Mechanic - Santa Cruz, CA

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  1. thedoughboy

    thedoughboy SILVER Star

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    Just like that...poof! The white smoke of the dreaded head gasket. At 279,000 I am pretty sure it just happened. 1995 that has been so reliable to me. I have been prepping mentally to tackle this project by myself. As life has it, I cannot make this happen at this time. I will do all the necessary checks to verify my head gasket just blew but I am pretty sure it did. I have been smelling the sweet smell others have mentioned. Today, she was running rough. I stopped the rig to run and errand. When I started her back up I hear screams and saw the smoke bomb coming from the rear of my vehicle.

    Does anyone know a good...scratch that...great mechanic in the Santa Cruz area? I want to do this right.

    Thanks in Advance
     
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    Just DIY. Remove the engine, resurface the block, put it back together with new gaskets. Whola (btw Skips machine shop in seaside is top notch)
     
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    Go see Marty at Santa Cruz Imported Truck. They are open tomorrow but are closed weekends and Monday.
    Its a family affair; they are toyota gear heads (Marty, the owner, has an 80 too); and most importantly super honest. I highly recommend them.


    132 Benito Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
     
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    Import Truck as well. If there’s something I can’t do, I’d take it to them.
     
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    I agree. I lived there about 20 years ago and went there a few times. They actually helped me diagnose an issue (can't remember what) and didn't charge me. I also had them replace the clutch on my old 1st gen 4Runner. Good guys.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    Just called Import Trucks and they don't do "that kind" of work anymore. If you have any other suggestions let me know!

    Thanks
     
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    Try
    try Tim's Auto Electric which is at the other end of Benito avenue:
    Contact Tim's Auto Repair Specialist - Santa Cruz, CA | 831-427-1221

    When Marty was too busy I brought my truck (for things I can't do) to their shop. They deal with a lot of old classic cars. They also maintain the HD61 from Tepui (the green 60 series that Tepui has).
    They handled for me my carb rebuild.

    Noah, their frontman, is a really nice and honest guy. But no idea if they will take on a full engine rebuild or not.

    --jeff
     
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