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What a beautiful restoration. I wonder if the engine is still a 2 liter displacement or if the displacement was increased to help get the 165 hp? Thats a big price tag but moar power, moar brakes and moar gears make it worth it to me.[img]http://slappersonly.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/moar.jpg[/img]
Man that sure looks damn nice! What makes it a Motowhoozzawhatti anyhow? I think in my midlife years here the British fun cars are starting to grow on me more than LS1rx7's did a decade ago.
Ooh, how did I never see this one before? MotoCancelli is a horrendous dumpster fire of a shop. I briefly tried to help him get some advertising in the local community, giving him all sorts of suggestions and ideas, not knowing his long and not-so-illustrious history of screwing people over. He'd offered to get the then-new Porsche ready for an upcoming race in return. I'd been recently injured, but I still wanted to get the car together because my teammates had already bought into the team. I never got any kind of budget or formal approval on anything marketing-wise, so I just assumed he'd been handling things himself. He wasn't. Oh, and he totally hit on me when I was discussing what he could do to drive business to his shop, but I shrugged it off as okay, whatever, because I needed help with my car. Gross. (And never again. Don't hit on people you're working alongside professionally, you creep—especially when they're about half your age!)The weekend before the race, I learned that my car had barely been touched—mostly by his one helper, who Cancelli had fired. I was told that insurance reasons would keep me from working on my car in his shop, so I couldn't jump in and work on it. That should've been a huge red flag right there given the number of tech sessions and other club activities go down in local shops. Then it came out that Cancelli wanted me to spend out of my pocket on the advertising suggestions I'd given him. I was never told that when I was brought in to help him on marketing shops. Whenever a real, honest business brings in a person to help with marketing, they usually get a budget—not be told to foot the bill themselves. This was a new line of BS entirely. He now refused to release my car, and demanded CASH ONLY as a payment. You know, the kind of payment where you that you don't have any protections with if you're screwed over by the shop—and that a shady shop can take under the table and claim no knowledge of later. Sorry, that dog wouldn't hunt, given the signage for the alternate forms of payment he had in his shop and on his website, either. Two other friends and I ultimately had to ask one of Travis County's Sheriffs to help me retrieve my car and negotiate things. At this point, I did not want to show up without backup, and I knew he was legally in the wrong. I ultimately got Cancelli to agree to accept a payment via PayPal for around $2,000—which he didn't deserve for the BS I'd just been through—but I just wanted my car out of there. (Mind you, a real, honest Porsche shop who did the timing belt and a number of other menial get-ready tasks only charged about a fifth of that—and they actually did things correctly and got them done on time!)Lo and behold, every single thing I paid Cancelli for had to be redone. The shocks were shoddily installed with incorrect hardware. One brake caliper was seized, but he put my brand-new brake pads in it anyway. I took the week off with my boyfriend to try and put it all together in time, and we ultimately couldn't. It was one of the most disappointing experiences of my life, and I honestly felt like evil had won. We tried to dispute the payment with PayPal upon discovering that his work was...not work, but Cancelli lied to them, too, and PayPal's too-vendor-friendly dispute process bought it. I had photos and everything, but no luck. So, advice: use a real credit card with actual purchase protections if you think you might be screwed over by a shady shop! I've never been so angry in my life.
Oh, and that coward moved his shop to Dickinson, Texas, shortly afterwards and I hope either a) everyone knows to stay FAR away by now or b) he finally angers the wrong person who can shut him down for good. Dude is a con artist. I saw rows of cars that barely moved while I was trying to help him out with his shop, and the Internet is full of stories of Cancelli telling the people he's conned money out of "I just don't have any help" or "It's going to cost more to dig into this issue further..."So, while this particular car looks very pretty, isn't being sold by Chris Cancelli himself (thank heavens—maybe the owner fixed Chris' mistakes?) and old British cars are neat, I'd personally recommend going through anything Cancelli touches with a fine-tooth comb and the factory service manual. NOOOOPE.Here's an eight page and still going thread of people who've been screwed over in various ways by the dude, for what it's worth: http://www.triumphexp.com/phorum/read.php?8,929458
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