This past week was a little rough for the shop, one of the employees got in trouble with the law, and is facing serious charges (not related to the shop in any way). His life will probably get a reset for a few years, sad to say. Doug, the owner, was trying to work bail for the guy, but they upped the charges, and it was out of his hands. The guy called the shop and spoke to Doug for a while. He genuinely cares for his people, he really wanted to help the guy.

While Doug manned the front desk, I went to the shop and took some photos, as I always do on my Friday half-days with the shop. I came back and worked on their Yelp profile, finally getting into the owner's account, deleting old photos, adding new ones, and cleaning up the profile. It's a chore to claim all the listings out there for a business, and update the profiles. Once you do that, get ready for all of the email and phone offers to upgrade your free business listing. No thanks, the free one will do for now. The Yelp profile had a photo of Doug that wasn't even him, it looked like a stock photo, weird. I'm getting closer and closer to nailing down all the profiles and getting them updated.

I asked Doug about Blackstone oil analysis, and he highly recommended the service, and asked if I'd read Bob is the Oil guy site. I'd heard of it but haven't read too much on it. Homework for me.

Shawn, a technician, was working on an silver Audi TT, with brown leather seats. The edging looked just like a baseball glove, is this intentional? I swear I'd want to play baseball every day if I owned that car.

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Anyway, on to the good stuff. I'm posting some photos that will hit the FB site later. Sneak preview!

Touring day at the shop.

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Magnetics are a helper for the technician.

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Topside creepers make the job go just a little easier, and are worth their weight in gold.

3 engines for a 7 series. Furthest one came out of the car, and had bad valve seals. Extended warranty guys would not pay for the seal job because they found a motor for $200 cheaper (which probably had valve seal problems). First engine that arrived was a mess, so another one had to be ordered. This project is not going as planned.

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This is Justin Kill, race car fabricator. He and Rick, below, work in a separate wing at the shop, and work solely on race cars, primarily drag car fabrication. His FB site is below.

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Rick works on the front end of a Mustang. He is basically taking the stock front end off, and replacing it with a reinforced, lighter front end. He showed me how the stock frame is a light steel that is pinch welded. Great to crumple easily in a crash on the street, but not so good when you have a 1000hp engine inside.

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Doug Paddock, owner of Paddock Imports.