In 1976, Rex Upton started a specialist exhaust repair workshop. Soon after he installed the first hydraulic tube bender in the South Island. This machine let us manufacture replacement exhaust pipes for specific vehicles at a fraction of the cost of original replacement parts. It was no longer necessary to replace the complete system. Customers also had the option of larger diameter pipes which improved vehicle performance and reduced fuel consumption. Later, our workshops installed some of the first MiG welders in New Zealand. We installed wheels-free hoists when other workshops were working in pits, too. We geared everything towards getting the car repaired as fast as possible - all the tools, consumables, safety equipment and expertise. With this emphasis on quality repairs, honest pricing and superior customer service our business expanded through a combination of opening new workshops or buying existing shops.