take care of it and a torch to remove the remnants. Broken main bolts require taping up the crank and drilling a hole for an easy-out. Rusty or leaking brake lines, electrical problems, all have to be fixed before the car can leave. Misfires due to leaking injectors. Cracked blocks that require a replacement sourced. All kinds of things can come into play and sometimes extra time is required.

All I can say is that I do my best.

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 11:30 AM
And it's thanks to Ranger, Sub, and quite a few others on these forums who helped me change my mind and keep going over a year ago. Wallace902 was another mentor. I remember I think it was Ranger who had mentioned myself needing a good strong drink and some time to think it through.

The time is coming where I won't be doing this anymore. It may be next week; it may be 5 years from now. It depends on a few things; my health being one of them. My hands take a beating. I remember a couple weeks ago I was loosening the bellhousing bolts on a 99 STS (Bryan that was your car with the 20's on it) and they were really tight. I had a pipe on the end of the ratchet. The one broke loose all of a sudden and my thumb hit the rad support with all of that force. This is daily life for mechanics. But working 7 days per week, nothing seems to get a chance to heal.

Employees- I know a lot of you are thinking - "Jake- why don't you hire a bunch of guys to do the work for you with all of that demand?". I've tried this. Never again. It's my rep on the line and when my help goes home for the day, they're paid. They don't have to deal with it if something goes wrong. There would be the odd person out there who I could fully trust. I know it. There are plenty of guys capable of doing Northstar work. Unless they're paid a commission and KNOW that they will bite the bullet if something goes wrong, they won't care like I do. It also has to be ONE person doing the whole car. The one person should know which bolts go where, what areas need attention, which wire looked like it needed repar before the engine goes back in, stuff like that.

Any 93-2003 Northstar. Show me any bolt hole on the entire engine and show me a bucket of bolts. Any pile of brackets. I can tell you exactly where that bolt or bracket goes- correct length, head, thread pitch, etc. Certain nuts are in certain places. I've seen so damn many of these that I can almost do it blind-folded. On a good day I can have the engine out and on a stand all by myself in 2.75 hours. At the 4.5 hour mark I can have the heads off and the engine upside down with the block separated. But it doesn't always work like that. Rusty exhaust bolts sometimes require a plasma cutter to take care of it and a torch to remove the remnants. Broken main bolts require taping up the crank and drilling a hole for an easy-out. Rusty or leaking brake lines, electrical problems, all have to be fixed before the car can leave. Misfires due to leaking injectors. Cracked blocks that require a replacement sourced. All kinds of things can come into play and sometimes extra time is required.

All I can say is that I do my best.

98eldo32v
09-19-10, 11:32 AM
That's good Jake. Just hang in there and don't let the bad apples ruin it for you and everyone else.

GOOD IS NOT CHEAP
CHEAP IS NOT GOING TO BE GOOD.

98eldo32v
09-19-10, 11:53 AM
There is nothing wrong with you taking personal pride in what you do. I understand you completely on that.

You want to KNOW that everything is done correctly and put back in the right places. You don't want to wonder if someone has cut a corner to save time or left off a bracket because they didn't want to spend the extra time to put it back on.

Only a "perfectonist" operates like that. There is nothing wrong with trying to be perfect. Yet, there is nothing "perfect" in life. Yet, I always believed in doing it right the first time. Never wonder. If in doubt, pull it out.

I also understand that you are getting worn out because of so many northstars to repair and the work that goes with it.

Being a mechanic is not easy. I've always taken my hat off to mechanics because I KNOW what they go through. I could have easily chosen the mechanic profession, but I chose not to after looking at my other mechanic buddies and what they had to endure. It's hard work, day in and day out. It's a profession that you win some and lose some.

I'm glad you have taken your love for these cars and been successful with them. I know they are many that are glad that you have come up with a solution for the head repair, including myself. To be honest, if there wasn't a solution like yours I probably would have never even entertained the idea of having my eldorado knowing the northstars had some issues in that department.

Jake chin up, take a vacation or two. The cars will be there when you get back.

The people who don't understand what it takes to repair such an engine correctly takes time. They can take it somewhere else, fix it themselves or get in line to wait to see the doctor.

I can't remember the last time I could go to the doctor's office and rush him?!

98eldo32v

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 12:59 PM
Thanks 98eldo.

I have a shipment of parts arriving in Manitoba Thursday sometime. I would like to be there to take inventory and unload. I also have to set up a post office box and a few other things. I need to stay here and work but I'll tell ya- a day or two on the road would be a nice little break.

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 02:46 PM
Strike is over I guess. I'll never touch a customers engine when I'm still upset. That's like having a doctor operate on you when you've pissed him off....

Back to work.

97EldoCoupe
09-19-10, 04:32 PM
Anyone have any M8x1.25 thread repair kits (helicoils - timeserts I don't care) and live within 100 km of me let me know ASAP- 519-875-2970

If not I may have to fire up the old trusty lathe. Oil filter mount bolt holes stripped. Both of them. Wonderful-

Any other day I have access to these kits 10 minutes away. I have to start taking Sundays off.

dvo816
09-19-10, 04:33 PM
If you plan on opening a shop in the U.S., you can't get much more central than Kansas City. Its quickly becoming a hub for large warehouses because 2 of the largest interstates connect here (I-70 and I-35). Just something to think about for the future possibly. Good luck with everything!

ga_etc
09-20-10, 01:10 AM
Jake, sorry to hear that somethings are being a PITA, but glad you haven't given up. Though I haven't needed your services, I can tell from your passion for these cars, that you do an amazing job. I can only hope that if something happens to my ETC I am in a position to send/take it to you. Please keep us posted on the deal with Delphi. Being able to convert a CVRSS car to MagneRide would be phenomenal.

97EldoCoupe
09-21-10, 12:55 PM
Thanks. At 04:30 yesterday morning, the timing components were still left to install and the engine still have to be dropped in. That Deville was running and ready for pickup at 10:50am the same day. Had the customer not given me an ear-full it would have been ready Sunday at 5pm like I told him. I took it easy most of Sunday.

Who knew that you could use engine mount bolts from a 98 STS to bolt on an oil filter mount...... I just re-tapped the M8x1.25 holes to M10x1.5 and drilled out the mount/shortened the bolts about .250". Worked like a charm.

97EldoCoupe
09-21-10, 12:57 PM
Edited- due to double post.

Kansas City would be a great location. If Manitoba doesn't work out; I'll definitely keep that in mind! :thumbsup:

vincentm
09-21-10, 01:52 PM
Edited- due to double post.

Kansas City would be a great location. If Manitoba doesn't work out; I'll definitely keep that in mind! :thumbsup:

Relocate to SE Washington lol

Doug99
09-22-10, 12:46 AM
It is good to know that you will be near Northern MN soon in case my HG blows! Welcome to the Midwest!

miwise
09-22-10, 12:04 PM
Good luck on the move. I wish u were closer to Louisiana cause I certainly would have already brought my car to you. :-(

94CaddyConcours
09-28-10, 03:26 AM
Or another location is Dallas or Houston Texas. Might not be "central central", but its southern central. I-10 run east and west and I-35/45 north and south.

miwise
09-30-10, 09:15 AM
I second Dallas Houston!! Lol

97EldoCoupe
10-03-10, 01:47 PM
Well I'm in the new location now setting things up. Oh man - this is nice. Bigger and better & newer shop, more parking room (7.07 acres!) and at night I can see the lights at the USA/Canadian border from my front porch..... speed limits are a decent 62 MPH, my house is not very old and in very nice shape, I have storage space...... I-29 has a 75 MPH speed limit :D........

I'll be back and forth for the next little while finishing things up in Ontario and setting things up here.

RippyPartsDept
10-03-10, 04:06 PM
sweet... good to hear everything's working out

97EldoCoupe
10-03-10, 04:11 PM
Thanks Chris!

Stingroo
10-03-10, 04:16 PM
Good to hear. :) Any progress with the "racing" bull crap?

97EldoCoupe
10-03-10, 04:36 PM
Yeah. I have to pay $610 +/- for an excessive noise violation. And two of those darn cops took off peeling out with their crown vics, after that incident was over.

Two weeks ago; I just heard this from a bartender/owner of a snooker club I attend once in a while; a lady she knew was on her way back from the funeral home- her husband had just died that day- not thinking, she was doing 50 MPH in a 35 MPH zone and lost her license/car/etc. for "racing" due to driving overspeed. It should be thrown out fairly easy in court but she still had her car impounded and license suspended for a week- and that will follow her driving record for a long time to come. The officer had no compassion for her at all. Same town I got nailed in.

Legalized crime. Ontario has a slogan posted on some streets in big letters: "Highway Safety through Enforcement". It should read, "Highway Robbery Through Enforcement".

I don't ever expect a police force to be perfect. Any time people get nailed /ticketed for going overspeed, they will get a bit upset. Some actually deserve it. But this is ridiculous. A few Ontario officer friends of mine actually happen to agree!

ponyboyt
10-07-10, 11:09 AM
a lot do... my girlfriend got let off doing 170 on the 401.. they had stopped her and another driver. They werent racing, just in a big hurry.

I just got a ticket for talking on my phone last week :P He also complained cause i was squeeling my tires.
The racing / stunt-driving thing is out of whack. My truck got impounded last month cause my friend was doing 135 in an 80, a back country road. Oddly, i couldnt duplicate taht 135 when i went back to that same spot. There is a huge up-hill climb where he got radar'd. that 93 chev, 305 with 330,000 on it, 1000 lbs of tools in the back... it just cant do it. But you think the courts will take that argument? More likely they will charge me with speeding again if i say i could only get the truck up to 120 on that hill.

I had a cop stop me for speeding the other day, he didnt know how fast he was going. He asked to see my GPS, he noticed it on the windshield.... i said no.. when he asked why not i didnt answer, i just shrugged. Im guessing he wanted to see the top speed log, which is well over 200 km/h. No way.

No worries Jake, once you beat a big charge like stunt driving, they like to keep things like that on file. They dont screw with you much unless they have you 100%. Ever since my Niagara stuff, they have left me alone. Im sure all kinds of bells and whistles go off when they run my plate now. More than once ive had them follow me for a few blocks after a heavier than normal foot from a Hortons parking lot.... only to do a u-turn and not bother with me.

They only want to screw with people who they think have no knowlege of their rights, people who just sit there tight knuckled, scared, and say "ok" to every demand.

Why do you think that is?

RippyPartsDept
10-07-10, 04:33 PM
Why do you think that is?

power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Stingroo
10-07-10, 06:43 PM
^ That.

I rarely get messed with, and it's surprising - I've done some really stupid shit. :lol:

ThumperPup
10-07-10, 10:00 PM
im not sure how the cops are in CA i just know what i hear and they sound really shity

me i always say hell no when a cop asks me
to see something other them my License and Insurance
why make there job easier

seems to be the only 4 tikets i have had in the last 9 years
was 3 in detorit because they wanted to mess with me from being out of state and non the less from OHIO with OSU AND THERE msu STATE
and U of M

the other was here where i got one tiket and my uncle who owns the biggest damm business in there city and most 80 percent of the business tax comes from him called the mayor got my tiket torn up and now the cops dont even screw with me when they run my plate they do fallow me alot but hoping they can pull me for a DUI or something but nothing minor

Stingroo
10-08-10, 12:04 AM
Yeah I don't like cops who abuse their power like that. I got pulled over with a friend once, but I was driving, and the cop asked us to get out of the car (we had done nothing seriously wrong, I forgot to signal a lane change) and when we stepped out I took the keys with me and locked the car. The cop was surprised by this and told me to unlock it. I asked why he wanted to search the car and he tried to tell me it was standard procedure.


Bullshit. I was born at night, but it wasn't last night. Wrote his badge number down with my phone and called in about it too. Hope he got fired.

97EldoCoupe
10-08-10, 09:45 AM
I took the keys with me and locked the car. The cop was surprised by this and told me to unlock it. I asked why he wanted to search the car and he tried to tell me it was standard procedure.

Bullshit. I was born at night, but it wasn't last night. Wrote his badge number down with my phone and called in about it too. Hope he got fired.

Knowing your rights and using them :thumbsup:

It took 7 cops, 4 cruiser cars, and 3 tow trucks to take care of myself and that Kia minivan that night. Why? Because the cops were bored and all came for a look-see, and the one tow truck driver said to the other "Gotta get the flat-bed - this is a rear wheel drive" - Damn I wish the tow truck driver was right, but silly dumb@$$, my 98 STS is FRONT WHEEL DRIVE -

I didn't threaten the cops or say anything rude, but I did tell them "Your day is coming". That can be interpreted in many different ways, but what I meant by that is, someday someone's not going to have the control over their anger that I do. Someday he may pick on someone who can't handle being pushed around for absolutely no reason. Officers know that every call could end terribly, and as such, they shouldn't go around picking fights- just keep the peace and order.

Apparently the officer that charged me was shaking, according to the Kia driver. I wasn't. I was just stunned and furious. A number of things were running through my mind that night- one being, how can Ontarians allow this to happen- how can we allow elected officials to take away every single right we have (almost) and also how can we allow laws like this to pass?

97EldoCoupe
10-08-10, 10:00 AM
I am going to miss a lot about Ontario. I know that for a fact. But I've worked in the shop busting my knuckles for a good 2 1/2 years now non-stop, 7 days per week most of the time, and up to 20, 21 hours per day. I need to do something for myself and to be honest, my best friends all moved out West and they love it - I hear the hunting is good (you know what type of hunting I mean :cool2:) and I need to start taking weekends off.

I will be rehiring out West, a receptionist for one, probably one or two really good shop helpers.

I want to start working more on aftermarket developments and get some performance stuff on the shelf. People have been asking me about this for the past couple of years and I need to finish my prototype car.

I also need to continue to make sure repair shops are fixing these Northstars with studs. No failures to date. Too many are using time-serts and having come-backs. I can save Caddy owners & repair shops time and money by implementing my method of repair. A bit more cost out front for my kit can save thousands later. I stand behind my products.

I can no longer keep doing HG work unless I find someone really good to take over the shop - someone who I can train to be as picky and careful as I am. Attention to careful torque specs and details and cleanliness of parts, careful dis/re-assembly...

I need to begin to focus on other things.

Jesda
10-09-10, 03:28 AM
This puts you 200 miles further away from me, but that's not a big deal since transportation up I-29 is very easy. If you do move on to other things, please make sure someone competent replaces you. I've only got 113k on my STS and hope for several tens of thousands more.

97EldoCoupe
10-09-10, 09:52 AM
I'll see what I can do to train someone who cares- maybe pay them on a contract basis and state in the contract that they have to re-do failures at their own expense of time - hopefully that will make sure care is taken.

ThumperPup
10-09-10, 10:55 AM
I'll see what I can do to train someone who cares- maybe pay them on a contract basis and state in the contract that they have to re-do failures at their own expense of time - hopefully that will make sure care is taken.

that does sound like a good idea
but something that might need to be said is failurs for at fualt failures not parts failurs not talking about that studs since we all know that this is not going to happen
but when it comes to maybe a bad gasket or something like that if it has to do with the part that failes then they dont have to do it at own time and exspense but if it has to do with Work failure from what they have doen if part was not installed properly or part did not fail but somethign when wrong then they do it at own exspence and time

97EldoCoupe
10-10-10, 10:25 AM
Exactly. Like having someone torque down an oil pan just to crack it in four different places. That still ticks me off. How could the guy not hear it, or see it? Defective parts- that happens - one cannot be blamed for that.

Here's one for you -

I opened a Fel-Pro upper engine gasket set. I went to install the cam cover seals. Two for the left bank, none for the right. I thought it was going to set me back because I didn't think I had another set. Well I did - and that gasket set had two seals for the right bank. That's a rare occurance-

ThumperPup
10-10-10, 11:17 AM
yeah now that i would say is Human Eror not Part Eror

97EldoCoupe
10-10-10, 01:49 PM
That's for sure. Fel-Pro's mistake, one that could cost a lot of time and $$ - What I have been doing for a while is laying out all of the seals, fasteners, gaskets, parts, etc. on a table before I start the vehicle repair. This way if something is missing, I'll know. I go over a check list of the necessary parts and go from there.

ThumperPup
10-10-10, 02:39 PM
thats a good idea
not in the caddy but in my Lincoln Continetla the 95 i had this one mechanic got a seal kit when he did the tranny in it and well he didnt forget to use anyting that came with the kit
but he did forget to check the kit and there was something missing from it he found out when he took it apart he screwed up and didnt put a seal on one of the gaskets i think it was when he took it apart he only had the adhesive i was like WTF when i found that out it wasnt leaking when he checked it after and all but when i came back at 1k for the first check up he saw it was leaking and he lideraly was pist threw his OBD scanner out the window byacident of his 3rd floor loft office LOL

tigers2007
10-12-10, 01:53 AM
Hey Jake, I hope all is well. I'm the owner of the black '99 from Detroit. Do you still have plans to come to Detroit this Saturday? I'll be off all day and would love to meet you in Windsor to pick it up; if its finished ;)

ponyboyt
10-12-10, 10:00 AM
Jake did you buy that Black 98 with recent HG repair and no reverse?

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!