Carl Heideman is a state of Michigan certified Master Mechanic (license #M177417). This certification includes the following areas:

  • Engine Repair
  • Engine Tune-up/Performance
  • Front End, Suspension & Steering Systems
  • Brakes & Braking Systems
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Manual Transmission
  • Front & Rear Axles
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Collision-related Mechanical Repair
  • Unitized Body Structural Repair

Carl has over 20 years experience in body repair and has taken fabrication courses from Fay Butler, Ron Fournier, and Ron Covell. In August, 2001, and September, 2002, Eclectic Motorworks hosted Ron Covell’s travelling workshops.

In addition to offering seminars at Eclectic Motorworks, Carl has taught seminars at University Motors, Steve’s Antique Auto Repair, the Carlisle Import/Kit Nationals, and many British car events around the country.

Carl has written technical articles for several automotovie magazines, including British Car, Classic Motorsports, Grassroots Motorsports, North American Classic MG, and VW Trends.

Alan Dalman is the manager at Eclectic Motorworks. With BA’s in Business Administration and Economics from Hope College, he handles all of the office duties, parts sales and even gives shop tours. Alans daily driver from March thru November is a 1973 MGB/GT that sees more miles in one season than most cars see in 10. It has been featured in several articles in Classic Motorsports Magazine. His other projects include a 1966 Norton Atlas motorcycle, a 1971 Honda CB350 motorcycle, and most recently a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle.

Brent Vanderbie is Eclectic Motorworks main mechanic. After serving in the United States Air Force maintaining front-line aircraft Brent decided to dedicate his time to more-earthbound pursuits. Before joining Eclectic Brent worked in Kalamazoo, MI and Holland, MI servicing imports of all makes. Brent owned and drove a Triumph Spitfire while in the Air Force stationed in the UK and currently owns several Volkswagens.

Gary Windemuller rounds out the help at Eclectic Motorworks. Gary works part-time at the shop and helps with parts manufacturing and general maintenance duties. Gary drives a 1973 MGB roadster that was restored by Carl many years ago.

Dan Fox is a retired advertising executive with a penchant for quality German automobiles. Dan helps us with managing the storage business, shop organization, and general work. Dan is the proud owner of a Porsche 911 and Porsche 944 S2 Turbo.

Mackenzie McMahan is a junior Mechanical Engineering major at Hope College and a member of the Hope Formula SAE team. This summer, she progressed in her welding and fabrication skills and has been helping us with parts manufacturing, shop organization, and making sure we’re all suitably deaf at the end of each day. A fun fact about Mackenzie is that she likes to watercolor paint!

Theo Roffey is a senior at Hope College from Seattle, WA. Theo is a driver, welder, designer, and fabricator in addition to being a Co-Captain of the Hope Formula SAE team. He is a Mechanical Engineering major with a Mathematics minor. Theo joined us last winter for some part-time work and continued with a full-time summer internship where he helped us with product development, completed some restoration work with us, and helped us repair our trailer as well!