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Sorry I have been really SAD and out of the car scene for a while- Need Help !!!

By MonzterRacing

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I won't go into all the details but I have been having a really really bad run of luck over the past year or two. I have been deceited by what I thought were friends, lost my great paying job, just finished up with a nasty divorce, and shut down my personal business building cars and engines due to all the stuff I had been dealing with. They say when it rains it pours and now I believe it.
Anyway, I stopped with the cars and working on them as my car had been taken away from me illegally according to an attorney I hired. She has yet to get any results from the guy that took it. He ignores all legal documents sent, won't sign for Certified letters, answer calls, or anything from my attorney.
It all goes to the start of I thought I made a great friend with a person and worked extensively on his car welding on it, re-wiring it, built an engine for it, and more. I also lent him my tools and MY transmission when he blew his up at the track. Well he offered to do the body work on my car for $2300. We agreed. He found out I was going through a divorce and stuff after he picked his car up and was racing in it already. He finally blew up his motor I built (over 90 passes in 30 days) and I was trying to build his other backup motor for him as well. Anyway he had issues with that motor as well and blew it up also. The rod let go literally !!!! He blamed me for the motor work. All the while being nice to me and still saying that I only would owe him the $2300 for my body work he did. Well all of a sudden he wants over $12,000 for me to get my car back !! He is charging me for his motors that also had over $3000 of my parts in that he never paid for yet. He still has my transmission he BORROWED ALONG WITH MY TOOLS !! So I have been fighting to get my stuff back. THE CAR ISN'T EVEN FINISHED!! HE NEVER BUFFED IT OUT OR ANYTHING!! His employee started to wet sand the car but never finished !!
But through the divorce I had to just file bankruptcy !! He ran into a few of my friends and told them I could have my car back for $4400 now but that was not the original agreement !! ALL VERBAL NO LESS !! SO he took my transmission, car, and tools and put them in some storage facility in hiding for a ransom (my attorney said that) illegally because these are two seperate business deals and that is my personal property !!! So the attorney filed for a Replevin Suit but he still won't cough up my stuff or tell anybody where it is. He won't even talk to my attorney !!
So I am at a sad point in life as I worked exceptionally hard to get my car, worked my butt off on building it to what it was, and now lost it to a crooked deal !! What is a guy to do !! I want all auto enthusiasts to think of how they would feel at this point !!
I lost my job, working for half the money I used to make, got a divorce, Became really ill with Diabetes Type 2, and other medical issues that are serious, filed bankruptcy as I was left with all the burdens of the divorce, pay child support but have joint custody, and working to keep the house I was left with out of the divorce. All these things just happened this past year or so. The health issues were caused from stress and stuff.
So I ask where are all the really good people go out there in this world ??? Can a person trust anybody anymore?? Is everyone out for themselves??? I came up with a simple plan that if anybody wanted to think makes sense or has a real heart and acknowledges a persons distress than maybe I can rely on people and friends in another way.
How about if each person donates or donated to the cause to help get a guys car back when he has lost all hope??? What if everybody donated only $1 or $2 to the guy to see how close he can get to getting his car back !!! Nothing more?? A person cannot buy much with that $1 or $2 anymore but maybe a soda or candy bar. But that even depends on the serving size !! I probably will get into trouble for asking this but I am at my end on what to do so I think I will have to come up with the money ($4400 to get the car back) so I am asking everyone to think about it !! Would you do it to help a cause !! To keep a dream alive !! I haven't been able to go to car shows anymore, I sold everything else practically, so I have no way to get that money but to use this idea I just presented. If anybody wants to I am not begging (well maybe I am) Could this really happen ?? Would you do it. We all send out money to do things for foreign countries in need, buy stupid things we don't need, and spend more than that $1 or $2 doing it. Well would you help me out??? I know I would help people out in this situation !!! I have. I have been burned on a lot of things building motors, parts, etc... and I just keep taking the chance and love of the automotive world to keep doing it. I grew up poor as hell and I worked hard as hell for everything I had. I don't want to lose this car !! These Monza Coupes are rare anymore !! I won't get another one !! So who would help ?? If you want to stay annonamus or just send that $1 or $2 for a good cause PLEASE LET ME KNOW !!!
e-mail me at or I don't get on the computer much anymore due to the finances I don't have internet at home anymore. I do try to find a place to get to the WI-FI to use the laptop.
OR just donate that $1 or $2 to
"Louie The Lizard"
Mark Francis
1340 Rose St.
Lincoln, NE 68502

My # is (402) 217-4879

I have a couple of engines I posted on here for sale on my page that I have left and I need to sell the 68 Mustang I have from the divorce as well and then I can get that money towards getting my car back !! Louie and I have a reputation on the internet and local car shows. I owned that car for several years and built it twice with a lot of blood, sweat, and even tears !! I want my car back !!! PLEASE HELP !!! It is hard for me to look at cars, car shows, racing, and even the parts to the car in my garage when I am out there anymore !! I love that car !! THAT car is all I have left !!!! (MAYBE)

Thank You if you understand !! Sorry Motortopia about this but I ran out of options and nothing looks to be in my favor these days !! If you delete this I would understand !!


Pass it round STRONG KEEPSAKE IMAGES here at motortopia has set up a donation paypal account for Louie the Lizard to help me out !! I cannot figure out how to copy the direct link and paste it but may try tomorrow morning. That is where you can use paypal to help me out !! Thanks Pass it around to all your friends and maybe we can get the word out !! I just found out about it !!

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redraif’s Profile Photo
Nov 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Wow... I'm so sorry. I had my car torn apart by a "friend" in 2006... needless to say its still in pieces and he is no longer my friend. I have the car, but the condition its in is gonna cost me a ton to fix, so it sits and waits. I too lost my job for a year and a half and just got one back! I will see what my spouse says about a donation amount.

A thought about a fund raiser... any car clubs that might be willing to help put on a toys for tots type show with a small donation to go towards your cause? Sometimes getting your car show friends in the know can lead to some wonderful things.
MonzterRacing’s Profile Photo
Nov 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Also forgot to mention he lives in one county, his shop is in another county and the car may actually be in a totally different county which also makes it hard to figure out which police, sherriff, or anybody else for that matter to contact to get the car back.
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Nov 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm
I hate to say this but the same thing happened to me with my truck.(The93to53beast) I'm going to skip the story for now and get straight to the point. I had to call the police to get my truck back. My engine tools bed and other personal belongings were never returned. Take the title and your registration to the police and they will make him give you the car, or he will be arrested. Since it was a verbal agreement he cant prove that it was more than 2300. You can have him served. They dont even have to sign the papers in some cases just as long as they take them.
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Nov 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Here's the link so you can donate by PayPal. Thanks Bencar for setting it up and thanks Strong Keepsake for getting the word out.

Money's on the way, Mark. I actually hate to give you cash to pay off the person who has done you wrong but that's okay. It all comes out right in the end. Please listen to the message from Corvair Jim. If you are in this type of position, it's the Lord tapping on your shoulder. LISTEN, because He loves you more than you can imagine. Feel free to contact Corvair Jim or Baddawg or Alwaysakid if you want more info.
MonzterRacing’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Pass it round STRONG KEEPSAKE IMAGES here at motortopia has set up a donation paypal account for Louie the Lizard to help me out !! I cannot figure out how to copy the direct link and paste it but may try tomorrow morning. That is where you can use paypal to help me out !! Thanks Pass it around to all your friends and maybe we can get the word out !! I just found out about it !!
Osinn11’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Mark remember friends help friends. Every car show I attend I am simply blown away by the generosity of "car people" Most don't want anything in return. Around these parts we are all one big family that pull together when someone is in need.
MonzterRacing’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Unfortunately I cannot have the Paypal account now that I have the Bankruptcy and stuff. I cannot even have a credit card for a long while. Just my current checking account to pay bills is all I can have.
My now Ex-Wife was nice enough to leave me the house and her 68 Mustang so she didn't have to pay half the credit cards !! I couldn't afford to move so I was forced to keep the house for now. Not enough equity in it to even break even if I sold it. I would lose soooo much money if I sold it now. She had her car repoed that unfortunately only my name was on the account so I am stuck with the remainder of that bill too !! I lost a lot through this divorce but I know I will bounce back eventually. I have a wonderful woman in my life now that we have plans to be married on March 19th. Unfortunately she has had some of my bad luck rub off on her as she lost her job to a broken back. Go figure !!!
I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK ANYBODY THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS CAR MEANS TO ME AND THE FACT I AM THAT PERSON THAT CUDACRUZER MENTIONS IN HIS COMMENT. LOUIE THE LIZARD IS JUST THAT, MY SANITY AND ESCAPE FROM REALITY AT TIMES. IT IS WHAT KEEPS ME GOING !! If I get my car back from help from my friends here at Motortopia I will figure out a way to make an event to where WE ALL can meet and I can thank everyone at one time. They can see for themselves why I love this car so much and look at it, hear it, even get a ride in it if need be. I will present it at all car shows I attend a SPECIAL THANKS to all my friends that helped me on my sign !! I will learn a valuable lesson on trust with people and watch my back so this never happens again. I WILL help anybody else ever in need no matter what !! If I can help, it will be done !!
I cannot bad mouth the bodyshop owner on this site. I still want to think he is a good guy somehow but he is a fellow member of motortopia and I would not want to damage any idea of what people think of him here. They have their own opinions and I want to leave it that way. Besides that I am a better person than that.
I have not even given him a bill for all the work I did for him. I know he will throw it away or something whatever makes him happy. I lost over $3000 in motor parts he never paid for as well in one of the motors that blew up on him. I never argued about that either. I have over two hundred hours of labor on his car, many hours of technical advice over the phone and internet, I even went to the drag strip to help him with the tune etc... 2 seperate nights. He won his first racing event trophy by listening to me over the phone that day, and even won his first season class trophy that year with the same technical advise as he called me all year he raced for advice as to what tire pressure etc... to have in the car to make it consistant. HE listened and benefited from it. I asked for nothing. This is why I LENT him my BRAND NEW transmission so he could keep his points and still participate while his was blown up. I did not have to even think twice about it. Who would have known he wanted to hold that hostage too !! How does a guys personal property become ransom for a business mishap or disagreement???? I don't know but I feel he will someday have fate deal with him in a manner in which he dealt with me. I will never do any harm to him or badmouth him so Karma will get him sometime in life.
AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS LITTLE OLD CAR MEANS TO ME AND CAN HELP. I understand it is hard out there for all with this recession so I don't expect any miracles but still want to believe in them. I even got all choked up to see the comments of those that can help. I want you all to know I am endebted to you all !!

Mark Francis
cudacruzer’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Mark, I will send out a check tomorrow, unless you have a paypal account.This really blows,I've been where you are right sucks !!! Divorces' suck,the job situation just adds to it.For some people our cars are our escape,it's what keeps us going,I'm working on my wifes 68 Cuda as we speak,it's almost ready to take to the track,couple more months.I hope this all works out for you as it WILL start to get better,I know it's hard to believe but it will, GET Louie Back,Sounds like someone needs to get there butt kicked !!! take care..

lizardbird98’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2010 at 11:28 am
Is there a centero research place out there? I know the one out here pays you to be. test subject they pay up to 1200 I hear
Osinn11’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2010 at 9:44 am
What a rough year. Car people do amazing things for one another. Sorry to hear about Louie! I will see what we can come up with. I'm with Jerry do you have paypal?

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