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About Racinbob

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    Back Home Again!!
  • Birthday 12/04/1954

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  • tractors
    2005 Classic GT
    Suburban 400
    500 Special
    1976 B-160
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    854

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  • Location
    South Bend, IN
  • Occupation
    Retired IBEW Local 153
  • Interests
    Wheel Horses, firearms, woodworking. NRA, NAFC & NAHC life member. NRA Certified Instructor and RSO.

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  1. It has a spring loaded idler. The front is just a cover.
  2. I just ran across this thread. What a great thing you're doing. The tractor hasn't been updated. 1972 was sorta a transition year and some decks used that style of mule drive. They just used the same center hitch less a couple of parts. That is likely a 5-0601 deck. The nice thing is that the newer style decks will hook right up.
  3. What pays for your Horse addiction

    It was Zimmer. I had electricians working in there on a T&M basis year round for a while. Sometimes 10-12. Some Zimmer employees actually thought we were part of their maintenance department. I estimated and was the project manager on their executive office building in the center of town. I did a little bit of work at Biomet and DePuy. That came about mainly from Zimmer 'defectors' knowing me and wanted me to consider some work. With the competition being so fierce I talked to a couple of key Zimmer execs to see if it would be ok. Fortunately they trusted me to maintain 100% confidentiality. I only let work at those two places come to me. I didn't want to take any risk in messing up the Zimmer account that every contractor in northern Indiana dreamed of having.
  4. What pays for your Horse addiction

    I finally had a chance to read through this thread and I love it. My life story certainly isn’t as colorful as some but, now retired, I don’t think I’d change a thing. As a senior in high school in 1973 I was a salesman in the Sears auto parts dept. One evening a friend was meeting me at closing time with his girlfriend and another gal who was a blind date for me. Turns out the girl they intended to bring couldn’t make it so a different girl took her place. I’d have to say that something was meant to be because some of you know who that girl, Nancy. I skipped the first opportunity after graduating to take the test for acceptance into the IBEW apprenticeship because I thought I could make a fortune selling on commission. The following year I took the test, made it and started my electrical career. In 1984 the contractor I was working for started playing games and wanted to switch to a merit shop. He thought I would come along with him and after sparring back and forth with him I opened my own business and immediately pulled his ‘cash cow’ client, the largest orthopedic company in the world from him. I had never planned on starting my own business but things went extremely well. After four years my wife and I were realizing that our two young girls were being negatively affected by our all work and no play life. We had a decision to make and we sided with family. I ended up working for one of the largest electrical contractors in northern Indiana. They wanted me to immediately come in as an estimator/project manager but I told them I just wanted a service truck. I did that for some months, maybe a year and then told them I’d come in the office. One of the best decisions I ever made. That company must still be doing well based on all the brown service trucks I see around. In 2000 we were in a position to retire and decided to sell everything and travel in our motor home in a warm climate. The Florida move. That was fun for a while but it probably wasn’t a year before we realized we both still had way too much go, go, go in us to live that lifestyle. We decided to buy a house and get back into the real working world. I really never had a resume nor had I done interviews for a job so I didn’t know how to do it. My MO was to observe the other employees and try to get a feel for what it was like to work there. I interviewed with a contractor (not electrical) and after the first interview I told Nancy that I think I liked the ‘feel’ in that office. They called me in for a second interview. Still no job offer but I knew I wanted to work for them after that. The third interview did the trick. Two brothers owned that business and it didn’t take long before I would tell people that everybody should have the privilege of working for them at least once in their life. I’ve been fortunate during my working years with excellent companies but that place raised the bar to new levels. I was there 5 or 6 years when I was approached by probably the largest HVAC contractor in Florida. They had started a residential electrical division and wanted to start a industrial/commercial division. They asked me to develop and run it. Already knowing that electrical work in Florida was worlds apart from the Midwest it was a challenge I had to take. It didn’t take long for me to realize my mistake. The first week was spent by me explaining how it should be done while they kept telling me this wasn’t the midwest anymore. I HAD to do it their way. They wanted me to toss out my nearly 5 decades of doing it right and with integrity in order for them to have a competitive advantage. I got home the following Monday physically sick and Nancy told me that, while she didn’t like me being gone so much she would rather have me doing that than to be like this. I contacted the brothers and was immediately back with them. I didn’t realize how long winded this would get….sorry guys. Just under 5 years ago the decision was made to officially retire. A week in the hospital played a part but was not the deciding factor. The doctor told me that I needed to slow down from my warp speed. No need for creeper gear but just let high gear be the limit. I’d like to say that I’m doing the retired thing quite well now but with the move back to Indiana and the massive undertaking with this house sometimes I wonder. Unlike before though, if I feel the need to get off my legs for a spell I’ll do that now. My Wheel Horse income? Well, we have been lucky. Rich? No. Our investment incomes, three pensions and SS has allowed us to make the transition from working our jobs to retirement seamless. Can’t ask for much more than that. Now, I better get back to work on the remodel.
  5. So who plowed today?

    We've been in a pattern getting snow every day but according to the forecast it will end for a while. Been plowing most every day. Yesterday there was just a good dusting but I decided to scrape it down to the concrete. We're getting another dusting right now but mother nature should take care of that tomorrow. It's been colder that the normal but the bright side is that it keeps these things at bay.
  6. 12HP Case.

    You might find it here: http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/files/category/26-case-colt-ingersoll/
  7. B-100 Auto?

    Those were medium frame (43.5"). I think they all were manual lift.
  8. I go by the lubrication chart Wheel Horse way back. They also stated that "Some lubricant recommendations have been updated and will not agree with the owners manual". Basically that's 1 1/2 quarts in the 3&4 speeds and 2 quarts in 6&8 speeds. I haven't pulled an overflow plug in decades.
  9. Tractor won’t move

    You can get what you need from this vendor: https://wheelhorsepartsandmore.com/transmissions.html
  10. There's some guys here that are close that would let you drop your trailer. I don't remember who but likely they will chime in. Once the show starts you can leave it at the fairgrounds.
  11. Tractor won’t move

    It's very easy for that to happen.
  12. Just under 20. A nice easy drive.
  13. Looking Around

    Nah, I'm having fun playing in it. But geez, unless I've totally gone brain dead (hmmmm.....could be) we used to have at least a couple days between events and they could get the streets cleared. Lowes still had some. I had to get one for the wife to use.
  14. Looking Around

    I would if the seller was flexible. That's 150 miles and we've been getting system snow, lake snow, system snow, lake snow.....etc. My truck is lousy in the snow. About a week ago I saw a 701 listed in the South Bend CL. With a snow blade, 100% original, back rest, absolutely no cuts or dents, just in incredible shape. Original paint was the nicest patina you'll find. He wanted $350 for it. I was going to jump on it but discovered it was way over in Ohio. I guess he wanted to hit the birth place market.
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