Dominick’s European Car Repair Is A Living Legacy

Dominick’s European Car Repair Is A Living Legacy


[Music] [Music] you’re always knew that you were on the clock when you walked into the door so Dominic would give you maybe 10 or 15 minutes of attention like us he was a hands-on kind of guy and he was a one-man band so you know there was no barbershop when somebody walked in say your piece and then leave you know because I have to get back to work when somebody comes in nowadays a lot of what I do is kind of with like a bartender we do my name is Santo Spadaro and I am the owner of Dominic European car repair a small little garage my father started in 1961 [Music] we work on today more of the old exotics which they when I grew up they were everyday cars and we still enjoy driving them working on him looking at him my name is Ventura Spadaro and my two brothers own Dominic’s European car repair Franken Santo I am their sister and the oldest of the three my dad came from the Depression era Sicily you really had to focus on earning your bread you know so this whole avocation or or just for fun or pastime didn’t exist he trains as an apprentice at a local garage after leaving his third grade education and four years later opens his own little shop behind my grandmother’s home had an apprentice staff of six and he met my mom my mom was just leaving for the United States they were engaged she went back to marry him in 1953 came here he started to work at international motors and you have to understand that the only cars that he did see at the time with the eyes so famously one of the first jobs my father received at International Motors when he came here was an xk120 that never ran correctly new car the boss tells my father Dominic see what you can do with this guy so dad spent you know a good day going through the cam timing the the valve adjustment the the points plugs you know tuning the carburetors shop foreman drove it and came back and said Dominic but you’ve worked on these cars before and that’s a I’ve never seen the car like this in my life yeah I’m from Sicily where we’re my going to see in xk120 became to the United States as a third grade educated man who learns his apprenticeship with another master mechanic opened up his own shop came here worked for years and opened up down the street at 170 Ferris in 1961 and they moved here in 1975 and we’ve been here so so part started from from 61 in twin movement to the shop in 75 so he brought engines from Jaguars alphas transmissions from basically the same kind of cars watches and little by little we built shelves and they went on shelves and they they grew into a monstrosity of parts an organizing best she said I want this head we know where to find it out without those cars on stairs sometimes it’ll take us weeks to find a part that which we would have downstairs I’ve never really had any formal training as far as shop class Technical Institute this is it’s all dollars so when I was a kid my job was to hold my dad’s life dad never gave me a formal Santo this is how this is the he would always be working and I’m expecting me to absorb the steps and as he was getting to take a ten millimeter bolt on I would anticipate that and hand them the 10 millimeter wrench so my head’s always in the game summer time dad wake me up say okay we’re going to work today and I’ll be here from morning tonight cleaning up put away bolts make up little tools that you think keep me amused my dad was certainly of the old world in the respect that he saw women in certain situations and not others and certainly a greasy garage wasn’t one of those situations we were not allowed in the garage as women okay my mom never came I never came my brothers on the other hand they were introduced to the garage very very early Frank came to the business first santim said okay I’m going to try the finance career you know I I always had the mind that I would be I’d be coming here full-time and eventually and I kind of wormed my way in and Here I am today up until three years ago when the car market exploded these small cars were their daily drivers in many cases not their hobby cars not their cars in the collection and that’s how you know you start a base of people who actually treasured their their $5,000 investment dad was very old-school my brothers have brought old school to today melded the two and made it their skill level on par with dad it took many years to develop the kind of relationship that we have with our client [Music] dad had it had a huge stroke in 1995 he didn’t even know he had a garage anymore let alone you know he didn’t even know he was a mechanic at that one we got him out of rehab and got him home and then got him strong enough that he could come back to the shop so one of us would pick him up in the morning you know bring him he would play fiddle in the machine room within a few weeks you know he was building a transmission where it’s like a month or two ago they said well he’ll be lucky if he can dress himself and but the best therapy was you know the focus of the garage it was 87 years old at that time he actually kind of welcomed the fact that I was here he was saying that he was getting older and maybe thought that seeing his two sons and now joined by his daughter that’s not such a bad thing dad died in 89 the wake was overwhelmed there was so many chika and Andy’s replying everyone was so so taken aback so sad because up until two days before he died at 18 I he was here in the book [Music] [Music] we have a few of Mike that are that we still own including with 1961 launch F Flaminia touring coupe it’s an all aluminum body we bought the car from Sergio Franchi the singer and finish for Volare we were doing an engine rebuild form and part of the payment for the engine rebuilt was buying this car here it’s a pushrod v6 the lineage is from the irelia which is the world’s first production v6 it was an engine that was designed to go a hundred thousand miles without the major service you know it’s a low revving no reasonable out I’m very stressed at all [Music] famously vincenzo Lanza driving with his mother broke the front axle and roads in the pre-war Italy were horrific and he was distraught that his mother was stuck at the side of the road with a broken axle so he went home and determined to rectify this he famously said Italy is not going to build roads for cards I’m going to build cars for the road [Music] all of these technologies that are kind of in every car that we drive today the independent front suspension aerodynamic design the monocoque body v6 engine pressure oiling system trailing arms independent rear suspension I mean it’s the modern car and it’s all from one car company lots of over-engineer pretty much everything they did even down to like a little door switch where you can pick it apart fix it and reassemble again like brand new we get in the car it gives us a little memory dead the drive of the car is very light driving performance it’s not a high-performance car but it’s a great driving car whenever I Drive this car even if I know that I’m not really kind of a well refined or well-rounded gentleman I feel like a well refined and well-rounded gentleman just because the car kind of forces you just feel like oh I need to set up right a little bit the car just kind of wants you to be a better person you [Music] you


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