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Old 07-12-2015, 12:18 AM   #31
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Re: Post reliable mechanics you've dealt with

If someone on a budget needs a place on the SF peninsula, pm me. I'm willing to recommend a place with specific reservations that I'd prefer not to post publicly. (They are good, honest people, they are slightly cheaper than I'd sometimes prefer, but do require the customer to be on top of certain things.)


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Old 07-22-2015, 04:24 PM   #32
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Re: Post reliable mechanics you've dealt with

For the most part I hate to suggest any mechanic because every shop can foul up at one time or another. But these places are much better than many dealerships IMO.

Recommended by Advanced Adapters, this shop does custom 4x4 work. Drive train experts, Georg is quite known in the Rubicon trail 4x4 community. Their main work is with restoring older FJ's but it's nice to know an owner that actually wanted to work on my SMB just because he was impressed with it. Seeing some of the restored FJ's was a treat.
Valley Hybrids
2953 E Cherryland
Stockton Ca 95215
650 576-2023

G Street auto does most of my standard work & is a place I trust.
G Street Auto Care
2996 G St Merced, CA 95340
(209) 384-7778

This little hole in the wall has been known for excellent work dealing with differentials of all types.
The Rear End Shop
2372 Patterson Rd, Riverbank, CA 95367
(209) 869-1234

Justin at J's performance does bullet proofing on diesels and does specialty work on Sportsmobiles. I haven't used him yet but have been to his shop and seen their operation. Located across from the Fresno airport they are well located as a spot to drop off a vehicle that might need extended time for a major repair. Fly home and fly back when it's done.
J's Performance Automotive
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Address: 2377 N Larkin Ave #102, Fresno, CA 93727
Phone559) 264-6565

Brown's Diesel has done work on my 6.0 PSD. Seems like a good shop and treated me fair. This place is a larger shop that deals with tons of farmers and their trucks. Very busy place. Located between I-5 and 99 west of Fresno in the middle of nowhere, I'd ask if there is even a rental car agency willing to pick you up if need be.
Brown's Diesel
3832 W Mt Whitney Ave, Riverdale, CA 93656
(559) 867-1111

Zylstra's rebuilt my 6.0 PSD and bullet proofed the engine. They also have done a lot of work on SMB's. It's a larger shop that works on emergency vehicles in the area. There was even a fire truck there when they did my rebuild. It's always a busy place.
Zylstra Automotive
2230 E Main St, Visalia, CA 93292
(559) 625-8239

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Old 07-22-2015, 09:08 PM   #33
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Re: Post reliable mechanics you've dealt with

I've had excellent diesel service at the following places:

- Frontier Ford in Santa Clara CA. Great service from a dealer!

- Different Strokes of Alaska in Anchorage. Highly recommended.

- Rapid Diesel in Rapid City SD. Not the only game in town, just the best.

If you need a suggestion in a new area, ask a tow truck driver, they know who is the best. In Nova Scotia there where two dealers 3 blocks apart, one to be avoided and one with great service and the tow truck driver knew which was which; later verified by several townspeople.

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Old 10-13-2015, 07:11 PM   #34
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Re: Post reliable mechanics you've dealt with

I was in Fleet Service Northwest, Hubbard Oregon. Robert Gaskell garage is always is full doing 6.0 rebuilds. 2 to 3 per week with trucks from Olympia Washington and British Columbia, Canada. These trucks are being shipped in from a 500 mile radius--All by word of mouth and with reason. I have done a complete overhaul and even modified my fuel tank, fender vents. Van has never run better.

This prices were very favorable and I am willing to bet now he is familiar Econoline issues, his complete overhaul would be 25% savings in labor. My van had almost every major issue imagined on this forum. I regret not knowing about him years ago and completing it in one job.
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:15 PM   #35
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Ultimate Truck Performance
19 N Aviador St
Camarillo, CA

Specialize in diesels, but work on gassers too. Well versed in 6.0s.

SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
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Old 10-14-2015, 04:59 AM   #36
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Keeps all my diesel motors going at very fair prices.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:21 AM   #37
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I'm looking for a shop or a Ford tech that understands E-series van suspension in NW Houston. I usually do all the work myself but due to a back injury I'm forced to pay someone.
2013 E150 XLT Premium 7 passenger 5.4 RSC Advance Trac
14k. Never been wrecked
Work Needing Done.....
Suspension improvement! It rides rough. I realize this is a truck, however it needs something changed! I've been in contact with Jeremy at WeldTec and John at Agile. Both guy's have been great to work with. They understand what I'm looking for out of my van. Unfortunately they're in California. I'm in Texas and it's a truck state. I haven't found anyone who specializes in vans. I've been turned away from several shops and others won't call me back.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:18 PM   #38
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I would be interested in hearing about your experience with the diesel mechanic. Can you please let me know who you use and what your reservations about them are?


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Old 09-01-2016, 09:19 PM   #39
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Hi DaveB,

Any recommendations for good people in the SF Bay area?

Thanks in advance for your reply,

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Old 09-01-2016, 11:27 PM   #40
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Recommendations in central Orange County, CA?



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