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Today 12:01 PM
cozwurth Alright, y'all kinda be on the lookout for my buddy. He's running around nekkid somewhere... Attachment 456807

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Today 11:04 AM
cozwurth
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Dang cool that you have a working "shop" lift now...[emoji106]



Build another 6-8" base under the fan platform and it'll be up in the window..



Seems your center light fixture isn't going to provide a lot of useful illumination. Also, slide the 2 end units out to the first perlin and tilt up a little, and they may provide a little more light under the vehicle.

For centering the vehicle, get it right where you want it on the runners and have DD put a piece of tape on the wall directly inline with the center of the steering wheel. That will get you very close on most vehicles.



Too damned HOT and humid up here to do much. We spent 3+ hours Friday and Saturday, ripping out buckthorn and cutting box elder trees in the mornings. About died from the exhaustion. Today, we were going to take it easy and not sweat .... yeah, right, just walking around the yard, spot spraying weeds was enough to soak my shirt...
Yeah, hot and humid here, too. Yesterday I was soaked through just sweeping the floor in the shop. The tape on the wall is a great idea. I'll have to remember that one. As far as the lights are concerned, I'll probably end up adding another fixture on the angled braces at the head of the lift. The light over the hood is the last in the string, so it will be easy to wire it in.

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Today 10:53 AM
Too Many Projects
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First lift, and the Magyver Frankenstein fan. My bride's van was the guinea pig for the first lift... the rolling Jacks work fine, but would have been much better if I was actually centered on the lift. Since it did not pull the anchors out of the concrete and fold up on itself like a house of cards I'm going to call it a success. The fan itself came out of one of my girl's rooms. It still oscillates like it should. I cobbled the base together out of scraps. I think I'm going to make a bracket to mount it over the window. Eventually.Attachment 456799Attachment 456801Attachment 456803Attachment 456805

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Dang cool that you have a working "shop" lift now...

Build another 6-8" base under the fan platform and it'll be up in the window..

Seems your center light fixture isn't going to provide a lot of useful illumination. Also, slide the 2 end units out to the first perlin and tilt up a little, and they may provide a little more light under the vehicle.
For centering the vehicle, get it right where you want it on the runners and have DD put a piece of tape on the wall directly inline with the center of the steering wheel. That will get you very close on most vehicles.

Too damned HOT and humid up here to do much. We spent 3+ hours Friday and Saturday, ripping out buckthorn and cutting box elder trees in the mornings. About died from the exhaustion. Today, we were going to take it easy and not sweat .... yeah, right, just walking around the yard, spot spraying weeds was enough to soak my shirt...
Today 10:30 AM
cozwurth First lift, and the Magyver Frankenstein fan. My bride's van was the guinea pig for the first lift... the rolling Jacks work fine, but would have been much better if I was actually centered on the lift. Since it did not pull the anchors out of the concrete and fold up on itself like a house of cards I'm going to call it a success. The fan itself came out of one of my girl's rooms. It still oscillates like it should. I cobbled the base together out of scraps. I think I'm going to make a bracket to mount it over the window. Eventually.Attachment 456799Attachment 456801Attachment 456803Attachment 456805

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Yesterday 07:37 PM
John long
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I actually got something done on my truck! WHOOOO HOOOO! It was a screw up mistake that I had done but it's corrected, been bugging the crap out of me.

The door now fits!

Brian
Woohoo to you! Now I really miss my thanks button :-))
Yesterday 07:02 PM
MARTINSR I actually got something done on my truck! WHOOOO HOOOO! It was a screw up mistake that I had done but it's corrected, been bugging the crap out of me.

The door now fits!

Brian
Yesterday 04:43 PM
John long I have a new Iphone but it has no thanks button like the ipad does. I miss it.
Yesterday 03:36 PM
MARTINSR
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that makes sense but I was charging $14 an hour in 1992 for restoration work. It was not enough then.
This labor rate sign hung in my shop in the mid 90's. It's so different in Idaho, we have a $50 rate for a few insurance companies. Or customer pay rate is a whopping $57.


Brian
Yesterday 03:32 PM
MARTINSR Just a tip for you old guys. I got a 1.00 magnifying lens for my welding helmet, OH YEAH that helped a LOT! I can almost weld once again. I also you will notice have my welding jacket taped to the helmet. That is so it's over my back so the garage light can't shine in onto the inside of the lens on the helmet creating reflections! Oh HELL yeah these two things made a HUGE difference in my welding, wow what a difference!

Brian
Yesterday 03:28 PM
MARTINSR I have for years put an arrow like this when I mark something with tape to cut. I was reminded last night on this piece of tubing why I do this..............I cut it on the wrong side of the tape and had to weld my cut back together, geeez.


Brian
Yesterday 01:20 PM
idrivejunk Perhaps I should look to yard work for advancement. Yep, think I'll mow the front yard today if not too wet.

Happy Independence Day! I love America.
Yesterday 12:29 PM
John long that makes sense but I was charging $14 an hour in 1992 for restoration work. It was not enough then.
Yesterday 11:51 AM
MARTINSR
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From what I gather, restoration techs are always under paid. It is sad but seems to be the case.

I suspect one of the issues are, there are more nonbillable hours in a restoration than collision work but I certainly am no expert.

God forbid I ever have to work on against the clock again.

John
I am thinking the biggest difference is in collision repair you get paid an "industry standard" time to do something. You then do it in half that time from the skills you have obtained over the years and you make a bunch. Where working restoration is just the opposite where you spend a bunch of time making it perfect because you are driven to do it by your passions for the art and you never get anymore than the straight hours you put it, if that! I worked at a restoration shop where we punched in and out of every car as we worked on it and that is what the customer paid, it still wasn't that much. I know the last restoration job I did was on a BugEye Sprite at my shop and I put a piece of paper taped to the body where I would write the times when I worked on it. While on the collision repairs next to it I was getting twice as much.

It's a love, a passion that makes one do it that's for sure! I think it's kinda like a musician, and as I always say "Thank God for the artist, what beauty they bring to our lives."

Brian
Yesterday 11:20 AM
Too Many Projects Today's fun in the swimming pool....humidity is crazy high, still. I wanted to cut a few limbs off a Boxelder tree to open up space around a Juniper, so it can grow and fill out. The biggest limb would fall right down the trunk of the pine, and possibly, strip off those limbs. I had to get a strap around the limb up high enough to pull it over to fall beside the tree. That limb proved to be a "wee bit" higher than I estimated. I had my multi position ladder fully extended to 18 feet on top of the 3' bed height of the roll back to reach it. Just a LITTLE uncomfortable being that high up, but I got er done. We got 4 limbs trimmed and loaded on top of all the buckthorn we pulled out yesterday by 11 am. Just need to find a day to take it to the recycling/compost center.
Yesterday 10:50 AM
John long
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What are y'all trying to say? About half the time at my current gig, that was my rate. Even took a few years to get there and stall out. No moral issue there if you are the one paying, right?
From what I gather, restoration techs are always under paid. It is sad but seems to be the case.

I suspect one of the issues are, there are more nonbillable hours in a restoration than collision work but I certainly am no expert.

God forbid I ever have to work on against the clock again.

John
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