Okay, 1st sorry for the delayed reply - a memorial and a few other family-1st
necessities have kept me busy for the last few days ...
I spoke to a couple local shops that I'd trust to do this and got a very positive reply from the one I would have suggested going with first.
Have him contact 'Greg
' at "Greg's Repairs
" - he is in Lafayette (next town over from 'us' - the the three towns here are just called "Lamorinda
" [Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda] by locals because they are so closely located and associated
3329 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA. 94549
(925) 283 - 0323
I spoke to Greg and he said he would be glad to look at it and give him an estimate and the 'Warm Fuzzy' about repairing the problem.
He will either personally do the majority of the work and/or completely supervise any work done by one of his other ASE certified guys.
Greg is a great guy and does many of the custom/performance exhaust systems for the street-rod/performance guys in the east bay area (authorized FlowMaster dealer and personal contact with 'Ray'
from the start of that company).
The other 'probable' source to repair this would be 'Orinda Motors'.
Although they tend to cater more to the exotics and 'Lexus' set locally they have a good rep. for being a reliable (if not a bit more pricey) shop.
They do lots of early collector and classic work - also host the annual 'Orinda Motors Classic' car show at the nearby Orinda Country Club (
these are the golf/country club set folks go-to shop ...)
The best contact there would be the Service Manager 'John' (not me, his last name is Vanek
- his number is (925) 254 - 2012.
Link to their car show and other info on web is - http://www.orindacarshow.com/
Hope this helps and would appreciate any feedback he can offer so i can discuss with them.