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Looking toward "Retirement"

New here, looking to learn a LOT about these trucks in an effort to specialize in solving their problems.

I grew up in my Dad's independent auto shop in the fifties and sixties. Lots of engine and drivetrain work and LOTS of a/c experience.

Got out of the Army in '71 and worked my way through college in a Factory Truck Shop. Cummins and Detroit work mostly.

Since that time I have wrenched quite alot, but not for a living. I enjoy solving problems and learning. I enjoy very much wrenching and learning the idiosynchrocies of a vehicle breed.

I am retiring in about a year and am looking into learning more about the problems and peculiarities of the Powerstroke and possibly specializing in them. I live in a rural area where about every other vehicle that drives by is seemingly a Powerstroke, so I expect a lot of demand for competent and honest work on them. I've already read alot about them and have had some exposure to minor issues.

I have a small shop with one lift. I am considering building a shop specifically laid out for Powerstroke trucks, with two lifts so as to have more than one cab off at a time so that I can work on one while waiting parts and machine work for the other. My thinking is to have tools and work benches between the two lift areas and a walking beam above the area behind where the cab will be on the lift. The walking beam will go across both bays. I'm also thinking of a third short, no lift bay for light work and/or storage.

I look forward to lots of time reading and learning on this impressive forum.

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Well, I am starting over after registering here about a year and a half ago. About that time my Mom got sick and my wife and I have been immersed in caring for her. Also my retirement was delayed, so I have finally circled back around to building a new shop.

I would like to find a 6.0 or a 6.4 with a broken motor to start on. I can do this one in my old shop to get started. I hope to get some good information here and ultimately maybe I can provide some good information.

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Sounds like a lot of change, hope your mom is well.

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I understand watching over the Mom. Mine is 84. (Dad passed in '11) She still lives on her own, in relatively good health and sometimes very ornery (go figure). But ya do what ya gotta do.


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