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WAER Workshop

West Auckland Engine Reconditioners celebrates its 23rd birthday and can reflect on the many successes that it has had over the years.

The business was purchased in 1990 a small engine reconditioning shop situated at Keeling Rd in Henderson. In 1992 larger premises were purchased and the operation was moved to 20 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson.

In 1998 a major purchase of specialised equipment allowed all machining operations to be retained in house. Further expansion of the workshop allowed more room for project vehicles.

In 2004 a specialised dyno room was built and a German Maha Dynometer with Superflow equipment was installed.

Originally from Putaruru, Eric served his apprenticeship at a Chrysler Dealership where he took on the role of service manager and stayed there for fifteen years before taking up the offer to move to Waihi again as service manager for another Chrysler Dealership.  Eric later moved to Auckland where he accepted the same position at a major Ford Dealership remaining for a further nine years before purchasing West Auckland Engine Reconditioners in 1990.

Eric is an A-grade mechanic with a solid background in the automotive industry.


Eric is well known in the car scene particularly for his Hemi powered T-Bucket which has been on the road now for 35 years, and is still winning National Awards, most recent was runner-up of the "Best Bucket" at the National Hot Rod Show 2012. 

He is the holder of a number of Chrysler proficiency certificates including engine management and performance, automatic transmissions, hydraulics and service management. During his years with Ford he gained a Ford Diploma in service management, and a certificate in vehicle assembly processes, parts and service operation. He also holds CNG and LPG certification.

Eric personally handles all transmission work at West Auckland Engine Reconditioners and his extensive and expert knowledge of Chrysler vehicles, engines and Torqueflite transmissions has gained the company an excellent reputation around New Zealand. The workshop has developed into a One Stop Shop performing repairs and services on a wide range of vehicles. Project vehicles and restoration have become a big part of the business with many vehicles having a rotisserie style restoration performed. Body modifications and panel and paint are performed by Grieg McSporran from Profile Autobody.

Eric is supported by a highly skilled staff of five who collectively represent over 100 plus years of experience in the automotive industry.


Martin is a qualified automotive machinist and has been in the trade for twenty-eight years and with us for twelve years. Martin enjoys building the performance engines and even more seeing them in action. Currently Martin is building a T Bucket and enjoys cruising with Eric in his Hemi T Bucket.


Craig is a certified automotive machinist and has been with us for 
twelve years and  in the trade for eighteen years. Craig enjoys all the many project vehicles and especially the dyno tuning.  In his spare time he loves to get out fishing with his son Frank. 


Shane joined us 9 years ago as an apprentice and is now a qualified automotive machinist. He enjoys working on the old school cars and watching and participating in the night speed drag wars.  Shane is currently modifying his Nissan Silvia.


Daniel joined the company six years ago as an apprentice and is now a qualified Automotive Machinist.. Daniel built a Volkswagen beach buggy, his current project is building a 1971 Dodge Demon. He enjoys participating in all forms of motorsport and crews for a well known Blown Alcohol Nissan Skyline and also competes with his Honda Civic which is currently making 328 KW at the wheels.


Being a family business everyone gets involved.

Eric built Marion's 1968 Plymouth Barracuda which has won many awards and has been featured in magazines in New Zealand and Australia. Marion now enjoys driving the car to events throughout the country.

Marion takes care of the administration and is the first point of contact when the phone rings in the office. She enjoys all forms of motor sport.