A little info and history on the owner/operator of ‘Master Frame Works,’ Wilfred Wietzke:
It all started back in 1974, outside of Fergus, Ontario when he was 14 years old. He grew up on a mink ranch out in the country. His family was neighbours with an auto wrecker and was a country block away to a well renowned body and street rod shop, ‘Root Autobody’. Knowing that the three older brothers of the shops’ owner, Don Root, were already car nuts and very mechanically inclined, Wilf figured he would be a good apprentice and a good part time, summer worker in the body shop. Well, it was a good fit indeed and he jumped at the offer when they asked him to work for the company at 14 years old. He soon found himself working on some really cool stuff: 1920’s and 1930’s street rods as well as collision, repairing frames and doing bodywork on newer domestic vehicles. He attended trade school at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario at 18 years old where he learned frame repair, bodywork, painting and all the aspects of the trade and attained his body tech license. He got very involved with the custom car show circuit and Rod runs in Ontario until he was 20. He then thanked his mother for 20 years of living at home and moved west to Calgary, Alberta. It wasn’t long before he had many job offers... He has only worked for a few shops over the years: ‘Smith Customs,’ ‘Torino Autobody’ (4 years), ‘Cosmos Collision’ (4 years), and ‘Woodridge Ford Dealership Bodyshop’ (4 years). In the spring of 1992 with the help of his brother Jerry, he purchased his own frame machine and ‘Master Fame Works’ was born.
It originated in a small rental space in the community of Ogden. He then relocated to a bigger space near Chinook mall for a few years. In 2000, he finally purchased a property in Douglasglen in the southeast of Calgary . He has expanded to doing Salvage Inspections on frames and structures on written off vehicles, but still prefers to work alone. What Wilf has built his business on and has always said over the years is that he’s the guy the customer deals with and he’s the guy who does the work.
In 2012 after 20 years in business, a huge decision was made to shut down operations in Calgary. This was for many reasons which included taking a much needed break. He traveled State side in a ‘32 ford Hot Rod and Chopper trailer set up for 6 months which was always on his bucket list of things to do. Now, 3 years later, having done that and checking many other things off his bucket list, ‘Master Frame Works’ has opened again and relocated in Kelowna, British Columbia, doing frame and structural repair. He has also added to the business a 2006 Freightliner with a 21 foot tilt deck and rear lift, doing towing, hauling, recovery and the general moving of anything (not just automotive).
Thanks for taking the time to read Wilfred Wietzke’s Biography.
Business #: (250) 470-7729
Car and Truck Frame Straightening - now in Kelowna, BC!