Man, if this is all true, finding reputable TR mechanics is getting that much more difficult. I hope things work out and/or all parties learn from this and move on.
Huge learning experience. I'm not so sure our motors need such a "specialist". With the benefit of this forum, folks can advise what parts should be installed. If I could go back in time, I'd have bought the parts myself, and taken them all to my local Speed Shop and have him assemble the motor.
Again, I shipped it to Nick because I not only wanted a reputable engine builder (he claimed to have built ~600 TR motors in his lifetime; that was good enough for me!!!), but I wanted someone who knew the TR in and out so they could tune it just right and have it set up perfectly for me. Note the "tune as needed" on the invoice.
I have moved on, and am now doing what I've done in the past - doing it all myself. Thank God for this forum and the invaluable advice and guidance I've been given. I'm making progress on resolving the severe cutting out, hesitation and power loss that I soon discovered after getting it back. The stock style fuel pump, the plug wires haphazardly placed (touching), plugs gapped at 0.038 (now at 0.025), the TPS maxing at 3.98 were contributing issues. All of those were things Nick should've done. But again, those are just the tuning issues (besides the fuel pump).
You are correct. Our cars are 30 years old. I think we are more and more on our own and reliant on this forum to support each other. That's the main reason I value the Feedback section...so I can support/ionform others so they don't get burned like I did. I'm no Saint, but I value the Golden Rule, and would want a heads up to beware of anyone whose experience was like mine. I don't care what it is I buy...if it's a $10 part on Amazon - I read the reviews.