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    Marine version of Isuzu diesel:



    And thanks to that POS engine installation we were late when coming back from day trip to sea and got stuck here to river estuary 3 miles short of our target:



    Had to sit there for 3 hours waiting for the tide..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiJ View Post



    Had to sit there for 3 hours waiting for the tide..
    Never piss sitting down like that...
    When in doubt, doubt your doubt.
    www.metalillness.com

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    That mystery machine is a striker holder, look to the left of his knee !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
    Never piss sitting down like that...
    LOL !

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiJ View Post
    Or a motor:


    Chinese-Thai old fella running crankshaft grinder:


    And another one line-boring? cylinder block:



    Not sure of this machine?

    An old guy I know in our provincial capital city, Udon Thani, was a Vietnamese immigrant as a kid, illiterate, learned to read and write Thai, taught himself alloy welding and how to make his own rods. Long story short, now in his 70's, multi millionare, still runs the shop but has a few daytime naps, his engine recon shop is huge and the most famous outside of Bangkok. He gets work from BKK and Chiang Mai in the NW. He has 6 Bridgeports (real ones) in a row running flat out 6 days a week doing nothing but c/head and valve seat work. Ditto 5-6 lathes making stuff, fully manned. 2 tig welders and alloy stick welders doing repair work no one else can on straight 6-8 cylinder truck and bus heads. Out front 2 (genuine) Serdi valve seat machines, both going 8 hours a day.
    Point of the post, he has 2 crank grinders and only one operative. I asked what the crank grinder got as a wage. He said 30k Baht pm. Plus bonuses. Plus he only grinds cranks. No cranks to grind - sit on his arse and read the newspaper and still get paid. He was that important and that good. Good machinist, mechanic will be on 500 baht a day. Min wage is 300 baht a day.... Crank grinder was on 30k for a 6 day a week month.
    1$= 32 Baht approx....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Hurt View Post
    I will be there in Thailand next april hope I see some of this stuff thanks for the info
    Make sure you are in Thailand around the 12-15th of April. The Thai new year. Sonkran - the water festival. Insane. Absolute gut wrenching fun loving insanity.
    Unless you don't like to get wet.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikdor View Post
    The kids are 1, 6 and 8. Perhaps we should reconsider the timing. The company is thinking about sending me to China for a few years, might be easier to fly out of there to Thailand.
    Kids will like the beach. Kids will like the mountains, canooing and white water rafting in the NW, but ONLY post rainy season ie Oct-Dec. Feb onwards not enough water. Mekong river tour following the border in the NE also good and less tourists, again best time post rainy season when the river is full and flowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaiguzzi View Post
    An old guy I know in our provincial capital city, Udon Thani, was a Vietnamese immigrant as a kid, illiterate, learned to read and write Thai, taught himself alloy welding and how to make his own rods. Long story short, now in his 70's, multi millionare, still runs the shop but has a few daytime naps, his engine recon shop is huge and the most famous outside of Bangkok. He gets work from BKK and Chiang Mai in the NW. He has 6 Bridgeports (real ones) in a row running flat out 6 days a week doing nothing but c/head and valve seat work. Ditto 5-6 lathes making stuff, fully manned. 2 tig welders and alloy stick welders doing repair work no one else can on straight 6-8 cylinder truck and bus heads. Out front 2 (genuine) Serdi valve seat machines, both going 8 hours a day.

    Point of the post, he has 2 crank grinders and only one operative. I asked what the crank grinder got as a wage. He said 30k Baht pm. Plus bonuses. Plus he only grinds cranks. No cranks to grind - sit on his arse and read the newspaper and still get paid. He was that important and that good. Good machinist, mechanic will be on 500 baht a day. Min wage is 300 baht a day.... Crank grinder was on 30k for a 6 day a week month.
    1$= 32 Baht approx....
    30k Baht is really good money "out there in the sticks" for a "labor" job like that.
    Fresh engineer out of university might start with half of that (but raise quite fast after couple of years)
    (not to forget sometimes quite substantial side income and/or tea money for teachers, police officers, engineers..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiJ View Post
    30k Baht is really good money "out there in the sticks" for a "labor" job like that.
    Fresh engineer out of university might start with half of that (but raise quite fast after couple of years)
    (not to forget sometimes quite substantial side income and/or tea money for teachers, police officers, engineers..)
    That's what I mean. Starting 1st year salary for a qualified nurse or teacher is half that or less.

    Off topic, when in BKK after a hard day's sweaty slog looking at tooling etc, did you ever relax in the evening looking at other, er items in such famous places as Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza?

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    Soi cowboy and Nana entertainment plaza? Never heard of such a thing

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