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  1. Big Daddy's in South Florida and The Classics III in Metro Washington across from Andrews AFB, both were great places to meet the ladies. 😉 There were many more in the DC area. During the 70's it seemed like there was a constant supply of young women coming from far and wide to work for the Government. The FBI had "Approved" apartment projects where the new employees would reside. We had about 2400 of approved units in our first due area during my early FD days. It made for some interesting calls.
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    Where’s 41chevy?

    Sorry to hear of your loss.
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    Boston Ladder Failure

    I agree with GA’s comments, he highlights points all operators should be familiar with. While taking an Aerial Apparatus Operator course years ago at MFRI discovered these pieces of apparatus are very prone to failure with operator error and lack of proper maintenance. Catastrophic failures are rare but do happen. The truck involved was a Pierce (built by Oshkosh) they are widely used pieces and are generally viewed as being of good quality. Sidebar---I worked on a Pirsch riveted/aluminum ladder also known as “Twist-O Flex” back in the 70’s. They were not for the light hearted, they would twist and sway if you were at the top end of the fly. The first time I climbed one I hesitated on the way up and still remember the Lt yelling keep going candy a** the truck isn’t moving. Many old timers no doubt remember these tough old trucks.
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    1943 Mack FJ

    My 42-DE was ordered in 1942 and delivered in 1943 only after the 1-st owner completed documentation of need with the War Department. The 2-nd owner had all the original documentation, including the War Department application and approval, Bill of Sale and Title. He didn’t offer up these items until we were loading it onto the transport for it’s new home in Virginia. He said, "since I now know it is going to good home I want you to have all this original information. "
  5. 3-19-18 Knight Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Swift Holdings, has acquired all of the assets of Abilene Motor Express and related entities, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Abilene Motor Express is a Richmond, Virginia-based carrier with nearly 400 trucks that operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Abilene’s founder started/owns The Keystone Antique Truck & Tractor Museum in Colonial Heights, Va. a couple 100 ft off I-95. It has a great collection of trucks and tractors. Sure hope this is not the end for a great Museum!
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    Big guns moving

    They test fired guns there, parts of the Potomac River were off limits just south /east of the Harry Nice Bridge (301) between Maryland and Virginia. I did a project there in 2013 and there were still many large guns setting around on cribbing throughout the base. As for what takes place there now, many buildings are very secure and the missions are classified. They are keeping us safe!
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    Work boots

    I wore Redwing's since the 70’s. The last two pairs of Redwing's I bought really has me thinking they may be doing a little bait and switch. Last time the pair of shoes I wanted weren’t in stock so they drop shipped them from somewhere. After they arrived I know they had a “Made in the USA” tag but some of the components had attributes of those found in China boots. While in the store I saw the majority of their boots were now imported. Another one I wore for years, I now have reservations about that being Carhartt. They operates 17 manufacturing facilities around the world with only 4 in the USA. They may be “finishing” items in the States and then attaching a “Made in the USA” label. Last trip I made to a Carhartt store most everything I picked up was imported. Does anyone know the real story?
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    Go figure. Autozone strike again......grrrrr.

    Pretty much all of Autozone and Advance parts are Made in China. I have much better luck with NAPA and Federated. I bought a bearing from AZ and it seized after about 6,00 miles, yes I did grease it.
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    Looking for our 1948 Mack

    Awesome! It comes to those who wait. Good luck with getting it road worthy.
  10. Saw this in Super Market News. Could really hit you in the pocketbook. Walmart is asking its suppliers to improve their on-time delivery performance for both full and partial truckloads or face a fine as part of its effort to reduce out-of-stocks on its shelves and improve the customer shopping experience in the process. As of April 1, full-truckload suppliers will have to ensure 85% of their orders are received on-time, up from the 75% requirement that was implemented in August; half-truckload shipments will have to meet a 50% on-time threshold on that date, up from 33% currently. Those not meeting the deadline will face fines implemented in August of 3% of the value of the products that did not hit the target deadline.
  11. Wishing you luck with your Jr., hope you are able to save it and bring it back to life.
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    Curious about unmarked blue trucks on I81 in VA

    Jim, they were basically the exact same assortment as in the Youtube video on the 3-occasions I have been staying at the same hotel. Seems like the like Hilton properties. Maybe they are Hilton Honors members and are building up points
  13. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Harrisonburg, VA on Wed night and the parking lot was filled with blue unmarked trucks of various sizes bearing Government plates. On Oct 24 while staying at the Hampton Inn in Abingdon, VA on business I saw the almost the same contingent in the parking lot. In Oct 2016 while staying at the Hilton in North Myrtle Beach there was a like contingent staying there. All in all there were several Suburbans, two or three utility service type trucks pulling trailers and an ambulance type vehicle, all unmarked with matching navy blue paint. Having seen them there different times at three different locations curiosity has gotten the belter of me. Any thoughts on what they are?
  14. Annoying commercials, I would be mortified if my son didn’t know what a lug wrench was as depicted by an insurance company. I have two daughters and some of the first orders of business when teaching them to drive was to backup using the mirrors, know how to check the oil and change a tire, drive a standard transmission and never stop on the shoulder of the road unless it was a true emergency. (IE: something more pressing than to let the dog out to pee or switch seats). The older I get, the more I witness more the death of common sense. Am I just a cranky old man?
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    Sears sells Craftsman brand

    Kiss the "LIFETIME" guarantee good-bye! Tried to get a replacement for a pair of needle nose pliers last week and my local store told me since Craftsmen was sold they don't have to replace broken tools. I was a very loyal customer for years. As a casual mechanic I had pride in all of my Craftsmen tools. They may not have been on the same level as Mac, Snap-on, Cromwell and some others but for a weekend warrior they performed pretty well. Although they aren't a full line toolmaker, one brand that hasn't changed in my opinion is Channel-Lock, the pliers I bought for my son-in law for Christmas are pretty much the same both in style and quality as the ones I bought in the 70's. Vice Grips aren't the same since Stanley bought them and moved manufacturing from Nebraska to some other country as there first order of business. If you work in a company and see Stanley execs pull up out front you best start looking for a new job because they will be sending yours overseas.

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