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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 16 - January 22, 2019
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Bad Boy on the Road

1 edc07By George L. Nitti

Anyone working in towing knows that it takes a thick skin to do repossession work.

A former repo agent, owner Lenny Diogo of Jaimes Towing and Recovery in Fort Meyers, Florida, said, "I hated riding around all damn night looking for people. There ain't no money in it and people pull guns on you. You might say I had my fair share of fights."

As a result, he cultivated a bad boy image for himself.

One of his first trucks was a '97 Ford F-350 7.3L diesel/Dynamic twin-line wrecker. At 500,000 miles, the unit has undergone changes, but it can still get the job done.

"I can get in it, fire it up and go use it," Diego said.

One big restoration he made was jacking up the unit, making it like a monster truck while adding wheels that measure 49" by 24".

"Today, we use it for parades and events. It's more a show piece and toy. It's too wide and too tall to be on the road," he said. "It only goes 20 miles an hour. But if someone steals a car and dumps it in the middle of the woods, that's the car we use to pull it out. I don't have to worry about getting it stuck. It works great on the beach too."

Diogo, having grown older and wiser since transitioning into transport, towing and recovery, said he personally no longer has the bad boy image, but that the unit itself does.

On its side door is a simulated "Wanted" poster ... "Wanted James."

A white background sets off against the unit's predominant tribal flames that are airbrushed in shades of blue, orange and yellow, with gray boulders prominent on its front end.

"One of my brother's buddies did the custom paint," Diogo said. "He put a few hundred hours into it. It's all freehand and airbrushed.

"The suspension work cost about $15,000."

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