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Old February 10th, 2015, 05:35 PM
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I would like to be your minute man just right now!

But

have to quit my job, this has a terminated influence in it; will take a year
have to sell my house, ok, this can be done by my son or daughter
have to import a 1997 Land Rover to the US. And a Sankey trailer. Both of the two not in original shape:

Now legal way at this point!

We'll find an other, the other day!
I'd build a new shop if you came to VA!
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Old February 10th, 2015, 05:49 PM
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Yes... You can bring it over as a personal import..

------ Follow up post added February 10th, 2015 05:51 PM ------

A new shop might be nice... If you like the sound of banjos ...paddle faster...
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Old February 10th, 2015, 05:59 PM
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what happened with your thoughts of ditching the land of enchantment for the grand canyon state?
------ Follow up post added February 10th, 2015 04:00 PM ------

It is not called the land of entrapment for nothing.....................
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Old February 10th, 2015, 08:24 PM
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I would love to be at an independent shop that only worked on Land Rovers, I don't know of any around me, and I highly doubt they pay as high as the dealership I'm at.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 09:00 PM
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It'd be a dream come true for me, but, I already tried and since I'm Canadian, there's no way I'd be legally working in the USA. It's not like there's a shortage of skilled mechanic on american soil. Life's sometimes unfair. The only shop exclusively doing work on land-rovers in Canada are one man business. No real market.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 09:07 PM
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It's not like there's a shortage of skilled mechanic on american soil.
You'd be surprised.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 09:17 PM
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You'd be surprised.
I find this to be very true (at least my observations) granted I'm in a different line of work, but I have friends that own shops.

The trades have been dwindling. I'm constantly seeing ads for complete professional toolboxes being sold because the tech is "getting out of the trade". Lots of trades are in the same boat.
Kids don't dream of being an HVAC tech or a master electrician when they apply for college, they think working at GS, or becoming a lawyer will be they key to a happy life.

There are tons of service mechanics available, but when you separate the wheat from the chaffe, there aren't many good ones that aren't securely employed or have launched their own businesses.


Edit: Briggs was typing my thoughts as I was typing!
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Old February 10th, 2015, 09:52 PM
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Old February 10th, 2015, 10:14 PM
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The thing is that 99% of all mechanics are now just diagnostic techs and parts replacers. I've seen it and lived it first hand. When you start talking about looking for a good Defender mechanic... especially for restoration/rebuild level projects, its an entirely different skillset.

Take the Land Rover Master Tech that can change an LR4 water pump in 15 minutes and give him a Defender with a rough running problem or body panel alignment issues and watch his head explode.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 11:09 PM
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Yeah, I've become discouraged trying to hire an established automotive tech and hoping they'll become passionate about Land Rovers. I'd like to find someone who is passionate about Land Rover who is maybe looking to change careers and give this a shot. Most people that have good common sense and attention to detail and lack an aversion to getting dirty can do this. So far, the best person I've had employed is a friend of mine who tunes pianos for a living. His business was slow, so he worked for me temporarily until things picked back up for him. At this point, I think that looking outside of the automotive industry may yield the best results for me. That's why this is posted here...hopefully someone who is passionate about Rovers and is looking for a change will answer this ad.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 11:18 PM
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Agreed, it's EXTREMELY hard to find someone who can..think outside the box, have a few fabrication skills, give a toss about what they are doing, have pride in workmanship, remember what they did yesterday, and be conscientious about their work....add into that without the sense of entitlement..I know I'm gonna sound like my grandfather but... Back when I started it was actually a fairly noble position to have a decent trade behind you.. And I must admit..it's been pretty stinking good to me. I was just reading an article today about where Clint Eastwood says that we are raising a generation of pussies.. And it's a very succinct read..
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Old February 10th, 2015, 11:32 PM
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Since I'm Canadian, there's no way I'd be legally working in the USA.
You'd be surprised...
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Old February 11th, 2015, 06:16 AM
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The thing is that 99% of all mechanics are now just diagnostic techs and parts replacers. I've seen it and lived it first hand. When you start talking about looking for a good Defender mechanic... especially for restoration/rebuild level projects, its an entirely different skillset.

Take the Land Rover Master Tech that can change an LR4 water pump in 15 minutes and give him a Defender with a rough running problem or body panel alignment issues and watch his head explode.
Give someone that only works on Defenders an LR4 with an intermittent medium speed CAN bus fault, and his head will explode.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 06:53 AM
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A friend of mine runs a land rover / range rover specialty repair shop. Based on his experience, they are capable of stopping anywhere, anytime, at any cost.

I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:42 AM
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Jimmie you mean something like this can bus fault on a lr4
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:45 AM
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Man I hate the zebra striped wires...and ones wrapped tightly together...
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:46 AM
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And I'm trying to do both Series/Defenders and LR3/Sports without my head exploding!
Haven't seen anything newer than '11, but that maybe that they are still under warranty? And that I don't advertise?
When Keith Reiter was working with me, things were good: he's settled down, smart, pretty fast, owned a decent set of tools, attention to detail, fabrication skills, young, and teachable. But he was concerned about getting behind on the newer technologies (he came from the local LR dealer, so he got a taste of the good and bad of a dealer), so he moved to Florida. Haven't had much luck tempting him back.....
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:48 AM
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Hey Trevor... Where in Florida did he move to.....
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Old February 11th, 2015, 09:03 AM
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Hey Trevor... Where in Florida did he move to.....

That's a good question
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Old February 11th, 2015, 09:32 AM
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Hey Trevor... Where in Florida did he move to.....
Send me $5,000 and I could potentially lead you to him.
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