THE SHOP

October '21

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32 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2021 components for drag to street, air con- ditioning kits and accessories, chemical additives, race gas and engines. Customers are mostly car builders and manufacturers such as Nelson Racing Engines and Custom Built Machine, but DMP Fasteners also caters to the everyday car hobbyist who needs a place to buy from as well. "We are able to make custom fuel, water, oil and AC lines and brake hoses in custom applications and bulk orders," says Stankovich. "Customers can also have us cut the mandrel tubing and bead roll ends." KEEPING IT RETAIL While Stankovich still loves working on vehicles, he is very happy with his choice to direct his business mostly toward retail sales and away from installations. A big reason why, he explains, is that installation customers often watch auto- motive reality TV shows and come away believing that it only takes 24 hours to build a complete car, instead of months or even years. "Also, the fact is, people—no matter how wealthy they are—always complain about price, even after it's been discussed prior to starting a project. They always want a better deal when it's time to pay," he says. "The other downside is you are always somehow married to that car until they get rid of it. If you put a vintage air kit in and everything works great, two months later they are blaming you when the bat- tery is not charging. It just made sense to allow local car builders—who I have great relationships with—to do the work for us or work directly with the customers." After more than two decades in the The company specializes in fasteners and AN fittings, wiring products, mandrel-bent tubing, engine dress-up accessories, performance engine components, suspension components, air conditioning kits and accessories, chemical additives, race gas and engines. Customers are mostly car builders and manufacturers, but DMP Fasteners also caters to the everyday car hobbyist who needs a place to buy from as well. a Firm Grip With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Stankovich has had plenty of great experiences and successes.

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