Thanks so much to everyone for all the support and words of encouragement! The last few days have been filled with the business side of things... Comcast installed cable/internet, phones are up and running, made connections with parts dealers, an update to the sign, and met with reps for credit card processing. Not the fun parts, but all last minute details that have to get done!
By the end of the week, All three lifts were finally operational and the shop was a whole lot brighter thanks to our good friend Matt Perfater from A.Dean Electric. Here he is hard at work
Once the lifts were functional, Eric put them to work right away. Starting things slowly, with a few alignments and some engine work.
Drew and his friend stopped by for a visit and a ride on the alignment lift. Good times!
If you have work that needs to be done, give us a call. We'll be scheduling jobs starting this week.
Friday was an exciting day as we watched the sign go up at EPR Automotive. That made it officially seem real.
As of today, everything has been delivered and unpacked and about 80% of the equipment and machinery has been assembled. Two lifts will be fully operational by the end of the day tomorrow and the third (alignment rack) should be by Wednesday.
Below are some photos of the last few days ... unloading, assembling, building.
And after a tough day today (ran into some problems with assembly of the alignment rack), a visit from the kids brought a smile to my face. They are loving all the boxes they have to play with lately!
Busy day at EPR Automotive in Gaithersburg, MD! Today we unpackaged the lifts and fully installed one of them. The second is upright and ready for assembly.
When I came home and told the kids the lifts were on the ground they both broke into song "Lifts on the ground, Lifts on the ground, Looking like a fool with your lifts on the ground. We unpackaged and assembled the tire machine and balancer. The wheel aligner is still all wrapped up waiting for the arrival of the alignment lift ... scheduled to be delivered Thursday morning.
And we have walls! Well we have plywood anyway. Lights are in, wiring for the TV & HDMI cable are in (gotta have some entertainment while you wait, right?)
Today was a big day! The brake machines arrived along with two of the lifts and my tool box was moved (via tow truck) into the new shop! The lifts were delivered by tractor trailer and moved into the shop using a fork lift! The kids came by to check out the place ... which really just looks like a lot of boxes at this point, but give us a few days!
You can see from the photos we've had lots of help. We have some great new neighbors on Woodfield Rd! The folks at Shannon Auto Body have been so helpful from day one and today we met Neil from Exotic Lumber down the street. He took some time out of his day (and brought along his fork lift) to help get the lifts off the truck. And the guys at Morton's Towing moved Eric's toolbox for (hopefully) the last time! Thanks everyone for all your help!
It's all starting to come together! Don't let anyone ever tell you that starting a business is easy. But after the months of behind the scenes planning, it is an amazing feeling to see things finally starting to fall into place. It started out as a large warehouse space:
But it's on its way to being a state of the art shop! Today our amazing contractor finished up the framing and lights for the front office. Kristyn stopped by to talk layout and we have a good idea of what our vision is for the office. Now if we could only get the walls up maybe we can make it happen!