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I used to work at a performance engine shop in Torrance California (So Cal). The owners name was Bob Sebring. He was a bastard to work for, but had done a lot of boating in the 1970's and 80's. Last time I went home for a visit, his shop was closed. Anyone know anything. Does the name ring any bells.
 

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What was the name of the shop? I've heard of most of em' in the last 40 or so years. RR :D
 

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I feel old... I'm pretty sure it was called Performance Center. It was on Hawthorne Blvd., there used to be a Super Shops right down the street from there too. We used to have engines in the window that you could easily see from the street. One of them that always caught my eye was a blown alcohol injected Ford Pinto 4 cylinder, which I was told put out just over 600hp. Most of our business was (at the time) drag cars, but he had at least 15 or 20 signed V-Drive racing pictures on the wall. I figured someone here would remember him.
 

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Service Center?.........Had a pic of a willys Coupe for a logo........And was on Hawthorne with engines in the window, in fact they had an engine stolen out of the window. Figured it had to been done with a tow truck, smash and grab..MP
 

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I used to have an old key chain of theirs(actually it was my dads). Service Center was the name.
 

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Torrance, back in the day... Anyone remember "Hot Rod City"? I was a little kid at the time... Might have been on Western? Not sure. Long time ago!

Sh!t, I'm old.

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Service Center?.........Had a pic of a willys Coupe for a logo........And was on Hawthorne with engines in the window, in fact they had an engine stolen out of the window. Figured it had to been done with a tow truck, smash and grab..MP
YES YES!!! That's it. Service Center. Anyone know where Bob ended up? I know he lived in Redondo Beach. It just seems that a guy like that, with his history in the engine building industry, would die before leaving it all behind. The guy was a prick most of the time, but something about him made you like him anyway. I'm hoping someone here knows him, or at least knows what he's up to. Hope he didn't kick the bucket...
 

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hot rod city was on sepulveda i think.Hot rod performance is on del amo, service center was on hawthorne with super shops.keith black was on border and down the street from me i use to haul ass on my bike everytime i would hear them lite off something.
 

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Bob, and Service Center are still around. They moved to a new location, in Lomita off of Narbonne Ave. Its a nicer shop, but kind of hidden. If your not looking for it, you would drive right by.
 

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24614 narbonne ave. lomita ca 90717 ph# 310-517-9999 i hope that helps you and all i gotta say is thank god for jegs and summit. hahah
 

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hot rod city was on sepulveda i think.Hot rod performance is on del amo, service center was on hawthorne with super shops.keith black was on border and down the street from me i use to haul ass on my bike everytime i would hear them lite off something.
that is Donavan that is on Border and still is, Hot Rod City was on Sepulveda and was the name of the complex, which was the home of Hod Rod Performance, now on Del Amo in Torrance,along with Wilcap that is now in Pismo and 10,000 RPM, now in Lancaster/Palmdale



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Bob, and Service Center are still around. They moved to a new location, in Lomita off of Narbonne Ave. Its a nicer shop, but kind of hidden. If your not looking for it, you would drive right by.
24614 narbonne ave. lomita ca 90717 ph# 310-517-9999 i hope that helps you and all i gotta say is thank god for jegs and summit. hahah
Good to hear he didn't really close shop. I'll have to drop by and say hi this summer. Thanks you guys.
 

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Service center

Good to hear he didn't really close shop. I'll have to drop by and say hi this summer. Thanks you guys.
A good friend, Kevin McIntosh, worked at Service Center back in the early 80s, maybe you knew him?....He is currently living up in Idaho and we still talk every now and then......Ray
 

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A good friend, Kevin McIntosh, worked at Service Center back in the early 80s, maybe you knew him?....He is currently living up in Idaho and we still talk every now and then......Ray
Probably not... I was 10yrs old in '84 :D
 

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Alright........

Probably not... I was 10yrs old in '84 :D
Alright, thats cool......However in 84 MY 12 year old was wiping the tires off Kevin's dragster after the burn out at Orange County. I have the picture of the little guy sitting on a slick, as big as he was, on Kevin's front engine BBC digger. His Mom was running our 340 69 dart, 4 gear car, in brackets......I actually got a runner up in that bracket car!! With a 4 speed!!!!!!!!!!!!!OH, and with a 4.30:1 made lot of "super fast" street cars eat crow.......Did I mention my wife was a stone fox, and she looked soooooooo good thumping these guys into the weeds!!!!!!!!!...One night at Lions she popped a lower radiator hose, blew it out, water all over the rear wheels......sidewise through the lights at 108........Whatta Girl.....We were only married for 25 years, then she got tired of my crap...........
 

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I worked for Bob from 1998-2000, think a guy named John
was the manager at the time and drove a Nova.
I was also the Assistant manager at the SuperShops across
the street from Service Center back in 1994.

Shit I still have a couple of the Shops Tshirts.

Good guy with a ton of Knowledge learned alot working for him.

 

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Holey... Old thread revival!

You must have started working there just after I left. I worked in back tearing down and assembling engines. Man I had fun. I think my record time for a complete tear down, freeze plugs out, oil galley plugs out, bearings out, heads completely disassembled, and everything in the hot tank and tumblers... was under 45 minutes! I remember John and his Nova, went with him to the track a couple times. A kid, Justin also worked up front in parts when I was there. A tall lanky guy Matt, would also work from time to time. I'd really love to get back into doing that stuff (and get paid for it:D) again.
 
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