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Today 03:36 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
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
Today 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
Today 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
Today 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.
Today 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.
Today 11:51 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
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
Today 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.
Today 10:50 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
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
Today 07:48 AM
idrivejunk 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?
Today 06:40 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Wow....15 bucks an hour. Send him over here when he's done your place.
Have him stop here first. It's on the way to Pugsy's.

He may not get to you until next year, Pugs...

We spent over 3 hours, yesterday morning, ripping out buckthorn with the weed wrench and truck. Yes, some of these trees are 2-3" diameter and the root system is HUGE on these invasive trees. We were drenched from high humidity by noon.
We get to do it today too, as we didn't get as far along the path to the back shop as I had hoped. I have the roll back parked under a Juniper that is being choked out by Box Elder limb(s). I will put a ladder on the bed to get a rope around the limb, which is 20' off the ground and then put a pull on it with the truck, to prevent it from falling thru the Juniper and stripping limbs off it.

My wife says she doesn't need to think about what to do on weekend mornings, as I ALWAYS have SOME project in mind for US...
Today 04:22 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by Rip VW View Post
I been working every day trying to put the shop in some sort of order. Un Packing boxes of stuff and finding missing things here and there. So far I have managed to create a circular perimeter and have a good idea where everything else is going to fit in the big scheme.

Today I hit a milestone. I actually got my Air compressor and Air Drier set up in the shop and wired in. I test ran the compressor and all is healthy. I built a shelf in the wall to hold the Air Drier at the same level as my compressor outlet. This allows a shorter more direct route from the compressor. It also serves to make maintense easier for me as I don't have to get down on the floor to change the air filter any more. I powered the drier just long enough to confirm the refrigeration section of the drier was getting cold then shut it down. I am ready to get to work on the T and still have to plumb all the air lines. I am going to farm that out to my local handyman if he is available. He does what I need and on short notice and at $15.00 an hour it is a bargain for me..

No picture tonight as I was tired and left my phone in the house....



Wow....15 bucks an hour. Send him over here when he's done your place.
Yesterday 10:25 PM
Rip VW I been working every day trying to put the shop in some sort of order. Un Packing boxes of stuff and finding missing things here and there. So far I have managed to create a circular perimeter and have a good idea where everything else is going to fit in the big scheme.

Today I hit a milestone. I actually got my Air compressor and Air Drier set up in the shop and wired in. I test ran the compressor and all is healthy. I built a shelf in the wall to hold the Air Drier at the same level as my compressor outlet. This allows a shorter more direct route from the compressor. It also serves to make maintense easier for me as I don't have to get down on the floor to change the air filter any more. I powered the drier just long enough to confirm the refrigeration section of the drier was getting cold then shut it down. I am ready to get to work on the T and still have to plumb all the air lines. I am going to farm that out to my local handyman if he is available. He does what I need and on short notice and at $15.00 an hour it is a bargain for me..

No picture tonight as I was tired and left my phone in the house....
Yesterday 09:55 PM
Dave57210
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Originally Posted by cozwurth View Post
I'm gonna have to break out the big guns on this cast iron pan. Picked it up at a thrift store last week and have been trying to get it stripped so I can use it. It's been through two rounds on the grill outside, and three rounds with oven cleaner. I don't know what the previous owners were cooking in it, but wow... Time to break out the grinder and wire wheel to get it stripped. Attachment 456759

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Last time I got a "used" cast iron pan, I wound up having to sandblast it to get it to where I could start to wash, oil and season it for use. Works great when camping!
Yesterday 07:58 PM
cozwurth
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Took the seat out of the car in order to work under the dash. With 14 +/- gallons in the tank the sender is reading 24 ohms....Good so far. The sender wire from the gauge is reading 3.1 volts. ...looks good too. Next I got up in the dash and verified 12V to power side of gauge which obviously had to be there.

Hmmm, never had a gauge that didn't work when nothing was wrong with it.

My next scientific experiment was to open up the sender wire and hit the dash with my fist. The gauge went to zero so I grounded it and sure enough it went back to 1/2 tank......... The gauge is dragging internally and sticking at 1/2 tank.

I need to wire the interior lights and a couple of other small things while the seat is out so I guess the old girl is grounded for a few days

John

The fuel gauge in the 57 is acting strange, too. Generally just stays on empty. When I took it out last weekend it actually moved up to 1/2 tank for a while. I've not really done any troubleshooting on it yet.
Yesterday 06:36 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Hmmm, never had a gauge that didn't work when nothing was wrong with it.
May we just blame all on the confounded stifling humidity?


Dave, it was just a slice from a burr on a fresh cut that I hadn't knocked off. Two days bandage and its holding now.

By the way, I asked my Paw yesterday if his XA had a battery. That was cruel though, he was 13 at the brief time when he got it running. Still smoked after a new jug that was already extinct then so he went down the A road next. He said it may have had a generator. Amazing to still have any mental picture of the bike left at all after so many years.
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