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White punk on dope

Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by BurntOutOldMechanic, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Until February of 2011, I was a mechanic.
    I’m far too old to have ever been a technician.

    Prior to that, I spent nearly 40 years working on everybody's stuff but my own.

    Until my wife revolted about ten years ago, I drove a series of miserable $100.00 disposable rust buckets that I absolutely refused to do anything more than the bare minimum to keep on the road.

    True story: My wife once bought her 740 Turbo to my dealership's service lane and got a ticket made for me to replace the timing belt, water pump, and front engine seals. She knew this was the only way "I'd get-around-to-it".

    In my career I have worked on cars, trucks, exotics, farm equipment, school buses, forklifts, tractors, tracked vehicles, and road graders.

    I have worked for VW, Fiat, Opel, Porsche-Audi, Mercedes-Benz, the Virginia State Farm garage, BMW, SAAB, Volvo, an independent Jaguar shop, an independent Harley shop, my County garage, and a Gulf station where I started as a pump jockey in 1971.

    One day the station owner let me change the oil on a Fiat 124 and I've been standing under or beside one brand or another since then.

    The last 17 years I spent working on Harley-Davidsons, 7 of that servicing and repairing a fleet of 44 H-D Police Motor Cycles for my local Police Department

    Because of my job and it's wear and tear on my body, I had lumbar fusion surgery in and was retired on disability.

    Four vertrbrae, no joke. This is where the dope part comes in.

    My tools came home to live in one bay of my two car garage.

    I couldn't ride or work anymore.

    I sold all of my motorcycles, my vast collection of cycle parts and all my motorcycle equipment.

    This became the budget for my old Ford.

    I have re-discovered the fun I once had many years ago when I first began to understand what I was doing as a mechanic.

    I found this feeling again by working on my own car and not somebody else's junk.

    I consider myself to be a good journeyman mechanic and trouble-shooter.

    I’m no fabricator. I can weld but don’t consider myself a welder.

    I have always excelled at electrical and fuel injection diagnostics and repair, and this is where I think my talent is.

    The idea that I’d join a car or motorcycle forum would have been laughable a couple of years ago.

    Why would I when I dealt with that crap all day?

    “Oh”, I’d say with disdain, “You read it on the internet

    But now I’m here.

    Burned out? Uh, huh.

    Cynical? Yes.

    Jaded? Abso-frikkin-lutely.

    I’m here because I dig the spirit of this place.

    If you've actually read though this screed, you may get what I mean.

    Or not.

    I’m gonna’ lurk now.

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  2. mastergun1980
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 1,095

    from Alva OK

    Welcome , enjoy your lurking. Even more you can be the guy that gave someone advise on an internet forum, and their mechanic cal roll their eyes at em!
  3. Welcome to the H.A.M.B from Ga
  4. Veach
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 1,081


    I know what you mean about the back that is where I'm at now just waiting on the MRIs at least there may be light at well you know Welcome from Texas

  5. graham_paige
    Joined: Apr 7, 2012
    Posts: 90

    from Australia

    I know how you feel, got three hernioated disks, that they are not fusing becaue they dont believe it would work for me. I am lucky though I have an "office job" so no disability for me.

    Keep your head up and your hands greasy and all will come good

    and also welcome from down under
  6. billsill45
    Joined: Jul 15, 2009
    Posts: 784

    from SoCal

    Great intro ... you'll fit right in. Welcome to the HAMB.
    clunkerbob likes this.
  7. welcome along . understand fully about the back surgery , been there and have the T-shirt!

  8. welcome, yep same here but I have done body work and coach building on lots of things from fire trucks, planes and lots of different makes of cars, not forgetting rust repair on some heaps of crap that most would think not worth the effort. broken lower back, neck and shoulder 23years ago.

    you have found the right place:D
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  9. gerry miller
    Joined: Feb 3, 2012
    Posts: 108

    gerry miller

    It really is awesome site! Welcome from another burned out mechanic. Workin on my own junk is a little better.
    clunkerbob likes this.
  10. Sumfuncomet
    Joined: Dec 31, 2011
    Posts: 578


    Welcome to the hamb from the Great State of Maine. Yours in one of the best intros I have ever read. Glad that you are prioritizing things in your life and are still having fun with old cars, you will have to tell us what you are working on.
  11. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,429


    Welcome from New York.
  12. mikeallcars
    Joined: Feb 16, 2012
    Posts: 1,316


    Welcome from Tennessee .
  13. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    Welcome from Union Pier, MI. You'll be right at home here.
  14. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,580

    from tulsa, ok

    Welcome from Oklahoma. Join the club, I've got a 6 inch "zipper" scar in my lower back, but, fortunately, I was able to return to riding the old hog after a couple of years. Hang in there and enjoy getting to work on just your stuff.
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,253


    WELCOME to the board of education .ENJOY.
  16. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,376

    from Indiana

    Welcome to the H.A.M.B.
  17. welcome sounds liike you'll fit right in here you said old ford what year, model, engine etc
  18. 4kids1job
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 42

    from michigan

    come on in boy the waters fine
  19. hicklers
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 103


    Welcome from the sunny side of California
  20. Veach
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 1,081


    Hold on a min I didn't get no t-shirt
  21. Here's my rusty old Ford:

  22. Welcome from a Union Ironworker 32 years,self taught shadetree mechanic 40+ years,been ridin the same Shovelhead over 30 years despite being T-boned once,1 highspeed wobble survival and countless times having been run offa the road I'm still kickin,a little mutilated but still kickin harder than ever and yes,I believe in better living tru modern chemistry! R~R

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  23. Tommy R
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 717

    Tommy R

    Welcome from Texas! And that Ford doesn't look so rusty to me!
  24. gassercrazy41
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,432


    Welcome to the HAMB
  25. Here's the power plant; lotsa' Eastwood rattle can paint goin' on here:


    I think it's time to clean the lens on the old Olympus.......
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2012
    lothiandon1940 likes this.
  26. Welcome from Wisconsin.
  27. mopar210
    Joined: May 18, 2008
    Posts: 392


    welcome very refreshing !
  28. AMEN,brother - welcome to the HAMB from Davenport Iowa -next to and sometimes in the Great Mississippi River !!!
  29. White Punks on Dope....... The Tubes!!!!

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