Tom, I wondered when you were going to pop into this thread.tsm1mt said:I personally like John, and have welcomed him into my home on several occasions, and he's really helped me out when in a bind a number of times as well.
Twice I've borrowed engines from him, along with a stall in his shop for a day or three and a place to sleep, after wasting one of mine on the way to RMIHR.
He's even come n' fetched me a time or two and trailered me into RMIHR and/or his shop to make repairs before I could head home.
I know of a few others that have required his assistance after a few days of post-RMIHR trail riding to patch something together to get home with.
I've never had a problem.
...but I have nothing substantial to contribute to this discussion about SULLY'S ENGINE, so I've kept my mouth shut.
My engine took almost a year, and when I picked it up, we had to first stop at the machine shop to pick up the intake manifold that was being machined *right then* before we could bolt it on top and stuff the engine in (when you deck the block to bring the pistons out of the deck at TDC, the intake often needs machined down to fit into the "V")
Engine performed as expected, and continues to.
And all of the modifications I paid for were done. I tore it down a few years later after I spun a rod bearing. The rods WERE lightened, the block WAS decked until the pistons poked out, the heads WERE ported, it was a custom grind camshaft, etc.
I've had three 727s done that all work almost as expected - one of the three had something wrong with the manual valvebody that still isn't resolved.. but I just picked up a transmission brake VB for the 727, so no biggie.
My tie-rods, draglinks, valve springs, camshafts, etc. have all been great.
I just don't have anything pertinent to Sully's engine drama.
Believe it or not, your reccomendations about Comer and the quality of his work and his character were a big part of my decision to go with him.
As I'm sure they have been for many others.
Unfortunately, my experience could not have been more of a polar opposite from what you describe.
John Comer may indeed be the type of fellow who would give a friend the shirt off his back. But he has also proven to be the type of individual who can't be bothered to return a paying customer's phone calls. Or provide the services he agreed to. Or even be trustworthy enough to return another person's money.
John may be a great person on a personal level, and he may be a hell of a mechanic. But he has proven to be the worst sort of deceitful and dishonest business person. I would even cut him some slack, because everyone is entitled to individual mistakes, if it were not for the HUGE number of people who came out of the woodwork over the course of this thread and PM'd or emailed me with stories of similar treatment from or experiences with him.
John may be your friend, and I'm sorry for having called out your friend. But I think John probably owes some people apologies as well.