Restoration Shop Owner Indicted by Grand Jury

by Michael Satterfield

The owner of Wetherall Restoration in Longmont Colorado has been indicted by a grand jury on January 27th, 2020, on five counts of theft, as well as tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, according to a report from the Daily Camera. Police say Frederick Spencer Wetherall collected nearly $1 million dollars from customers who found him mostly via eBay, hoping to buy clones of the classic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1.

According to the indictment from the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Wetherall would advertise his services on eBay and have customers pay cash up-front and sign a contract outlining the specifications of their customized Camaro, but the contracts usually lacked an expected completion date. From 2013-2019 Weather collected almost $1 million dollars, without ever delivering a vehicle or refunding customers in full when they canceled their orders. Police say that Wetherall used photos of different Camaros to show customers' progress on their project car but would blame the delays on paint and bodywork being performed by another shop.

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Looking at his eBay history (username Bear123jetski), the account has some fairly mixed reviews, while it seems most customers were happy with their parts and car purchases, others have complaints ranging from undisclosed rusty frames to missing titles. But the feedback might be misleading as it appears that many customers would end up striking deals offline after finding Wetherall's listing on eBay. Some of those offline buying experiences have been shared on the consumer complaint site Ripoff Report.

The stories mirror what is in the indictment, one report from 2015 a buyer claims that he found Wetherall on eBay and arranged to purchase a ZL1 Camaro clone, they agreed on a price and a 10-month timeline only to have the process drag on four years. This customer eventually did get their car, but the user goes on to claim that once it arrived the car had a litany of issues including a leaking water pump, poor craftsmanship, and mismatched parts.

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Another story from a buyer in Louisiana describes an eBay auction where Wetherall reached out before the auction closed to strike a deal but "the transaction would have to be offline from e-bay and my bank would need to send his bank, a wire transfer." From there the buyer claims that the car was not numbers matching as advertised, that Wetherall didn't have a title as promised, and the car had undisclosed damage. The complaints on Ripoff Report stretch back to 2012 and all described similar stories. The buyer in Louisiana's story was also posted to the website Scamion, followed by a number of complaints of the same nature ranging from 2015-2019. In this thread, it appears that Wetherall decided to defend himself in a reply that doxes the customer by publishing his home address after encouraging people to look at the car themselves.

A self-published post on Medium.com from August 2019, Wetherall describes himself: "Spencer Wetherall is an award winning classic car restoration specialist. In fact, he is the only classic Camaro ZL-1 expert in the world. In addition to running his business, Wetherall Restorations, He also own, write, and direct Time Machine Camaros, a TV show about classic car restoration" and that " he has rebuilt over a hundred custom cars for clients from all around the world." The same text can be found on his weebly.com site.

Wetherall was released on a $15,000 bond and is set to appear in court on February 3rd, 2020.

36 Comments

  1. Build a good product with a good title it will sell ---- Collect others peoples cash & use it to make your crappy product why do people fall for this ----

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  2. Google this.
    George Fredrick icon Customs Aberdeen nc
    Sad to say I actually know this guy

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  3. I almost ordered a car from him a few weeks ago. I made some changes to his contract including a delivery date and he rejected it. So I stopped communicating with him.

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  4. Where is all the Madison WI people on this ? Sound familiar ?

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  5. He had a good sounding ad on eBay with some nice looking cars.

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  6. There's a special place in hell for this scum bag

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    1. Steve hopefully near a bunch of tuners talking about how fast their Honda’s are.

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  7. He's not the one who did Kevin Harts Car and agreed not to put in seatbelts - which is now royally biting him in the butt (or was that someone else?)

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    1. Cheryl that was Speedkore who built Kevin Hart's car.

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  8. PROUD TO SAY I HELPED TAKE HIM DOWN. HE RIPPED OFF A DISABLED NY POLICE OFFICER.

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  9. puts a stain on the biz that I love so much!

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  10. Going to skip town, watch & see.

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  11. Another charlatan scamming car lovers. Check their credentials before paying them.

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  12. This is such a stain on an industry and marketplace that I love, where the majority of classic car restoration and or classic car custom builders are straight up honest and hard working folks trying to make a living while following and enjoying their passion for the work. Liars and cheats will eventually get caught and that's a good thing and they should pay the price for their crimes.

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  13. He's "weathered-it-all" so far

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  14. WoW !. This guy lives in my town.. He doesn't really have a "resto shop" that i've seen in this town, It's all smoke & mirrors for his rip-off scam. GLAD I Never had to deal with him.

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  15. Is it me or does that guy look like Trump?

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    1. No, he looks like Robert Redford. Another leftist. His behavior is indicative of one too. He steals your money and redistributes it to his liking.

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    2. No, he looks like a famous leftist named Robert Redford. Typical he takes other people's hard-earned money and spends it on what he likes.

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  16. Peter . . . check the mirror - you'll see an IDIOT looking back at you.

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  17. What a jerk. Lock his ass up.

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  18. I remember him advertising on eBay. The cars in the pics looked legit. He’s ran ads on there for years.

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  19. Holy crap I had been talking to this guy on eBay just inquiring about his builds back in September!!! He had a bunch of pictures of builds in process and completed cars. Looked legitimate

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  20. The pressure to make money continues to breed greed

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    1. No, pressure to make money doesn't create greed. The root cause of greed is trying to make money without working for it honestly.

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  21. Eigil Ike MatthiesenFebruary 4, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Hope they assign him to picking-up bars of soap from the prison shower stall floor

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    1. Put him in GP.. and somebody offer a pack of smokes, whoever pops his cherry, lol

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  22. Build a 69 Camaro ZL-1 FOR $45,000. - $50,000. ?

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  23. He wanted a $50k deposit -uh not from me

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  24. He tried to get me to take my car to him and to do side work on customers cars but he was an arrogant prick

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  25. Is this the same guy?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/274237918705

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    1. The same car is for sale at this link and all the wording exactly matches ebay. Most likely a scam.

      http://smclassiccars.com/chevrolet/637503-rare-1969-camaro-rs-427-aluminum-zl-1.html

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  26. Build your own car and you won’t have these problems!

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