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02-13-2004 07:20 AM

I feel your pain.
I have done the same job, at the same place for 28 years ..March the 15th 2004.

I need a 55 I am not ready to quit work....but I can retire with full retirement.

I cannot see well enough to go back and do close machine shop work. With all the new paint health concerns...I do not want to paint cars. I am NOT good with the public so my own repair shop is a no go.

So I continue to make signs........

02-13-2004 06:55 AM
6567GTO Cool, Good luck!
02-13-2004 05:47 AM
dynodon Thanks to all ,got a new job working on farm tractors and combines.
02-12-2004 11:44 AM
johnsongrass1 I got my first technician job at the ripe age of 16. It was for a local Co-op working as Night Mechanic and maintenance. That's lasted for a year than I went to work as a Machine Operator Technician at a local print company. Harris and and Dolphin four color, ten unit for those who know and care. I quit doing that when I thought I was better at working on cars and went to work for a Ford Dealer. What I didn't know was they hired me not because of my ability but because the dealership had a high turn around and they hired anyone willing to stay there for a week or so. There was five bays and five mechanics but only enough work to keep 3 of those busy. The rest took up slack when the head mechanic fell behind the work load. I went from making 1800 a month to flat rate at 800 a month. I don't buy Snap-On tools either because they are three times the cost of Craftsman but only a little better tool. They hated that and refused to let me work until I bought a complete set of Snap-On tools in the neighborhood 15,000.

I realized why I quit working on cars and I went back to where the money is. I get tired of it too, but it's not really hard work and it gives me enough slack to get my racing career and business off the ground.

Whatever you do now. Make it what you want and ensure you get compensated fairly. Although pessimistic, I don't think any job "working for the man" doesn't come with problems. Good luck in where ever you go.
02-12-2004 11:05 AM
2-manytoyzs I did 30 yrs also as a linc/merc dealer tech. I like what I did (driveability and electronics) but putting up with the games from the dealer, government, and the customers were a pain. (Working with Ford was good though) I never was very good at playing shop politics nor did I try. A back injury forced me out and now I keep busy at home buying, selling cars, welding, painting ect. at my own pace. I just hope I can keep it up. Its great working for yourself. Hope you can work something out for yourself too.
02-12-2004 06:58 AM
NAIRB I know how you feel, I've been at it a long time, and you do get burnt out after a while. My new year's resolution was to get the "most" out of everything I do, but the garage business sometimes gets to me. The public makes the rules, and I have to jump over them all of the time.

I hope you find something new and innovative and wish you much success in whatever you do.
02-12-2004 06:51 AM
6567GTO Maybe you just need a long vacation dude. Or maybe a change of work-places. Try finding a job at a place that specializes in working on older cars. Good luck either way.
02-12-2004 06:15 AM
i quit being a mechanic

After 30 years as a auto mechanic i am changeing jobs,im tired of looking atcarbon fiber this and that,rubber band tires,with god awfull rims ,and trucks almost every one down here has one ,and dog boxes in the back dumb,and if i hear how sic is that,or yahtzee,or a occ shirt at work i will shoot one of the other mechanics.

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