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About BSon2or4

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    Working on something for someone
  • Birthday 06/23/74

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    Interested in a bit of everything, but to be more specific I love metalworking, tinkering, building the better mousetrap type of things. I like being able to say, "Yeah, I built that.", but will rarely step up to admit it if asked. I like riding, dirt, street, 2 wheels, 4 wheels, caged or open. I enjoy my family time with my wife and in-laws. But this is just the tip of a very large iceberg...

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  1. I'd go if I weren't flying to San Francisco for my wife's son's wedding the next morning. Mike, you're awesome for these types of events, and if you don't hear it enough, thanks for all you do for the site and club, it's appreciated.
  2. I wish I'd tried harder to get to this, but customers are unforgiving in the summer months when their vacation plans are at stake. I'll have to block out the calendar for the next one so that I can definitely make it.
  3. I use to live in Julian on the Cuyamaca side, there are 3 gates from what I recall if you're coming from Lake Cuyamaca to the Banner Grade/Shelter Valley area that are actually fire roads. They go through gold mine areas where one of my friends father homesteaded when he was growing up. I use to have copies of his gate keys for riding, shooting, and visiting purposes 20+ years ago. The Cedar fire took care of my copies, now I have to borrow keys from friends when I feel the need to ride around there. Careful of the touchy prospectors with itchy trigger fingers as they still mine gold in that area. It's a fun area to ride when you know everybody that lives there. There was a bit of a changing of the guard that I haven't gone up and met since Bruce Sr. passed though. Unfortunate story of how he went... Collapsed aorta during commute to Ramona. Still, a fun place to ride though.
  4. I might be able to stop by for a while depending on my schedule. Looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces.
  5. Makes me glad I don't do a whole lot of photography anymore.
  6. I drive past there on my daily commute, that lot is perfect for them. Not so much for those that were there before them. I've been resisting stopping in so as to stay out of the way and let them work, but even from the outside the place is looking good.
  7. Chances are the person boosting the vehicles is familiar with the no original key recoding process and has the dealer tool or a reasonable clone of one. Each key from what I remember from my Jeep Commander has its own individual code much like a garage door remote. The original key has to be present to program without the tool and with the tool the one that the thief used could be programmed to be the original. But then again that was in 08', just about a decade old information, I'm sure they've updated the security protocols since then...Right?
  8. I plan to be there with the usual +1 as it's almost in my back yard.
  9. I occasionally do some metal fab. I have the brake, welder, plasma cutter, and various other tooling. If you can make it in cardboard mock up I can make it in metal. I also work in composites. Whenever I have free time is the catch.
  10. Tracy, you ever get that trailer you were looking for?
  11. He's not switching to a cage, he's diversifying his portfolio.
  12. You can get refurbished units also, my Dakota 20 was $99 with the full factory warranty. Try as they sell refurbished units and occasionally have really good deals.
  13. Hey Tracy, this one just came up, Too big? 7x14 tandem w/electric brakes $3900, in Valley Center
  14. I would say stop in at one of the Westair locations and see if they have any demo models that they are getting rid of available. The welder technology has progressed in the inverter side of the industry and they are good. All the major brands have a budget line if you're going 120VAC power supply then look towards the Hobart units, fairly bulletproof. On more light industrial the Miller 185 is good. Don't overlook Esab or Lincoln either. I've used them all and they're all quirky in their own ways. For the small projects the Hobarts are more than adequate. If you're going to be doing a lot of 1/4" or thicker regularly then you'll definitely need one of the 208/230 VAC units due to the duty cycle on thicker settings. But, in recommendations on where to get one check the equipment rental stores as they might have something industrial that they are getting ready to take out of the fleet and sell that is perfectly good but they want one that is under warranty from the manufacturer. Yet another long winded suggestion is to check with the welder repair shops for anything they might have lying around that the customer traded in to trade up. As for the saws, cold saws are great, abrasive saws are cheap but effective, buy on basis of your work environment. Personally I've got the Lincoln SP255AC, The Hypertherm 43 plasma, and a cheap old HF abrasive cut off saw. Both the welder and plasma were demo units. Good luck in your search, hope this helps.