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  1. Came across the first picture recently of my first and favorite horse. Father bought her in May 1967. That is my nephew in control. (He retired a few year ago as a CAPT in the Navy) The other picture was today after she hauled 750 lbs of coal up from the barn. Some irony there, in the background you can see a big blue boxy thing. That is one of 144 Fracing tanks (holding about 2.8 million gallons of water) being used to stimulate the 11 gas wells up there, and I am shoveling coal.
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  2. Afternoon gentlemen had some free time today, so I fabricated a new muffler for my C-81 using a propane tank, and a variety of pipe fittings 3/4" and 1" from Home Depot. I used the existing mounting bracket off the old (shot) muffler as well as the end Tip otherwise everything is new.... The 3/4" pipe inlet and outlet were "brazed" on with an oxygen and acetylene torch. I also drilled several rows of holes all around the part of the 3/4" pipe that went into the top of the tank and closed the far end (welded a nut across the opening). End result is that it sounds almost exactly like the stock muffler now we will see how long it holds up.......NOTE: The tanks have two (2) spring valves (like the one's in a tire tube)..... they are a bit deeper then the one's in a tire tube so I took a piece of steel rod (same size as the hole) took my small cut-off tool cut a fork in the top of the rod inserted it into the tank valves screwed the valves out and then blew-out the tank with my air compressor. Note: you can also depress the valve with a small screw driver and get like 98% of any gas out. Like anything else you do have to take pre-cautions and be very careful. You could also fill it with water after the valves are out and then drain.
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  3. Just picked up this 1075 with a plow tonight.. Runs and drives. I've been waiting to tinker around with one of these for a while
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  4. We are expecting a lot of ice over the next three days. We're doing everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen. The generator is ready, we have plenty of food, we have plenty of water, and we have plenty of fuel. Everyone in the area please stay safe and stay at home if you can.
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  5. So, I've had my '69 Work Horse for about 2 years now. It has honestly probably been the shining star of my herd. Previous owner put a Chinese Honda clone on it. It always starts, drives, is super solid, and even my dad flipped it over a bank (don't worry, he's okay) and all I had to do was replace the lift arm, and I love the patina on it, but it always had one sore spot. The hood, more specifically, the headlight area. The HF motor that was planted into it, the exhaust pointed straight forward, out the front of the hood, and the previous owner melted the original headlight bezel(Which I have), he took it out, and left the hood empty. It took me two years, but I had a brilliant idea. Why don't I just flip the muffler 90 degrees, so I gave it a try. The two manifold bolts came off easy, muffler is obviously supposed to be mounted the other way if you look at the gasket and the connection areas, but it looked like it would fit, so I went ahead, and what do you know, no exhaust leaks, doesn't touch the hood (super close, but doesn't). It does blow the exhaust at your leg now, but if you're driving, you don't even notice it. After this, I went to the pile of extra parts that the previous owner provided with the tractor and pulled out the original headlight delete bezel, It had never been on the tractor before. I cannot believe how much it pulls the look of the tractor together. I LOVE it. Just remember, somethings may take time to shine through, and when they do, it is totally worth the wait.
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  6. A little history & some pics of our family's tractors... My grandfather purchased our first Wheel horse on 05/31/1979 when I was 14 years old, she was a brand new '78 C 81 eight speed bought from Baehre Ford Tractor in Allegan,MI. She came with a 36" rear discharge deck & new 10 cu. ft. dump cart, a 42" snowblower & wheel wheights were purchased a few years later. Fast forward 30 + years later I decided to "Retire" her & replace her duties with a "79 C141 I found locally for $350.00. She came with the same deck & a very well fabricated belly blade from a John Deere...(sacrilege) The plan was to to use the C141 while I rebuilt the C81, then I could leave the mowing to the 81 & the blowing to the 141... Well, the best laid plans of mice & men often go awry & I am no exception, between work, raising twins, remodeling the house, snowmobiles, quads, jet boats, cars & flying monkeys, life happens! So, this year I decided to add another carport & a plow for the Wheel Horse to my arsenal against Michigan winters, both arrived too late as we got hammered early this year. Now that they are both complete all the snow has melted, with nothing but rain in sight. (I'll take it!) Anyway, with a one day break in the weather & renewed enthusiasm in the horses I pulled the C81 out of the barn and brought her into the shop yesterday to keep her younger sister company while I work on her. No snow, but I did manage to pick up a whole trailer load of sticks & try out the new plow on a mole colony... The snow pics are from around early December...
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  7. I thought I would do a quick, but thorough, right up on my recent engine swap on my 520-H. The Onan has served me well for the past three year with the exception of the manifold leaking and having to run it at half choke to smooth out the idle. Currently this machine is used for my snowblower in the winter and loader in the summer. Knowing that the Onan had life left, but not wanting to risk catastrophic failure on a necessary piece of equipment I decided to look for a replacement. With shear luck I found a brand new 2001 Kohler 25hp on Craigslist for $450 and wasted no time getting it. The Onan will have a new home on a second 520 I was given in desperate need of attention, making it a good candidate for a restomod tower/ hood swap donated from a black hood model. The swap isn't to terrible but more time consuming than I had originally thought. The worst of which was a wiring gremlin that I created running a wire to an accessory power source instead of a full time one. The engine is wider than an Onan making placement a challenge. An inch froward of where the engine is currently bolted you can see two holes. The one to the left side of the tractor is a factory whole that I used for the first round placement of the motor. This left the engine to far forward for the clutch engagement to work properly, but was a good medium for the belt alignment. After moving the wholes back a little over an inch everything worked out great, with exception of the belt guard which I have spaced out with washers for the time being. Next came the wiring. With the diagrams I was able to find I discovered that the Kohler came with a similar setup to the Onan. This includes the oil pressure switch, starter solenoid, a place for the tach. wire. The Kohler has a fuel shut off solenoid that needs constant 12v while the engine is running and is tied into the starter solenoid. On the back of the engine plug there is a post with a red and a blue wire, the red one I connected to the yellow ( coil 12v ) wire and the blue one to the light blue ( starter solenoid ) wire. The fuel shut off is currently my only engine kill as the 520 key switch does not have a post that provides grounding in the off position. Here is the Basic layout: Tractor Kohler CH25S Oil Pressure - Dark Blue Oil Pressure - Green Starter Solenoid - Light Blue Starter Solenoid - Blue Tachometer - Gray Rectifier - AC Post Coil Positive - Yellow Carburator Solenoid - Red - formally connectedt to blue Battery + - Red Battery + - Heavy Red Ground - Black Ground - Black Cylinder Temperature - White Temperature Sensor Kill Switch - White The cylinder temperature probe needs a whole with 1/4 - 20 threads but the Kohler uses fine thread 1/4 so I had to tap one of the throttle bracket bolt wholes for it. this was the best location for a good reading while keeping it away from the exhaust port. The throttle cables worked good, just had to shorten the choke a bit. The oil drain from the Onan was the perfect fit for the Kohler also. As for the pto I needed to bend the top bracket to allow the muffler to line up properly. Last to be modded was the hood. Luckily the hood just clears the filter cover, but I had to notch for the muffler. If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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  8. We don't get snow like you guys stateside, but had a few days of it, and always a good excuse to get the toys out Theres a few scenic shots I thought I would share too
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  9. Since it was going to be in the 60's today. Decided to take a 1/2 day off and get the blade, weights and chains on my plow tractor. Giving the duty this year to the C105 with the 16 HP kohler upgrade.
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  10. Jim, I still remember the first post I ever made on this site. I had a specific question I needed an answer to and couldn't find it on the Internet search; it kept leading me here! I had posted a few times on other sites (different topics) and wasn't impressed with social media. I joined RedSquare to obtain the information "I" wanted and didn't expect that it would go far beyond that; wrong! Within an hour I had two excellent answers to my question and a dozen or so welcomes. The warmth of this group was refreshing to say the least. It made me want to return the favor. We all encounter a few "Users" regardless of where we go in life, all ages, all walks of life and all ethnicities have a few. There have been a few posters who are inconsiderate and a few that were down right rude, but they aren't going to read this post anyway, so I will just get down off my soap box and go have breakfast!
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  11. The "like this" button on this website is valuable. I don't feel strongly about someone typing a thank you note, but I worry about people posting questions and not even reading the responses. I like to see some sign that the original poster is still engaged in the thread.
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  12. I finally got some 6x12 chains for my raider 8 and my farmall cub. Now I just don't have any snow to plow. I'm really to blow and plow snow.
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  13. Hello All, Got a call from somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody that knows im into Wheel Horses. Lol! Got told that there 20 year old 314H needs a starter and they where quoted $500 Long story short... got it for dirt money cause "its shot" ... looks like starter drive and solenoid are both shot. I jammed a screw driver behind the starter drive and already had it running. Needs a full service but all of this is easy... Unit has 1007 hrs Tony
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  14. Woke up to 4-5" of snow in the driveway. So before leaving for work fired up the 1054 and plowed out the drive and turn around. The tractor worked flawlessly. Now after work it is 41 degrees with wind and rain...... But you have to remember this is Michigan..... lol Sorry, old photo from a few weeks ago.
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  15. Computer`s been down for the last week. Tried using the phone but it`s not the same. At my age I never thought I`d get hooked on these machines. Next thing you know I`ll be texting... Guess I needed my fix. Couldn`t be that I missed you guys.. Anyway, it`s good to be back
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  16. Time for an up date.....It's getting close to finished. Still undecided on the decals. Maybe a CRAZY HORSE?
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  17. I have been posting here for a little while and have had the pleasure to meet a few of you personally.It may be a small point but in some ways I feel that some folks were raised by wolves or something.If you post a question on this forum for help about a problem why do some feel that its some kind of Google search.If someone offers advice or information is typing in a least thank you so Dam# difficult.I will say this I keep track of the clowns for whom a simple thank you is beyond them and it will be a cold day in hell if I will help them in the future.You guys are on your own.For the rest of you fine folks I thank you and will look forward to your guidance.JAinVA
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  18. I figured it was time to start a new topic for this build considering its come much farther than just asking questions about transmissions. this is my take on a 4x4. no where close to ready and i havent been taking too many pics along the way but here are some. It started as a 1973 16 auto. homeade front axle pivot mount, driveshafts, wheel bearing knuckles, and soon to be tie rod system
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  19. Jim, I understand where you're coming from. To me, the "Like" button is for when you appreciate a post, but have no constructive comment to make. Sometimes, too many posts on a thread that has a question may hinder the original poster's efforts to find the answer within that thread when he has to go through a few meaningful posts that doesn't address his question. Then the "Like" feature keeps things concise and moving forward. But, I also understand that when a question to a problem is answered, it's just good etiquette to respond with some sort of appreciative remark. I guess I have been guilty of not responding appropriately at times, as probably we all have been guilty of said crime. I sometimes jump on the site at work where I can't spend a long time responding the way I would like to, so sometimes the "Like" feature comes in handy. Then when I get the time I try to go back and make a good, proper response. The problem becomes I sometimes forget to do so. Was I rude or just forgetful? Maybe both? I'm on a few forums, as I'm also a JD guy. I'm on WFM and Greentractor Talk to just name a couple. I see guys who join a site to either sell an item or they have a problem and want a quick response. Many, many times, they post their question and never come back to that site for some strange reason. Or they come back just long enough to see if their question got answered and then they don't come back after that. You will find that most who stay around are in it for the long haul and want to be a contributing member, want to learn, and want to pass on what they learn from this site, or any other site they're on. If I was retired I might spend more time articulating a responses to various threads. I don't know though, as I might be too busy with things to get on the site as much as I do now. I heard from those who are retired, that they're more busy after retiring than when they were working. I'm hoping that I can experience whether that is true or not someday. The point is, some just don't take the time nor feel they have the time to make a good response. And they really should if they posted a question and that question was answered. It is as you commented, good manners.
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  20. Hello Wheel Horse fans, Ran across this site while searching for information on my 1979 C-81. The tractor came from my dad in 2003, and he'd bought it from the original owner. The C-81's only my second tractor in 25 years; the first was an A-100 dad gave me when he acquired the C-81. The C-81 has served three owners very well in 37 years and I'm planning to keep it running for many more. Looking forwarding to the journey... Mark
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  21. Where's my manners . You guys are the best and ..... RED SQUARE RULES !
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  22. This is a very good thread. Sometimes, I offer information or advise and I end up being the only one to answer a thread. I would like to know if my information was correct, or my advise helped out. I'm fine with the "Like" button, because it tells me that person I was trying to help, at least read my post. We had one member here a year or more ago, that would come into transmissions and just ask a question...like he deserved an answer. I answered him and he never acknowledged anything at all. On his 3rd thread, I went and searched his content to verify he did this all the time. We don't get paid enough to sit here and answer questions for members with no manners. I sent him a PM and explained that if any information was helpful to him it would be nice if he came back in and said the information was good...it helps other members who take the time to search and a finished thread works wonders. He never answered my PM and I have not seen him back on Red Square either. I was in no way demeaning in my PM.
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  23. This is a neat video of toy tractors at work.
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  24. Here is a pic of one wall of my 24x24 shop. The other part is messy and I am still working on painting and building shelves. Randy
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  25. I had forgotten that the throttle lever was loose and wouldn't hold the engine at a steady rpm so I replaced the rivet that holds it together with a fine threaded bolt and lock nut and have got that tightened down, now it holds at a steady rpm. I've also discovered that my volt meter is bad so I'm gonna need to find a replacement for that. I finished up putting the decals on and also decided to spray a clear coat over the Argent silver paint on the rims, what a difference that made. I used Rustoleum Crystal Clear and really like how the paint shines now.
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  26. A bit off topic, but being courteous outside the forum is not as common as it should be. One thing that is easy and free is that when you see a family out in a restaurant with well behaved children and no faces in the cell phones during the meal, It is a pleasant surprise to the parents to take but a few seconds and compliment them on how good their kids are behaving. The looks in the parents' faces [especially mom] are just priceless. i am no saint in many ways and not always in public do i present as well as I would like . i figure that even an old grump like me can start somewhere.
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  27. Yeah, that's me - I love to help people, but as far a WH products go I have a tenuous grip on the bottom end of a slick stick- learning more than giving I am afraid - like the others- social media is a farce - but I really do enjoy Red Square....thanks to all of you for the things that I have been steered in the right direction on- they are priceless. Maybe this is inappropriate, but I have to say if you haven't had the pleasure of dealing with an excellent person, I recommend Richmondred01..-Mark I apologize if I have embarassed you, but I couldn't help myself......I tried too...
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  28. I thought I would just post the pictures of what happened. I did not want to do a whole "How to" thread, as we already have some excellent threads out there. Prondzy's "How to Thread" was my inspiration...along with the Kohler Manual. Here is Mike's link... The manual is in the Manuals section. I am going to number the pictures so it is easier to talk about things...should there be questions or comments. Thanks Took pictures of linkage, gas lines, etc. to be able to put it back together. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Now we are looking at the parts cleaned, bored, etc...from the machine shop. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. a short video of the new Kohler running.
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  29. For those who remember the 1975 B-100 Automatic find: I messed with it again today. It has spark and tried to hit. I only had a few minutes, but I think when I can find more time, it will actually start.
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  30. I don't think we have ever had a member that is a Supporter act like what we are talking about. In the 1st place, no one needs to become a Supporter...in the 2nd place, being a supporter is kind of saying "Thank You" all by itself. I would think that most of the time this happens, these are young people, but the manners are reflected in their parents. I by no means would ever want to drive somebody away from this hobby because of their lack of manners, but I will send a PM to some body to explain why I sent them a PM. One thing I tell them..."Remember, we do not have to help you."
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  31. I hear you - I'm wondering if it's a bigger issue than the typically fine folks on Red Square though. Seems appreciation and expressions of it are going the way of the social media trash heap...Sad really, all the negative vitriol on most sites...Very unlike this site. I guess I have been very fortunate on this forum. With one exception, I have received nothing but outstanding help and consideration for my inquiries, and usually an appreciative "thanks" or something along those lines if I have tried to help someone out...And in that one instance? The gentleman, whom I do not know, PM'd me shortly after with an apology and explanation. Upstanding and appreciated. I don't go on other social media sites for the very reason you are talking about - they are anything but "social" - they are ANTI-social... I just hope this site continues to be used by such knowledgeable and kind people who are willing to share their expertise with those of us who are not WH experts. It really is amazing to me how willing they (and you) are to spend their time helping folks out that they don't even know (Including some who won't say "thanks"). I certainly appreciate it! Thanks for posting this. Good reminder to us all what a great group is here to help us out and that they deserve a "thanks".
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  32. Hi, Arrived home last night with our 1981 B-165 Tractor that will be used for logging and moving around a small woodland. It needs a little TLC but looking forward to letting it doing the back breaking work! Regards Chris
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  33. Hi everyone. Newbie to the forum here and newbie to Wheel Horse. Just picked up a 310-8 about an hour from home off Craigslist. She runs and drives and makes the snow blower spin. Came with side and rear discharge decks, snow blower, chains, wheel weights, and the mule drive (thanks Walt!) I'll be lurking around and searching the forums for info, but if there's anything anyone wants to share I'd be glad to hear it.
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  35. Some of you may know I was lucky enough to inherit my shop/garage from my late uncle who was a car guy. He had four 30 X 42 windows that let in a nice amount of light. Unfortunately, when his daughters sold his adjacent home it was to a landlord who is currently renting to alleged drug dealers. They haven't given me any trouble in the 18 months I've owned the garage but I don't trust them. To keep the windows but increase security I made internal shutters out of 3/4" plywood and barrel locks. The side of the plywood that faces the windows I painted a dark color so it just looks like a dark interior of a building when closed. When open it gives me full function of the windows. Exterior View Inside view closed Inside view with one side open It gives me extra piece of mind while I'm gone since I live a few miles away.
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  36. The tractors are great, but getting to know the people on the site is where it's at.
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  37. Just to add to that, my wife and I were Christmas shopping in December, and a group of teens came out of the store ahead of us. The door went closed and as we approached it, one of the girls in the group turned around, walked back to the door, opened it and held it for us. I think there may be hope.
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  38. You guys are amazing! I was bummed and venting when I posted this last night.Your responses have been heart warming.I really never thought the topic would get this kind of reaction.I will add my thanks to anyone who may not have got a thanks from me.As stated before no one has to help and ,when they do. two little words is all someone gets in compensation.Sometimes that is priceless.JAinVA
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  39. As I stated many times is what keeps me sane...Everyone has to vent sometime and it doesn't seem what you vent about here you'll get a response and Positive ones ! ...grandpap was a wise man , I was a learner by doing and when you mess up something that's expensive you learn real quick !
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  40. Thank You...Two little words, but they have a big impact,and go along way! In my opinion.
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  41. If a single reply is not acknowledged is one thing ,but in my mind multiple posts and PMs over a couple days deserves more than a Like post.If you have solved a persons issue then a Like post in mind is not respectful.I will say the LIKE feature on this site is great but rude is rude and an old fart like me may not know what I had for lunch but some things get burned in the brain.Most here seem to appreciate the help provided.I know I do,but I feel that some just don't get it.
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  42. I remember many years ago I was going into the local post office with an arm of load packages and a kid not more than 10 opened the door and held it open for me to enter.I asked him to wait as I disposed of the load and handed him a gratuity.I told him that good manners would take him places.I don't know if he remembers the encounter but I have always thought that you should encourage and reward good manners and civility. I rarely post on any other forums because there seems to be no one in control of the content.(thanks again to the moderators).I hate to seem like I'm whining but as a reminder to all here for some of us a typed thank you is meaningful.JAinVA
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  43. A well maintained magnum is easily capable of well over 2000 hours. Then go by Home depot and see what they charge for a mower and deck of that capacity, Then add in the tiller, mid mount, dozer blade etc. and 1700 is not out of line.
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  44. From Glen Petit in our vendor section. On mine, I used sections of garage door springs and trampoline springs until I got the desired lift assist. I attached mine to a rod that clips into the mid tach-a-matic.
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  45. Great post. I think we need one of these every now and then just to remind us of what this forum is all about. And oh by the way, if I have ever forgotten to thank any of you for your advise or assistance, THANK YOU!
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  46. I for one use the " Like this " option when I agree with the post and have no more to add, and want to acknowledge the poster for there time and effort. I have learned a great deal from the fokes here and have owned Wheel Horse and only Wheel Horse since 1979 , there is knowledge here that is not only book learned but more importantly hands on " this is how I solved the problem" knowledge. Like my grandpap used to say sometimes you learn more from doing something wrong than doing it right. Bob Blough Jr.
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  47. Mark, I am really surprised at the responses from folks here so far.I think that one of the responses suggested that the offenders would never look at a post on manners.How true. stevasaurus pointed out that supporters rarely if ever lack mannerly behavior.I have looked at the posters here and sure enough you guys that have commented on this topic are all supporters.Again I have read all the comments on this thread and feel better getting my frustrations off my chest.JAinVA
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  48. Boy talk about me being paranoid,,,, I posted a question last night, then after reading this thread I was omg did I forget something? went back and checked,, I hadnt forgot a thank you. Such a simple thing. Only two words needed and thats a small price for the knowledge available and willingly passed to all on this site. Aaand since I'm getting older,, Thanks to all that make this site what it is! Bless you all!
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  49. Thanks for this thread. I think sometimes the older generation was brought up a little different than the younger generation.That being said that does not in any way excuse this behavior. Example, I was taught to remove my hat when in side a building, still do that but not because my mother says to, but habit, not many others of later generations do. We all need to treat others as we would like to be treated, another one I learned while very young from my examples my Father and Mother! Bob Blough Jr
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  50. I've always been tech savvy, and I've had a computer with internet access since 1993, but I've always said that I could walk away from my computer at any time and be just fine. That was then... Now, I'm never more than inches away from a computer what with a smartphone in my pocket all day long. When I plan a hotel stay, the room has to have Wi-Fi. When I go to the WHCC show at South Mountain fairgrounds where AT&T coverage is poor, I take a throwaway Verizon smartphone with me. So Jay, I feel your pain. It's good to have you back.
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