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How to find a gh performance car restoration mechanic

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how to find a high performance car restoration mechanic
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Car
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is a 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4.
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this will take a little footwork as opposed to a simple google search, but can be done fairly easily. I suggest starting by looking up local machine shops in your area. Anyone who does restoration work and performance type restos will be in contact with them to have engine maching done. The machine shop will offer referrals.

The next thing I would suggest is trying to find any local car shows or clubs. Facebook and parts stores are two good places to look as the parts stores will usually have fliers for shows or cruise ins. You may also want to search facebook for a 3000GT group. You will be suprised how much networking in these groups can help with finding parts and services.

My last suggestion would be to search the internet for anyone in your area that does ECM flashing. They may be able to help you or point you in the right directions.

This approach worked well for me over the years and should help you find someone to assist in your search

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the suggestion. My zip code is 80127 (Denver, Colorado). Can you look up some machine shops and send me per your first recommendation? Per ECM flashing, can you check for me as well for within 50 miles of my zip? Per local car shows, I've tried via internet and hasn't turned up much for results. And per clubs, I tried that already too, and have not been able to locate a restoration person with knowledge of the VR-4. It's not that unique a car, only somewhat unique. So I feel like my searches to date have been futile. I've been more successful finding the engine replacement, but I'm not a mechanic (http://www.texasjdmengines.com/catalog/product/view/id/235/s/mitsubishi-3000gt-stealth-twin-turbo-dohc-v6-3-0l-6g72tt-93-99-engine/). I've also tried some articles/blogs of 3000 GT VR-4s (http://thegarage.jalopnik.com/i-just-lost-25-500-on-my-mitsubishi-3000gt-vr4-and-i-c-1727993125), been inspired but still don't know how to really find someone to do this.
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 year ago.

This would be the first shop I would suggest contacting

http://www.yellowpages.com/denver-co/mip/import-sports-performance-8113597?lid=8113597

It looks like they may be able to flash and do other work needed.

Here's some other machine shops near you

http://www.allproautomachine.com/

http://www.yellowpages.com/denver-co/mip/block-shop-26290822?lid=26290822

http://www.yellowpages.com/denver-co/mip/machine-research-9978193?lid=9978193

You might also want to check out your local privately owned body shops as well. I've had a lot of success making connections like that over the years.

as far as the ECM flashing goes you may want to look into this

http://www.3sx.com/store/comersus_viewItemBundle.asp?idProduct=31190

It seems there's a good bit of forum support for maps on these.

I hope I've helped you some in your search. The 3000GT are great cars and do turn out nice when built.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What's your recommendation on whether i should perform a restore since I'm not hands-on mechanical? For example, I'm looking at nada car value on 3gtVR4 and seeing low retail $6,525, ave retail $12,650, and high retail $19,500. My buddy is saying $3k engine, $1500 install, $1k new shocks, $1k paint...say $7500-$10,000 for getting it up to shape. I'm checking ebay and see 70k mileage 3gtvr4 at $14k. What could I get on a tax donation (it currently requires a jump to start, has 140,000 miles, can't take it above 30 mph), verse selling it with minor repair to get maybe $4k. Thank you!!
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 year ago.

I apologize for the delay, I had to step out for a bit.

My suggestion since you re not able to do the mechanical work would be to buy something close to what you want.

Your friend is close in his estimates except for paint. You would be looking at more like 3-5000 for a paint job that will hold up for more than a couple of years.

The tax write offs most charities offer are close to low retail, which if you itemize your deductions would work in your favor here.

For most people I've worked with over the years it has been more of a budget issue that steered them in the direction of restoring what they had vs buying something already done as they could perform work as money and time allowed.