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    Default Good Pug mechanics in Geelong/Ballarat

    Does anyone know of reliable Pug mechanics (504) in Geelong or Ballarat area please ?

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    Is Salman Chaudry still working around Geelong? Ballarat was a real Peugeot town with lots of good Peugeot mechanics but that was long ago. There may still be some 504 mechanics around. Comments on the competence of the local dealer are not encouraging.

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    Have a look at the second post here and down towards the end there are a few country Pug mechanics. Please reply if you find someone you would recommend.
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    Odd to see Howard Mackey Motors back in Sims Road Montmorency. Fifty years ago Howard had a Renault / Peugeot dealership in Sims Rd. HM&J Auto Service. In those days Sims Road was only a dirt road serving a few houses with no passing traffic and Howard didn't do much business. Became service manager at East Ivanhoe Motors. I presume there's a family connection but Howard would be a fair age now.

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    Howard Mackey Motors still going but run by someone named Ian now.
    https://www.howardmackeymotors.com
    Does anyone here know more?

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    Shocking that there are no good mechanics at these dealer/mechanic shops that nobody frequents


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    I hear (participating) Pug dealers are running a special this month to get all the 504s back into main dealer service.

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    no good mechanics at these dealer/mechanic shops
    He's running an antique, older than most of the blokes at such woekshops.

    The people I knew who were really good with 50s, 60s, 70s cars are all retired. I don't think dealer shops were excluded from the search, but it will probably end up with an old bloke who is still on the tools.

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    I know my 50s and we havenít had one come in in 10 years


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    Salman Chaudry was at the Geelong dealership for a while and then was doing repairs on his own. He has come up to the country to do major Peugeot and Land Rover repair jobs and was good at models like the 604. Old fashioned training and a meticulous approach learned maintaining the cars of the diplomatic community in Karachi. Including a successful restoration of the British High Commission Rolls Royce on the eve of a Royal Tour. You would not find a more capable and competent mechanic for a 504 but I don't have a current contact number and don't know if he is still around. If you are in Ballarat I suggest you contact Glenn Vagg at the Peugeot History Shed in Mount Rowan. He will know who is still around.
    The Howard Mackey Motors site gives nothing away but it isn't the old HM&J building. It was smaller and became an engineering workshop. The last time I saw Howard at East Ivanhoe Motors would have been mid 1970's and I can't say I followed what became of him or indeed East Ivanhoe Motors.
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