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Posted by: StevenK Jul 4 2005, 03:59 AM

This thread will be for shop recommendations.

I ask that you please provide the name of the person / shop, phone number, what type of hook up, and if possible the address.

This thread will be highly moderated, so if your post is removed, it is most likely because it is missing one of the above
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Offical Shop Recommendations

Paint and Body
Cedar Creek body and Paint
Terry Deck
512-303-1419
512-914-1419

Transmission Work
Sturdivant Transmission, Waco
Work phone 254-752-5281

Exhuast Systems
183 Muffler shop
376-7002 Daniel Mendez
821 N. Colorado HWY
Lockhart TX 78644

Used Tires
call Marty at 512-796-3777
$10 a tires and he has most sizes

Dyno Place
Colvin Automotive
2715 Hancock Dr
Austin, Tx 78731
512-452-4236
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Posted by: Travis Jul 6 2005, 09:25 AM

cant go wrong with jegs and summit

Posted by: truthful Oct 13 2006, 09:53 AM

not from what i've heard

Posted by: Ameradian_Man Oct 14 2006, 10:27 PM

Any good recommendations for interior work?  I am looking to have the headliner, sail panels and visors re-done as well as some minor mechanical work.

Thanks

Jack

Posted by: Cranford Oct 15 2006, 12:23 AM

I got a good recommendation on Dealer's Choice Upholstery,

http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&hs=Zfw&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=dealers+choice+upholstery&near=Austin,+TX&cid=0,0,6533043454369069713&ll=30.372122,-97.691795&spn=0,.02&iwstate1=form:to&sa=X&oi=local&ct=directions-to&iwloc=A

I might be checking a guy in Round Rock, who works from home, and says he's been doing upholstery for 18yrs.  His pics look good, but I have yet to see his work in person.  Johnpossum1@aol.com

Posted by: Ameradian_Man Oct 15 2006, 07:59 AM

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I got a good recommendation on Dealer's Choice Upholstery,

http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&hs=Zfw&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=dealers+choice+upholstery&near=Austin,+TX&cid=0,0,6533043454369069713&ll=30.372122,-97.691795&spn=0,.02&iwstate1=form:to&sa=X&oi=local&ct=directions-to&iwloc=A

I might be checking a guy in Round Rock, who works from home, and says he's been doing upholstery for 18yrs.  His pics look good, but I have yet to see his work in person.  Johnpossum1@aol.com


Thanks for the information.  Have you seen or had a any work done by Dealer's Choice Upholstery?  Also let me know what you find out about the guy in Round Rock.

I'm a little gun shy, as I had some work done by a company down in South Austin (Top of the Line Auto Trim) and they really butchered the job  :eeek:   , so I am a little more cautious these days.  I would prefer to know that one of the club members has had work done, or they personally know of work done and were very satisfied with the job done.  

Jack

Posted by: Cranford Oct 15 2006, 09:57 AM

http://www.austinthirdgen.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1719&highlight=dealers+choice is where I heard about Dealer's choice.

I still hafta get my new seats, before I talk to the guy in Round Rock about his work.  I found him through a 'net ad, so I know NOTHING about his work, or know anybody who has had work done by him.  After buying the seats, not real sure I can afford to have work done to them.  They are in great shape, I just want them changed a little.

Posted by: Ameradian_Man Oct 15 2006, 01:33 PM

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http://www.austinthirdgen.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1719&highlight=dealers+choice is where I heard about Dealer's choice.

I still hafta get my new seats, before I talk to the guy in Round Rock about his work.  I found him through a 'net ad, so I know NOTHING about his work, or know anybody who has had work done by him.  After buying the seats, not real sure I can afford to have work done to them.  They are in great shape, I just want them changed a little.


Thanks Steve, let me know if you do get a chance to have any work done and how it went.

Jack

Posted by: TexasSilhouette Oct 16 2006, 07:40 AM

Zimmstoy had some leather seats done somewhere, I forget. Looked nice. Wish I had had the money to have bought them. Maybe he will chime in.

Posted by: 89WHITEGTA Oct 16 2006, 02:35 PM

classic soft trim on 183 sorry I forgot who I used to deal with and the number. 183 and Cameron

Posted by: Ameradian_Man Oct 17 2006, 04:46 PM

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classic soft trim on 183 sorry I forgot who I used to deal with and the number. 183 and Cameron


Did you have just the seats done?  Any interior work?  Did you see any other work that they may have done?  Reasonable in price?

Sorry lots of questions, just want to get it right the second time around.

Posted by: Cranford Oct 25 2006, 09:42 AM

Well...I can't recommend the RR guy.

He quoted me a max price of $500, front and rear, even with foam and any spring/frame work, looking at pics I provided.

When he acrually saw them, it went to $359 for just the fronts, and $150 for the rears.  Granted, that only equates to the $500 max quote.

But there is NO foam or frame/spring work needed in any of the seats.

He said he saves customers money, by working from home by not having to pay for retail space.  And he has plenty of work.  No in-progress seats the day I went by... Yet, I keep seeing him "advertise" on craigslist (I know what ya'll are gonna say about craigslist...), and Dealer's Choice, a retail shop on Burnet Rd., quoted me about the same price.

It doesn't really matter for me right now...I didn't realize insurance is due next month, so I gotta save my money for that.

Posted by: Ameradian_Man Oct 25 2006, 03:40 PM

Thanks for the update.  Keep me posted on any new finds.

Jack

Posted by: vanillagorilla Jan 11 2007, 12:06 AM

Anyone know of a good machine shop in San Antonio? I need a couple of blocks boiled and bored. My dad used one here somewhere but he died last year and I don't remember the name. Thank you.

Posted by: BigBabyLou Sep 25 2007, 01:22 PM

If you need some tires and are in North Austin, you can try calling Eric at the Discount Tire store on 1431 (by Cedar Park).

Discount Tire
2720 E. Whitestone Blvd
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(On 1431 in the parking lot of Home Depot)

259-4966

Tell Eric that you have an F-body.

Lou

Posted by: 89WHITEGTA Oct 24 2007, 08:33 PM

QUOTE(Ameradian_Man @ Oct 17 2006, 06:46 PM) *
Did you have just the seats done?  Any interior work?  Did you see any other work that they may have done?  Reasonable in price?
Sorry lots of questions, just want to get it right the second time around.


they did really good work. The price depended on the vehicle. I used to use them a lot when I was selling cars. I would reccomend them to anyone.

Posted by: talanthalus Nov 27 2007, 07:01 PM

I just had my front end alignment done (and didn't see this in here already):

Gary
Brake Check #411
1802 Kenney Fort Trail
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 388-1107

For $109, Brake Check gives a "lifetime" alignment, which allows you to have the alignment adjusted every 6 months for a fee of $2. There is a one-time adjustment for $59, but I opted for the other since I plan to replace other front-end components as well, and being able to have the alignment adjusted any time after six months would pay for itself pretty quickly. I dropped the car off, went to lunch, and it was done when I returned. They are also a KYB installer, for anyone interested who does not have the facilities or desire to do it him / herself.

P.S. If you haven't had an alignment done in a long time and want to know where you stand, their alignment checks are free.


Posted by: BIG_J Dec 3 2007, 10:13 PM

Performance Radiator
8609 Burnet Rd.
Austin TX, 78757
512-454-8850
http://www.performanceradiator.com

I am the manager there. call ask if i don't answer, ask for Jack. Let me know who your are, and where your from and ill hook you up nicely. I can sell the radiator for $90 plus tax. I am running the one we sell, and my car runs cooler than the 3 row all metal one i had in there. I can also get all aluminum rads direct replacement for $375 plus tax. they are the same performance wise as the be cool, and half the cost. we Carrie rads for just about every car on the road.

Posted by: 7D9TA Dec 4 2007, 09:05 PM

A great general Automotive repair shop is John and Corkys Auto Specialist or JC Auto spec for short.

Located in Round Rock right off I35 Open M-F 7:30am-6pm (512) 472-4977

The owner is a friend of mine from back in High school days. His name is John Long. Those of you that know me know I am a picky SOB when it comes to cars and this is the shop I send my mom to for work on her car that I do not want to do. He is trustworthy.

Just give them a call, Ask for John and tell him Yancy sent you. He will take good care of you.

http://www.jcautospec.com/

Posted by: BigBabyLou Dec 14 2007, 02:58 PM

I needed a state inspection on my truck and the grease monkeys at the once-great shop down the street failed me for no good reason (they can't read the inspection criteria from DPS).

So I went to this place on Burnet Rd.
It is just one light south of Anderson Lane, it's on the southwest corner of the intersection. A yellow L-shaped building.
If I'm not mistaken, it's called Broz Automotive.
It is run by two older gentlemen, very nice guys, btw. They passed me with no hassle and they even knew how to drive a stick and in a diesel! smile.gif
And the place was empty when I went, no customers, no wait. But that's probably because it was COLD and rainy outside. *shudder*

Lou

Posted by: 89WHITEGTA Dec 30 2007, 09:57 AM

QUOTE(7D9TA @ Dec 4 2007, 10:05 PM) *
A great general Automotive repair shop is John and Corkys Auto Specialist or JC Auto spec for short.

Located in Round Rock right off I35 Open M-F 7:30am-6pm (512) 472-4977

The owner is a friend of mine from back in High school days. His name is John Long. Those of you that know me know I am a picky SOB when it comes to cars and this is the shop I send my mom to for work on her car that I do not want to do. He is trustworthy.

Just give them a call, Ask for John and tell him Yancy sent you. He will take good care of you.

http://www.jcautospec.com/


I have used this place and they were really great and even gave me a ride to work. My father in law as well as Yancy referred me to them. Glad they did.

Posted by: Cranford Dec 30 2007, 10:24 AM

Following the link to JC, led me to another link with a video from the Service Manager, Dan Pedroza.

I knew him YEARS ago when me & my wife ran autocross. He's a stand-up guy, and it encourages me that JC would be a good place to go to!

I've never used them, or even knew they existed until today, but seeing him there, I could feel confident in recommending that shop to consider using.

Posted by: Smilie Mar 5 2008, 11:20 AM

I would Actually Recomend Austin Drive Train, if you need any drive Train or Tranny work done. They are Excellent, Fixed my 3.73 Rear-end for bout 800, But They were kind of out of it and ended up having the HOusing Killed because of that Rear-end, but they Fixed it for Free. Since then Been Pretty Good. Located Right off Waco Exit from 183 I believe, Right there on the Right hand side. [ADMIN EDIT: it's the Waco exit on 183, aka I-35 North]

I Recomend to NOT use Longhorn Transmission off of 1431, I took my car up there to get the Transmision done because My car was knocking underneath. So they Fixed my Transmission (stating the 1st and 2nd Gear needed fixing) Only fixed the 2nd Gear, and (1st Kicks out sometimes now), and charged me like $1100 to fix that. Didn't put a coverplate on my transmission, and The issue they looked further into it after a test drive, ended up being my Rear-end. So i took it to Austin Drive Train to get that done.


OH And The owner before me took it to LAMBS to get work done, I RECOMEND TO NOT USE THEM. They will screw you over left, right, up and DOWN. THey jacked the corvette headers off the car, and replaced them with some other short headers. Didn't Replace The Automatic Computer, when they rebuilt the motor (knowing that it had been switched to a Manuel).. That place is all kinds of badness. And I believe the specific one this "work" was done at is off 183 near 1431.


Ill add these to the forum of Shops to avoid

Smilie =)

Posted by: Randy Apr 30 2008, 02:42 PM

I highly Recomend "Lou's 3rd Gen. auto repair" Fast, Friendly, and alot of times Free!!! Good service witha sime at a price anyone can afford.

happy.gif

-Randy-

Posted by: Eddy Apr 30 2008, 08:29 PM

QUOTE(Randy @ Apr 30 2008, 03:42 PM) *
I highly Recomend "Lou's 3rd Gen. auto repair" Fast, Friendly, and alot of times Free!!! Good service witha sime at a price anyone can afford.

happy.gif

-Randy-



I've been a customer for a while myself. nod.gif

Posted by: 85z28 Apr 30 2008, 10:30 PM

I just got back from that shop. Great customer service they even offer to bring you water.

Posted by: BigBabyLou May 1 2008, 07:48 AM

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Posted by: Matthew91-Z28 May 15 2008, 06:50 PM

Hello Lou, Randy....good to finally see the light and come to ATGO. Been at thirdgen.org since may '02. Lived here in Austin for almost 3 years now. Dont know why I havent registered here yet. doh.gif

Dont get engine work at Carter's Transmissions. Yeah....it is a trans shop but the owner said they did engine installs all the time.


Took me another month and alot of diag tools to finally get the camaro running right [ after I had the 350 installed].

Posted by: Maggie92 Mar 31 2009, 01:44 PM

Not sure if any of you guys are from Houston or not...but just in case....

Shop Recommendation:

Rutland Transmission
OWNER: Leland Rutland
4415 Spring Stuebner
Spring, TX
281-350-1365

This guy was amazing. Recommended by my boss (who has had 2 tranny's rebuilt by him), I took my '92 in because it was bogging down on take off. I was told that this guy would rule out any tranny problems and most likely tell me what WAS wrong if it wasn't the tranny. I called the shop, explained my problem and was promptly told to bring it in anytime. When i showed up and saw it was such a small shop....I expected to be told that I needed a rebuild. After driving it and putting it on some computer thing....he told me it was out of adjustment. He adjusted it, drove it again and came back and told me that was all it needed. He and his son, Lance, looked all over the car for leaks, broken vacuum lines and they checked out the brakes, as well. The owner asked me alot of questions about the car and gave me alot of info. An hour after closing time, he sent me on my way without charging me a dime. He quoted me a price on a rebuild, because he said if my tranny had never been rebuilt then I make need one in 10k-15k miles...because they usually don't last longer than 150k miles. We'll see...All I know is they have been there 27 years, back all their work with a warranty and are definitely honest. I was thoroughly impressed. Hope this helps someone. BTW, they build racing trannies and the father and son duo race as well.

http://www.nhra.net/2004/sportsman/news/december/120601.html

Posted by: marc Apr 1 2009, 09:56 PM

QUOTE(Maggie92 @ Mar 31 2009, 02:44 PM) *
Not sure if any of you guys are from Houston or not...but just in case....

Shop Recommendation:

Rutland Transmission
OWNER: Leland Rutland
4415 Spring Stuebner
Spring, TX
281-350-1365

This guy was amazing. Recommended by my boss (who has had 2 tranny's rebuilt by him), I took my '92 in because it was bogging down on take off. I was told that this guy would rule out any tranny problems and most likely tell me what WAS wrong if it wasn't the tranny. I called the shop, explained my problem and was promptly told to bring it in anytime. When i showed up and saw it was such a small shop....I expected to be told that I needed a rebuild. After driving it and putting it on some computer thing....he told me it was out of adjustment. He adjusted it, drove it again and came back and told me that was all it needed. He and his son, Lance, looked all over the car for leaks, broken vacuum lines and they checked out the brakes, as well. The owner asked me alot of questions about the car and gave me alot of info. An hour after closing time, he sent me on my way without charging me a dime. He quoted me a price on a rebuild, because he said if my tranny had never been rebuilt then I make need one in 10k-15k miles...because they usually don't last longer than 150k miles. We'll see...All I know is they have been there 27 years, back all their work with a warranty and are definitely honest. I was thoroughly impressed. Hope this helps someone. BTW, they build racing trannies and the father and son duo race as well.

http://www.nhra.net/2004/sportsman/news/december/120601.html


Depending on how you drive and how well maintained your transmission is you can go a long time on it. I just replaced mine in january and I had 176,000+ miles on the trany before I pulled it out and as far as I know it was the orginal trans. I now have 178,000 miles on my car now and she still runs good after the swap.

Posted by: Mitch Reese Apr 29 2011, 06:25 PM

Hey folks... Found a great little shop that does tire and wheel balancing, down to earth, no BS service..

http://onizukadesign.com/jerrys/

Small shop, but the guy will take care of you.

Posted by: rob Jun 10 2013, 09:44 AM

So after selling my 85 Z28, I decided to buy another third gen. This time I bought an all original 1989 G92 5 Speed IROC. The paint is faded and it has some dings but other than that it's a pretty solid and clean car.

I am looking for a good body shop here in Austin to do some work on my new toy, anyone have any ideas or experiences they can share?

Posted by: kewl_blades Jun 10 2013, 06:40 PM

Steve @ Austin Corvette.
He can do it as side work for less cash.

Posted by: BigBadLou Jun 10 2013, 07:47 PM

QUOTE(kewl_blades @ Jun 10 2013, 07:40 PM) *
Steve @ Austin Corvette.
He can do it as side work for less cash.

Does he do paint as well? I cannot find a good painter for my convertible. sad.gif

Posted by: kewl_blades Jun 11 2013, 08:55 AM

Yes. He is the paint guru.

Posted by: rob Apr 27 2014, 07:58 PM

Turns out, I found a shop that does REALLY good work that's in Taylor. About 20 mins from Round Rock but worth the drive. The shop is called Jeff's Resurrections and he does STELLAR work. VERY PRICEY but when you want it to be perfect, its the place to go. Everything from old muscle, to antiques, to vintage high end cars and the guy is a judge for Pebble Beach Concours.

www.jeffsresurrections.com/

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