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|06-23-2012, 09:28 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Kokomo, IN
New guy from central Indiana
I stumbled upon this site by accident from a link in weldingweb.com. I have to say that it's the missing link in my life. Since joining a few weeks ago I've been on every single day. Ive been involved in racing since I was 15, focusing mainly on non-wing sprint cars. I work as a millwright for Chrysler in Kokomo Indiana. I love my job. I've learned so much from so many different people through the years that all I want to do is apply the things I've learned. My grandpa was jack of all trades kind of guy. He owned an excavation, field drainage business and never hired anything out. He left all his tools to me when he passed in 98. I follwed him around from the time I could walk and watched him do so many things. Most were the right way, but later in life I learned some of them weren't. Haha! He wasn't the best welder ever, nor was he very organized, but he always has and always will be my hero.
I've made a living with tools for as long as Ive been working.
I still race some. Maybe 15 shows a year, which is nothing compared to the 60-80 I did for 10 years before. I've always worked on cars but recently started to enjoy it more. I was racecar only guy for 15 years.
Ive also started to rebuild different things, like shop equipment and lawn mowers. I never thought I would enjoy that but im staying close to home now and I like it more and more.
The racing business is like a live version of garage journal where id get to see how different teams organize and innovate. It's given me great ideas and an opportunity to share some of my own.
Now with this website I can continue to learn and share just like I did before.
I have a passion for organization of tools. At the track I needed everything perfect so I could find a tool in my pit cart blindfolded. It saved so much time when seconds were important.
I have two coplete sets of tools. One in my race trailer, and one in the shop, with a few differences of course but I enjoy collecting as much as using.
Also, I have a complete set at work for the millwright/fabrication/welding/mechanic stuff.
I'm mostly craftsman and dewalt for most stuff, but I'm very open minded and garage journal has given me a go-to place for advice on quality and practicality on most things.
I can fabricate. I am a professional. But I'm not a master yet.
I can weld. I'm a professional. But I'm not a master at that either.
There's always someone better.
Im very thankful to have found this site and I'm sure I can learn much about damn near everything from its members, and possibly share a few things as time goes on.
It's nice to be a part of Garage Journal.
The older I get, the smarter my Dad gets!
You can't learn with your mouth open.
When arguing with a woman, you must first rule out logic and common sense. ~ Benjamin Franklin
|06-23-2012, 09:29 AM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Amarillo,Texas & Abq, NM.
Re: New guy from central Indiana
Welcome to the GJ.
I can take it apart.