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Old 04-12-2004, 03:19 PM
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Been Lurking Finally Joined

Been checking this site out for a bit now, and liked what you all have been doing with your projects etc.

I live in Toronto Ontario area and am a heavy collision truck mechanic, been at it some twenty years now, and operate my own small shop that is part of a larger full service truck shop. State of the art facility, including double downdraft spray booth with baking, and indoor sandblasting.

I handle all the heavy collision and regular bodywork involving all sections of heavy trucks. I enjoy the work.

I'm the kinda guy that likes to help when I can and offer up my two cents worth here and there. Looks like I will learn a thing or two here, judging from the posts and replies that I have read, this is a very informed group of people here.

Included a pic of my office.

I look forward to all that the forum can offer.
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Old 04-12-2004, 03:28 PM
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Welcome! pull up a chair.
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Old 04-12-2004, 03:41 PM
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Glad to have you. Care if I dig around in some of those tool box drawers?I want to see what all you keep in those little boxes.
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yeah, those boxes are loaded, I need another roll cab. It never stops.
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Old 04-12-2004, 03:53 PM
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Ummm... Big rig. After reading rubbermans post, don't tell anyone I wanted to dig through your drawers o.k? I'm not that kinda fella.

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Old 04-13-2004, 03:08 PM
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Hey Big I am thinking of buying an old vette if it needs body and paint are you game.
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Old 04-13-2004, 03:10 PM
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see the problem with old vettes is that morons restamp the blocks on them.

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North American- I'm not interested myself, but my painter would be, he has a home shop and build rods there. He is up around Arthur, I'm in Milton. Been at this some 30 years and could likely cut you a decent deal.
My painter is doing a pickup right now for 1500.00 two tone and base clear, very cheap, he has another lined up for next week, 1500.00 one color base clear. He is doing these in our shop though, as we are in transition right now from one owner to another.
I limit myself to trucks, once in awhile I will do a pickup, did all the customizing rod stuff back in the 80 s, not tired of it, just economics, unfortunately very little money in cars, more in heavy truck. Cost of runining the overhead is getting out of hand. Lots of shops in Brampton, really hurting right now, some closing.

Pm me if and when you want something like that done, and will put you in touch with someone who will do a good job for you at a reasonable rate.
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do not, i repeat DO NOT have anything to do with this NORTH AMERICA character outside of this forum. when your not looking he will try to ease in the back door if you know what i mean. and then he'll try to sell you a faked numbers car.... trust me.

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The one thing we don't like on our board are 'trolls'. They are folks who just show up to talk trash and pretty much try to start anything controversial. Just try not to pay them any attention and they'll get themselves booted in no time. Happens every so often.

Glad to see you made it Big Rig, feel free to post more in the lounge so we can get to know ya.



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I checked the email before I went to work this morning and had a reply from this thread, anyhow, bugged me all day, as I had lurked around here for a week or so, read many posts and then had decided to join. Was surprised re North America, thought today, to dissolve my membership, thought, man I just joined and this happens.

I have memberships at a couple of welding/fab sites, never had a problem like this before.

As one fella pointed out, these things happen.

Okay so a little more about me, our shop is becomming a Volvo heavy truck dealership at the end of this month, looks like I will be in charge of the body department, I was the manager estimator, body collision guy floor sweeper when we were under the old management. I had told the new owners that I wanted back on the floor, doing what I do, less hassle, easier day, would rather, hammer, cut/weld and grind all day anyways. They gave me a whole separate bay all to myself, that I can easily fit a couple of tractors in, this would have been ideal for me, working and no one to bother me.

I went out the other day and bought all the supplies and tomorrow I get hooked up with the gas for the torches and welders.

I have been in the trade for many years and have accumulated all the equipment from plasma cutters to Huck guns.

One day I might be making a mold out of fibreglass for a Frieghtliner fender the next day, shortening a truck frame.

I did all the car stuff back in the 80's, not to say I have no interest in it, last one I did was a 72 Cougar XR 7, three months of my time straight and about 12 grand, after it was done, it bored me. It's the building aspect of it that appeals.

I'II post some pics of some of the work that I do, before after shots and stuff that I think might interest you guys.
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