He has spent most of his life working on muscle cars. James Thompson is owner of Gear Jammin Classics, started as a solo shop and has evolved into the go to shop for full restorations, repairs and expert in the world of muscle car face lifts. Excited to talk shop with James on the podcast, welcome James to the show.
- What got you started with your fascination with muscle cars?
- You’ve been doing it for 50+ years, what’s changed?
- Why do you think there is such a love affair with muscle cars?
- What is your favorite classic Mustang out there today?
- Given the option of new or old, what would you prefer, technology pack car or classic car?
- How has technology helped your business?
- What are some pretty typical questions you get from your customers?
- There was a day when you could get service from a gas station. Now all you can get is coffee and cupcakes and gas. What are your thoughts?
- Regarding how you serve your customer, what do you think is important to them?
- “I get to build muscle cars everyday” I’m quoting you — how long do you see this in your future?
- You’re not fixing cars you are building memories for your clients….explain what you mean.
Directly from James’ interview application:
How long have you owned or worked on Mustangs?
I’ve owned and built Mustangs for more than 50yrs.
If you’ve made improvements to your Mustang or restored it, what work have you done?
Full suspension upgrades, of all types. Engine swaps and upgrades. Metal repair and fabrication. Every level of restoration to build these cars right.
Do you work on your Mustang yourself or do you have a mechanic or shop do the work? Explain please
I own Gear Jammin Classics, it all started with me, I did all the work myself until we grew so large I had to employ more help. I oversee all the work now and have become the problem solver and instructor of how to do it right.
What plans do you have for improvements/restoration/modification of your Mustang?
I personally own a 1968 coupe and it is being built to autocross and run at sporting events like the Shelby meet in Tulsa and at the local MSR track . We will also have the car very streetable for weekend cruises.
What do you do for a living?
I get to build American Muscle Cars everyday!
Is there anything specific you would like to share on the show? If you are in the Mustang business (selling, repairing, restoring, products or services provided to Mustang owners) what can we promote on the show to our community of Mustang owners?
Our shop restores family memories everyday for its car owners. They are built for our future generations to enjoy and to help hold our most fondest memories in our hearts! There will never be another time as it was in the past.
If you are on social media, please share your social media names/handles so we can tag you when promoting your episode.
Facebook; James Thompson, gearjamminclassics
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Thanks for listening, keep it safe, keep in rollin’ and keep it on the road! Until next time.