Need Advice, In a Dilemma
Ok so let me make this as short and informative as possible. I bought a 1969 Camaro X44 rolling shell back in the end of May. I also bought a 1970 Camaro off of craigslist with a big block 427 for 3400. The engine is cherry, built up with dual 650 edelbrock carbs, msd ignition, cam, etc...; I have a friend who told me he would put in the engine from the 1970 to the 69 for me for really cheap. I trust this guy & he knows what he is doing so I agreed. Well as many on this forum have found out, the headers clear on the 1970 alot easier than the 1969. So, my friend knows a guy in a nearby town who has his own exhaust and muffler shop who he says can modifiy the headers from the 70 to fit the 69. He can also weld great and can make me the correct crossmember to go with a th400, wire the msd correctly, shorten the driveshaft properly, and a few other oddball things for me. In return I would be giving him the 1970 which is basically a rusted out rolling shell. The guy picks up both Camaros on June 6th. My friend says he will take about 2 weeks to get this done! I was ok with that. My goal was to get it running by the end of July at the latest. Not cosmetically nice, just running. I stop by the guys shop about a month into the job thinking "Wtf, its already been a month, I'm going to go check on this guy". He tells me "I've put on the exhaust and just fit the header, and am working on it while I can". & I'm like "no no no, I wanted my car done just like everyone else, priority just like your exhaust customers. Just because this is a "trade" deal doesn't mean to put my car on the backburner until you have "free time". If its money that you want, I will happily pay you for the proper labor involved and we can forget about trading the 1970. & he replies with "Well I don't do business that way, I will treat your car like everyone elses and get it done!. He says he will have it done in about two weeks!...... Well it is now August the 4th. I have no idea what to do or how to go about this...My middle man friend who originally got this Exhaust guy to do the job told me he contacted him on Friday, & the douche bag said "Ive been working on it a little bit, but Im an exhaust guy first. This is a winter project" WTF? Really! I'm at work right now really irritated and pissed off. What should I do or how should I go about this to get my car back!? I'm afraid that since he has done god only knows what, someone else new diving in won't know what to do or how to fix it. Also, If i threaten to get legal action involved, we have no contract??......If i offer to pay him for the little that he has done, and forget about the 70 all together, I fear he will be upset and charge me a high amount up the A$$ like a thousand dollars or more for minimal labor?!?! I have no idea what to do at all!??!? Any advice for me?!?? Thanks.........Sorry this is so long!!