Ann Arborite Lou Caincross
"My good weeks now are what my bad weeks were in the nineties," says Caincross, who lives with his wife, Nancy, in Dexter Township. (They have two grown daughters and one grandchild.) Yates is his only full-time employee. They keep just eight transmissions in stock and install a couple a week. To pay the rent, "we're doing general repairs--brakes, timing, chains, shocks--things I'd never have touched before."
But Caincross can't imagine doing anything else. "This business has its ups and its downs, its good and its bad, but it's got more good than bad." He's gradually selling the business to Yates on a land contract--"I've trained him pretty good, and he knows the ins and outs"--but expects to work at least a couple more years.
Yates finishes with my car--no charge. I thank Caincross and wish him the best. As I go out the front door, I see a gorgeous '77 Corvette bearing the vanity plate "-TOY4LOU." A sign in the window announces, "For Sale $10,500."
"If you've got the money, you can drive it away today," Caincross calls out cheerfully. I thank him again and drive off in my Mustang. The rattle's gone.