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I'M BACK!!!!!!!

Postby Skyd Ram » Thu May 08, 2014 10:40 pm

Hey Guys,

I'm sorry that I haven't been around much in a while but things have been pretty crazy in 8LUG world!

Over the course of the last year and a half we have sold our house in the Detroit suburbs and relocated 250 miles north to beautiful Traverse City in northern Michigan. This undertaking took a lot more work than I had even thought as we had to sell a home, buy a home, find my wife a new job (she's a teacher), uproot my son from school, buy a building for the business (commercial rentals in an affluent vacation town were expensive and hard to come by), move 6 trailer loads of household goods and 5 trailer loads of business stuff.

While all this was going on the employee that had planned on making the move up ending up changing his mind at the last minute. So I was running the business by myself while making 500 mile round trips every weekend with an overloaded truck and trailer not to mention loading and unloading it. Also during this time I had expected business to slow down a bit but it actually got busier. Not the worst thing that could happen but definitely strained the time that I could spend with he family or relaxing.

Loaded down every Friday night after closing for the 4.5 hour trip north:

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My view every Monday morning watching the sun come up after I jumped on the road headed south at 4:30 AM:
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The old shop emptied out:
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The new shop right after getting the keys. 8LUG occupies the office on the right as well as most of the shop area behind it. The section on the left is currently empty and I plan to either rent it out in the future or use it for another business venture (http://www.JK-Gear.com):
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After getting everything moved up here I was able to hire another employee (Tommy) who has an 08 Hemi 2500:
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Here's a pic of the shop area after we gutted it out and started moving things in:
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A silly pic that we took today for "Tow Mirror Thursday". Tommy's truck is on the right and the truck on the left is our latest project/shop beater. More about that later:
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One of the main reasons for the move up here is that over the last 10 years we spent most weekends in the winter driving up here for snowmobiling trips due to the much better snow fall. It would figure that this year was a record year for the area and although it made for a some great riding it also came with a serious amount of time and money spent clearing snow at the house and the shop:
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So now that we have most of the shop up to speed and Tommy is carrying his weight I should have more time to spend on the forums like PWR!

I also picked up this new project pretty cheap and it has enough miles and body damage that I won't be to concerned taking it down some nasty trails. Surprisingly other than the winch missing everything works right down to the lockers and Smart Bar! The truck has 223K on it and has spent most of it's life towing small trailers and general farm work.

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Stay Tuned for some cool stuff planned for this rig!
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Re: I'M BACK!!!!!!!

Postby ldgregory » Thu May 08, 2014 11:20 pm

Nice! Congrats on the PW!!


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Postby SilverWagon05 » Fri May 09, 2014 7:15 am

Damn, that's one hell of a year and half! Welcome back to the :winchmob: as an owner now. Very nice 4G too! :rockon:
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Re: I'M BACK!!!!!!!

Postby BANGG » Fri May 09, 2014 10:05 am

I love Tommy's desk! Looks like a very comfortable work space to me!

Nice bevy of trucks as well!
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Postby bstefanic » Fri May 09, 2014 6:32 pm

Nice $25k desk

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Postby Mr.Smith » Thu May 22, 2014 2:10 pm

I know your busy, but hows the wagon coming?(aside from faux bullet holes)
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Postby Skyd Ram » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:42 am

Mr.Smith wrote:I know your busy, but hows the wagon coming?(aside from faux bullet holes)


Currently just sitting in the shop leaking PS fluid everywhere while I get together parts to fix some of the daily drivers issues.
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Postby Mr.Smith » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:23 pm

Haha! Good luck Sir!
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Postby fyrfytr704 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:25 pm

Hey man, I hope that all is going well and that you're all settled in by now. I am looking to put a free spin kit on my truck, and really like the SpynTec kit. I see that you offer Dynatrac, but was wondering of you also have the SpynTec kits. Let me know if you've got em... I'd rather support a vendor on this site than some random parts house.
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Re: I'M BACK!!!!!!!

Postby Skyd Ram » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:02 pm

fyrfytr704 wrote:Hey man, I hope that all is going well and that you're all settled in by now. I am looking to put a free spin kit on my truck, and really like the SpynTec kit. I see that you offer Dynatrac, but was wondering of you also have the SpynTec kits. Let me know if you've got em... I'd rather support a vendor on this site than some random parts house.


Sorry,
But we only do the Dynatrac and the Yukon kits. I prefer the Dynatrac kit over all others and we tend to stock a lot of Dynatrac stuff so guy don't have to wait around for stuff like this.
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Postby BlkWgn » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:42 pm

Welcome back and congrats on the new place
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Postby olyelr » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:38 am

Well how has business been, George?!

How is the longbed wagon coming?!
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Postby olyelr » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:01 am

Hey, is that your black pw on craigslist?!

If so, it dosnt look like you got too far with it :lol:
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