Allt är väl som slutar väl

Postat på September 25, 2009 genom

Oregon

Ledsen för den långa dröjsmål med uppdatering av bloggen. Vi har haft massor av saker att hända och inte mycket i vägen för tillgång till internet under de senaste dagarna. Hur som helst, Detta är den bloggpost jag ville inte skriva. Den goda nyheten är att vi är igång och sätta några miles på den nya motorn. Den dåliga nyheten är att jag blev tagen av en con artist.

Här är vad som hände…

Efter att få massvis med rekommendationer för VW butiker i området Portland (tack!), Jag ringde ganska mycket var och en av dem för att se vad de kunde göra. Mest folk kunde bygga vad jag hade, men var inte säker på om de skulle kunna komma igång eller när den skulle vara klar. Jag gjorde mer forskning och hamnade kräver varannan butik i större Portland området och fann samma historia – ingen har en ombyggd buss motor redo att gå och ganska mycket ingen av dem skulle kunna börja på min direkt – utom en.

Enter Joseph “Den hawaiianska.” Han lät som han visste att hans VW: s och jag tog min långa block ner till hans butik. Det fanns två eller tre VW: s ut framför och ett körsbär '56 ovala fönstret Beetle med en 2100cc prestanda motor inne i butiken – his rider. Vi pratade en stund och han verkade vara på alerten, verkade känna sina grejer. Nog att jag drog ut min motor och beslutade att ha honom bygga det. Redo för ett par dagar.

Två dagar går genom. Angela och Bode gå till OMSI – två gånger. Jag justerar mina bakre fjäderplattor och splines – mer oljig smuts och mer ansträngning än jag trodde (men värt det.) Joseph kallar – är motorn klar. Vi boogie på ner till butiken för att plocka upp.

“Här ya go!” säger Joseph.

“Umm. Det är inte min motor.”

“Vad menar du? Det är din motor. Det är alla redo att gå!”

“Så, först av allt jag vet serienumret och det är inte det. Andra, Jag kör en buss – det är en bugg motor. Ingen fästpunkterna.”

Han fortsätter att hem och haw. Tja, din motor är på "den andra butiken.’ Senare, det var “Faktiskt, Jag har inte det längre. Den här kommer att fungera bra – bara gå och köpa en adapterplatta.” etc. etc. etc. Jag lyssnar faktiskt på honom och överväga saken. Jag har inte fått många möjligheter – Jag har inte en motor – Jag är ut ur staden – Jag är perfekt för scamming.

Jag säger till honom jag kommer till banken för att få lite pengar, and take off to collect my thoughts and go visit a few other shops nearby and see what they have to say. The first shop says, ‘Yeah that Hawaiian guy. I know him. He comes in and buys stuff. I didn’t know he had a shop.I ask about the mounting plate and they say it’s a terrible idea and guaranteed to wreck my oil pump and leak oil quickly. Jag berättar för dem vad som hände och de föreslog jag gå tillbaka med ett basebollträ och kräva min motor tillbaka och få fan av det. Om det inte gör susen, ringa snuten.

Jag är inte precis den fysiskt imponerande typ och hota folk är inte riktigt min stil, så jag inte bege dig till sportaffär för en fladdermus. Jag går till en annan butik.

Den här gången har jag inte att göra någon förklara. Om 10 sekunder in i berättelsen, Butiksinnehavaren säger med en menande flin, “Ja – Hawaiian guy. Han är en bedragare. Han sliter av folk på Craigslist och Samba. Han sprutlackeringsfärger motorer och kallar dem ombyggda. Han är en idiot. Jag slår vad om att han pratade ett bra spel – inte han?”

Jag avslutar min berättelse och de bara flina. Hört den några gånger redan. People buy crap from Joseph and then come to them to get it fixed or start over. That 2100cc engine in his showpiece? They built itnot him. They suggest a gun instead of a baseball bat. They also tell me I can come into their shop and use all their stuff an they will teach me how to rebuild my engine – gratis. Slutligen, back to the real awesome air-cooled VW folks.

I go back to Joseph’s shop and try to use reasoning and logic to no avail. While standing over the engine he’s trying to push off on me, it’s obvious that there are three case studs missing from this one. I imagine if I turned it over, there would be more missing. If you don’t know, these are what actually hold the whole thing together. There’s no way you should even attempt to start an engine without these. He says no biggie, just go buy some more and install them myself. Christin suggests there’s a workmanship issue here and he just goes off. We’re the bad guys. I told Joseph I would be back the next day and I wanted my engine backwhatever he hadand he agreed.

So now I’m in a quandryI know I’m never seeing my engine again. I go back to Christin’s place and call every shop again and see what they have and what they can do. Same storyif I’ve got an engine, they can rebuild it, otherwise go look for a brand new motor or buy another bus. Slår ut, one of the most recommended (and most expensive) shops has a BRAND NEW (liknande, no serial number) engine in stock and ready to go. Brazilian magnesium case and all-German components. Basically screwed, I head down to go open my wallet and do what maybe I should have done all along.

I get a message from Joseph right before I walk in to buy the new enginehe wants $xxx for his time or I’ll never see my engine again. Nice touch, douchebag.

I buy the new long block. I buy new dual carbs. Time to start over. Christin stays up with me until 2 am to get the thing put together and installed.

Nästa morgon, we drive down to the new shop and they check it out and give me some great instructions: don’t do anything. Put 500 miles on the engine and come right back here. That’s what we’re doing right now.

The jackass that scammed me out of my enginehe’s still got it. I walked away form the whole thing without picking up a baseball bat. He didn’t get my cash, but he got my engine. If you’re buying a rebuilt bus engine in Portland or thereabouts, it may be mine. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Till slut, we got what we needed. A reliable brand new new engine from a respected local VW shop. A wake-up call that not all “VW folks” are as amazing as the rest (it’s not all peace, kärlek och hippie pärlor.) Massor av nya vänner i närheten av Portland som vi kan ringa för att umgås, middag, en frisyr, en öl, eller vad vi behöver. Inte vad vi väntade – men exakt vad vi förväntar oss från och med nu. Håll kusliga Portland.

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En apa inte stoppa showen.

-Willie Nelson

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Kommentarer (24)

 

  1. greg säger:

    Ugh. Bummer. Det är imponerande att man kan låta något liknande glider av din rygg (Jag kunde inte), men kanske det är en del av att vara på väg–du slags måste låta det gå.

    Hoppas på smidigare segling när du fortsätter resan.

  2. elliott johnson säger:

    Vet du Josephs Samba userid? Det skulle vara bra att lämna lite feedback om detta som andra kanske tycker att det är upplysande.

    Skönt att höra att du inte låter detta schuckster (och ja jag kan tänka mig värre saker att kalla honom) förstöra ditt intryck av Portland eller stjälpa ditt äventyr.

    Alla de bästa,
    Elliott

  3. Bob Peak säger:

    I guess the lesson here is to always go where the recommendations point you because the auto ‘industryas a whole is full of scammers and cons. In fact I’d put that at around the 80 percentile range.

    I’d also recommend you call the cops on this guy so he doesn’t keep doing it to othershave them show up with you and ask for the engine with your serial number. Your blog also is a record you own that engine. If you like your new engine you could always get some money back for the old from a good shop.

    I’ve been a VW ‘playersince ’66 and this kind of thing curdles my blood too.

  4. danielle säger:

    Så – you are going to add to what allows this thief to keep on with his business? No phone call to BBB or something? No call to the police to see what they can advise?????
    No wonder he stays in business if everyone jsut walks away and complains but doesnt do anything about it.

  5. Sorry to hear about that low life hawaiian punk, give me more info on the low life and I will post it on SAMBA. It is jackasses like him who gives us hawaiian transplants a bad name. Karma will catch up with him.

  6. I posted something on SAMBA.

    Hopefully some of the localHawaiianboys in the Portlalnd area knows of this punk and will pay him a visit and use the bat on him.

  7. Mark Bruno säger:

    I agree that the authorities should be alerted about the Hawaiian guy swapping out and keeping your engine. You should be able to file your complaint since you have the serial number of the original engine.

    On another note, I am glad to see that you were able to continue your trip with the new engine. It looks really clean and new in the above photo.

    The twin carbs should aspirate the engine better than the older single carb.

    Mark in Fremont, CA

  8. Ed säger:

    As a Portland resident, I’m really sorry to hear that you got ripped off here in our town. I would ask that you tell us the shop name, or even give us an idea of where he is in town so we can spread the word about his shady operation.

    I hope this is the low point of your tripsafe travels!

  9. Bob Skewis säger:

    Bad story . . . lessons learned. Should at least report this to the police, though.

    Jason, that is an awesome engine . . . are those Weber carbs? Those babys will push you down the road of the World!

    You can come back to weird Austin now, it has started raining again and the landscape is green again . . . just not as green as Portland.

    Hook 'em!

  10. Marc & Pam säger:

    Sorry to hear this story. Maybe there’s a silver lining, your new engine should give you many carefree miles ahead. There are so many con artist types in the auto industry. I think you were right to take the high road and move on. Look forward and enjoy life.

  11. Chuck säger:

    I am truly sorry for your troubles But You cannot let this
    just Be.

    He is a thief You say you like the VW comunity but let him live amoung us like the virous he is.

    You can act Tell everyone his name the shop location .

    Heaven forbid I visit my sister in Portland and need some work Or worse ( cause I will act if harmed) I buy something from someone in Portland.

    AS you have left it I will not be buying anything on Samba that comes from there.

    I know about how it feels to just have to take it.

    But you do not have to continue Just post this scumbags name.

    Chuck

  12. Christin säger:

    Here is the link toDouche Bag’sad the Samba.

    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=826871

    User IDislandcruiser2 ??????

    The name on the ad is Travis, which may be his partner in crime that was there when we dropped Jason’s engine off. I dunno

    Here are his Craigslist ads
    http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/pts/1381633988.html

    och

    http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/pts/1382549871.html

    Flame on!

  13. jason säger:

    Alright, well I prefer to live and let live, but the cat is out of the bag now.

    His shop is called Promotive Automotive
    5329 SE 80TH AVE # C in Portland

    his number: 971-222-8942 – joseph

  14. Mark Bruno säger:

    Here is another link of a complaint against islandcruzer2 from Samba:

    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=357010

    I have always heard that for every incident that is reported, there are at least 10 eller flera ytterligare incidenter som rapporteras aldrig.

    –Markera

  15. Russell williams säger:

    Jag hoppas att ni hamnade kräver de bättre företagare eller polisen eller någon om den bit av avskum, eller du kommer att göra det möjligt för honom att fortsätta doinh exakt vad han gjorde mot dig……

  16. Dougie Färsk säger:

    OJ! Vem behöver ett äventyr i Mexiko eller Centralamerika, När du har fått dina egna galna äventyr här i USA! Ledsen att höra om din smärre olycka, men glad att du är tillbaka igång igen.

    Jag håller med alla andra affischer…Du ska redovisa den här killen till polisen och bbb. Han måste stoppas.

    Lycka till och godspeed på din nästa etapp. Jag skickar dig min Washington och British Columbia rekommendationer snart.

  17. angela säger:

    I en idealisk värld skulle vi ha sett den här röran hela vägen. Lyckligtvis, den här killen inte få någon av våra pengar. He does have our old engine, and potentially we could get it back. Men, what would we do with an old engine? We live in a camper van, and we have to get out of Portland.

    I verkligheten, this bus is our home, and Jason’s priority was getting it running for us. Without an engine, we were completely reliant on the kindness of others. We couldn’t even get to a store w/o bumming a ride.

    We’ll do what we can online, but we must move on. And speaking of, we stopped to give a guy a jump and gas today. 1/100th of our car karma debt. Go Jas! thanks for the new engine.

  18. Tyler säger:

    amazing story..but a happy ending, expensive, but happy.
    I remember reading about thishawwain guybefore. did know he was in portland, now I know.

  19. Taylor säger:

    Bummer, duden! That really sucks and I’m not the angry type, antingen, but I’d have gone for the bat. Cricket bat, if they’d had one…du vet, for style.

    Hur som helst, I think you ought to give out some props for the shop who said they’d teach you for free. Det, alltför, is karmic!

  20. julie säger:

    19 comments and not one haiku?? Här du går:

    3 katter på fågelburar
    no mahalo in portland
    but the hair looks good!

    xo

  21. Shawn säger:

    Glad to see you & the fam are back on the road!

  22. PDX säger:

    HELLO EVERYONE!
    WHO KNEW!
    I TRIED TO HELP PEOPLE BY POSTING ON CRAIGSLIST ABOUT HIM FEW TIMES.
    JOSEPH ORKOLANIALMOST KILL ME 2 YEARS AGO. I PAID HIM TO DO MY BRAKES AND I GOT THE PARTS FOR HIM ALSOI WAS SO GLAD TO GET TO KNOW JOSEPH AND I TOLD MYSELF HOW LUCKY I AM TO FINE SOMEONE THAT KNOWS ABOUT VW.
    ANYWAY I GAVE HIM MY PARTS FOR BRAKES AND CASH!
    HE START TALKING HOW GOOD HE IS AND HOW HE BRING DOWN MOTOR BY HIM SELFBLAH BLAH
    SO I TOLD HIM THANK YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN EVER IS READY FOR ME TO PICK UP MY TOY.
    HE CALLED ME DAY AFTER, OK COME PICK UP YOUR CAR.
    OH WOW NICE I GO PICK UP MY CAROK TIME TO START MY CAR. YOU KNOW, DIDN’T SOUND LIKE MY CAR FOR SOME REASON BUT MAYBE IT’S JUST MEANYWAY I DRIVE ONE BLOCK CAR DIE ON MEI WAS NOT VERY FAR AND I ASKED HIM CAN YOU HELP ME START THE CAR. WHEN I PICKED UP MY CAR ORGINALLY I DIDN’T LOOK UNDER MY HOOD BECAUSE I ONLY HAD MY BRAKES WORKED ON NOT MY ENGINE. HE CAME AND LOOKED UNDER MY HOOD AND STARTS PLAYING WITH MY CARB. I SAID TO HIMHOLD ON THIS IS NOT MY CARB”. AND WHY WOULD HE RUSH TO ADJUST MY CARB? I ONLY HAD MY BRAKES WORKED ON!
    IT WAS 2 DAYS BEFORE 4TH OF JULY 2 YEARS AGO
    I BARELY MADE IT HOME, THE CAR DIED AT EVERY LIGHT AND STOP SIGN.
    I CALLED HIM THE NEXT DAY.
    HE SAID OKAY BRING THE CAR BACK SOMEHOW AND I WILL FIX IT FOR YOU
    THE SAME OLD STORY HERE WE AGAIN!
    NO BRAKES, WEIRD SOUND FROM MY AXEL.
    I WAS GOING DOWNHILL AND I WAS HAPPY THAT CAR WAS GOING TO MAKE IT TO HIS SHOPTHEN MY LEFT REAR WHEEL WITH DRUM CAME OFF!! MY WHEEL WAS MOVING PAST ME FASTER THAN MY CAR!
    I HAD TO STOP THE CAR WITH MY EMERGENCY BRAKES! I ALMOST KILLED MYSELF AND OTHERS!!
    HE HAD TRIED TO STEAL MY AXEL BUT COULDN’T, THEN HE FORGOT TO PUT A SAFTY NUT BACK! HE NEVER FIXED MY BRAKES I NOTICED!
    HE ALMOST KILLED ME AND I WANTED TO KILL HIM!
    SO I KNOW I AM MISSING ROCKERS, MY GOOD CARB, MY AIR FILTER AND TRANSMISSION WASN’T MINEHE DID ALL THIS IN ONE DAY FOR HIS OWN BENIFIT!
    MY CAR WAS WORTH 4000 WITH ALL THE GOODIES BUT I SOLD IT FOR 900 BECAUSE OF ALL THE DAMAGE HE DID!
    THERE IS ALOT MORE BUT I NEVER WENT BACK THERE AND KNEW I WASN’T THE ONLY ONE!
    I’M GLAD WE CAN ALL HELP EACH OTHER TO BRING DOWN A THEIF LIKE HIM!!!
    SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU IN OREGON BUT NOT ALL OREGONIANS ARE BAD LIKE THIS GUYTHERE’S ALOT OF GOOD HERE!

  23. Gap säger:

    Thank you for the entertaining read! Alright playtime is over and back to school work.

  24. Pop säger:

    If the engine pictured above is in your bus, a couple of issues I observe

    1 Your mechanic installed a generator type fuel pump with the alternator. It’ll work OK, but if and when it fails you will find ittrappedunder the alternator. The correct pump for the alternator is tilted to the left so it can be removed with the alternator in place. The alternator type pump reqires a 1/4longer push rod too.
    2 Your Kadron carburetors are happiest with 2 PSI fuel pressure and should have a pressure regulator installed. Stock VW fuel pumps deliver around 8 PSI.

    Travel safe! Pop

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