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06-22-2006, 07:40 PM
OK guys, I have read lots of posts and lots of technical questions answered so I thought I would ask what is your background? I have a degree in geology lot of good that did me, I worked for an engineering firm for 14 years and now I am in sales, selling industrial equipment, always worked on cars, especially in HS and college out of necissity, sometimes did it wrong but always made it work, I had a 63 volvo p 1800 and drove it for 10 years and never a major break down and even drove it to texas from NC over summer break in college, to work for the summer and never worried about it, young and stupid I guess

06-22-2006, 07:50 PM
Good thread....I grew up around MG's(my brothers and dad had them) so thats where the car thing comes from...I bounced around many jobs in the begining...Now I am with ESSO(ie EXXON for you yanks) and have been for 25 years...dying to retire! Hoping to move to a warmer climate once I am done with work...Somewhere where 'the fleet' can get some real use. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/driving.gif

Andrew Mace
06-22-2006, 07:58 PM
OK, dad bought first Triumph (1959 10 sedan) when I was five. Grew up loving the cars and learned to drive in his '64 Herald convertible, after spending a summer high school vacation doing bodywork and repainting it (with a friend) and beginning to learn how to fix things mechanically (mostly by trial and error...and by constantly trying to keep friend's VWs going).

Dad and I "graduated" to a used Mk3 Spitfire in 1971. I had a couple very bad experiences with the dealer service department, but good ones with their parts department. The manager showed me the Workshop Manual in the display case. Seeing as it covered our Heralds AND the Spitfire, I bought it on the spot and began reading and reading...and practicing and practicing! Truth was, being a poor college student, I never could afford to pay anyone for most service work, especially bad/incompetent work. So I just kept reading, practicing and learning...and here I am today!

Oh, and it has nothing to do with my "profession" or my "education" per se. I majored in American History and minored in Sociology, and then got a Masters in Library Science! But I've made more than a few bucks over the years "on the side"...helping out any number of Triumph and other British car owners (and a few Volvos, Saabs and other marques)!

06-22-2006, 08:06 PM
My dad had always worked on cars and I grew up thinking everybody did. Dad worked for a company during WWII and actually reground crank shafts while they were still in the cars right in people's driveways. They had some kind of machine that bolted to the bottom of the block. That was when they still had babbit for bearings. Anyway, by the time I was in high school there was not much on a car I could not fix.
I have been in the mechanical/machinist world ever since, both civilian and for the military and DOD (weapons repair). Even when we had our farm I was a millwright at a foundry working on some pretty heavy machinery.
The last several years I just work at home doing mechanical design and CNC programming for companies all over the US. I was a part time machine tool teacher for the local Tech College. And used to design extrusion dies for wood/plastic composites for companies around the world. Things like deck planks and railings.
I have had a fasinating life and that is the short version.

Ab Crevoiserat
06-22-2006, 08:33 PM
My back ground is as a Paramedic. No college to speak of, I never saw the point for me. School never interested me. That is untill I joined the local Vol. Fire Dept. I took my first "First Aid" course and I was hooked. One year later I was certified in Advanced Life Support, and not too long after I was on the County Ambulances, 33 years later I'm Still "in the street" and about ready to retire.

Dad an I never saw eye to eye about cars, so my interest was self motivated. He worked on his because he had to, I work on mine because I want to.

06-22-2006, 08:54 PM
Well now....

Professionally, I am a geologist, so that makes at least two of us who studied such so far - maybe three if R6MGS is on the upstream side of things as well. I am currently carrying out research at a University.

Mechanically, its all pretty much new to me. I messed around with VWs when I was in the UK (MkII Golf, MkII Scirocco), but prior to that I had no real experience - I think I took geology over metalwork at school. Its a huge learning curve, and a lot of that seems to be a head scratch followed by "how can I rebuild that without an enclosed garage??!" I'd been thinking about a TR for a long while, and I reckon its nicer to drive one in the sunny heat of Texas than the constant drizzle of the UK...


1976 TR6
2001 VW Jetta - only because I had to!

06-22-2006, 09:00 PM
I started out as most kids in love with cars, working in a service station and went to a huge GM dealership that had 11 franchises including motorcycles and motor homes. Oddly enough, when I first started in 1967, they sold Triumphs. I worked my way through the shop from the bottom up, washing cars through the tech side, into parts then into management until I became the service manager. A lot of night college courses along the way. I then left that area and moved to RI where I ran another big Cadillac service facility for 8 years and moved into Lexus doing the same for another 5.

I got quite an education between GM Institute managerial training and the Lexus programs, which proved to be invaluable in my next gig for the marketing side.

About that time, I was getting sick of being stuck in the shop all day and an opportunity came up for a sales position which would allow travel and I would be dealing with engineers all day on product design and manufacturing. I took it and I love what I do. The hours can be long, actually, much longer than my 8-5 at the dealerships, but the fact that I enjoy it so much makes it worth while.

Since I got away from dealing with cars for a living, the LBC bug bit again and made me get the TR out more often and here I am.

BTW, my wife got our car new when she was in college and we have owned it since. I just never really did anything with it for about 15 years except an occasional ride to keep it running and the battery charged.

06-22-2006, 09:23 PM
well i'm on the young side and have two more years of mechanical engineering. my family is more of a woodworking family, but i've always found beauty in the mechanical side, although i can do anything with wood too.

since i'm on an internship for 6 months at the moment, i find that i have alot of free time at night, so i needed a new project after i finished my personal arcade machine (woodworking and electronics). my girlfriends parents had inherited "my" gt6 from some deceased relatives and has sat in their driveway for two years (before that it was 20 in a storage unit). i decided it was time to get some personal mechanical engineering training and get a car out of it, so here i am with my free car and free time. i see this as the beginning of a long and beatiful relationship.

06-22-2006, 09:24 PM
Have a degree in Avionics. Not enough plane crashes (so no work), and after graduating into a recession went off to be a computer geek. At the time I was grateful to have a job. Must be 1/2way competent, my company paid to move me here 8 years ago. Still here. Likely to stay...

Grew up in the UK so basically saw little but LBCs (and a few MBCs). I have owned a laundry list of poorly maintained British (and European) cars. Went through a list of bad ones in the Marina thread, but forgot the total worst one - a poop brown (I think that was the official name) Austin Maestro, a car that a friend gleefully reminded me of last week...

06-22-2006, 09:59 PM
Have been in General Aviation since 1977 when I got my A&P. Have play around on motorcycles and jet ski's, Got my TR3 from my uncle when he wanted his garage cleaned out in 1993 and was able to get it back on the road in 1998.
The wife and I started a Stained glass studio in 2000 as a 2nd job.

www.reagarstainedglass.com (https://www.reagarstainedglass.com)

06-22-2006, 10:13 PM
I grew up in a small town in Virginia. There were no Triumphs, only Fords, Chevy’s and the occasional Mopar. I started at 6 years of age with a mini bike and my fascination with anything with a motor began. Fast forward 9 years and my dad spends $200.00 for a totaled 84 Chevette. We worked together to make some strange contraption of 2x4s, chains and winches to pull out the caved in drivers side and slap about a ½ inch of bondo on the side and paint it. Didn’t look too bad for a Chevette. But I found a forgotten 1969 XKE with a blown engine in someone’s backyard and traded the RUNNING chevette even for it. Well, when I found how much a head cost for a Jag 4.2 engine, that was the end of that…so we put the Jag back together as best we could and sold it for $1200 (ahhh the stupid years, but it was a profit!). After that… no more stinkin imports… only Mustangs, Camaro’s and Trans Am’s for this guy. My dad… being the patient person that he was, would help me get these jalopies back on the road after I broke something… but after the $200.00 for the Chevette, he never gave me a dime to support my habit. Still I am what I am today because my father; he taught me to work hard, work on cars, a little bit of carpentry and most importantly how to be a good father.

I’d like to give him an old Ranchero one day…I think he would like that.

After college (I've got a degree in Finance and Computer Science), I got a Mustang, but had to give that up for reliability sake (oh yeah… and I got married and had a kid). I’m in the computer industry and the first part of my career required a lot of travel so I had to give up my hobby for a while. Now that I’ve settled down a bit, I figured I’d step outside my norm and get a Triumph. Honestly, I wanted a 68 Mustang fastback but I couldn’t afford one, however, the TR6 can still be had for a cheap cost and gets nearly as many looks as Nicole Kidman walking down the street in Saran wrap. I think I made the right choice: I can honestly say that the people that I’ve met (and written to) have been some of the nicest people I’ve ever had to pleasure of knowing.

06-22-2006, 10:21 PM
Boy this is going to be a long one.. Worked on cars since I can remember.. My first rebuild was a 41 chev.. Joined the Air Force and became a aircraft mechanic then a Flight Engineer... Had a 55 chev with 409 (yes I ran AV gas, 115/145 in it).. three 2's.. had a dodge hemi that I ran 9" slicks on the steet.. Drove a Bugeye for a year or so.. My room mate had a 57 TR3.. Left Georgia for Viet Nam with a 55 Ford Crown Victoria and sold it in Calif for $100.00.. Have had a 1600 MGA and several Dune Buggys and Baha Bugs.. Had a Covair spider conv with turbo and also had a 32 ford pickup with hemi..

Boy I wish I still had all those cars.. Now I have a 61 TR3A and after retiring from the Air Force in 1984 went to work for NASA and I am the Operations Manager for the Space Shuttle Simulators. I also run several Captain license schools in Texas, Louiana, and Washington.

Yea, I'm still a little nerv /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/driving.gifous about my up coming rebuild of the TR3 engine, installing rack and pinion with a Toyota 5 speed..

Trevor Triumph
06-23-2006, 12:12 AM
I got the interest in the little cars when I was eight or nine. My grandfather took my brother, sister, and I to a foreign car garage in Brookeville PA about 1954 or 1955. There were Austin Healys, MGAs, Morris Minors. It seemed like an odd store for the rather out-of- the-way town. It was love at first sight.

Dad, on the other hand saw things differently and bought a 1958 DKW and then a 1961 Volkswagen. Never did I work on the cars until 1993 when I got the 1964 Spitfire.

I spent a lot of years teaching kids music which left little time for cars but the desire to own and work on the little foreign cars stayed with me. We, my wife and I, now have two Spitfires, one Austin FX4D, and a 1963 DKW.

I bought some retirement time so I could go to school full time to get a degree in clinical counseling. Now I need to find a job to support my brit car habit. T.T.

06-23-2006, 06:40 AM
Nice thread:
Ok, Im a PE. Civil and Environmental engineer. Been in corporate since Grad. 1983, till right after 9/11 when I decided to open my own buss. Iv'e been puttsing with LBC's since I was a Freshman in HS. 1974.
Seems like i've always had either an MG or a Triumph of some type. I fell in love with the feel of driving them from the 1st time I got behind the wheel of my brothers spitfire back in the early 70's,
Right now i'm working on a 71' TR6 and having a great time with it.
Working on and driving these cars just got much eaiser since I discovered this Forum, no more guess work, now if I have a question, I just ask and get the YEARS of experience of people that know these cars inside and out.
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It's a Beautiful thing

06-23-2006, 06:55 AM
I started by building model cars, lots of model cars. I took them to shows and would usually get a top 3 in juniors class. My first British car was a Lindburgh 1:32 TR3A kit that I had to assemble while sticking my arms through a box (so I coulden't see it) while the open side was twards the crowd. It was what they called a "blind model building contest" I won that.SO I always joked that I could build a TR3 with my eyes closed.
Mu first real car was a 74 VW Thing I bought it for $1 and realisied it was rotten and siezed up so it was sold for $50. THen I got a 67 Galaxie 500 with a 390. THat was a family car that I tried despratly to get restored but eventually gave up due to massive frame rot.
Meanwhile I took Autobody in highschool, then went on to get my associates degree in Automotive technics and management.
Out of school I wanted to be a body man, but every shop wanted experience, so I wound up doing mechanical.
2 years as a tec, 2 years as parts in a Ford dealer, a short stint in industry working on fiber optic amplifiers, then my favorite job at a Sportscar restoration shop where we specialised in TR3s. and most recently I'm back as a tec at a Toyota dealer. In the interm I've had a 62 A.H. Sprite (as my first LBC and that was my "bug bite") then a rusty 77 MGB, a 66 TR4A solid axle, and now my current crop of a TR2 and the 58 Jag saloon.
My dad had found an intrest too. We got him hooked up with a 69 MGB and now he and mom drive the wheels off it.
My dads family has always had forign cars. Renaults, VWs MGs Triumphs, Morris Minors, and whatnot. I always loved looking at the old pics in my dads photo album growing up. I bet that's where it comes from.

06-23-2006, 07:29 AM
My first car (age 17) was a very used BMW-2002. A dealership mechanic made the mistake of telling me "Oh you can't fix that yourself you need to bring it in and we'll...." I'd been helping a friend of mine fix his derelict 1964 MGB and the mechanic's comments were a challenge that sent me over the edge. I was off into cars to prove there was nothing that couldn't be fixed if you put your mind to it.

My high-school math teacher observed my aggressive approach to things mechanical and advised me to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering. I've been happily designing machines and components for 25 years now. I still work on my old cars but don't have a clue what to do with a car outfitted with OBD or OBD2.

06-23-2006, 07:38 AM
This really is interesting. Two geologists on one site. I too work in the environmental field for an engineering firm,but have two degrees in entomology. I worked in the ag-chem business for 10 years right out of school. Loved it. That went belly up in 1985 and I had to retrain. Went into asbestos consulting out of sheer despartion. Later got into regular environmental consulting.

I've always been interested in cars, especially British cars. My first car was a 1956 VW convertible. Boy do I wish I had that back. Finally got a TR3 in 1976 while I was newly married and still in school. Sold it several years later during the first of my two lay-offs. Stumbled across my 64 Spitfire by accident a couple of years later while trying to find another TR3 I cold afford. It was complete, but not running. I thought I could change the oil, tune it up and drive it until I could find a TR3. Several thousand $$$ and 15 years later, it still isn't completely finshed. I still need seats and the bumpers rechromed. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in the midst of the restoration and lost all energy and interest. That slowed it down a lot. Now I have the new (to me) 1980 Spitfire. It will go a lot faster.

06-23-2006, 07:51 AM
Many of you have replied that your interest in cars is in the mechanics of them / working on them / etc. My interest in the Triumph comes more from the driving experinece and the great memories it can create.

My Triumph was my Dad's and he got it when I was 1 yr. old. Some of my fondest Father / Son times was cruising in the Triumph with Dad. I now have to priviledge of passing that same experience to my kids. Just took a 30 minute cruise last night with the 2 boys (5 and 7 yr old) buckled in the front together and my daughter (10 yr. old) in back "seat". They love it, and it is my chance to do something with my kids that is just a "Dad activity" (my wife has only been in the TR twice - she says it is smelly).

The Triumph has always been about the experience, not the mechanics. There are a lot of cars that are more impressive performance wise, but I challenge anyone to come up with a car that gets more comments, stares, and questions. Being a 45 year old car, there is an entire generation that has never even heard of a TR3. When they see one, they are almost always amazed. A $100K Porsche doesn't even get a second look in today's world, but these babies sure can get someone's attention. Just the exhaust note will usually get someone to turn and look.

As I have only had the TR for a few months as my own, I have done very little work myself. As I said, it is really not my main interest in the car, but also knowing that the car is 45 years old, I am starting to get my self familiar so that I can at least keep up with the general maintenace and minor improvement things myself.

As far as background goes, my education is in Biomedical Engineering (BS and MS from University of Iowa - GO HAWKS!), but I have been on the Marketing side most of my career working for a company that makes Hips and Knees. I have been married for 15 years to my wiofe, Wendy, and we have 3 kids who are enjoying their sleep this summer while I get up and 5:15AM and run before heading into work (then they have the nerve to ask why I am falling asleep on the couch in the evening /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif). Austin, TX is great place to be and a great place to have a Triumph. I am finding that my summer drives are at 8-9 PM, but that is perfect. I'll get my daytime drives in in the other half of the year.

06-23-2006, 08:18 AM
Hi Bryan,

Have you joined the Hill Country Triumph Club? They are a pretty good bunch of people with a huge amount of cumulative knowledge and mechanical experience. Lots of TR3s too. They have monthly meetings (which always seem to clash with something else I'm doing) and fairly regular driving events.

Check out https://www.hillcountrytriumphclub.org/


06-23-2006, 08:48 AM
I was hooked on model cars as a kid too - but I knew I liked to take them apart more than put them together - had a paper shopping bag filled with loose model parts just to use to customize the next one I bought. That was 'back in the day' you could get a model car kit for $2.

First car was a $200 Dodge Dart slant six rust bucket. Next one was a 67 Plymouth Baracuda, 318 smallblock, oversized tires on the back so large you had to buckle in to stay in the seat, and very noisy sidepipes. No, I'm not sorry I don't have that car anymore.

Always liked Triumphs, but the Spitfire with its lines was the first to catch my eye as a kid, also the first I Triumph I bought. Wound up taking it all apart and putting every loose thing in paper shopping bags just like my model days. Actually got it back together, wound up getting another Spitfire, GT6, couple TR6s and now my TR4s.

Chemical engineer by degree, work in the oil patch for an occupation. Not much formal mechanical training other than high school level and a whole lot of tinkering.

06-23-2006, 09:21 AM
Interesting thread - I just joined this morning. I am not mechanically inclined - no patience for the detail and thus do not try to do much on my own anymore. I grew up helping my father fix everything, tune-ups, component replacements, paint and body work, etc. He did everything as a hobby more than anything, never saw a repairman at my house - we did it all. I am an accountant/financial advisor the same as my father. I was able to drive his interest in everything foreign back in 1969, everything up to that point was all-american - especially since he worked for the Dana Corp. a big US auto supplier. First purchase was a basket case 1957 PORSCHE Speedster learned to power slide in the back 40 with that one, paid $250 and sold it 10 years later for $500 - never fixed a thing but loved to drive it in the yard. Next in 1970 bought a Maserati 3500 GT - not running - beautiful car and one I wish had never been sold, got the repairs done and ended up filing a lawsuit against the shop - settlement was to sell it to the shop for all expenditures - the shop still has it on display in Ohio. I was away at college and not able to put up an argument before it was gone. Finally bought a 1958 Triumph TR-3 in 1971. Drove it for 10 years and then took it apart to "restore it". We moved six times in-between, begged and borrowed space from friends to keep it when we moved ovesesas, never could convince myself to sell it. I still consider it to be my first car as it was the first one that was mine, not my fathers. Well today it is in a restoration shop operated by a very good friend from high school - undergoing the restoration I started 25 years ago. Remember I have no mechanical skills - I wanted it to be done right. We are modifying it to help it handle the Texas heat, and upgrading performance a little. I look forward to driving it again, something I have not done since 1981. In the intervening years I have owned way too many cars. I was always looking for the perfect one - Porsche (5) Fiat (3) VW (5) Corvettes (2) GM (6) JEEPS (5) Fords (2) Mazdas, Toyotas, etc I have a list of everything we have bought and sold - all for personal use and it was up to 55 cars/trucks/motorcycles at last count. Never did find anything I wanted to keep better than that TR3.

06-23-2006, 09:49 AM

I have not yet joined, but have considered it. I will look into it a little further.

Thanks for the link.

06-23-2006, 10:04 AM
Hi All! I'm an Asst Director at a RadioShack DC, college grad, married, and empty nester. Triumph ownership has consisted of Spitfire Mk3, 67 TR4A, 73 TR6, Spitfire 1500, and another 73 TR6 2 months ago, which I sold from the bodyshop (the guy fell in love with Mimosa and made me an offer I REALLY couldn't refuse)! I'm currently TRless, and looking for the next project. I'm sure some of you will think I've gone to the "Dark Side", because my current daily driver is an NA Miata(I found you Guys and Gals through the Miatanet), but my heart is in the right place I still "bleed" Girling LMA.
Probably see ya at the VTR meet next month.
Take care Bob

06-23-2006, 10:36 AM
My background is in Mechanical Engineering.

My dad was never a 'gearhead', so I'm not sure where my love of cars came from. I went into ME to become an automotive engineer. However, since most of the auto industry is way up north (from Arkansas), I decided NOT to move up there.

This is my second British car, but the first that actually works. I also own a 77 Vette, but that is for sale.

06-23-2006, 10:45 AM
Well now....

Professionally, I am a geologist, so that makes at least two of us who studied such so far - maybe three if R6MGS is on the upstream side of things as well.

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Nope, I studied Business....Started Esso in their chemical division, now I manage all their realestate across canada.

06-23-2006, 10:50 AM
Professionally my first career was in office equipment sales and service. At one time I could lay out a 3500 part Victor mechanical calculator on the bench. My second career is as an Electrician with my own business on the side, while working as the Facility Management Department Supervisor at our local hospital.

My interest in our cars came from a race track called Watkins Glen. I grew up about 40 miles from the Glen during the fifties and sixties, and just knew that sports cars were what I wanted. English seemed to be the only ones that met my budget, so began a history of Sunbeams, MG's and Triumph's. The US Army thought that I belonged in Colorado, and I stayed here after discharge. Where I live there are no foreign shops, and when most of the mechanics see two carbs, they back away. I have kinda been forced to do my own mechanical work and really enjoy it. Thank god for parts suppliers and UPS. Mike

63 TR4 Surrey Top
71 MGB OD & Wires

06-23-2006, 11:18 AM
I'm a machinist, though not at the moment. I have no family background in British cars, grandfather, dad and older brother were GM men with the occasional Thunderbird or Galaxie 500. None of them were mechanically inclined. I have no idea where my prediliction for these cars came from or how it is I can work on machines at all. My daughters, however, will grow up with a Triumph and an MG in the garage. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

06-23-2006, 11:48 AM
Like Jesse James, I started in VWs. At age 16, I worked in a dune buggy shop, disassembling the engines and cleaning parts at first and progressing to valve jobs. I must have owned 20 VWs, from buses to a Corvair powered Baja bug. In college, I bought, fixed up and sold Fiat spiders tand eventually made enough to buy my 1st 911. Then after considerable profit, bought another and sold it to buy my first house. Always mechanical, my grandfather restored antique Fords in the drive-in basement of the home we now own. We now have a dedicated barn/shop completely outfitted as an amateur resto shop. I used to own a pretty hot 71 Camaro and SCCA autocrossed it. My wife and I bought a small formula car for autocross while we searched for a two-seater. Settled on a VW Scirroco 16V but never found one so we bought a project TR4A that's still a project. She wanted a driver so we bought the 3A.

Occupation (what occupied my days and paid the bills) was computer tech support, now at age 53, my wife pays the bills and I work at home on the cars, the house and started my own home technology business doing low-voltage structured wiring for home theater, networks, phone systems, automation, basically anything that;s fun to own in your home. Our home is partially voice controlled by a very nice soundling British lady called Audrey!

06-23-2006, 11:49 AM
This really is interesting. Two geologists on one site.

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Actually I'm not surprised, I think the odds were quite good that geologists would meet up in the TR crowd, as my attached population diagrams shows!


06-23-2006, 12:51 PM
Civil engineer here. I've worked with an Arkansas based consulting architectural, engineering & surveying firm for almost 18 years now (since graduating college). My British car interest began when I was around 11-12. By best friend's parents owned a variety of British cars while we were growing up, including a Midget, MGB, TR6, Jaguar XJS and XJ6. The TR6 was the one that always interested me the most, and while I was in college I finally managed to obtain one.

Most of my mechanical experience came from my dad (also an engineer - electrical). While growing up, we always did our own auto repair work (including some pretty amateur body work to a couple of old cars of mine). He never let a little thing like not having done it before keep him from tackling a repair. That philosophy has certainly helped me in maintaining and repairing my two current British cars!

Don Elliott
06-23-2006, 01:06 PM
I started work at Pratt & Whitney at age 17, saved my money and paid cash when I bought my only TR3A in 1958 brand new. At age 20, I took 5 years for a degree in Mech. Eng. then 2 years for a masters. I still have the TR and I'm still 20 years old. I just drove 2200 miles to Ohio for TRA and took 2nd in my judged concours class with 89 points. I restored it 16 years ago and have driven it 89,500 miles since 1990.

Don Elliott, Original Owner, 1958 TR3A


06-23-2006, 01:44 PM
Background? Professionally I’ve worn many hats – after the Marines (Helo mech) I worked in the Oil Fields of Texas as a roughneck. But soon wised up – using my GI Bill to go to night school & worked during the day in the Aerospace industry as an assembler. From there I’ve worked my way up through the ranks and into more & more challenging positions – testing, servicing & prototype product development. Bored I got into field service working in robotics, wireless communications (CDMA), high speed manufacturing (SMT), medical & oncology systems as well as commercial x-ray equipment. Currently (since 9/11) I’ve been working on security x-ray screening devices (see Avatar).

Personally; I was raised in a blue collar Scot/Irish (mostly /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif ) family and was exposed to the car bug at an early age. Long before I could drive I got to help my step dad work on many of our family’s vehicles – Corvettes, Jaguars and even a couple of old Triumph motorcycles. When I got to high school I majored in Industrial Arts – Auto shop, drafting, electronics etc., I also worked on the school’s radio station. So I’ve always loved working with my hands & have been interested in all things technical.

06-23-2006, 02:17 PM
I sarted out helping dad (watching him really) work on various ford and mopar cars over the years, with a few GM rides in there too... He was then and still is an underground coalminer. We didn't have much money while I was growing up, and Dad did it just to keep the cars running.

I took 1 year of college - Aerospace Engineering. Ran out of money, and got a job. I've always tinkered with stuff since as far back as I can remember... It wasn't until around the age of 12 that I could actually fix things and put them back together though.

Pretty much self taught, and I'll absorb as much information as I can about anything I'm interested in. I just spent the last 4 hours learning about HVAC systems, and I've figured out what broke on my A/C. It'll cost me about $8 to fix it... and that's after searching around. Local guys all wanted $30 for the part, and $50+ to install it, and said I was not allowed to install it. God bless internet mailorder!

My current MGB is my first LBC a couple years ago. But before that, I'd rebuilt a 1946 Willys Jeep, replaced the head on a 1981 Pontiac Sunbird, and rebuilt a few small (250cc or smaller) ATV/motorcycle engines. I've had some form of machinery to work on since I was 16 years old.

06-23-2006, 02:27 PM
Grew up in the UK, now live in the US. Came up through the ranks in aircraft maintenance with airlines in England and Canada. Worked on VC10s ("the iron duck") down to Navajo's ("never goes"), DC10s to A310s and many more. Held UK aircraft maintenance engineering licences, followed by Canadian ones when I lived there for 12 years. I also hold the FAA A & P licence. I now work for a company that supplies environmentally friendly aircraft ground deicing systems.

First car was a Mini on which I proceeded to remove the cylinder head after 3 weeks "to see what's inside this mass of cubic inches". I had so many bad English cars that I can't remember them all. Alana - I never had a Marina or Maestro, but I did have an Austin 1100 that frequently filled up with rain that entered through the Flintstones propulsion access panels in the floors.

I mentioned my LBCs on the intro page, MGB, TR4, TR5 (sigh), Lotus Elan S2 and an S4 Sprint (sigh again).

Looking forward to getting a 62 TR4 back on the road after being in a barn since 1978. I told my neighbour who has a 78 Corvette, that mine has been stored longer than his "classic" has been around.

06-23-2006, 03:34 PM
Good thread. I’m a chemical engineer, work with consumer products mostly but currently designing a biodiesel plant. I grew up working on my father’s Mopars; first carburetor rebuild at age 6. When I was 8 he bought a basket case ’74 Midget that we got on the road briefly but the body was just too far gone. After he died we had to get rid of it and I was too young to drive or pay to fix it. I always regretted that. I bought a basket case Chevy C20 when I was 15 and got it on the road as my first vehicle. Have owned a truck ever since. I worked on Mack trucks and as an electrician’s apprentice to pay the bills in college. I met my girlfriend who has a Miata and I decided it was time to get an MG, so I bought a ’73 Midget; have since started a Bugeye restoration and a Midget track car.

06-23-2006, 04:34 PM
I am employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a City Letter Carrier(hence the log on) and I HATE my job(see disgruntaled). I have been there over 18 years so I'll have to tough it out for another 13 before I retire. I have always been mechanical so I took 2 years of high school and 2 years of junior college auto mechanics. Never could build up enough speed to cut it as a line mechanic. My father worked at the post office and suggested I take the exam. I cut my teeth on a 73 Camaro. I learned more about cars off that thing than anything since. I have never liked LBC's until I found my TR7. I am attempting to put a 5.0 Mustang engine with a 5 speed in it, but it is slow going. Maybe I'll finish it before I die or go postal(see disgruntal above). /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

06-23-2006, 04:53 PM
Saw my first race in the late 1940's on my mother's knee at age 3 (I was 3, not her) at Cherry Park in Canton Connecticut. My father raced "jalopies" - these were clapped out old things that lasted a few races and were then pushed into the flooded quarry in the next town on the way home from the race. My heroes in grade school were local racing drivers that no one had ever heard of - I still have a model of Bill Schindler's midget racecar on my desk.

Dad was in the car business - if I wasn't at school I was at the dealership.

I've been involved w/ computer software (manufacturing applications, mostly) since mainframe days (IBM S/360 era) and have my own small company developing CNC related software - some we sell under our name, some gets embedded in OEM systems.

Stayed involved in cars all that time - mostly Italian & British.

06-23-2006, 04:58 PM
I sell maintenance hardware and shop supplies to maintenance departments of businesses, etc.
My father bought a new TR4 in 1964 after taking a used one for a test drive. He passed on it after pulling back into the dealer lot on fire. In 1967, he bought a 1960 Austin Healey BT7. Many good memories of top down riding and the unique smell of an English car interior.
1970, I attended my first SCCA race in Cumberland MD and fell in love with the Group 44 TR6. I should have learned my lesson that day, as Bob Tullius blew the engine leading and chasing Bob Sharp's 240Z. But, Mr. Tullius truly impressed me as he was pushing the car in off the track with a huge smile on his face. At 10 years old, I didn't realize that maybe that's the different between sponsorship and ownership. But he had a terrific race none the less.
It's been all down hill since buying my first TR6 in 1988.

06-23-2006, 05:09 PM
Hey, I have a son-in-law who’s a geologist!

I’m a college professor (in a community college).
I teach Mechanical Engineering Technology courses, mostly the “lab-type” courses such as CNC Programming, Prototyping and AutoCAD.
I have a Bachelors and Masters degree and I’m the first person in my family to make it past the primary grades. I’ve been teaching for 34 years.

We emigrated from Ireland to Canada when I was 9 (but I was born in the UK).
My Dad came first, in a German cargo ship. He had about $8 when he arrived in the New World. After working for a few months, he was able to buy airline tickets for me and Mom. We came on a Lockheed Constellation. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Dad worked for the British railroad and, in Canada, for Canadian National Railroad. He worked on steam trains in the UK (and even saw “The Flying Scotsman”). He worked on the “new” diesels in Canada. He mostly worked in the mining industry in the US (fixing large earthmoving equipment such as Cat D9 dozers and drag lines)

Dad had an enormous influence on me because of his keen interest in mechanical things. He still putters away with cars to this day. He has always liked MGs (but never owned one). He also likes steam engines and aircraft, as do I. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I’m the oldest of seven kids and all but one of us (a psychologist) graduated college with a science or engineering degree, I think because my folks always pushed us to study math. Three of my brothers are car-nuts and one is a pilot.

06-23-2006, 05:37 PM
is it me or are there a ton of aero engineers here?

06-23-2006, 06:42 PM
I'm just a wannabe /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif

06-23-2006, 07:10 PM
I’d considered going into aviation after I got out of the Marines too. But Helo mechs where a dime a dozen at the time.

While I was in a lot of Marine Air types where going over to Iran after we got out, to work as maintenance contractors & training instructors. Big bucks ($$$) could be made at the time, but this little thing called the “Revolution” dried that job market up PDQ so most of us had to look for other ways to make a buck. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

06-23-2006, 09:53 PM
No wonder all this good advice flows from this group! All these experienced mechanics, engineers, etc. Me-- a college prof-- nutrition with a minor in physiology. I've always been a tinkerer-- wood projects, clocks, radios, machines, etc. Once built a small boat that my wife and I skied behind for several years; later learned to repair old small outboard motors which to help finance my (mostly VW and British) car interest and still let the kids go to college. Now just trying to work and as time allows, improve my TR3-- with the help of all you good folks.

06-23-2006, 09:53 PM
I was born and grew up in the UK. Served 12 years as a police officer (British Bobby) until I was pensioned out on a disability (PTSD)came over to the USA where my parents and brother were already, as dad had been recruited by Harley Davidson as chief engineer, powertrain after many years with Norton in Wolverhampton.

Grew up with LBCs, like Alan I had a whole bunch of them, along with a sprinkling of European stuff (mainly French), the worst of which was a metallic poop brown (must be to do with that colour) Hillman Avenger 1500. Bloomin' awful!

After a spell of trying different jobs (managing the motorcycle dealership was a blast) I am currently in the relocations side of the real estate industry, helping people to move from one part of the country to another, lining up good quality, reputable companies and realtors to assist them. There are still a lot of shysters in the business.

06-23-2006, 10:35 PM
OK, my Dad's first LBc was a 58 MGA, I was about 5 yrs old and rode from Louisville, Ky to Harrisburg, Pa. with my dad overnight, no interstate back then, and it was my first and best memory to this date. I slept on the floor board for most of the trip, but remember waking up and peering out from under the tonneau cover the see how we were progressing. Dad owned a procession of LBCs- 2 AH 100-6s, 2 TR4s, a 65 Jag XKE coupe that i took my date to the junior prom in 1970. We had a Jaguar MK8, a big Rolls-Royce look-alike, that we took to Pa one thanksgiving in '63 and we made a detour to Wash, D.C. for president Kennedy's funeral...I still have pictures of that car on the Mall in D.C. My firts LBc was a '65 Spifire then a TR3 i bought for a hundred bucks, wish I still had that one. Went into the army in '71- 91A10 Medical Corpman. After the service, the gas crisis and several different jobs from lifeguard to hardware sale rep to carpenter and several LBCs...I came around full circle and am now a paramedic in Louisville, Ky. I've been a medic for almost twenty years now and love every minute of it.

tony barnhill
06-24-2006, 02:28 AM
Me? Retired Army officer & retired high school teacher...BS, MBA, MMAS, Phd (ABD)....stepdad was service manager for Oldsmobile/Rambler dealership while I was growing up...I hung around there from young age washing cars, doing odd jobs...messed with cars all my life.

06-24-2006, 08:55 AM
Retired USAF, 29 years. Afterwards spent 8 years getting some of the Saudi oil money back.
Business degree, most of a masters in computers.
Was a supply and Logistics officer.
Started wrenching when I was about 4 I am told, Dad was a wood worker so no help there although he taught me a lot of that.
Lots of cars, 1940 ford. 1954 Ford, Lincoln engined, hehe. Three different Bugeyes so far, Gogo mobile. 1956 GT Mustang and on and on.
Now fully retired and loveing it.

06-24-2006, 12:43 PM
I was born in Florida. My father was in the Air Force at the time, so we ended up in Alaska (where my sister was born) by the time I was 2. We moved back to Florida in time for me to start school. Folks got an MGB (best recollection tells me it was probably early a 70s model) when I was in 4th grade. Started wrenching when I was in 4th grade as well, by helping my father replace a head gasket on his Mazda B2000 pickup.

I was lucky in high school, my school district allowed High school kids take summer VoTech classes free of charge. So, between 10th and 11th grades I took a summer VoTech class on auto mechanics and between 11th and 12th I took a summer VoTech class on welding. My first solo automotive project was replacing the head gasket on a 1980 Dodge Charger 2.2. Later I helped rebuild the engine and customize the body (shaved door handles, relocated tail gate handle to inside the tail gate, "Frenched-in" ground effects, etc.) on a 1980 Dodge D-50 mini-truck.

Self taught myself alot about car audio (high school Physics I & II helped), and dabbled a lot with stereo systems. As a result, I learned quite a bit about building custom speaker enclosures, and rudimentary automotive upholstering (no stitching though).

Joined the Marine Corps in 1992, and spent my first 15 months going through boot camp (3 months), MCT (1 month), and schools (9 months in Albany, GA and 3 months in Aberdeen Proving Grounds). My MOS was 2171, Electro-Optical Ordnance Maintenance Repairman. I got to work on a lot of fancy and not so fancy electronic aiming devices for Dragons and TOWs, which was my calling in 'shop life'. I was also qualified to work on lasers, night vision devices, howitzer 'mounts' (levels used to ensure the guns were elevated properly), mortar mounts, and generally any other aiming device that could be attached/dettached to/from an infantryman's weapon including mechanized equipment of the same types (M1A1, LAV, and AMTRAK sights and vision aids).

After that, I went to college in Gainesville, FL, got my AA, and went to University of Florida during the wonder years of Danny Worfle and Steve Spurrier. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

During college, I taught myself a lot about computers, and ended up doing a short stint in retail as a PC Technician. After which, I moved to Cali and got a job in the gaming industry as a game tester, and snook my way into a Technologist position. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Bought my own MGB about two years ago now for $750, and it's been a love hate relationship with the car ever since. I love it when it's working great, love working on the car too. However, I hate being forced to work on it because something unnoticed/unchecked broke preventing me from driving. Things are coming together finally. Electricals seem to be good with only the defroster fan and the wipers creating any kind of load on the system. My tempurature problems from last month seem to be under control now. My list of things to do has shifted slightly, I got my California DMV notice this week and I have to go in for emissions testing to renew my registration this year. So that's where my MGB maintenance/upgrade plans are ATM.

Once I get through that hoop, I have some "sneaky snake" plans in the works to hopefully increase engine power, and still be able to pass smog without having to change anything other than basic tune-up type stuff.

06-25-2006, 04:14 PM
My first word was "car," and my mom says I wanted to be a car when I grew up. Dad wasn't a car guy really, so I picked up a few things from other folks. My grandmother had a good friend (later my step-grandfather) with a really nice MG TD. My first taste of LBC.

Degree in music from Yale, moved to Utah after, following a girlfriend. Eventually married (different girl) and got a house with a garage. Music side work funded a search for a hobby car, started looking at Mustangs but was bitten by the LBC bug at the local British Field Day. Work now as webmaster/data guy at a local school district, play music at night, and work on the Tunebug and ride the bike in the extra hours.

07-18-2006, 09:00 PM
Time to bump this thread. Any newbies out there or other who have not yet chimed in?


07-19-2006, 08:05 AM
"The details of my existance are inconsequential ..." /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif

07-19-2006, 12:57 PM
An Englishman of middle age (64? am I kidding?). I was born in Gloucestershire, my father was very much an enthusiast. The farmyard outside our home was often filled with Frazer-Nash, HRG, Bugatti, Allard, Ford 10 and Austin Seven specials, Dellow, you-name-it trials cars using us as a stopover on some trial or another.
Though we lived on a farm, my father was an engineer. The farm was managed by someone else, together with another - they are completely merged today.
He was an aircraft engineer during WWii, but went back to cars later.
He was a small car enthusiast - MG and Austin Seven. He had a beautiful MG PB Airline coupe with a much-modified and noisy engine, but his real love was Austins. Among his acquaintances and competitors were Colin Chapman, the Broadleys (Lola), Jem Marsh (Marcos) and many others in the motoring and motor sports world. I'd ride with him to Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton, and the other circuits of the time where he raced in the 750 formula.
Brought up in this environment, how could I fail to become an enthusiast?
I went into the British Merchant Navy for a while, and of course got my own Austin Seven Special. I raced, rallied, autocrossed and autotested all kinds of cars for quite a long time. When I came ashore, I had become a computer programmer, and have been doing that or something closely related ever since.
I have been married 42 years, and we've lived in France, Dubai, Singapore and USA in the last 20 years or so. Having such a nomadic life, I didn't have any 'real' cars until recently. I had a Miata for a while, and now an Elise.
Today I'm an IT Director for a large offshore drilling company in Houston.

07-19-2006, 07:09 PM
toupe, it brings out my dark med. skin collor. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

07-20-2006, 06:56 PM
o.k. only because im also interested in all you guys. born bklyn n.y 1951,sheepshead bay high-69,worked on wall street 68 till 72 h.s. work study program, started a roofing co.1973 attended college of aeronautics 1974 grad.4 year course in three years full time summer school, A&P lic. applied science deg. 1975 moved to savn. geo. worked for grumman aerospace,1976 moved to sunny bayone n.j. to work for butler aviation newark intl. airport,1979 hired as contract flight engineer for major oil co.got hire as full time after 6 months stayed until 1991,took flt.eng. job with second oil co.stationed in amsterdam need i say more? theyd fly you back and forth first class on britt. air 30 days on 30 days off.didnt dig beeing away from home for 30 days at a clip after being re-married so went with another oil co. in n.y as flt. engineer,could take the bull politics so stared my own home improvement co.in 1991 it was good timing because that last oil outfit lost thier flight operation,so now i use subs to do all the heavy work and try to stay in my wood working shop doing all the custom stuff thats what i realy dig,i play drums in a jazz trio, play guitar,repair guitars and have a nice collection,got my first austin healey when i was 14-15 years old from a neighbor that got it from a person that couldnt pay his boat yard fee,hed put a mechanics lean on it,one day passing his yard i stopped and asked mr. mccdonald what that car in his yard was, its an austin healey, ya want it? tosses me the keys i pushed it home by myself, been hooked ever since.i like to fly fish, bird hunt shot gun, archery big game, deer, elk, black bear, havalina,turkey,etc. ya had to ask right? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

07-21-2006, 08:36 AM
Let's see, I was born in Idaho, but I've lived in California, Pennsylvania, back to Idaho, South Carolina, the U.P. of Michigan, and now Ohio. Learned about most things electronic, mechanical, and automotive from my dad. Got interested in computers when we got our Commodore 64 (which we still have!), and wrote lots of programs on it. I got pretty proficient at repairing things around the house since dad sometimes had to work out of town for weeks at a time. And no, he got out of the military long before I came along. He's a civil engineer now, but got sent to various plants when they had problems.

Got interested in cars at an early age helping dad keep his '47 Lincoln running. We also had a few cars which we got to work on more than we would have liked. I got pretty good at routine maintenance, brake work, and electrical glitches. When I went to the University of Akron to study EE, the folks moved out to PA, and loaned me the Pontiac 6000 that I managed to keep running until I gave it back. Living in the fraternity house I was eventually put in charge of house maintenance. Go figure, an engineering fraternity (Triangle) has members who can't fix simple things around the house.

Graduated with my BSEE, and went to work for a company that makes electronic test equipment, first as an applications engineer (translation: Tech support guy), then as an embedded software engineer. Decided I preferred actually fixing the problems instead of having customers nagging when they will be fixed.

Oh, and as far as the LBC, I got to ride in an MGB-GT when I was about 14, and decided I had to get an MG someday. I wasn't really familiar with the Midget until I was chatting with friend and mentioned that I'd love to find an MGB someday. Turns out the Midget had been in his garage for a long time because he wasn't a car guy and didn't know how to fix it. He was glad to find somebody who might be able to resurrect it, and I was glad to find a car in relatively good condition. He just made me promise that if I decide to sell the car he gets first dibs on it.

07-21-2006, 09:38 AM
I was born in central West Virginia, the son of an Army sergeant. I was the only son with two older sisters. It was here that I became enamored with British cars since a neighbor lady had a nephew who would visit her often and he drove a Jaguar XK 150. It was so different from anything else I’d ever seen and I fell in love with its looks, the sound of the engine, and certainly the smell of the leather! I lived there through the 6th grade, after which we moved to Germany after Dad got reassigned.

I attended Hinkley High School in Aurora Colorado where I bought my first British car, a 1967 Jaguar XKE. I graduated in 72 and joined the Air Force in November of that year. I signed up as a Computer Maintenance Repairman. When I first went into the recruiter, they told me that job was not available and probably would not be for several months. They tried to sell me on some other jobs, but I just thought being a "computer maintenance" guy was a better way to go being that computers were still so new and mysterious. So they put me on a waiting list and it was only two weeks later they called.

After Basic, I spent nearly a year in tech school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Then it was off to Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, MT for several years working on the SAGE NORAD Air Defense System (an IBM Q-7 computer with half a million vacuum tubes). That’s where I met my wife of 31 years, Mary. We have two sons, one is a pilot (KC 135 tankers) and the younger is going to the local community college. I started going to college part time and then heard about a program call Airman’s Education and Commissioning Program (AECP). I eventually had enough credits to apply for AECP and was accepted. I ended up going to school at the University on New Mexico (UNM) where I earned my BSEE, then was commissioned in August 82 after 12 weeks of OTS. (I later earned a MS and MBa).

I then spent the next few years as a radar evaluation engineer with the 1954th RADES out of Hill AFB, UT. In that job, I would travel all over the world evaluating radar systems and trying to tweak them for maximum performance in their current environments.

In 1986 I was selected to be the Commander of a critical communications site on a small island off the west coast of Greece. My island, Lefkada, or Levkas, was right next to Scorpios, the island owned by Onasis. Since I was the last military commander of that site before we shut it down, I inherited an 8x10 photo of the two Kennedy kids, which they had autographed. (They used to visit the site and hang out with the GIs and play pool when they were living on Scorpios before my time there). Somehow this picture ended up being hung in the commander’s office, and since I was the last commander, I got to keep the picture.

After Greece I spent a few years working at the Headquarters of the now defunct Air Force Communications Command at Scott AFB, IL as a (gag) staff officer. I did that for as long as I could stand it and then I got a real job as a test manager with the AF Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) (It was in New Mexico and I had been looking for something worthwhile to get me back there since I fell in love with the place during my AECP days). I ended up retiring as a Major with 24 years of service and we moved to Edgewood, about 35 miles east of Albuquerque. I got a job with Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) shortly after retiring from the AF and I’ve been with them ever since. I still support operational testing of defense systems, only now it’s as a senior analyst rather than a test manager.

Being an old computer hack, I got into the BBS thing while at AFOTEC (remember those old dial up bulletin boards?) I used to run a very popular BBS called the “Cavern of Cyborg.” I eventually shut it down when dial up BBSs fell out of favor in lieu of the internet. A few years after I retired, I started getting involved with online discussion forums. One in particular, the Corvetteforum, gave be the bug to start a forum for British cars. It seemed there were a lot of marque-specific forums out there, but no good general-purpose British car forums. So I wanted to start a forum that would cater to all British cars and Bring together a larger, more diverse group of folks. To my surprise, the domain britishcarforum was available, so I snagged it (along with several others that point to this one) and on Christmas day, 2000, the BCF officially went on line).

That’s about it. Oh yeah, I, along with my wife, also are teachers with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their “Family to Family” education program.


07-21-2006, 10:43 AM
I'll ante up in a while... after I decide what I wanna be when I grow up.

Mebbe next week /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

07-21-2006, 09:32 PM
V. Interesting.
33yo, born and bred in Wales, grew up around the best mountain roads on the planet, very narrow too! Left school, joined the Navy, submarine service, left after 7 years as Lieutenant navigator, purchased my dream car, a sapphire cosworth and my life went downhill rapidly, along with my bank account, from there. Never was much of a 'wrencher' but found out later in life that it is fun, satisfying when you get it right and cheaper. Never had the hands for it, but then again, since leaving the Navy, I hate water.
Crossed the pond in 99, went back to school, got married, had kid..had LBC = no more kids. BA in History, studying MA in History, want to teach so I can get the summers off with the missus and travel (and work on LBCs) Love the US, but hate the tornado warnings 2/3 times a month, either that or rain all the time in Wales?
Hwyl Fawr pawb, bob lwc efo ceir.
Am I the only one from IL here?

07-21-2006, 09:40 PM

Am I the only one from IL here?

[/ QUOTE ]

I used to live in Troy, IL

07-21-2006, 10:42 PM

Am I the only one from IL here?

[/ QUOTE ]

I was in IL once, for Navy boot camp at Great Lakes NTC, got
there on October, it got steadily colder, and windier until
I left IL, never to return...

Spent my naval career in either the Med, the shipyard, or
Gitmo for shakedown. I still love the water, but not the
Naval Life...

The last 25 years have been spent repairing things, and building
things that have yet to be built by your regular manufacturers...

I am a true Jack of ALL Trades...


07-22-2006, 06:48 PM
I've "fiddled" with everything I could from the age of about 5. Have a natural need to take everything apart and see how it works. Found out early on that broken things thing usually repair themselves by taking them apart and giving them a good cleaning. If that does not work it's a learning experience on how to fix them. If you can't fix it, we'll it was broken anyway.

First car was a '72 midget at 16 (hence the need to find another) Worked and cleaned it day and night and even fell asleep in it once while working on it. Drove it up & down the driveway teaching myself to drive until I could get my license. (took my road test in moms/my XJ6) One of my best friends at the time was doing the same, not learning to drive, and while backing my Midget down the driveway, turned the wrong way and crashed into a tree. Smack dab in the center of the tail light. Crushed it and most of the back end of the car. Car was down hill from there with one thing after another breaking. Sold it a year later.
Bought a '77 Trans Am. Bandit car. Worked the snot out of it. Fast M'f'er I tell ya. Had that one up to 140 on the Taconic Parkway. Crashed it about 3 years later when someone cut me off. Head on. Bent the frame and bye bye blackbird. Then a Toyota and then my current DD, a 1991 Ford Ranger with 130k. Reliable to say the least.

Married my college sweetheart. (met on the first day of school) Coming up on being married for 16 years and have been with each other for 20. 3 kids - 12G, 10B & 5G. (stripped the engine with my 12G this morning)

AS in Archtectural drafting & a BA in Architectural Design but could not get work in the early nineties because of a recession. Worked at everything I could that had anything to do with building to get a better feel of how it all went together. Got a job working at a sign company 11 years ago and have not looked back. One of the strongest/best sign companies there is around. I have signs all over the world right now. If & when I get outta signs, I'd like to be a shop teacher.

About 8 years ago I went for a drive with my family. As we are heading down the road, I kept seeing all these lbcs. "Ooh look at that". "Oh there's another". "Did you see that one". Ya think dis colliage gradutate wood uv figered it out. My wife was taking me to the Concours car show at the Vanderbilt Mansion. Boy was that a dumb move for her. About a week later I bought my current rusty tub of a '72 midget, Then I got another. And then another. And then a TD and now the GT. And I'm still looking for that Blaze '72 and a Rubber Bumper B. (she's gonna kill me).

Jackass of all trades & a master of none. "So it goes, so it goes"

Thats about it for me. I think.