V6SHO Mechanics Hall of Fame
Shotimes Mechanics Hall of Fame
One of the problems associated with owning a unique vehicle like the Taurus SHO is finding a mechanic who is well-versed with the vehicle. Many SHOtimes members have found the expertise available at their dealer and at independent garages to be lacking. This is a list of mechanics that SHOtimes members have used and highly recommend. Please supply recommendations via the feedback page. You may also de-recommend shops and have them removed from the list if they a) don't exist any longer or b) did something "not so smart" to your SHO.
These recommendations do not in any way reflect an endorsement of these mechanics, an expert assessment of their competence or business practices, and are not in any way a guarantee of satisfaction if you choose to patronize these businesses. These recommendations are also not a condemnation of the competence or business practices of those businesses not included on this list.
Date of recommendation: 9/18/96 Waterloo Ford Lincoln 11420 - 107 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5H 0Y5. 403-423-4330 Service Writer: Lawrence Messer Mechanic: John Kramps ( Also works on NASCAR Ford Taurus ) Parts Man: Rick Murch
Date of recommendation : 5/16/99 Pete Kobasic Supreme Auto Care Center 4141 E. Washington Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 629-0238/(602) 672-1395 "Not only is Pete an expert in SHO's but he does his magic at a rate which is 20% less than the local Ford dealers. I recently had him change the plugs in my 95' SHO. It took him less than one hour to complete the job and that was without removing the intake manifold." 1/2002 Update - Pete Kobasic no longer works at Supreme Auto Care Center and apparently the shop name has changed also.
Date of recommendation: 6/22/09 Nick Chrimes BaySHO Performance, San Jose,CA since 2000 408-500-9397
Date of recommendation: 6/21/96 Alignment Shop VANOWEN BRAKE & WHEEL 11576 Vanowen Street North Hollywood, CA 91605 818-765-4893 Ask for Jim.
Date of recommendation: 4/27/97 Clutch, valve lash adjustment. Owner has an '89 with a supercharger. Gary Belland B&G Motorsport and Performance Denver area Need updated number! - Voice 303.880.9940 Mobile A list member reports problems contacting B&G - if anyone has updated contact information, please update this page!
Date of recommendation : 7/5/99 I'll SHO You Performance 11568 Hooker Court Westminster, CO 80030 303-469-1557 A list member reports that I'll SHO You does not do mechanical work.
Gary Morrell (yes, THAT Gary Morrell), Colorado Springs, CO (719) 589-8929 Gary was a longtime participant on the SHOtimes list, and has extensive knowledge of the SHO.
Date of recommendation: 2/1/2002 Pellman’s Automotive Service, Inc. 2560 49th Street Boulder, CO. 80301 Phone – (303) 938-4050 Fax (303)998-0091
Date of recommendation: 1/18/98 Enfield Ford 65 Hazard Ave Enfield, CT 06082-3810 (860) 741-3481 (This number is no longer valid) Ask for Thomas Gorman. "They made the rather unpleasant task of clutch replacement as pleasant as it could be, offering high end customer service, excellent mechanical skill and LOW PRICE."
Date of recommendation : April 2002 Don Donelson is the ultimate SuperSHO Doctor. If anyone lives in the Central Florida area or finds themselves visiting the area, I urge you all to look up Don Donelson. His email is email@example.com. He has a garage full of all kinds of SHO high performnace parts and he is currently working on another SuperSHO. He is a certified FORD/SVT tecnician and is the ultimate SHO fanatic. I highly recommend him. -Robert Treto And another recommendation for Don D: At 196k miles, the Yamahammer in my '92 gave up the ghost due to a worn out rod bearing. I made a decision to hire Don Donelson in Port Charlotte, FL, past president of the Sunshine SHO Club and die-hard SHO afficionado to replace the motor, and had my car towed 3 hours to his place. Don is very meticulous about his work and pays a lot of attention to the most minute details. In a nutshell, I had Don replace my motor with a 3.2L with 3.0L intake cams, 96 brake upgrade in front, new brakes in the back, new Ford clutch and various other changes. I am most pleased with the work he did for me. Contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to contact me with questions. Cheers, Carl Prochilo email@example.com
Date of recommendation : September 5, 1998 Extreme Motorsports Jacksonville, FL (Orange Park) 904-213-4002 Reader recommended - "Have done 2 clutches for me... Great Job and priced very reasonable. They also do custom work and can do just about any maintaining.... 60k svc included. I've been real happy and have no complaints. Ford Master Mechanic on hand there. He knows his stuff."
Self-recommended date : 03/10/2000 MP Automotive 15410 NE 21 AVE North Miami Beach Florida 33162 305-945-1070 "My name is Antonio Moneo I own an 89 sho and also have an automotive repair shop. I am fully licensed insured and "ASE" certified. I have torn down my SHO hundreds of times. I have raced it blown it rebuilt it and continue the cycle. I'm currently looking for another one. My last car ran a best of 12.5 @ 107 mph at Moroso Motorsports Park. To date I have not heard of or seen a faster one."
Self-recommended, SHO Shop installer, SHO Registry advertiser, highly respected frequent contributor to SHOtimes list Doug Lewis - SHO Specialist Ford Performance Specialists 351 Six Flags Pkwy Mableton, GA 30126 Phone: (770) 949-7191 Fax: (404) 474-0488 http://www.fordspecialists.com
Date of recommendation: 9/15/96. This is a body shop. Steve O'Neill Perimeter Ford Body Shop, Atlanta
WB Motorsports PeachState Speedway
235 Forest Street
Jefferson, GA 30549
We are a full service shop. We specialize in:
Race: Panoz, Ferrari, Porche, and BMW Street & Street/Track: SHO "& Mustangs
Lead Mechanic/President: Steve "tiny" White. Race specialist. Mechanic/General Manager: Michael P. Howington. SHO Specialist. (general maintenance, modification, and general bumper to bumper service)
Michael has a 91 as a daily driver, and has been a SHOwner since 1996. Although the majority of our business is for racing (road and circuit cars), we also work on Ford high preformance. Michael has been a member of the SHOtimes group, back when it was the shotimes. Give a ring or drop a line. Highly respected in the racing circiles, recently ventured into the street car side (Ford). References avaiable. Highly respected in racing circles.
Pickup services available.
404-983-2994 or 706-708-6649 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of recommendation: 4/3/97 My personally recommended mechanic. Dave Walk Automotive Specialist 1801 Ogden Avenue Lisle, IL 60532 630.810.0014
Date of recommendation: 5/15/97 My personally recommended body shop: Dale Kubis Kubis Auto Body Shop, Inc. 20 West Naperville Road Westmont, IL 60559 630 964-5352
Date of recommendation: 2/20/97 Gregory Smith, Service Manager Noble Ford-Mercury 947 Highway 65-69 North Indianola, Iowa 50125 Phone 515/961-8151 or 800/383-1400 (Iowa only)
Date of recommendation: 8/1/97 Mark Reams Tiger Ford Ltd. 916 West St. Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Mark is a Ford and ASE Certified Certified Master Technician and a certified Master Engine Machinist. He's also also currently building a GT40 replica powered by a 92 SHO engine and transmission.
Date of recommendation : 8/20/98 Bob Walton Walton Car Service 1808 Leland Av Des Moines, Ia 50315 (515) 287-0044
Date of recommendation: 7/5/99 City Park Shell 3494 Esplanade Avenue. New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 488-1720 Mechanic: Harold Ask for Harold. They don't specifically specialize in SHO's, but know the differences between a SHO and a regular Taurus without being reminded. Has done plenty of SHO specific work.
Date of recommendation: 7/28/97 Kevin Mahoney ProTech Automotive Gaithersburg, MD 301-208-1347 Used extensively by MASHOC members.
Date of recommendation: 4/22/96 Mike Courtney SHO Shop Distributor/Installer Owned an '89 (those are his adjustable rear lateral links in the SHOcago photo gallery).
Courtney Truck Service 14205 62nd St West Eden Prairie MN 55346 (952) 934-0931
Date of recommendation: 3/26/96 HMH Autosport 713 S.E. 291 Hway Lee's Summit, Missouri, 64063 Phone 816-525-0930 Fax 816-525-7247 Dennis Kinnison, service manager.
Date of recommendation: 5/16/99 Bob Schickler- Owner Brunswick Automotive Professionals 1490 Rt 1 North North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (732) 545-6300 http://www.brunswickautopros.com "Bob and his mechanics are top notch will all their SHO repairs and maintenance. He even has two SHO's himself!!"
Date of recommendation: 5/27/97 SVO Motors 1576 61st Street Brooklyn, NY 11219 http://www.svomotors.com (718) 256-2750 Ask for Dominic
Date of recommendation: 9/3/97 Highland Transmissions 88 North Highland Ave. Ossining, NY 10562 914-945-0800 Ask for Sal or Joey Credendino (owners)
Date of recommendation : 08/10/99 Dee Pat Automotive 900 Middle Country Rd. Selden, NY 11784 (516) 698-1058 "Ask for Al or Bill, the owners. They have 2 mechanics, Tony and Steve, that have done wonders for my '94 SHO. Clutch work, 60K overhall, performance mods, welding, etc. Although Al recently sold his SHO, Bill still loves his '91"
Date of recommendation : 07/17/99 CarSmart Automotive Group 699 Central Ave Cedarhurst, N.Y.11516 (516) 374-1234 "The staff at this shop has kept my 90 white SHO running well for years and it currently has 318,000 miles and counting. When my gearbox blew up, one of the mechanics here rebuilt it himself saving me a fortune. It has almost 120,000 miles on it since the rebuild and feels like new."
Date of recommendation: 3/7/02 Eric Cahalin Rickety Engineering 4392 Mellinger Rd. Canfield, Ohio 44406 E-mail; email@example.com shop: 330-270-0460 office: 330-793-1173 fax: 330-793-1327
Date of recommendation: 3/7/02 Tony Carubba Marshall Ford East Mayfield Hts., Ohio 440-449-1000 works out of his home Seven Hills, Ohio home: (440) 838-4038.
Date of recommendation: 5/2002 Mike Bizily (pronouned BIZ-LEE) Classis Ford 7799 Mentor Ave. Mentor, OH 44060 "Any SHO owners taking their car here for service should ask for Mike and can rest assured your SHO will be in good hands."
Date of recommendation: 12/9/95 Reynolds Ford, Inc. Interstate Drive Norman, OK
Date of recommendation: 6/5/97 Jeff Miller Jeff's Auto Service Hwy 70 West Lone Grove, OK 73443 Work Phone: (405) 657-2066 Home Phone: (405) 657-8283 Directions: From I-35 the shop is approximately 5 miles West of Ardmore on the north side of the road.
Date of recommendation: 6/7/97 Brown-Daub Ford Nazareth, PA Service Advisor: Jeff Mehrholz
Date of recommendation: 7/22/97 Woltz & Wind Ford, Inc. 2100 Washington Pike Heidelberg, PA 15106 (Pgh South Area) Service Writer: Kenny "K.D." Mechanic : Chuck 412-279-4551
Date of recomendation: 8/25/97 E&B Auto Repair Thompson and Butler Streets Philadelphia. Ask for Ed. 215-743-4121
Date of recommendation: 8/22/97 Burchett Ford Lebanon, TN 615.444.8221 Shop Foreman: Lance Davis
Date of recommendation: 10/25/95 Hillard Auto Park Fort Worth, TX 817-370-5200
Date of recommendation: 10/25/95 Hindman Automotive Fort Worth, TX 817-244-8812
Date of recommendation : 5/16/99 Arlington Import Service 407 N. Cooper St. Arlington, TX 76011 (817) 277-1922 "They've done clutch, front-end, brake and a/c work on my car, and while they're not the cheapest guys in town, they do great work and are still cheaper than the dealer."
Date of recommendation: 8/9/97 Powers Automotive Chris Powers 102 Fairview Houston, TX 77006 713.523.7273
Date of recommendation: 6/7/97, re-recommended several times since.... Jerry's Automotive 8080 Antoine Dr Houston, TX 77088-4302 (281) 999-1461 Mechanic: Sergio Perfetti (owns a SHO himself). The shop is in far northwest Houston. [Editor's Note - this is where I have all of my non-warranty work done.] Here's an example of a Houston SHO owner's experience with this shop : "I have a 93 auto w/81K on the speedo. I noticed a loss of power (until 4,000RPM) and the shifting of the automatic transmission was lagging behind normal response. After it became very pronounced (lack of power) I parked it and had a dealer tow it in. I will not mention the dealer. They kept my car 4 days and told me "it would be $4,200 plus tax to repair, what do you want to do?" I called Sergio at Jerry's Automotive. After describing my situation, he said have it towed to his place and he'd look at it. I had it towed from the dealer to Jerry's Automotive and ---To make a long story short--he replaced my timing gear, timing belt, a pin and a seal. and $419 later, I was in business again."
Date of recommendation: 11/21/97 Tommy Hawley Service Manager Central Ford 4410 Westheimer Houston, TX 77020 713.960.9800 [Editor's Note - this is where I have all my warranty work done]
Date of recommendation: 01/08/2000 Randy Woods at The Master's Touch 8855 W. Freeway Suite 201 Fort Worth, TX 76116 817-560-1963 Comments on a clutch replacement - "Did a great job. Arlington Import (SHO Fame member) quoted me 12 hours labor. I e-mailed Sergio and called Doug Lewis, both said 8 hours. Randy quoted 8 and it took him longer, despite the fact that he done others. I recommend him for entry because he's fair, competent and knowledgeable on SHO's."
Date of Recommendation : 07/23/98 Pollard Friendly Ford South Loop 289 & Indiana Ave Lubbock, Texas (806) 797-3441 "They know what they're doing when it comes to my SHO, and they resolved a couple of customer service issues to my satisfaction. They'll get my business every time!"
Date of recommendation: 6/29/96 Race Prep Motorsports 777 Seahawk Circle Virginia Beach, VA (757) 430-2655 Note: Shop is out of business.. anyone have a new recommendation?
Date of recommendation: 11/4/97 The Clutch Connection Incorporated 406 SE Everett Mall Way Everett, WA 98208-3259 425.355.5969 "Price was half of what the dealer charged and they guarantee their work. Have a reputation for working on high performance/race cars."
Date of recommendation: 12/9/95 These folks will be very familiar to SHO Registry members. They receive regular accolades on the mailing list. Doug and Cathy Mellum Performance Plus 5308 B King James Way Madison, WI 53719 Voice 608-277-8161 Fax 608-277-9232