No, but if they buy something new, go to car shows, maybe tinker around some then it could be.So now people buying 500 hp cars off the showroom floor is considered a hobby?
Key word is "Good". There are plenty of mediocre machine shops that do barely passable work that stay plenty busy. They are the Walmart of machine shops. If it is cheap, they are busy. The quality of work on the other hand...Good local machine shops and speed shops sure are getting thin though.
So true, that’s why I made sure to include the “good” part. There are some dirty, unorganized machine shops around here. Some turn out acceptable work, but I wouldn’t use them for anything high end. Going with Woody was an easy decision.Key word is "Good". There are plenty of mediocre machine shops that do barely passable work that stay plenty busy. They are the Walmart of machine shops. If it is cheap, they are busy. The quality of work on the other hand...
A excellent machine shop is hard to find. They too are busy, but it costs a lot more and takes longer to get your stuff done. They are usually just a one or two person shop, maybe three people max. They produce excellent results and their biggest complaint is the amount of time wasted on consumers, those who consume their time looking for free advice, free information, trying to get something for nothing. I understand why it is so hard to get in touch with some of them. They decided to stay busy working, not wasting time with every mouth breather who tries to call/e-mail or come through the door.
Even these junk shops are getting hard to find. Problem is, the push for everyone going to college has created such a problem with skilled labor in this country, that there's no one to replace the older guys. It's worse in machining, since everything thinks that just because they can learn G-Code and MasterCAM, they are master machinists. All the shops I've dealt with, I think the youngest person I met was in their 50's. These CNC guys, they can't replace the older generation, and have no desire to do small stuff like auto work.There are plenty of mediocre machine shops that do barely passable work that stay plenty busy.
Besides government regulation, factory 400 horsepower engines are also a double edged sword for machine shops. For most car enthusiasts 400 hp is enough. You also don’t need massive amounts of head or intake work with a Coyote engine.We have a summit a few hours away, so as far as part sales go there’s almost nobody around here that made it. We had 2 machine shops close down in the past 3 years.
Sure. Look at the growth of the Automotive Aftermarket from 1992 to 2008. SEMA has the numbers.Does anyone have any statistical evidence on either side that would back up their claims?
Because the business model is usually a loser....and kids want to be influencers. No shop classes, no interest in the trades. Just a confluence of events.Why is that?