So this has been since November?, we are talking 7 months since you paid him in full?, you are a patient man.
I understand opening a new shop takes a lot of time, effort and capital, but 7 months?.
That rusty Aurora problem has nothing to do with this, that was quite a long time ago now, I recall speaking with Jake about it its water under the bridge with an owner that is trying to take Jake for a ride, but unless I have the facts wrong, Jake shouldn't be responsible, the owner if I recall claimed the Aurora rusted while it was in Jake's possession, I guess the question is, how long was it in Jakes possession? I personally would not advertise and discuss those types of issues on social media, as they will get discussed.
Your transaction needs to be resolved, your car is sitting at the shop, collecting dust and corroding?, I recommended you to Jake and that puts my reputation at risk. Maybe he saw huge problems coming and that is why Jake told me around January to let him know if I saw anything negative about him and to let him know. I have done that in the past for him.
He has not been to this forum (I have paged him at least once on another issue) and he has not popped in, but he is quick to pop into the FB groups looking for new work or to sell studs. He has sort of cooled to me since we had a discussion here that led to a disagreement regarding his PCM modifications, that got so heated, he demanded the thread was deleted. I don't think he understood my point of view, nor do I think it was resolved fully between us. He failed to see my perspective on the HP issue, that came directly from a GM Northstar design engineer, The Guru. The design engineers position that there was no easily attainable HP to be had, and that thought kept ringing in my head, it was not logical that Jake found +50 HP, The Guru knew what the engine was capable of but was set FIRM that there was no additional HP to be had. This is especially true when Mark's turbocharged Seville was rolled into the equation, Mark worked closely with The Guru (over the phone) and I carefully monitored Mark's progress and extreme difficulties attempting to modify the PCM to this day I can call Mark and talk. Given that I have been around this board since 1995 or so through its many iterations and spent a lot of time with The Guru, I have perspective that few have (the long timers here benefitted from The Guru's daily visits here). If I recall during the disagreement, Jake marginalized The Guru, not a good thing to do.
I won't be recommending him again until he resolves this, there is no excuse for this, if he is unable to ship overseas, don't take the work.
I have gone to bat for him repeatedly for 10 years and recommended him constantly and he knows that. He can not ignore current business to open new shops, he still has his old shop.
Very disappointing. I am very sorry, had I known this would go on for 7 months, I would never have hooked you up. I have relationships with scrap yards and could have had a good engine shipped to you (I shipped a 4.9 around 2002 to Amsterdam via DHL), I have done it many times before. If you need anything, let me know.