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Last week’s travels took me to the land of the Corn Huskers, Omaha and Fremont, NE. While in Freemont I stopped at long time customer G&G Automotive. I love history, and the building this business was in defiantly had some. Owner Gordon Breithaupt told me it was built to be an Oldsmobile dealership in the late 20’s. It was only a block or 2 off of Fremont’s main street, and had an old gas station building, still in good shape next door. But what really caught my eye was the 69 Camaro up on jacks in the corner. I am not a bow tie guy, but had to admit this car was really cool. With drag slicks and a 10.65 time wrote on the window I knew it wasn’t his daily driver. Gordon has been drag racing since 1975. This is an original DZ302 car, kind of rare I bet. Gordon races in NHRA stock eliminator, so it has to have original equipment. Small block 302, 4 speed manual, stock intake and carburetor. Gordon says he has been to tracks as far east as St Louis, and as far west as Denver with the car.
When I got back to the shop and told Chris about my find, he said oh yea, 327 block with a 283 crank, those things could really GET. Like I said I am not a bow tie man, but thought I had read that GM built this engine to go racing in the Trans Am series of the late 60s. So I looked it up, and they did, winning the manufacturers titles in 68 and 69. The height of the American Muscle car era, other competitors in this series, The Mustang Boss 302, Pontiac Firebird, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, and some competitors from over the pond like Porsche, Alfa Romeo and BMW. These cars were driven by legends of the sport like, Parneli Jones, Sam Posey, George Follmer, and Mark Donohue.

It always makes my day to run into guys like Gordon and see some really cool cars.
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Featured business: Roy’s Auto Repair, Estherville, IA

Last Tuesday I spoke with Roy Gage, Owner of Roy’s Auto Repair in Estherville, IA. Roy established his own repair shop in 1985, before that he got started working for my Dad at Jim Valen Ford in the early 70’s. Roy recalled that he went in to interview and the area had just been hit with very cold weather and my Dad and another salesman were very busy doing jump starts all over town, and just wanted to “get back to selling cars”. Roy was hired that day and stayed until going to work a few years later for Al’s Honda when he became a dealer for Datson cars and small trucks. Roy’s motto is “we do good work”, which he admits he borrowed from Al, who would often come to the shop to inspect the work they were doing and ask, “are you doing good work?”
When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Roy said his customers, who often come in with the most interesting stories to tell, and the challenge of solving automotive issues that require some detective work, which he says has been made much more efficient since he started with the internet, and data bases that can store so much technical information that can be easily accessed. Roy says his son Alan is very good at knowing where to find the technical information they need, and mechanic Scott is very talented at getting to the component in question. Having a great team with varied talents has been a big part of making Roy’s Auto Repair a successful business through the years.

The tractor in the picture is one that Roy built totally from scratch, using a engine and manual transmission from a 1984 Nissan Sentra, front wheel drive car and transfer case from an 84 Nissan pickup.

Roy said one of the biggest challenges building the tractor was how to gear down the automotive drivetrain to work in a tractor without making the tractor too long, as often 2 transmissions are needed to gear it down. The genius here is that Roy has the engine that would have been mounted sideways in the FWD car, inline but backwards, so the drive shaft goes forward to drive the transfer case which then attaches a drive shaft “sourced from Kabele Auto Parts” back in the day, to a truck rear axle. The whole package is quite compact and very well balanced. It has power steering, and a second hydraulic pump which drives a cylinder used on a rear mounted cherry picker. In front is a push bumper used for pushing dead cars and trucks into the shop. The Minneapolis Moline theme is a tribute to Roy’s Dad Duane who owned a dealership in Lester, IA when Roy was growing up. Roy and his grandson sometimes enjoy a leisurely tractor ride in the country. He installed twin seats a few years ago. And the little tractor is a regular exhibitor at the Emmet County Fair tractor pull, where I remember for a few years Roy challenging my Dad to a head to head pull, looser has to kiss a goat, that Roy also provided. I don’t remember Dad having to kiss the goat, his Oliver 70 had a traction advantage. It always provided good entertainment to all watching.

Well, like Roy, the favorite part of my job is the interesting customers I meet when out traveling. You never know what you might be in for when walking into a new shop for the first time. I hope you find these articles entertaining, which will be my goal in the future.
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A good buisness to deal with....good service and they will stand behing the work

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