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Old 10-17-2008, 03:16 AM
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Anyone heard from TM lately. I am curious about his new shop and how it is all coming together. He is one super talented kid and sure hope he keeps us updated.

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I have been pretty busy. I haven't logged onto the forum part in a good bit now. There's a lot going on with the shop. A few complications here and there, but its going well in general. I am starting to make money, and I have been spending most of it on more tools, more steel, etc. I'm having fun.

I've been building custom control arms for people.



I finished that Datsun truck.





I have even been working on Muscle cars. I built a Panhard to fit under a 68 California Special.


Been building a minibike for the guy at the parts store I use.




And I just put a Jaguar axle in a Police Interceptor.



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mini - chopper bike is interesting... the brake is the disc on the jack shaft setup?
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Forgive me for my ignorance but why on earth would someone want to put a panhard bar on a leaf spring car?
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mini - chopper bike is interesting... the brake is the disc on the jack shaft setup?
Yes it is. I've done it before and it worked so well since its basically a brake on a leverage advantage, that I decided to use it again.







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Forgive me for my ignorance but why on earth would someone want to put a panhard bar on a leaf spring car?

Basically, he races, or drifts the car. He said that it looses control at a certain point at the rear end chatters and hops from the leafs moving too far. He wanted that eliminated. Apparently the panhard bar has done that, he said its much stiffer and can corner at higher speeds now.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:25 PM
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This isn't fair, it really isn't. When God was dishing out talent for this stuff he passed a hell of a lot of doors and gave all our talent to you! HOLY CRAP that is some beautiful work.


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Lol, thanks Martin.

I lack talent in a lot of other automotive areas though. I am only really good at fabrication. I am an okay wrench, and a terrible body man. And engines are a bit over my head.

I got the police car moved outside today to make room for the next quick project. I will be building a mild suspension setup for a friends truck this week. I will take some pictures of it soon.
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I am always impressed with your work-keep it up TM! (I was trying to figure out what you were doing with that piece of Tubing you made like a corkscrew, now I know-you made an Exhaust for a Mini-Bike with it-creative!)-
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Lol, thanks Martin.

I lack talent in a lot of other automotive areas though. I am only really good at fabrication. I am an okay wrench, and a terrible body man. And engines are a bit over my head.

I got the police car moved outside today to make room for the next quick project. I will be building a mild suspension setup for a friends truck this week. I will take some pictures of it soon.
And don't forget the BUSINESS aspect of that BUSINESS you are running! Don't let all that talent go to waste because the business fails and you are back to doing some factory manufacturing! That would be a damn shame. So make sure you keep up the BUSINESS and don't ever neglect that side of the BUSINESS because you can fail QUICK if you do. We need you to stay right there (or grow) producing that awesome stuff!

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I concur that Brian. Don't fall for the sob stories... Customers are out for them selves. They could care less if you get to eat n pay your bills or not. Always seems like friends and family will be the first to stick it to ya too...
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I'm learning a lot as I go about handling customers, payments etc. I've gotten to the point now that I am actually making money, and I am staying on top of my books every night. Believe it or not, I actually have a waiting list right now going out to February of next year.

Anyways, here is a picture of the cop car outside.


And here is the project that got dropped off last night. I got it torn down today, and started the notches.


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Got the notches installed.


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Seth, does that interceptor have the bolt on aluminum front crossmember in it? I know that a lot of guys are using those on the twin I-beam Ford trucks to get them lower and to get a better ride. Plus they just bolt right in!. If so, do you have any pics of how the bags are set up on the front? Thanks!
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I'm learning a lot as I go about handling customers, payments etc. I've gotten to the point now that I am actually making money, and I am staying on top of my books every night

I owned my first business in 1981 ..... it is very wise to stay on top of the books and 'any taxes' you may owe. IRS comes after businesses very heavy handed has been my experience.

I fought IRS for 4+ years in and out of court in the late 1980's... I paid on back taxes for years! The interest will kill you!

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