Committed Since The Beginning
Hi, I’m Marty Fay, the owner of Motor Works. We began serving the DeKalb and Northern Illinois public in March, 1984. Since the first day our purpose was to be a one-stop-shop, offering every conceivable automotive amenity. A critical part of that commitment was and still is providing expert carburetor repair and service. To that end we have three ASE Master Certified Specialists on staff.
Carburetor Services We Provide
Motor Works brings over 40 years of carburetor experience to every make and model vehicle that comes in our door. If we haven’t seen them all, it’s darn close to all. This includes trucks, cars, boats, motorcycles, and even snowblowers. You can depend on us for:
- Adjustments, including multi carburetor synchronizing
- Performance replacements and tuning
Please see our credentials below entitled The Life Of A “Carb Nut”
Customer satisfaction is our top priority. To all the folks in DeKalb and Northern Illinois, we hope you’ll let us prove it. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can do so online or call us at (815) 756-2882 to speak to our friendly staff.
The Life Of A “Carb Nut”
The Early Years: Learning My Craft
I began my career as an automotive technician in 1970. By 1972 I was elbow deep in carburetor work. Why? Four reasons:
1) Quantity: Almost every car had a carburetor in those days, and many worked poorly.
2) Sink or Swim: I either had to learn this difficult art well, or be relegated to replacing water pumps the rest of my life.
3) Fascination: Curiosity fueled a desire to master these complex devices.
4) Pride: carburetion plus several other disciplines contribute to making an engine run at its absolute peak. In short, to make that engine “sing”! When a customer tells a technician “My car has never run this well, even when it was new!”, the sense of accomplishment exceeds my ability to put it into words.
The Middle Years: Factory Training And Computer Controlled Carburetors
In 1981 I discovered GM, Ford and Chrysler Factory Training. I attended evening classes for the next four years, listening to the factories top trainers explain the new computer controlled carburetors and ignition systems. Other Factory classes included diesel engines, fuel injection, transmissions, and more.
About this time word was getting around I was a “carb nut”. An out of town parts store and repair center asked if I would start a home business overhauling carburetors for both of their divisions. “Delighted”, I told them. And so, at the rate of two or three units a week, I went into production. This would last for years. An interesting note: the oldest carburetor overhaul I ever performed occurred during this tenure. The carb was an irreplaceable antique off a 1949 Cadillac.
The Motor Works Years
Immediately upon opening my doors in 1984, carburetor work doubled. Apparently my reputation had preceded me. In addition to all the daily drivers, we were now working on classic cars carburetors.
It would take another ten years to really start to show, but with the advent of modern fuel injection, the carburetor was on its way out. But never completely out. Motor Works’ Classic Car Division was growing, and with it our old friends (carburetors) were back. With their return, I am getting to pass on my dying art to a whole new generation of eager young technicians. How neat is that?
Thanks for listening, Marty