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  1. goodmichael

    6.7L oil leak

    I think Ford finally got their act together with a good diesel engine. They lost a great deal of their market share with the 6.0 and 6.4. boat anchors engines. Thanks for posting those detailed pictures. Your post was very informative.
  2. WATCH: Tow truck driver delivers pizza to immigrants found in big rig Seven pizzas went a long way in feeding more than 50 immigrants who were found in a refrigerated 18-wheeler, thanks to Armando Colunga, a tow truck driver who purchased the food out of his own pocket. RESOURCE LINK With Video
  3. goodmichael

    6.7L oil leak

    I 100% agree with in house. Ford pays roughly 50% of the labor on a warranty claim to the technician. How would you feel if just randomly you were paid half for a job? You have to be a very rare soul indeed to not let this effect your mental state.
  4. goodmichael

    Increase the Odds Of Business Success

    I always like to say that profit is your best friend as well as the lifeblood of the business. Way too often in this industry cash flow and profit get misconstrued. One can have forty trucks that run constantly and generate half a million dollars a year, and be operating in the red if they do not have their eyes on the bottom line. A two truck operation, that is effectively managed might generate low six figures.
  5. goodmichael

    Many Towers want to be Frst Reponders

    Not nearly enough is done to minimize the exposure to RISK. And hold those who fail to take steps to be proactive in minimizing risk accountable. This includes drivers, management, owners and shareholders as well as motor clubs, vehicle owners, insurance companies, and lawmakers. Companies that do not proactively do everything humanely possible to prevent the serious injury death of an employee should be priced out of the industry via high insurance rates. Companies that do the right thing, are safety oriented and safety proactive should be rewarded with lower premiums. How many of you provide and require your operators to wear safety glasses/eye protection? You are required to provide them for your employees. You are also required to ensure they are used and used properly.
  6. goodmichael

    Re: Michigan Tow Operator Killed Today 5-29-2018

    Maybe if the families of the deceased start putting pressure on OSHA, as well as filing suits against the companies their deceased family members worked for, for failure to provide a safe work environment people will wake up and start taking safety, as well as their attitude towards safety as a serious issue, and not an inconvenience. Maybe if your insurance rates tripling due to your failure in not having an implemented safety plan causes you to close up shop so that someone who cares enough to demand that every tow on the side of a highway has a blocker piece of equipment to protect the operator that is a required charge to respond to the side of a highway. Maybe if you as a professional operator refuse to operate equipment without proper blocker equipment and just keep driving past a scene and refuse to stop until it meets a prescribed level of safety. Maybe if you association leaders stop pleading with the motoring public to slow down and move over and instead focus your energy on law enforcement with a slogan, "you will cover our ass." (Let's face it, people just are too self absorbed to care.) Maybe if you association leaders stop everything and make this your top issue, rather than the superficial bullshit you are pressing forward with today. Then as a result, a mother and/or father can be alive and present to read a bedtime story to their toddler, attend their child's school play, attend their child's graduation, walk their child down the aisle at their wedding, watch their children open Christmas presents, throw a baseball with their sons and/or daughters, and show their children how to be a loving spouse.
  7. goodmichael

    Open Houses and Running Calls

    You might break the time of the event into segments and have only certain drivers run during their slot, that way everyone can participate in the event. That is a big milestone, congrats. For activities, BBQ competition between customers with trophies as well as bragging rights, car show, toy drive for Christmas, maybe raffle off a car or two.
  8. goodmichael

    Re: Michigan Tow Operator Killed Today 5-29-2018

    There are multiple pieces to the puzzle of this issue. I am never hesitant to share my opinion, so let me start from the beginning of my thought process. Bear with me to the bitter end. As a profession, towing operators do not stand united to allow for changes for the better. We have never been on the same page, so to speak. If the industry as a whole was not fragmented, but was united, Ooida, TDLR, and other regulating authorities could be told to go piss against the wind. Instead, there are very few areas in this country, where the competition will not stab you in the back or cut your throat to make a quick buck. The failure of the industry being united has allowed corrupt politicians as well as political entities to extort services and manipulate pricing to the point that some operate at a loss. The failure to be respected as well as represented as a true profession is why many state they can not afford health insurance, can not afford benefits, require the extreme sacrifices that many endure as they attempt to fulfill their perceived role in this industry. From an equipment perspective, towing has never been as technologically advanced and safety driven as it is today. From an equipment perspective. From a cognitive industry perspective, towing has never been as dangerous and perilous as it is today. It is the choices that are made by individuals, that cause the industry to be perilous, devastating, and deadly. People, if you do not want to get slaughtered on the side of the highway, stop pissing and moaning about the carnage, do something, now, effective immediately, and do not tow ANYTHING from the side of the highway unless you are protected. If you are not protected, DO NOT EVEN RESPOND TO THE CALL. If you have to sent another truck to block traffic, send another unit, or procure a barrier truck to secure a lane and bill accordingly. If the police will not give you a lane, pack up your gear and go home, safe to your family and loved ones. If you own a company, do not put your staff at risk by having them tow ANYTHING from the side of the highway unless they are protected. If you are a driver, DO NOT tow or respond to any incident on the side of a highway unless you are protected via a barrier truck or additional equipment to close a lane. If you are not willing to implement mechanisms to ensure the safety of your staff, you do not deserve to have staff working for you. I hope you go out of business and lose everything you have made off the risk your employees have taken. If you do not trust the judgement of your staff, why do you have them working for you? If you are an employee, your number one responsibility is to go home at the end of the day. You work to live, you do not live to work. If a scene is not safe do not even stop. Being unprotected on the side of a highway is not safe. At any time of day. If someone spills their coffee, sneezes and shits their pants, looks at a sign, sends a text, or reaches for the radio, you could be seconds from death. Go get a pair of dice and see how many rolls it takes to roll a 12. Just think of those odds when you make bad decisions based on earning a few dollars. Think of those odds when you hug you significant other and or your children. IS IT WORTH THE RISK?
  9. goodmichael

    Air Tanks

    As far as fittings, it is a dollar issue. If a manufacturer saves five bucks per unit in the course of manufacturing, when you multiply that by the total number of trucks you could be possibly looking at millions of dollars a year. Life sure would be easier if there was an access door built into pickup beds to aid in fuel pup replacement. Of course you still need to pull the dash to replace the heater core.
  10. goodmichael

    W. Marvin Rush Rush Peterbilt

    W. Marvin Rush of Seguin, TX passed peacefully on May 17, 2018, at the age of 79, but his charismatic persona, generous heart, passionate spirit, and leadership will not be forgotten. He was born on October 10, 1938, in Houston, Texas. He was the only son of the late William Maurice Rush and Gladys Knight “Ted” Rush who raised him with grit and grace and taught him that if you want to find success in life, you have to go out and get it. Marvin was a math wizard and developed a fondness for business earlier than most. At 10 years old he took out his first loan to start a Coca-Cola vending machine business. After much success he was “bit by the business bug” and dove into multiple business endeavors, overcoming many challenges on his journey to achieve his professional goals. He believed that if you don’t set goals, you have nothing to reach for. His goals included become a General Motors dealer, own a bank, take a company public, and achieve over $1 billion in annual sales. He reached all of his goals and more! He founded Rush Enterprises in 1965 with a single GMC truck franchise in Houston, Texas, followed by his first Peterbilt franchise in 1966. The company grew into a multibillion dollar business as the largest commercial truck network in North America. In June 1996 the company became the first automotive dealership group to go public. Upon retirement from Rush Enterprises, Marvin remained active in his personal business acquisitions: TexStar National Bank, TrustStar Insurance Services, and Rush Chevrolet. Though a man of many successes, he knew that without the good Lord and the good people in his life, nothing would be possible. His success came through the way he treated and helped others who, in turn, helped him reach his goals. He gave back time and treasures to the community as a top contributor to youth in agriculture at Texas livestock shows, served as Chairman of multiple boards, and supported Oakwood Baptist Church and many other local non-profit organizations. This is also evident in his own words, “I enjoy giving back because a lot of people have helped me. I recognize that I owe my success to them, not me. My point with all of this is that people need people. You have the opportunity every day to help other people, enhance their lives, and you know what, you’ll find out that you enhance yours in the process.” Marvin lived life to the fullest and had many loves. He loved his wife of 26 years, Barbara Lea Rush. He adored and took pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Marvin loved his family and close friends unconditionally and treasured making lasting memories with them. He had a deep affection for his dogs and enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, traveling, making deals, doing “bidness”, and collecting cars. He had a penchant for what he called the finer things in life: fresh cracked pepper, hot jalapeño peppers, homemade apple pie, Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, and a good rare steak...to name a few. Mentoring others and sharing his knowledge came through oft-used southern sayings or what his family called “Marvin-isms”: “A chicken ain’t nothing but a bird”, “Don’t take any wooden nickels”, “It’s a helluva rat that has only one hole to run to”, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”, and many others much too “colorful” for print. In his last few years, Marvin battled Lewy Body Dementia. As was the case his entire life, relationships and people remained the most important thing to him until the end. He never forgot his family, close friends, and the people who mattered most to him. He also had peace and joy in knowing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Marvin passed peacefully at home in his wife’s loving embrace. Marvin’s greatest legacy is his story, how he treated people and inspired people through his hard work, generosity, and mentorship. He was someone you could always depend on, always there to lend an ear, give tell-it-like-it-is advice, and offer timeless words of wisdom through his animated storytelling. He was a role model of integrity, generosity, respect, perseverance, determination, kindness, and good humor. May we continue to honor him by focusing on loving one another and striving in our own journeys to leave a legacy that will impact future generations to come. Marvin is survived by his wife, Barbara; eight children, Rusty Rush and wife Jeni, Robin Rush and wife Nancy, Michael Rush and wife Kristin, Colleen Davis and husband Glenn, Tona van Heerden and husband Jacques, Parker Rush, Amy Heebner and husband Ken, and Lauren Sutton; one sister, Susan Peloquin and husband Mark; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Marvin will also be forever remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. We will celebrate his life at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 Loop 337, New Braunfels, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Marvin Rush may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Gifts may be made securely online at www.lbda.org or sent by mail to the following address: 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047. You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.
  11. goodmichael

    Balancing 19.5 tires?

    Hunter makes a machine, I believe the shark, that also performs a road force reading. It was explained to me that a figurative "square " tire could be balanced theoretically with weights. The road force reading determines trueness of the tire beyond balancing with weight.
  12. goodmichael

    Looking to buy a new truck ASAP!

    So, what did you buy, and how is it working out?
  13. That is a really neat tour.
  14. goodmichael

    1966 goat

    Really nice, thanks for sharing.
  15. goodmichael

    Personal use, Rollback project

    If you make your own, and they fail, the liability is on you. If you buy from the manufacturer, and they fail, and you were using them within their limitations, you can fade the heat towards the manufacturer. Personally, I do not like that design. They are great to beat someone over the head with, but I have seen many of them suffer stress fractures. I guess to it is due to my preference e for the Vulcan scoops. They are too heavy to swing to beat someone in the head with, but I have never had one fail.