Maybe you have had the good fortune to know a true shade tree mechanic. It is someone who fixed cars in their driveway back in a day under the shade of a big tree. That is where the expression comes from. What we tend to forget is that person learned auto repair from the ground up…not at some school or factory. It is a disappearing breed in Americana.
Back in the seventies cars were pretty much the same. Over the years “shade tree mechanics” disappeared as the job of auto repair became more complicated. It just makes sense. However, a few of them grew with the technology and opened their own shop. If you find one of those you find someone who has a genuine love for anything on four wheels.
We know of one such master auto mechanic in Raleigh NC. His name is Jim Liacos of Jim’s Auto Service. Jim seemingly was born under the hood and has been at it for over 40 years. Think about how precious your vehicle is to you…it is to him as well. Make an appointment and drive into his shop at 3711 Tarheel Drive. He is Raleigh’s true Shade Tree Mechanic!