This is a much long overdue attempt at giving them the props they deserve.
My story in short:
oct. 2006 - had my car in a "shop", which got me (after much waiting) a "JDM supra GTE" which turned out to be an aristo motor. After MUCH time the motor is in, but it isnt starting, but has started, but it stops, the ignitor box keeps popping, turns out to be the 5spd tach, change that, the brand new wiring harness is funky, blah blah, it ran great, but the usdm 2nd turbo blew, the 1st turbo news oil seals, now back to the jdm turbos, the 1st turbo is gone, oil line needed. blah blah. Doesnt answer my calls, i have to drive out 40 mins jus to ask what is going on at least 4 times, sometimes hes just closed, wife is sick, family tragedys left and right suddenly when I just wanted to get my car back. Had not seen my car this whole time. Was even denied a request to see my car, since he had to head to a car show in 20 mintues and didnt have time for the ten minute ride over to his "off site location" aka garage at home where he had my car.
8 months later- got my non-running car back after getting thrown a bill, a $5k+ bill...not including the price of the motor 2500, and the 1500 in order to "subsidize" the labor over such a LONG period of time Which I alrdy paid.
Name of this said "shop"? i wouldnt wanna defame any in our community so Ill give u a small subtle hint: it starts with a F- and ends with a -uzion.
disclaimer for the shops sake: the shop has since i last talked to him, has stopped doing crazy complicated engine swaps such as the aristo-supra swaps, unless the customer buys all parts directly from him...blah blah. Case in point, if you need to go single, bring a COMPLETE kit and a USDM GTE and he can do it. Anything more than that expect to have your time and money wasted. HAnds down the most costly mistake I have ever made in my life.
I then took off the twins in my garage and had it towed to First State MotorSports, why oh why could I just say their name straight out without having to give subtle hints abt it?? read on
THeir shop had their actual space where they worked on the car in the same location...wow
they told me everything straight up, and always called me back.
I basically wanted a single on the car now since the other shop had me scared the twins would prob explode the moment I drove the car.
SO we opted for an up coming newer basic sp61 kit, which turned out to be delayed project at SP. We then decided to go with a custom kit, centered around a new up and coming manifold being made over the summer, but in the end it didnt flesh out. Each time that happened Josh at FSM was immediately on the phone calling ME...yes thats right calling me, even tho I was far away from philly, all the way in cali for the entire summer driving my mother-in-laws SL500. Not me calling him and him not answering and then me having to drive out and ask him in person...
I finally decided enough was enough and I just bought the BL manifold. At that point the car came together in 2.5 weeks. They had it started and running sooner...using all the same used maf, ecu etc.
I also found out the other shop still has my denso fuel pump, which they never put in by the way.
I got the car back late oct. 1 yr later
PTE 61, BL mani, stock fuel, their Custom Intake manifold (yes i offically have the first one made for the GTE). Running nicely on the time bomb 5 spd ( which has tire grilling gearing by the way). Drove it many times. few weeks later one of the caps they used to cap off the water lines which originally led to the twins blew off. Took it back to their place, they replaced it in 20 min and had me on my way. Since then I have had the car going 140-150 mph (on a road which had a 151 mph speed limit of course) many a times, a trip down to maryland, where I also again encoutnered those rare 151 mph limit roads 3 more times. blah blah.
If I had to go anywhere again for work on the car, ill take my chances with FSM. Heck i'd bet my daugther whos due the 17th.
IN THE END:
I spent a ton of money on the car, more than most people here would spend on their car and prob end up with double the hp I have, But FSM made it worth it. With all the negative bullshit I went thru, I had forgotten how much I loved the car, that to me it was more than a car. Instead it had just become a financial and emotional burden, a car that was not worth the trouble and money. First state made me remember that this raggidy NA supra had become something crazy, something I would never want to sell to recoupe my losses, something that I dreamed abt, something that will forever carry the sentimental value of nailing my wife back on our 6th date all over the passenger, driver and rear seats, the excitement I got from driving the car late at night along PCH with friends back in cali, some of the looks that I got when I drove the car, the ricerish excitement i got after getting an exhaust, why random people took pics of my car, why I only ate eggos and cup ramen for an entire summer while I worked fulltime just so I could get the wheels, tires and suspension. The moment I heard that wastegate open and felt the car go sideways as I floored it on the I95 the night I picked up the car, I remembered. HUGE thanks to Josh, Dan and Everyone else at FSM for building my car, and importantly for helping me remmeber, that in the end when it comes to these cars, it is worth every god damn f*cking penny.
edit- past tense, sorry