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     Bill Johnson, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, bought a remanufactured JASPER engine in the fall of 1974 for his 1965 Chevy Belair.  The 230ci ‘Turbo-Thrift’ inline six-cylinder continues to deliver mile after mile performance 43 years after its installation.      Johnson, and his wife, Jane, were...
(Arnold, MO / May 8, 2017) – Jefferson College receives a generous donation from InstaCredit Automart to help train students in its Automotive Technology Program. InstaCredit  Automart, the Midwest leader in Integrated Auto Sales and Finance for over 25 years, donated a 2008 Chrysler Sebring to...
The next Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge will be at the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series at Byron Dragway, May 5-7, in Byron.
ILLINOIS Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge began in April with the first official event held at Gateway Motorsport Park. Each team consists of two individuals; one team member must be 5-18 years of age and must completely disassemble/reassemble a complete single cylinder OHV engine,...
I recently wrote a “President’s Message” article for the ASA-Midwest “The Driving Force” eNewsletter (http://tinyurl.com/k48mk5w) explaining how we leverage our training dollars by picking out four or five highlights from the recent Vision Hi-Tech Training and sharing them within the shop. The...
Parts Manager Butch Geringer says everybody benefits from the online parts ordering program, from the manufacturer down to the vehicle owner.
St. Louis, Mo.—Current and prospective commercial account holders with Lou Fusz Buick GMC can take advantage of two programs, MARS and RAP, being offered by the dealership, both of which have been introduced within the last year. Parts Manager Butch Geringer said he is excited to get the word out....
Kurtis Barks, CEO of Complete Auto Body, says his company’s  customer service-oriented culture wins over customers from big consolidator shops.
Hazelwood, Mo. — When a large consolidator set up shop in town a few years ago, Kurtis Barks, CEO of Complete Auto Body & Repair, was understandably concerned how it would affect his business. “They scared us to begin with, but they’re a blessing,” he said. “We’ve actually increased volume, and...
Judah DeLorenzo has accepted a new position with Jasper.
ILLINOIS AASP-MO will have a Gateway Collision Chapter meeting, May 10, to discuss OEM certifications at the Gateway Motorsports Complex in the infield of the circle track and the Kartplex. It is open to members and their employees and includes a barbecue followed by cart racing for $10 per person...
Jeeps line the lot of Axleboy’s new location in O’Fallon, Mo.
O’Fallon, Mo.—Axleboy Automotive recently held its sixth annual chili cook-off and also used the opportunity to showcase its new, upgraded facility in O’Fallon, Missouri. “We moved to the new location for the highway frontage and to increase our overall size to 11,875 square feet,” Scott Carline,...
Photos by Dustin Holland
Maryland Heights, Mo.—AASP-MO offered an I-CAR classes roundup, Saturday, March 4, at Syberg’s Dorsett in Maryland Heights, Mo., where participants picked one morning and one afternoon class to further their collision education and training. The classes were presented by Ranken Technical College...
Dents Express Owner Matt Wilson says a new GFS spray booth cranks out up to 700 repairs a month at its St. Charles location.
St. Charles, Mo.—The parking lot of Dents Express doesn’t look like that of a typical collision repair center, filled with only a driveable vehicle missing a hood here, one missing a bumper there. That’s because the two-year-old St. Charles location specializes in light-hit collision repair and...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.

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