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  1. 6 points
    Thought some of you may like this. I've always known crows were smart since I was a kid. If we were hunting, we noticed if we held our guns against our body vertically, the crows would come around, but as soon as we moved the gun and they could see it, they would scatter. I saw a video the other day that had a plexiglass tube half full of water, with a piece of food floating in it. The crow couldn't reach, so he dropped rocks in to raise the water level until he could reach the food. This crow is a freaking McGyver.
  2. 5 points
    Took advantage of the recent 70 degree plus weather here in Va to get annual maintenance along with a few upgrades/repairs done to my mowing machine, a 540 hour '96 520. Amazing how much debris collects around the hydro unit in a season... Ive come to the conclusion that its easier to remove the rear wheels than to fight the 60" deck out with them on. Converted the rear to lug studs and replaced the 9 pin connector. Adjusted valves and confirmed compression to be 115 across the board. Repainted the foot rests, engine tins, and exhaust. Gave everything else a nice polish. This stallion is ready for its 20th birthday and another 20 years of dependable service.
  3. 5 points
    I finally got around to installing the side brackets (painted them) and built the side wood for my 4 wheel wagon I bought from another member here at the big show back in June. I also added small seat across the back that is removable. I put a coat of stain on in the picture, as it dries it will darken up a bit. Came out pretty good imo.
  4. 5 points
    It came out of the snowthrower pulley. I can't believe it fell out in the garage.. I got lucky!! Thanks guys a couple hundred heads is better than 1!
  5. 5 points
    Saw that tractor on an episode of one of the antique farm tractor TV shows about a year ago. Owner said not many of this model were sold when new because the farmers of the time found it to be too luxurious. They didn't want to look wimpy to their neighbor farmers.
  6. 5 points
    Very smart birds indeed. It seems they like to ski also..
  7. 4 points
    http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2005/04/01/hmn_feature19.html And a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2-wg5G_kcE
  8. 4 points
    Terry- I agree but my decision was very easy as it was already drilled and came with the brackets. I just needed to install and build the wood. I personally would not have drilled it myself.
  9. 4 points
    A very good friend of mine gave me a GT2500 a couple of years (like maybe 8) ago. It's main job was track prep at the R/C track we frequented a lot. No deck and a blown B&S 10 hp, well in a hurry I put a Greyhound 13 hp on it and it has really worked well. Give up the R/C and started pulling GT's so the GT2500 does the yard work and rides my grandson around. I picked up a snow blade, it has the angle and spring trip, adapted it to the WH. Well it snowed today and after work I got to play, that was fun, can't wait for the next snow. My 4 yr. old grandson has helped me do quite a lot of the work on the WH, we sanded the hood and fenders and painted them, and any time I go to the shop he is in tow, and now he wants one of his own. I think this could very easily get addictive, especially with the good help I got.
  10. 4 points
    I'm glad you can admit you have a problem, but some of us are not there yet, so lets not finger point, lol
  11. 4 points
    Scenario #1 The “Lucky Dog” If you have your float charger already connected to a battery for more than 24 hours, measure the DC voltage across the battery terminals. If you measure 13.8 to 14.2 volts, consider yourself a “Lucky Dog”. The modification to bring the float voltage down to the 13.2 volt range can be easily accomplished without modification the the circuit board of the charger, All that is needed is to properly install a standard off the shelf 10 cent diode into the red lead of the float charger. As I have mentioned many times before, a diode has an electrical property that allows a drop of 0.6 to 0.7 volts DC across itself anytime current flows thru the diode. So simply put, inserting a diode in the red charger lead will drop the voltage out of the float charger by 0.6 to 0.7 volts. 14.2 volts minus 0.6 volts = 13.6 volts - a bit on the high side but acceptable 13,8 volts minus 0.6 volts = 13.2 volts – right on target The mod consists of cutting the positive battery clamp from the coiled charger cable, stripping about a half inch of insulation off each end of the red charger wire orient a 1 amp / 50 volt diode properly in the red wire (SILVER/ WHITE BAND ON THE DIODE IS CONNECTED TO THE POSITIVE BATTERY CLAMP) http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-x-1N4001-Diode-1A-50V-FREE-SHIPPING-/321024829020?hash=item4abe92265c:g:OaMAAMXQrNtRzT7C I used 3 amp 600volt diodes as I had them on hand http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-x-1N5406-Diode-Rectifier-3A-600V-FREE-SHIPPING-/321009349460?hash=item4abda5f354:g:SzMAAOxyhodRzTVt solder the red wires to the diode leads (make sure you place the heat shrink tubing over the red wire before soldering the second wire to the diode). and finish by heating the shrink tubing to seal off the electrical connections from the weather. To check for the final battery voltage produced by the modification, the “surface charge” or the 14 volts that the battery was previously charged to, must be either left to drain off by itself over 24 hours or removed by consuming a small amount of power from the battery. An alternate method to the 24 hour wait is to connect the battery to say – the headlights of the tractor - and allow the battery voltage to drop down to under 13 volts. Connect the modified charger to the battery and check battery voltage again in 8 – 12 hours, Expect to see the battery voltage stabilize in the 13.2 to 13.6 DC volts range. Done and done. Scenario #2 "The Fun Begins" voltage above 14.2 or below 13.0 more to follow.
  12. 4 points
    They made 150. Imagine 40 mph on a straight, unsprung axle.
  13. 4 points
    My vote is for the Vredestein V61 on the 3,4,500 series tractors, just my opinion but i think they fit better than the 4.00-8 tri ribs and work well in the snow too.........
  14. 3 points
    Geeezz John, you had me all excited with that snow pic. Then I saw It was from 2013.
  15. 3 points
    Time to move and find a place with a bigger stable. When the herd grows it needs more space, don't deny the herd.
  16. 3 points
    look at the pulley on the snowthrower,could be a set screw for the drive pulley
  17. 3 points
    LOL! And thanks for all the sympathy and sentiments. I'm not heart broken over it. I knew what it was when I bought it. Just didn't expect it to konk out this quick. I got it for cheap at yard sale this past fall, the deck is well worth what I paid for it IMO. It's just an extra toy to play with, ya know. I've got it pushed to the corner of the basement for tear down this winter in my spare time (hopefully). I hope it's rebuild-able. I liked to keep her alive. I have a little past experience when I rebuilt a '68 Commando 8 back in 1993-4 with help from local semi-retired WH dealer. I turned all the wrenches, used his tools as he told me what to do and only charged me for parts. Had to get it bored and crank turned, used his valve grinder and seated the valves myself. I've done some car engines (older stuff) in the past too in Vo-Tech school and other garages. So it's been a while for me doing major engine surgery but I'm actually looking forward to working on it. I'll have to start collecting a few small engine tools. I've got all the engine manuals. Waiting on a parts manual that I ordered a while back, couldn't find one here on the forum for K301. Thanks in advance for the technical advice and info too. I'll be needing some tips with it in the future. If all goes well I'll consider a rebuild for my C-105 which is low on compression.
  18. 3 points
    Here north of KC we got about 3-4" total yesterday. Got to try out my new snow pusher worker, '77 B-100 that I acquired this summer. Trying wheel weights and turf tires with chains for the first time after running AGs and chains on my B-80 for 20 years. It did a great job. I can certainly tell a difference with the weights especially on the front wheels.
  19. 3 points
    While skill levels are important they have never been exclusive to man, in fact many animals have this ability but do not use it because of a lack of need, not the lack of ability. Much of science is wasteful in that it is produced for fame, grants, or money and in that scope it produces very little. I agree this is interesting, but in the field of cognitive behavior it is our morality function that makes us different from animals, not our ability to use a stick to get another stick to get a piece of food. Case in point, would that crow share that food with another hungry crow? No. That is the trait man has that animals do not possess. unfortuantely it is a trait that is dying of a psychologically evolution induced death
  20. 3 points
    I used fully threaded 7/16" - 20 x 1.5" bolts then grabbed regular open ended automotive lug nuts. Bob Maynard does sell them as well. I got the 9 pin connector from him. 1998 with 85,000 miles. Slight tuning to ECM, 4.10 gears, and replaced the 10 bolt rear with a 6 lug 9.5" 14 bolt with Lock Rite. Fun little truck! Only change since these pics is the removal of the trim over the wheel arches and the body molding...
  21. 3 points
    Ride comfort is one concern, but braking would be my biggest worry. With independent "Turning Brakes" on the rear wheels only it could be a bit scary trying to stop at 40 MPH.
  22. 3 points
    D&D Living History here in CT. has one. Saw it and thought it was one of the coolest ones in his collection.
  23. 3 points
    Woke up to about an inch of sleet, and rain starting. Luckily, I was able to plow it all before it melted. Wow, my hood is dusty.
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  25. 3 points
    Now the holiday is behind us, we can move forward with the conversation on this modification. First off, a few cautions. If you have any questions on your ability to perform this mod, do not have the proper tools, fear the mod may introduce a "fire hazard" in your home, or fear loss of the warranty on this ($5) product, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS MODIFICATION. Both modifications involve cutting of wires to the positive battery lead and opening the charger plastic housing to exchange a component of the circuit board. These actions will require soldering skills and some finesse opening and closing the charger case. Having said that, let's begin. Why are we talking about modifying this product? Does it not work as advertised? Yes and no. Yes, the float charger will keep a lead acid battery in a full state of charge over extended periods of non use of the battery - BUT - the manufacturer's use manual http://www.harborfreight.com/automatic-battery-float-charger-42292.html states the float charger voltage should be a maximum of 13.2 volts. On most of the float chargers I have purchased from HF, the output of the battery float charger is at 14 volts or above. Output of voltage from the float charger at 14 volts or above will indeed keep the battery at full charge, but unfortunately can also promote unnecessary evaporation of the electrolyte in the battery and subsequent degrading of the battery, If the electrolyte levels drop and are not maintained while the battery is on a float charge, sulphation of the battery plates can occur and degrade the reserve capacity and cranking amps of the battery. Replacement of the evaporated water in a capped battery is no problem. Maintenance free batteries can suffer permanent water loss in the cells and AGM style batteries can suffer permanent degradation This float charger modification is aimed at setting the final voltage to the battery terminals to a 13.2 volt level. Why 13.2 volts? It is at this voltage a full charge can be maintained on a battery without the problem of long term electrolysis of the water out of the electrolyte in the battery. Voltages above 13.8 will start the internal lead plates to "bubbling" which enables electrolysis of the water in the electrolyte, resulting in loss of the water in the cell. So decide if this mod is for you and read on to the next post if you feel this will be of some benefit.
  26. 3 points
    I saw that show also. And saw one up close in McConnellsburg, Pa. at the Grease, Steam, & Rust show this past October. Really cool tractor.
  27. 2 points
    Great info Chuck!!! Thanks for your continuing "electrical education program(s)". Those of us who majored in electronics with a heavy emphasis in "skillful neglect" need all the help we can get...
  28. 2 points
    Might be a good idea to determine how much overbore you need to cleanup. Then buy the piston and final bore to match the new piston.
  29. 2 points
    Brian, I was looking back through some photos and found this from two years ago. We had four-five inches (ZERO inches so far for this season) and I wasn't using the chains on the 518xi. I had about 200 pounds on the rear hitch and wheel weights. One thing that caught my eye in the front-on view is that the PTO is off-center. I never put two and two together that the driveshaft is offset to match the transaxle.
  30. 2 points
    Quoting my granddad " Two heads are better than one...even if one is a cabbage head".
  31. 2 points
    The only problem I really have now is I've run out of room in the stable any more .
  32. 2 points
    Addictive is right for sure! I started with one I've had for 20+ years, went looking for a mower deck late this spring and now I've got 5 tractors, 5 decks and other attachments.
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  35. 2 points
    I was surprised at how well the 522xi did without chains. Just turf tires and it was fine even with today's wet heavy snow. Though if there were 6" of snow like today's I will probably need chains.
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  37. 2 points
    Steve, yes we had an excellent Christmas, Hope you and Chris did also. Here's to having a wonderful NEW YEAR!
  38. 2 points
    I can remember my Granddad and a neighbor using a horse when I was a little kid
  39. 2 points
    On a somewhat related, but maybe not, note. It wasn't until 1955 that tractors out numbered horses on farms in this country.
  40. 2 points
    I have been looking for mufflers for my D180 and just couldn't find anything I could afford right now so this is what I came up with and for now it works good, It cut the sound by 2/3rds. I took 1 1/4 emt and cut slots in it 14 of them in 4 rows over a 8 inch span and then took a punch and bent the bottoms of the slots in so that they catch the exhaust then I wrapped the emt with 1/2" square wire mesh and then wrapped the mesh with fiberglass about 3/8 inch thick and then wrapped that with wire just to hold it all in place. I took empty torch cylinders and drilled 1 1/4 holes in each end and then cut them in half and covered the fiberglass. I installed them just to see if they worked. Now I will take them off and welt them up and reinstall them. Like I said they might not work for long but they sound great for now not sure what is going on with the picture
  41. 2 points
    Back to the 633 didn't mean to make this a thread about my air compressor but i am glad to have it after being without for awhile. Painted the hood camo green used rustolem paint and primer and it didn't come out very well plus the paint can kept clogging up glad i only bought one because i'm not really liking the color very pale. I have decided to go back to traditional red i'm more in my comfort zone when it comes to drying times between coats and how to get a good finish out of it. I also drug out a old parts tractor i had its a 552 and it has a good shiftier console that doesn't have a giant hole in it and also has a good lift handle on it the original is bent pretty badly and does not function right must of been rolled over at some point. I don't have a good hood so this one will stay its kinda grown on me anyhow also scored the guard that covers up the parking brake on the left side off of ebay for a great deal. Will keep you guys posted on the progress
  42. 2 points
    Makin some progress, got the frame welded, and the tie rods are layed out waiting for the welder to change the machine over ... different world between aluminum and stainless!! Hopefully tomorrow!!!
  43. 2 points
    you know me. A nice sno cab pic would be sweet. lol When day you guys might get me to break down. i thought after looking like a snowman this year might do it. but that doesnt seem possible this year. no snow. yet anyway Glenn
  44. 2 points
    There's a certain feeling deep in the gut when an engine fails and you know it's more than something simple. A cold sunless day with constant drizzle, sadness, even despair and suddenly everything stops, no wind, no birds no nothing... A few moments of silence, though at the time they seem longer, and then life struggles up and goes on again. Someday so will your Wheel Horse. We all feel your sorrow... We're all here when you are ready.
  45. 2 points
    Glad everyone is getting excited about snow; in a couple of months all the talk will be about how great it will be to get seat time mowing grass!
  46. 2 points
    That stinks about the engine . . . the rest of that tractor is in very respectable shape! The grill alone is usually bashed out of shape from hitting trees or small children , but that thing looks very straight and very little rust
  47. 2 points
    Very nice 1054 and a real nice rear hitch/lift. Enjoyed the pictures you posted in the "Gallery".
  48. 2 points
    Duke...there are those that can follow directions...those that can't follow directions....and those that will not follow directions. We happen to have an assortment of all 3 kinds here. I would not have it any other way. Hope you and MJ are doing great and had a nice holiday.
  49. 1 point
    When I replaced the outer bearing on my single-stage last year, I needed to use a 3-jaw bearing puller. Like Garry said, use Never-Seize on re-assembly.
  50. 1 point
    That is a beautiful tractor As far as powder coating, there is a facility here where I live that does all Harley-Davidson's powder coated pieces. A friend of mine works there and did some parts for me. I agree that if it's done right, you should have zero issues. I found that PC is best on things that are multi-surfaced (not flat) because the PC gets EVERYWHERE and bakes on to a smooth finish. I had some motorcycle wheels done in a candy coat and they were outstanding. For tractor parts I found you can get very good results with regular paint. Some guys here even ramp it up to automotive paint and hardeners for some beautiful finishes. This tractor is wet-sanded and buffed Rustoleum (including the engine shrouds). The finish came out great with some work. The only thing I'll say is they tend to be a little more delicate for chipping than auto finishes, but they are very easy to touch up. The wheels on this were initially powder coated, but I wasn't happy with the lack of gloss, so I sanded them off and painted them
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