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  1. Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in January of 2016: This unit rolled over in the rain,,,it was loaded with soy sause,,,used bags and wreckers for upright,,,all went well. pttowguy said: Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing. tntower said: Did they completely offload befor upright? Ed Barker said: No,they could not get it pumped off so we up-righted it loaded.
  2. Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in December of 2006: I ran across these pictures of the first heavy Dad started me in ,it was a Mack with a w-45 unit and a big drag winch,,,,,, it was very capable back then and I must say those Mack trucks are practically bullet proof,it was a great pleasure starting with this truck back then,it was like it was part of the family. ,,,also if you note in the pictures all three photos had different paint schemes,,,,,we had this old bulldog for several years..." Da Wash Boss said: sweet,,,, would love to see more pics like that. Danny Cassello - TRPC - East Hartford, CT Ed said: I had an old W35 on a KW K100, didn't use it much. I was told that you had to watch winching hard with them because the winch drum would push away from the drive gear since it wasn't supported on the outside of the shaft? Don't know if there is any merit to that. Looks like a good work horse for you. Thanks for posting. Ed Barker said: I remember we did bust this unit several times over the years, you had to know it to use it and get its capabilities,but even today after it is long gone,,, Dad still says that is what was the backbone that are heavy business was built upon, we had several others over the years but this old truck was tough, if it was a super hard job we would stabilize with the boom winch's and do the bulk winching with the drag,,,,,, I can remember as a kid seeing Dad lift a loaded trailer that was sunk by running a snatch block off the boom and using the drag winch, more than once he set the booms down on the bed, but it always got the job done, if you wanted to be a true operator this was an educational piece of equipment to learn on, I often see us get a fairly tough job today and I think how would we have done this with the old Mack,,,but I know some how we would have,it always came through. Thanks,Ed Gaylock1 said: thats a great combo, Mack/Holmes....I cut my heavy teeth w/ a 750.. We had a w-35 & a w-45,, but never got the pleasure to operate them............I just junked the w-45 a couple of years ago.....I know,,,, what was I thinking,,,, can't keep'em forever though.. I run out of room........Paul Ed Barker said: I can't say much Paul,a couple years ago we had a 650 unit that we junked,we had bought another tower out of the heavy business in our area and the old truck was junk. So I advertised the bed for $800 and could not sell it. I sent it on to the junkyard ,it is sad to have to junk them. But, like you said you can't let them sit forever. captradiator said: That's the only W-45 I've ever seen with square booms. Is that something that y'all did? Johnny Ed Barker said: We bought the old Mack from a truck dealer that my Dad knew. He had built it himself for his own towing,,,, He had put the square booms on it,,,, I remember Dad said he priced it to him without thinking and Dad told him he would take it, when Dad took the money down to get it he told my Dad if you will walk away from buying it I will give you $1000 cash money,,, But if your hearts set on buying it, I will let you buy it,,,,, Dad payed him and brought it home. it was quite a truck in its day and it was the first heavy that my Dad built a set of hydraulic stiff legs for,,, boy were those stiff legs quite an option back then. aatowinginc said: Ed, Thanks, those are some pretty cool pictures. And some really neat memories to share. I think this site is so awesome. It allows us a forum to really see many different sides to the individuals that make up this industry. Dennis
  3. Paint Vs Wrap created by Newman Towing in 2015: I just bought an older IH 4700 10 ton wrecker. The paint is awful. After talking with several people about painting it the way I would like its 4-5k and three to four weeks. I ventured out to a wrap shop in the city that a lot of business use and explained what I wanted. They were quick with a basic cgi to show me and actually tweaked a few things that made it look better. The quote was 2k for the wrap and two maybe three days for the whole truck ( minus the boom which I am going to have blasted and painted). My question is do you guys with wraps have good success? No peeling, turning, fading and staining? I know paint chips and scratches but u can touch it up. I just don't want this to last for 6 months and have to have it redone every year. I also like the fact we can have both flat beds wrapped to have a totally matching fleet. Please post pics of your wraps and opinions. Thanks mike11817 said: paint is for ever and if you paint name on its harder to sell if you wrap it when you go to sell you just rip it off if they dont like it and take your name off BlackAutoload said: My vinyl guy wants good paint under the wrap to offer any kind of warranty. So , no wraps here. It is a huge expense with no return on investment. In Memory of lasvegastowpro who said: You most definitely should have a good base paint, maybe a single color. Next you need to make sure you have high quality vinyl and that the weather is going to cooperate with you but a good wrap should last from 12 to 20 months from my experience in the high desert Newman Towing said: The guy at the sign shop says the paint is decent enough for the vinyl. They use the 3m brand vinyl. I am hoping for about 2 yrs from the wrap. One truck we bought had a painted name on it. Spoke with three body shops and every one told me lacquer thinner and plastic razors. They were wrong. Ajax and oven cleaner (old lady at gas station told me this trick). But will never buy another truck with a painted nothing on it. Santiam01 said: We have the California yellow trucks here. Buy a yellow truck, or buy white & paint yellow. I have a customer who did wraps a few years ago, & is now getting ready to trade the truck in. The paint under the wrap is fresh white paint. No "ding" for a faded yellow truck. If you have a custom color, or scheme, it comes off with a wrap, when you move the truck out of your fleet. www.santiam.info Road Rescue NY said: We have been using wraps since our 2007 Peterbilt. Like anything else it is only as good as the company doing the work. Be sure they put the additional 3M UV film over it. This way 2yrs into it when a driver bangs up door #2 on the right side he can just print that door and NO fade. This also ads value over paint, paint always fades. With high quality work we have not had any issues even with the horrible North East winters. Resale is great, Peel it off and you have a nice clean truck. He has done 13 trucks and trailers for us now and couldn't be happier. Good Luck & Stay Safe, Bill Newmans Towing said: Thanks road rescue. It's suppose to be the 3m with uv screen. I am liking the idea of being able to match all the trucks. DodgeTowGuy134 said: If may be 3M brand, but there are different thickness of the wrap material, I'd go for the thicker mil. Also, the wrap material inks WILL fade, even with the UV film over them, over time, especially RED ink, as it absorbs the most UV. I had a truck wrapped and it was nice for about 3-4 years, but then it starts looking bad from there out. Also, there is a potential for staining and scrapes to the wrap. In my opinion, a really good quality paint may cost more, but it;s the way I'd go and that's what I did when it was time to redo the truck, paint with vinyl cutout name/logo on the doors ETTS Tow Sales said: Look into Liquid wrap Supposed to be the 1/4 the price of vinyl and paint, plus can peel off when ready to sell and not damage paint under it.
  4. This topic was originally created on Tow411 in April of 2014. I am looking at having a new carrier completely wrapped,,any pictures of others wrapped units,,never done this before. Updated in January of 2019: New wrecker is home and in the stable,,,now to color paint match or wrap it! Towing Medina said: Here's a few. Easy to remove when ready to sell. Towman62 said: Here it is before the wrap... Here it is Wrapped LIGHT DUTY WRAP What's the average cost to wrap a heavy or light duty? Kenny Miracle ''Miracles Do Happen Here'' VERNON75 said: I was quoted around $2,000 and they would have the truck 4 days. That was for a regular cab international 4300 flatbed. I'm in a pretty small town and their the only option. When I get another truck and can afford to lay one up for 4 days, I will shop around outside this area for the best deal. Either way it's going to cost good $$$, so I'm not going to risk not getting exactly what I want to save a few hundred dollars. Ed Barker said: Those look great,,I was quoted 15-16 hundred for the 550,,,just need some ideas,,thanks fellers iatowmater said: He Here is my 2008 International 4300 Ext cab Flatbed. Bill Sellner said: Most of time extra cab flatbeds right around $2000.00 for complete cab. We are just doing a F550 extra cab in pink. I will try to get it on this weekend. Bill Bill's Towing & Repair, LLC (608) 592-7200 Serving 3 Wisconsin Locations www.billstowing.biz "Big or small we haul em' all" Santiam01 said: These guys are going for a Military Airplane theme, they have two more new trucks getting wrapped now. Nice thing is, when they are done with the trucks, I have white trucks to sell-no custom paint job rolling the streets... www.santiam.info Sheridan said: You may want to look at the reflective vinyl. We are looking at that for the Heavy we have been building. The cost difference is very minimal, maybe $1 to $2 more a square foot. You just need to watch the colors that are visible from the front. I should have the price on Monday on this. Ed Barker posted in a new topic January of 2019:
  5. Here is a couple pictures of the new paint job, gets lettered tomorrow and detailed out there after, will show some finished pictures soon. This is my little 4 year old nephew with his toy wrecker that also had to be painted, so he got to have ago at it on his unit and here he is at the end of the day "looking quite ready for his nap", To look at him he is 4 years old to talk to him he is 25 years old, he's my little shop helper! Thanks, Towman26 said: Its looking good. I should have brought my truck up to you to repaint. The body shop that is doing it has had it now 10 weeks & it is still no where near done. Although some of the problem is that Miller didnt prep the body correct in the first place jrtowman said: FINNALLY Looking good a whole lot better than when i saw it at aatac Kyle Hodges AGE 14 Years Old I KNOW I'M YOUNG FMS Mike said: Looking good Ed!!! Michael Wade200 said: Man, you made quick work out of that. It would have taken us this long to figure out where to buy the paint, much less prep and paint it. IT LOOKS GREAT!!!! drewmel said: truck looks good. Although I am just begining to paint I can feel your pain. We redid one of our beds and that was a pain. Good job. Ed Barker said: I always said ,you haven't really painted until you have painted a heavy wrecker,they are a lot of work,,,,this is the biggest one we ever painted,I can remember painting the old holmes mechanicals for dad when I was younger and they were tough,a lot of different angles.We got a new service truck that needs painted but its going to have to wait a few weeks,we are getting burnt out on the painting.Thanks,Ed Graciesdad said: WOW Ed, that truck is going to be awesome........ congrats Jay, Indiana Mortons Towing said: ED truck looks great cant wait to see it finished !! Michael212 said: WoW! Sure looks better with a unit on it & painted Can't wait to see it lettered Scooby said: glad to see it coming along ed In 2013 Towmanjc asked: Do you still have this truck Ed?? Ed Barker said: Yes sir,we still have it and it looks just as good today as it did then,,lol,,it stays inside until needed.I must say that its been a great unit. RIGGIOTOWING said: Beautiful job with the spray gun. When you do it yourself, you tend to take more pride in the truck.
  6. Original Topic created June 2006: Here is a job we did this week ,this highlift was being loaded onto a triaxle carrier when they believe the operator hit the joystick and it fell off the side between the rollback and a historical church, balancing halfway over. The operator was throwed in the basket and injured his back, he was not able to move, The fire dept. requested two large wreckers to stabilize unit while they rescued the 300 lb. man from the basket, We stabilized it from 3 different angles so rescue could begin, a local construction business happened to be around the corner on his all terrain forklift and this was used with a skid on it to lower man down, We then reset for recovery and lowered highlift to rollback bed and as we held it we ran bed up until it was back on the pavement. The weight of this unit was 26,000 pounds, Rescue and recovery went very well have yet to hear the condition of the operator. Not really used to working in large crowds but this happened by block of county courthouse, We even got pictures and company mention on front page of newspaper, it is a good feeling when all goes well on a rescue. Thanks, Ed hookrite said: Great Job Ed Thanks for Pic's and story Curtis towingtech said: Another case of recovery meets rescue. Nice to see your rescue service knows who to call to get the best and safest results. Nice work from Ed and crew. Nick Ovenden said: That rescue ladder has 'London' on it. Is there a London in your State? Ed Barker said: Yeh there sure is LONDON,OHIO,that is my home town.We do work very close with our fire depts.,we also train at our place with all the depts. a couple times a year. JohnMarsee said: Great Job! This needs to be sent to other publisher companys for Fire and rescue maybe even tow times. John Gale25yrs said: Great job! Capptow said: to bad you don't have your tator yet. you could have picked the whole thing up and set it on level ground.. Good job. Ryan Capps Ed Barker said: Dave ,I went to tech school years ago to help learn the paint and bodywork trade,I won skill competition both straight years in competition,I always had an interest in autobody,just didn't want to do it for a living,anyhow I have painted all our equipment for several years now,my little brother worked with me ever since he was little and he is now been doing some of our painting,(if I never taught him anything else I can honestly say I taught him the autobody field),,,,I am glad I learnt this trade in tech school because it has saved us thousands of dollars over the years,,,,this new school year my oldest boy is going to tech school for diesel service,,,so hopefully he will grow into our family diesel man,he is gonna work for the family business but he said he thought it would be very useful if he could get some diesel training,,,,makes me kinda proud to hear that.,,,,,and yes I wish once again we would have had the rotator,if not for to lift it for to just had it for public relations in such a heavily populated accident scene. Thanks,Ed Scooby said: looks good congrats ed to you and your team for what looks to be a nice helpin hand
  7. Topic Recreated from a post made on Dec. 11, 2005: This is one we were called to lift up because the wheel had fell off,it was on a hill and to difficult for the tire company to get jacked up. pttowguy said: Very nice Peterbilt/Holmes wrecker Ed! ED BARKER SAID: Thanks for the compliment on the pete ,it used to be Kemps demo unit ,we painted it our colors and added afew things to our likings over the years ,we have had it a good while and even though we have updated to newer units it is still my dad's favorite unit,i'll have to say though when there is a real tough job we always call for the Kemp because we know it won't let us down.
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