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COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS

Posted By: Magnumguy

COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/21/20 09:59 PM

Is he or it still in business? I had thought I saw it in the banners, but can't get it to come up.

Thanks
Posted By: csk

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/21/20 10:06 PM

Originally Posted by Magnumguy
Is he or it still in business? I had thought I saw it in the banners, but can't get it to come up.

Thanks


He is still in Business
Posted By: PolyDart

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/21/20 10:07 PM

Originally Posted by Magnumguy
Is he or it still in business? I had thought I saw it in the banners, but can't get it to come up.

Thanks


https://www.coperacingtrans.com/
Posted By: Dartsport540

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/22/20 01:47 PM

Just got my transmission back from him on friday, from being freshened up. Was in car for 711 passes, 5 years.
Posted By: Kindafast

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/22/20 02:31 PM

I have one of his transmissions, Best darn transmission I have ever had..
Posted By: BANDIT

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/24/20 08:39 PM

The one he built for my 64 Coronet back in Early 2000's was great, havent run it since he freshened it up. As some of you know, he didnt do such a bang up job on the 48RE in my tow truck. What should have been a simple $2000.00 rebuild, cost me $3500.00 and a lot of aggravation, because of sloppy workmanship and 2 incorrectly specified converters. I'm sure you can find the story in archives, pictures, too. Jim.
Posted By: markz528

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 12:24 AM

One of the members here recently bought a new 904 from him. Had incorrect part in it. He had to hire someone to fix it so he didn't have to pull it out again.
Posted By: ChrgrCuda

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 12:39 PM

I stopped using him as he turned out to be an a$$h0le when dealing with him. Very courteous though when he is taking your CC number.
Posted By: DusterKid

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 01:00 PM

I was looking to buy a valve body a few years ago and I prefer the standard pattern. He told me I needed to man up and get a real man's reverse valve body so I placed my order elsewhere for a STANDARD pattern one.
Posted By: mopar dave

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 01:17 PM

I agree. He's ok if your buying something, but if your just inquiring about something he can be unpleasant.
Posted By: GY3

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 02:24 PM

Originally Posted by DusterKid
I was looking to buy a valve body a few years ago and I prefer the standard pattern. He told me I needed to man up and get a real man's reverse valve body so I placed my order elsewhere for a STANDARD pattern one.


Yep, he's not a fan of the fwd pattern valvebodies. He's made that abundantly clear.
Posted By: JACK1440

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 04:52 PM

Funny reading these comments. I bought a steel planetary and some other parts to try and bullet proof my trans over the summer, about $900 worth of parts. Very pleasant on the order but when I called back with a question, a bit grouchy. lol
Posted By: bigdad

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 04:55 PM

I have bought 3 from him , I had a few minor problems .. but, nothing too bad ..his demeanor on the phone could use a little help . .. I get tired and grumpy too
Posted By: pittsburghracer

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 05:13 PM



You would thinking hearing and seeing how Indy treated guys over the years it would be a good reminder of how not to treat your customers.
Posted By: dthemi

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 06:25 PM

Bought 2 transmissions from him over a very long spread of time. Both were perfectly fine, and never heard a cross word from him even when I needed advise.

In fairness he does talk to mopar people all the time lol...The I need a trans that will take top fuel power, last 500 years, I have 500 bucks to spend on it gets really really old I'm sure.

Seriously, when you run a business that supports any particular hobby, the hobbyist forgets there are only 8 hours a day to make hay. Spending 5 a day on the phone to be pleasant, and make friends will run you out of business. I prefer the straight to the point guy, because I know he's more interested in working than BSing on the phone. Makes me feel like he'll get my work done.

He used to not speak to people at all during working hours, but would always get back to you the same day. I don't want anyone building anything for me getting interrupted 10 times while doing some critical thing.
Posted By: MoparsnMissiles

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 07:56 PM

Originally Posted by ChrgrCuda
I stopped using him as he turned out to be an a$$h0le when dealing with him. Very courteous though when he is taking your CC number.



Agree with your statement, I won't purchase anything from him ever again. You should see the e-mail he sent me if you want to see the true ACEhole he is.

For the record, I had a 727 rebuilt by him a few years earlier. It is still running fine, but has developed some clunks and noises that shouldn't be there. During discussion of the second transmission I wanted him to rebuild for me, that's when the "real personality" came out.
Posted By: n20mstr

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 08:12 PM

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
Posted By: Sammy

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 08:20 PM

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



Tony Russo the new mayor of Moparts!
Damn bro!
Posted By: n20mstr

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 08:30 PM

Originally Posted by Sammy
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



Tony Russo the new mayor of Moparts!
Damn bro!


Thank You !!!
Posted By: AndyF

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 09:54 PM

Originally Posted by pittsburghracer


You would thinking hearing and seeing how Indy treated guys over the years it would be a good reminder of how not to treat your customers.


Yeah Indy set the bar pretty high for rude behavior. But the gal at Jim's was super nasty to work with and there was a guy down south who sold restoration parts who ripped people off all the time so the Mopar hobby has plenty of cranky, rude and dishonest actors in it. I talked to Cope once about building a transmission but it was clear that he wasn't super interested in my business so I just called the next guy on my list. Not everyone likes everyone else so I just move on to someone I have a better chance of getting along with.
Posted By: Rhinodart

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 10:16 PM

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...
Posted By: TRENDZ

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 10:51 PM

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.
Posted By: Sammy

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/25/20 10:52 PM

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.

Attached picture Screenshot_20201125-174846_Messenger.jpg
Posted By: J_BODY

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/26/20 02:53 AM

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.
Posted By: markz528

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/26/20 02:56 AM

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????
Posted By: mopar dave

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/26/20 01:13 PM

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.
Posted By: 340Cuda

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/26/20 04:49 PM

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.
Posted By: Y3 70 BEE

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/27/20 12:46 AM

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.
Posted By: BANDIT

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/27/20 04:50 AM

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.
Posted By: slantzilla

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/27/20 07:18 AM

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.
Posted By: RTSE4ME

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/27/20 12:59 PM

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.
Posted By: BANDIT

Re: COPE'S TRANSMISSIONS - 11/27/20 03:09 PM

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.
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