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post #1 of 19 Old 10-23-2013, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Make a little money on the side?

So, I am currently a student at UTI, Sacramento for Diesel and Industrial Mechanics. I also took auto shop in high school. I have taken Truck Power Trains (Rebuilt differentials, manual transmissions, drive shafts, etc out of medium and heavy duty trucks) and Basic Engines (rebuilt a v6 out of an astrovan).

I was working but they decided that they couldn't afford to pay me anymore. I'm looking for a job but in the meantime I'm thinking of maybe something to do on the side to make some $$ and have some fun. I absolutely love wrenching, taking stuff apart, and putting it back together correctly.

I was thinking that I could hit up some junk yards and pull a differential or manual tranny and rebuild it and then sell it. I was just wondering if anyone knows what the best diffs/trannys would be to do this with. Also, how much of an investment would I be looking at to complete the rebuild (I know it depends on parts, give me worst and best case scenarios). Even if it's only like a $50 profit off of a 10 hour rebuild, that is fine. It's more something to occupy my time and increase my familiarity with different differentials/transmissions. Do you think I could find a tranny shop that would buy them from me after I rebuild them or is that not something they would do?
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And I can't really do an engine rebuild because I don't have an engine stand/hoist. I could get a couple guys and we could move the differentials/trannys though.
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post #3 of 19 Old 10-23-2013, 03:12 PM
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Why not just apply for another job? It seems that there is a lot of overhead involved fou one one who doesn't have a main source of income.

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I'm just weighing options. Even if i find a new job i might do this anyways. Plus it's a fun project.

I was thinking doing a ford 8.8? I see a lot of talk about those for axle swaps.
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I buy and sell quite a few of them and make some money for other jeep mods.

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Do you have any reccomendations for which ones sell best? And how much on average do you spend on them and sell them for?
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I'm just weighing options. Even if i find a new job i might do this anyways. Plus it's a fun project.

I was thinking doing a ford 8.8? I see a lot of talk about those for axle swaps.
If they can swap an axle they sure as hell can manage a simple rebuild.

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Do you have any reccomendations for which ones sell best? And how much on average do you spend on them and sell them for?
Craigslist partouts are workin well for me but since you are local, I'm not gonna share all my secrets.

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Craigslist partouts are workin well for me but since you are local, I'm not gonna share all my secrets.
Understandable. Thanks.
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I tried that but prostitution was better money.
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I tried that but prostitution was better money.
Start pimping /thread


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Pimpin ain't easy. He's in school and its a full time job.

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I tried that but prostitution was better money.
Got to go up in the supply chain maybe become partners with your old chemistry teacher. Got to sell the purest product out there. But if thats not you bag of rock candy welding is also great side job people need fences gates and little things put back together.
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Want to make money rebuild 8.8's set them up for XJ's. YJ's ( soa / sua) tj's. If you can weld make some rock sliders or bumpers .......

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