: A story of someone who does it right ....



Stoneage_Caddy
01-07-05, 02:47 PM
I frequently find myself complaing about shoddy craftsmanship i come across when working on cars . Still do even tho i work on cars for a hobby instead of for money (got too stressful).....

Pokeing around today i read a story of a man who redid Porsche 356 engines after a career building nuclear powerplants .....This guy should be a hero to all of us in the mechaincal field ......Not to mention finnaly someone else that feels the way i do when it come to working on cars ...


In a repair guide Pellow wrote, he referred to “Forensic Porsche Pathology,” in which he assessed the “terrible tales of tragedy” behind broken parts he discovered. “Those failures caused by Nature, those failures caused by Man, and those unmitigated disasters caused by Ignorant/Stupid Turkeys,” his term for butcher mechanics whose work he would often correct.



http://www.autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=101079

Elvis
01-07-05, 03:13 PM
That article has a link to this:

http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/wallpaper/sema/sema_wallpaper_thumb.jpg

Leno's '66 Toronado. It's well worth clicking on just to see it in hi-res.

Stoneage_Caddy
01-07-05, 03:29 PM
yah thats a great car but ....well damn i dunno im gonna cut and paste the thing ....

The Maestro: Pellow helped Porsche faithful keep the faith
GEORGE P. BLUMBERG
Published Date: 11/1/04
Imagine how much Jerry Seinfeld paid to have a 1957 Porsche Speedster engine rebuilt by a Beverly Hills shop. Imagine his disgust when it quit after 47 miles. Imagine the joy Harry C. Pellow experienced when Seinfeld called to ship him the car to make it right. Pellow, who died in 2003, was the acknowledged 356 pushrod engine guru. MIT-trained, “The Maestro” built nuclear power plants for GE before moving on to something more complex—diagnos*ing 356 engine failures and finding the remedies.

“You had to understand Harry was operating on two levels,” said Garrick Huey, his friend and first Porsche engine rebuild customer—a ’63 356B coupe done in 1976. “He was a businessman, but also a curious scientist. He wanted to get inside your engine to see what had failed, and why.”

In a repair guide Pellow wrote, he referred to “Forensic Porsche Pathology,” in which he assessed the “terrible tales of tragedy” behind broken parts he discovered. “Those failures caused by Nature, those failures caused by Man, and those unmitigated disasters caused by Ignorant/Stupid Turkeys,” his term for butcher mechanics whose work he would often correct.

Disassembling Seinfeld’s engine, Pellow discovered bad workmanship and incorrect parts, and that it wasn’t the original motor. He later wrote “Jerry’s rebuild was about par for the Turkey Overhaul Course.

“The main case halves are from a 1959,” Pellow told Seinfeld. “The third piece is a ’57. It averages out to a ’58, but it’s not kosher to do it that way.” Since Seinfeld wanted this—his favorite car—to be a “driver,” he agreed to have installed a later-model Maestro-massaged 356 engine, based on the Porsche Military-Industrial unit (used as an auxiliary power unit for F104 fighter aircraft), a stock of which Pellow had corralled.

The Maestro’s signature rebuild was a 1720-cc big-bore engine with special cam grind, and gold-plated dipstick, generator stand, carburetor cable and linkage, clamps, valve covers and sheetmetal screws. Like the cars he was devoted to for almost 30 years, Pellow was complex, odd and precise.

“He invented this persona of The Maestro,” said Mary Pellow, his wife. “It was the character to which he attributed the genius behind Porsche repair.” Under the banner of HCP Research, Harry said he contracted to be The Maestro’s public link. “People might call and ask if The Maestro was in,” Mary said. “Harry would say ‘No, but I’m his assistant. Can I help?’”

Pellow’s dad operated a junkyard. Harry paid for college playing poker and fixing motorcycles. “He counted cards,” said Mary, “and several casinos in Reno wouldn’t let him play.”

He fixed VWs on the side while working for GE, then moved to Porsches. He loved 356s, yet laughingly referred to a “good 356” as one that broke down in your driveway, a “bad one” as one that broke down at night in a bad neighborhood in the rain.

In 1987 Pellow opened his Cupertino, California, shop, where he said The Maestro operated behind “10-Ton Titanium Doors, guarded by the Laser Disintegrator” protect*ing The Maestro’s Inner Sanctum.

Pellow died at age 57 of a heart ailment. Behind the “titanium” doors, the parts stock he had accumulated was astounding, and at a September 2003 auction, more than 1000 lots of parts, plus tools and a dozen complete engines were sold in two days.

Seinfeld fans remember The Maestro/ aka Bob Cobb as the show’s dual persona character played by actor Mark Metcalf. Some of the dialogue went:

Jerry: Ya know, I feel a little funny calling somebody Maestro.

Kramer: Why?

Jerry: Because it’s a stupid thing to be called.

Through his personal assistant, Seinfeld confirmed his engine was redone by The Maestro—but that the character on the show was “coincidence.”

Pellow once responded to the mystery of The Maestro thusly: “Yes, The Maestro does exist. In fact, he exists in all of us. In the form of the desire to do it right... doing the damn details as well as you do the exciting stuff is a mark of The Maestro.”

danbuc
01-08-05, 06:20 AM
That was a cool episode of rides when they built that toranado