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  1. When we get a call for a vehicle off the road in the mud , we quote the customer an hourly rate. The rate is figured so the time spent cleaning the truck when it returns from the call is covered. If some one does not figure that time cleaning the truck into the rate, then I would say you have to consider that a cost of doing business. If the job sounds like it is going to be a really nasty one to get to, we will also tell the customer this may be a two truck job and quote them accordingly. If it sounds like it is going to be a nasty job we will go out and look at the job first, then quote the customer accordingly. We take our pick up truck to go look at the job and do not charge to go and look at it.
  2. Globrite went out of business a few years ago. Zips has some nice polished stainless steel panels with 3 oval cut outs for the oval tail lights and a round hole in the side for a marker light. I put them in one of our trucks and it worked out well. If I knew how to post pictures on here I would. I guess this old dog needs to learn some new tricks LOL.
  3. That is a cool truck! I have a 1948 REO Speedwagon 1-1/2 ton pickup truck that has been a long time project that was started by my brother and myself about 2004 or 2005. We are duplicating one of our grandfather's tow trucks. We have the original boom and winch. It is an Ashton boom. We did have the original truck, but it was to far gone to restore. We were able to take the original box off and take to a local metal shop and they were able to make a new box with new fenders using the old box as a template. After my brother passed away in 2007, it got pushed back on the build. My goal is to get it done this summer. The truck has been inside the whole time. It is painted, the brakes have been gone through, gas tank flushed and got it running again. It will be neat when done. My grandfather was a REO truck dealer in the 40s and 50s in Gurnee, Illinois.
  4. If that is the truck I think it is, it was at towing company near me several years ago. It is a Holmes 600 winches and gear box with a homemade boom and add on Holmes or Century wheel lift. When I looked at it, it did not have a counter balance valve for the boom lift cylinders and the boom could be lowered without the PTO engaged. It was just gravity down. It also had 2 PTOs, 1 for the boom and wheel and 1 for the winches.
  5. Here are some words my wife put together that you can sing to the tune of Jingle Bells. I thought it was pretty neat. Driving through the snow, the tow truck driver will go, the weather is a fright, he'll probably be out all night, oh tow truck driver , tow truck driver works in the rain, sleet, and snow, if that driver gets the call he's got to be ready to go, oh tow truck driver, tow truck driver his job's more dangerous than you know, you'll be happy to see those tow truck lights if your cars down in the ditch all covered with snow. You could sing it or read it as poem. Myself I couldn't carry a tune if my life depended on it. LOL To everyone have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stay safe and stay healthy. From my family and all of us here at Wildwood Service, Gages Lake, Illinois Jack Herman
  6. That is impressive! Hats off to the women of TRAO!
  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families thought that lost someone that day, and for all the families that that have lost someone protecting our country and our freedoms that we enjoy each day.
  8. I will never forget that day. My wife and I were watching the today show when the first plane struck and saw it on TV, and then the second plane struck and our hearts sank. I remember telling my wife we need to prepare for war.
  9. Yes to all questions! The accident on August 26th in Milwaukee, Wis. involving a flatbed from Rays Towing is the perfect example is why everyone should participate. There is going to be benefit car truck show on Sept. 22nd. 2019 at Herman's Auto clinic 6100 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee, Wis. to help out Rays driver that was injured in that crash. Everyone stay safe out there. Jack
  10. Good planning and team work! Slow and easy is always best.
  11. I agree with Moore's. I stopped the video, and looked and it does appear that it could have been winched to the end of the guard rail. I am sure the wrecker itself is rated to lift that car, but what I could see happening, is if that car starts to swing around with the boom up and fully extended, leverage could take over and possibly bend something or worse cause the truck to turn over. That is just me probably being over cautious. By no means I am not bashing this job. It appears they got it done without any problems. I know where I am at, the police do not like to shut any lanes down unless you have no other options. The distance to the end of the guard rail is probably shorter then it appears in the picture, but maybe not. That is just my opinion.
  12. First, our thoughts and prayers go out to Joe for a full recovery and to everyone at Ray's that this terrible accident may have caused a lot of mental anguish to. Thankfully it was not fatal. It is really frustrating when Hamid said the down pour caused their wheels to slip. How about slowing to a safe speed for the road conditions and slowing down for the flashing lights and move over if you can. I believe Wisconsin has a slow down move over law. If they do the driver of that semi should be charged and convicted to the full extent of the law. In my opinion when a serious accident such as this one, that caused injury, the driver that caused the accident, should have their drivers license permanently revoked. Everyone be safe out there and always watch your back. Jack Herman, Wildwood Service, Gages Lake, Illinois
  13. Find the transmitter and see what brand it is and call that manufacturer and they should be able to help you.
  14. Thanks for the kind words. The die cast collection was my brother Wally's. He passed away 2 months after we got that KW. Mike and I started working on the Miller race recovery team in 2005 at Chicagoland Speedway. He was not able to work at the track last year do to him being sick. Since Miller quit supplying trucks Lynch Towing Equipment has supplied the trucks. This year, to honor Mikes work on the recovery team Lynch along with Miller Industries had a limited number of t shirts made with a picture of his 50s rat rad tow truck on the back. At the race track for a $20.00 donation a person got a shirt. There was 131 shirts made, and 127 went to donors. There were many people who donated money, from towers to track service people, such as fire fighters, clean up, ems, and even some people from NASCAR that did not want shirts. Total proceeds were $3190.00 that were donated to Mikes wife and kids. If I knew how to post pictures, I would post one of the shirt. This old dog is not that advanced. LOL. A huge thank you to Fred Grueber from Miller Industries, Miller, and Lynch Towing Equipment for taking the time and effort to honor Mike. To all who donated, Thank you.
  15. I am still here and looking and commenting once in a while. I am sorry to say that my nephew Mike ( Wildwood Mike) is what he went by on here, is no longer with us. He came down with a cancer called T cell Lymphoma last year and battled it for 10 months. He passed away on November 2nd. 2018. He was 45 years old, was married with 2 kids.
  16. I know that Pete was built new as a tow truck. It started life in Rockford, Illinois. It belonged to a company called Ed's towing if remember right. He had a Phillips 66 station as I recall. If I remember right, he passed away and his wife sold the big trucks to Zips. He had a twin to that one that I believe Ed's Towing, Team Ed's, that is a member on here owns or use to own. He also had an International 4300 single axle with a 750 on it also. I do not know where that went to. They were a two tone blue or blue and white as I recall.
  17. It was in todays Waukegan News Sun paper that Trooper Ellis had switched lanes to prevent the wrong way driver from hitting a motorist behind him. He gave his life to save others. It was definitely the ultimate sacrifice. According to the paper Trooper Ellis was originally from Macomb, Illinois and now lived in Antioch, Illinois. The paper also said that the wrong way driver had alcohol in his system but coroners office was waiting for toxicology reports to come back to find out how much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Ellis's family and to all the families and friends and the law enforcement community who have lost someone. May all of you rest in peace. Jack Herman Wildwood Service Gages Lake, Illinois
  18. Our family has been in the towing business since the early 1920s. I was at the controls of 1948 REO Speedwagon tow truck when I was 9 years old. My training consists of learning from my family and school of hard knocks. I am 62 years old and still enjoy towing and recovery. Jack Herman, Wildwood Service, Gages Lake, Illinois
  19. I use my cordless 1/2 in. drive impact all the time. It is a time saver pulling axle shafts and drive shafts. I would have to say all my cordless tools are time savers.
  20. Last night my nephew Mike, known on here as Wildwood Mike, lost his 10 month long battle with cancer. He was 45 years old, married with 2 kids. He left towing about 8 years ago and went to work for the Warren Township Highway Dept. He still had towing in his blood as he would stop in and see what was going on. Him and I were part of the Miller race recovery team, starting in 2005 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Il. and became part of the Lynch race recovery team when Lynch took over. I was the driver and he was my 1st man out when called out on the track. I think we made a good team. Mike was a devoted husband and father and friend to many people. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
  21. Steve my thoughts and prayers go out you and your family. Jack
  22. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Meyers family, friends and His towing family at Ken Weber Truck Service. From all of us at Wildwood Service Gages Lake, Ill.
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