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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-19-2006, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Boston mechanic experiences?

Hey all,

I've been using Accel automotive for my alfas' service needs since I've had them.

I know there are other shops in the area, such as Alfacars in Boxborough, Motorsport in Allston, and the guy I bought my Spider from used an independant Italian mechanic in Newton.

I wanted to get fellow Alfisti opinons on these shops or any others I might not know about. I like Accel, but want to broaden my horizons and try others.

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It's actually "AlphaCars" in Boxborough. I went down there once as they are just a couple miles down the street from where I work as I needed to get one of the seat mounting brackets welded back on for my Spider, they wanted $700 to do it! I borrowed a friends MIG and did it in five minutes for free instead. They are nice and helpful but very expensive, other people at work have used them for various things and have also said that they are very expensive.

If you are in the market for a nice used BMW or Mercedes they do seem to always have a bunch of them at what I think seem to be reasonable prices.

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As you AONE members will see in the next issue of Velocissima, we are about to compile a New England Alfa Romeo Service Directory for the benefit of our members. Contributions from Alfisti regarding their experiences with repair, restoration, and performance shops in their local areas will be welcomed, tabulated, and made available to our membership. Stay tuned!

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Smile Michael Wrigley

I like working with Michael Wrigley, who was at Glynn's but is now at Scuderia Donati in Ipswich. Nice guy.
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John at Motorsport Garage in Allston is very nice and very good in my brief experience. Maybe b/c I unwittingly bought my 164L from his daughter, but he is very generous with information and honest about what I should attempt myself or leave to an expert. His prices are very fair, too.

John at Accel in Waltham also is a very nice guy. In fact, he lent me his only copy of the Italian Car digest just so I could learn a bit more about specific Alfas. An added bonus of his shop its abutting neighbor: the local Aston Martin dealership that holds inside a collection of killer cars, both new and vintage, including some very desireable Italian marquis that do not begin with the letter "A" but rather "F" and "M" as well as some products of the Reichstag known by their respective letters "MB" and "P". James Bond and James Dean both come to mind. Oh yeah, I also sat in a twin-turbo Exige they just happen to have sitting around. Not a bad way to wait for your Alfa to come down from the lift!

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As you AONE members will see in the next issue of Velocissima, we are about to compile a New England Alfa Romeo Service Directory for the benefit of our members. Contributions from Alfisti regarding their experiences with repair, restoration, and performance shops in their local areas will be welcomed, tabulated, and made available to our membership. Stay tuned!
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I used to live in Boston many years ago and used Ellis Imports - Southboro. They are down the block from Gaston Andrey. Chuck Ellis is the owner. If he's still around, I would recommend them.

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The guys at Accel are extremely helpful and are more than capable in experience and ability to conquer most anything thrown at them. They are not a race shop, however allthough Brian is well versed in high performance stuff--he is a muscle car owner. RPHIL---think I bought my 74 Spider from you in 1991( if you are who I think you are)I still have the car--fully restored.
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Jonathan - You did buy it from me. If I remember correctly it's a red spider. I do remember your silver '74 spider. How about sending me a picture of your car? [email protected]. I still have my blue '72 spider. Is Chuck Ellis still around?

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has anyone used an italian mechanic in newton?

Jkirshtein, I do like Accel and they are solid and have been in the past. just not as close as I'd like.

Simon, you go all the way up to Ipswich?? **** thats far...

do who does racing shop work around here?

I know that Accel build an amazing gtv6 for the local chapter president with a ~$10k 3.0 engine. that thing is sweet!

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Is Chuck Ellis still around?

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Chuck Ellis is still around. Though you seldom see an Alfa parked outside his shop these days (mostly Saabs and Volvos), Chuck and John and some of the other mechanics still know our cars well. I take my cars to them.

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has anyone used an italian mechanic in newton?

Jkirshtein, I do like Accel and they are solid and have been in the past. just not as close as I'd like.

Simon, you go all the way up to Ipswich?? **** thats far...

do who does racing shop work around here?

I know that Accel build an amazing gtv6 for the local chapter president with a ~$10k 3.0 engine. that thing is sweet!
Local chapter president of what? The AONE chapter president doesn't own a GTV6...

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Local chapter president of what? The AONE chapter president doesn't own a GTV6...

bs
uh, maybe I spoke too soon.

help me out folks...he was at tutto italiano this fall with a black gtv6...his car is awesome!!

I met him there and once prior, but I'm terrible with names. I know hes affiliated with alfa chapters, but thought he said pres...

??

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myron barnet owns that GTV6
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I used to take my 164 and GTV to Accel in Waltham. John, Brian, and Leroy were always great and impressed me with their knowledge of the cars and generosity (rides to the train station and other help). I recently moved out of state of I'd still be taking my GTV there.
I have also been to Motorsport in Allston (for some bodywork on the 164) and was quite happy with that experience. I had a rebuild of my GTVs gearbox done one winter at Paul Glynn's shop and love the work, so I'd heartily recommend Michael Wrigley at Scuderia Donati now.
I lived about 2 miles from AlphaCars in Boxboro but never ventured into their shop unfortunately - I liked Accel enough to always go there.

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