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nasty experience

Post by joeproctor » Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:43 pm

just a warning of a bad experience,
i recently took on a job of repairing a 1690,didn't want the job but tried to help this chap out who just would not go away!
as i have said in previous post i do not have much time for the big browns and the hydra-shift box well thats something else!
the big engine was knocking like two sledge hammers,i suspected that the pump had failed and the warning light didn't work here spelt disaster to me,
the crank was so mangled it must have been singing for a long time way beyond a grind ,i rang alot of well known dealers all over i actually found one in france,serious money ,so the owner was contacted who said go ahead,i did complete with shells gaskets new valves etc and a new uprated oil pump rings and seals.
runs like it should and fitted with a warning light that you could go 'lamping' with on the moon!
now thats fine but when the owner could not meet the bill after giving me a cheque made by goodyear,i was stuck with a big brown with a lot of money and time that had been spent on it this would be ok if i had a job for it but i hadn't,the owner had no money i managed to get permission to sell to recoup my losses,i made one phone call to a brown operater who couldn't get his low loader here fast enough,paid me and off he went,
that was the happy ending could have been disasterous for a small operation like mine ,

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RE: nasty experience

Post by mitch » Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:09 am


Over hear most mechanics do work and farmer turns up and takes tractor home to be billed later. I assume you still had the tractor on your premises to be able to bargain with owner.
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Post by Chris » Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:23 pm

Sounds familiar!

I acquired a few Fiat's that way when I was a mechanic. Usually these cars belonged to university students. Hey, a blown engine is expensive what can I say ! :-)

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Post by RitchieLeslie » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:16 pm


Glad you managed to cover your expenses at the end of it.

My brother used to run a marine repair business - repairs to engines, marine electronics, rigging and so on. The fancier the boat the harder it was to get paid - and you can run up some big bills on large sailboats.

In the end he insisted on a credit authorization in advance on their credit card for half the estimated cost of the job. Got rid of a lot of shady customers!

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RE: nasty experience

Post by Madders » Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:32 pm

I've heard a tale recently over in my neck of the woods about a 6 pot owner with bouncy cheques, must be catching.
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Post by db880 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:04 pm

We have had the same problem at our lorry depot. You are then stuck with the truck, having to lock it away every night so the fuel doesn't get nicked, just incase the owner gets the funds up-together.

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Post by mickey » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:07 pm

As a fully trained agricultural engineer with 25 years in the trade this is nothing new.Welcombe to the real world of tractor mending. p/s also mend wagons they drive off faster and further.

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