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    I use to work for Schlumberger, they gave me my start as an apprentice back in 2005 what use to be Camco International. It was always nice to hear the expericenced guys talk about how things use to be. Thanks for sharing these pictures, I enjoy seeing these things.

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    Here is an old photo of a Wickes thread hobber at work. I think this is a sale promotion photo for a machine my family purchased in the 60s or 70s. The back of the phot says Avondale Marine Ways Inc., Harvey, LA
    arringtonmachineshop062.jpg

    Here is a photo of a drill collar being planed. This must have been done before the milling process was perfected.
    arringtonmachineshop061.jpg

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    I like the hole in the wall (moving panel?) for the bar..... (photo 1)

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    Here is a photo of a drill collar being planed
    That would be a Kelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JST View Post
    I like the hole in the wall (moving panel?) for the bar..... (photo 1)
    Don't miss the hole/break in the raised floor behind the operator.

    Upon closer inspection, that juts looks like pallet on the floor to give him some height. We used to do the same for the "vertically challenged" that worked for us.

    Fantastic photos & history.

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    That looks likea used kelly that has been built up with rod and being re-surfaced. This wasvery common way back then.

    I have a copy of the operations instruction manual for a Wicks 44 thread milllike the one in the photo above.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wb2vsj View Post
    Don't miss the hole/break in the raised floor behind the operator.

    Upon closer inspection, that juts looks like pallet on the floor to give him some height.
    We had pallets on the floor at all machines. It was not just to put the hand wheels at a good height but also to keep your feet out of the shavings and cutting fluids.

    JST - Here is a photo of the other side of the hole in the wall.

    arringtonmachineshop063.jpg

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    Default "Cathead" being used

    Quote Originally Posted by heavychevy454ss View Post
    We had pallets on the floor at all machines. It was not just to put the hand wheels at a good height but also to keep your feet out of the shavings and cutting fluids.

    JST - Here is a photo of the other side of the hole in the wall.

    arringtonmachineshop063.jpg
    A perfect picture of a "Cathead" being properly used!!!

    You have any more pictures you can share with us?

    Thanks heavyChevy454

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    More Drilco photos - 36 years ago.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ner/Scan01.jpg
    (That is the late Duane Wolfe half in the photo)

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ner/Scan02.jpg

    Window looks North - towards Rankin Road:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ce/photos5.jpg

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    Default Hi, thanks for sharing.

    [QUOTE=johnoder;1814267]More Drilco photos - 36 years ago.
    Hi, thanks for sharing. I do have a question... Does anyone know how to get employment info for Drilco employees. I was hired in 1974 at the Hardy Road plant (Houston Texas) , and in about 1993 Halliburton bought the Mud Motor Division / Dana Dyna Drill product service line from Smith International, and relocated me and my family to the fort worth area. Problem is I need proof of my original hire date for Halliburton to honor all my time, because Halliburton will honor all SII Drilco time. Schlumberger bought smith international.... but they cant seem to find any records from 1974. I still work for Halliburton, if anyone has any ideas about finding employment records email me at [email protected]

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    Dusty,

    If the personnel department at the Hardy Road facility was not able to find anything, would you by chance know who you worked for back then? Could be a very slim chance of one of the management people still around that may be able to get you a letter for proof of employment. Last, contact, IRS, they be able by tax records show that you were employed by Smith back then.
    I know when I rehired on in 2003, they went back and checked if my employment records were still around from 1980. They were not able to find them.
    Last, you may check with Dyna Drill. They still exists. They are some where on the West side of Houston toward Katy.
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    You might call the social security administration - they should have records of all your earnings, and may well have records of who made payments to the SS trust on your behalf (the SS part of withholding.)

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    Ken,

    What an awesomely bitter-sweet stroll down memory lane!

    Thanks!

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    An amazing thread, my thanks to all those who contributed, being a son of the Brit oil patch (my late father worked as a Pipe Foreman for Lummas (spelling?) Engineering / Kellogs on the building of the Kent oil refinery (Shellmex/ BP, IIRC) on the Isle of Grain in the early 50's, the oil game has always held an fascination for me.

    Thanks again and take care

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    I love these threads. Thanks guys!

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    Thanks for the help, I worked for many people, but in about 1974 they just moved to the hardy road plant, Moose Howel, Dalton Simon, Joe Maimgram, are some of the people I worked for. It was nice going down memory lane....Halliburton told me today they wouldnt honor all my years of service with Drilco SII, so there isnt much I can do about it now. Many thanks!

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    Dusty,

    Those names are very familiar with me. Recall dad mentioning their names many times years ago.

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyRange View Post
    Halliburton told me today they wouldnt honor all my years of service with Drilco SII
    Did they give a reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swatkins View Post
    Did they give a reason?
    Yeah the reason was..... I started in about 1974, but in about 1980 Willie Chun the VP of Drilco start a new company 1 mile from the hardy road drilco plant. It was called Oncor, Dalton Simon was the shop manager, and I left drilco to work for them, over about 2 or 3 years it changed to Tom Brown Drilling then to Hughes Drilling equipment, but about the mid 80's the shut the plant down and moved to Scandinavian country, so I returned to Drilco. Later in 1993 Halliburton bought my division of Drilco SS and at the time they said they would honor all Drilco Smith time.... I brought it up at the time and HR told me it would be all smith time no matter what..... for some reason it looks like Drilco only turned me in as being there just when they bought the division I was working for... I guess because at that time Halliburton made me a PGL (supervisor), so nothing before that time was sent to halliburton... over the years I tried to fix it, but records were on micro film, and such,, then it was handled by a 3rd party. Halliburton HR said to just show a badge or something .. I had a 5 years award that was dated from 1974 to 1980, but I lost it in a fire,and inbetween when I returned to Drilco in about 1984 up until the time halliburton bought my division my time was reported by smith. So I lost about 9 years there. HR in Carrollton Texas at halliburton now tells me the HR guy I talked to about this over the years no longer works for halliburton, and they don't have a copy of the letter that says they will honor all smith time..So I ran into a wall, I will be honored for 20 years of service instead of about 40 sometime next year. I was just a tad frustrating to think over all the years it would get fixed or sorted out only to find out today that it dont matter to anyone anymore...except me, and the HR guy dosent work here anymore was the excuse. So they will only honor what smith turned in to them ... not ALL smith time.


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