Join Date: May 2014
Location: NorthEast Texas
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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.
ASE Master (expired)