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Offline Aircon

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Thanks to Ash for cleaning up the last version..here it is again..clean!

As most of you probably know, after years of people nagging him, Carl Jones has started a lovely new workshop in Coburg.

It's an excellent facility, actually, for the sort of work he's going to do.

I recently took my car there for a yearly service. I don't know if he's going to specialise in Ferraris only. I don't think he is, but it won't be late model Ferraris anyway, I don't think.

I only know of John Allen, Graeme Vincent and Tim at Black Stallion who have as good an understanding as Carl of the carby cars and early fuel injection cars up to, and including the 355/550 (not sure about later cars, never asked)

Good mechanics are bloody hard to find, as most of you know, and he's done a fair bit of maintenance on my 308 and 355 now, and I have nothing but praise. He's got enough work to keep him going for years already, I reckon.

Anyway, I had a bit of an oil leak from the base of the fitting that the oil filter attaches to. He fixed that and he did something I'm not used to. He fixed it first go! LOL Imagine that. I drove the car around for a while to make sure it was fixed. He told me if the leak were to return he'd attend to it immediately. I'm sure he would have, but I didn't have to test it.

He also found a crack in one of the shocker bodies. I don't think too many people would have found that. It's not part of the service procedure, but it's nice to know he's thorough enough to have a good check of everything. I know all mechanics SAY they do it, but the reality is, they don't.

Anyway after driving it around for a while to make sure that leak was rectified, I took it back to have the rest of the service finished and for a wheel alignment. I've never experienced anyone who does a better job of that than Carl. Again, Carl being so anally retentive helps, I'm sure. He also has all the best equipment to balance wheels and change tyres with machines that don't touch the rims so no damage can be done. Quite important if you have an exotic with expensive wheels.

It's also a big confidence booster when the guy you give your car to and trust your car with is actually the guy working on it...not just handballed to someone else in the workshop.

A big thumbs up for me on all points, and the cost was very reasonable too.

Here's a photo of my car during the alignment process.
Actually I have to get used to not calling it MY car anymore. It's sold. boohoo

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Offline Aircon

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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Name: Peter
Also, for those of you who have older cars....Carl put me onto Dixon at Intermarque in Abbotsford.

Hychill is a replacement for the now banned R12 refrigerant. It works at much better air temps than the R134, and works at less pressure. Both good things.

Dixon was great, as was his workshop btw..highly recommended.

Someone else wants to add their experience here too, so I thought I'd restore the thread for its rightful purpose.

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Offline myfazzman1

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Good luck to Carl,

I guess now he'll never have time to work on his own Ferrari's..... Pity!



Offline myfazzman1

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I also seem to recall you praising Tim P at Black Stallion in a similar manner?


Have you defected to Carl now?



Offline myfazzman1

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Finding a good Ferrari mechanic is of course very important.

And for the new/fist time owners such a thread by an experienced long term owner such as yourself can offer guidance to those new to our community!




Offline myfazzman1

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Seeing how you were so impressed with Carl Aircon why don't you do a Victor Kiam job for him

You know him...he was so impressed with Remington Shavers he bought the company.


I'm sure Carl has needs as he's just starting out on his own and would appreciate the hand.Anyway I hope to pay a visit to Carl very soon.....



Offline mondi

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Let me know when you are going to do lunch, haven't seen PP for a while or Carl for that matter..



Offline Aircon

  • Master Baiter 300kph+ club
  • Who said it couldn't be done?

  • Joined: Mar 2007

  • Drives: TBA
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Name: Peter

I only know of John Allen, Graeme Vincent and Tim at Black Stallion who have as good an understanding as Carl of the carby cars and early fuel injection cars up to, and including the 355/550 (not sure about later cars, never asked)


I also seem to recall you praising Tim P at Black Stallion in a similar manner?


Last service of the 308 was performed by Tim late last year.

I'm very happy with Carl and Tim. Have never put a foot wrong with any of my cars. Where the car goes depends on what I want done and their workload.

As most of you know, Tim at Black Stallion did engine rebuilds on a previous 308 and my 355, and I never had an issue with either engine from the moment the key was turned.

The good thing about both of them is they're straight shooters and are realistic about working on these cars.

One of the favourite things for some mechanics to say is "while we're in here we can ................" which is great for lining their pockets, but for you, you end up fixing something that wasn't broken and never needed doing.

Carl and Tim don't do that crap, and I, for one, appreciate it a lot.

I hope that answers your question.



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