Performance & Hotrod Business - July '15

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July 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 47 Millirons, a certified Harley mechanic, joined the team full time. "We'd always done a lot of motorcycle stuff, so I thought it was a good fit to have somebody like him," Wargo says. Millirons is still with the shop today as well. Dennis Sullivan came on a couple of years ago to round out the shop team as another full-time mechanic and jack-of- all-trades, doing a lot of the disassembly and assembly work. Wargo's mom also works to keep the shop clean and organized, which Wargo says is a valuable contribution to the shop's image and how confident new cus- tomers are in the shop's capabilities and workmanship. "Besides making it easier to do things, a customer's first impression of the shop is when they walk in the door. When you get a customer who walks through the door and they see the shop a wreck, they won't be too impressed. Granted, they see nice stuff going out the door, but they want to see what it looks like when you're working on it. To me that's important as well and when they see a nice and clean and neat place, they will have more confidence in the shop." And finally, Wargo's wife, Kim does the books and keeps track of the paperwork, which allows Wargo to stay in the shop more. Being a jack-of-all-trades too, Wargo keeps busy doing body work, mechanical A 1962 1,000-hp Corvette roadster called "Copper Topless" sports a full custom chassis, and many extra body modifications. Since the shop started as a car dealership, it functions perfectly as a custom car shop. At 60 feet wide by 165 feet deep, it includes a paint booth, sandblast booth, and room for body work and fabrication.

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