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    Hi guys and the few gals who might be out there. I'm a retired fabricator (No. Mrs Johnson, that does NOT mean that I'm a professional liar!!) of race cars and movie sets and have even been the #2 guy in a company that built welded steel storage tanks for water and petroleum (like million gallon size tanks to hold water for municipal water districts).

    65 years old at this time. I'd like to not get older than that, but when you stop getting older, somebody will push you into an oven or into a box that they bury in the dirt. So I suppose I'll just keep getting older. My goal in that regard is to be like my wife's grandmother and great grandfather. She lived healthy to 113 years old, and he lived to 118 (some in the family say 120, but there was no birth certificate).

    I grew up around sports car racing mostly, but since dad was a hot rodder and raced midgets and track roadsters back in the 40s before he joined the Air Force before the Korean War, I was heavily exposed to that stuff and the 1st race car I ever sat in (just out of diapers) was Tom Beatty's bell tank dry lakes land speed record car. I was a Technical and Safety Inspector at the age of 7, then also was on the crew of a Sunbeam Tiger when I was in Junior High. Got involved in desert offroad racing just before I graduated High School. I owned a fab and prep business named "PREPCo". Thought up the business when I was a kid in elementary school. Started making a living at it in the late 1970s. I sometimes referred to it as being "self un-employed" because the $$ could be sketchy at times, but never had to sell out, close the doors, or go bankrupt. I worked on road race cars, midgets, sprint cars and super modified circle track cars, offroad race and play cars, and hot rods. Also did a fair amount of movie work, fabricating metal stuff for movie sets and occasional stuff for construction projects, even did some stuff for attorneys representing major auto manufacturers against liability suits. My race cars have won their classes in the Baja 1000, won numerous offroad races and championships, held lap records on road race courses and circle tracks, sit now in car museums, and in general have represented me well wherever they've gone. I'm more into fabricating than marketing, so you've probably never heard of me. But I've managed to keep my nose above water level financially for all of my adult life, which is better than can truthfully be said about many well known people in my various industries.

    My now 27 year old son sorta took after dad when he started working at a race car shop when he was in high school. Crumco is the shop. Builds serious full tube frame Baja Bugs for race and play. He became quite good at MIG welding DOM and 4130. He worked on building a few hundred of those Baja Bugs before he changed over to building RVs for a more regular paycheck and benefits. Worked his way around that to operating CNC machinery to manufacture parts. Now is doing much the same for a cabinet shop. Still works with Crumco to build Baja Bugs at times.

    I've been aware of this site for quite a few years. No idea where I 1st heard of it or how I 1st ran across it. Decided today that I might as well join up and see more of what is going on in here. I expect I'm going to run across some who disagree with how I feel things are best done. Like where I said above that my son is good at MIG welding 4130, and SO MANY feel that 4130 should NEVER be MIG welded. And that ALL of the oxide coating on a piece of DOM or 4130 MUST be ground off before doing ANY sort of welding (a superstition that comes from those who were trained in stick arc welding on hot rolled I beams and such).

    Come back to edit as I see that my location is not included in my avatar or signature although I entered it in my info. So, I live in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, USA. If you watch much of ANY TV, you will see my actual neighborhood in almost everything movies, TV, Ads, Music Videos, still photos for magazines and internet and even porn that is set in the desert. Not far from LA and Hollywood. Close enough that many of my neighbors work in the LA area. So we are close and convenient for Hollywood. From John Wayne in the 30s to films being made now. For instance, near my house is a little diner/gas station/motel that I've done a bunch of work for and which was used as the location where Director Jenny Shepherd of NCIS was killed. Edwards Air Force Base is also near, and the Space Shuttles used to do a u-turn over my home before they dropped steeply to land on the dry lake bed, giving us a sharp double sonic boom as they slowed down. Which means that the 1st sonic airplane flight happened in the sky overhead along with a great many of the other developments in the aircraft and space industries since World War II.
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    Huh! I just saw someone else's post in another thread that had their location showing at the top right. So I came back and checked my post here. It NOW shows my location up there. I suppose it just hadn't completed the update when I edited it before.
    Richard Parcells
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    Welcome to the throng.
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    Welcome to Welding web. So are you any where near Highways 15, 58 and 395?

    I use to cut accross HWY 58 fromm HWY 99 on my way to Vegas auto auction as well as on my way to drop off copart cars heading into Mexicali. Dropped them off at Calexico. Seen those dirt bike tracks many times and never got to ride on them but always looked like fun. Those were on HWY 395 iirc.
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    Joshua Tree or Pioneertown

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    Welcome

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    Well,, just to be different,, welcome from the EAST edge of the USA,,,

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    Welcome.
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    Welcome!

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    Welcome to the welding web from southern Arizona!
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    Welcome from the High Dezert fellow off road and fabricator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapperb View Post
    Welcome from the High Dezert fellow off road and fabricator.

    So where in the Hi Dez are you? And what do you fab?
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    Welcome to Welding web. So are you any where near Highways 15, 58 and 395?

    I use to cut accross HWY 58 fromm HWY 99 on my way to Vegas auto auction as well as on my way to drop off copart cars heading into Mexicali. Dropped them off at Calexico. Seen those dirt bike tracks many times and never got to ride on them but always looked like fun. Those were on HWY 395 iirc.
    So you're probably living in the Central Valley, huh? You were going around my place. South of Hiway 58 and Edwards AFB, and west of Hiway 395 and 15. North of Pearblossom Hiway. These days, mapping softwares have advised truckers that there's a "shortcut" through my little town. Since there are a number of zig-zags, and the roads are often subject to closure for filming, and the fact that it requires use of death alley (Pearblossom Hiway has a LOT of head-on crashes) to take the "Short-Cut", and the climb to and descent from a 5,000' pass combined with all 2-lane roads, I don't consider it a real short cut. Personally, towing a race car trailer or a Big Rig (I don't have a CDL, so that's not happening) I would probably take 58 to 395 myself. Yep, there are a couple of MX tracks along 395. One north of Adelanto, and one near Hesperia. Never ridden either myself. I'm a desert rider and buggy and offroad truck user, not an MXer. Too much going around and around. I prefer to go someplace.
    Richard Parcells
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    Yes I’m in Stockton

    I’ve cut through the hills a time or two headed towards Calexico. Very hilly and many turns along the way. Some of the most beautiful sun rises I have ever seen were driving east in that area east of 15. Super blue sky with just a tiny bit of light peaking into the sky before you ever see the sun. Camera phones never could capture the beauty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyMojave View Post
    So where in the Hi Dez are you? And what do you fab?
    Barstow. I am an Off road Fabricator. That is my Dezert truck i built/Fabbed in my avatar. I am High Dezert Fabrication...
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