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  1. More curosity- - - If the thinner "raw" sap is pushing the "thicker fluid" through the evaporator toward the spicket- - - - - - - how do you work the last of the sap entered through the system without some waste at the end of the run?? And- - - - - - how many acres of "sugar woods" will most of you work for setting your taps in?? Sounds like ya'll are operating more than a hobby style operation. Sorry for all of the dumb questions- - - - ya'll have shed a lot of light on the process. Ironically- - - - - my great grampa and uncle were from the Ludlow- Reading, Vt area (must not be too far from Vtfireman) before settling in Nebraska;- - - - but I have never had any exposure to syrup making. (good thing you wern't talking about flying space craft- - - - - I would be worrying the he!! out of you!!!!!) Hoping some of the other forum members pick up on this discussion. Thanks- - - - DD
  2. 3.2 million BTUs sounds like a lot of wood- - - - - - creating a need for a logging business on the side!!! That's all interesting - - - - - looks like a real balancing act- - - - - - especially if you are using wood. You must have a good damper (air cut off for regulating your heat). thanks- - - - DD
  3. Thanks for the replies Vtfireman and NHrediron. I am beginning to understand more and more about the Maple syrup cooking process. Hang on a minute- - - - - while I slip my hip boots on- - - - - it's getting deep in here!!!!! question: in the cooking process; does the sap cook (evaporate) completely down to syrup, or do you have to do a skimming/separating process? is there a "residual" left over? If so what happens to it? And- - - - - I can readily understand the grocery store products not being the real thing. You've got to have a little fun along the way. Blue Smoke wuz always the key ingredient with my Bar- B- Que. I didn't put it on the meat- - - - - just applied it liberally to the guy eating the meat!!. DD
  4. Interesting to hear about ya'lls syrup cooking- - - - - seems like quite a process. Presume some cookers/producers make a little better syrup than others- - - - - - - sorta like Bar- B- Que and its sauce. I know nothing about making syrup. We have a few old timers that still make sorghum molasses over in northeast Mississippi. Unfortunately- - - - - - I am diabetic and not quite as sweet as ol' Charlie (civil). 4 or 5 gallons of syrup would be a lifetime supply here. My wife likes maple syrup (from grocery store) on her pancakes and waffles-- - - - and I will sneak in a couple of biscuits with a little Delta corn syrup- - - - - or molasses ocassionally. (have to keep Brer Rabbit on hand for old time sakes) How far south do the Maple trees produce credible sap??? Keep on educating the un- informed. DD
  5. That's all interesting on the fuel consumption figures Randy. It was always my understanding that the P- 51 replaced the P- 38 as the "hot shot" fighter in WWII. QUESTION: in noting the similarities of fuel consumption of the P- 38 and B- 25; - - - - - how similar are those two planes to handle flight wise; besides just being twin engine aircraft. (I would have figured the B- 25 to be heavier and more power)??? My old buddy (crop dusting and B- 52 pilot Rod Wells) older brother Richard was a P- 38 pilot in the South Pacific. He was shot down and killed while piloting a B- 25 on a special recon fliģht for Gen. McArthur in early 1945. (Richard volunteered, as were the rest of the crew for the mission)- - - Only one of the flight crew survived- - - - one of the photographers riding in the tail gunners spot. He managed to work his way back out from behind Japanese lines and identified where they went down. The wreckage and bodies were not recovered until after the war was over. DD
  6. Gonna have to swipe the Clarksville, Tx cotton picture to the files- - - - - I was out at Clarksville back in the late '60s looking at some land near Woodland, Tx (near the Red River and Oklahoma border) when soybeans began to be a hot commodity. Did not realize that cotton had been a big item there at one time. I remember renting a used 4 cylinder IH Scout from a dealer a little further to the west to inspect the property. And remember getting some real good "free" advice from an old gentlemen sitting out front of a country store at Woodland (?). Saying: "son- - - - - this old land ain't really made for cropping- - - - - it's best made for pasture; - - - - - - - them cows work 24 hrs a day for you- - - - - - - They will be eating while you are sleeping!!!" This is about 50 yrs later- - - - - - and in looking on Google Earth- - - - - - I still see lots of pasture in the area. I've always been able to learn a lot around a country store (if you keep your ears open). Our annual rainfall here locally is 52"- - - - - - seems like the annual rainfall for that area was 35+/- ". And- - - - - it drops off significantly going west. (this was pre- irrigation days) DD
  7. Folsum Prison and Johnny Cash: Two of my favorite subjects. Always enjoyed Johnny Cash's music- - - - still do. And- - - - Folsum Prison is located just a few miles southwest of where my paternal great grampa and uncle prospected for gold from 1851- - - 1855. Their one room camp was just eàst and upstream of the little town of Morman Island which is now under water from Folsum Lake. Folsum Dam and Folsum Penitentiary were not in place at that time. My uncle Issaac kept a diary- - - - and we are fortunate to have a copy. (interesting reading) They returned home to Vermont in 1855- - - - - and started back out to the gold fields via overland route in 1856; when they decided to settle in Nebraska. My grampa later bought land here in Mississippi in 1902 after making friends with some local boys during the Spanish American War. My mother's side of the family were all from so far and deep in Mississippi that they get yesterday's daylight today. Primarily from Sullivan's Hollow- - - - - and that makes for some interesting reading in itself (Google Sullivan's Hollow, Mississippi) Anyway- - - - - - reckon I am somewhat of a half-breed. The fact that I had "yankee" blood used to really bother me when I was a kid (although Grampa always claimed to be from out West). Then as I learned to talk;- - - - - - my slooww, souuthernnn drawl showed up and I knew I wuz alright!! ****** I see where the recent flooding in California has washed out some new veins of gold- - - - - - so maybe there will be a new gold rush out that way. DD
  8. Those old engines were very forgiving- - - - - running at low rpms and not a lot of power. My dad sold the first Farmall Regular in the Mississippi Delta- - - - - then sold his dealership and travelled 16 southeastern states as a "Farmall specialist" for Harvester introducing the Regular. No doubt new bearings and a turned shaft is your best alternative. I've never been inside a Regular myself- - - - - - - - but have heard him talk about shimming or installing cut outs from shoe leather as inserts during the depression; running heavy weight oil and keep on rolling. Those side inspection covers apparently were put there for a purpose- - - - - - for changing shims or inserts (and even changing out the shoe leather inserts)!!! I have polished rough cranks with light file and emory cloth myself- - - - - but at same time always took into consideration the load and speed that the engine would be subject to. BE VERY AWARE OF ANY KNOCKING- - - - - you don't want to throw a rod and ruin the block. I've got two old Regulars and F- 20s that need to be cranked off also- - - - - - - on the far away project list. Good luck. DD
  9. Thanks for thinking about me on the polka dot cap Hammer- - - - - - - but I already have one of the "official blue striped" steam engineer's caps!!!! I've already got more "projects" than I will ever finish (most of them I have yet to get started on). Don't see me diving in on the big steam whistle- - - - - would probably get more satisfaction out of perfecting my shop built "air whustle" that I played with several years ago. Everything I have learned (including talking with Roger) indicates that you need a large VOLUME of air vs the high pressure. I've got a couple of old propane tanks that should give me enuff volume- - - - - - just never got around to plumbing one up to the compressor. Damm- - - - - - - wish you had not mentioned old pocket watches. Gives me tooooo much to think about!!! Keep us posted on your watch progress. ******** Just saw your post Fred B- - - - - I believe you would need more volume for a longer blow- - - - - - but definitely need the large size dump valve to get the flow. My son is working down below you in Brownsville with one of the seismic companies-- - - says crops are moving along down that away. Where are ya'll crop wise?? DD
  10. I happened across this Daniel Best advertisment in my picture files------don't know if it's been posted here before or not. I do see my ol' Australian (Caterpillar buddy's) logo down in the right hand corner. That would be Swishy-------quite a character (I haven't had any contact with Swish in several years)-------------and I don't frequent the CAT boards much anymore. But I always thought this was a unique advertisment dating back to 1889. ************* I ran up on a large brass steam whistle for sale last week--------------maybe a 4----4 1/2" bell and had a 1 1/2" inlet (must be 1 1/4 pipe threads?). Figured this would take way yonder more air than I have available with my shop compressor. The bell (?) is one single large chamber with three very small triangular notches cut into the edge of the lip. How much air volume and pressure would you and Roger think it would take to blow a whistle that large??? (thought I took a picture of it-------------but don't find it on my camera???) DD
  11. No experience with a 560- - - - - but lots of experience with L-P on older tractors and trucks here on the farm in years gone by. Ignition is always the first suspect- - - - you have got to have a hot (blue) spark at the spark plug. You should be able to take your pocket knife or small screwdriver and manually work the points open/close- - - - - should be getting hot spark at the points- - - then on to the plugs. In cold weather- - - - - L- P normally requires lots of choke. In the old days- - - - some of the M's would be cranked off of the vapor side, and then switched to liquid (which is vaporized through the vaporizer). You may already be aware- - - - but there should be a primer button on the vaporizer for shooting a shot of extra gas into the carb/mixer at start up. Gas side of the equation is not that crucial- - - - - -IGNITION is. Good luck- - - - keep us posted. DD
  12. "please now information- - - - give me Mem- phus, Tennesee........." Hard to believe that we used to dance to that music- - - - - - - - - - have a hard time patting my foot nowadays!!!! (let alone that Ron Cook played it) Go ahead on R- C;- - - - - - - you've now got the floor and the microphone!!! Thanks for posting Mikem- - - - - that helped jump start an otherwise slow Monday morning down here in Mississippi. DD
  13. Professor- - - - In trying in get my head straight after reading about the old horse drinking fountain having been moved "from the central district downtown" of Moore, Montana;- - - - - - - - - I took a quick flight over the area via Google Maps- - - - - - - - - - and I could not find a "Downtown area" in the metropolis of Moore. Everything sure looked peaceful and quiet though (thought I saw a dog sleeping in the street??)- - - - - - and looked like Eddie's corner had a good following of RV's on their parking lot along with some semi's pulled in for a burger. Wrangler is not quite as fast as a flight on Google Maps- - - - - - but he would sure be impressed with either of those drinking fountain's. ******* That's quite a horse drawn spray rig Ralph posted a few days ago. ****** Fortunately - - - - - Avon does not have a "Downtown district either. If you mention "downtown Avon"- - - - - we don't know if you are talking about the cotton gin or the school. They adjoin each other. DD
  14. Re: duffle bag Our old saying in the Marine Corps was: "when I get home;- - - - - the second thing I'm gonna do is set my sea bag down"!!!!! (never was deployed- - - - thank you and all of your buddies for your service) Delta Dirt (Avon Ms 38723)
  15. What's the address on the horse drinking fountain- - - - - - - so if the famous horse Wrangler and I are off up that way; - - -we could stop by for a drink. Reckon- - - - - when it gets down to it;- - - - believe I would rather have the last gallon of water vs. last gallon of gas. And- - - - - I see some of those "new fangled" trucks in the background. Thanks- - - - - gotta swipe that to my pic files. DD