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Thread: Beware ,American Cycle Fabrication Paul and Denise Friebus

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    really hope it works out for you. Not cool at all from Cycle-Fab.

    I personally have only been in the vintage motorcycles 30+ years(still a newby and cannot do motor work. I also have been burned and thru the years from certain people that have been at this for decades and have a outstanding reputation have nothing good to say about him from the first day since he came to the states from S.Africa. I've also seen and read from certain know it all people that backed him 100% only to get burned.

    I got screwed and was in a pickle on some motors and so I sent 2 of them to Bona-Fide Cycles. When T-Bone opened up the motors it was a **** show on what was previously done. The negligence was immense and Imo T-Bone performed a miracle to bring them back the way they should have been in the first place. I'm happy to say that now 2 bikes are done and cross them off the list. So at being 60(still young but soon running out of time as I have several other projects I need to finish before I'm done. When time and funds will permit? I'll be sending my other motors to Bona-Fide-Cycles..
    Thanks T-Bone. Lesson learned the hard way, but lesson learned nonetheless.
    Len.
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    I know Tom from Bone-a-Fide on a personal level. He not only is a perfectionist in his work, his shop you can eat off the floor, but a hell of a nice guy and funny as hell.
    D. A. Bagin #3166 AKA Panheadzz 440 48chief W/sidecar 57fl 57flh 58fl 66m-50 68flh 70xlh

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaumonts View Post
    I will probably have to go there but I can't afford to do it multiple times and right now with my health issues I can't get insurance to do the trip so I'm stuck. I think Paul knows my situation and for whatever reason is exploiting it so he doesn't have to finish my bike or give me my cash back or anything that would make this right. This would have been my first Harley and I'm in my 50's I guess Im a bit of a late bloomer. Regardless, I'm probably going to be screwed out of my bike and cash at the end anyway's but I would like to make other's aware so they don't fall victim. Again, I would like to see Paul come on the Forum and explain himself but his silence speaks volumes.
    I sure hope you can work something out to make a trip or possibly send representative in your place. I hope cooler heads prevail and you both can come to an agreement. I am sort of in the same place with regard's to an antique car I own that has been stuck in a restoration shop with no end in site. I dropped off a 1952 MGTD last Sept. that was promised to be completed by spring. Well we are into summer and the car is nowhere ready to be drivable. Multiple emails and calls go unanswered as well as thousands of upfront dollars to be accounted for. I am not as far away from my trouble shop as you but still far enough to take a day off from work and hope someone will be there to answerer the door.
    Craig (Delaware)
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.A.Bagin View Post
    I know Tom from Bone-a-Fide on a personal level. He not only is a perfectionist in his work, his shop you can eat off the floor, but a hell of a nice guy and funny as hell.
    I too have had work done by T Bone and totally agree. He also did the work and sent the end result all the way down to Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craig (DE) View Post
    I sure hope you can work something out to make a trip or possibly send representative in your place. I hope cooler heads prevail and you both can come to an agreement. I am sort of in the same place with regard's to an antique car I own that has been stuck in a restoration shop with no end in site. I dropped off a 1952 MGTD last Sept. that was promised to be completed by spring. Well we are into summer and the car is nowhere ready to be drivable. Multiple emails and calls go unanswered as well as thousands of upfront dollars to be accounted for. I am not as far away from my trouble shop as you but still far enough to take a day off from work and hope someone will be there to answerer the door.
    Thanks, it's a hard thing trust a person with which is essentially a personal dream. It would have been nice to actually pay for and get what was agreed upon but I'm finding out that's not always the case. I guess just because you are a honest person with integrity doesn't always mean the person that you pick is . And it's a really bad sinking feeling when you start getting these red flag's of none answered correspondence and empty promises and lip service. I wish you the best with your MGTD and hopefully you'll at least be able to get it back and get it to a different shop.

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    I to got screwed by the big guys in the 90's- early 2000's. ..
    +1 for T-Bone

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    What I might expect to see (but do not) is a dodge used by bad businesses to settle the matter to their own benefit.
    "I'm sending you a release and waiver which you must sign before a Notary and return to me before you come to pick up your project. It states you are entirely pleased with the work that has been done and the price you were charged, agree not to attempt litigation or arbitration, and not to make public complaints (BBB, social media) against me. No payments will be refunded or credit issued: everything is final when you sign and get the job back".
    Yes, this is very bad because you're agreeing in advance that you're happy with work that may not have been done at all, etc. but at least he's not suing you for unpaid balance and storage (yes, he can do that, doesn't mean he'll get anything) and you get the job back.

    Why would he not do this? It costs nothing, admits nothing, no harm to him. He must still be doing business, he's finished other work since then.
    A possible answer: he doesn't have it (lost, stolen, fatally damaged, cannibalized for other projects), and can't afford to pay you for it.
    Ghost Motorcycle of Port Washington NY lost my 1949 AJS 500, I never got a dime for it.

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