I've had similar experiences with him but he's still pretty much the only guy around with parts for the older bikes.
It is so unfortunate that someone as knowledgeable and resourceful as him cannot keep his business dealings straight. He is a great guy and helpful as all ****, he just cannot follow through. It is as if the moment he finishes talking to you he has forgotten everything he said, promised or quoted. I agree, he is one of the only sources for vintage parts, but I cannot keep putting myself through the agony of dealing with him.
An update on my situation, I finally received the parts on 4/22. They were ordered by him (and charged to me on 4/6). The ACTUAL ship date (postmark) was 4/18, not 4/12, 4/14 OR 4/16. The parts kits were not what he promised (he told me they were complete rebuild kits, and they were all missing o-rings that he insisted were there).
Lastly, and the worst part of all of this, I could have diagnosed the last problem with this bike prior to reassembly if the parts were here on time, long before riding weather hit. I took my bike out last night, rebuilt calipers in place, and found that there is a transmission issue that is not letting me shift into 4th gear.
I have read in the yamaha forums that there is a known issue with a washer on 2nd gear, but I am able to shift from neutral, to first, then up to 2nd and 3rd, but not out of 3rd. I have tried double clutching, revving the throttle, shifting at higher (and lower) rpms, and nothing. It is as if 4th gear is not there. I am baffled and hoping that it is a linkeage adjustment but I fear its something internal that will require a total teardown of the engine.
That brings the frustration of my dealings to a close, for now. I need to diagnose this new issue and move forward, hopefully finding someone new to depend on for vintage service advice.
Thanks again for your corroboration of my assessment, I never take it lightly when I am wronged by someone I have spent a mortgage payment's worth of $$ with. The worst part about it, my riding season has been delayed!
Keep the shiny side up