My name is Bill. (Hi, Bill...) Glad to be on here and hope to be able to contribute as well as learn from the forum.
I've been in the automotive/mechanical industry in some form or another for the last 35 years, starting off at the age of 12 working on lawnmowers and dirtbikes. By 15 I was already wrenching on half of my friends cars and by the time 20 was working as a full-time mechanic. (We weren't "Techs" back then.)
My first real playtoy was a '65 Galaxie 500 4-door with a 352. I was never able to drive the car, but spent a lot of time under the hood playing with the engine. The first manual trans I ever drove was a '70 Maverick with a 250 6-cyl and 3 on the tree. Fun car that was.
Growing up, my dad and my grandfather both worked for Ford and I have always had a sweet spot for the Blue Oval. I was originally a Small Block Chevy guy, as my first car (which was given to me) was a '77 Malibu. I bounced around the GM line for a while, but was always still partial to Fords.
In the late '90s, I got a real break and ended up working for Superchips as one of the Ford calibrators. This single event firmly planted my feet back in the Ford family and I've never looked back. After working for Superchips for 3 years, Working for Edge Products almost 4 years, and running by own Ford performance tuning business for the last 9 years, I've really come full circle on the automotive systems.
Over the years I have work on countless cars (Domestic, European, and Japanese), built dozens of engines (some street, some race), and owned in the area of 25 different vehicles. Throughout the late '90s and up through today, I've been doing mostly PCM tuning with the occasional engine build here and there. Lately, however, I've been getting burned out with all the tuning and really feeling the pull to go back to my muscle car roots. Maybe it's just me getting older and feeling nostalgic, or maybe it's just getting tired of dealing with the rat race of performance tuning.
My current personal project is a '67 Fairlane XL 2-Door Hard Top. (Actually, I have 2 of them...
) I'll post up the build pics in an appropriate thread for everyone to enjoy. This project, while costing quite a bit, has brought me great joy. The ability to go in and work with my hands again, not just sitting behind a computer all day, feels good and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Anyway, thanks for reading. I hope that I can find some ways to share my knowledge and experience with folks who enjoy the same endeavors.
Take care and God bless.