With all due respect to my good friend Scot, I feel we continue to devalue hand craftsmanship as we compare pricing to mass produced stuff that doesn’t work. In a recent thread, we lamented that there are fewer and fewer craftsman left in the business. Well, try and encourage a motivated youngster to go into a business where their work is constantly being compared to what can be had at JC Whitney. Not a great motivation. I just had 3 MCs rebuilt by White Post. Turnaround was a few weeks, which means they had a backlog. A good sign. They machined the bore, installed a sleeve, installed the internals, and painted it with a good grade of epoxy grey paint. If they are clearing $75 an hour I’d be surprised. No mass production here. One at a time. I think its appropriate for us old farts to “pay it forward” if we want the craftsmen to be around for another generation. We are the caretakers of valued icons, not Toyotas.
Scot, you’re still invited to ride with me at the Higland Concours parade. My car will be the one stopping with confidence