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    Just finished another job in Marana, AZ and driving to Victorville tomorrow to drop and hang some 767 engines. Stay there for a few days then back to GA for a few days then I have an big sheet metal job on an A320 in Kavala, Greece. Got hired as a lead on that gig. Should be interesting.


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    So how’s retirement?

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    Sounds like a fun retirement job!

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    our dude should be sponsored by red bull

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wilkinson View Post
    Victorville, Ca
    does joe's tesla have enough range to get to victorville?* he should drive out and y'all have an ebs together

    that would be epic


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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    our dude should be sponsored by red bull
    He would be receiving a package with the new flavor in it right about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    He would be receiving a package with the new flavor in it right about now.
    no amount of vodka makes it worth drinking though
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    no amount of vodka makes it worth drinking though
    I know a few cats who drink it gladly. On camera.

    Ch-Ching!

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    Victorville, former home of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and Trigger, Buttermilk, and Bullet.
    ITS CHAOS, BE KIND

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    does joe's tesla have enough range to get to victorville?* he should drive out and y'all have an ebs together

    that would be epic


    ​* my troll of the day
    I could do back and forth twice on a single charge

    1 hr 18 min (85.4 miles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    I could do back and forth twice on a single charge

    1 hr 18 min (85.4 miles)

    Hey Tom shoot me a DM
    Done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Decourcy View Post
    So how’s retirement?
    It’s fantastic. I only work the jobs I want to. And only when I want to. Having a blast.
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    I like the "to drop and hang some 767 engines".
    Tom makes it sound so simple.
    What is a sheet metal job?
    Some of the aircraft skin need replacement?
    Glad you are enjoying your "retirement" job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    I like the "to drop and hang some 767 engines".
    Tom makes it sound so simple.
    What is a sheet metal job?
    Some of the aircraft skin need replacement?
    Glad you are enjoying your "retirement" job!

    They are pretty simple. Some fluid lines, some electrical connectors and 8 big bolts.

    The plane in Greece landed with no fluid/air in nose strut so essentially had no shock absorbing ability. Front of aircraft is bent/buckled all around nose landing gear wheel well. We are rebuilding that whole section.


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    Here is one article on the Greece plane. https://www.aeroinside.com/15919/con...t-landing-gear


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    Here is another with pics.

    https://mentourpilot.com/accident-co...om-gear-issue/


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    Living the life. Glad for you.

    Sounds like that plane got beat up. Interesting to read about the progression of damage.

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    The trip to Victorville was definitely worth the drive. I mean, I got to have dinner with So-cal Joe! Thanks for making the long drive out Joe, it was great to meet you. And the Tesla really does drive nice.




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    Twins?

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    When I posted last night google maps said it would be an hour and 18 min. When I left my house at a 3:45 It said 2hrs. By the time I hit the 15 time and traffic stopped time, I was already committed so just sit back and let the Tesla drive the stop and go.

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    Thank God for self driving, set it and forget it.

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    then it slowed to a 3mph crawl

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    The worst part driving out to the middle of no where you can see the traffic all the way into the horizon

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    But was all worth while once I met Tom, It felt like we had known each other forever.

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    Cont.

    After I got Tom to drive the Tesla - welcome to the dark side

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    After dinner we took the obligatory selfe

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    I headed home and did a quick Supercharge

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    The drive home was 1hr 12 min and just flew home 0 traffic
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    i have just crossed some kind of threshold, have now seen more pictures of joe's face than of any other person, living or dead.

    i suppose congratulations are in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    i have just crossed some kind of threshold, have now seen more pictures of joe's face than of any other person, living or dead.

    i suppose congratulations are in order.
    congratulations lee
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    muchas thanks man. (that means a lot to me)

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    Ah, yes. Mucho!

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    Love to see a pic of those big bolts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Love to see a pic of those big bolts.

    This is the engine removed and sitting in shipping cradle. We had just lowered it down.

    Here are three of the four aft mount bolt locations. You can see the head of one bolt. 15/16 inch 12 point head. The large bolt in foreground holds the mount assy to the engine rear case.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Love to see a pic of those big bolts.

    This pic is of the forward mount bolt locations, left side of engine. The circled part is part of the boot strap equipment that we mount the chain falls to. It is removed after new engine is installed.

    It is pretty tight getting a big torque wrench under there but not too bad. You Chan see one of the four chain hoists in this pic.



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    What does an engine like that weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    What does an engine like that weigh?

    This one is about 12,000 lbs.


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    What a motley bunch.


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    So... Tom... might be time to upgrade that avatar and put in the older, greyer (wiser? ) version JayInOz

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    Norwegian Dreamliner behind you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Sawyer View Post
    Norwegian Dreamliner behind you?

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    I think it was. Lots of Dreamliners out there. And tons of 777. All of United’s grounded 777 fleet is there,roughly 50 planes due to a Pratt Whitney blade root issue.
    I was told a lot of the Dreamliners are there due to quality control issues straight from Boeing. An awful lot of very new metal (plastic) sitting there.


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    if it's boeing you probably ain't going?
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