Meet Our Builders
Gearstar's Shop Manager, Larry brings over 38 years experience in the automotive industry to Gearstar with ASE certifications in automatic transmissions and transaxles. Larry is Gearstar’s know-it-all. He can build anything from the most common transmissions like a Chevy 350, 700-R4, or GM 6L80/6L90 to the most exotic transmissions like the Mopar NAG-1. Larry is not afraid of a challenge and enjoys working on late model and import vehicles.
“I love being able to get my hands into the latest model automatic transmissions."
With over 30 years of experience, Patrick is Gearstar's resident transmission genius. Name a transmission and he can tell you the gear ratio from memory. Patrick attended Vale Tech in 1976. After excelling both in school and a number of smaller transmission shops, he went to work for Tristar in 1985 where he met Zack. Patrick is certified as an ASE Master Transmission Tech and is GM Certified.
"I get to build with the best parts, take all the time in the world and know that it's going into a really cool car. What more could I ask for?"
Dave being the youngest employee at Gearstar is a "major" assets to the team, bringing with him 18 years experience in fabrication and sheet metal work. He has been with Gearstar since 2004 and was hand picked directly from Montrose Chevrolet. Dave is a graduate of Universal Technical Institute, is an A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile and Transmission Technician , and is GM Certified. His ability with GM transmissions has contributed greatly to Gearstars success. Dave's expertise in automotive fabrication has been extremely valuable to Gearstar. As the final addition to the Gearstar team, he has proven himself to be invaluable.
Starting at Tristar in 1982, Doug's transmission expertise with GM, Chrysler and Ford was quickly recognized by Zack who recruited him for Gearstar. Doug is in charge of Gearstar's tear down area and is an expert torque convertor manufacturer. He attended Tri C Technical School, is a trained Dyno Technician and is ASE Certified.
"I've worked with Zack for as long as I can remember and could never imagine working for anyone else."
Bryan’s expertise in fabrication and welding combined with his 18 years of automotive experience has proven to be an invaluable addition to the Gearstar team. He specializes in GM transmissions including the CH-350 and 4L60 / 700-R4.
“From day to day, I never do the same thing – this is definitely NOT a factory job! Custom built really mean just that. And here at Gearstar, I throw away better parts than I used to use at my former employers!”
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