Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tim Carroll: 'Wind Come; Go Boom, UGH!"

Earlier this morning, Tim Carroll, in a Facebook post apparently in response to VTC&CCC's "Cody From Massachusetts," post, Carroll actually reveals that he stored "thousands of antique Cadillac parts" underneath a "temporary shop," which in my opinion, looks like one of those temporary party covers that I see my neighbors construct for their children's birthday parties.

Of course, in my opinion, you can't believe anything the man says or posts but we'll play along and say that you really have to question the judgment of a man who'd store all these, I guess, extremely valuable and probably irreplaceable parts in such a manner.

Of course Carroll now has the advantage of stringing that poor antique Cadillac owner along for months or years with his endless excuses and poor mouthing.  


Weather for 12 December 2015, Collin County, Princeton, Texas
Weather for 13 December 2015, Collin County, Princeton, Texas

Cody From Massachusetts: Tim Carroll/Carroll Custom Cadillac Sent Wrong Engine & Engine Sent Was Botched

I received a voice mail from Cody this afternoon. I phoned him back, he was at work so we didn't get to talk for long. Cody is "lucky" if you can call it that though. He only ordered a so called "rebuilt" engine from Tim Carroll and Carroll Custom Cadillac or Pure Cadillac Service, LLC, or PCS or Carroll Diesel Pros & 4X4's or whatever "alias" Carroll is lately running under.

In other words his potential loss was $4,000 rather than $8,000 - $10,000 plus a botched Caddy.

The website page on "rebuilt" Northstar engines:

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The Carroll Custom Cadillac Facebook page displaying a photograph of Cody's alleged "rebuilt" engine:

Cody told me that "I was one of the people who tried to buy a motor from that guy." He went on to say that "he sent it to me and it was the wrong motor for my car."

"As soon as I got it I checked all the numbers on it and I looked at the number on the block, it didn't match up with the year of my car," he said.

"So you know it took me months to get that guy (Tim Carroll) on the phone and the only time I got him on the phone was when I told him I had an issue with the motor he sent me and he finally called me back."

Typical excuses begin   

"Carroll was like 'oh we crossed shipped the motor, you got the wrong one when you send that one on to the guy who needs it I'll get you yours' and there was no motor. Carroll never had another motor built."

Cody went on to say "So he was all nice and had an excuse 'Oh the storm wiped me out' and this and that and finally I said you know 'just refund me my money and I'll figure something else out'"

Cody said Carroll said that he couldn't give him his money all at once. "You'll have to take it in payments" Cody recalled Carroll remarking. Cody said that he responded to that "Well you got paid twice for the same motor you should got my money to refund." 

So, Cody told me, "I sent Carroll another email that said, 'Look if you can't refund my money, I'll just do a charge back on my card.' And as soon as I sent him that email Carroll got so ugly."

Cody said that he wouldn't "bite" at Carroll's ugliness and turned it over to his wife who did some research and turned it over to Paypal. "And she told Paypal what was going on, and she said 'it sounded like Carroll was trying to drag it out till it was too late for us to do anything about it.'

Cody said that Paypal "immediately turned it into a claim and they gave Carroll ten days to refund out money and they shut his Paypal account down. They locked it right up. And right after that happened that's when Carroll's Facebook page disappeared."

Cody continued that after all this happened Carroll sent him an email that said, 'You know I've got this motor sitting here but I'm not going to send it to you, you don't deserve it.'

Cody believes that this is Carroll's way of getting him to release the claim with Paypal because, according to Cody (I've never used Paypal) after you release a claim you can't reinstate it. "You can only put one claim in and if you let that claim go, you're screwed," Cody explained.

In an email Cody received from Carroll just this Wednesday, 16 December 2015, Carroll was using the excuse that a 'storm had taken out his entire shop.' Cody said that "was the last straw for me. I said (to Carroll) refund me my money and I'll go figure something else out."

Cody said that Carroll replied that he would "have to do it (refund the money) in payments." To which Cody replied "either refund me all my money or I will do a charge back and as soon as I said that he got so mad."

Cody said that "Carroll writes these emails trying to make you feel like you're a bad person and Carroll is very arrogant."

Cody said that Carroll told him that "maybe if you apologize to me, I'll build your motor." Cody mused that he had paid him all this money he didn't owe him any apology. "Just give me my motor or my money."

Cody pointed out to me the same thing that Larri From Phoenix did, that Carroll uses the Internet to solicit people from far away. In other words the great distance means that you'd have to spend as much or more money that you're out, so folks just throw up their hands and give up.

Substandard Motor
Cody said that the motor that Carroll did send to him that he "inspected that motor pretty thoroughly -- I looked down inside the cylinders with a bore scope, and Carroll didn't replace any of the pistons, half of the pistons had big scorch marks in the top of them where they were overheated. It had the (head) studs in it, but that was the only thing. All the cams were all worn, he didn't regrind any of the cams. It was just like he took the motor apart, cleaned it,  put the studs in it and put it back together."

Cody said, "If I wouldn't have checked the numbers on that motor, I would have put it in my car and it wouldn't have run right -- if it ran at all -- it wouldn't have run properly, because it's not designed for a '96 car."

Cody said that he still had his original motor and planned to have someone local rebuild it.

Since we didn't get to talk but for a few minutes, I will probably be updating this post before long.

See also the share_your_story label in the footer of this post.

UPDATE: Tim Carroll: 'Wind Come; Go Boom, UGH!"

Saturday, December 19, 2015

FLASH: After Tweet From VTC&CCC Carroll Custom Cadillac Facebook Mysteriously Reappears

A tweet at 7:02 pm resulted in the CCC Facebook at around 10 pm CST, mysteriously reappearing? Can't wait to see what kinda Tim Carroll Tall Tales he's about to post....

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Fascinating Google Review Carroll Custom Cadillac

I noticed that VTC&CCC had a visitor arrive here today by googling "carroll custom cadillac." I decided to click on that referral link in order to get some sense into what this visitor was seeing. Below is one webpage that appears there:

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The Vincent Magallon reviewer, Tim Carroll has mentioned in the past as being one of his business "partners." Which leads me to wonder if Magallon doesn't have some sort of financial incentive for giving CCC such a glowing review. Just asking.

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Sound Familiar?

Baker, La., police say an unlicensed contractor was targeting older homeowners and taking hundreds of thousands of dollars of their money. He was arrested today on fraud charges.

Elizabeth Vowell is in the newsroom with more on this, Liz. Hey Donna, Tanweer Bhatti, he is the owner of Southern Siding, it's a construction company and now he is accused of swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from elderly citizens in Baker.

Now all of his victims were over 60. They actually got to witness police escorting Bhatti to jail, just a few hours ago.

Police say Bhatti would promise construction work on homes, demand money upfront and then never finish the job he started in many cases. Victims told police their houses were left in shambles but the damage to the homes is actually just the start of what Beatty is accused of.

I'll tell you why many of these victims are now facing a money crisis all due to this scenario, on 9 News at 10. Elizabeth Vowell, WAFB, 9 News.   Source (Emphasis added)
However, the case doesn’t end there. Several victims claim Bhatti used their personal information to take out loans. The Louisiana Attorney General's office has an ongoing investigating into Bhatti for alleged mortgage fraud. more here

Carroll Custom Cadillac Facebook Mysteriously Disappears

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Last night (18 December 2015), around 10:00 p.m., CST, the Carroll Custom Cadillac Facebook was down. As of the date and time of this post it's still down.

This has happened before. In July 2015, it went down for about a week before it was restored for a few days, then it was taken down again. This time it was down for several months.

Its restoration was around the same time that Carroll announced that he had sold the company to the mysterious "David Manning." In my opinion this person doesn't exist and was more deception on Tim Carroll's part.

Another thought that recently occurred to me is that Carroll has written many times how he has received all these "thousands and thousands" of emails and calls supporting him;

Yet -- VTC&CCC hasn't received not one email, or comment or call from anyone claiming to be supportive of Carroll. Think about it, isn't that odd? I realize that there is no way that I can prove this, so take it for what it's worth. However, someone could have emailed me and put Carroll's email address in the carbon copy (CC) line. Or left a comment, took a screen shot and sent it to Carroll. (For the record, I haven't deleted any comments).

One thing that I've learned in all this, is that most folks absolutely adore their Northstar System Cadillacs and those that have the means to, will spend huge (to me) sums of money to have them restored to A-1 condition. Of course Carroll knows this and has exploited it. 

Nevertheless, I have to wonder if there is anyone out there that Carroll has properly repaired their Cadillac. If so VTC&CCC wants to hear from you.

UPDATE: FLASH: After Tweet From VTC&CCC Carroll Custom Cadillac Facebook Mysteriously Reappears   

Thursday, December 17, 2015

UPDATED Larri From Phoenix: Tim Carroll; Carroll Custom Cadillac Botched My Caddy & Vandalized It

Saturday, 12 December 2015, VTC&CCC received a voice mail from a gentleman in Phoenix, Arizona who wished to recount his horrible experience with Tim Carroll and Carroll Custom Cadillac.

Larri B.
Phoenix, Arizona
2001 Cadillac  STS

"I was reading your blog and everything you put in there -- Exactly what happened to me. Word for word."

"I shipped it down to him, the car was running. [Tim Carroll] was able to drive it off the trailer, but after six months, he actually had to push it on the trailer to send it back up up here because he couldn't get it to start."

"I'm really sorry that someone else got taken like I did."

"I sent it in the beginning of February (2015)  and went through the whole rigamarole of texting him, calling him, not there, no response and at the end [Tim Carroll] said that I was putting to much pressure on him and I needed to make arraignments to get my car back."

"When I got my car back, my tail lights were all cracked, the Northstar cover for the top of the engine -- not there."

Larri told me that Carroll had had his Caddy from 16 February - June 2015.

Since getting his Caddy back, Larri told me that he has had it two different "mechanic's places to see if anybody could figure it out." Meaning figure out just what Carroll did to his Caddy and believes that he will wind up having to have the engine completely torn down.

Larri told me that the car "turns over, gets fuel, won't start."

Tow to Texas and tow back to Phoenix, $1,600. Paid Carroll $5,500 in cash. and loss of car (value unknown) but out $7,100 minimum plus loss of car (had to buy another car) and more mechanic work. Maybe out $10,000 an counting. "It's just so frustrating." Larri told me.

"I saw your blog and it was like oh my God. It was like talking to somebody in the mirror."

Larri said that the head gasket in his Caddy was blown was the reason he sent it to Carroll but it was running. Got the Caddy back and not only was it not running but it appeared that Carroll had apparently vandalized it too. 

Larri told me that he had noticed that Carroll's Youtube videos and Facebook posts weren't consistent. In other words he would say one thing one time and the opposite thing the next.

Larri told me that he asked Carroll for pictures of his car as the work progressed but he never would send any. "Show me pictures of my car there with the engine out of it, instead of showing me pictures of an engine on an engine stand and a mangled up y-pipe that Carroll probably did himself."

Larri told me that he has saved and printed out all the text messages he had with Carroll and looking back it was just "story (excuse) after story."

As expected, Carroll uses wiring issue excuse. Everyone I've talked to has mentioned this

Larri said that Carroll's last text message to him "I'm thinking we got to get the computer in and if you could just send me a check..." Larry said "I called him back and said, I want to meet you and we solve this between us. I'll go pick up the new computer, whatever. The cash thing I don't want to do anymore unless it's something from my hand to your hand." In other words, in person.

Larri said that by this time "supposedly Carroll had replaced the computer twice, still wouldn't start, and then supposedly after that he had a buddy in the 'Cadillac Garage' there in town (Princeton, Texas) who was a tech expert, supposed to be the 'wizard of Northstar and Carroll took it there to the 'Cadillac Garage' and it ended up sitting there for a week, he couldn't figure it out either."

Larri told me he suspects that Tim Carroll has been able to get away with this for so long is because he takes in cars from out of state and its too much a hassle for the owners to do anything.

Larri said that we need to stick together and see if we can't figure something out to put a stop to this.

UPDATE: 08 September 2016. Spoke by phone on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 with Larri from Phoenix. As reported above, when he received his Cadillac it would not start. He took it to two mechanics and had to pay them to diagnose it, the diagnosis of which was that they didn't know what was wrong. Larri found a third mechanic, experienced with the Northstar System who discovered that Carroll had installed the wrong cam shaft.

Larri said that it cost him an additional $4,000 to repair the damage done by Carroll. Including having to replace the rear brake lights which were cracked from Carroll pushing against them with something like the front bumper of his truck and he had to replace the Northstar Engine Cover which Carroll kept and never returned.

Larri told me that after he got his car running again he phoned Carroll one day. No one answered the phone. Larri said he left a voice message for Carroll telling him he put the wrong cam shaft in his car and what all he was out and that he wanted to settle it. Carroll never returned his call. 

Larri's experience does end on a good note and in my opinion, a testament to the Northstar Engine. Late June, early July, 2016, he took his Caddy on a 6,000 mile road trip. From Phoenix, to Baltimore, Maryland, down through Virginia to South Carolina and back across the country to Phoenix. The alternator went out on the trip but he didn't attribute this to Carroll.
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Facebook Commenter Accuses Tim Carroll of Botching Caddy & Stealing Over $5,000

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Slowly but surely the truth about Tim Carroll and Carroll Custom Cadillac is coming out. Only question is what the hell does it take to get Texas and Federal law enforcement involved?

 Comment text:
Ruby Olson I thought I was having a professional work on my Caddy, it runs worse once you worked on it. Can't please everyone, but when we paid you over $5,000 one expects the job to done properly. Sounds like I'm not the only customer you that is not satisfied with your work. Glad I could help build your new home and stealing my money!
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