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Re: DOT safety or money (very long post)

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Posted by The tractor vet on September 27, 2012 at 07:20:09 from (

In Reply to: DOT safety or money (very long post) posted by John in La on September 22, 2012 at 23:10:12:

Yep it is all about the money. and they really do hate it when you do go to court and beat them. Way back when all this started i was off the road and enjoying myself just fixen tractors and going to the sales and buying . all i had was a one ton and a goose neck. NO BODY bothered me at first. My one buddy that bought way more then me had three semi"s and at times i would do some work on them for him . They were older trucks and trailers but were sound . One day i get a call from him that his one truck was broke down on Rt. 11 a mile north of the one rest area with a locked up air compressor . This truck was and old Astro with a 318 in it and for the year it was a cream puff with under 400000 miles on it with a fresh engine . This old truck was in such good shape that it would hold 90-95 lbs. air pressure for days when not in use . The compressor was a new REBUILT one just put on a few days before and it locked up . I was the closest to the truck and Don asked if i would go up there and replace the compressor . Ok not a big deal as the compressor is mounted to the back for the engine and it is a cab over , a few bolts a few lines a new coupler and a 15 mile drive to get the new parts . So i head up there and yep there is the truck setting along side the road way off the side of the road and half on the berm and half in the grass. Four ways on triangles set out correctly . I pull up along side the tractor in the grass and get the tools out i need to do battle with it. The driver is standing there with me while i am removing the compressor when a state bear pulls up behind and comes up and asks what is wrong the driver get in a panic and leaves me with the bear . So i get down off the truck and tell Mr. bear that the air compressor locked up and i am going to replace it . He asked me if we needed a wrecker and i said no and that we would be out of there in about two hours as i had to drive up to Youngstown to get a new compressor and a new coupler . He said that will be just fine with him as we were way off the road and had EVERY THING set up just fine and he would stop back to see if we needed any other help. and he left. Got the compressor off and off we went me and the driver up to the parts place that i have dealt with for years . They had what we needed and swapped out all the fittings from the old compressor to the new one and we were off . We get back to the truck and i am installing the new compressor when a DOT bear pulls up and starts in on the driver and is going to write him up for driving a semi with a defective air compressor and on and on . And he starts on me as i am not on the list of truck repair services that he knows of . The battle was on , yes i did threaten him with a long handled 1/2 inch drive ratchet and yes he did call for back up . One of the state bears that came knew me and has for years from when i worked in the dealerships . This DOT bear did not know that i do in fact hold a master tech certificate in Heavy duty truck repair . And his attitude is what almost got him cold cocked . All the bears knew what kind of a arrse hole he was . And first off you can not write a ticket for IN ROUTE break down. Once things clamed down i asked this jerk if he knew how to work on cars trucks or anything else and he said NO then i asked him if he could drive a truck he again said NO , I then explained to him that not only can i WORK on them BUT that i could also DRIVE one . I then asked him what he did in his past life before he became a Arres HOLE DOT cop , he told me that he use to be a teacher but lots his job . Being me i just had to say it , Well ya must not have been any good at that one either. So maybe ya should find something else to do before you run into a really mean and nasty driver some dark night.


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