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Posted 12 March 2004 - 09:07 AM
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Posted 12 March 2004 - 10:19 AM
As to the 'no contact', he has in the past had minor connection problems, but usually it's a matter of getting his head out from under a hood!
If he's got the car you want, go for it ... if not tell ME about it, maybe it's the one I'm 'looking for'!
Posted 12 March 2004 - 10:56 AM
Johns a great guy, he knows his Subarus! That's all he does. He is my go-to guy. His fabrication and mechanic skills can't be beat.
Besides working on Subarus, John has a life. He responds to emails and answers his phone like everyone else. If Johns away or pursuing a hobby, that makes him a real person and it will make him a better one when he returns.
Our Subies are old they will break. If you have concerns about the car, ask John. If he is aware of the problem he would tell you how much it would cost to fix or how you could do it yourself.
Mudrat has my vote of confidence.
82 Summer, Mudrat approved!
01 Forester, Mudrat says it's too low!
Posted 12 March 2004 - 11:53 AM
It will take a minute, he's busy with family and many projects and a bit of a procrastinator, but that's what pestering is for.
Email is a bad way to try to get a hold of him, always has been. Just call him.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 12:40 PM
Posted 12 March 2004 - 02:35 PM
he is the best car guy i know,
Posted 12 March 2004 - 02:50 PM
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Posted 12 March 2004 - 08:06 PM
Let me tell you of our first meeting...
I am at the local steel yard and I'm having some stock cut.
The guy running the saw (John) turns and asks " is that your car out there?" some dude behind me chimes in and says " the vette? yeah thats mine"
"f**k the vette, the Subaru" John says
he was refering to my 94 Impreza wagon
"Yep, that's my Subaru"
he proceeded to tell me all about the local offroad club and show me pictures of some of the most insane subaru action I had ever seen.
Sorry, I'm rambling but my point is, this guy loves Subarus: building, fixing, offroading, and talking about them.
I respect and trust him. Having just been over to his shop, I can say he has a lot going on and seems to work nearly constantly.
Give him a call, he nearly always answers the phone
Posted 12 March 2004 - 09:57 PM
Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:38 AM
You'd be the guy with the little yellow gen one? Anything recent done to improve it? How's it coming along? It looked cool sitting in my yard for a week.
yes it is my brat that sat in your yard for a few days! well i haven't done anything to the car yet as a mod(i plan to keep it stock... daily driver) but i have replaced the clutch and took of those fog lights that were bent to h*ll... i broke the starter to so i am scrounging money for that(100cnd through napa with a employee discount... my friends employee discount)
when i put the tranny back together my speedometer doesn't work. had to replace a seal...(gotta work to pass the inspection... any ideas?) i got a set of 74 sport mags on the way depending on mcbrat and his abilities to reply to e-mails... thinking about a weber, exaust, role-bar...
all of this stuff seems dreadfully off topic(sorry) but i don't really know how to use this forum...
but i was planning on getting John to help me out wih this stuff and fabbing a role-bar... see! see! i trust him enough to make me a role-bar that will save my life for when i role my car! hehehe
nah... i won't do that!
John is great!
Posted 13 March 2004 - 10:07 AM
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Posted 13 March 2004 - 04:57 PM
as for the procrastinating part that was mentioned earlier. some times custom fab stuff is late from the deadline. but realize that he has kids he has to watch and are constantly interupting him. he also does do other things. but the quality of the work when he is done is exceptional! and he is a very respectable and honest man. whom i have a lot of respect for. i spent a few days in that garage working with him at the end stages of my lift. it was hectic with everything going on.
Posted 13 March 2004 - 07:48 PM
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Posted 15 March 2004 - 04:02 PM
I greatly appreciate the feedback.....
I Hadn't been on really all week, and Zapar Told me I had a resume on the board...?????? I thought he as Joking....
Anyhow, I thank you all for the positive and the few Negatives....
John and Crew in Oregon.....
Posted 23 October 2004 - 06:25 PM
I will never do business with John Bloom again. After telling me several times in email and over the phone that the Brat was rust free and solid this is what I got.
It was covered with a piece of plywood attached with wood screws. There is also cancer in the Drivers side rocker making it's way up to the lower door hinge. This may be what the east coast calls rust free but not over here in Washington. After renegotiating the price I agreed to take the Brat with the understanding he would help to fix the rust. No such luck. John has not returned a phone call, email or private message in 4 months. To top it off, John promised to send the title for the vehicle in the mail. Again no such luck.
Now, that I have talked to a few more USMB members, I realize that I’m not the only one who has had bad dealings with John. I hope this post may save someone else the trouble and hassle that I’ve gone through.
But I wouldn't trust a promise.
You may now say “I TOLD YOU SO”
Posted 23 October 2004 - 06:33 PM
Posted 23 October 2004 - 08:03 PM
I found my Brat only needs a donut gasket, but I will definitely call John when I need the exhaust replaced.
Posted 23 October 2004 - 08:20 PM
John is a great guy.But,just like me,he can be slow to respond or finish a deal.John,you are ok with me,no hurry to send those wheels.I know you're busy just like me.Send them sometime though. They'd make a nice Christmas present. :-p
Talk to him on the phone.You'll get a lot out of the conversation and a better presence always makes things happen faster.You have to remember that he's up to his eyeballs in cars just like yours,for people just like you.I know his work is good and for that he's inreased his customer base severely.Being a small shop with little or no payroll I'm sure he needs to take care of the quicker jobs that are producing the higher profits.I don't blame him one bit.Having been a contractor I know that you just plain and simple have to blow some folks off sometimes.You can't spread yourself too thin,but you also need to keep the customer base stable if not growing.It's a difficult decision when you do this and it never sits well with anyone unless the contractor is a cold hearted SOB,which we all know John Bloom is NOT.
John and his wife ran a memorial fund for a lost member.That alone tells me he's a decent person.Sometimes deals take some time to complete.I'm living proof. Telephone is best.
Posted 23 October 2004 - 09:06 PM
Moose- I'm done trying to call John. Since when is blowing off customers who have paid for a product an accepted business practice? The point is that when it comes to John Bloom, Let the Buyer Beware.
Posted 23 October 2004 - 09:30 PM
I've never taken money and not done work.Here,they like to print your name in the newspaper when you do that.
My experiences with John aren't perfect either but I also know him,like me,to take a long time to close things.But I strongly feel he's not doing this to make your life miserable.
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