ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska--Wes Rasmassen from the Elmendorf Auto Hobby Shop carefully removes the transmission from a 1971 Chevey Corvette, May 7. Rasmassen has been with the shop for the past 10 and a half years and has became very skilled at what he does.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska--Robert Nelson demounts one of his winter tires in the process of changing his winter set of tires to a new summer set, May 8. Melson is a Major with the 210th Reserve Alaska Guard.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska--Chris Klisaris is in the auto shop to change his tires taking off his winter tires and is putting on a set of tires for summer, May 8 in the "do it yourself" portion of the shop.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska--Robert Miller works on revoving his flex plate from his truck, May 8 at the auto shop during "do it yourself" hours. Miller is from the 381st Intelligence Squadron.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska--Robert Nelson mounts one of his new summer tires onto a rim in the process of switching out his winter tires for a new summer set. Nelson is a Major for the 210th Reserve Alaska Guard.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska —
Recently the Auto Hobby Shop here, located on 11th Street across from the Kashim Club, has made some nice upgrades.
After receiving some money from their end-of-year fund last year, the auto shop invested in some new completely outfitted tool boxes, which includes some power tools and air ratchets. Each station in the "do it yourself" section has its own assigned box which should limit the number of trips the customer should have to make to the tool counter, said William Mesowitz, the shop manager.
Mesowitz, who has been with the shop since 1995 after spending 26 years in the Air Force, said "This is kind of a parting grace, seeing these boxes finally get on the floor," as he gets ready to retire next month.
The shop has been trying to get these boxes for the past 10 years and this year they came through and it was all done for customer satisfaction, said Mesowitz.
Mesowitz said that he has noticed an improved appreciation for the tools since the new boxes have came in. He said that customers have even came up to the counter asking for more paper towels to wipe down tools that they didn't even use.
The new tool boxes aren't the only improvement the Auto Hobby Shop has seen. In the past 15 years the shop has gone from operating out of three stalls to eight stalls. Just about everything can be taken care of in these eight stalls, from oil changes to fixing hard parts, everything except for body work, said Mesowitz.
The next improvement the shop hopes to make is a new facility when joint basing taking effect next year but this wouldn't take place for several years, said Mesowitz.
The shop offers a "do it yourself" section, which allows customers to rent out a stall and, with assistance from the staff, make repairs to their vehicle. This portion of the shop is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
If someone is not quite the handy man, the shop also has four certified auto technicians that can make general repairs to a car, when making an appointment during the weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the shop or call 552-3473.