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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, Maich 13, 1997 19 Go see Jimmy (In the fi)llowing account, some names have been adjusted to protect the honest, the industrious, and the dedicated.) The time is not yet to tell the whole story of the building of my dune buggy. It still hurts too bad to talk about. Suffice to say that it would be easier to deal with a market full of Arab Gypies offering the many beni fits of purchasing a used camel, than to enter into the world of special built custom sand cars. There's a fellow with a government agency that also en- tered the joyful world of custom sand rails. Tomas needed a dune buggy in his work and had one built specially for his operatkm of the engine are set p,'operly so the carbs can function. This I sort of knew, but was hoping maybe he could just juggle something. An agreement is reached. A tentaive price is set. (I do not haggle, it is always cheapest to get it right the first time,) An appointment for me to drive the 100 miles to Jim's home in Victorville is made and we shake on the deal. Jim's home in Victorville is in a fine neigh- borhood. Doesn't look like mechanic country needs. Being agovemment In The Thermometer's Shadow job, several committees by Mike Doughtery loaded his , buggy down until it weighed a bit more than a bloated ..... ureaucrat and was about as efficient. The red tape pow- ered buggy waddled around the dunes for a year going to me. Shirley and I park on the street and walk up the softly lit walkway. I'm wondering if we're at the right house. Jim's son, Mike, lets us in and I'm feeling better. This is a home. Family and friends setting around, TV on, dishes on the table and neighbor kids under- from shop to shop with no visable improvement. During the same period, my dune buggy waddled around the dunes for a year going from shop to shop with no visable improvement. During the same period, my dune buggy came into being and ran best on lies and broken promises. 1 was fighting some- what the santo battle as Tomas, from the agency, but I was burning up my own money. I was reading everything I could find about the care of buggies, but the litterature is sparce at best. A big hollklay at the dunes. I see Tomas whirl by in a cloud of sand as his buggy leaps up a towering dune. This I can't believe. I wait untill Tomas comes speeding back down v the flat and I wave him over. "'Hey,Tomas," I holler. "Who'd you get to fix your buggyT" Grining from ear to ear, Tomas shouts back, "Go see Jimmy". To a question concerning the adjusting of Italian carbuerators, the response in the same. "Go see Jimmy." I try one more question and the answer is a smiling shout as Tomas mars away in a swirl of sand. "Go see Jimmy!'" Government guys with the agency are not known for reccomending private businessmen. Maybe Tomas is trying to tell me something important. Maybe I should listen up. I go see Jimmy !" Jimmy and his family are camped at the mouth of a canyon where they have been camping since 1970. I pull into the circle and pick my way over the smaller children to where Jim is sitting with his wilE, Tina. Jim is a walking assault on the politically correct. He is male, he is over 40, he weighs more than a small dune buggy, and although he's hairier than a Yak with a hormone problem, he's a firm family man and doesn't even drink. Pretty near unAmerican. I've met Jim before and we tend to argueabout everything. A year ago be offered to build a buggy for me, but I thought I could get it done cheaper. I'm still trying to live down the pain of that decision. I sat down beside Jim and allowed as how it was a pretty nice day. He agreed and mentioned there were quite a few people at the dunes. I showed my camera to a pretty girl and tooka few pictures. We spit and scratched a bit and the conversation sort of drifted to dune buggies. To my question as to whether he could tune my fancy im- ported carbureator, Jim replied yes. However a carbuertor does not function alone. One must make sure that the valves are opening and closing properly, that the combustion chambers have equal compression, and that all systems controlling the foot. This is looking better. Jim escorts us out the back door and I'm in dune buggy heaven. Sharp looking rigs parked neatly on the paved back yard. No junk, no piles of rusty antiques. The big shop is well'lit and heated. Several exotic looking buggies are in various states ot' assembly. There are no skin pix on t'h walls. There are no beer cans any- where. There are no cigarette butts on the floor. The place is neat and well equiped. There's even a small computer and a library of technical manuals and old dune buggy magazines. This is dune buggy Nirvana. We leave the buggy and time passes. I call Jim several times during the week and all is going well. There are no serious problems. I order a bit more work; gauges, a dash board, retightening of several important parts, a little of this and a little of that. We talk money at every stage and there are no surprizes. What a refreshing way to do business. It is done. I dred going in and towing it back on the Interstate, but that's all part of it. Except Jimmy understands my feelings about driving in traffic and gently suggests that he deliver the buggy to me and we take a ride at Dumont Dunes to check it out. For a very few dollars more he delivers. Earl, mornin breakfast at the Mad Greek and it s off to the dunes. The buggy is unloaded and it starts right up. I mount up and away we go. It is all I had hoped it would be. We fly up the dunes to the controlled scream of a finely tuned engine. The sand rail flys across the dunes and roars up the steepest slopes. The brakes work as never before and the steering and handling are precise. New engine gauges as- sure me that all is well and the sand lodged between my teeth testifies to the permanent smile I wear as my buggy is now all 1 had ever hoped it could be. Thanks Jim ! Professional Carpet Cleaning Saturn Sales Specialist Jacob Henn There's never been a befter time to come into your neighborhood Saturn Retailer:,Test drive the all new line of 1997 Saturn vehicles. Special .sport'tfined suspension system, dent resistant body panels anda dual overhead cam performance engine h_ave helped make Saturn one of the top selling aufomobtles in America. Come enjoy the Saturn experience. You'll never haggle over price. . ,what you see is the price of the vehicle. No l=igpe, no pressure. Just courteous knowledgeable, and friendly sales, people. Please speak with me personally. You'll find complete satisfaction is my, only goal. 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There will be more infor- mation on the Resource Conservation Development Area dis- cussed at the last town board meet- ing. Please ( RSVP to LaVonne  A Selbach if you wish to join ([ tlem for lunch, 372- shots may save your pet's life so bring him or her down. AI- though, if you have a new cat, it may have 8 more lives left so you needn't worry about it. Congratulations to Ralph McCracken and Debbie Bratcher who are getting married in Chicago over the weekend! Pahrump Valley Janitorial 727-6094 Licensed Insured Bonded 727-81,50 Upholstery Cleaning Free Estimates Odor Removal Scotch Guard Water Removal Stain Removal Free Furniture Moving Pet Stain Removal All Work Gauranteed Everyday Prices $35.90 2 Rms Cleaned up to 500 Sq. Ft. $49.85 3 Rms Cleaned up to 800 Sq. Ft. $63.80 4 Rms Cleaned up to 1100 Sq. Ft. $119.95 Entire House - Fyt0m, - Monthly I I I I I &iee Plans I with no ] Deposits ! | 1 Z Limited Quantities r IV A All CALL TODAY ILi'Oq3 IF,,00(SLIF nuJ00l_ NEll J]ERVl(I00 361 S. 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