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Page 8 Help Continued from frontpage powered by a 7.2 liter inline-6 Caterpillar C7 turbodiesel engine. This armored monster truck was especially designed to negotiate the rough terrain and dangers of Afghanistan. If the M-ATV had to wait six months for a part, they would have had to go on patrol in a Humvee, which has no under armor, which can have deadly consequences if it's hit by an IED. Fortunately, our troops in Afghanistan have amazing access to the Internet. They went on line, looking for information as to what they could do to get out of this jam. Little did they know, the help they needed would come from someone in one of the most rural parts of Idaho. Mike Nelson lives about 15 miles this side of Riggins, near Pinehurst. With a background in computers, he started a web site (mopar1973man. corn) dedicated to helping people with problems with diesel engines, and specializing in Dodge trucks. The site has attracted people from all over the world, and the forum participants now help each other with many types of vehicles and engines. Several forum members have over 500,000 miles on their well-maintained vehicles, and one guy has a 2001 Dodge 2500 with over 1 million miles on it! One day, out of the blue, Mike got this message on the web site's forum: "I am currently working in Afghanistan, and a month ago we encountered a problem with one of our up-armored M-ATV vehicles. The unit was having a major power problem with a dead pedal issue, bucking in 5th and 6th gear, improper shifting and poor acceleration. I checked the apps sensor and found it not reaching 100% at full throttle. After consulting the manual on this Cat C-7 engine I found they don't have an adjustment and Wednesday, June 6, 2012 recommend replacement of the sensor. A new sensor was 6 months away. I recalled an article you posted on how to reset an apps sensor and tried it. It worked great//: We were able to get the soldiers back on the road within 30 minutes and in a safe vehicle. 1 would just like to say thank you/ I will be home in 3 months and I will bring you an American flag that was flown over our Camp Spann. Please send me your address and I will be glad to get it going your way. It's nice to get great info that may have saved Americans lives. God Bless..." Mike started his web site after he had bought a new 2002 Dodge pickup truck. After a couple years he started having a few problems. After participating in forums at various web sites, ferreting out solutions and sharing them with others, he found that many of the sites were aimed at racing / high performance people. So he started his own web site, with the average person in mind--the everyday guy who needs help keeping his truck running to get to work or make a living. Mike is not an expert mechanic himself. The idea of the web site is to help people help each other, kind of like a family. The forum is a very cooperative effort by the members and four moderators, and" that's what sets it apart from many other sites that don't work as well. Mike spends most of his time maintaining his web site, doing all his own web design, plus he has been hired to manage several other sites. Although monetary compensation comes in here and there, that's not Mike's motivation for doing what he does. "Most of my winter is spent in front of the computer from the time I get up until I go to bed," The Adams County Record he said. "If I'm not trying to help someone solve a particular problem, I'm trying to expand the site or dig up extra information. Sometimes I'll see a reoccurring problem; I'll get waves of certain problems that come up, and I don't have an answer. So I'll start making phone calls, asking 'What do you know about this problem?' I collect information, trying to find an answer that maybe someone has already found: Mike's "second in command" on the site, Ryan Westerdale, who lives in Missouri, is in his early twenties. He is so dedicated to helping others that he sometimes buys expensive components, cuts them apart to show the inner workings, and then makes a video detailing how the part functions so that forum members will understand how they work. Mike is a very strong advocate of shop classes in schools. He says we need this kind of education to keep America moving. 202 Albany NPA 208-466-3164 2503 2nd Ave. South s,, 217 Michigan (Hwy 95) Council 253-0093 Stop by and say "Hi" to Mike, Terry, Melissa, Stormi, Uthana, and Sarah. ........ : .......................... :: : :: AFFORDABLE FULL SIZED LUMBER YARD 00av-oh Family owned since 1972 1451 South Main Stet Payee, ldaho 208-642-4792 SO00 off I00terior 2rids $peeials