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    Rick, I'd have to think its somewhat of a thankless job as mine is
    I've found after doing HVAC service for 17 years, its rare that a customer will actually call the shop and report that things are good. Typically, no news is good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbill5491 View Post
    When folks around my area see my bike and ask what year it is, I always get the same answer...Oh I had one like that! sure...anyways, they'll then ask me who works on your bike...me I do. Say are you any good...my bike runs don't it. Uh, think you can look at my old bike and tell me what is wrong with it...maybe. How much would you charge to work on it...nothing because I won't work on it. Why not...because I don't want too. Blah blah and blah. Exception was Ed lol.
    Yeah, but working on Ed's motorcycle was more a social meeting that work. And if I remember right, Ed did a lot of the work himself. You just helped him along. 👍

    That's how I like to do it. Have a couple of friends over for a tire changing party or a oil changing party...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck hahn View Post
    I see it more as something to do and make a few extra dollars. Im not a greedy sort. I would rather wrench and stay busy than sit on my azzz and watch TV.
    Do you do house calls Chuck ? Just go up to the end of the street and hang a right. You can't miss me..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by bccap View Post
    Do you do house calls Chuck ? Just go up to the end of the street and hang a right. You can't miss me..........
    Actually don't laugh. Years ago there was a guy in Vancouver that worked out of cube van that did house calls for tires changes. He stocked a ton of tires and pretty much would have what you wanted in stock. He also contracted to a number of dealers to assemble and PDI new bikes so they didn't have to pull their mechanics off a job or hire temporary staff for that part of the season. He seemed to do quite well for himself and don't know if he's still doing it. It was a long time ago. There's always a small niche if you think outside the box a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Actually don't laugh. Years ago there was a guy in Vancouver that worked out of cube van that did house calls for tires changes. He stocked a ton of tires and pretty much would have what you wanted in stock. He also contracted to a number of dealers to assemble and PDI new bikes so they didn't have to pull their mechanics off a job or hire temporary staff for that part of the season. He seemed to do quite well for himself and don't know if he's still doing it. It was a long time ago. There's always a small niche if you think outside the box a bit.
    How long ago was that Sandy ? About thirty or so years ago I was living in an old house in the West End. I had some guy come out and bore and hone the cylinders in my Rover 2000 right on the street in front of the house.......
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    Originally Posted by Schweisshund I mean, sure, guns were used in some of these mass shootings, but not all of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by bccap View Post
    How long ago was that Sandy ? About thirty or so years ago I was living in an old house in the West End. I had some guy come out and bore and hone the cylinders in my Rover 2000 right on the street in front of the house.......
    It was mid 70s shortly before I left Vancouver. Lived in the same neighbourhood as you too. Southeast corner of Harwood and Thurlow just up from the beach, small 3 story walk up apartment building, I think it's actually still there. Had a penthouse, Ha Ha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbill5491 View Post
    When folks around my area see my bike and ask what year it is, I always get the same answer...Oh I had one like that! sure...anyways, they'll then ask me who works on your bike...me I do. Say are you any good...my bike runs don't it. Uh, think you can look at my old bike and tell me what is wrong with it...maybe. How much would you charge to work on it...nothing because I won't work on it. Why not...because I don't want too. Blah blah and blah. Exception was Ed lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by storm 64 View Post
    Yeah, but working on Ed's motorcycle was more a social meeting that work. And if I remember right, Ed did a lot of the work himself. You just helped him along. 👍

    That's how I like to do it. Have a couple of friends over for a tire changing party or a oil changing party...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bccap View Post
    How long ago was that Sandy ? About thirty or so years ago I was living in an old house in the West End. I had some guy come out and bore and hone the cylinders in my Rover 2000 right on the street in front of the house.......
    Back in the day you could get some one to come out to your house and grind a crank throw in chassis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkburger View Post
    Rick, I'd have to think its somewhat of a thankless job as mine is
    I've found after doing HVAC service for 17 years, its rare that a customer will actually call the shop and report that things are good. Typically, no news is good news.
    Like anything...a little periodic maintenance can be a wonderful thing. However, folks only wait till something isn't working any more to call you.
    I do actually let the folks I outsource know if all is well....it's the nice other side of the coin, as opposed to the second call when things didn't work like they should after fixed.
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