In this update: 75 lb starters and more photos from SEMA 2014

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Today John Drury, Les Holm, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Holm, Lars Pedersen, Steve Rima, Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle met at the hangar to unload the 56 foot long North American Eagle™ after our week long SEMA adventure.

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Well, sometimes things just don’t work they way you plan it!!!  This morning the semi wouldn’t start. We put the battery charger on it, jumpered it with extra batteries and all sorts of things. We figured it was just too cold so we plugged the engine block heater in and it still wouldn’t turn over. After about 3 hours of wrestling with it, Kirk Wage the lead mechanic for Walrath Trucking jumped in to help us.

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We decided to pull the 75 lb starter out. With galled bolts, impact drivers and heating torch, we finally got it out. Lars found a tap and Jason re-ran the threads. A big help goes out to Kirk’s older brother (by  two minutes) Bryan.

We got a new starter (and they aren’t cheap) and installed it. Voilá, it started and man were we happy! By then, the work day was done so we left the truck/trailer at the Walrath yard and called it a day. We will try it all over again next weekend.

 More Photos From SEMA 2014

Jimmy Shine, Billy Gibbons and Pete Chapouris
Luc and Inger  De Lay of Marcel’s Custom Metal Shaping
Taylor De Lay Flies the Wolfe Air 337 Camera Plane


Walrath Trucking provided transportation support for the SEMA 2014 Tour 


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 A new level of support from Lenovo is changing the landscape in our operations.  In the very near future, the website will be residing on servers on loan from Lenovo.  A new ThinkServer will now be hosting all the content from the website, and provide storage for our engineering and intellectual property needs.


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 Lenovo is heavily embedded into our daily operations, with ThinkPads and ThinkStations providing support for website production, engineering consisting of mechanical and structural analysis and aerodynamic capabilities.  Now we are pleased to announce the addition of new Lenovo ThinkServers to the North American Eagle™ team.


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Mobile Apps Keep Improving!


 We like to keep introducing new features for all of our mobile users, but sometimes it’s important to give it a new look as well.  We are excited to announce that NAE Mobile 3.1 for iOS is now available!  It has a new interface that looks absolutely incredible.  The update also includes support for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.  We highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 7 so that you can take full advantage of this update.  Download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.


For all of our Android users, we have released an updated version of NAE Mobile, which now includes Android 4.4 KitKat Compatibility!  You can download the update by going to the Google Play Store.


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