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formariz last won the day on May 23 2017

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About formariz

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  • tractors
    1958 RJ58 --SWAMP RAT
    1959 RJ59
    1961 551 --OLD MILLY
    1963 653
    1969 ELECTRO 12 -KENNY
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  • Location
    New Jersey
  • Occupation
    Architectural Woodwork

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  1. Now I understand why the outside is so neat, everything is in the garage. Its like a lot of homes, real tidy just don't open any closet doors.
  2. Forgot to mention it before but I did commit to buying it and already put down a deposit to seal the deal. Also prior to doing that with one phone call to a friend in the same profession as me I sold my old faithful for $2000.00. Knowing the van very well it was an immediate yes from him. The rust issues are not a major problem for him since it will only be driven around a couple of towns by one of his employees.It has new shocks, brakes , brake lines, suspension bushings ,ball joints, service records for 19 years,etc,etc. One can still drive it on highway and do 85 MPH with out even thinking about. 19 years, 300,000 miles and countless hours. I am going to miss it.I actually feel guilty about this and were not that this specific van showed up I probably would have driven it to the end, hers or mine.
  3. Perhaps a little unrelated to this topic, but I have to say that it was a fortunate day when I joined this forum. Aside from the obvious purpose of the forum, the level of good advice and common sense from seasoned individuals experienced in life is indeed valued and appreciated. Instead of quoting every reply with great ideas and advice let me just in general thank everyone for taking the time to share them with me. One is not always lucky to have such a wealth of advice immediately around us so I consider myself real privileged to have you all.
  4. More shop art!!!

    Clever, innovative, ingenious, original, and incredible craftsmanship. I WANT IT. SERIOUS. Send me the total and details.
  5. Good idea. Been thinking on what I can do to preserve it the way it is as much as possible.
  6. Thank you everyone for the reassurance. Its not an easy thing to let go of that kind of money particularly for something that is not new with no warranties. I am always second guessing myself whether I am making the right decision. It is still hard to me to believe the condition this one is, hence also my hesitation on it. However like it was said here before it does speak to my heart specially since this years model still looks exactly like the one I have now. I already scheduled with seller to look at it again tomorrow and possibly finalize it. Will post photos once it is here.
  7. Not quite the answer to your question but priorities come first: #1--- Plan on how to get it home without wife seeing it #2---Plan where to hide it so it does not attract her attention #3-- Keep moving all the others so she can not count them #4---Keep grandchildren from ratting me out #5-- Avoid all tractor talk with children and friends #6-- Prepare for the inevitable
  8. It has a 4.6 V8 non turbo. An improvement over mine which has a smaller v6
  9. I don't understand???? Its a private seller and vehicle is from 2007!
  10. tire studs

    Believe me, since woodworking is my profession there are always plenty of screws around on the ground regardless of how careful one is.Had them stuck in tires countless times. However these are only 7/16" long and I never had one that short actually puncture a tire leading me to be comfortable with the idea. Its like anything else. Fifteen years ago when pavement was new, a drop of oil on it would drive me insane and had to be cleaned immediately. I wouldn't even use a metal snow shovel on it. Now it just doesn't phase me. Chains mark it also if they slip. After a couple of months scratches disappear any way from dirt and oxidation.
  11. tire studs

    The so called studs I am using are merely hex head screws screwed into lugs. Basically under$10.00 for both tires. Have not lost one yet and extremely easy and quick to replace.
  12. My 1999 Ford E250 van with 300,000. miles is developing some serious rust issues, that for now are still cosmetic but eventually will be dangerous. I bought it new and it has NEVER failed on me . Prior to this one I had two others of same model which were as good as this one. So needless to say I am attached to this type of van which is no longer made otherwise I would just go and get a new one. So I occasionally look on Craigslist for used ones, specially when I lose another piece of the body. Very disappointing most of the times because these things are work horses and are usually trashed specially the interior. Newer ones are usually too expensive in my opinion to justify spending that kind of money on something used when for a little more you buy a new one although not the same anymore. Then a couple of days ago something caught my eye. A 2007 shows up with only 28,000 miles, one owner, loaded with extras and in incredible condition. Not cheap for a 2007. Asking price $13,900.00. I go to see it and I just cannot believe what is in front of me. This thing is a time capsule. No rust what so ever, even underneath only bolt heads show a little surface rust.,no dents scratches, almost no signs of use not even on drivers side floor. Driving it, I might just as well have just driven it out of dealership. Ran a check on it and it is 100% clean. Asking price real steep but I cannot compare it to anything else of that year because it just does not exist. Seller is stuck now at $12500.00 and that is it will not go any less. So comparing what else I can get for that money I can get in area a 2012 with about 90,000.miles for the same money. Very good condition but nothing like the other one. So my dilemma is: Am i better buying the time capsule overpriced for the year it is, or a much newer van for the same money?
  13. tire studs

    So yesterday I had another test with the studded tires this one sort of unexpected. Prior to the snow we had rain and it became a sheet of ice on the driveway about 1/8 " thick then it snowed about 6 inches on top of that.Not enough for the blower so I start with the Electro with the plow.On the steep part of driveway I push snow out to street otherwise i have no space to accumulate it in other areas. I usually go straight up pushing it and then back up down driveway again. I noticed already after one pass that the Electro was beginning to slip a bit going up bu it always made it without any real problems. Backing down however was a different story. It would just slide down driveway chains not really grabbing. A couple of times i essentially had to gun it forward while slipping going backwards so I wouldn't crash against the house.It had my heart pumping real hard a couple of times. Then I decide to see what the tractor with the blower an studded Ags would do. Going up on the ice it had totally better traction than the chained Electro. No slipping whatsoever. Then backing down, the same thing. It would not slide at all on the ice. I could even put brake on in the middle of the steepest area and totally stop. Studs were always penetrated though ice down to concrete pavers. I could then just even go forward again with no problems whatsoever. Tried also coming down head on and stopping in the middle and again immediate stopping. Based on yesterday's experience I believe that I am going to change from now on to studded Ags instead of turf tires with chains. From my experience better traction, smoother ride, quicker setting up and much less expensive.