Hemi George in Los Angeles/SoCal?

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    Anyone have any dealings with a guy who goes by the name "Hemi George"? I believe he is in Tujunga, Sunland or Sun Valley and is of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern decent.

    He worked on my godfather's Barracuda over a decade ago, did some wild "Frankenstein" stuff, really funky-yet-functional repairs and adjustments, and I'd be interested to know about his reputation or whether he is still around. He smoked like a fish and had very stringent politics but we remember a couple early 70s Challengers (Bumble Bees) 440 six pack's in immaculate condition in his yard. He was mainly a Mopar performance engine builder.

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    Noah
     
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    He sell's stuff on E-Bay. I have delt with him. A good guy.
     
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    What's his username on eBay?
     
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    Well, if you think his repairs were Frankenstein, maybe you should look elsewhere.

    He's pretty old school. Actually his woodworking is really awesome.
     
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    I wasn't trying to disparage him, rather suggest that he was very creative with his solutions. He wasn't stuck on "stock" as the only answer, and made some changes that cut a pretty wide swath across the Mopar spectrum, on everything from the wheels and tires to the motor itself. Thanks entirely to him, the car is really quite unique and more robust than it was before he worked on it.
     
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      We need pics, or it didn't happen..................................:prayer:
       
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      Didn't think you were disparaging him.

      I understand. I've seen his stuff over the years.
       
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      Do you know any way to get in touch with him?
       
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      I know I am late to the party on this thread, but I have a good phone number for him and address as well. PM me if you want it. He is one heck of a nice guy and he is willing to teach anyone who has the time to listen about what he knows. John Arruzza gives him props for what he knows about how to make power.

      He also has a 70 Challenger that is sick! I have a picture of it somewhere. He is up in Sunland.
       
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      Does anyone have a contact number or e-mail for Hemi George?
      I heard he died a couple months ago, and a friend of mine went to high school with him but had lost contact with him over the years, and wanted to reach out to his sister.
      Any help appreciated.
       
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      I think I may have run in to him at a Spring Fling. Some Iranian looking guy talking Mopars? Though that was a little out of place, you usually see those guys talking Mercedes.....
       
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      yea heard he passed away. I have no idea how to reach the family. Nowadays google searches can be very good leads.
       
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      George Ilandjian (Hemi George)
      8/13/1956 - 1/11/2021
      You were a great friend. I will always miss your laughter, smile, and joy for anything Mopar.
      You will sorely be missed. RIP Georgie. :(

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        Well I'll be. He was a good dude. Shared a few emails with him. Always ready to answer questions and he always had cool Mopar stuff. May he RIP.
         
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          Geez born in 56, not very old, either
           
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          I'll say it again, George was an awesome dude. A little rough around the edges, lol. But a real good human being. I miss that guy.
           
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            Yeah, They had a thread on this over on Bbodies several months back. I didn't realize it wasn't posted here. RIP George.
             
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            I just found this news out yesterday, when I did a search on him. I new something was wrong, as he almost always answered the phone when I called. And sure enough, he is gone. George lived 20min from me, and I spent many a day over there buying and horse trading parts. Going back and forth on prices was half the fun.His smile and sense of humor was infectious. His collection of parts, especially Hemi parts was nothing short of miraculous. His knowledge on anything Mopar was incredible, something I tried soaking up every time I was there. The knowledge he took with him is something the Mopar community will miss, and never get back. I just can't believe he is gone.
            George liked making other things, and one of them was handmade flowers. He gave these to me for my wife, I keep them in the garage.:) He also gave me this Direct Connection plate from the 70s. Two things that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
            I will forever miss you Georgie. Keep hitting that go-pedal in the sky !!!! RIP Friend.

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              I remember the first time I saw one of his eBay ads I thought "damn what high prices, this guy's crazy". But as I looked deeper, all his stuff was nice, clean and complete. I don't think I ever saw him selling anything that I would consider "questionable". I did even buy a few things from him and it was always here fast and communication was good. The Mopar hobby lost a goodun for sure.
               
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              Thats the guy i saw at a Fling a while ago. im terrible at names but faces are a lock. i ran into a guy in Hong Kong that I played little league against. "Did you play little league in Laguna?" Uh...yeah? "Is your last name Outlaw?" Yes......! " F dude, I played against you 10 years ago in Costa Mesa!" Whoa......! Only remembered the last name as it was so unique. RIP George.
               
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              Lol. He was famous for his prices on the LD340 intakes. People on this site would sometimes post them and laugh. I was at his house once buying parts and I told him about what some people thought about his prices and he chuckled and told me, that everyone he ever listed (eventually) sold. And yes, his stuff was always nice. I still have a few things that I got from him that will never leave my stash of junk.
              And same here John, he made me take one of those roses home for my wife. lol.
               
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