My 54 Merc was painted back in the 80's & I wanted a perfessional paint job on it because it's in great mechanical condition. I've had it for 12 years & put a 91, 302 w/AOD with disc brakes & other stuff the first 6 months I owned it. Now since last May it's been in a shop getting a repaint. Almost a year & he only found a little rust in the front right fender. I went there almost once a week & finally when it was sitting outside 2 months ago with the windows down in a snow storm I lost it. Was ready to grab him by the neck & he knew it. 2 weeks ago it was painted & I polished the stainless for him to put back on. He has 5 guys working for him & 500 excuses for not getting at my car. Always says 2 weeks, 2 weeks. Started another project that needs the motor bored & valve job. Thats been in another shop for 5 weeks & still sitting in the same place. I disassemble & build my own motors just don't have a boring bar or valve grinder. The 3rd part is an auto transmission. Going on 3 weeks. I checked yesterday & it's still sitting in the same place also at another shop. How do these guys stay in business.? I was told the car would take 3 months = OK, the motor guy said 2 weeks & the trans guy figured 2 weeks or he'd call. Sorry for the rant, but I just getting a little frustrated with shop around this area.