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  1. Hey All, I wanted to give you guys an update on my upcoming 7/5 date for release. My situation has not changed regarding my temporary status due to medically being unable to obtain the vax. I have not been allowed to return to my former 24 yr position which I truly enjoyed. I have been on temporary assignment since sept 2021 - Of the 22 I started with that were removed from the same position I was in last Sept, only 6 besides me are left. They are all religiously accommodated vs my medical accommodation. We have heard absolutely nothing regarding our status. With the pending 7/5 date this friday would be the last day of an official 2 week notice if we were to get one. We expect to hear something on our fate this week but not counting on anything after what we have been through in the past couple yrs. A good majority of our preparations have been accomplished. My wife and I got her duplex sold/close on ( we are a 7 yrs blended family ) and paid down on the house, put some away for more emergency as its only a matter of time before something moves due to the covid requirements by my company now. Since the merger that started in 2019 over 20K have been released from jobs and either replaced by contractors or entire departments eliminated. I think many that were released in the past few months are not in that number - sad thing to watch as power hungry safety net executives play out their agenda. I have experienced evil in the workplace like nothing I have never seen in the past couple yrs. I have been working side hustles and trying to be prepared for what lies ahead. We are relying on the Lord to provide the answers in this walk. He has carried us as we battle the frustration and has been showing us the stewardship we need to focus on and rid the rest. We have thinned in some ways and prepared in others. We are settled at this point. The anger simmers at the moment with a peace until the fire is delivered and we are delivered through it. where am I ? Cynical, Jaded and have lost all hope in the BIG corps standing up as I have watched our gov't and companies walk out the covid agenda. I know many of you have been praying for us and we greatly appreciate it, I will let you know as soon as I hear anything this week if I do. No hope, no expectations, just true faith in what is revealed as the Will for us at this time. I think I have finally reached the point of brokenness, realization of no power or control and the humility to accept it regardless what happens. They can take a lot of things from me but they cannot take my character or integrity. I know a guy with Big Shoulders - BRING IT
    14 points
  2. I wrote down what I thought were some of the biggest reasons for the shortages we are seeing today. Then I went back and deleted everything that that violated the no politics rule. When I was finished deleting, all the words were gone. Sooooooo...........
    12 points
  3. Went out to turn on the pool pump one morning last week and found this guy floating next to the ladder. After I fished him out, I found a shrew swimming around. I speculate that he went after the shrew and cold-cocked himself on the ladder rail. He looked pretty pitiful and humiliated. His feathers took a long time to dry, but he left sometime during the day after my photographer took the last pic. BTW, our resident bullfrog's been missing for several days, and we think we know why. We have quite a few owls in our neighborhood. and and and
    11 points
  4. So this past weekend I drove our late dad's 1971 1066 home from the painter. Been a long process. Also took a photo of the 1066 beside our late dad's 1962 Farmall 560 Diesel which our brother Ed restored in 2011.
    8 points
  5. I don't know much Robert but I do know you will land on your feet. When the dust settles and the smoke clears there will be a big divide between the winners and losers. I have no doubt which camp you will be in. Stay strong my friend.
    8 points
  6. Installed a canopy this morning we built in January. Got the post set and roof frame set and welded down by 11:30 and shut down. Heat index is 108*. I cannot take like I used to.
    7 points
  7. If it does play out as you suspect make then terminate you then you might have grounds for wrongful... Hard to send hope with what they've done, trapped in a job you don't enjoy, dancing on a hot plate, maybe finally receiving those papers is the answer forward
    7 points
  8. ....in fifty years time....I doubt someone will be pouring over a "Nissan Leaf'' or some equally innocuous piece of excrement.... ...that the car escaped Obummers 'train wreck ' was a lucky break for that enthusiast...what a find !!! ,,still remember Dad's 1957 Dodge .....at home , in those days , it was a veritable tank...as compared with the usual English made little box's Mike
    7 points
  9. Not a restoration, more of a freshening that I built for a local contractor. Just came back from paint. Think I’ll be done after I wire in some new LED tail lights and marker lights on the deck.
    6 points
  10. Some meth heads minivan sitting next to his/her trailer just doesn't have the same allure as that car.
    6 points
  11. Last year at this time Zeke got last place outta 20 kids pedal pulling, then he exercised alot and later that summer got a 2nd outta 20 and went to the state pulls. Well this winter he would do sometimes 50 to 100 squats a night, he would go for runs , rowing machine , he even did a workout with me at crossfit called the murph , a 1 mile run , 100 pull ups 200 push-ups 300 squats and another 1 mile run. He also took his pedal tractor around the 4 mile bike trail around sleepy eye lake 3 times, 2 of which he had a trailer and pulled his siblings . Well he had his first pull of 16 this year and got 2nd place. We both are incredibly happy and I'm glad he learned that hard work pays off. Going to need to build a trophy shelf
    5 points
  12. I use to tell everybody that I wasn't getting old until I was 80---well-my next birthday I will be 82, and I don't consider my self old, but I have slowed down some [take a nap after dinner now]. Take a 2 mile walk every day, mow lawn[2 acres] do some brush hogging, work a couple hours a day in the shop restoring a Scout, go to car and tractor shows, go to breakfast with my car and tractor buddies, and of course check in to Red Power every night. So now I tell everybody that I am not getting old until I am 90.
    5 points
  13. No way does a restored, common tractor deserve to win over the Detroitson! No, no, no! Way more work and skill in what you did. Shows ya what "car show" attendees know...
    5 points
  14. Well finally was able to work on fixing and painting the passenger side door it turned out pretty good I believe. This was my first striped paint job so I was kinda nervous but it looks way better than it did lol. When I got the truck both doors were replaced so I’ve got 1 down another to go lol.
    4 points
  15. https://www.motortrend.com/features/1964-plymouth-fury-426-wedge-moonshine-runner/ Has all the mods needed Extra Leaves on the rear springs, trunk bulk head removed, tail light cut off switch
    4 points
  16. have had a-fib for 10 years and who knows how long before i was diagnosed, still put in long days until i turned 65 and said i was going to slow down, well seems my shop is still busy even though i tell customers no, but after being in business for 40 years and having loyal customers i find it hard to say no, but i am pushing 67 my stamina is slipping and i have some upper body strength which makes me mad i can't lift what i used to. so my customers know i am not as fast as i used to be and are very patient. not many young guys do carb work so the old guys are still in demand. frankly i am scared to quit as it seems that guys who quit altogether don't live long around here. now i only work a max of 5 hours a day and enjoy sitting with the my wife chatting and watch all the nature around us, when you are busy making a living and raising a family a lot of that gets over looked. i guess my thinking is it is time to enjoy the simple things in life, sorry for the long story....dieselman.
    4 points
  17. Fixed your picture for you.
    4 points
  18. My Dad passed 9 years ago and I think about him often. I'll share what I wrote after he passed to be read at his funeral. It's a private/personal letter but I don't mind sharing with you all. I read back through it and it still stirs up emotion. A Son’s Perspective I think all little boys grow up idolizing their fathers. I was no different and my dad was my hero! He could fix anything, had superhuman strength, and knew everything. As a young kiddo I followed him around everywhere and we worked on all kinds of things together. My dad taught me most of what I know about life. He taught me to ride a bike, and then later a mini dirt bike. He taught me to shoot, how to hunt, how to fish (although the fishing never took), and taught me how to drive anything that had wheels. He taught me the value of hard work, and that anything worth doing is worth doing right. He taught me to think ahead, and use my head more than my back. He taught me that if you treated others with respect and worked hard people would, in return, respect you. He taught me that some things are worth fighting for and that while I shouldn’t ever start a fight, if I found myself in one I had better win. He taught me a love for nature and a love for the land. He taught me to respect Mother Nature and to marvel at her awe. I do not have to look very far to see my father. All I really have to do is look in the mirror. He is with me always because I am partly him, and sometimes more like him than I would like to admit. I want to be like his good qualities. My dad was a kind man. I have personally watched him do things for others out of kindness when he thought no one else was looking. He was a firm man. He knew what he believed in, and he stood firmly by that. He could be a hard man, and was at times the most stubborn person I have ever met. That said, he had a soft side that he didn’t often let others see. My dad loved his family and he loved his farm. He loved my mother. He loved her with all of his heart, and while they may have argued here and there, he always respected her. He wouldn’t stand for anyone ever putting her down or not treating her right. He loved his kids too. I think he had a hard time expressing it, but I never doubted how he felt. He and I argued and didn’t always see eye to eye, but even in some of our biggest fights I always knew he was still my dad and I could always come back home. I always got a kick out of how he dealt with some of the farm animals. They were all pets to him and you could tell having the animals was something he really enjoyed. He was so kind hearted with animals that if we were ever going to butcher one, he’d have me put the animal down as he just didn’t have the heart to do it himself. Dad never met a dog he didn’t like. Someone could have the biggest meanest dog, and dad would be loving on him and petting him within a matter of minutes. One his most cherished dogs was Sam, and him and my father were inseparable. Dad never really was a church going man, but I know he loved and feared the Lord. Dad knew and understood that he wasn’t in charge and that there was a higher power that was. I think John 3:16 sums up how I know my dad is now with his family in Christ. The last couple years of dad’s life have been tough. Dementia set in and it quickly took its toll. Prior to him becoming sick though dad and I went from being father and son to more like buddies. After I graduated college dad and I had a totally different relationship. I got to see my dad in a whole other light, and I am so thankful for the time I had with him. We had several adventures together usually involving some kinds of tractor, but we got to spend a lot of time doing something we both enjoyed. My dad has been a force to be reckoned with for me my entire life. He has always been there when I needed him. I can’t count the phone calls we had back and forth when I didn’t know how to do something or I needed advice. I can’t count the number of events he attended with me as a child for support. He has been a constant source for encouragement, advice, and direction since the day I was born. To say I’m going to miss my dad would be an understatement. In a lot of ways I feel lost without him. But I know that he will be with me always in spirit and the life lessons he tried so hard to instill upon me. I can only hope he is as proud of me, as I was to be his son. Until we meet again dad I will try my best to honor your memory and I understand that God probably needed some stuff fixed in Heaven and needed his best man for the job. I love you, and I will miss you! You’re loving son, Bryan
    3 points
  19. My wife, Sharon, 70 years ago today on her 8th birthday at Moore, Montana. Gary😁 1949 on Dad's WD-6 McCormick Standard.
    3 points
  20. I don't mind em much. They are good at rodent control. They do startle me in the truck at night when then swoop down and pick up a kangaroo rat off the highway😲 These are 4 little orphaned house cats. Why are they house cats? Because they are a favorite food of the many horned owls that we cohabitate with. Just waiting for growth so they can be 4 outside cats, being bitten on the big toe is not my preferred alarm clock🤕 Cash is ready for them to be outside cats too🤣
    3 points
  21. We sell and service generac, they will run for 4 minutes before shutdown to allow slip rings to de ice. I have only ever seen one oil leak and that was an oil cooler hose failure on a 20 year old unit. 9” of hose and 2 clamps , topped up the oil and it is still running. avoid vertical units of any brand with the generator below engine. 12guy likes Kholer, honestly i don't see a lot of difference between them or Generac. If your climate has cold weather get a heater kit, I would not bother with intake heaters but battery and oil are a must.
    3 points
  22. So much for my typing!
    3 points
  23. Robert: Hang in there my friend! When one door closes, another opens! You have the character and faith to land on your feet after this. We are all praying for you. Rawleigh
    3 points
  24. pffffff flex seal baby, u can flip it over and use it as a house boat - i would likely use something of that variety to paint the top like dennis says, anything to seal all the crevases maybe even bedliner type stuff spray on around every screw/rivit/seam extra good
    3 points
  25. Our governor got covid for a 2nd time in the last few weeks. He says it is a good thing he got his second booster because his symptoms are mild. My point is vaccines are not gaurenteed and this should be a choice. Let them terminate you with the reason in writing.
    3 points
  26. I sincerely wish someone had used that hammer on Peter Paul and Mary back in 1962 before they hammered all over the place and drove their stupid lyrics into the heads of innocent, unsuspecting music enthusiasts everywhere.
    3 points
  27. I believe they used something like that to hammer in the morning. Sometimes in the evening. Pretty much all over this land🙄😏😄
    3 points
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  29. "My daddy ran whiskey in a big black Dodge Plymouth, bought it at an auction at the Mason's ...?"
    3 points
  30. ..without wishing to offend ''Sledgehammer'' in any way.....I believe that was similar to the one ""Peter, Paul and Mary ' used.....back in 1963... ..could be wrong.... Mike
    3 points
  31. IIRC some of the great names around your racing circuits got their starts in that game
    3 points
  32. We all know which one they will remember and talk about...you won!
    3 points
  33. Good day pulling, drove off the track both passes and did not finish last.
    3 points
  34. You need to approach him. Let him know how you feel and try to work it out. All you can do is try. Don't wait too long.
    3 points
  35. I'm pretty sure he'd be proud.
    3 points
  36. The second window crank is for the vent window, grew up on the the farm with a 196? Plymouth Fury wagon it had them😎
    3 points
  37. Got dads 8n out of his barn. Had to fire up the old ‘68 GM. First start since last fall. The old 283 fired right up.
    3 points
  38. A friend of mine's uncle used to be friends with Junior Johnson. He would go down to visit a couple of times a year. Always brought back some good shine when he returned! He was a '40 Ford expert and restored any number of them, so they had that in common!
    2 points
  39. I love owls. They really don't do well when wet. I learned from a really interesting documentary that they rely on silent flight to surprise prey, and in order for silent flight there's something special about their feathers. but when they're wet, they either can't fly, or can't fly silently. According to this documentary (can't remember title or network) they go hungry during long rainy spells and it can affect their overall health. Not sure if it really reaches starvation levels, but it seems plausible. We had a male red bellied woodpecker slam into the window a few days ago. wife says "there's a dead woodpecker by the door. Go get him and get rid of him before daughter sees". Well I go out there and look at him, and he blinked. He was in REALLY rough shape too. splayed right out flat, like a cartoon. I was actually able to pick him up. He clung to my finger for dear life. I wasn't sure which would be more humane, to snap his neck and kill him mercifully, or to see if he'd survive. I set him in the crotch of a tree well protected. I went out there about a half hour later and he was still upright and he squawked at me. Pretty ungrateful, I think. Then he flew off. Was happy I didn't kill him.
    2 points
  40. Don't sell yourself short. Some companies still realize the value of a more mature employee. It's just finding the right fit.
    2 points
  41. 3M 5200! Just make sure it doesn't need to come up again, because it won't! When used on boats it will pull the gelcoat off before it lets go. If you need something a little bit milder (but not much) #M 4200. That is what most thru hull fittings are bedded in on boats. Just remember that like Anti-sieze, a small dab in error will cover half of the county!
    2 points
  42. im thinking it may be a bonafide thumb smasher version
    2 points
  43. A very lemony saga "Saturday Snippet: The Curse of Christine" https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/saturday-snippet-curse-of-christine.html And not "Christine" but Chrysler Australia had a series of upright 6 cylinder engines after the slant ones in the Valiants produced here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Hemi-6_Engine They had a line of utes (Camino/Ranchero style) pickups. At work we got a Dodge, which was the stripped down version - painted bumpers, 215 engine etc. The seat was like sitting in a rat trap and the only control that didn't fight you was the direction indicator. The TV ad of the time advertised that the electronic ignition was powerful enough to start under water - causing its usual driver to ask "Why won't it start in fresh air then?" To give credit where due though the next twin headlight series had 245 lean burn engines and were actually quite reasonable.
    2 points
  44. I watch every auction closely where those old Steigers are selling... one day I'll have a kitty to park next to the International!
    2 points
  45. The best solution is to put it under a shed.
    2 points
  46. WOW! WOW! WOW!, I'm at a loss for words, an authentic wedge, a year before the "elephant" entered the commercial world in '65. 365 hp, I'm not sure if it was a stroked or bored 413 but balls to the wall torque, they came out for two years I think, and the 413 was a beauty in its own right when it had the "octopus" dual intake cross ram, I ran a 383 in my yoot and it was a great engine but my only fear was it was a two bolt main and it was thought to be a weakness, I never found a problem and I ran her hard, it had a 5500 red line and I hit that every run, but I came out of the hole hot at 4500 rpm and that thinking won races, the four motors are brethern, 383, 413, 426w, and 440. This car would be a great purchase, leave the patina and clean up the interior and outside rust, a bud back in the late '60s had a fury 2 dr post with dressed wedge, pulled onto a roadway and floored it,tore the insides out of the right rear wheel, the old girl sat at 645 hp on a dyno, the good old days when you worked all week to gain a few tenths on the weekend, now you run a program and awaaaaay you go, my ram has more hp than any car I ever had, great post, thanks for the memories.
    2 points
  47. Haven't cleaned it up. But did take it out and Bushhog for alittle over 4 hours. Done better on gas then what I thought it would. Got a small video of it running but darn phone won't let me upload it.
    2 points
  48. I have 1 of these in 2 7/8 and 2 3/8. Most of my cuts are pretty good, but I have a 8 pound sledgehammer for the final fittings. I always try to cut them so they stay up until I get them welded. I use 2 3/8 for the rails and 2 7/8 for my post. Lisa does 90% of the welding and when we started the corral work, she wasn’t much of a welder so my joints had to be tight. Not so much now. She can out weld me
    2 points
  49. LOL! I worked in the shop by myself for about 5 hours today. Wife popped in about every 30 seconds it seems, more like 30 minutes, to check on me. While considering my current health I'm ok with her checking. Got a lot more done that what I would have thought but still not up to what I could have done just a couple of years ago. Then I started to mow some lawn. My earth came crashing down when my ball and chain demanded that I stop for the day..... Women, can't live with em and can't make babies without them! When my wife got to Germany in 1995 with our 6 children I told here that is she got pregnant again that I'd shoot myself. Couple of months later she tells me that she's in the family way.....then ask if I was going to shoot myself.....I told her NO, I might be shooting an innocent man! I can make this worse.....true story! Rick
    2 points
  50. Okay, so, a little more on my 1206. When I got a hold of the gal selling the tractor, she told me her father had bought it from the bank as a repo. Seems when he got it, it was a non-runner. After he left it sitting in a fence row for more than two decades, A neighbor who worked for Caterpillar gave him enough crap to get him going on the project. Said neighbor was able to help him get parts and perform some of the work along with the owner and the owners brother. It was reported to me that they did clutch, T/A, hydraulic pump, and an overhaul. I don't know. It's possible I suppose but the gaskets and such all look original to me. Whatever. It was a 1206 that ran and it was in my price range. I had to jump start it when I got there but it drove up on the trailer under its own power. After strapping it down we walked the property (over 100 acres) that was littered with literally hundreds of unfinished projects from an IH half track to a MINT Studebaker survivor pick up looking for the parts that were missing from the 1206. Saw a lot of cool stuff but no luck on the parts hunt. 5 AM Friday morning. All fueled up and just rolling out. The Mrs. got bored on the 17 hour drive and crocheted me this coozy for when we are on tractor rides. After a long day of parts hunting, its time to make the drive back home. I pulled off what was left of the stack to clear the covered bridges in the area and taped off the manifold so the turbo wouldn't spin without oil supply from the road wind. Was it overkill? What do you guys do? Once we arrived back home Easter Sunday 9 AM, I backed MY big tractor in the shed next to Dads big tractor. The rear tires on the MX240 make those 18.4-38 on the 12 look puny and the mismatched tires up front drive me nuts! The goal for this old gal is not to restore it but to resurrect it. Make sure everything works as it should and more importantly as I need it to work. So. Nope. I have no plans for an automotive paint job with 9 coats of clear. Far too many leaks to put any paint on it now. Besides, I like her in her overalls. I don't want to leave the first two turns out in the hay field because I was afraid of a scratch from a tree branch. That being said, I'm leaving the dented up fenders with the 26 holes drilled in and the welded up cracks on there because it's the original set with no grab handle on the right. I've looked VERY close at the hood to see if the Turbo stickers were painted over. Can't tell. Maybe a little rub and shine to see if they are under there but I'm in no hurry to make it pretty. Thanks for the welcome guys. More later. Dennis
    2 points
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