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Post by se6b » Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:27 pm

Does anyone have any recommendations for garages that could work on my SE6B in Scotland?

Haven’t found any dedicated Scimitar Specialists up here, but would be good to find a garage that knows/understands these cars well.

Thanks



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Post by exeterhibby » Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:17 pm

After 5 years up here I am still looking for a definitive answer to this question!

Andrew at "Edinburgh Sportscars" knows his stuff but the working environment and storage leaves a lot to be desired.......as does attention to detail at times.

Avoid "Clydesdale Classic Cars" in East Kilbride at all cost.

I am using "ML Motorsport" just outside Edinburgh, at the moment and Martin there seems to know his stuff..............if you look on their facebook page you will see some pictures from when my car was in a couple of weeks ago along with some of the other classics they have dealt with .......along with the subarus, drift cars, race cars they look after.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:13 pm

ML Motorsport were a very reputable name in classic mini circles back in the day.


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Post by se6b » Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:14 pm

Thank you both for your responses.

I’ll have a look at ML them!
Interesting that you mention avoiding Clydesdale Classic Cars. I have spoken to them in the past and they seemed thoroughly descent and had some interesting stuff in for work. That being said, I haven’t dealt with them with regard to any work in my car so have no idea about the quality.

I’ve used The Cross Garage in Kirkintilloch before but that was before I bought my Scimitar. Had a great service from them, but don’t know how au fait they are with Scimitars specifically, although I’m sure I could trust them to do a good job. They certainly do work on far more expensive cars including their own classics.



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Post by exeterhibby » Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:46 pm

Clydesdale Classics are very pleasant and have a knowledge.................if I was to list all the problems I had with them you wouldn't believe it! eg: I am still looking for the cabin / pollen filter they "fitted" to my Middlebridge :D

I have a feeling the ML Motorsport mentioned in the second reply is a different firm to the Edinburgh one I use.


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Post by ard126k » Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:51 pm

I think Lothian Sports Cars were the only real specialist/dealer in Scotland and they closed last century!!!

I'm looking for a new garage myself due to the one I've used for about 35 years having closed....

What sort of work do you need the garage to do? MOT tests, basic servicing/repairs, big overhauls/rebuilds/full restoration?

I think look for a place with an older foreman or owner. Stay clear of main dealers and anyone with large marque banners. Check what other cars are in the car park. Look for SMTA membership. Does your council have a 'Trusted Trader' scheme? Go to your local noggin and see what other folk do.

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Post by ScimiTom » Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:07 pm

Which area of Scotland are you in? I assume you're fairly central.

I've yet to find 'the perfect garage', but have used a few decent places over the years (I'm just west of Glasgow). I've just learnt to accept that even the decent garages will do the requested work on the car but will not treat it with much respect - so there'll be a new mark here or there, a scuffed tyre, an oily stain on the wing, rear wiper bent out of shape (as happened on my most recent visit). A mechanic who can communicate in anything other than indecipherable grunts is also a rare beast - if you do find one, hang onto him! :D

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Post by adamwilkes » Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:10 pm

se6b wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:27 pm
Does anyone have any recommendations for garages that could work on my SE6B in Scotland?
YOU may be the best man for the job :shock: Learning some more skills may pay off handsomely in saved cash and new fulfilling skills :) Whatever you break can be fixed 8)


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I can't help myself - I have to ask questions and find out why. Why ? Dunno :shock:

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Post by se6b » Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:17 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Adam!

I am very willing to learn, but there is a limit to my current abilities. Having a specialist to rectify my mistakes or provide some advice and occasional repairs would help immensely! 😂



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Post by se6b » Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:21 pm

ScimiTom wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:07 pm
Which area of Scotland are you in? I assume you're fairly central.

I've yet to find 'the perfect garage', but have used a few decent places over the years (I'm just west of Glasgow). I've just learnt to accept that even the decent garages will do the requested work on the car but will not treat it with much respect - so there'll be a new mark here or there, a scuffed tyre, an oily stain on the wing, rear wiper bent out of shape (as happened on my most recent visit). A mechanic who can communicate in anything other than indecipherable grunts is also a rare beast - if you do find one, hang onto him! :D

Tom
Near Glasgow. Completely agree with you. I’ve always valued a garage that treats a car like their own and is honest enough to not take the p1ss. Most independents I’ve dealt with have generally been ok, but almost all main dealers (for modern cars obviously) have been appalling!



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Post by se6b » Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:23 pm

ard126k wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:51 pm
I think Lothian Sports Cars were the only real specialist/dealer in Scotland and they closed last century!!!

I'm looking for a new garage myself due to the one I've used for about 35 years having closed....

What sort of work do you need the garage to do? MOT tests, basic servicing/repairs, big overhauls/rebuilds/full restoration?

I think look for a place with an older foreman or owner. Stay clear of main dealers and anyone with large marque banners. Check what other cars are in the car park. Look for SMTA membership. Does your council have a 'Trusted Trader' scheme? Go to your local noggin and see what other folk do.

HTH

Alex.
Thanks Alex. I’ll have a look into it. It really just for repairs that are out of my depth (most things I think 🤦‍♂️).



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Post by Dennis Nicholas » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:05 pm

Could well be that short of moving to England near to one of the known specialists you will need to find a garage with someone who is prepared to listen and you then get the job information from this forum, the workshop manual etc, print it out and give it to them. Everything has been covered on the forum (it is sometimes just the hard task of finding it!!).
Half the battle is having good facilities and tools........and is your age such that with your willingness to "learn and do" you have enough active life left to conquer learning "how to" on the myriad of jobs you will come across :) ?

Good luck with the search.........have just asked my Uncle (almost brother at my age +5 = 80) who is in Ayr and he also bemoaning lack of sensible garage.......though he only has a modern, ordinary "classic"

Dennis PS don"t stand too near the edge of the pit in your Kilt if you find a garage with a girlie mechanic....recipe for bad job due to distraction!!


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Post by 5eon » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:44 pm

My experience is you need a one man band who will probably be over the age of sixty and will enjoy working on a classic, understand it and show the required respect.



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Post by scimmy_man » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:05 pm

if you dont find one, look for an old school land rover garage,

similar tech.


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