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    Heavy duty/tractor-trailer mechanic for over 25 years. I worked for ma/pop places to big companies like FedEx, BNSF, and DHL. In 2011 a friend and I decided to start our own business repairing big rigs. We have 4 service trucks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goro View Post
    Heavy duty/tractor-trailer mechanic for over 25 years. I worked for ma/pop places to big companies like FedEx, BNSF, and DHL. In 2011 a friend and I decided to start our own business repairing big rigs. We have 4 service trucks now.
    One of my favorite sounds on earth is a winding up a 6-71 Detroit. Gives me goosebumps.

    My dad operated a heavy equipment construction business (dozers, scrapers, graders, bucket loaders, dump trucks, etc). He was one of the best diesel mechanics around and a huge Detroit Diesel fan. In High School, I drove a '72 Ford F-350 that had a 4-53 Detroit swap. My dad used to drive an '81 F350 with a 3208 Cat swap as well. I still have an '79 F250 4x4 with a turbocharged OM352 Mercedes swap and an Electric shift Eaton 2-speed auxiliary.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Yes! Yes! Yes! We called them "Screamers". The 6V71 was my engine for my final exam in college. Complete teardown and rebuild and had to run. My first tune up was on a 8V92 bus engine. My favorite engines to work on are Cummins any series. The manuals to the engine itself very simple, easy, and self explanatory. I wish they were all like that but technology is getting better in heavy duty.

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    "It's hard work and very very hot"

    To quote Johnny Carson's audience: ......................... HOW HARD IS IT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Many thanks for your dedicated service. I, too, was a paper route rat.
    Thanks brother.................had a great time!

    Quote Originally Posted by OldeEnglishD View Post
    Paper route from 10-16 years old. Bought my first car myself at 16 from all the collection money I had saved (and Christmas tips).

    A paper route taught me a lot......................and allowed me to buy me fist Ludwig kit when I was 12.

    It should be mandatory for young men!

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    It should be mandatory for young men!
    I agree...except I think newspapers are going the way of the Dodo bird!

    all the best...

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    Machinist for 27 years and counting. I make extra money working on guitars and drums. My goal is to phase out my real job, and work on musical instruments for a living!

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    I'm a buyer for a Grocery/Drugstore chain. Buying and selling is what I've done my entire career. Been with my current company for nine years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippychip View Post
    Machinist for 27 years and counting. I make extra money working on guitars and drums. My goal is to phase out my real job, and work on musical instruments for a living!
    That's kinda my dream as well. About another 15yrs and I'd like to cut back to a part time job, play music on the side and build/repair drums and guitars when time allows.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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