Has anybody was able to conduct business with Great Plains new owner?

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  1. Aug 27, 2016 #21

    MikePousson

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    Thats a good idea to do a test run. But do an online order form and go thru it all the way to the final buy button. For a small purchase for an international buyer, the shipping costs will probably triple the total costs. I found that out with the $10 DVD. And then when it gets to the buyers country, UPS or FedEx will add a brokerage fee on top of local taxes.
    When I need to order from a US company I make sure they ship USPS. Canada Post doesn't ever charge me brokerage fees. If it's gotta go by courier, I ship it to Louisiana and niece stores it for me till I go pick it up and carry it across the border. But that is kinda unique for me.
    You guys in the US have it good for shipping.

    If a call was made @ 5:30 PM Israeli time, it will be 9:30 AM Nebraska time. All the office BS is out of the way and people are working. I'd give them a try. If that don't work, PM me and I'll call them and tell them "Answer your E Mails folks, you're holding up the show". It don't cost me anything to call the US. Wait till a weekday.

    I got nothing better to do than aggravate some people. It seems my wife don't nibble the hook anymore.:gig:
     
  2. Aug 27, 2016 #22

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    I just called- 19:50 PM IsraeI time- 13:58 Nebraska- No dice. Recorded message.
    This reminds me "this parrot is dead" scatch by Montey Pyton.www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE
    I will call Monday again- but this will be my very last effort to do business with him.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2016 #23

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    I wonder if Valley Engineering would build you a motor, run it in and debug it, disassemble it and ship to you and you could "build" it? A kit.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2016 #24

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    This a real Monty Pyton Parrot scatch.... They will charge me -in my opinion $1000 for this stunt ..
    Thanks anyway.
     
  5. Aug 27, 2016 #25

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    That is not going to happen
     
  6. Aug 27, 2016 #26

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    What did he tell you when you talked to him? You were unable to send him emails that he does not answer????

    My hard drive failed a few weeks ago, on a 9 month old computer. It took a couple of weeks to get it replaced under warranty. He may not be especially savvy wrt computers, and may be having some problems.

    Lots of people get into the EAB parts business because of a passion for aviation. For many, it is a side job, not their primay source of income. Most have good intentions, but lack experience in running a business. Most are lucky to make a small profit each year.

    So it has been about a week plus a couple of days, and you are going to end any opportunity to do business with him? Do you have any idea what is going on in his life right now?

    I don't know the fellow that you are writing about, and I know nothing of his company, products or reputation, but it seem to me that some significant information is missing from the story as related here.

    Good luck to each of you.


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    BJC?. He is trying to buy an engine (VW) from Great Plains, Steve Bennet's old company he sold last year for health reasons. I guess it's not as personal as it was when Bennett was there. I'll do some calling for Abraham next week.

    Abraham.... Today is Saturday. They would not answer the phone today, as they are closed for the weekend.
     
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    Not 1600 but 1914 cc. Straight from Steve's mouth when I was talking to him.

    Shrunk fit hub is very easy to install if you follow the instructions.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2016 #29

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    I don't know if you mean Abraham won't do it or Gene won't do it...which one? We know Abraham won't do it. If you mean Gene won't do it you must have asked him?
     
  10. Aug 29, 2016 #30

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    Got Don this morning. All's well- he is selling vw motors same as steve- the business is fine and Don is happy.
    To show him my appreciation I even placed him an order for 1925cc flywheel type 1 and added firewall forward full package....
    I've made his morning:ban:
     
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    Good for you. I was about to give him a call.
     
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    I love it when a plan comes together!


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    Out of curiosity, what does it cost to have that shipped to Israel?
    BTW, the GPAS assembly manual and the engine assembly DVD are well done and do a good job of distilling Steve's decades of experience so they are useful to homebuilders. Be sure to hang on to those so you or a local mechanic can do repairs or major maintenance in the future. Lots of stuff is common to "car" VWs, but there are also many important differences. Plus, there are fewer and fewer folks with Type 1 VW experience anymore, at least in some places.
     
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    Like I said, I got good vibes
     
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    Scott Casler at Hummel engines might help you.
    He gives talks at Oshkosh and answers questions on the 1/2VW forum.
    website: http://www.hummelengines.com/
     
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    I'll keep you all posted on cost of shipping by sea to IsraeI as soon as I get the bill. VAT is waiting too-you know- 17% in israeI..:mad2:
     
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    We don't have VAT here inOntario, but we do have a 13% Sales tax plus the brokerage fee. So it probably adds 15% to the purchase price. Then there's the shipping. That's a whole other sore point with me.
     
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    Is this the second owner since Steve's passing? I bought my engine kit a year ago and dealt with Martin Roberts. I heard at Oshkosh this year that GPAS had been sold again.
     
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    Sorry for the non-happy end here- after placing the engine order- things did NOT improve.
    Before sending him $500 advance- I've asked the $80 CD to be send to IsraeI.
    This turned out to be a bigger fiasco then the engine order.
    To make long story short- I've cancelled GPSA and ordered 2100cc from Sonex.
    To all those who are contemplating doing business with GPSA- be on the alert- they might be doing business but it turns out "non-standard" to put it mildly.
     

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