Meet Our Techs
Bob Ensign - Owner
Eric Ensign - Metal Fabricator, Mechanic, and Body Technician
Third generation in the industry, I've had a passion for automobiles from the very start. At an early age, I was working in the shop, sweeping floors and detailing cars. Even in my free time as a young kid, I would be custom painting and building my bicycles or tearing apart the 5 horse Briggs & Stratton engine on my go cart to get it running again. All through junior high and high school, I would work after school and weekends in the shop, and I was able to learn a lot from my father and the guys. As soon as I was done with school, I went to work full time. It was never a question what I wanted to do for a career, and I still wouldn't trade it for anything. I have learned skills including metal fabrication, welding, fiberglass repair, metal reshaping, filler-work, as well as paint and refinishing. My responsibilities around the shop vary widely to accommodate whatever jobs may roll into the shop. I take great pride in my work, and the finished product - no matter how big or small a job - will reflect that!
Gregg Emmich - Master Mechanic and Body Technician
Billy Morrone - Metal Fabricator, Mechanic, and Body Technician
I got my first job when I was 14 working on a lawn crew at an industrial park. I graduated from high school early and have been working ever since. I've been at Ensign Autobody for more than 5 years now. My favorite project currently in the shop is the 1959 Porsche 356A that I'm working on. All of the interior panels and some of the exterior panels have to be replaced due to excessive corrosion however, replacement panels are not widely available and the panels that are available do not fit correctly. Consequently, this project involves a lot of metal work and fabrication. My favorite car that we've restored here at Ensign Autobody is a 1940 Ford, which can be viewed in our restorations and classics gallery. I learned how to drive 3 on the tree in that car, and made some really good memories. In the future I would like to make it big doing custom work or become a one off dealer.
Steve Quackenbush - Professional Autobody Technician and Detailer Extraordinaire
From an early age I knew I wanted to end up in this particular field. Beginning at Niskayuna High school, I took every technology elective they had to offer to further my skills in the field, eventually achieving a Certificate of Merit from the technology department in my senior year. Immediately after high school, I started at a car wash drying cars every day. I've worked my way up to managing the detail shop and quickly learned there was more for me at Ensign Autobody. I have ten years of detailing experience, and I have had hands on training from the well known detailing product line, Meguiar's. A representative from Meguiar's personally flew from California to train me on paint correction and interior detailing. In turn, I have extensive knowledge of leather and vinyl restoration, stain removal, and paint correction. This also includes dual action polishing, rotary polishing, wet sanding, and exterior nano coating. I would have to say my favorite car is the 1964 blue Jaguar MK2 that we painted a few years ago. The disassembly and reassembly intrigued me to learn more about classics and how they are constructed. From here on, I will forever enjoy learning new things to achieve my goals.
Sam Sanderson - Office Manager and Body Technician
I've had a passion for the automobile for as long as I can remember. My grandfather worked on restorations and custom cars, and to this day I remember visiting him when I was little and watching him work in his shop. Growing up around cars - car shows that my mother put on during the summer months, the shop my mother owned that offered custom graphics, and my grandfathers shop - fueled my passion. I currently have an associates degree in automotive technology and my A/C ASE Certification, and I'm working on obtaining my NYS Inspector Certification. At Ensign Autobody, I run the office, making certain that the daily operations run smoothly. From scheduling repairs, ordering parts, and writing estimates, as well as maintaining our online presence and marketing. I built this website you're viewing now from the ground up, and I manage our social media accounts and marketing. I am also learning how to repair, restore, and paint automobiles, so don't be surprised if I'm working in the shop when you visit. One day I would like to build my own custom and restoration shop.
Tom Sabata - Master Mechanic
I am a licensed aircraft technician, as well as a licensed pilot for land and seaplane ratings. Two time international show car World of Wheels Best of Show winner, and two time National Street Rod Association Best of Show winner at World of Wheels show. I completed restorations on a 1965 Chevy Corvette big block and 1967 Chevy Corvette small block. I built a 1965 Shelby Cobra replica. I was a technician at Mercedes Benz for ten years. I am addicted to the mechanicals of our every day life.