Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Help A DT Reader Rebuild A Tire Shop

DT community member William Robinson mentioned recently that his brother had lost a commercial building in a fire.  On Dec 20, 2014, the shop building for Robinson's X-Treme Towing & Tire burned to the ground.  The family has some insurance that will eventually pay something, but in the meantime Will has started an indiegogo campaign to help his brother re-launch the business. Perhaps today is a good day to skip your morning latte and chip in $5 to a worthy cause to help out a stranger thousands of miles away.

According to Will, the fire started from an accident involving a gas tank and the only person injured was the young guy who was working on the tank at the time (small burn on his leg, but he will be fine). 

Here is Robinson's X-treme Towing & Tire before the fire (Aug 2012 google streetview image).  According to Robinson's X-Treme website, the company offers local emergency, long distance car hauling, X-tremeness, and tires.

There are a few lessons to take away from this, first is that working on fuel tanks is dangerous stuff and second is that proper charged fire extinguishers near any potential fuel/ignition/fire sources is a must (consult a fire safety expert for proper type, size, location).  Most fire professionals will tell you that the difference between a small wiring harness fire on your project car and a burnt down garage happens in the first 30 seconds of seeing flames (this may not have been the case in this fire, and we are just glad everyone is okay). 

Stay safe everyone.


  1. That's gotta suck. I'm in. I hope it helps a little.

  2. Thanks a ton DT.
    I guess I should have mentioned the fire extinguishers there where iirc 12 in the shop at the time. Rose(my sister in-law) could only grab three and they got two unloaded... They where the proper ABC type but there was so much vapor in the air that they just pushed the flame to the nearest wall. And then it was all over.
    Thanks for publishing the story. I will be eternally gratefull.

    1. Will,
      Thanks for the update. I didn't want to make any assumptions about fire extinguishers, but just wanted to point out that folks working on their project cars in their own home (99% of DT readers!) often won't have an extinguisher (or 12!) nearby.

    2. Think of it this way..... If your shop has any appliance that makes a flame, spark or just gets hot there should be an extinguisher handy.

  3. I'm in. I am glad everyone is OK.
    So William Robinson, as a fellow DT reader I leave you this advice the next time your team decides to work on a gas tank... Someone here had to say it! Cheers and I hope the business recovers.

    1. Hello. The tank we were working on was from a scrap car. The local recycler requires that the tank be removed from the car and drained. For plastic tanks (which is what was being drained) it requires cutting a hole as far away from sending unit(metal) as possible and draining into a holding tank. Metal tanks are more old school. We use an air chisel to make the hole. Our methods have been used for twelve years and we knew of the risk. These ways are the best ways to keep from spilling gas everywhere. And asside from a hugely expensive fluid evac system (lots of money) the quickest way to do the job.

  4. here you go...


  5. Thanks to the DT community for your support and comments. Your the bestest place on the whole Internet's.


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