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Old 09-10-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Durango Colorado Machine Shops

Machine shops are getting harder and harder to find. When I see precision calipers selling in pawn shops for mere tens of dollars, I know something's gone wrong in America! We've lost not only our manufacturing, we're losing our toolmakers to old age, etc.

So in Durango we've got a few machine shops left. Ron Andrews makes "KingCage" titanium water bottle brackets for bicycles, is a fabulous TIG welder, and can fab/repair almost anything, especially exotics. But he's swamped busy. Does a lot of stainless work for the breweries in town and LOVES beer (hint, hint) Prettiest TIG welding you ever saw.

Gary Gerber, has a sawmill out by Bayfield and a BIG lathe. Like a 12 footer. He's handy but has one oddity --- refuses to do stuff in metric. SAE only. Oh well, yeah, he drills water wells also, and repairing THAT along with the sawmill gear is why he bought the big lathe. Jack of all trades who made thousands of extended motorcycle forks back in the Easy Rider day(s). I'm going to him now mostly because Ron's just too booked up. Both have Bridgeport mills.

Mike Wasinger, out between Allison and Arboles has the last AUTOMOTIVE machine shop left in La Plata County. Does brilliant head work, can un-warp Honda heads (heat and force!) 3 angle valve jobs, etc. Hard to catch him at his shop, but... fast, decent prices, never heard of a single comeback...

The guy who had an automotive machine shop up on Florida Rd clotheslined himself on a barbed wire fence riding a snowmobile a few years back. Don't seem to be open anymore despite the sign remaining up.

S&S Machine down in Farmington is the old standby for automotive machine work in the area. Competitive pricing, they also do powdercoating. I've heard of a couple of big screw-ups by S&S on lower engine work, but they're big enough, and established enough they ALWAYS make things right. Lots of high hperformance stuff, race stuff goes through their shop.

Melcher Brothers up at Animas Air Park (the little airport) can do what you need, they tend to work on BIGGER things, including steam locomotives, but hey....when everyone else is busy, or maybe you NEED something big fabricated. I haven't worked with them so I can't really comment on their strenghts/capabilities.

My father owned a machine shop at one time, and after failing as a business man had to sell it. You know those vintage red pull-down fire alarms with the glass rods that break?? I remember barrels of glass rods... If you're touring in the Durango area and have a MC breakdown, whatever, give ME a call and I'll run you around till we get 'er fixed. God's given me the time, tools, and talent, along with a desire to help others!
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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Thanks Wade.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:56 PM   #3
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Don't forget Wayne and Drew at BC Fabrication in Bayfield.

Wayne is a multi time Baja 1k finisher and rode for Team Honda in the 70's and 80's
Probably has one of the most extensive vintage desert racing memorabilia and photo collection out there

Drew's work has been featured in a few four wheeling magazines and he has built more than a couple winning race rigs in the rock crawling scene.

If you need something made out of steel to go fast, be uber complex, or be undestructible they can get it done.
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting this!

I'm going to need some head work done as I rebuild the 289 in my old Bronco....eventually. The trans, transfer case and axles need to be freshened up first.

My friend Jerry just came over to show me some of his handmade knives, and asked if I would like to be his apprentice at his blacksmith shop! "Winter's coming. Let's pound and weld metal." I start in two weeks!
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Old 09-12-2014, 06:46 AM   #5
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Good thread.

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Old 09-13-2014, 05:21 AM   #6
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There's also Carl's Repair in Aztec, NM The guy is good. Mostly does oilfield type stuff and has a pretty good shop set up.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:21 AM   #7
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Don't Forget Doug at Doug's Kawasaki. He is one of the best aluminum welders
in the area.
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Huh, never would have guessed!
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I might add Dahl's Machine & Hydraulics, up at Animas Air Park to the list. (Across from Holt Sheet Metal) I just had Keith refurb a floor jack for me, turns out he does general machine shop work too. Seemed hungry for business. Holt's got a CNC plasma table and a waterjet, so between them, Melcher Bros, and Dahl, you could fabricate pretty much ANYTHING within a 300 yard radius.
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