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Weiss energized by a 'challenge'

Josh Weiss will complete work in his shop on 170th Street or go to the site, driving his Ford with one of his custom grill guards. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Metal or wood, on site or at the shop, Josh Weiss will tackle any fabrication or welding challenge - with manifold other talents thrown in for good measure.

"No job is too big or too small," he said. "If anything needs to be done, I can probably do it - or I know someone who can."

The Park Rapids native is a "hands-on learner." Logging with his uncle, Ron Weiss, since the age 8, he is self-taught. "I've been working with mechanical equipment all my life."

Weiss returned home this summer to start the business after working more than two years in North Dakota oil fields. "I was ready to come back and I'm here to stay."

He will create "indestructible" custom bumpers for pickups and "headache racks" to shade the inside of trucks.

Weiss recently redid wiring damaged by water in a motor home, the vehicle valued at $775,000.

He does spindle work repair to replace burned bearings on boat and RV trailers as well as ATV restoration.

"Any kind of trailers, I repair," he said, as well as automotive repair, with the exception of computer diagnostics and air conditioning work.

"I'm good at finding the hard to find equipment," he said.

Installation of snow plows on vehicles and snow plowing are among his services.

He offers free estimates. "Between the Internet and a network of friends, I can find just about anything."

Complete engine overhauls of Bobcats, cars and tractors are on his can-do list.

"Four pleased customers" will attest to his antique tractor restoration skills.

"I tear the tractor to pieces and parts, rebuild and repaint and bring it back to its original state."

The multi-faceted fellow does custom sawing - he has his own sawmill - and will create log mantels for fireplaces or make lumber from harvested trees, giving homeowners the material to create "right from the property" signature furniture or fencing.

He will fabricate raw iron to create something or repair what needs fixing. He also will create custom metal signs.

He makes skid steer attachments and installs after-market parts on diesel pickups.

"I can do pretty much of anything; I like the challenge," he said.

Weiss' shop is located at 16387 170th St. He may be reached at 255-3097. If he doesn't answer, it's likely "my head's buried. Leave a message. I'll call back."

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