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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:35 am    Post subject: Future bookings Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

For the first time in 15 years I have taken the decision to not take in any further work for the foreseeable future. Our waiting list has now grown to a full year, the longest it has ever been, that is if you booked an engine conversion with us yesterday it would be September 2018 at the earliest before we could do it!

It seems we are a victim of our own success, and the phone never stops ringing with enquiries or people needing help with home builds etc so I haven't taken this decision lightly.

All currently booked in cars will be worked on until completion, but we won't be accepting any further bookings until the current waiting list is back to an acceptable level, quite possibly early 2019.

Thanks Paul.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Blimey, impressive stuff. I assume you've already explored this so I'm asking more out of curiosity really, but do you not have any options for expansion?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Sadly no, the work we do here is so bespoke and custom that hiring anyone that has the same knowledge/skillset and enthusiasm for the Mr2 is just about impossible, a regular mechanic would be no good to us and would need years of training and study to get to the same level both Anth and I are at.

If we could find someone locally who ticked all of these boxes then we could expand, but I just don't see it happening, so I think we will always be a small business with a full order book.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

it's better than letting a lot of folks down but still a gutsy decision. Wish you all the continued success [thumleft] [Applause]
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Many thanks, yep that was the fear, letting future customers down on timescales/booking dates etc, it's already pretty scary with so much work ahead of us, so something had to be done.

I've noticed one or two other specialists having to do the same thing, so not just us who are inundated with work right now.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

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Wow! That's great news for you and I'm really really pleased for you! [thumleft]
In that case, maybe I need to think about booking my Mk1 in with you now in preparation for when I finally get bored of the 4AGE! [Laughing]
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Congrats on your success paul. I think it's got to the point where the mr2 is such a unique car that very few have the knowledge to do what you do. I don't think anyone in the mr2 community would consider using anyone else!

I wish you all the best with your continued success!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

monkeymax wrote:
[Shocked]
Wow! That's great news for you and I'm really really pleased for you! [thumleft]
In that case, maybe I need to think about booking my Mk1 in with you now in preparation for when I finally get bored of the 4AGE! [Laughing]



but thats the whole point of this thread....hes stopped taking bookings lol
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Sorry to rehash an old thread but it's a shame you cannot find a young person who would benifit from you mentoring in an apprentishipp.

Sadly theyu are few and far between and don't want to spend years learning the boring stuff before being let lose in the workshop.

This is an issue I've come across several times in my IT world where trainees want to do the exciting stuff without sufficient grounding in the basics.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

bwrc wrote:
Sorry to rehash an old thread but it's a shame you cannot find a young person who would benifit from you mentoring in an apprentishipp.

Sadly theyu are few and far between and don't want to spend years learning the boring stuff before being let lose in the workshop.

This is an issue I've come across several times in my IT world where trainees want to do the exciting stuff without sufficient grounding in the basics.



I think there is many qualified mechanics that would benefit from working with Paul. I'm sure its just impossible to find someone with anywhere near the passion he has!
I've had the same trouble with apprentices in the past too. I'm not sure they are aware of the true cost of training them before they go off and do something diffrent because "their mates" told them the grass is greener somewhere else! [Brick wall]
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

bwrc wrote:
......without sufficient grounding in the basics.

It depends what you consider to be the basics [Smile]
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

We've been down the training route before, but unfortunately it just slows the whole workshop down while we watch their every move, and indeed you just cannot find anyone with the same passion and drive that is needed to work on the same model of car for twenty years.

We've found you train them up and then they bu88er off, mostly into the mainstream trade where they can hop from garage to garage easily.

We're kinda like those old codgers you see still working on Morris Minors in their 60's , full of passion for one thing only, sadly it seems to be missing from the youth of today. I suspect my business will end one day when i decide it's time to retire with nobody to continue it on.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

I almost qualify for your old codger worker but I'm only 56, never worked on a Morris Minor, live about 160 miles away BUT do have a bit of passion!!
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