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Steve from SoCal

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  • Birthday 05/17/1960

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    Woodland Hill, Ca. and Hutchinson Ks.
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    Anything that burns fuel, creating gizmos, flyin, floatin, drivin

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  1. On a cruise control that will high idle but not hold or set a target speed, a common issue is there is no target speed signal. The speed signal is either from a wheel speed sensor, hall sensor on speedo or transmission. Where is the speed referenced on your truck? Steve
  2. Wheel speed or trans sensor? Steve
  3. While that may seem to be cool, it is a fallacy. A mechanic stuck in the middle of nowhere with little to no tools could perhaps do a simple fix or jury rig something to get going. That in no way makes these repairs better or even as good as ones done with the right tools. Maybe a Johnny Popper or a early car with no complex equipment can be worked on with just a few basic tools. To build, modify, repair and refurbish "most systems" be they a car, plane, bike or tractor you need the proper tools. I have seen a lot of stuff that guys bring in to FIX after they tried usually several time to repair. Yes there are plenty of folks with more tools than knowledge. The master of his craft can work around some limitations BUT, to say a guy with a pair of vise grips a screw driver and hammer could fix anything is just not reality. My tools and equipment are not new or the latest fad, they are for the most top quality. When you use tools and equipment daily you want stuff that works right and lasts. When you make something, the fit and finish usually correlate to quality. Poor fitting sloppy parts don't generally wear well or last long. One of the reasons vehicles have longer life spans is better quality in manufacturing. From better material to tighter tolerances and, better finishes in part production. There is no one in any field who would purposely limit themselves to the bare minimum if given a choice. Would you feel comfortable going to a doctor who still had a 1940's X-ray machine for a brain scan? I am not singling out Rick here but, the "real mechanic" stick is an old trope that I feel needs to be answered. It is like somebody saying a farmer just plants seed and waters them. Steve
  4. Jon, Great farm shop, love that bi-fold door. Do you recall the make of your iron worker? My shop is where the first 6000 Piranha's were made. Steve
  5. Most of what I do is either repair/modifications or prototype so the manual machines are not a real disadvantage. I do have a "modern machine, Komo router here is a pic when we were hooking it up. I really didn't intend for this to be about MY shop, several folks here have done some impressive work. Chad's shop is a fantastic set up I would like to see more interior shots. Farmer Rick take some pics of the shed, there are a few others who are/were members of the Garage Journal who have great spaces.
  6. While my shop IS big, it comes at a cost. Heating and cooling it is not really an option, gas to heat my tool room area is about 100 a day. If I were to build a shop in floor heat would be a necessity, the heat of the summer is a bitch but, I just don't do the cold well at all. This place was built in stages starting in the mid 1930's to the mid 1970's I have insulated the tool room area the west part of my shop best I could. The bigger part where my truck is parked is not much different than ambient after a day or so. There is a big chiller/heat exchanger in the shop we bought to do a ground loop with, because it is industrial property we need to get a permit from the state and do a study etc. In the end it was a good idea killed by regulations. Steve
  7. I really have to amend my comment about my dad and tools. In his younger days my dad built hot rods like model T's with Frontinac heads and A's. My folks were in their 40's when I came along, by the time I was playing with motorized stuff my dad was the great encourager. My first "project car" was a 1953 Austin Healey with a small block chevy. Dad bought me a complete set of tools when I was 13 to work on the Healey top and bottom Proto roll chest and tools to fill them up. He was either reliving his youth through me OR wanted to get rid of me in some fast car, the next on was a 67 Mustang with a 427. I got the urge to "improve stuff" from my father an avid dreamer. Today my folks would have been charged with child endangerment with the stuff they encouraged me to do. I miss them both dearly. Steve
  8. Are you by chance talking about the oak tool chests? They are Gerstner tool chests are mine, my dad was a Pilot and Architect, he was kinda dangerous with tools!
  9. I saw this on another forum, In these times where we are hunkered down the folks with shops take some pics and share your gadgets with the group. I know someone is going to say the boogie man is watching, don't list you address just show us what you have to make the time pass. I will start, some of you have seen my shop. It is a mix of machines, science lab and disaster relief warehouse.
  10. Every state has their own set of rules on all policies, that said, my Kansas com policy is for my truck alone or towing any trailer. There are no restrictions on driving bob tail or what I can tow, never tried getting RV insurance, my broker gave me a reasonable quote on the truck. She knew the truck was for personal use and, said it would be written as a commercial policy because of the vehicle. I insured the truck before I registered it as an RV. Steve
  11. Ethylene Oxide is what plastics including masks would be sterilized with or gamma Steve
  12. Carl, Your daughter should have 30 on Monday, forget the shipping. I am a pay if forward kind a guy! Steve
  13. Carl, I have some isolation gowns that are open pack that I can't sell. I would be happy to send you 20 Steve
  14. I use a 3M 6800 full face respirator with supplied air, a full face is the best protection. They seem to be out of stock as well. You can use a battery cpap with a hepa filter as the supplied air.
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