Since i started working as a mechanic in the mid '60s i've worked in many different shops. From no shop and outa my truck,to pole barns with no heat or lighting and a dirt floor, to semi modern shops. The last one which i retired from wasnt too bad and could hold four CAT D-8 dozers at once. A friend of mine who has his own booming business started a side business last year providing transportation and it has skyrocketed. Complaining about the ridiculous labor costs of fleet maintenace, and knowing my background, he asked if i would do it. I said sure as long as it was part time. Some walkaround money, and some use for 40k worth of tools getting dusty. So he rented a one bay shop and i started. After a year, and the boom not letting up, 'part time' was gone. Other than sleep, I pretty much live there, and enjoying every minute of doing something again. But, I now have 17 cars,vans, and buses to maintain and still growing. So he forked out a million and bought a huge modern building to move his business to. Here's the good part,the back has 2 side by side bays, ten ft wide by 12 ft high  automatic doors. 40ft long bays with heat,water,floor drains, excellent lighting,hydraulic car lift,mucho extra room,pretty damn much everything. Seriously thinking about buyin a cot. We move in 3 weeks, can;t wait.

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Comment by Steel Breeze on March 21, 2018 at 5:31am

whats this twinge??.......anticipation?...

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on March 21, 2018 at 6:10am

I'm still trying to figure out how you ended up with $40K in tools!  

I've got a full set of Snap-on hand tools, a bunch of different Ingersoll air tools & Milwaukee power tools and a ton of different ramps & jacks (I use the arm from my back hoe if I need more height) and I don't think I've spent more than $10 grand.  What the heck do you HAVE?  (and, yeah...  I'm jealousing big time because I LOVE my tools!  LOL)

Comment by Steel Breeze on March 21, 2018 at 6:20am

SBA,a lot of specialty stuff for diesel rebuilds,a lot of machinists equip,Porta-Powers,Come-alongs,master tap and die sets,impacts up to one inch drive,multipliers,etc. got a lot of shit,most not needed for automotive,tho i still make up an excuse to fire em up now and then...

Comment by Steel Breeze on March 21, 2018 at 6:28am

i got 4 vehicles with 250k+ miles on em and you start seeing 'normal' wear most folks dont see, i.e. harmonic balancer failure,steering column u-joint failure,etc......but i keep'em on the street makin money....

Comment by Steel Breeze on March 21, 2018 at 6:35am

much of the torque i had to apply, for example the rod nut on a hydraulic boom cylinder required 2 torque multipliers together inline with a one inch drive torque wrench on the end......expensive stuff...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 21, 2018 at 7:53am

:) :) :)

Comment by marilyn sands on March 21, 2018 at 8:13am

I love a guy with good hands!  ha ha

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 21, 2018 at 8:50am

Magnetic illustration!

You're that scarlet ribbon wrapping the equator some days, Steel Breeze - - - - --->

maybe our last chance for a nano-solar umbrella over Santa's home sweet home!

May peace be with you!

Comment by koshersalaami on March 21, 2018 at 5:47pm

Damn, that sounds like some shop. Is it as ideal as it sounds?

Comment by Steel Breeze on March 22, 2018 at 6:06am

Jon,Marilyn,FM,thanks..

Kosh,yeah its all that and more....

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