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Re: What was it like to be a mechanic in the 70s amd 80s
Posted to Open Discussion Forum on 1/26/2019

I started in '73.

Labor rate was $9/hr & it was 50/50. About $40 in the '80's, still 50/50.

$200 worth of tools would get you by. $2000 & you had about everything you'd ever need.

Rebuilt as much as we could. What parts we had to buy were... Login to read more.