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Old 08-30-2013, 08:21 AM
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that's incredible. This was a shop that did this or a side job from a meth head? That's not borderline criminal, that's never let this guy touch a car again criminal.
Funny you should mention meth, we have a car in the shop right now (can't give too many details, sorry).

Crap, I just typed out an entire explanation of this trying to leave out details and change it up a bit so no one could ever possibly say that I was telling this guys business on the net and I can't. I read what I wrote and it just was too much info, damn, had to delete it. But anyway, very odd story!

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Old 08-30-2013, 08:41 AM
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It's funny how a couple of key words always remind me of another story...you mentioned a possible criminal element on a vehicle that came to the shop your at Brian.

Years ago in the dead of Winter a fellow brought his vehicle into a shop that I was working at. He drove the car in himself (even that was common back in the day) got out of the car and Oh My God...I don't think I ever saw a larger Aboriginal man in my life...This guy was huge, I'd guess 6'8'...at least 300 pounds with a scar going from one ear, around his neck almost to the other ear and he was carrying a Bowie knife strapped to his hip.

The first words that came out his mouth where "what ever you do, don't open the trunk"...we gave him a smile and a yes sir...As the work was being performed we noticed that the ice and snow was melting and there was a definite leak coming from the trunk. The owner came back into the shop and in a gruff tone said "what's taking so long", and went back into the waiting area. As the melting continued it was obvious that blood was coming from the trunk of this large sedan....We where all speculating as to what was in the trunk when another worker look in the back seat and saw a pile of bloody clothes, a rifle with spent cartridges all over the back seat...One employee went to the owner of the shop and told him the story...the owner went into the shop, looked at evidence and called the customer in. He demanded to know what was in the trunk and why he had instructed us not to open it.

The customer grinned and said "Okay, if you really need to know", he opened the trunk and there it was, a deer that he had shot, quartered, stuffed in the trunk, he didn't want it opened because he had packed the trunk with snow to keep it cold and didn't want it to melt any faster...he saved spent shells because he loaded his own cartridges and the bloody clothes in the back seat...he said, "try gutting a deer on the side of the road without making a mess" and laughed.

We where scared beyond because we looked at the guy and assumed the worst...turns out he was a friendly giant that was bringing meat home to the family.

Just a story that I was reminded of...Now Brian...I have a feeling your situation may have a different message...LOL

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Old 08-30-2013, 08:55 AM
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good thing you guys didn't call the cops, but man, that's kind of a risk there.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:08 AM
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LOL...Henry, I'm in Canada...we would have to call the cop...not cops..we share the one we have, just like our rifle...it's my turn again in 2015...LOL

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:24 AM
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when you said that I was envisioning him arriving on a moose-lol
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I have mentioned this on the forum before but the neatest/most unusual thing I believe I have ever found in a car at the shop was a proximity fuse. It is such an interesting thing I have probably mentioned it too many times. But damn, think about this, not only was it a WWII proximity fuse it was a trophy given to the car owners father from the president of the United States for helping to develop it and that it was one of three things (Radar, atomic bomb and the fuse) as a reason America won the war!

And this was rolling around in a trunk of the guys car! HOLY CRAP it should be in a museum! Which I told him so and he said he would think about it.

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This is not an image of the one in my customers car. I took one but lost it in my computer when it blew.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:51 AM
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We do have a funny story in the shop I can tell, names and places changed to protect ME.

How about a $50K 2013 car with 2900 miles on it that while mom and dad were out of town Jr took it out to show his friends how good it handled.........$22K in damage. God I love this industry! It's been good to me, brought me houses for my family, food on the table, damn these people like that are good to me! The next time you see some idiot driving like a fool, don't be mad, they help pay our bills and buy us our toys.

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Old 08-30-2013, 10:57 AM
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You mentioned Brian that you found a WW11 war momento...the strangest I ever found in the trunk of a car was a little more macabre.

There was an accident on a highway in Northern Alberta in the late 80's early 90's and the their was a report from the RCMP that 3 people had died in the accident. One of the shops that I was dealing with was also the tow truck service that was dispatched to the scene. The car was taken back to the compound and stored. The family of the deceased called the RCMP and told them that there should have been 4 in the car, not 3. The RCMP came to the compound pried open the trunk and found the 4th member of the family, a 9 month old baby still strapped to the car seat but the straps that held the car seat in had let go. With the force of impact from the accident the 2 sections of the rear seat must have folded, swallowing up the infant and taking it's life.

I was there when they opened the trunk, it still sends shivers down my spine.

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Old 08-30-2013, 11:33 AM
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My God talk about ripping your heart out, poor little thing. We had a truck here for a while that was used in a murder trail, it was used to transport the body up to the Seirras to bury it. They cut a section of the bed liner out for evidence.

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Just to respond to the late night mishaps; when I was a DoD contractor and we had to replan project budgets and schedules or prepare cost proposals for government projects we'd often work late into the night or the early morning hours. After awhile (years) it dawned on us that we spent most of the next day re-doing the work that we'd done because we were so tired we made many mistakes. So we basically gave up the late nights and extreme overtime.
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On a lighter note, I just read this review for the HF m detail gun. Sprayed his ENTIRE car with it!

"bought this gun as a kind of last resort after trying two HVLP paint guns that laid down nothing but orange peel and runs. Right out of the box it laid down smooth and even coats that looked ten times better than those other guns. Didn't really even have to adjust it and it was still glassy smooth! I ended up painting the whole car with it even though it's only intended for touch up. Just had to stop and fill it up again every few minutes. As far as those who are complaining about long-term use, I could buy ten of these in place of one of the "name brand" guns! At least with this one I'm not wasting expensive urethane paint... and my time."
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I slapped a half quart of body filler epoxy glass in a the bottom of a display case. The stuff had went off, hard as a rock and I waited about 20 minutes. Sanded it down. I was looking at this little piece of metal. !/4 inch by an inch. It just didn't belong there sticking out. No one was going to see it ever. But it bugged me. So I get the grinder and clip it off. As God is my witness I had no idea epoxy mud could off gas explosive gas after it was dry. Now, the little fireball of an explosion, was not that impressive, but darn that stuff can burn!

And incase your curious water doesn't put it out. You can smother it very easy though.

Notice how I didn't use any trade names to describe mud??? I do not miss working in food stores one little bit at all.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:10 PM
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Reading through that last post I had to laugh a little. I have never caught any "mud" on fire in that manner, however if you happen to heat yor shop with a wood burning stove, keep this little story in mind.


One day while waiting for the recently applied "mud" to dry I wa a sweeping up the floor which had gotten pretty well covered in sanding dust. Now this is not regular dust, this is super duper high powered urethane 2k and mud sanding dust, which is apparently pretty easily ignites when exposed to fire ( quite violently I might add). After sweeping up the shop I had a nice little pile of dust in the dust pan and had the bright idea that I would just toss it in the heater while I was filling it with wood. Well as I sat in the shop on a milk crate feelin for my now non-existing eye brows, I decided that was probably not a good idea.

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i know this is out of topic but, it reminded me of something that happen
at lunch time at the shop lol. there was a guy that was hired after me
so him and i are the fresh meat at the shop , so at lunch time me and him just go to our cars and eat are lunch. we parked our cars behind the shop ,
since it was an empty lot, well, i have a 2002 gmc sierra and the guy had a 99 i think ford escort, he had very black tinted windows and his whole car was black and he had parked behind me , here we are eating our lunch ,
and heres comes this guy stands by hia car (Drivers door) and begins
to unsip his pants and starts to pee right infront of the drivers window,
here im seeing this all through my rear view mirrior , i see my buddy in the car looking at him as his sandwhich is falling off his mouth, i couldnt resist but laugh my butt offf, guy thats peeing was peeing for a while ,,,
and my buddy in the car starts to lower his seat down to try to avoi looking at it as he is eating his lunch , once lunch was over i asked him so how was the view lol ,...lol it turns out the guy who was peeing was the tow truck driver for the shop i was working for, everybody laghed so hard, it was a good day lol
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:35 AM
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Pretty funny Sal...and yet again, this reminds me of a story...of course it does...LOL.

When I worked for Goodyear, many years ago, we where situated beside a strip mall. In this mall there was a women's fashion shop and the manager there was a steady customer...always brought his van in for virtually everything from a leaky tire to the van smelled funny when he farts. The other thing I should mention is that even though he had the most beautiful wife with 2 children, we where always questioning his sexual preference. None the less, he had a great sense of humor and we did play a few practical jokes on him.

This one time he brought his van in, complained about something that was trivial but, we assured him that we would look after him. This time, one of our mechanics took a wire from the coil, and one from the ignition switch and wired it to the metal springs in the driver's seat, (exactly what he did, I'm not sure).

The customer comes in to discuss the pressing dilemma and we assured him that everything that could be done was done and handed him the keys to his van. He went out in the parking lot as we watched. Every time he tried to start his car he got zapped in the behind...I swear, he was out there for 15 minutes before he came in to tell us about the problem. We where all laughing so hard, as soon as he walked in he realized that we had played a practical joke on him...he called us a bunch of bastards and then said that he wondered if he could order that as an option on his next vehicle purchase...LOL

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