I am Joseph, from Brooklyn, NY recently bought a 1987 RRC. It needs some TLC... First thing: Brakes (Going by the looks and feel..assuming the calipers are rusted .. I couldn't bleed front at all as the bleeder screws are like rusted like it is welded. Other problems with Steering, Ignition, Battery dying every day morning!!)
1) Though I am neither an expert at being handy, nor a dummy also. My friend and I changed all pads and rotors, but the brake is not yet there. It needs to be bled and possibly new calipers (at least in front) or piston or new seals.
I was spending quite a good time in our forum to find an honest, inexpensive mechanic. Since I am an apartment guy with 2 parking spaces (no garage!! to play without being frozen) & not -so-much fun in staying out in cold weather, I need an honest mechanic.
In BUSHDUCKS.COM, folks were talking good things about a mechanic in Long Island called Steven Usher (Island Rover Co, in Baldwin, NY, 11510). 516 8051136 is the phone number listed there. This number is not working & so is the website too.
If anyone has used him or knows his shop, Please update his phone and location or send it to me/ or another honest mechanic in a reasonable distance.
2) Is there anyone in the forum whom I could ask a helping hand with small things like Brakes or calipers or diagnosis with battery charge loss problems as these can be done by us and not necessarily have to spend a lot of bucks in any "LR Specialist place" or any mechanic, though we need mechanics for certain difficult works. I can either drive to them or vice versa. Some of us are more blessed with knowledge, time; garage etc., vs. someone like me workaholic, lives in apartment without garage, not very handy. Anyway I will end up in paying to some shop , then why not pay to some forum member who keeps LRs to their heart and passionate about them, not just a number in a big garage & not gonna be as expensive..for sure.
I hope someone will walk me through the first steps of a rookie RRC owner. Any answer to the above questions or recommending any honest, not so expensive mechanic will be greatly appreciated.