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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:20 am 
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Man, I am having a tough time reaching Tony. I have worked with him since the middle 1990's, including as recently as last year. All of my dealings have been exemplary and friendly. His work is first class and prices fair. But recently, I haven't been able to raise him- it has been over a year.

I have resorted to calling three times a day, because someone else was able to reach him doing that. Surely I am bugging him- I know I would be bugged. What else can I do? I am in the middle of a job with him, so I am reluctant to walk away.

Perhaps someone on here knows him.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:46 am 
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He has had the locks for my speedster about three years . In that time he has completed three rush jobs for me ,but i can't this last one done. Was he at Hershey ? He usaully attends that. I last spoke to him December of 2015 and he said he was close.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:13 pm 
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Mark, how did you reach him? You don't show an email address in your profile.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:28 am 
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I have met Tony once or twice at the Lit Meet. I have no doubt that he is the "guru" and does outstanding work, and he's a nice enough guy. BUT, after buying a repro ignition switch from Stoddard, installing it, and it didn't work, and my car sat for a long while, I sent it off to my wrench many months ago (5-6?). They discovered the ignition switch was faulty (there were other more important reasons it is in the shop).

They had an ignition switch in house, but it needed work. They sent it to Tony. I warned them he has a reputation of being extremely slow. After 4-5-6 months, they are still waiting (doubt they are hounding him). A few days ago I just gave up and ordered a new repro switch (and matching door locks) from Stoddard (I'm fine with repros).

I'm sorry, but I have a problem with such delays. Tony should give a reasonable estimate on time up front, and do his best to stick with it. He's had someone's switch for THREE YEARS??!! Outrageous!

I have a little side hobby, fountain pens. The acknowledged national guru (reworking fountain pen nibs), is in high demand. He advertises his normal estimate on time is 6 months, or something like that (with reasonable prices). He also offers much faster service with double the standard prices. (Per his website "NOTE: There is currently a six month turnaround time for work on pens not originally purchased from us. A rush option usually completes the work within two weeks - this doubles the cost of all charges except shipping." I'm fine with that and think that is a perfect and very fair method if is made clear up front.

Frustrated with my (indirect) experience!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:44 am 
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Jim, you should have taken the switch to Larry. He does these also and gets them done

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:13 am 
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I live 30 miles from him and couldn't get good service from him. I don't know what changed in his life but he is no longer willing to provide so much as common courtesy to his customers. After two years of avoiding me I had to have a raised voice confrontation with him at Hershey before he would return my untouched door handles. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:31 am 
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Jim Neil wrote:
"...A rush option usually completes the work within two weeks - this doubles the cost of all charges except shipping." I'm fine with that and think that is a perfect and very fair method if is made clear up front.


The problem with rush-order service at extra cost is that it screws the guys that are patiently waiting in line and paying full price. It sounds like this guy is up front about it, but is still seems like some grease is needed to get toward the front of the line. Putting it another way, the actual cost is 2X for a two week turn around time. If you're not in a hurry, the cost is half that price but it may take six months. Advertised this way, one would know what they're getting into. If you're OK with non-priority service, you can save some money. No second class service for full price cost.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:59 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:24 pm 
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When the ignition switch went out on my Coupe some years ago, I sent the core to Zim's and he sent back a rebuilt replacement switch right away. And by luck he had a switch that matched the old one's key number, so my door and switch keys still match. BTW I met Tony a couple years ago at the Anaheim swap meet but I haven't seen him out here lately. Too bad--he seemed like a real nice guy.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:01 pm 
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I contacted Tony by telephone a few months back in relation to an original shift lock key.

Tony Supplied the original key, I sent the copy to him and he copied it onto the original blank.

He was easy to deal with and I was very happy with the service he provided.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:01 pm 
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Joris Koning wrote:
Jim, you should have taken the switch to Larry. He does these also and gets them done


I would have sent the car to him but more difficult since his move, and what I needed done was not brain surgery (mainly cleaning out the fuel system and rebuilding carbs after car sat for too long, and a few other minor things). Current wrench said he had a switch but needed service, so I just said fine, but warned him about timing. If I was doing a full rebuild, I'd likely send it to Larry.

Hope you are well!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:56 pm 
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I must say that I have only had good experiences with Tony, both with keys (ignition and doors) for my 356, and, a few weeks ago, with original cut to code ignition/doors and glove box keys for an early 911. Shipped the 356 keys all the way to London promptly, and now that I moved back to the US, same quick service here. He is well priced and the products of high quality.


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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 1:53 pm 
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I left a message to Tony by phone some months back and haven't herd from him, wondering if he is still in business?
Is Larry that was mention in early post in the vendor list?


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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 2:05 pm 
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Tony is still in business, but his responsiveness has become unpredictable.

Larry Markham of Markham Motor Works is the fellow mentioned here. I think he is listed as a vendor. If not, he is in Somis, California.

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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 2:17 pm 
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Ok Thanks Edwin will check it out
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