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I Live in the City of Imperial in the County of Imperial Valley, since this being the Southern CA Chapter I am pretty sure 99.9% of you already know if you have sand toys this s the place for you. (For my self I am not a dunner)
So then a little about me (but not to much lol)
My parents brought my sister and I to the Imperial Valley in 96' from Guam, yep military brat as some like to call us. Graduated High School and never left. At the time I was working (cover your eyes dunners) for the BLM as an EMT and under paid trash man pretty much. I went through the Imperial County Fire academy was with them for 9 months and was picked up by Federal Fire at the military base out here. I have been with them for 9 years and currently hold the rank of Engineer.
Now for my 01' F-250 she has been great to me, picked her up in 04', at the time she had just about 100K miles on the clock. Prior to joining this forum I did the normal scheduled maintenance and towed a 27' Wilderness 5th wheel. Wife and I traveled the Midwest for our honey moon in her. So for 8 years I had no idea what her potential could be. Having to replace the transmission after loosing overdrive and the torque converter as per john wood. That's about the only good part John Wood is 25 min away , and since I was using a "Bucks Zooka Cannon" taken from FTE member Tugly (hope thats ok) I decided to go ahead and do some of the other suggested modifications and so far I am loving it. Each mod is listed in my signature.
It took me about 3 months to get her back on the road. Following pretty much every thread no matter what it pertained to and at the time someone else was doing the same mods so I just sat in the back and learned. Within the short time of being a member I feel proud and very comfortable driving my truck. Before it was get in start up and go go go. Now if something goes array I can fix it and if it stumps me the FTE brother hood will be willing to walk me through it.
That about sums it up, tried not to make it a book but I can get kinda wordy at times apology in advance.
(Side note) Seen the thread of fire trucks and on Thursday when I get back to the station I will snap a few pictures for you guys.
Welcome backdraft! Likely there are more than a few here that grew up in IV, but don't want to admit it. My folks moved there from Redondo Beach in '67 . That was a mistake - so close to Palm Springs, but not the same - same summers anyway. I grew up in EC until 1983 and had a fantastic youth there. I still remember the family driving out to Bombay beach and spending the day at the SSea. Cool as heck for a kid to walk out 1/4 mile and still be waste high water (had to wear tennies 'cause of all the broken shells). I bet it's waste high muck now .
Hmm, maybe I can still retire on salvation mtn...
2000 Excursion XLT V10 4x4 170K, front V's + 2'' level mini-pack, rear mod'd C's,, 315's, winch bumpers F/R, Viair system, Piaa lighting, Hellwig sent to GermanMike, dual Optimas, oily K&N, RedHeaded, scratchy paint, love taps at each corner. Join the So Cal chapter here
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