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I grew up in the southern suburbs of Boone County, near Columbia, Missouri. I'm a hard worker and honest person (always was and always will be). I have old-fashioned Christian beliefs and I live a quiet, peaceful life. I don't consume alcoholic beverages, smoke or do "questionable" drugs (never have and never will). I live a clean and healthy life. I repair small engine equipment, fabricate various garden tractor pulling parts and perform machine work in our shop/garage since 1982. I've repaired small engines for a living since 1982. I work for everything I have. Nothing is given to me. I seen a lot of odd things happen to small engines and I know what I'm talking about in my web sites. I know everything about small engines. It's like I have a psychic connection with them. There's nothing you can ask me that I couldn't honestly and accurately answer. If I couldn't answer a question about a small engine problem, then there obviously is no answer for it.
In 1988, I became very interested in garden tractor pulling. We (my dad and I) visited some of the local garden tractor pulls in central Missouri to get acquainted with the sport of pulling. In 1989 I built my first garden pulling tractor. It was a model 100 Cub Cadet 30 Cubic Inch (12hp) Super-Stock and I still have it today. A year later I built a second pulling tractor, a model 100 Cub Cadet 10hp Super-Stock. But after a few years, the 10hp class died out in this area and in 2006, I converted it into a competitive stock 10hp for my brother's son to pull.
In 1992, we had a falling out with the garden tractor pulling association that we were pulling with (now defunct club that operated in central Missouri) and decided to start a new garden tractor pulling association in Missouri, named Hot Rod Garden Tractor Pullers Association. So we built our own self-propelled motorized garden tractor pulling sled and acquired all the necessary equipment (weighing scale, measuring devices, etc.). Our sled is named Track Master. It's recognized by many pullers as one of the best sleds in the nation.
I own three garden pulling tractors and a motorized garden tractor pulling sled, which I built by myself with the tools in our shop. I did build two very competitive small wheel mini-rods with a Chevy V6 engine, but I sold them after a few years due to lack of interest in starting this type of class in my area. I learned the hard way how to build my tractors so they'll be truly competitive. I fabricate most of the parts for them in my shop. That's one of the reasons why I created my pulling tips web sites. To help other pullers to do the same. Besides, you learn a lot by fixing things yourself, and if it performs well, personal pride goes into the projects you build. It's like mental therapy when you can fix something yourself, especially when you improvise.
If you've wondered how I received my knowledge, well, actually, I'm self-taught. I didn't go to college or receive formal training. When I was younger, I asked older small engine mechanics and machinists who lived locally questions, bought some books and the rest, I figured out by myself. I guess I'm just one of those guys who know how to put scientific knowledge to practical use. I know how to repair new engines, but I also know how to repair old engines and equipment. And I know what makes them run right. As a matter of fact, I receive emails and phone calls from high school AG teachers and college professors who visit my web sites, asking me about how to repair certain mechanical things. This is no joke! I would think these guys would know more than I. I've always have the correct answer for them, too. Several years ago, my brother asked me if I was going to take a small engine course. And I said, "Why, do they need a teacher?"
In 1996, I created my garden tractor pulling tips and tricks web sites to help promote garden tractor pulling around the world and help bring families and friends closer together, and help keep kids out of trouble with the law. It's my way of contributing my experience to society, and try to make the world a better place to live. Although I also sell my parts and services through my web sites, I'm not just in it for the money. I'm in it to help people live more productive lives. It gives me a good feeling knowing that there's families cooperating together because I believe that in today's society, family values are the most important thing. It helps build a better family when family members function together and share a common interest. And it makes me feel good knowing that I help so many people around the world. I like to see families work together, get out and have fun. I give so much of myself so others can live a better life and be happy. In this "mad" world nowadays with all the "nuts" running around, I think it's good therapy for them. Makes good memories, too. Remember - "Life is better when you're happy, but life is best when other people are happy because of you. Be an inspiration, spread quality information and share your intelligence." - Anonymous
FYI - If you've wondered why it sometimes takes me longer than anticipated to process a customer's order, well, I'm a one man business. I'm the only person who reads and responds to all my customer's emails (about 20-30 per day), take my customer's phone calls (about 20-30 on a nice day), with customers stopping by my shop, repair and rebuild my customer's parts and engines in my shop, order parts from my suppliers, package and I mail my customer's parts at my local Post Office. I can't seem to find anyone dedicated and intelligent enough to provide the very best service for my customers and correctly repair some of my customer's parts. I did hire some guys in the past, but I received so many complaints from my customers, I decided to just do everything myself. The work may take longer to complete, but at least I'll know it's done right to the best of my ability. I process all customer's orders and perform most customer's repairs myself. Most of the time I work seven days a week, including holidays. I'm a busy person! By the way - I can't mass-produce parts in huge volumes or bulk quantities. I can only make one part at a time. I would love to have a much bigger shop with various types of CNC machines, etc., but I have the lack of funds to make it happen.
Also, I removed certain information from my web sites because I do not appreciate certain online garden tractor pulling parts businesses who steal my concepts, copy my parts, and then market and profit from them for themselves through their web sites, and give me no credit or recognition whatsoever for my hard work and research. If they're going to do this, I would appreciate if they would at least give me some credit or recognition by mentioning my name and/or putting a link to my web sites in exchange. Actually, I think they envy my intelligence and expertise, and they copy some of my products because they're too stupid to come up with their own ideas. They may not like me, but they sure love my web sites!
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