Call Collett: Mechanic finally returns rare truck bumper

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A Call Collett investigation gets results.  A Lowcountry man can finally complete this classic car make over.

With fresh paint, Robert Bruner’s 1963 Studebaker is refreshed.  

“It’s a special truck. I’ve had it about 10 years,” Bruner told News 2 during an interview in his home in June.

He uses the truck for his handy-man business. He also takes it to car shows, where he’s won awards.

The back bumper on the 55-year-old truck needed to be refinished.   Bruner’s hunt for the right person led him to Dave Parks at the Chrome Shop in Concord, North Carolina.

He shipped off the bumper along with a $300 deposit in July 2017.  The job would take two months.  After 11 months, all Bruner had for his money was excuses.

“Their pipes broke,” Bruner recounted one of the excuses. “Then he retrained help. Then the help got the flu. And it just continued.”

Bruner  sent a certified letter to Parks asking for the bumper back even if the work wasn’t done.  Parks stopped returning calls or texts with Bruner.  That’s why Bruner called Collett. 

 “Yes, I’ve had the bumper for forever,” Chrome Shop owner, Dave Parks, said on over the phone with News 2’s Rebecca Collett on June 28.

Then Parks gave a new list of excuses.   He said he had a heart attack, needed a pacemaker, had two stints and got a Staph infection in the last year.

“I’ve almost died twice,” he said. Following that conversation, Parks began communicating with Bruner again.

“He texted me and asking why is Rebecca Collett calling me.  So it worked,” Bruner said during a follow up interview from his dining room.  Just outside the doorway sat the unfinished bumper.

With Parks finally communicating with the family, The Bruner’s were able to coordinate shipping the bumper home. It’s not chromed, but the Bruner’s are relieved to have the original bumper it back.

Dave Parks at the Chrome Shop did not respond to a request for comment as part of this follow-up Call Collett report.  

The Bruners say they’ve scrapped the idea of chroming the bumper but plan to paint it to match the truck.   

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