I am giving an honest, objective review on the experience I had with Larry.
I paid $500 upfront with the rest due when the car was delivered (approx 1k), I found this to be reasonable considering it included removal of the head for the machine shop and a valve job. After 4 weeks of excuses, poor communication, and slow progress it was delivered to me with the promise that it was done. I listened to the car idle, sounded great, everything seemed well. Took it for a test drive, seemed to hesitate some but figured the almost stalling was the learning curve for the throttle positioning. Paid the guy after he explained it was reset and would be good to go. Great!
I drove the car .5 mile to put a fresh tank of gas in it, turned the car off and my coolant proceeded to flush itself completely onto the pavement. Air pocket? Maybe. Took it back, burped for the afternoon or so I was told and the car left for me to pick up. [continued below]....
..... I drove the vehicle 2 miles to my house and it stalled, hiccuped, burped, did everything but run like my car should, noticeable symptoms from before. At this point I'm obviously pissed, so I called a trusted mobile mechanic to come by and evaluate the work. Long story short, he checked the engine out and swore to me that he was 100% sure the head had never been removed, nor the headgasket touched. He was so confident he told me he would do all of the work for free if he dove into the engine and found that the former mechanic had done the job properly.
Long story short, I had to pay to have it done properly, the dealership later confirmed through tests and cleaning of the coolant system that the head-gasket repair in a bottle had been used and that's why the coolant kept flushing itself out. So I was charged 1k for something that took $5.
I ended up paying the next guy $1200 to do it properly with level head (it was not within limits when he pulled it), reworked valves, everything runs well, and no incidences with it at just over 5k miles. The 2nd mechanic took pictures of the head gasket and all of the replacements + cleaning he did. My new mechanic and I met Larry at his house to ask him about the method he used to change the head gasket and we got the run around and the chat about how long he'd been doing it this way. You need a special tool to hold the camshaft in position before turning the crankshaft to TDC and tightening the pulley bolt, he did not have this!. I learned my lesson on finding the better "deal".
For the record: Larry offered a refund on the labor of $550 - guilty conscience? What made me mad is that I even have proof that he returned the NEW head bolts that he promised to replace (I was fine with them being replaced, thus why I paid extra for the head bolts) after purchasing them. Not only did all of this set me back $1k, he snapped all of my ignition coils off of the screw, put the wrong NGK's in after I gave him the exact model, yada, yada, the list literally goes on.
I don't know if I was the exception to his work or the norm but I can tell you that a my now trusted mechanic has had 2-3 customers since this incident come back with bad welds on exhaust, stripped screws, and other bad work-directly from Larry.
I'm adding the photos from the "replaced" head gasket, pulled about a week after he supposedly did the job. Notice the gunk, tear, and age of the gasket.
I cannot recommend Larry to anyone, good for those "hundreds" who have had a good experience. He will fight and deny most of the truth in this post but I have been diligent on keeping records including all of his text messages and receipts confirming I paid.