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  1. IH air compressor

    That's very much like the collection I saw. They were all hand start and one had a spoke flywheel.
  2. IH air compressor

    Went to an engine show and a guy had a collection of them along with pictures of what they had been running. One had been a sawmill engine, a couple of others had been pump engines, one had been running a shingle mill. The larger ones were like a JD "G" engine. There was a smaller one but I forget what it was. He was a collector and had figures of how many had been built. Although I don't remember the number I do remember being surprised that it was so high. They were definitely stationary engines, nothing mobile.
  3. Gmc topkick clutch cable

    I've got a C60 that my wife was having a hard time with the clutch. It's not a cable type but it was still a hard push. I changed the coil spring clutch cover for a diaphragm type and it's a piece of cake now. Diaphragm gets lighter as you push instead of heavier. She's happy, I'm happy. So if a new cable doesn't make it light enough a diaphragm clutch probably will.
  4. IH air compressor

    The two cylinder engines are all belt drive and used on lots of different equipment not manufactured by Deere. The difference is that you bought the saw or pump, or whatever and specified or installed the engine of your choice or ran it off the tractor of your choice. They just didn't lend themselves to a mobile application like an air compressor as an inline engine does. They sure made a lot of them, though. Probably contributed to a lot of guys saying huh?
  5. D 360

    It should prime up on its own but an air nozzle in the oil fill tube whilst cranking will speed the pump prime if it's slow to prime. Just lightly stuff a little paper towel in the draft tube and use a rag to seal the blow gun. It doesn't take much pressure.
  6. 706 gas got hot

    Do Pete23's check first. It's the quickest way to check head gasket/cracked head and you're gonna be there anyway.
  7. Opinions on composite decking?

    I've got a Trex pool deck that I made about 10 years ago. It's run diagonal with the joists 12" on center. It's very attractive and quite firm. I used Trex as it can be heated and bent, something the cheaper home store stuff cannot do. I needed to bend in a 15' radius for the pool edge and heated the Trex in a length of heating duct. It was a pain and I did have to experiment to get it right. Heating the home store stuff didn't make it malleable at all and further heat just set it afire. It's nice stuff to work with but very expensive. It's been in full sun for a decade with no deterioration. An occasional pressure wash is all the maintenance needed. It's NOT slippery when wet; the kids are running on it all the time, splinter free as well! Overall I'm quite happy I spent the money on it. Wood and the cheaper deck material just wouldn't have worked out so well.
  8. 560 generator regulator

    I ran into something similar many years ago. It was hard to find but one of the commutator segments on the armature was coming loose with high RPM and bouncing the brushes. That was on a Lear Siegler generator but I imagine it might happen on a Delco. It drove me nuts as it worked fine at low RPM but just quit when revved up.
  9. "Buffalo" compactor

    'Zactly! same with REO Speedwagon.
  10. EAA Fly-Over

    There was an A&P school on the field where we kept the B23. The B23 hadn't been run for almost a year when the boss said we might have a contract for it and get it ready. We towed it by hangar and hooked a power cart to it and, after pulling it through, cranked it up. A brand new class of mechanic students, all dressed in their new white coveralls, was watching behind the fence, directly behind it. The upperclassmen knew better and stood to the side...... The B23 had R2600 Wrights and was a bit juicy anyway. After sitting for months it put out a cloud that hid several buildings. It didn't have 40 gallon oil tanks for nothing!
  11. Auto repossession laws

    I was about 18 and driving a wrecker. We did it all, starts, lock outs, flat tires, accidents, illegal parking, etc. We were paid salary plus extra for tows. I forget the numbers now but illegal parking was lucrative. Anyway, around that time government money was used to start a bank in a bad part of town where the mainstream banks were accused of redlining. Perhaps it did some good and the folks who had been redlined got their loans and got on with their lives. The undesired and perhaps predictable result was that many new cars were sold and three months later many were in arrears. The repo guys were doing a great business stealing them back. Some cars were resistant and our company was approached for towing service. The boss said "go ahead and do it on your time, be careful, and keep the money"! Wow! it was found money! Until, that is, the night I hit upon a particularly difficult one in a very bad part of town. It's a great story now but not then. The Reader's Digest version was the repo man/ PI got in a shootout with the guy whilst I was hooking up the Cadillac. The truck ended up with some ventilation in the bed and the Caddy got a little damage while I was fleeing the scene with the steering wheel untied (wheel lock removed in a previous attempt to repossess it). Boss gave me a knowing smile, no grief, and that was the last one I ever did. I got paid $100 for that job about 47 years ago. My opinion on doing repossession work is colored by that experience. Coming under fire at work is just not worth any pay unless in service of your country.
  12. EAA Fly-Over

    Ditto the above posts. Our standards captain would flunk him on several counts, especially retracting the flaps on the runway. There have been countless Bonanzas and others "geared up" not because the gear collapsed but because the hands got hold of the wrong switch.
  13. Changing Careers...MAYBE (advice please)

    How about talking with the owners first, letting them know what's on your mind. It sounds like you have a good relationship with them. With 3 kids to educate you definitely have some financial planning to do.
  14. Changing Careers...MAYBE (advice please)

    Are you under 30? Here's a big change but for bigger money.
  15. EAA Fly-Over

    Well, if you have really deep pockets, really deep, you can still buy a new Bonanza 70 years after the first one. $850,000 for a new G36. When I worked for a Beech dealer a new V35 went out the door for around $50,000. I must be getting old.