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  1. 27 points
    Just got back to the " civilized world" after spending 4days with my BIL in his new cabin high atop the Appalachian Mts. No electric or cell phone service. Access by 6X6 Polaris Ranger. Main menu was left over turkey, deer sausage and the latest batch of shine.
  2. 25 points
    I guess its an 87 or 88 judging by no "Toro" but yet a Magnum motor... Its rough... is missing parts and some of the wires where cut off for copper scrap. I missed out on getting deck... it was already crushed. Paid $100 to scrapper... Ill get it running as it is and see if I scored a good motor... transaxle didnt have any water and shifts so im already ahead with that. Tony
  3. 24 points
    First Christmas being Retired and with my first Grandchild. He is 4 months old. Grandma is spoiling Him rotten already. We went to the Christmas Tree farm last Sunday and He picked out His first Tree. A good time was had by all.
  4. 23 points
    My brother, Mike, has had a C-100 since it was new. It still looks like new, but it has a 12 hp Kohler in it now. It is an 8 speed. Well, he just picked up this 1979 C-121 Automatic, and he really loves it. Tons of power, no dents and the real patina. The faded paint was getting to him, so he tore it down and painted the whole thing...in about 3 weeks. He is going to call Terry to get the stickers for it. It looks real good...enjoy the pictures.
  5. 22 points
    When i said i wasnt a Collector, im not, i have 1. But here's what i Wake for every day of my life ! I dont cost Money or Gifts, Just Heart, when they crawled up on Pop Pop i feel great inside, No Big Truck or Tractor makes me feel this Great inside ! I thought id share this Pic at my Sisters home last evening before hooking up my Plow
  6. 22 points
    At the tractor show in Jacksonville, Illinois this past September I learned of a young lady (Shirley) that was looking for someone to work on her Wheel Horse tractor for her. She lives in a neighboring town not too far from me so I contacted her after the show and went to talk to her to see if I could help her out. She still uses this Raider to mow her yard and it appears to be in very good original condition but being 45 years old it has several things that need attention. She has agreed to let me bring it home and make a winter project out of it so I'm going to give it a good going over and see if I can get this thing fixed up so she can depend on it. She complained of the clutch pedal jerking when she let out on it and I noticed the drive pulley on the tranny input shaft is loose and she said it won't start right now, she thinks it has a wiring problem. I haven't heard it run yet but she told me that it runs fine (she mowed with it 2 weeks ago) and that I shouldn't need to do much engine work, she did say that it doesn't smoke but will use a little oil but she isn't worried about that. I went and picked it up today and plan on getting started on it shortly.. This should be fun!
  7. 22 points
    I've been waiting for this. Finally we got the first snowfall since we've been back home again. My trusty old 'B'-160 was getting impatient sitting in the garage. We got 4-5" off the lake and it was play time.
  8. 21 points
    Well I posted on another thread earlier today about wanting a tractor or two back which were sold, "just to take them for a spin and tinker on". Then after walking by one which I DO have, I decided to take the time to get this old neglected girl going, plus it needs to be moved for winter storage. It's been sitting in the same spot since early April and hasn't even been started. Time has been my hobbies' enemy among many other things since starting a new job, but today it just made sense (only to me) to take a moment and make the sacrifice to just do it. "The hell with making money and satisfied customers" I shouted. Just kidding, but that was the basic thought and the reality. So I pulled the carb, gave it a quick spray cleaning and some new gaskets, charged up the battery while doing that and fired it up. It was really nice to just take her for a spin and get the juices flowing through all of the hydraulics. It's such a fun machine to play and work with, too bad I don't have the time to really get into fixing her up. Can't even remember the last time I started a new thread.
  9. 20 points
    I retired a little over a year ago but I drove these for a fertilizer and chemical company since 1989. Now I work for these guys.
  10. 20 points
    Its December 7th, 76 years ago today the Japanes bombed Pearl Harbor. 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 were wounded. There was no state of war when this attack occured. As many of you know, my father was there, serving aboard the U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA. It it a day I will never forget, and I think many Amercicans should keep the memory alive of those that died and were wounded. So I started my day with a prayer to honor those there. I will never forget. That day, today, will always be honored by me. Glenn
  11. 20 points
    Nice cruiser I picked up last weekend
  12. 20 points
    Finally got around to installing one of the stacks I bought off @Aldon (thanks again!) at Stevebo's meet/greet. These are the smaller sized ones built by Bud Andews...perfect for a short frame tractor like my Commando 8. The old muffler looked ok but actually had rotted out on the bottom. The old exhaust pipe has been in the K181 since new so unthreading it was out of the question. I cut it off with a sawsall and then gingerly made two cuts on the inside till I could gently whack it with a chisel, collapse it and it then spun right out! Used a 6" nipple coming out of the block and a 3" for the vertical piece. Shot it all with hi-heat black and tightened it all up. Sounds great! Quieter than the old muffler, perfect for putting around shows.
  13. 20 points
    We walked into each other's lives a little over 2 years ago (literally, we're hikers) and everything just combined together perfectly. We finish each other's sentences and often don't even bother to communicate verbally because one already knows what the other's thinking anyways. My B80 isn't a show rig (for now). It wasn't quite complete when I got it as a pile of parts and the hood is in very rough shape so I have no guilt about making it factory original. I'm building it for the best use of our needs here on our acreage. One of the things I'm changing is the shift knob to something larger and "different". I'm not the smallest fellow in the world and with gloves on the stock knob feels like a marble in My hands. I've already purchased mid-60's gear sticker as part of my pack-o-stickah's from @Vinylguy and will put it on the shift plate. Reverse has never Once changed position but I can't remember where it is half the time. And I just like stickers because I'm a kid... I HAD NOT TOLD HER about that part of my build plan. A few of you may know I have quite a liking for old Mack trucks and Petes too. ( @AMC RULES and @Big_Red_Fred ) Yesterday she gives me a gift.
  14. 19 points
    Seems with winter coming on there have been several threads started to get to know each other better...from other hobbies and interests to how our usernames came up...I thought it might be interesting to see what we all do for a living. I work as a truck driver in the oil fields of Oklahoma. My job consists of hauling the waste drilling fluids from the rig and spread it on nearby pasture or farm ground. We pay the landowner so much per barrel of mud to spread it on his/her land, and it benefits their land as well if done properly. This is one of the rigs we service, and a picture of the mud I speak of And this is the truck I drive every day And if BRF picture wasn't enough to scare everybody here I am geared up and ready for the day
  15. 19 points
    My late father's 1967 877 automatic
  16. 19 points
    Got this one through a buddy - it was slated for the scrap pile . Some other really interesting things out there in the middle of nowhere such as a horizontal mill and an old gear driven/flat belt lathe . Pretty good condition little '64 , hood will need some work but everything is there except the lift cable and brake shoe and the air cleaner is buggered badly . Engine moves fine and has compression yet , glad it was stored inside ... Probably won't even get time to mess with it until spring - we have a major weather shift coming early next week and I'm still fighting to get the D working correctly without puking oil , need that to plow/work with around here . Sarge
  17. 18 points
    Looking at all the WHs set up for winter i got to wondering how much they all have to do. There is some impressive equipment out there..520s with 2 stage blowers and cabs etc. I get by with a Charger 12 on Plow duty and an Electro 16 with a short chute single stage blower. ( I have a back Blade on my DC3 Case but haven't used it much in the last few years. Hard getting on and off to re-angle the blade and having to twist around to see what you are doing, Horses are easier.) The yellow circle to the extreme right is where the horses spend their "off" season. Looked at google map and figured out the old Horses have to clear about 1,150 linear feet. Road down to the barn (larger yellow circle). Then in front of workshop and around to the basement door on the end of the house so the L107 can haul in coal and take out ash. The barn is about 35 feet lower than the house and the open fields mean your plowed path gets refilled frequently. The two horses cleared that whole thing last year after the blizzard dropped about 28". Also real men don't use cabs
  18. 18 points
    Excerpts from "Reflections on Pearl Harbor" by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked. As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?" Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?" Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?" Nimitz explained: Mistake number one: The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800. Mistake number two: When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships. Mistake number three; Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make, God was taking care of America. Any way you look at it--Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism. President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat. Our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST, he watched over us in 1941 and continues to do so today. CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY!
  19. 18 points
    Well after rearranging the barn this afternoon and squaring things away for winter I found a common theme. It seems that I gravitate toward that beautiful red. Some may think that it is a problem.......but we all know better!
  20. 18 points
    I hope you enjoy this video I truly enjoy doing this my self. To me it never gets old. A hobby I found that still moves me after all these years.
  21. 18 points
    Can't wait for the San Andreas fault to separate them from us.
  22. 18 points
    I figured since I am going to start to pull I needed a good stone boat. Found a real one locally on CL. I wanted to add metal plate on the bottom and found some free metal shelves. Worked out perfectly,
  23. 18 points
    All original safari 335
  24. 17 points
    I grew up on a dairy farm doing a little of everything and have have changed occupations several times. Some of them have been: journeyman electrician, hydroponic greenhouse manager, and most recently. nuclear power plant operator. I departed Florida Power and Light a dozen years ago and find that Retirement is the most satisfying occupation yet!
  25. 17 points
    A Manco 285 I restored. The dang thing is fast as heck. Haven't clocked it yet but just blasted down my street at at least 40. I stabbed the throttle in my back yard and the back end came around when powering out of a turn. Not a $5000 UTV but for $400 total I am totally pleased with the ride and my sons are diggin it.
  26. 17 points
    This is Shirley on her pride and joy, she told me that her Mom bought this tractor new in '72 and it has been used continuously since then.
  27. 16 points
    This all started back in the late 90’s for a Christmas present for my boy when he was around 4yrs old . I wanted a toy gun that would look and feel like the real thing , so copper fittings , pipe and wood was the plan . Most importantly I wanted something that I could teach him gun safety that would last and he could pass down . My first attempt wasn’t the best but it worked for what I wanted . Well me being me I knew I could do better . For the next year I was coming up with ideas in my head how to improve upon the first. That year I made two in two weeks time . I made one for my son and the second just in case I screwed it up . I should mention that these have no moving parts just for toughness. They can use their imagination , heck I was happy with a stick that looked like a gun when I was boy . The first stocks I bedded with die grinders. I then made it easier using a router table. All the stocks were hand shaped on a belt sander . The last gun (#10) I made was back in 2010 before my accident. I’ve since have came up with some ideas to make the bedding process easier. Now I need to pass on my ideas and get someone to build some more Christmas presents . This is #10 that belongs to my little cousin made with Missouri Walnut . There’s almost 40hrs work into this one . Wish the pictures were clearer. Cheek riser and butt stock pad where cut off from a old AG tractor lug and shaped by hand . Hoping to find my sons toy guns in the basement for some more pictures.
  28. 16 points
    Going to pick up my new sublimated mugs tomorrow. s.
  29. 16 points
    hi men, several years ago i picked up this bervac blower from another member on here. he said the gearbox leaked. i have been sloooowly refurbishing it for my son-in-law. i had to completely disassemble the blower to get to the gearbox. i split the gearbox and it looked great inside. i made a gasket with permatex. i removed the chute and had it sandblasted and powdwercoated gloss black. i flipped the cutting/scraper edge. i wire brushed the inside of the bucket and gave it 2 coats of POR15, then 2 top coats of rustoleum gloss black. it came with the counterweight kit which you see on the back. i repainted the counterweight kit with rattle cans. i also had to install a new piece of number 40 chain which transfers power from the blower gearbox to the impeller shaft. the chute rotation handle support had a badly cracked rubber grommet type of thing which centered the rotating handle. my buddy harry came up with the idea to use an electrical connector in its place and now the handle rotates nicely. i installed the blower on my 416-8 for my son-in-law to try this winter. i added some wheel weights and chains. i put a new battery in the tractor and did the usual maint as well. hope you all like the pics. best regards mike in mass.
  30. 16 points
    I grew up farming and work as a farm hand. After high school I worked as an Auto body Mechanic for 10+yrs. Then I moved on to be a Harley Davidson mechanic for another 10+ yrs, during this time I also did custom painting on bikes as a side job. Wrenching during the day & painting at night led to very long days, some times getting only a few hours sleep each day. For the last 14yrs now I have been working as a test technician on large scale generators. Our facility builds generators from 200Kw - 2,000Kw. A boring test is a good test here but there is enough trouble shooting and repairs to keep me interested in the job. Below is a pic of one of our 2,000Kw units. It has a V16 65.4L diesel engine, holds 145gal of coolant, 190qts of oil. The engine produces 3,050hp at 1800RPMs and sips a mere 150gal of diesel per hour at full load. Full load at 480v is 3007amps at .8 power factor. There is a 20oz Coke bottle sitting on one of the valve covers as a size reference.
  31. 16 points
    I am a Millwright (Industrial mechanic) and work for DuPont. We make Freon 123 which is for large commercial chillers. Unfortunately we can't make it after next year because of environmental concerns so plant is shut down at the end of next year. There are two mechanics at our plant (including me) and our main ingredients are Hydrofluoric acid and PCE (basically like a dry cleaning fluid). Raw materials come in on rail cars. They are mixed together and heated with a catalyst at 500 PSI and the end result is freon 123 and HCL. The HCL is separated out in distillation columns and basically given away as it is a waste stream. HCL is loaded onto rail cars, 123 is loaded onto rail cars, tanker trucks, and ISO containers. My job is to do all maintenance required to keep the plant running including the rebuild of valves, pumps, piping systems, columns etc. I also maintain the company vehicles and snow removal equipment. Also maintenance hooks up the rail cars and makes sure they are safe to send out on the rails. Because of the toxic nature of the materials (especially the Hydrofluoric acid, a lot of the work is done in a fully encapsulated acid suit with breathing air. That is not a lot of fun at -20 when all you have on your hands is 2 layers of rubber gloves and your face mask fogs and sometimes frosts up so you can't see. Because of the breathing air or respirators that require a good seal to your face, you must be clean shaven at all times. Cleat
  32. 16 points
    From 1972 to 2007 I was in the office equipment sales and service business, owning my own copier company from 1991 to 2007. Then I sold out and went into home improvement, which led me into Radon Mitigation just like @wallfish . I'm now retired, but feed my tractor addiction by buying and selling Wheel Horses and parts, and making and selling brake band linings for the horses.
  33. 16 points
    I am a retired Indiana State Trooper..got done with that and worked in construction for a few years and went to trade school for welding - then went to work for Kaiser Aluminum as a maintenance welder - worked my way up to line foreman, then maintenance foreman and eventually plant superintendent...retired 21 years ago and love every minute of retirement...due to my age, I can't physically work with stuff like I used to....sure would like to tho.....that's why I like following the work you guys do..living vicariously...
  34. 16 points
    I was an electrician from 1986 to 2010. Then like many of you I made a career change at 44 years old. I now work for a defense contractor as a project manager installing submarine trainers for the Navy. Its a great job with quite a bit of travel to any naval base that has subs. My farthest trip was to Guam to install a navigation trainer. The last few years I have also been involved in building security systems for submarine training buildings on bases, both intrusion and access control. Talk about a mess of rules!! I still keep my Connecticut electrical license up to date....just in case .
  35. 16 points
    I was a communication contractor (Voice, data, satellite, CATV, CCTV, WIFI, Ect. Ect.) since 1988. Basically if it had a wire going to it, we installed it on everything from 600' towers to complete underground systems. Then completely changed careers at 53 years old just recently back in May '17, which was quite a bit scary because of risking EVERYTHING we had and then some, but things are going very well so far. I bought a small Radon Mitigation company and now install those systems in Central MA. The website which needs updating is massradon.com . Wearing every hat involved with a new business doesn't leave much time for anything else.
  36. 16 points
    I don't have any photos, but I am an industrial waste water treatment operator at Jasper Engines & Transmissions in Jasper Indiana. We use a hydroxide precipitation treatment process to get the solids out of the cleaning process waste water. We also have oil skimmers to remove the oil that is cleaned off of and out of the drive line components. Our discharged water goes to the city for additional treatment before it is discharged to the Patoka River.
  37. 16 points
    Had to get the beast out and play in the snow!
  38. 16 points
    As y'all know I recently bought a 12x32 portable garage. Figured I would start a thread for my progress in getting it finished and set up to work in. Today's project is painting the floor. One reason for this is to protect the floor from water and oil spills, other reason for this is light...the painted floor will make it look larger and make it easier to see while working on things. this is how it came delivered
  39. 16 points
  40. 16 points
    Here it is... came from fellow forum member Elliot Ness. Many thanks to him for his patience and hanging on to it for four months till I could carve out the time to make it down. As with any old tractor, there are some details to attend to but it seems to run good and strong. Can’t wait to give it a personal once over in the upcoming months...
  41. 16 points
  42. 15 points
    I'm an Architect with IBM Cloud specializing in SAP applications, but I take care of a website here and there for kicks.
  43. 15 points
    Worked for quite a few years at several different shops turning wrenches on everything from small cars to diesel trucks and trailers and even some welding . Worked in a custom cabinet shop for a few years until they ran it into the ground and moved on to being a Utilities Locator running 5 counties and 5 different utility companies we contracted for - then they sold out the company . Figured out real quick that was a dead end industry with too many changes so I went in the Laborer's Union - almost got 20yrs in now as a Journeyman . Mostly heavy highway and used to do a lot of the local Nukes and other power plants . Will probably retire out at the end of next year and move on once again - depends upon the politicians and if they actually ever put any money into our crumbling roads . Last range of years since '09 has been really lean with a lot of time off so been doing as many others have in the Trades a lot of side work with welding and repairs to keep us afloat . Might go to a local small welding shop that always needs help but my eye sight is going to keep me limited to basically a shop rat - I guess it could be worse . Doubt I'll ever really retire as our pension funds have taken such a bad hit over the years and our membership is dwindling - but who knows ....I'm sure ready for it . Sarge
  44. 15 points
    The C120 had it's turn doing yard work today pulling the yard sweeper.
  45. 14 points
    I think we all put projects on the burner that we could do when the weather turns to nasty. I collect Chess sets and I have had one that my brother in law bought me some years ago. He bought it in Mexico...maybe 30 years ago...Onyx. I had stored it in a bad spot through the years...under the sink in the bar. A Coke had leaked on it ...and Coke will eat stone, it made a mess of things and it has been some years that I wanted to fix this. Took a while to figure out what I wanted to do. The Onyx was mounted on like a concrete backing. It had some disintegration with the concrete and the Onyx. Pictures might help here...... This is what it looked like apart. I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood that was 3/8" larger then the square of the Onyx and used Liquid Nails to glue the pieces together. I then took the table saw and cut pieces to set on the edge of the wood out-cropping to make a frame. I used the table saw to cut the grooves and 45ed the edges to give it a nice feel. I then used polyurethane to fill and hide the cracks. I am bye no means an excellent wood worker, but I am satisfied with what I did to save this Chess Set. Thanks for looking. This is what the trim looked like (on end) after cutting on the table saw. finished product after 3 coats of finish. If you have projects like this...please add them. One thing I need to do during the winter...change fishing line on my poles...sharpen hooks. Pictures of this to follow.
  46. 14 points
    We had a big snow storm the other day here in erie, pa and the 416h didn't miss a beat! Cleared about 10-12 inches of wet heavy snow. Also, thanks to the person that gave the great idea of using my 4 wheeler helmet and goggles. Great way to keep warm and keeping the snow out of my face!
  47. 14 points
    Good save --- and buy! A suggestion - I just finished an '84 314-8 in similar condition, tho I did get a nice deck, for $150. When I went to looking at that rats nest of wiring with the night mare of safety features, I quickly decided to rip it all out and go back with just the necessary wires to make it go - tho I did include the lights. With your wires already missing consider doing this to yours. In spite of the pitiful looking horse I brought home, after some elbow grease (a goodly bit!!) some fresh paint AND the icing on the cake, some of Terrys decals! the dern thing looks GOOD!!
  48. 14 points
    Got a couple hours in tonight. Probably won't get to work until next week now. The rest of the week is nuts. Emory has a dr appointment at UVA Friday and I'm going to drop by and see @oldredrider while we're up there. Christmas parade Sat. night. Assembled a little - temporarily bolted on the fenders and floorboards. I also fabbed up a set of adjustable tie rods - got less than $25 in the set.
  49. 14 points
    Here's a quick pic of the hood. Not the best, but you get the idea. Now off to see Wonder - they say it's a great movie!
  50. 14 points
    I was looking for a 16 hp motor for snowblowing this winter. Went to get the motor and asked him if he had the tractor it came off of. He said he did. He was going to scrap it but would throw it it if I wanted it. Looks to be in pretty good shape. I'd radther have one like this than one painted three times lol. I'm going to use it like this for the winter just get everything mechanically right.
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