The backstory is that this guy, Joe Cole, went to a shady mechanic, and got screwed. He wanted his engine rebuilt for his '65 Mustang, named Rosie. Joe Cole lives here in Aurora, Colorado, where I hang my hat. He was promised a rebuild for $900, but after shelling out $600 more, only got his car back, with no rebuild.
Small claims court, etc, buyer beware, avoid shady deals and so on.
Bottom line though, would you guys be interested in helping Joe out to build his dream car?
I've been talking to Classic Mustangs LLC, based here in Castle Rock, about the guy's situation. They think ballpark figure of $4000 for the rebuild, but will likely require other work. Specifically,
"In car service, complete engine rebuild would be close to 4000. Given the age of the car other things likely needing to be done to make it a reliable driver like a new radiator, carb work, exhaust ect. This would push the bill even higher. The actual true cost to do restoration work on classics opens up an opportunity for rookies and home based operations to offer low prices and then the unsuspecting low knowledge customers fall right into the trap and all parties end up losing out."
Based on their ballpark figure, I would say we're looking at $10,000 for a decent engine rebuild plus other work to get the car in shape, on the road, and allowing Joe to fulfill his dream.
Now I don't know Joe, he's just a fellow car guy with a dream. I've contacted the reporter who provided the story, and have asked her to put me in touch with him. I imagine he has to go through small claims court to try to get his money back. I can imagine that's a time consuming process, with a small likelihood of getting restitution.
So, thoughts? Would you guys kick in a small donations to help him out? If so, I will look into a Gofundme link.
All photos courtesy of Fox31 Denver.