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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: AndyF] #2851497
11/25/20 06:16 PM
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Never had an issue with John or his transmission, of course I am a low horsepower reverse manual kinda guy...LOL. Been to his old shop numerous times, and finally got to his new shop a couple months ago. He is very busy which means he has lots of customers, that speaks volumes. I have been in the Mopar game for 42 years now, met lots of great people and lots of a$$holes, found mainly how you treat people is how you will be treated...


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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: Rhinodart] #2851515
11/25/20 06:51 PM
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Seems to have a nice line of products. He would have had a few thou of my money by now if he would have gotten back to me on some questions I had for him.


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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: Rhinodart] #2851516
11/25/20 06:52 PM
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Here's a message I got the other day regarding Cope.
I bought a transmission that he built for his very good friend. I needed to know what planetaries were in it and the stall of the converter that he built for the guy. It was a package deal.
He said it couldn't help me.

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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: Sammy] #2851622
11/25/20 10:53 PM
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Pretty sure he’s not building converters although he may send specs to builder. Specs on a trans built for a friend.... does not the friend have a build sheet?

Have I bought stuff from John?? Yes... some parts here and there. Have some of the dealings been marginal? Yeah... one. But on the other hand when my trans was down and I was in a pinch he went the extra mile and TRUSTED me to pay when there was a credit card issue and shipped my stuff. I did appreciate that gesture.

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: n20mstr] #2851624
11/25/20 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by n20mstr
OK , im going to say it again, why bash people like this. Again this is a small business and the guy cant stay on the phone all day.... ITs got to be so hard to run/produce a product and work the phone at the same time. YES i had an experience with COPE. At the time i had exploded a 727 and called him for advise/possible purchase. He was honest and explained to me that the T400 was actually a better trans for what i was going to do. NOW I KNOW THE MOPAR COMMUNITY WILL HAVE A MELTDOWN OVER THAT>>>>> but it is what it is. He explained to me that he could build a 727 that would live, but it would be more vulnerable in terms of sprag breakage with a small tire no wheelie bar car over a similar built t400. He is the on that directed me to Rossler. The man was easy to talk to and gave me some great advice. AND he made no sale.

Again, give these guys a break. The smaller businesses , they have some real challenges facing them (Covid19). YES i know customer service is number one, but in the racing specialty parts market, you need to have a balance and sometimes the product IS more important than the service. You just have to be patient


Bashing because he is putting crap out there has nothing to do with being a small business. Can't put the right parts in a tranny? Seriously???? And then cop an attitude????


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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: Sammy] #2851697
11/26/20 09:13 AM
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WOW! He was like that with me too once and i was just trying to remind him who i was. He can be very short that's for sure. I just won't bother him any more and i have bought a lot of stuff from him over the years. Last build i used 727specialist and will again. Great guy to deal with and knows his stuff better than Cope anyway IMO.

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: mopar dave] #2851791
11/26/20 12:49 PM
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Several years ago I purchased a locking dipstick for a 904 from Cope.

He was very helpful before the sale. I had a little trouble getting it in and found him to be very helpful and supportive when I called back.

However the number of reports of his behavior recently has me concerned.

I don't mind and can understand someone being grumpy, especially if they have working with racers for years like he has.

However I expect a good quality product and support after the sale.

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: 340Cuda] #2851982
11/26/20 08:46 PM
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I had a 727 core I sold him. Dropped it off at his shop and he acted like he was hot s t. Fat slob sitting at his desk eating Ruffles.

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: markz528] #2852045
11/27/20 12:50 AM
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Yup, pretty much sums things up with John. I believe one of his last statements to me was something about being a good Christian something or other. I'm not a religious person, but the hypocrisy of the statement, after lying to me about my issues was ridiculous, to the least. Sad to hear that it wasn't just me. Jim.


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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: BANDIT] #2852048
11/27/20 03:18 AM
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I've known John for a long time, only done business with him once, and that was through a vendor. I will not comment one way or the other.

However, if you want a really great product from someone who won't give you an attitude, call Keith Long-727specialists- 219/718-3542 You won't be sorry.


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Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: slantzilla] #2852081
11/27/20 08:59 AM
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A few years ago I bought a bunch of parts from John to build a 904. He was helpful before and after. Always returned my calls. Sometime he is a bit short with his answers but I figured he was just busy. I did find it odd he was the only one who answered the phone. maybe he needs to hire someone to help him out.

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS [Re: RTSE4ME] #2852108
11/27/20 11:09 AM
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I have heard there is now someone else answering the phone. I know his son answered a few times in the past, and he blamed the mistakes in my tranny on his “employee”. Jim.


64 Dodge Coronet 440. In progress
1998. Dodge Avenger. 8.50@162. 4900 DA
250” Neil and Parks Slip Joint. 7.36@183.
4600 DA
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