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Turns out I was right to be suspicious. There was a long list of things he "fixed", but the icing on the cake was the rear brakes. I had asked him to replace the pads, and he did, but the brakes were VERY soft afterward. I told him to put it back up on the lift and fix it, since it felt like there was air in the lines. He "adjusted" the brakes and sent me on my way
I drove it home (carefully) and asked my wife if she ever remembered the brakes feeling like that. She didn't, so we drove it back (carefully) and insisted that he bleed the brakes. He promised us they didn't need it, and that he noticed the ichthus fish on the back of our car. "Don't worry, I'm a Christian too, and I wouldn't rip you off, he said.
As it turns out, his son, the other mechanic, had, in fact, opened the brake lines, and then went home sick without bleeding them. As you can imagine, I was livid.
We decided to just cut our losses and never go back, but that got me started on doing my own work. I saw how much he had charged for very simple things, and said "well shoot, even I could do that!"
Now why, you may ask, am I selling such a pile of junk fine automobile? The answer is large, brown, and rumbly.
I picked up this Aspen instead! I had wanted to build a V8olvo, but life has other priorities, and I didn't want to let it sit and waste away. The Aspen came with a 318/auto, fat meats on the back, and a reasonably decent amount of rumble. See video for example.
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If you or anyone you know needs a 242 to fix up for a DD, or to run in the hunk o' junk racing series of your choice, contact me through that CL ad and say you found it on Hooniverse!