I truly enjoy seeing all of the conversation this has started, a few replies to questions or comments:
1. Just to be clear, this car was not sent to Daron for a full restoration. The bodywork had been done by Andy Schank (can't recommend him enough) and the motor and transmission were built by Terry Tinney (also can't recommend him enough, though I did have one issue with the rebuild that delayed final completion). The car was mostly reassembled and rolling with the brakes, fuel system, interior, and electrical left to refit. I simply wanted the "right guy" to finish the assembly to catch any gremlins along the way.
2. While I have not yet seen it in person, I am EXTREMELY happy with the work done by Jacob on the interior. He has been communicative, friendly, timely, and the work quality looks amazing.
3. Ariel, Jacob, and one of the other guys have been great to me. They've seen Daron slacking off and have spent early morning or late nights working on my car...without charging.
4. I don't fully understand the business practice where it's on the customer to "stay on top of" the restoration. In any business I've ever worked in, the onus was on me to ensure timely completions, consistent communication, etc. Daron literally has told me to "keep calling, that way I keep your car front of mind." That's insane to me.
5. When I tried to come up and inspect, he said it would just get in the way. A big red flag.
6. I meant this post as a warning, not so much as a bashing. So I want to make a few points to give Daron his due:
• A few parts for my car were missing or hard to come by due to the interior swap. Daron found many of these parts for little or no money from donor cars.
• I am a tall guy so the remote shift linkage was a pivotal part of the build for me. Daron found a "display model" from someone on the east coast and got it for me for free...
• As I've already mentioned, after all of these headaches Daron has been doing what he can to take money off of the invoices.
• The work that he has done really is fantastic from what I've seen. The guy knows how to build cars (though it sounds like no one should go to them for bodywork)
I understand that things balloon out of control. Timelines are missed, budgets are blown, etc. And I built a lot of this into my plan before deciding to bring it to Daron. But 4 months and $15,000 is a lot different than 3 years and $25,000+ (I can't bring myself to count anymore).
Listen, I am not the typical Alfa owner...I got a steal on this car when I was 22 back in 2009 and scraped together money over the years to get each piece of work done. I thought long and hard about how to finish the car before landing on VC and it's been one of the most stressful, angering, painful experiences of my life. I don't have 10's of thousands (or even thousands) to throw around and waste so I took a big leap of faith by sending my car to them. My only hope is that by this time next year I am sitting next to my car at a Cars and Coffee and it will have all been worthwhile.
Last edited by cavilry; 02-12-2018 at 08:45 AM.