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Cam Weld on the Cheap

new 6/18/02


Some folks do live in a foreign country like CA or TX but this can be done on the cheap for most people. Find a holiday that you don't care about (MLK day springs to my mind for many) - I drove to Atlanta overnight, 500 miles spent ~$45 on a hotel (ask for a Ford Employee discount, it IS their cam) - Doug charged $450 and got me on the road that night. Eat at the golden arches and drive 500 miles home. Keep the auto pilot setting under 85 mph to avoid highway tolls.

Total cost was ~$550 + burgers and 3 tankfulls. Since I live on cheap greasy fast food and decorate my home in "cheap motel" motif it was not all that bad.

See Motel 6, they will leave the light on for you. Take the towels, you might ever turn a profit. (joke) But I do have a huge collections of filled 1 ox shampoo bottles. If my bald spot ever fills in I may need them.

Make a reservation with Doug, he is open most important holidays like Cinco de Mayo, Fat Tuesday and "National Call in Sick Day." If you call in for a reservation Doug can fit you in early and get you out the same day. He is welding the sprockets of 2-3 cars a week and never had a failure.

If you live > 500 miles away you may want a co-pilot. With two drivers you can cover 1200 miles in a day? Sneak your AWA in to the hotel to save $5 night. When I had a AWA we did 1800 miles in 24 hrs back when the national speed limit was 55 mph.

Those in Canada don't have an excuse, just because they have funny money. Doug does take Canadian Visa/ Master Card. Canada is not foreign county - it is just a northern suburb with way too many strange holidays. They can get their cams welded on "Prince Charles has Ears like Alfred E Neumann Day."

I hope that helps.

Tim



Andreas Barbiero corrected me, "Prince Charles has Ears like Alfred E Neumann Day" is a two day holiday in the frozen northland. Sorry about that.


FPS Automotive  ~ Doug Lewis
8810 Bright Star Road
Douglasville, GA 30135 

Located 15 minutes west of Atlanta off I-20 just past Six Flags over Georgia 

Voice : (770) 949-7191 


Hotel Info 


My Favorite - They gave me a Company Discount - 2 stars - Exit 34 near FPS Shop.  I paid ~$45 checked in early and check out late. (and they were nice about it) It was after 9/11 and they were happy to get the business. Only a mile from FPS.

Sleep Inn - Motel. BRAND: Sleep Inns. PHONE: 770-920-8887; 800-228-1222; Fax: 770-920-8803. LOCATION: 7055 Concourse Pkwy; Douglasville, Georgia 30134. just n. Contemporary room appointments. TERMS: no pets allowed, check-in after 3 pm, check-out by 11 am. FACILITY: 60 rooms, on premises parking, partial mobile accessibility, three stories, interior corridors, combined sprinklers and smoke detectors. DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT: one restaurant on premises, dining facilities nearby. SOME ROOMS: free movies, cable TV, coffeemakers, non-smoking rooms, showers only, combination tub/shower, shower wheelchair facilities. ALL ROOMS: air conditioning, phones, color TV, radios, private baths. SERVICES: data ports. RECREATION: shared pool. EXTRA CHARGE: state tax (14%). CARDS: AE, DI, DS, JCB, MC, VI. 

Family Plan (Free under age 18); Rates Subject to Change; Senior Discount Available
12/1-3/31 [.] 1P: $49-59 
2P: $49-59 
XP: $5 
4/1-5/31 [.] 1P: $54-64 
2P: $54-64 
XP: $5 
6/1-9/15 [.] 1P: $59-69 
2P: $59-69 
XP: $5 
9/16-11/30 [.] 1P: $49-59 
2P: $59-69 
XP: $5 


3 stars - Exit 34 near FPS Shop- A little nicer than Sleep Inn, and almost twice as much money. The two are side by side across the road from HOOTERS. May be a better choice if the AWA is very particular about hotels. Only a mile from FPS.

Motel. BRAND: Holiday Inn Express. PHONE: 770-920-9228; 800-465-4329; Fax: 770-920-9482. Formerly Quality Inn. LOCATION: 7101 Concourse Pkwy; Douglasville, Georgia 30134. TERMS: no pets allowed, check-in after 2 pm, check-out by 11 am. FACILITY: 101 rooms, one pool, on premises parking, meeting rooms available, partial mobile accessibility, five stories, interior corridors, combined sprinklers and smoke detectors. DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT: one restaurant on premises, dining facilities nearby, free breakfast. SOME ROOMS: free and pay movies, cable TV, refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave ovens, non-smoking rooms, showers only, combination tub/shower, shower wheelchair facilities. ALL ROOMS: air conditioning, phones, color TV, radios, private baths. SERVICES: data ports, guest laundry (fee), free local calls. EXTRA CHARGE: state tax (14%). CARDS: AE, CB, DI, DS, JCB, MC, VI. 

Family Plan (Free under age 18); Rates Subject to Change; Senior Discount Available
All year [.] 1P: $59-89 
2P: $59-89 
XP: $10 


3 stars - I 20 & Hwy 92, 2 exits away. I never stayed there.

Comfort Inn - Motel. BRAND: Comfort Inns. PHONE: 678-504-2000; 800-228-1222; Fax: 678-504-2001. Formerly Comfort Inn & Suites. LOCATION: 5487 Westmoreland Plaza; Douglasville, Georgia 30134. ne corner. TERMS: no pets allowed, check-in after 2 pm, check-out by 11 am, 15 days cancellation notice required. FACILITY: 69 rooms, one pool, hearing accessibility, on premises parking, business center, meeting rooms available, exercise room, no mobile accessibility, three stories, interior corridors, combined sprinklers and smoke detectors. DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT: one restaurant on premises, dining facilities nearby. SOME ROOMS: free and pay movies, Extended Cable TV, refrigerators, kitchens, microwave ovens, non-smoking rooms, whirlpools, utensils. ALL ROOMS: air conditioning, phones, color TV, coffeemakers, radios, private baths, combination tub/shower. SERVICES: PC available, data ports, secretarial service available, guest laundry (fee). EXTRA CHARGE: state tax (14%), rollaway ($10). CARDS: AE, CB, DI, DS, JCB, MC, VI. 

Rates Subject to Change; Senior Discount Available
All year [.] 1P: $90 
2P: $100 


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