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A plea for an import workshop in NQ

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I got raped today. They say it helps to talk about it so here goes.

It all started a couple of months ago. I was looking for someone to put my SRNRG built head on my built bottomend. I went to the only workshop that have their main clientele as imports. Being a little gun shy from the last screwing i went with them on the promise of them being gentler. So i booked my s14a in for 3 weeks time. 2 weeks and 6 days go by and i get a call to push it back a week. A week later, i put the car in. 10 days later, Im told that its 'done, no charge'. While i think this is weird, i go and pick up the car. With excitement in the air i arrive to find the main guys there have disappeared and some dude is there. So i pick up the car to find that the bonnet hasn't been opened. Burned again. Ive later found out someone died and its for sale.

In my desperate state, i head to a holden v8 specialist and the only real option left, as my other choices had retired. So i go to said holden guys and ask what they reckon. Their reply was dont know, ill have to do hourly rate. My reply was 'my budget is $2000 and i cant go it'. yeah you should be right. So car booked in for 2 weeks time. All good.

Car goes in on said date. Get a call that parts are needed such as new metal head gasket (my stuff up thought they could be reused but not) manifold gasket and... A new radiator. Apparently it just broke. So $750 later ive sourced the parts and have them sent to the workshop and a dew days postage, its back on. A couple of days later its good to go. So i ask ow much? With the addition of a radiator hose coolant, some smaller bits and pieces plus some dyno time to make sure its ok to drive, the grand total is $2689 gst included! Is ask, how much is labour? 25hrs @ $90 = $2250 in labour only... Then as Im driving Home, i find that the temp gauge is going through the roof and suspect the thermostat is buggered. Great, now to find a sr20 thermostat in NTH QLD...

As i sit here broke, raped and drinking warm beer (as i forgot to some in the fridge this morning) and CBFed spell checking, i start to think how lucky you brisbane people are so lucky. You have so many options.

If a half decent import company came to NTH QLD, they would make a fortune! From what i hear from CNS, TSV, MKY and ROK, they are in the same boat. Hell the best import mechanic in mackay is ' a bloke with a hoist' and the best import tuner is a backyard road tuner guy.

So i plead brisbane tuners please follow your fellow chippys, painters, plumbers and leccys and come to NTH QLD to make your fortune.

Talking and warm beer does help.

Thanks for reading

royinthesadshirt

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your from mackay?

 

could be a long shot but I would ring Dave at Whitsunday Auto one, Proserpine ( only 120kms drive away )

 

he has been turbo'ing cars before turbo's were invented and may be able to point you in the right direction.

 

(was turbo'ing falcons before ford thought of doing it )

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(was turbo'ing falcons before ford thought of doing it )

 

You do know that they turboed the XE falcon in 1983.

 

Sympathys to the OP though. Warm beer sucks.

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an update. found 2 hoses kinked, one that goes to the cylinder head (i Think?) and what looks like a heater hose under the intake manifold kinked twice and a rather large puddle of coolant in the passenger footwell. Atleast i know where the missing coolant is and not in the bottom of the engine, thats a positive. Asked how this wasnt picked up during a couple of hours on the dyno... Blank looks were recieved with one response of air lock... Bleeding the cooling system is for pussies in NTH QLD. So the tally so far is 2 kinked hoses, a busted thermostat and a large coolant puddle in the cabin.

Oh and i found a thermostat...

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(was turbo'ing falcons before ford thought of doing it )

 

You do know that they turboed the XE falcon in 1983.

 

Sympathys to the OP though. Warm beer sucks.

 

there ya go, did not know that, altho still can't find any supporting information, was it ford who turbo'd or one of the development teams trying to find extra power in racing?

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Not sure how someone hasnt taken advantage of the scene up there , if I knew how to tune I would be up there myself making a killing :thumbsup:

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f**k yes definately agree know plenty of people who travel to get there tunes and most poeple try do work themselves cause places here are a joke.

 

If someone setup a workshop here with a great knowledge of imports they would make a killing. My cars havent seen a workshop in well over 2 years after being burnt by local dodgy mechanics.

 

Take your car back and get them to fix it free of charge for that radiator bullshit! Exactly why I don't take my car places now cause they are way to lazy to check over there work and just slap it in then charge fortune.

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(was turbo'ing falcons before ford thought of doing it )

 

You do know that they turboed the XE falcon in 1983.

 

Sympathys to the OP though. Warm beer sucks.

 

there ya go, did not know that, altho still can't find any supporting information, was it ford who turbo'd or one of the development teams trying to find extra power in racing?

Google XE ESP Turbo. AIT built them, Ford complianced and sold them, Although they only sold about 20 of them. Good for 190kw and 530nm in 83.

I still have a soft spot for dumped xe's on 12 slotters.

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Dude i gotta say ur story is pretty bad eh. Hopefully u can source a contact soon enough. I honestly have NFI about north qld contacts too sorry bro.

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im in NQ as well (townsville) and everything that roy has said is 100% spot on.. off the top of my head there is two places that deal with imports and they are both FILLED with horror stories..

 

i have no idea why no decent tuners have moved up here, setup a workshop, and absolutely KILLED it.. they would have so much business due to the huge army base we have up here, which means there is army boys coming back from overseas, cashed up, and looking into buying imports.. all the pieces are here for an import business to clean up, and i just dont know why noone reputable from downsouth considers either branching out and opening up a shop up here, or packing up and moving..

 

anyways, glad you got your shit sorted roy.. ultimately i have just learnt to do everything by myself and with mates, but when it comes to tuning, im just not game.. perhaps i should just buy a wideband and a dedicated laptop and just learn how to street tune.. at least then MY car would be tuned.. :P

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ever heard of car carriers? I live in mount isa, you want to try and get a mechanic to look at your car here, now thats a f**king joke. One dyno in town, and 2 tuners, all i can say is "LOL". Youve got Xstrata employees here on around 80k/year minimum and mostly all go to townsville for a dodgy tune, I ended up shipping my car to brisbane, it cost me $560. Well worth it. If someone good who tunes and does quality gauranteed work on imports and the like and moved to townsville they would dominate. Gauranteed.

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ever heard of car carriers? I live in mount isa, you want to try and get a mechanic to look at your car here, now thats a f**king joke. One dyno in town, and 2 tuners, all i can say is "LOL". Youve got Xstrata employees here on around 80k/year minimum and mostly all go to townsville for a dodgy tune, I ended up shipping my car to brisbane, it cost me $560. Well worth it. If someone good who tunes and does quality gauranteed work on imports and the like and moved to townsville they would dominate. Gauranteed.

 

who did you go through for the car transport?? iv considered it before, but couldnt find anything sub $800.. which was only one way, so then work out flights down there to drive it back, fuel, the actual tune itself, ends up being like $1500 to get your car tuned.. also that means you cant do any more mods that would require retuning, or your up for another $1500.. i understand a good tune should cost dollars, but not dollars to get your car there, and then get it home again..

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I organised my transport through www.movemycar.com.au man, the thing with the transport is its 560 to get from isa to brisbane, but $1100 back! so its better for me to either fly from isa to bris n drive it home or drive to tsv then fly to bris and drive it home (saves a couple hundred on fuel)

The reason i sent my car to brisbane but is i am changing my whole setup, Fully forged SRNRG engine, new precision topmount plus new manifold dump screamer gate, new ecu, new front mount, new twin 3inch drift pipes, top feed inj setup, spending ALOT of money otherwise i would of had it tuned in tsv. But in saying that, and this is going to sound like a plug for ecc but after sending my car to Eastcoast Customs and talking to rob and Ben there, im pretty much keen to not go anywhere else man, they are awesome guys, they bend over backwards to help you especially us out of towners as they realise how hard for us it is to get shit done properly to our prides and joys...

 

I will not be going back to TMS, last time they did my tune they wouldnt tell me a price i had to leave my car with them from 8am - 5pm and i was left with no car all day, i also couldnt sit around and watch them tune my shit like most places let you if your from out of town and then i went to pick up my car and they said $600 when the tune before that they only charged me 300, and both tunes were just a clean up nothing major!! i could go on all day about it but ill stop.

 

/end rant.

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I organised my transport through www.movemycar.com.au man, the thing with the transport is its 560 to get from isa to brisbane, but $1100 back! so its better for me to either fly from isa to bris n drive it home or drive to tsv then fly to bris and drive it home (saves a couple hundred on fuel)

The reason i sent my car to brisbane but is i am changing my whole setup, Fully forged SRNRG engine, new precision topmount plus new manifold dump screamer gate, new ecu, new front mount, new twin 3inch drift pipes, top feed inj setup, spending ALOT of money otherwise i would of had it tuned in tsv. But in saying that, and this is going to sound like a plug for ecc but after sending my car to Eastcoast Customs and talking to rob and Ben there, im pretty much keen to not go anywhere else man, they are awesome guys, they bend you over backwards to help you especially us out of towners as they realise how hard for us it is to get shit done properly to our prides and joys...

 

I will not be going back to TMS, last time they did my tune they wouldnt tell me a price i had to leave my car with them from 8am - 5pm and i was left with no car all day, i also couldnt sit around and watch them tune my shit like most places let you if your from out of town and then i went to pick up my car and they said $600 when the tune before that they only charged me 300, and both tunes were just a clean up nothing major!! i could go on all day about it but ill stop.

 

/end rant.

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^^ Not a fan Brento? A great many people on this site frequent them and have great feedback. Annnnd they are a sponsor on this site that do work for many people here.

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I organised my transport through www.movemycar.com.au man, the thing with the transport is its 560 to get from isa to brisbane, but $1100 back! so its better for me to either fly from isa to bris n drive it home or drive to tsv then fly to bris and drive it home (saves a couple hundred on fuel)

The reason i sent my car to brisbane but is i am changing my whole setup, Fully forged SRNRG engine, new precision topmount plus new manifold dump screamer gate, new ecu, new front mount, new twin 3inch drift pipes, top feed inj setup, spending ALOT of money otherwise i would of had it tuned in tsv. But in saying that, and this is going to sound like a plug for ecc but after sending my car to Eastcoast Customs and talking to rob and Ben there, im pretty much keen to not go anywhere else man, they are awesome guys, they bend over backwards to help you especially us out of towners as they realise how hard for us it is to get shit done properly to our prides and joys...

 

I will not be going back to TMS, last time they did my tune they wouldnt tell me a price i had to leave my car with them from 8am - 5pm and i was left with no car all day, i also couldnt sit around and watch them tune my shit like most places let you if your from out of town and then i went to pick up my car and they said $600 when the tune before that they only charged me 300, and both tunes were just a clean up nothing major!! i could go on all day about it but ill stop.

 

/end rant.

 

Oh TMS they are a weird bunch had a little blit of a problem with them myself when I first got my car wanted a service and had all the parts belts, filters etc. and they wouldn't do it if I supplied the parts, then wanted a tune through them cause my mate just had his profec b tuned by them in his evo so I rang them told them what I wanted they said yeah bring it in and we can do it get there with my mate whos they tuned and they asked what boost controller told them profec b and he just ripped the paper up straight away and said "nope don't want to do it" I asked why and he reckoned they are to hard!

 

I was ;like really you did his pointing to my mate and hes just like yeah I don't want to do it, f**k I was angry couldn't have told me on the phone not to bother with it the dumbass. Only other time I went to them was when my clutch shit itself accross the road from them and they fixed it only to have it f**ked again in a couple of months of barely driving it.

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I organised my transport through www.movemycar.com.au man, the thing with the transport is its 560 to get from isa to brisbane, but $1100 back! so its better for me to either fly from isa to bris n drive it home or drive to tsv then fly to bris and drive it home (saves a couple hundred on fuel)

The reason i sent my car to brisbane but is i am changing my whole setup, Fully forged SRNRG engine, new precision topmount plus new manifold dump screamer gate, new ecu, new front mount, new twin 3inch drift pipes, top feed inj setup, spending ALOT of money otherwise i would of had it tuned in tsv. But in saying that, and this is going to sound like a plug for ecc but after sending my car to Eastcoast Customs and talking to rob and Ben there, im pretty much keen to not go anywhere else man, they are awesome guys, they bend over backwards to help you especially us out of towners as they realise how hard for us it is to get shit done properly to our prides and joys...

 

I will not be going back to TMS, last time they did my tune they wouldnt tell me a price i had to leave my car with them from 8am - 5pm and i was left with no car all day, i also couldnt sit around and watch them tune my shit like most places let you if your from out of town and then i went to pick up my car and they said $600 when the tune before that they only charged me 300, and both tunes were just a clean up nothing major!! i could go on all day about it but ill stop.

 

/end rant.

 

Oh TMS they are a weird bunch had a little blit of a problem with them myself when I first got my car wanted a service and had all the parts belts, filters etc. and they wouldn't do it if I supplied the parts, then wanted a tune through them cause my mate just had his profec b tuned by them in his evo so I rang them told them what I wanted they said yeah bring it in and we can do it get there with my mate whos they tuned and they asked what boost controller told them profec b and he just ripped the paper up straight away and said "nope don't want to do it" I asked why and he reckoned they are to hard!

 

I was ;like really you did his pointing to my mate and hes just like yeah I don't want to do it, f**k I was angry couldn't have told me on the phone not to bother with it the dumbass. Only other time I went to them was when my clutch shit itself accross the road from them and they fixed it only to have it f**ked again in a couple of months of barely driving it.

 

yeah the only reason i went there was because i had a microtech and i asked around a heap of mates who tunes microtech and their name came up a few times, and i liked the look of their shop it looks real professional HOWEVER they are not professional. Also, my engine leaned out hard core about a month after they tuned it, ended up a bit of a mess inside...

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might of been a blocked injector but im still sceptical....

 

 

I organised my transport through www.movemycar.com.au man, the thing with the transport is its 560 to get from isa to brisbane, but $1100 back! so its better for me to either fly from isa to bris n drive it home or drive to tsv then fly to bris and drive it home (saves a couple hundred on fuel)

The reason i sent my car to brisbane but is i am changing my whole setup, Fully forged SRNRG engine, new precision topmount plus new manifold dump screamer gate, new ecu, new front mount, new twin 3inch drift pipes, top feed inj setup, spending ALOT of money otherwise i would of had it tuned in tsv. But in saying that, and this is going to sound like a plug for ecc but after sending my car to Eastcoast Customs and talking to rob and Ben there, im pretty much keen to not go anywhere else man, they are awesome guys, they bend you over backwards to help you especially us out of towners as they realise how hard for us it is to get shit done properly to our prides and joys...

 

I will not be going back to TMS, last time they did my tune they wouldnt tell me a price i had to leave my car with them from 8am - 5pm and i was left with no car all day, i also couldnt sit around and watch them tune my shit like most places let you if your from out of town and then i went to pick up my car and they said $600 when the tune before that they only charged me 300, and both tunes were just a clean up nothing major!! i could go on all day about it but ill stop.

 

/end rant.

Fixed

 

gee thanks for fixing that for me man, appreciate it :thumbsup:

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i have spoken to a few people before about doing some trips up but nothing has ever come to fruition

 

it could be possible to work out a trip up there a few times a year, as long as there is enough people each trip to justify the accomodation, flights, time away etc etc and as long as there is a dyno that could be hired whilst up there?

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^^ Mate i think it would deff be worth your while..depending on where you went, i think you'd have people making the effort to drive to see you guys if you were a few hours down the road. Deff need some form of a quality workshop who have a decent interest in imports. If you don't own a commodore or a falcon it's pretty hard to get good work. I've heard aitkenvale auto in townsville isn't supposed to be too bad? A mate got his cams put in and a full tune done there and was pretty happy with the results.

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i have spoken to a few people before about doing some trips up but nothing has ever come to fruition

 

it could be possible to work out a trip up there a few times a year, as long as there is enough people each trip to justify the accomodation, flights, time away etc etc and as long as there is a dyno that could be hired whilst up there?

 

The only problem with that is the local companies that "own" the dyno you need could see it as you stealing their business.. you would need to come up with a plan that benefited both you and the locals..

 

perhaps contacting someone up here that has a dyno and would be interested in sitting in with you and "learning" so to speak, so that they develop the skills whilst you depart your knowledge and at the same time tuning local cars that need it..

 

I do know of one workshop that recently aquired a dyno, but i believe they only use the dyno to check AFR's and whatnot.. if your interested shoot me a pm and i can talk to you further about it.. a mate of mine is friends with the owner so something could be set up, but we would need to investigate it further..

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^^ Mate i think it would deff be worth your while..depending on where you went, i think you'd have people making the effort to drive to see you guys if you were a few hours down the road. Deff need some form of a quality workshop who have a decent interest in imports. If you don't own a commodore or a falcon it's pretty hard to get good work. I've heard aitkenvale auto in townsville isn't supposed to be too bad? A mate got his cams put in and a full tune done there and was pretty happy with the results.

 

Oh those guys :lol: I had abit of work done by them back in the day the bad things are they stuffed up wiring a turbo timer in when they installed it and my boost controller everytime I turned my lights on my boost controller and the turbo timer would shut off, so I had to fix that myself (picked the car up on a friday arvo and couldn't stand waiting till the monday) knew what they did straight up cause I did it with the cd player hooked the ground up to the illumination wire :S

 

The tune they did with my profec b (after tms turned me down) was so crap made 150kw on 14psi and wasn't hitting boost until 4000rpm with a standard turbo! There was something else that wasn't great aswell but can't remember they do charge a fair damn amount though for some average work.

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i have spoken to a few people before about doing some trips up but nothing has ever come to fruition

 

it could be possible to work out a trip up there a few times a year, as long as there is enough people each trip to justify the accomodation, flights, time away etc etc and as long as there is a dyno that could be hired whilst up there?

 

I think you guys coming up for tunes would benifit you the most cause that seems to be the major let down here no one knows how to tune an import up here because they all specialise in commodores and falcons.

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Biggest problem is getting a workshop who will hand over the keys to the dyno bay - almost impossible.

Unfortunate because if someone was to make a name for their selves it would spread quickly.... very quickly.

i know it had been done at the old 4x4 shop on sturt st. but is a bicycle shop now ha.

i haven't trusted anyone with my car period. just do the lot me self. ya learn more about ur car doing that stuff ur self anyways. get some mates to help out if ya stuck. or ship it south lol.

Biggest problem is everyone has been burned atleast once here from shotty shops, Friday arvo disease, dodge.unqualified mechanics or grumpy pricks just wanting to rip ya off.

Its an unfortunate fact of life here....

However there are those who do street tune...

 

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Hey man, I'm based in Cairns. I feel ya. Theres not workshop to support the imports up in nq.... saying that, I personally send my car to the gold coast to Gavin Wood Autotech. He's a top tuner, great bloke and always very helpful.

 

I know it can cost extra to ship the car to gold coast or even drive down. But doing that, I know im getting the service and reliability im after.

 

i did pay $600 each way for freight to gold coast. Costly but I'd rather budget for it and go to someone who knows what they are doing.

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^^ Mate i think it would deff be worth your while..depending on where you went, i think you'd have people making the effort to drive to see you guys if you were a few hours down the road. Deff need some form of a quality workshop who have a decent interest in imports. If you don't own a commodore or a falcon it's pretty hard to get good work. I've heard aitkenvale auto in townsville isn't supposed to be too bad? A mate got his cams put in and a full tune done there and was pretty happy with the results.

 

Oh those guys :lol: I had abit of work done by them back in the day the bad things are they stuffed up wiring a turbo timer in when they installed it and my boost controller everytime I turned my lights on my boost controller and the turbo timer would shut off, so I had to fix that myself (picked the car up on a friday arvo and couldn't stand waiting till the monday) knew what they did straight up cause I did it with the cd player hooked the ground up to the illumination wire :S

 

The tune they did with my profec b (after tms turned me down) was so crap made 150kw on 14psi and wasn't hitting boost until 4000rpm with a standard turbo! There was something else that wasn't great aswell but can't remember they do charge a fair damn amount though for some average work.

 

how long ago was that? The bloke i spoke to with the s13 had his work done within the last 6 months or so i think and has had his car there several times. He was telling me that the bloke who worked on his (Brendon) has a silvia himself. Maybe they have different employees now...u'd hope so

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Definately a while ago man they might have got new employees I've got bad stories about every shop I've been to here so my car doesn't go near any of them now.

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latest update. The car had been running rough as guts ( bunny hopping idleing in first gear) thinking its the tune. I get the best tuner in mackay (a backyard road tuner) to tune my car. He cannot fix the idle and asks if the timing is correct. Having being told that it had been on a dyno for 2 hours i presumed it had. I borrow a timing light and find that the timing was only out by 15 degrees... Hrmmm, 2 hours dyno time well spent. I fixed the timing via via CAS, idle ok. Next to hours me tuning go by and the tuner is getting pissed off as the power fc is playing up. So i swap it for another one, problem fixed. Hour later the oil light comes slowly on and off in a second, followed by a noise in the top end (i hope) possibly/hopefully a lifter. Turn off car, check oil, ok. Turn car back on and noise still there. Limp is back to a mates place that is close. Inspect parts left over from head swap to discover that rockerarm stoppers are in the box and not installed.

So the tally is so far, 1 radiator, one thermostat, two kinked water hoses, two kinked airlines, busted heater hose, timing out by 15 degrees, one power fc, one buggered lifter (hopefully), no RAS reinstalled and a very pissed off tuner. All this for $2700! Bargins! And ive probably missed something.

the reason i didn't freight it down was i genuinely didn't think it would cost so much and be this useless...

Its going to be fire and brimstone tomorrow

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Biggest problem is getting a workshop who will hand over the keys to the dyno bay - almost impossible.

Unfortunate because if someone was to make a name for their selves it would spread quickly.... very quickly.

i know it had been done at the old 4x4 shop on sturt st. but is a bicycle shop now ha...

Ive borrowed LG auto's dyno on Pilkington street before as a mate with a Power FC flew someone in to tune it. Not sure if he will do it all the time but if something was organised i could ask him again as a friendly favour. The main reason i am still using a factory ECU is because clowns up here think its a gameboy.

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sad update. Found that all my lifters are fine. Just that theres now 4mm missing off my exhaust lobe. Lucky greddy easy cams grow on trees. Oil sample taken. Hope my oil filter got all the shavings. Shitty Doesn't even come close. Ready to burn that joint down with people in it.

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