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  2. The Two Metal Poles worked much like heavy gauge metal fence posts back in the day. Instead of dropping into a slot the round posts were slid a larger round metal receptor welded to another metal rod that held the two bearings, wheels and tires just like the dollies we us today. I am sure someone has a time line of dolly innovations someplace as I recall seeing something like that at one time. Kinda surprised it isn't on the wall at the museum. I remember pan were then added to the posts, then the two posts became one round post then one square post (As Pictured). The square must have been found to be stronger as we progressed to extending Bars and back two an innovation of the original design. I was thrilled when the heavy metal was changed to aluminum, although I have see those who overload their trucks overload the dollies till they look like a sway back horse and are difficult to retract. The earliest dollies I can recall using were on the super cradle I pictured in the vintage forum. They were similar to the picture above but the pans were no where near as deep. I don't know where I picked up the "teeter totter" method using Jack Stands as I do not recall seeing anyone doing it around here. Now I am sure there were, I just didn't see them and those that saw me were interested when I called it a "teeter totter". Like I said that was what it looked like and later I found others around the country had done the same for years. KInd of like when I did an "Air Lift" only that has numerous names. Getting back to the "teeter totter" method, some may ask how the dollies were loaded other then using jack stands. You picked up one end of the vehicle set the dollies, then moved to the other end to load for tow. When these early dollies were designed there were no auto-loads. he wheel lift systems being designs were certainly not auto loads. Now I am far from a Historian, for that we would have to look to Wes Wilburn. He can surely fill in the blanks.
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  4. Our early light-duty wreckers didn't have slings or tow bars, only a steel rim and tire cut in-half and welded to the wrecker's rear dock on a 500 Holmes twin line, shaft-driven PTO. The cable-hooks were attached somewhere to the frame and we'd slide small sections of car tires between the cable and bumpers. A chain was connected from the towed car to the rear dock. When starting out in traffic, the towed car would swing back, shift, and it would swing forward and slightly, "kiss", the rubber tired rim. It required a little finesse and smoothing driving to not bend the car being towed. But, cars in the early years were made of real metal. The hardest car I towed was a 62' Jaguar XKE from the front bonnet. The picture is a likeness of what the set-up looked like. R.
  5. I do remember performing the "teeter totter" technique, Dad had a pair of jack stands on each L.D. truck. I cant say i recall the double pole dollies you mentioned. that may have been before my time. The moon caps were a very useful tool to have. I remember using the old heavy rubber floor mats in the trucks for chain protection on trees for winching ( Roundslings and straps werent really a thing yet )or placing them between sling bars and such for bumper protection on certain jobs. It is funny to look back and think of some of the things we did as normal back then that would be considered barbaric by todays standards.
  6. Is it normal there for people to launch boats there?
  7. Definitely gotta have some Dish.
  8. Good to hear. We here have had small quakes before but it is super rare. When we do have one ( and they are small ) everyone freaks out. I am sure it would be comical for someone from your neck of the woods to witness it. Our claim to fame here are blizzards, white outs, sub zero temps for winter and torrential down pours and flooding for spring/summer.
  9. Earthquakes here are a frequent happening that requires nothing but hold on until the shaking stops. Usually, there's hundreds of small quakes every year. Just like hurricanes in Florida, after 60-something years, most Californian's don't worry about quakes and wildfires we're worried about the virus. Were OK Grunps, Thanks for asking. R.
  10. It is amazing to me how this virus affects various areas. My county for instance has 94 cases as of this morning, one of the adjoining counties has 12 then the county on the other side of that one has almost 200 cases. It baffles me that a county that is practically surrounded by two other high case counties has so little.
  11. Wow!!! I hope all is well and no one got hurt.
  12. i do have a set that I keep at the shop and i take them with me when I know I need them. i have plans to build a set of mounts on the wheel lift braces under the deck for them i just havent gotten around to building them yet.
  13. We also donate cars regularly to our local f.d. and they have been kind enough to intergrate us into some of their training senarios. It really helps us to work together more fluidly in real world situations.
  14. Ok sorry I couldnt be of any help. For that price it better be gold plated... WOW
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  16. I just want to say that in times like this this class has help pave the road for our company to survive. We have been doing this for 6 plus year since the first class and month get payment in from insurance on the property damage billing. Linda, BoB, and Eric and there guest make it fun to do the classes and learn. Making money is always fun as well Hope the industry hold strong and get this training once the cloud is pass Thank you Bigwheel crew
  17. The course helps drivers understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, how it could affect their work and safety, and steps to keep themselves and others safe. Instructional Technologies, Inc. Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI) announced it is offering a free course for drivers on COVID-19 safety. COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know helps drivers understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, how it could affect their work and safety, and steps to keep themselves and others safe. “Hauling critical supplies across North America every day, professional truck drivers are on the front lines of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. James Voorhees, president and CEO of ITI. “It is vital that they know how to protect themselves and others, which is why ITI is offering COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know free of charge. This information will help stem the spread of the virus and keep drivers safe during this critical time.” COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know covers the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the symptoms of the coronavirus, ways to prevent its spread, and what to do if you get sick. It also addresses driver-specific concerns, including: Cleaning or avoiding high-touch areas inside and outside the vehicle Important regulatory changes like Hours of Service and CDL expirations Operational concerns like shipper closures Reminders to avoid distracted driving and manage stress in challenging times Lifestyle changes such as reducing contact in driver lounges, break rooms, and at vending machines Drivers are also advised to check the CDC and FMCSA websites for up-to-date information on the pandemic, and to avoid sensational news and social media sites that could be spreading inaccurate information. This Information Could Also be Useful to the Towing & Recovery Industry. Click here to access COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know free of charge. RESOURCE LINK
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  19. Have you ever considered having dollies on your truck in case you have 2 4x4’s?
  20. This is an example why we always donate vehicles to the local fire departments for training. Our fire departments invest many hours for training and it shows when they respond to actual emergencies. Training is also important for towing companies. We always prefer to practice a procedure in our lot before doing it in public.
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  22. Semi Truck Burns To The Ground! Needs A Pick Me Up! BBQ Time
  23. A car was crushed under a tractor-trailer in Manchester Friday. Firefighters worked for 1.5 hours to free the driver of the vehicle. MANCHESTER, NH — Manchester Fire, AMR, and Manchester Police responded to Campbell St for a car under a tractor-trailer. When crews arrived they had a car under the back of a tractor-trailer which had a fork truck on the back of it. A passenger of the car was quickly removed but the driver was significantly pinned. MFD crews used jaws of life, blocking materials, hydraulic tools, and cutting tools in an attempt to free the woman. They had the driver of the tractor-trailer try to raise the fork truck which gave them some room to work. They called Eastern Towing who came to the scene with a flatbed tow truck who assisted in lifting the fork truck. Crews removed the roof of the vehicle and after 1.5 hours the driver was removed. The driver remained conscious during the extrication but was given pain medication to tolerate the pain. She was transported to the Elliot Hospital Trauma Center with serious but what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.I Sources at the scene say that it appears the tractor-trailer was backing across Campbell Street to make a delivery of a pallet of stone to a house. The truck driver was uninjured. NHSP Troop G and Manchester Police are investigating. Incredible video of extrication and still photos RESOURCE LINK
  24. A semi recovery vehicle towing a larger truck through an intersection Friday night inadvertently snapped two utility lines, causing a power outage at nearby neighborhoods, Colorado Springs police said Saturday. The outage began about 7:40 p.m., when the truck drove under low-hanging power lines near Robinson Street and South 25th Street, and snapped the lines out of the poles, police said. Century Link responded to repair the lines, authorities said. No injuries were reported. No Further Details RESOURCE LINK
  25. HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A train crashed into a stalled car and a tow truck that was there to help in southwest Houston on Friday night, officials said. A BMW was stalled on the train tracks at Main Street and Hillcroft Street at around 11:30 p.m. A tow truck driver tried to help the BMW when the train came and smashed into both vehicles, police said. The people in the stalled car said they were able to escape in time without injuries. "By the time he hooked it up and pulled off, the train was close. Everyone had to disperse. It hit the car. It hit both cars," said Rajshah Haywood, a passenger in the stalled car. The train dragged the tow truck several feet down the tracks. Officials said no one was seriously hurt. RESOURCE LINK with video
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