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  1. Do you know him, or just based upon the content in his email?
  2. Update: SZR refunded a substantial part of my bill because of my dissatisfaction. I’m glad they did the right thing.
  3. So I sent an email to Brad Hobbs, SZR Pro’s manager about everyone’s feedback, and received a response. Pretty lousy response, if you ask me.
  4. I could use some help too. On Craigslist, I get out of state low ballers who want 300 photos sent to them. On cars.com, I’ve had a few interested people, but nothing materialized. I just listed it in Facebook marketplace, so we’ll see how that goes. So far, just a lot of likes and a few instant messages.
  5. Brad’s explanation for the burnouts is cut and pasted directly from his email. Perhaps next I’ll post his explanation for SZR’s failed electrical work.
  6. That’s a good point. Dynos exist. is it possible that SZR could have caused an oil leak at the rear main seal by doing burnouts (and god knows what else) in my car?
  7. As many of you are aware, I brought my 72 S30 to SZR Pro, in Houston, Texas, for a top to bottom evaluation of the car, and for any resultant work. The car was there for many weeks. When I picked it up, I had a long conversation with the mechanic who did most of the actual work on the car. He told me that he really liked the car and had been doing burnouts in it. I’ve been extremely dissatisfied with the quality of SZR’s work. I’ve been recently going back and forth with Brad, SZR’s manager, about the propriety of the burnouts. He gave the following explanation: “No, he didn't admit that he did burnouts in your car, but burnouts in sports cars on private property in front of a performance shop aren't terribly uncommon. It's an effective strain check on the drivetrain of the car, similar in applied force to a spirited acceleration on the road. Oil pressure goes up, fuel pressure goes up, engine, clutch, trans, driveshaft, diff, and axles are under load, and the rear suspension compresses. All of this without leaving the parking lot, endangering anyone, or breaking any laws. We're not going to fill the lot with smoke or burn the tires down, but it is an effective test. That being said, I can see how one might consider that mistreatment. Though examining the physical forces applied to the various vehicle components would show that they're either equal to, or less than the forces applied by an enthusiastic drive down the road, some might be disturbed by wheelspin and tire smoke. If Raul did do burnouts in your car, and this is distasteful to you, then I humbly apologize for our apparent mistreatment of your sports car.“ Even if I were to accept Brad’s explanation that the burnouts were done for testing purposes (which I don’t because it contradicts what the mechanic told me), is road testing a car with burnouts at all reasonable?
  8. REDUCED TO $19,900. Here’s a photo from yesterday in the garage at Momentum Porsche (awaiting state inspection). Saul - 917-836-0545.
  9. Houston, TX. It’s the car I’ve posted about several times on this forum. You can reach me at 917-836-0545.
  10. I listed it on Craigslist for $26,900 OBO. Here is the link to the ad: https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/houston-1972-datsun-240z/6948021058.html I’m reasonably flexible on price if you’re a serious buyer. Or if you have a Miata you’d like me to consider as a partial trade
  11. They started the bidding at $25,000, which was perplexing. That would have equated to $30,000, including commission. No bids. I’d take $25,000 for the car privately.
  12. No sale. If anyone is interested, please let me know.
  13. Thank you. What do you think is a reasonable number?