Jeff Tischler, of May, grew up knowing which end of a wrench was the business end. His dad, L.W. “Tisch” Tischler, owns and operates Wash Systems, Inc., at the family’s home place, manufacturing and servicing car wash equipment. As anyone in similar circumstances knows, the whole family works in dad’s business, at one time or another.
Jeff, like most guys from small towns with small schools, was involved in sports throughout school. He started playing tennis, in junior high, but became involved in so many things once in high school, he abandoned it. Football, basketball, track and field, and baseball consumed his time, along with work at dad’s shop and Main Street Car Wash, also owned by the Tischlers and operated by Jeff’s mother, Jaci.
“I ran a little bit, but I wasn’t real fast,” Jeff said, “I did make it to the state meet in 2001, throwing the discus. I think I placed fourth or fifth.”
Jeff also played baseball in the Brownwood summer leagues, after beginning the sport in Rising Star.
“When I got older, I moved to the Brownwood leagues, because it was a little more competitive.”
“I started out with the Brownwood Yankees and we went to state, once or twice,” he said, “Then I moved up to the Phillies and we actually won state one year.”
Jeff enrolled in Howard Payne University, after high school, where he played football and prepared for a career as a trainer or coach. He’d also begun throwing javelin, at the collegiate level, and placed fourth at his first meet. His hopes of pursuing that and other track and field events were soon dashed.
“During spring break, my first year, I went skiing and blew my knee out,” Jeff said, “I kept trying to play on it, but couldn’t. I ended up not having anything done with the knee for six years.”
Jeff transferred from HPU to Texas Tech, where he attended for two and one-half years.
While there, he decided he wanted to be a motorcycle mechanic, an idea about which his parent’s were “hesitant.”
“I called my parents and told them,” he said, “and they told me to go get a job at a bike shop and see if that’s really what I wanted to do.”
He did, and found he did like it. So much so, that he began to miss classes.
“I liked to work more than I liked to go to school.”
Jeff left Tech and moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., enrolling at American Motorcycle Institute, now WyoTech. After completing the six month course, he returned to May and worked for his dad over the next nine months.
“I hadn’t really figured out where I wanted to go,” he said, “I was just saving some money and was thinking about moving to California.”
He got a call one day, from AMI, that Strokers Dallas was looking for a mechanic and wanted to know if he was interested.
Now, anyone who knows a little bit about motorcycles knows Strokers Dallas. Rick Fairless owns one of the preeminent motorcycle shops in the country. He and his shop have been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off, had two original television shows, Texas Hardtails on the Speed Network and Ma’s Roadhouse on TruTV, and has a tremendous presence at the annual Easyrider’s Motorcycle show, in Dallas.
Needless to say, Jeff didn’t hesitate. In just a few months, he will have been there eight years, working in the shop with six other mechanics. In fact, he arrived just after Texas Hardtails had finished filming, but was there for the entirety of Ma’s Roadhouse. All Jeff had to say about that was, “It was interesting.”
In addition to mechanic work, which has included working on several bikes owned by Herschel Walker, Jeff has added fiberglass fabrication and repair to his repertoire, as well as some custom motorcycle fabrication.
“We didn’t have a fabricator for a few months,” he said, “so a buddy and I went to Mountain View College, took a short course, and kind of taught ourselves how to weld.”
He’s since built a 26” front wheeled Road King for Rick, as a demonstration bike for the showroom floor, and is currently working on a 30.”
Jeff currently owns a Big Dog Canine and a Harley Davidson Road Glide, enjoys his job, and to his mother’s delight, attends church at Crossings in Grand Prairie.