Story continues below this advertisement
Even though he has a factory for making and rebuilding Mopar parts, Allison still has a general repair auto shop like his dad’s gas station was.
Every successful business starts with a dream and a passion for what a person likes to do. Many times it is the result of your parents’ influence or a close friend or a neighbor that recognizes what you like to do and takes you under their wing to teach you.
Transmission (especially Mopar trans) guru Rick Allison was born into a family that owned a farm southwest of Indianapolis near Camby, Indiana. Rick’s dad also owned and ran the local Standard Oil gas station that sold Goodyear tires. Watching his dad run the business and observing the mechanics at work helped set the hook in young Ricky to what he has become today. He is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable men in the transmission business.
At the early age of 15 he wanted his own building to work on cars, which included muscle cars and race cars. He had already been turning wrenches for quite some time for his dad and his classmates at high school. What did he do? Just what any 15-year-old would do. He took a roto-tiller out in the field of the family farm on old County Line Road and started digging up the dirt to pour a 28 x 38 building foundation.
After school he took the money he had saved from pumping gas for his dad and working on other people’s cars to build what is today the central office of the A&A Transmission complex. He relied on friends and older local men with skills to help pour the concrete, install the electrical, and lay the concrete blocks, but he built and installed the trusses himself with the help of a friend. This process has repeated itself many times over as each new addition was added onto the original building.