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I am looking for an opinion on a business venture, I was a Ford tech for many years and have about 25 years total as an automotive tech. I always liked doing electrical and AC work. About 5years ago I retrained in IT. In 2003 I was laid off from my IT job and am as yet unemployed. I have filled the gaps by doing electrical and AC work on collector cars, including complete rewires and some custom work on streetrods, along with Vintage Air installations. I guess what I'm asking is, Is there a market for electrical and A\C work on classic\collector cars. I know there is always someone in this area that wants work done, but they want it for $20 per job. When I quote $25/HR they tend to choke. A few of the "money men" in this area will go for it. I rehabbed a complete AC system in a 69 Coronet RT for $500 and parts ($365 customer supplied). The guy felt he was ripped off because all I had to do was replace some parts and charge the system. I have found that electrical work is better, but I can only squeeze out about $18\hr for uncobbling a harness on "Say" a 71 Roadrunner". I know the average car owner cant' do this work, and I don't want to rape him. Any Ideas?         Tom Adkins (Automotive Specialty Systems)              South Amherst, Ohio 44001
************************************************************************************************************************ Expert Evaluators: Thomas Adkins, has professionally repaired automobiles and trucks for more than 23 years. For the past 5 years, Adkins shifted to Information Technology specializing as a hardware and network technician. The 1983 Valedictorian from Ohio Diesel Technical Institute, Adkins is certified as a Master Technician with Ford Motor Company. Currently, Adkins owns and operates Automotive Specialty Systems, focussing on mobile climate control systems and custom electrical work for both classic and modern vehicles. Mr. Adkins is deeply involved with automotive collecting and restoration. In 2001, Adkins earned an Associates Degree in Computers and Networking from Remington College. Additionally, Adkins and his son founded Data Techs, a computer firm that designs and builds customized personal computer systems and networks for homes and small offices. Data Techs also provides website design, hosting, and systems training. Mr. Adkins can be emailed at snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net.
************************************************************************************************************************* Seems to be a problem here. Graduated in 1983, then 23 years in the field. That would mean you left the dealership to work in the IT field in 2006, in which you worked for about 5 years? In your "Opinions on business venture" post you say you have 25 years experience, that means you left the dealership world in 2008. How do you travel to the future and back? Is this part of your business "Data Techs"? The math does not work, there is a problem with your BIO.
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http://www.3clix.info/3clix/rating?action=bioall "pick one" <try again!> wrote in message

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Nice job on the research, bravo. The answer is simple. My first Automotive job was in 1978. Left the business in 2001 (23 years) although I still do automotive work. It's not my main career. I started in IT in about 1997 part time. There's some overlap. The timeline of my experience is not linear. I always keep a few different irons in the fire.

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I have lurked in this newsgroup for a few years and posted when I thought I had something useful to add. I mentioned your name because, unless I have you confused with someone else: 1. It seems that you have a good grasp of the inner workings of some of the more complex vehicle systems. 2. I get the impression that you have been a Tech for a number of years, likely a Ford or L\M tech who may remember some of the quirks with this particular model. 3. I find your troubleshooting style much like my own,"start with the basics and follow logical steps until you find the problem". Your replies arent just "Take a piece of coat hanger and...," or " My car had a similar problem, replace the..."

Nope, Posted with the email/newsgroup software in Opera. No matter how I set OE up, I can read any post I want but the replies and new postings always bounce back

Giganews? My server is netnews.comcast.net. I can post and receive with Opera. I have been using it for a couple of weeks but haven't had time to be able to learn how to use it as well as I can OE. I'm finding it a real PITA.
I do not give out my

Completely understandable, although I give mine out occasionally.
So, post what your problem is, it's here or

No problem, I can buy that. Like I said, I don't have the car yet. When I take posession I want to fix the Air Suspension and EATC before I drive it. I was just looking for some backup in case I ran into problems due to lack of manuals and a full understanding of how these systems operate.

No relation. Although, up until last fall I was an IT field technician for Tops Markets which is based in Buffalo. All of our vehicles were purchased through Adkins Ford.
Thanks for your reply Tom, I'll be in touch on the group.
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The math still does not work. If you went to school full time that would be about 2 years of at the most part time work nights. Tops Markets does not have IT people part time, I know, my wife and mother-in-law worked at Tops. My mother-in-law retired from Tops. We live in Florida now, so obviously my wife no longer works at Tops. I do not doubt you worked as a technician, but you do not have years in the field as you claim. Your BIO is misleading at best.
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How do you figure? If you went to school full time that would be

Went to school nights for 18 months,from 1999 to 2001. Worked full time during the day. Tops Markets does not have

Worked there full time from April 2001 til August 2003. do not doubt you worked as a technician, but you do not

Can you please explain? I don't really understand where you're coming from. Since I was in high school I've usually been self employed along with full time employment. Are you maybe not counting this as "time in the field"? I've got no reason to mislead anyone, it serves no useful purpose.
What's with all of the quotes? I don't understand your intent.             Regards, Tom
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When did you graduate high school?
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1980 Why?
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1980 to 2003 is 23 years, yet you found time to go to a tech school (Ohio Diesel Technical Institute ) that apparently does not exist, at least from what I could find via multiple types of searches. You at best worked as a trainee while in both high school and then while attending some kind of technical school. That hardly though of as being a professional technician.
Yet you were laid off from your full time IT job in 2003 that you started in 2001.
"In 2003 I was laid off from my IT job and am as yet unemployed"
"Worked there full time from April 2001 til August 2003."
So you have two years at Tops, but have been in the IT business for 5 years? You left automotive in 2001, laid off in 2003. You clearly stated in this NG that you have 25 years automotive. Why the several year difference?
You have at the most 18 maybe 19 years automotive as a trained technician. If your going to give a resume out to public you ought to be accurate. Especially when you list your self as an "expert" on some obscure web site.
You have not pissed me off, I just have this thing for accuracy.
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"pick one" <try again!> wrote in message

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Sorry, let me redo that sentence.
That is hardly thought of as being a professional technician.

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