Navy sailor's dream car left ruined outside mechanic's shop

AURORA, Colo. - The mechanic who was supposed to restore a classic car for an Aurora couple allegedly left the vehicle in pieces when he shuttered his shop.

Vicki T. told 7NEWS she couldn't believe what happened. She and her husband, who's serving overseas with the Navy, were lovingly restoring the 1968 Pontiac Lemans and had big plans for when he returned.

"We were going to drive down the coast with the top down and have a good time," she said.

Those dreams were dashed when the man they hired to restore the car, Scott Ohnstad's Affordable Automotive, went out of business. The car, without an engine or transmission, was found in several pieces in the driveway behind the business.

Vicki had it towed back home.

"I think we stood outside in the front yard looking at the car for like five hours," she said.

Vicki said the car keys had been left in the truck. The bucket seats, which had been reupholstered, were gone. The convertible top was cut out.

"He didn't have to destroy it, and that's what he did," she said. "He destroyed my husband's dream of taking it on the road after deployment."

7NEWS tried to contact Ohnstad, but haven't had success. His phone is answered by a recording suggesting callers try back later.

Reporter Lance Hernandez did have success, however, reaching Ohnstad's landlord. The landlord said Affordable Automotive still owes three months' rent.

The Better Business Bureau had given the business an "F" rating, saying there were two complaints of incomplete work.