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  • As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time. It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop. In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.

    I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too. I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation. I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will. Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with. I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons. Other than that, I will not be around. I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.

'New' Truck

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A couple of weeks ago, as I was on my way home from work, a lady pulled out from a stop sign in front of me and wrecked my Jeep Wrangler. Her insurance adjuster decided the Jeep should be considered a total loss. About a week later, my other vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Tacoma started grinding going into 3rd gear, probably from a worn synchronizer.

So, I took advantage of the situation, and used it as an excuse to buy a new-ish truck...


Its a 2015 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 with the TRD Offroad package, 4.0 v6, and automatic transmission, with 19,000 miles.

I picked it up Friday afternoon... so far, I really like it. I still have the '06, I'm going to have the 6 speed manual rebuilt in it and it will be my 'daily driver', replacing the Jeep.

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