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316 East Taylor DeKalb, IL
(815) 206-8908
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:30pm
 |  Saturday & Sunday Closed



Our Entire Classic Car Division Started Here
DeKalb and Northern Illinois saw Motor Works open its doors in March, 1984. One of the first vehicles to roll through those doors was a gorgeous Red MGA. That single car started a love affair and indeed, an entire Motor Works division, devoted to Classic Cars.

The public soon learned Classic Cars and MG’s in particular received an open arm welcome at our new shop. And in they came. Cars and trucks of every description:
- American Muscle Cars, Classic Trucks, and beautiful old sedans
- 60’s and 70’s VW’s and Mercedes,
- Italian Sportsters Fiat and Alpha Romeo
- British Classics including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, and Triumph
- And of course, MG after MG. Then, even more MG’s. Oh, and did I mention MG’s? (Smile!)

The Owners Bites The Bullet
I succumbed to the inevitable and bought a lovely 1981 MGB. Many a warm, moonlit evening was spent in that car; top down with my wife at my side. But eventually the time demands of business and family forced the car to sit idle for years. With a heavy heart I found my adored MGB a new home.

And what a home it was. The car went to a dear friend and customer of the shop. Within days he and I would plan a “gonzo” “hot-rodding” of the engine. The finished product would be near legendary. Please see The Good Stuff at the end of this article.

The Book
Over the years, I avidly chronicled many of our repairs and restorations. Eventually I would write and publish a really neat e-Book on MG Repairs and Restorations. Full of great stories, humor, and automotive drama, this book is available free of charge on our website. Please see The Good Stuff at the end of this article.

Join The Club
Several years ago we started to get MG customers from Chicago. One customer turned out to be a member of the Chicagoland MG Club. He was so pleased with our workmanship he entered our name in the Club’s Approved Repair Site Registry. Other members followed.

Motor Works was so honored we joined the Club. Shortly thereafter I gave an hour’s presentation on our MG e-Book to a Club meeting. We started to run ads in their monthly magazine Driveline. And our MG business doubled! YIKES!

No Service Too Little, No Repair Too Big
We offer everything from light bulbs to transmission overhauls, tire rotation to motor repair and performance tuning. MG owners in DeKalb and Northern Illinois choose Motor Works because of our reputation for excellence, we hope you’ll choose us too.

Schedule Today!
If you would like to bring your MG in for repair or service please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak with our friendly staff.

The Good Stuff
There is so much more to say, and we do. Please click on our Classic Car Tab. After the Introduction you will find a section entitled Introducing Motor Works’ New, Free, Downloadable eBook series!

The first book is our MG Repairs and Restorations: Fourteen humor filled stories on MG repairs and restorations at Motor Works; includes Delorean, Triumph, Bentley and a dune buggy too. Dune buggy? Yup! It is relevant, you just gotta read the book!

The second book is our Triumph GT6 Restoration: Our largest restoration project ever. This beauty receives a ground-breaking driveline (TR6 engine and 5 speed transmission conversion), gorgeous British interior, suspension modifications and tons more.

The third book, VW Repairs and Restorations is under construction.

Following the eBook section are articles on 18 of our more interesting Classic Cars. Six of these cover MG projects.