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Tuesday, 16 January 2007 16:58

QRS air compressors offer many advantages over reciprocating compressors

Written by Rich Evans

I recently added the Chicago Pneumatic QRS Quiet Rotary Screw air compressor to my shop because of its quiet operation, smooth and pulse-free air output, compact size, high output volume, low vibration, prolonged service intervals, and long life.

Monday, 15 January 2007 14:48

Using autobody painting techniques to apply graphics to a speedboat

Written by Rich Evans

While working on a radically custom '56 Chevy Hardtop called the Black Knight, I called upon Todd Oneal of Bassani Exhaust to collaborate with me on a very extreme exhaust system.

Wednesday, 10 January 2007 17:20

Airbrushing the graphics on the Meguiars rigs

Written by Rich Evans

 By Rich Evans

{mosimage}After all the plotting, back masking, priming and prepping, it is finally time to paint the flames on the Meguiar's rigs, with a focus on the airbrushing techniques of Huntington Beach Bodyworks' master artist Terry Stephens.

Tuesday, 02 September 2008 15:58

Barons in the Buff 2008: Insurers & Their Partners Expose Themselves

Written by Dick Strom

It’s time for the latest installment of Barons In The Buff, a collage of candid quotes from the mind-trust of insurance personnel, those who once walked in their shoes, and from those of us who know them all too well. We trust you will find these quotes educational and entertaining, and encourage you to send us any notable quotes. Remember, the truth is always “stranger than fiction.”

Saturday, 02 August 2008 10:51

Safe and Quality Repairs: Putting Profit Back Into Repair Process

Written by Dick Strom
Co-written with Mike Orso

A major conundrum shop owners face today is the fact that, contrary to what insurers espouse, all collision repairs are not created equal. The lack of true standards in the repair of collision damaged vehicles leaves the potential for improper or substandard repair up to the discretion of the shop or the insurance company paying for the repair.
Monday, 07 July 2008 13:09

Body Shop Vacation: Impressions From a Month in France

Written by Dick Strom

For those collision repairers with your noses constantly to the grind wheel, I’d like to depart from my regular format and point out that there is more to life than that found in the shop. Left to me, my wife and I would probably never have spent a month touring France by car. But Bobbi never lost her “wanderlust” as a military brat of a career Marine and so we were off to France, Rick Steves’ handy travel guides in hand. Here are some impressions of our trip to the motherland of the Impressionist Movement. 

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 10:03

Nightmare Lays Out Worse Case Scenarios for Insurer Partners

Written by Dick Strom

I awoke in a cold sweat as from past nightmares, relieved that this particular nightmare didn’t have a direct bearing on my life. It certainly did affect the lives of others. I forced myself to remember every detail so the dream would not fade away. 

Friday, 29 February 2008 17:00

Is New Legislation the Answer to Shop Woes?

Written by Dick Strom

A cartoon I remember from the '60s pictured a young couple getting it on in a grassy field. What made it memorable was the expression on the face of the guy as his female partner of the moment, stoically looked up into his eyes, saying something like "I’m doing this for nuclear disarmament, free love, and world peace… What are you doing this for?"

Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

How Foxy Todd Fox Was Outfoxed by Elements of His Own Devices

Written by Dick Strom
The old Eagles song, Hotel California, has lyrics that once heard, reverberate in the brain for days. It’s ironic how well the lyrics of Hotel California describe the corner into which so many in the collision industry have painted themselves, how they got there, and how they can possibly get out.
 
Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Barons in the Buff 2007

Written by Dick Strom
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It’s time for the latest installment of Barons In The Buff, a collage of candid quotes from the mind-trust of insurance personnel, those who once walked in their shoes, and from those of us who know them all too well. We trust you will find these quotes educational and entertaining, and encourage you to send any notable quotes you’ve received to my e-mail listed above. No fabricated or embellished quips, please: the truth is always “stranger than fiction.”