Machine Shop Magic

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If you're into fixing up old cars, you probably know that a good machine shop is something you can't get along without. I just got a call from the machine shop that I took my battered tie rods to a few weeks ago. The tie rods fit the front suspension of my 1957 MG Magnette sedan, a car many people are unfamiliar with. And they were about as twisted up as you'd want to see 50-year-old parts twisted up. I really wondered if Rex, the machinist, could even fix them, but I also knew he might be the only one who could. And he did. Not only that, he's going to bring them up to Iola this weekend so I can pick them up without driving 30 miles!

Rex is one of those true machine shop magicians. I truly think he can do anything, if he sets his mind to it. About a year ago, we were rebuilding the DuBonnet "knee-action" front suspension units on my 1936 Pontiac and it was a real challenge to find the right shop to do this special job. In fact, we got a lot of blank stares when we showed the "knee action" units to a couple of machinests. When we walked into Waupaca Machine Repair, Rex said, "Those are DuBonnet Knee-Actions!" It was a sure sign we came to the right place! Truth is, Rex is a serious hot rodder and car collector himself. So he understands what it takes to build/restore an old car. I think that's where his magic touch comes from.

Like many good machinist, Rex doesn't have a Website or a blog, but you can call him at 715-258-7200 if you ever need a machine shop magician's help.

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