Carrying on a family tradition

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A local business owner is carrying on the family tradition of working on vehicle transmissions.

Wolford Transmission provides a wide variety of mechanical work to customers including rebuilding or overhauling transmissions, reprogramming computers in vehicles, towing and much more. The business is located on 226 East Main Street in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

Owner Dale Wolford said that he has been a mechanic around 38 years and that he learned the trade from his father Earl Wolford who opened Wolford Mechanics in 1998.

“My dad was a mechanic and worked at a lot of dealerships before opening his own business. He liked working on transmissions and there was nothing he couldn’t fix or repair,” Wolford said. “I practically grew up in mechanics. When I was 16, I rebuilt my first transmission and it actually worked. I worked with my dad later on in life after he opened the shop. It was great working beside my dad growing up and those were some of the best memories of my life.”

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, Wolford retired in 2000 and purchased Wolford Transmission from his father in 2001. He said he also became Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE) certified in 1998.

“When I was in the Air Force, I always worked on transmissions and did other mechanical work on the side. The Air Force taught me a lot too. It’s amazing how today’s vehciles have more electronics than a space shuttle,” Wolford said. “It also helped becoming ASE certified. Dealerships require an ASE certification for people to work on new vehicles. It’s a certification that is important in this business.”

Wolford went on to say that he drag races competitively at different tracks throughout the state and that the networking has helped him build up a clientele.

Being in the Air Force for 20 years and being involved in drag racing, I meet a lot of different people. I get calls from all over and do work from people throughout the state and out of state too. My family has always been a drag racing family and I love it. It’s a great hobby and it has helped me with the business too.”

For more information about Wolford Transmission call 270-358-8477 or email www.wolfordtransmission.net.