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    And this is why some of us - even if fascinated...

    And this is why some of us - even if fascinated by the mechanical marvel of a ship - were content to be down in the mud combat engineers or even grunts. Never got seasick in the mud.

    Dale
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    Budget - I'd be amazed if you can't find one...

    Budget -

    I'd be amazed if you can't find one somewhere between Rochester and Syracuse at a decent price - just keep looking. I'm in the middle of nowhere in the Southern Tier and they turn up...
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    Joe - It is hard to imagine the 'fun' you had...

    Joe -

    It is hard to imagine the 'fun' you had in that cable block failure. I was present when a 22 1/2 ton winch cable separated - was rear winch of an M-816 Army wrecker and we had a stuck piece...
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    Budget - Not sure where you are in NY. I'm...

    Budget -

    Not sure where you are in NY. I'm upstate - and would advise keep looking. I've seen many decent surface plates go for less than $100 (and often under $50) most on stands at various...
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    I'd think if one of the inmates at the prison...

    I'd think if one of the inmates at the prison there has internet connection this might be an attempt at humor. When you have nothing but time on your hands things look different.

    Or maybe just...
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    Good going. No need to qualify any of what you...

    Good going. No need to qualify any of what you have accomplished. Reaching your goal with what life tossed your way shows some real character - you will do fine.

    Hard to imagine 49 and 1/2 years...
  7. Ramsay1 - Yep - but I still find it some of...

    Ramsay1 -

    Yep - but I still find it some of the better entertainment around here. But then I have been accused of having a sick sense of humor.....

    Dale
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    Erichimedes - I meant to reply when you posted...

    Erichimedes -

    I meant to reply when you posted originally but obviously did not. I have a 13" - but mine is a manual shift, not automatic like yours. When I got it the same clamp was missing on...
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    Pete / Limy Sami - Think you nailed it once I...

    Pete / Limy Sami -

    Think you nailed it once I went back and looked at the pictures better. My memory is rusty and it has been too many years but the one US Army trailer mounted machine shop I...
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    Legs look to be someone's fabrication project -...

    Legs look to be someone's fabrication project - with the back of the envelope design seriously lacking.

    But it HAS to be a deal - 'clean and painted'. Maybe the potted plant comes with it....
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  11. Joe - Now there you go again. Bringing up...

    Joe -

    Now there you go again. Bringing up that darned lifetime of experience some of us have - and remembering the good ideas we stold along the way from those who taught us!

    Dale
  12. Maynah - I'll tell you what I think is correct...

    Maynah -

    I'll tell you what I think is correct - hopefully someone more knowledgeable will correct me if I am wrong. I spent my civilian working career in a defense contractor but thankfully did...
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    Joe - I hear you. Have fun and help along the...

    Joe -

    I hear you. Have fun and help along the younger ones - that was always the best part of the job. And the part I miss the most - it was always fun when there were great people to work with....
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    Joe - I have gotten a lot of my shop equipment...

    Joe -

    I have gotten a lot of my shop equipment (actually the vast majority) off the Auctions International site over the years and still look at it pretty regularly. They started running the...
  15. Third guy to tell you to take the EIT. You want...

    Third guy to tell you to take the EIT. You want options in life, and having a PE can come in handy. And the first part is easy - or was - when you are fresh out of school. Matter of fact it was a...
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    Joe - I can add a bit to your post. The...

    Joe -

    I can add a bit to your post.

    The plant in Painted Post has been Dresser Rand for some time - as is the plant in Olean. Our son and daughter both live in Corning (as do grandkids) so we...
  17. I'm also in upstate NY - but per map in an area...

    I'm also in upstate NY - but per map in an area with much less probability of strikes. Also tucked into wood line at base of hill and an old fence line with large trees about 80 feet in front of...
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    Joe - Was wondering if you were going to...

    Joe -

    Was wondering if you were going to mention IR. The original IR hand held air tool plant was in Athens, PA - which is part of 'The Valley' where I live - 4 small towns that straddle the...
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    Joe - I have to laugh. As I was writing up...

    Joe -

    I have to laugh. As I was writing up this post and figured out where it was I was thinking to myself 'Wonder if Joe was ever at this place?'.

    Should have known better than to 'wonder'
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    Canadian Shipbreaking

    I know we have had several threads on Great Lake ships - and ship breaking. My son sent me this link today. Interesting pictures of ship breaking at the south end of the Welland Canal. Not sure...
  21. Congratulations. New facility is impressive,...

    Congratulations. New facility is impressive, looking forward to the pictures. I know what it takes to chase an idea and watch the business grow - it is great to see someone succeed.

    Dale
  22. tdmidget - Maybe you are right, maybe not. ...

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    Maybe you are right, maybe not. I'm recounting the story as I was told. I do know for a fact too many guys spent too much time in that bar. And it might have been told to me the way...
  23. Handsome Devil - I think you and Joe have it...

    Handsome Devil -

    I think you and Joe have it called out right. As a young platoon leader in the Army at the tail end of Nam I saw way more alcohol and drug abuse than I needed for a lifetime. ...
  24. Joe - Great story as always. And I'll agree...

    Joe -

    Great story as always. And I'll agree with the Slivovitz as it fits both of our family backgrounds.

    When I graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in June of 1970 I was offered a job at...
  25. Joe - I like your analysis of the pictures. I...

    Joe -

    I like your analysis of the pictures. I think you have the wall correct. When I was about 5 or so I can remember 'working' one Saturday. My Dad had bought an old walk in cooler (but not...
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