UPDATE - and PRAISE for MICKEY...
Recently, I had the good fortune and pleasure of calling Mickey, the owner of Jim's Fine Cars and spending a day with him and his lead tech, Morgan.
Mickey & Co are everything Paul said and more.
Basically, I spent a day doing everything he suggested and at 5.30am I am now up writing this review - that should tell you something in and of itself...
Mickey is very skilled and knowledgable. Here's an example:- I am getting my car repaired for paint damage at a body shop. Like most of us I am on a budget. So not too long ago my local Mercedes dealer spotted my car's windshield was installed incorrectly by the previous owner of my car. Result bad wind noise, which also may have contributed to the A pillar covers being out of alignment - more wind noise. Cost on the windshield from MB - $1,000 + labor.
Not at Jim's fine cars...
- so, rather than my idea to remove and reinstall the windscreen to try and save money, Mickey persuades me it will be better and cheaper (!!) to do it right and put a new one in. Hmmn, I'm privately thinking:- "should I tell him how tight my budget really
Next minute he has me a windshield that MB approves for $500m, no wait $300, no wait $205...
Now he goes further and says I'll get the right trim from MB Classic Car Canter to make sure THIS TIME it is installed absolutely right with no wind noise.
THEN, he says words to the effect of - "let's have the windshield installed here so we know its right, then I will take your car to the body shop so they can do their work and then we'll bring it back here and the install the trim so that no paint gets on the new trim."
At this point I am pretty happy to say the least with Mickey.
Because, perhaps I will FINALLY get rid of the weird windscreen wind noise that has contributed to my having almost daily painful headaches whenever I drive the car long distance... Unfortunately, these are something I am very susceptible to and cause me significant pain and discomfort, and are the reason I bought a 140 in the first place. ARRRGGGHHHH!
Also, Mickey charged me just one hour's labour to have Morgan check the entire car over with written report AND run a coolant pressure test and closely examine the entire coolant system for leaks. We wanted to make sure the heater core was fine because that is so expensive to get access to in order replace it would have made me change my car plans significantly...
THEN... we are about to shut up shop, and I show him the estimate from the paint shop. To save me money the paint shop does not want to take all of the trim off, in part because they recognised (thankfully & honestly - another rare combination) that they might easily damage the 140 trim when taking it off, as they were up front in saying to me they had not worked on too many 140's. It's a small body shop owned by a chap called Wayne who has excellent reviews for honesty and customer care. Every review is 5 stars.
So Mickey says, words to the effect of, well, we're not having that and strides outside and starts ticking off all the trim he can take off my car in an hour or so... headlights, tail lights, door handles, grill, aerial etc etc - as he says I have all the tools and ability to do it quickly and easily and safely. At this point I kind of feel like - wow
- almost like family. So I give him a deposit so he can get on and head off to my lodging several hours away.
Al I can say is there is a reason there was a Ferrari 365, Porsche 928, Mercedes CL and such cars in his shop.
Mickey's a gentleman and a pleasure to watch work.
Now I'm just up all night wondering and wishing how I had the budget to let him fix all the things that need addressing on my car and sit in his lounge for a few days more, and - as I did when I was there - meet all these 911 and classic car owners just coming through his shop to chat with Mickey & co.
If you are anywhere in New Mexico - it's simple, call Mickey.