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Old 04-13-2016, 09:07 PM
n700jl n700jl is offline
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Talking HELP part2 Evans Aviation fuel tanks!

On January 6th 2016 I contacted Evan to build a right hand fuel tank for a friends RV-4! Evan was very helpful and helped me put together a list to send to Vans for a parts order. I ordered the parts on 1-6-16 and had them drop shipped to Evan as we agreed on a price and a deadline of late February for the delivery of the tank to Indiana. That would give us a little wiggle room in the schedule for fitting and painting before Sun n Fun. The parts delivered to Evan on 1-13-16. January 12th was the last text message that I got from Evan. Here are all of the messages that I sent to him.
3-7-16 me any update on the fuel tank? No response!
3-10-16 me, can I get a status update on the -4 tank thanks! No response
3-16-16 me, do u have a picture of the Rv-4 tank that u can send me? Thanks. No response!
4-1-16 me, Evan have u started the tank yet? No response
4-5-16 me Evan if u have not started the rv4 tank you need to send me the parts that I ordered. You have missed our deadline by over a month. You can call me anytime to discuss. Thank you! No response .

At this point I just want Evan to send me my parts that are in his shop. I will also be contacting Vans to let them know the situation. If you know Evan or a different way of getting in touch with him please let me know. I am open for suggestions. Thank you for your help!
Jon Hubbell
RV-6 Flying IO-320X tip up 500+hrs G3X 2004 Oshkosh Outstanding workmanship award, 2004 Sun N Fun Best Workmanship
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Old 04-14-2016, 01:05 PM
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Unhappy Dissapointed

I am in a similar situation Jon...maybe even worse since I've also paid Evan for his service and STILL don't have my tanks.

My Story:

August of 2014 contacted Evan, he said he would do the job and complete by December.

September 2014 all of my parts were delivered to Evan.

Just like you Jon, similar or lack thereof responses once past delivery time frame. Had to begin making multiple calls per day until calls returned. Promises to get me in schedule next two weeks. I'd follow up in two weeks....groundhog day...leave messages, no response....finally talked, will get in schedule next two weeks...and so on.

Fast forward to January 2016 - Evan said he's wrapping it up and asked for payment. I promptly sent my check, it was promptly deposited by Evan.

I'd follow up again about delivery, no response...when finally accepted my call he said he found a leak and wanted to fix it. Then I'd follow up again, same routine trying to touch base, another reason, etc.

Two weeks ago he said they shipped. I asked for tracking number, he said he just dropped off and told them to ship. Didn't get a tracking number. Yesterday he said they came back to shipping place and he needed to go look....stories continue. My last communication was that he either needs to send me my tanks providing a tracking number or send back my parts and refund my payment.

Bottom line, he's had my parts since September 2014 (yes 2014), I paid him 3 months ago for his build services and as of today I don't have my tanks.

Very disappointed.
Charlie Hammes
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Old 04-14-2016, 01:42 PM
krw5927 krw5927 is offline
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That sucks, guys. Several years ago I foolishly sent a check to a guy in another city for an item he had advertised on Craigslist. Not aviation, just a household item. Same story: check got deposited, never heard another peep via text or email, wouldn't answer phone calls.

I decided to take a little road trip and pay the guy a visit in person. Dangerous and stupid? Probably. I showed up at his house, knocked on the door, introduced myself as the purchaser, and saw the item in question lying right there on the kitchen table. He grabbed it and handed it to me, and I was on my way.

edit: or maybe he broke his hand again
Kurt W.

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:07 PM
findane findane is offline
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Default fuel tank builders

Are there any reliable companies who will build fuel tanks?
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:40 AM
Loman Loman is offline
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Default Not my experience

I had Evan build my tanks several years ago (probably around 2009) on my inspectors suggestion. He shipped the completed tanks back to Vans and they included them with the wing kit. He bumped me up the waiting list to meet the shipping date for my wing kit.

They have not flown yet and have not been tested but I can tell you they were beautifully made and really nicely packed. Attention to detail was evident everywhere. I do remember him being slow on email, though not as bad as some of the reports here.

Things can change radically in a persons life in 7 years but, back then at least, Evan was great to deal with. It's unlikely that he was not a crook back then but has become one since.

Just another data point that might offer a little encouragement
Loman O'Byrne
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:19 AM
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Findane, check your private messages.
Actual repeat offender.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:09 PM
pastranafan5 pastranafan5 is offline
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Now I'm wondering about mine. I can't even find his website now.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:14 PM
pastranafan5 pastranafan5 is offline
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Does anybody know how I can contact him?
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Old 09-07-2016, 05:53 PM
pastranafan5 pastranafan5 is offline
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Did any of the people that were looking for Evan ever hear from him? My tank is supposed to be done now and nothing. No answer. Not returning messages. At this point I just wish I could get my parts back and do it myself.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:40 PM
Turbo69bird Turbo69bird is offline
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I tried contacting him about tanks for a 6 a few months ago. Someone answered and gave me a cell number I left a few messages and never heard back. I'm wondering if the others in this thread got their tanks in the end as well.

He certainly was a highly regarded resource for tanks on this site at one point.

If anyone has good alternatives for (quality) proven tanks please post or PM me.
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