• Report: #1086238

Complaint Review: M&J Restorations, Santee CA

  • Submitted: Sat, September 21, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, September 21, 2013

  • Reported By: 1951 Chevy Fan — schenectady New York
M&J Restorations, Santee CA
10223 Mast Blvd Santee, California USA

M&J Restorations, Santee CA, Mark Davis 1951 CHEVY 30,000 Dollar Restoration Ripoff Santee California

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I contracted the service of M&J restorations to perform a complete off frame professional restoration on a 1951 five window Chevy pickup. The 3$0,000 spent was for services only and does not include parts. Total cost

was well in excess of $79,000.

All started well and continued until the truck was to be delieved.  M&J had over one year to restore the truck.

The truck was built in California and the plan was to pick it up and drive it to Florida. Due to "delays" and strong suggestion by Mark to have the truck shipped it was not driven to Florida. This was a good thing as it would not have made the first 200 miles.

After delivery and closer inspection issue after issue started to surface and continue to date.

It is quite obvious that M&J does not have the expertize to properly build a high end classic car.

Mark is an average boybuider painter but has real problems with real mechanical assembly work. [continued below]....

..... This is mainy due that all his workers are completely uncertified and should not be working on tasks that besides being expensive to fix could lead to serious failure and possible personal injury.

This is based on two issues of many. After about 300 miles of driving we had complete failure of the rear brakes.

Lukily this happened in our drive way and not a 60mph. The root cause was that Mark did not tighten the caliper to the axle and they became loose and completely came off the axle hub.

Brake problems continued as we noted that breaking was extremely inadequate. We had disk brakes all around and 11" rotors up front. After discussions with Fatman it was noted that due to Marks complete misundestanding of hydraulics he had installed an improper master cylinder (piston size) he believes that a bigger piston will give you more stopping power. We had to replace this improper component with a proper master cylinder.

The story continues, very expensive custome wheels were installed with the rear tubbed for at least 11" tires.

Mark was asked tie and tie again to properly measure the offset. He manged to get this wrong and noe the tires actuall rub when I hit a bump. It will be quite costly to replace these wheels.

The front started to behave strangely after 1000 miles. After inspection the control arm bolts where the shocks mount were completely bent. Mark ahd not used the required sent bolts by Fatma which need to be grade 5. Had used cheap stainless steel bolts which could have failed. Deadly at 60 MPH.


The issues go on an on and on. After a $79,000 dollar build I have spent close to $7,000 on rework all due to incompetence. Mark will not come good and will continue with his well reherased repertoire of excuses.

Bottom line, M&J Restorations should not be in the high end restoration business. Don't let this company turn your dreams into a very expensive nightmare.


Below find a brief summary, let it be a lesson to you. Attorney fees are expensive and Mark knows this.





1951 Chevy Rework



M&J Restorations






Dropped Shipping Box on New Motor


Broken Spark Plugs


Came shipped like that


New Spark Plugs




Damaged Distributor


New Carburetor




Damaged Carburetor


New Distributor






Lights Burn Fuses Instantly


Grounded Light Bulb


Bulf Forced into Socket Broke Tab

No Explanation


4 hrs troubleshooting





Signal Light LED don’t work


Poor electrical connection

No Explanation


4 hrs troubleshooting



Remove guages to access






Door rubber seals  not as per design


Loud windage on passanger side

Don’t worry about it


Buy proper seals






and install




Guages Controller Box installed


Cut cab drivers side  wall and installed outside

Don’t' worry about it


Will need to reinstall



outside cab


Sensitive electronics


and seal cab




Rear tires rub fenders


Incorrect offset measured to purchase

My guy measured wrong


Need new wheels








Complete Rear brake failure


Calipers not tightened to hubs

Forgot to tighten and locktite


All new components



Damaged calipers, brake lines, parking brake



Re installed




Brake master cylinder incorrect


Not enough pressure build up, need smaller

No understanding of hydraulics

New master cylider




for application


bore diameter


during specification


with smaller bore




Front window leaks


Need to reseal


They all leak


New Seal Job






Passenger door key doesn’t work


New tab sent to be installed

You don’t need it


To be installed






Passenger door does not close right


Bad components bad alignment of

No comment


Disassemble and realign









Rear end leaking


Replace yoke seal


bad component


Replace seal






Front End Swing Arm Bolts Bent


Need to replace all swing arm bolts

No Comment


Improper weak bolts installed



Not Fatman Suplied









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