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Here, let's see if she's noticing. Yep, she's busy. We can see you hi, hi, what you doing Oh I Buried you in work. She's been out of the office for like two weeks and I'm not the best organizer when it comes to paperwork.

so I've just been like dumping paperwork everywhere on the desk and now I think you're sorting it I should probably leave right? Love you and see ya Bye hello everybody Good day to you! Welcome back! Uh I Just wanted to go ahead and do a I guess it's like the monthly walk around shop update and let you guys know about what's been going on around here. As you can see, we've got a lot of clear space now. we're starting to get organized and look I've got the third lift it is here. it's installed.

They just put this thing in yesterday. it is now operational. It's been wired up kind of and it works and it will go up and down and it'll pick up 9 000 pounds of vehicle. Now just because it says nine thousand doesn't mean I'm gonna put nine thousand on it.

I would probably only put like six, maybe seven thousand on it, but it's a 9 000 pound super tall brand name rotary lift and it fits ever so perfectly into this building with about four or five six inches to spare. Not bad says I So now we've got three lifts in the shop. one in the corner, the big one, that's the twelve thousand. uh, the medium sized one.

I Think this is a a 9 000 pound lift right here and then another nine thousand right here. So I can work on cars trucks Planes Trains buses, you name it. I've got the space and we also have the newly fitted and installed garage door. Now some of you have noticed this door earlier and people have been asking me why I did not install the electric uh motor or whatever to make these go up and down.

You know you just gotta push button and then it runs up and down. It's because that was two thousand Two hundred dollars to do that and I wasn't gonna spend four thousand four hundred dollars to convert these to Electric doors. I figure the chain has been working for me for 20 years so I'll just continue to operate this with a chain. Um, regarding the construction: I'm almost done demolishing I need to take this wall down because it's getting a little flimsy with no support and the door frame is rotted and the door is junk and it's not rotted.

it's just, you know, rats chewed on it over time and it's starting to come apart. It's gross. So I'm gonna end up tearing this wall down right here and I'll probably just frame it in and and then that will be that. So uh, it's nearly complete I need to get some more of the metal.

I've got a bunch of that from when I took down the uh, the metal on this part of the wall right here I need to take that stuff, trim it up, and then use that to cover up this wood and this, uh, this section right here will be super duper complete and that'll be good to go. but right now it is functioning. I can go in and out I can service three cars at the same time, which means we've got one in and out stall, one kind of medium duty work stall, and then one long-term project stall. Doesn't mean they go in that order, but I'll be able to do multiple things at the same time.
For example, if I'm waiting on parts or an approval or something else, I've got another lift so I can bring in another vehicle and then do some work on that one. inspect it, do whatever I've got to do while I'm waiting for approvals or and whatnot from uh from the other vehicles that are in the shop. Plus, since Troy works here now, I can have him working on his own stuff and he and I aren't going to be kind of tripping over each other trying to uh to work around each other. So we've just we've got more space.

This wall right here is going to get cleaned up some. It's uh, it's a lot. a lot of storage space and it's turned into a catch-all As you can see, we're just kind of tossing parts and tools and building equipment and you know things I don't want to throw away whatever, it's just it's becoming a pile for uh for Junk collection. So what we're going to do here is, we're going to move these shelves out of here at some point.

I'm going to clean up this back wall. We're going to pressure wash it. Get all the dirt out of here, get rid of all these phone lines and nonsense that's hanging out. We're going to continue to strip the building of all the stuff that does not need to be here.

like that, and that, and uh oh. and like that. see that bar that runs across that used to be conduit for wire? I'm going to strip all this stuff out, pressure wash it and probably one section at a time. we're going to go through and we're going to paint these walls.

um I I Don't like how dingy they are I've pressure washed this one already, but it's still very impacted with. uh, just years and years of dirt. So we're going to chemical it. We're going to pressure wash it.

We're going to hose it off. We're going to scrape it. We're gonna do whatever we got to do to get these walls clean and then I'm gonna paint them. We're going to do I think I'll just get like one of those, um, like a Harbor Freight spray paint.

or like a paint gun or whatever. a five gallon, uh, five gallon bucket of maybe two different colors. I think I'll do gray on the bottom like a black border and then like a cream up top. And as for the red? Iron I'm thinking of running through and just going over that with a black so we'll have we'll have some depth, we'll have some color and we'll have some better light diffusion because I I think that the the drab and dull tones of color that are in the building are really eating up all my lumens.

and and I really don't like that. especially like this area over here. it's so dark over there I think it just absorbs all the natural light that comes into the building and it just it makes it dark and dingy. and I don't like it because it's not aesthetic pleasing.
So I'm also thinking of putting uh, like a couple four foot shop lights up there just to put more light in this section of the building to help with the aesthetic appearance. That little wall thing up top has to go away. Yes! I Do have the cover off the breaker panel. I Was doing some work in there earlier.

We're stripping out all of the wires that don't go anywhere and disconnecting them and we're gonna. We're bringing this panel up to a specified or a safe specification rather. I think I'm gonna move my barrels outside with the rest of the barrels, clean up some floor space, and I believe I'm going to end up relocating those shelves to like this area over here and again that way I can free up this area for some more tool boxes which I'll probably end up moving in maybe September something like that. but as of right now the the infrastructure is it's coming together and it's getting built.

and we're we're really getting. uh, we're getting somewhere. We're almost to a point where I can I can bring in another person and uh, you know then we can get some more volume through here because as it stands being myself and and having having Troy you know and he's he's a great employee, but he needs a couple years of uh of experience before his aptitude is really going to come out and shine. and that's what we're working on right now.

We're just giving him some experience, some exposure, and uh, he's He's learning to develop some skills and some processes that are going to help him out like to the rest of this guy's life. So uh, he's he's not a he's not top tier but he will be and that's the plan. Slowly but surely I'm getting all the stuff out that needs to go away. I've got I got boatloads of stuff to throw away of this.

This wheel balancer over here is junk. I inherited that. Uh, there's a tire machine over there that's kind of junk I haven't decided whether I'm going to part ways with that and replace it or not. but all the stuff that was piled up here and there has now started to slowly migrate out in a way and it's being disposed of over time.

So we're we're creating space and we're we're removing stuff from the building that doesn't need to be here. Uh, you guys have seen this before. We've got a couple vet fans going in, which has been it's It's been important that we had those because even with these fans running and the heat wave that we're in, it's 95 degrees inside of here. So 94.8 we're cooling off now.

All right. Last week it was 99.6 inside all day long and it might have hit Triple digits in certain areas of the building. Keep in mind that thermometer is over there where all the airflow is, so it's It gets a little toasty inside of here, especially on our hot, bright sunshiny Florida days you guys are familiar with the Vault of viscosity. It's where I've been storing most of my fluids and oil filters a lot of BG stuff because it's good.
More cash-all storage that needs to be remedied later on. Uh oh, and speaking of catch-all storage, Troy has done us a solid today and he really, really organized the uh, the stock room. Bear with me here. Let's see what we've got in here.

Look what my guy did this morning. He took a catch-all cluster and got it super organized. We got our penetrating oil break clean. it's nice and shiny.

battery treatment stuff, electrical connector stuff. We've got paints, towels Hardware AC electrical stuff. It's very light fixture for no reason because I impulsed by that thing from Costco I have one in my house. those are really good.

Got some tape, gloves, towels, soaps, tag out lockout stuff for uh, aircraft and more storage. So yeah, it's coming along. everything here is coming along. I'm excited! I'm hoping that by September, the Aesthetics and the the overall feel of this entire space will be completely transformed.

I've got a couple more banners that are going to go along with my Interstate Batteries and my Duramax flag. I don't know where I'm going to put those just yet. Maybe I can hang one here I might be able to get one back over there. Speaking of over there, do you guys notice that little that little hole in the wall right there? I Have found several of those in this building? Yeah, there's one.

There's one right there. There's a couple Down Below in a few spots there's some over here and again that's all subtracting away from the aesthetic. So I also plan on doing something about, uh, about all these holes in the walls. I I may end up actually taking some of that sheet steel and just patching them up and running some screws through it.

That's probably the the best way to do it. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comment section down below. Moving back outside one more time, we see I've got this exterior light. Believe it or not, it's darker under this awning than than what it appears to be like.

If you're trying to work out here, it's super dark. so we got that light put up. I'm gonna put up one more right over here and then inside. I think I want to do one more light like right there in between the four of these so they'll be like five and then I may put one more over there on that bar or on that beam and that'll give us like what? six, seven, eight overheads in here and that should be plenty of diffusion to really get some good light in this place because it's got these.

There's just horrible Shadows everywhere. Like right there there's Shadows Dude, everything's cast in a shadow and it's There's plenty of light, but it's also being absorbed by everything around. so we're We're working on it. It's coming together.

The bench has turned into a catch-all but we were doing a lot of work over here so it's got PT Cruiser parts on it from the the blown up PT Oh, by the way, uh, that. PT Cruiser with the bent valves Unfortunately They have declined repairs on that one and we're trying to figure out what we're going to do with that in the future. So it's been rolled outside, the top end of the engine is sitting over here on the bench. but uh, but she's gone.
That thing's dead. We're not going to do uh, we're not going to do any repairs on that at this time. Again, they declined it because I think that the repair cost was exceeding the value of the vehicle and uh, and I think they made a smart decision. It's probably not.

Uh, probably not worth saving I mean it might be worth it to somebody, but the folks that owned it decided that they weren't uh, they weren't ready for it I'm nearly done with that. Monte Carlo It is still here, but it's also going to be repainted and it's going to get some body work. so that's going to happen next door. The tow truck tow truck is in almost 100 operable condition.

It was just storage for this lift right here. I Had this entire lift on the back of that tow truck and that's where we stashed that. I've got a few more things on the back of that truck, but I'll be able to empty that and then put that truck back into service. We can see the Subaru with the broken bolt and the water pump.

that kind of ruined the engine. That thing's still in the back. Horrible story. I Ordered an engine, we bought it, it was shipped and they lost it in Virginia it was coming out of Pennsylvania I think and the engine for the Subaru was lost.

So it's been almost two months waiting for that engine because it took me two weeks to find it. It took a week to process the order. it took another week to pallet the order and then it took a week to ship it to Virginia They were going to transfer it to another truck to send it down here to Florida and somewhere it was lost, stolen, damaged or something like that. But now I do not have an engine in route to the Subaru or for the Subaru So I have had to start the process all over again.

Off in the back over there we have Troy's Jeep that's the big the big tire. Jeep I'm gonna work on that thing later on. kind of a side project project. Jeep I've got a Silverado Sierra with an ATV in the back.

That thing broke down on its way down from Ohio I Need to get the ATV out and diagnose that thing. actually. I may put that truck over here on lift number three. That's a perfect candidate because if the lift falls down at least I didn't ruin somebody's Mercedes it'll just be a 2590.

Sierra Uh, nothing against the 90 Sierras and Silverados but it costs less than a Mercedes. So I I'm gonna use that one as the experiment truck. I Think that'll be a good litmus test to see if this lift is going to kind of kill me or if it's gonna work. I'm pretty sure it's gonna work, but you know you never know.

Anyway, that should about cover it for the update for this month. Uh, I'll let you guys know when, uh, the next phase begins. Uh, like I said earlier, we're in the process of cleaning out this area so we can prep it for cleaning and paint. Once we get this side done, we'll move over to the next next third of the building.
Clean that up, prep it, paint it. then we'll move over to the next one. Clean it up, prep it, paint it. Then the hard part will come where.

I've got to move all my tool boxes out of there. clean up that wall. That one's super nasty. It's got like I don't know I don't even know what that is I don't know if that's paint or if that's like the the laminate coating on the metal but that stuff's flaking off.

it looks horrible, it's gross and it's it's eating up all the light again so that thing's got to get cleaned up as well. But that's going to be like a two-day project because we gotta move everything out of here and then go in here and clean this up and pressure wash all of our nasty out and get it out of the building and then watch clean up the floors again. All of that while I'm trying to work in here and make this a functional business. so I Gotta I have my work cut out for me.

but uh, considering how far we've come in the past six, seven, eight months, I'm pretty sure that uh, those aspirations are well within reach anyway. I could probably walk around with my phone and talk to you guys all day long, but again, I do have some work to do so I'm gonna get back at it uh like I said earlier I Just want to give you guys a quick monthly shop update on the the progress and what's going on. I Hope you guys enjoyed this video and I hope you are still here watching if you are still here watching, please let me know about that by dropping me a comment or two in the comment section down below. Don't forget that like button while you're down there.

And most importantly, do not forget to have yourselves great day again! Thank you guys for watching! Thank you for being here! Thank you for being part of this endeavor and supporting myself, my wife, and our entire team. We really appreciate you and none of this would be possible without your support. So again and as always, thank you guys for watching! See you on the next one.

99 thoughts on “Will the lift hold up? update and thanks to all!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars July says:

    It's Oct now can we have a shop update video?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 73 Maverick says:

    Nice, if Troy wants to learn, I'm thinking you can teach him. You have the patience. I don't. Which kinda sux, but I'm really impatient.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jjheb571 says:

    Cant wait to see the pressure washing!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LJM says:

    What about that white Corvette?,I always watch the full video even the stuff that's not too interesting 😂😂😂

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bond_James Bond says:

    That is way to hot. Nice to put a big solar panels on the roof to run some high BTU and Seer Mini Split A/C units. They work awesome in garages and shops.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bond_James Bond says:

    Sure be nice if you could move stuff from one stall to another on days off and coat the floor or stain and seal it so oil doesn’t soak into the slab.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bond_James Bond says:

    Very nice shop layout Ray. I hope the landlord has kicked in a big amount of cash to help out with all the upgrades you’ve done like the roll down doors and such. You should put some security bars where those big fans are so guys can break in there.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Bailey says:

    I’d insulate and clad all the walls inside, that would really tidy it up

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roy Saxton says:

    It is becoming a dream shop!!!!! very cool….

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Poxson says:

    Great progress, the first year is the hardest. Hopefully you will have a long and profitable business. Keep up the videos and good work!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Gonterman says:

    Solvex multi purpose cleaner might work on your shop walls

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr. Panda says:

    I’ve been tempted to bring my truck all the way to you from North Carolina Because of how good you are

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Giovanni Smith says:

    Looks amazing Ray.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bartman4800 says:

    Having more wind (or a large fan blowing) does not lower the temperature Ray. It might feel cooler because of the evaporation of moisture on your skin. But the temperature it does not affect. Insulating the ceiling will lower the temperature inside, since your ceiling or roof does no longer act as an upturned baking tray. But on the whole you are doing an awesome job! And don't forget the wife unit, who has to combine raising the kids, doing the admin and making the home….

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bas Bass says:

    Makes you wonder, how do you loose a full size engine in shipping lol. Someone melted it to sell it as raw metal for 20 bucks?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr. Grumpy says:

    Does Ray own this building or rent it?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars falcopops says:

    excellent progress, looking forward to the improvements almost as much as you are

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JNM Customs Shop Talk. says:

    Cut small pieces of steel for the holes you want to patch and use a liquid nails for adhesive.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sf Mason says:

    Just a thought for the ligthting situation.
    Ever considered getting a few sky lights? it'd mean you'll get more natural light in and maybe not need the lights on so much.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Stromberg says:

    80 degrees in WI today.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Burgess says:

    Ray dumb question why didn't you move the big lift to the other side where the new life when in as you have a lot move room and straight access in, and put the 9000lb one in the corner?

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S cone says:

    Hyperlite LED light, I've seen three youtube videos with them upgrading or new install of these lights, check them out more lumens than the ones you have.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Woodgate425 says:

    You’ve done an amazing job, keep up the great work and let’s hope the next 6 months is as good, cheers from Mike from in the UK.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ryanfromnm says:

    It's been really great watching the shop grow. Congrats on the new lift! Thank you for the tour, yeah, cleaner walls and lighter will improve things.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Steffen says:

    I say that you install two post lifts (or whatever) outside. Then, you can lift Winnebagos and big rig trucks. Make BIG DOLLARS…by just doing brake jobs! How many shops in yir locale are setup for them long vehicles? Truckers PAY$ and don't even flinch! Winnebago owners have BUCKS! And they(BOTH) want their vehicles to STOP! Truckers haul heavy loads: beaucoupe liability. Winnebagos go up to mountain resorts/lakes and haul a boat with them. Coming down from the hill requires brakes in perfect condition! Lots of PROFIT. YOU'LL BE "BOOKED!"

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ToobsTube says:

    I wish I lived in Florida so I could bring my car to you.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alexander Kupke says:

    Personally I would have considered switching the new installed lift and the 12000 lbs one that is in the corner as it sure is easier to get in and out with those heavier and larger vehicles and there is more space in the front. But I guess that consideration might have come to a very sudden stop getting an estimate for the switchover and installation.
    But I guess Ray just loves his corner of death.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars josh S says:

    a comment

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thirza Peevey says:

    Its a shame they didn't put that office in the back of the building, so the lift could be a straight shot in. If it were, you could put the small lift on that side, and the big lift in one of the slots were you have more room for big trucks.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars How About says:

    Ray. From experience a word of advice: Confer with "Wife Unit" as to colour (Australian spelling) of paint you decide apon! Otherwise you will love your job so much you will do it twice?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ElectroPig Von Fokkengruuven says:

    When you're thinking about paint, consider doing the ceiling in blue. I did it on the porch, and now I can sit on the porch when it rains and still see blue sky when I look up. d=O)

    Can even paint some clouds around the light fixtures, and nobody will ever know that you meant to do that to reflect the light! d;o)

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Simon Cuthbert says:

    The progress and growth of your business is a testament to your hard work and dedication to your craft.

    You are more than deserving of all the successes

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tristan Wolff says:

    Hey Ray, put a metal shield over your hydraulic Tees. If EVER something happened the fluid isnt going to make it worse on someone.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Fecteau says:

    Keep going

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JAMES KONET says:

    Wife unit must be a superior motivator. Congratulations on you speedy growth. Integrity and honesty have to be earned… You have!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chevrolet7260 says:

    My shop is up here in saint augustine. its been 104-108 inside last couple of weeks. i mostly work outside its been around 140 in the sun.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tracey Davis says:

    You certainly have come a long way ray good luck to you all 😀👍👍👍👍

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Westlake says:

    Subaru engine, have they looked down the back of the sofa?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Kadletc says:

    Troy your shinning bright.. Ray's a great honest guy.😊

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bryan Morgan says:

    Ray, how is your business doing as a whole? Are you making good profit and is it time to increase your labor hourly rate?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vogel says:

    I think you should paint the floor as well. It is not that hard to do, not that expensive and it really upgrades the shop, allows you to cleanup all future spillages and easily locate any dropped nuts, bolts, caps, bearing balls, whatever.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vogel says:

    How many cans of break clean would Ray need to prep those wall for paint?

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars n4gix says:

    I watched the entire video. Thanks!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Arrow says:

    So now you need some cameras to protect your shop…..

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerald Boylan says:

    Looks great 🎉! Hard work does pay off !

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars northernKaizer says:

    Its awesome to see how far the shop has come in such a short time. Wifeunit has been awesome too. You are one lucky dude with her beside you helping you. Yall keep it going strong.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sir Uncle Ned says:

    I do enjoy these shop updates. It's an insight that would be impossible without you running the shop, and it shows just how quickly you found your feet after being fired. You were working to get all your ducks in a row and it has paid off extremely well. It's rare to see someone who genuinely loves the work have such monumental and rapid success, but I thoroughly enjoy it.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffry Blackmon says:

    Have you talked about how Troy got to become an employee?