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  1. I hear you, being a tradesman dealing with and hearing about problems and deadlines is normal, and can be tough, lots of calls for work are "emergencies" the sudden plumbing/electrical/mechanical breakdown happens and usually messes up the best plans, but many customers seem to enjoy making the job difficult, some of the difficult customers are just panicky types and most are just difficult Don't forget that they called you, you weren't handing out flyers, I'd bet that you don't have a problem keeping your work schedule full Honest, hardworking tradesman are hard to find, especially the ones that agree to do the nasty jobs, and do them well, even though it isn't always the most profitable, it's the pride of a job well done and accomplishing the "impossible" I've been self employed in auto repair for 3 years this October, in that time I have heard claims of my wealth for the purchase of a 13 year old $3900 snowmobile, it was a new one according to rumour, I was taking over the local towing scene when I bought a $4000 886000km 2007 Dodge wrecker as a yard truck, I had a guy working with me and installed a brand new hoist outdoors when I put up a $500 used hoist outside, I bought my wife a new 2022 RAV4 when she bought it on her own, I find the stories funny, if I feel a need to say anything about my huge income I usually comment sarcastically about the new cigarette boat on order or buying the neighbour's place, which I haven't raised the funds for yet, I do OK compared to my income working as a mechanic for someone else 8-5, but put in way more hours than 40-50 a week, so maybe don't make as much or same per hour, but I work from home, have a fully equipped shop that's mine, it was cool that my former boss footed the bill for supplies to repair gas lines on a new mud truck as a perk, but cooler that I have that stuff here now that's mine, it's like fool small town country boy pride for lack of a better term That "fool" pride is the backbone of America, Canada or anywhere, and I say backbone loosely, but firmly, because I am from the working class I don't have the blind pride that we are the only good ones, it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around, but when there is a snowstorm, tornado or flood, the talents of the local winery or internet cafe aren't as needed Long winded response here but the idea is that the real wealth of being a local small business is the fact that you are a real part of a community, why do you keep doing it? Because to be a better person you actually have to be better
    7 points
  2. on the bright side of things at least this didnt happen after he put it in the shed
    7 points
  3. We work twice as hard. Because only half the people are working.
    6 points
  4. ...don't know about ''awesome'' but its not to often you catch a picture of Rumplestiltskin clearing out the ice from his cave... Mike ...actually that looks remarkably like myself....
    6 points
  5. so I was already fired up today, the Mrs and I have been talking about wanting a Gladiator, we finally kind of decided that once we are done with daycare ( nothing to sneeze at at 12-15K/yr) her car will be paid off and we can think about one then. We both work hard, have good jobs, should be within our means if carefully done. Today I had crawl space work to do, there are craw spaces and then there are crawl spaces. I am forever hearing about how "you electricians have all the money" sometimes it is lighthearted teasing from people who actually know what a day in the life of a tradesman is like, but sometimes its genuine jackassedness from ignorant morons. Today I had several runs of cable to run through 55' of craw space, roughly 35' could be accessed from the furnace room on one end of the house and the other 20 or so could be accessed from the "cellar end" and I use that term loosely. The house in question is in excellent shape, but the additions have been built on the ground pretty much with marble footings. ducts and mechanicals have been dug out after the fact to make room for them and there was a cast iron turd pipe between additions that was actually stopping me from getting all the way through. Laying in the way where I got to crawl were 2 dead squirrels, a dead rat and countless dead mice. looked like prairie dog city under there with dozens if not hundreds of holes from presumably rats and squirrels. 2 doors down is a real **** hole of a house with unbelievable filth, so rats in the neighborhood are no surprise and in fact one ran across my legs while I was crawled in there stapling wires. While I signed up for this pleasure, and knew it when I decided to travel down this chosen career path, and I have absolutely 0 regrets about it, I can't help but be irritated by those who seem to feel entitled to make presumptions about my financial status. meanwhile to cement my frustrations, there is a local family, 3-5 generations, its hard to tell, they all run together and if they are old enough to bleed, they are old enough to breed, was making quite the parade up and down the road in several new vehicles, a black Challenger, a GMC Acadia and a 2022 ( this I happen to be sure of ) GMC Sierra with a rather significant lift and matching mud tires and offset rims, custom exhaust, etc etc. none of the members of the family work, up to 5 children under 18 at any time increases their public assistance and when they reach 5 they just sign another over to the grand parents ( mostly the ones with the fancy rides) so they maintain the maximum number of dependents to get the maximum assistance. it must be profitable, because they never seem to have a shortage of toys, in addition to the afore mentioned street rides are a 4 place enclosed snowmobile trailer ( I haven't seen what's in it, but something) and a couple street bikes, and the kids seem to terrorize the village on unregistered, non street legal dirt bikes and a couple of 4 wheelers. Again, none of them work, so plenty of time to enjoy themselves. I watched their one family parade seemingly every time I came up for air to get something from the truck or to lay out cable or whatever, at least one or 2 was going by enjoying life. It really started to burn me, here I am crawling around in the dead and living rats and wallowing in their fecal soup, having to put aside the things I would like to buy, have, or do so that I can help others like me to pay for these jackasses to breed and enjoy life, live in state funded rental housing, and take advantage of every single hand out program from free school lunch to free healthcare, all the while going on facebook complaining that there isn't enough being done for them, the school didn't give enough free computers, the summer free lunch program is too inconvenient and no longer delivers directly to their door, the list goes on, but I should stop because I am getting ugly. next person to tell me how wealthy I am is going to get an earful... sorry. rant over. pictures don't do justice to how tight this spot is, and the prairie dog holes didn't show up as well as I had hoped. essentially the only place for a body is along the ducts. Kinda push with your toes and pull with your elbows.
    4 points
  6. Same ducking thing up here, same ducking people, and the same ducking "advocates" that feel taking illegal drugs, living on a main street (google DTES vancouver) in a leanto tent, causing mayhem through stranger attacks, abusing the legal system through a revolving door judiciary system, getting their free money on welfare wednesday and buying their stash of deadly drugs and throwing the responsibility of their deaths back at the health system that is OVERDUCKING LOADED with covid and now monkey pox causing first response and health care workers to burn out and leave, and who pays for all this mayhem, us and the welfareites want more and now the cost of living is going through the roof and joe average can't make ends meet the government is not doing anything for anyone anywhere. No rant just an opinion about a totally ducked up system
    4 points
  7. Perhaps some day people will thumb their noses at all these licenses for each specific thing. I would think if you do not cross a state line, the Feds have no control over a driver. They wanted big money from me to renew the haz mat license. I told them, "NO", and took it off. As short as we are for drivers, the state should be giving licenses away, for free! They used to say, Only the best shall drive? More like, Only the best refuses to drive?
    4 points
  8. And nobody was hurt more importantly
    4 points
  9. The 1456 w/cab and belly tank from MT is the cleanest most original one i have. I put 24.5r32 Firestones on it, new wiring and a radio.
    4 points
  10. I remember them doing that down in Henderson Ne. Here, if possible, one of the parents on the route will drive the bus. Used to be Suburbans, then they went to little 16 pass busses. When my boys were in school, wifey drove the bus and then took the school sec job so she had something to do inbetween running the bus in and back out. I had to learn how to cook dinner for me and the dogs.................they liked it better when she was home
    4 points
  11. Not very good but glad to get it a month ago looked hopeless. Pulled new to me 566 with 786 it did good for 79 horse power 😉.
    3 points
  12. Got done for the year .
    3 points
  13. How about throttle side and T/A side? 😂😂
    3 points
  14. The fellas across the pond may not agree!!!
    3 points
  15. You’d think a man of your means would have a better camera to take pictures! sorry I had to 😁😁 I feel your pain because the stuff to make it tick are always second to the pretty’s
    3 points
  16. I find it very strange that my experience is so different than others about the sway mechanism. I always thought the mechanism above (666, 806, 1066) was the good one, and hated the 1486 that had blocks. We used many 3pt implements - plow, ripper, mowers, bale movers, anhydrous bars. Hated the blocks - seemed like you always were 1/4" to far over to get the spring pin in on the 3pt implement pin - because the arm hit the #$%^ block just before the pin would go in. And it was always the last side to hook up - then you had to unhook and move over or try to drag whatever and hope if swung over enough to get the arm fully on the pin. And you had to change the blocks for every different implement - which could be a real pain when you picked up a rented toolbar. (It was the block equipped 1486 that allowed the rented anhydrous bar to sway so far to each side while turning a road corner that the rolling coulter adjustment bolts hit the BRAND NEW rear tires and dug a huge groove all the way around....on both sides! Hit one tire, dug a big groove, bounced the other way, hit the other tire......) IF the pins are correctly inserted into the above sway assembly tubes, and the linkage is not to worn out....then the arms will be able to both move in or out at once, but not swing side to side much at all (1-2")? I always thought it was a very effective and clever arrangement, with the only real downside being that the threads wore on part 34 & 35, leaving too much slop. I have turned #35 in another turn to get a little more wear....but not the best design. Should have had a hardened pin and sleeve, with grease zerk. I also liked that it doesn't "wedge" as you raised the 3pt - our 1486 got wider up top and had a few implements it tried to pull the pins out! (maybe I didn't know how to use it, but never liked it enough to learn). 1066 would pull the pin on one side, slide the whole Woods mower off to one side, and use band clamps to put a "rod wedge" in behind the roll pin. This would hold the mower off to the side so it would mow the bottom of the ditch better. Can't do that with the blocks so easy. Finally, my # 1 hate on the blocks - the arms would fly around with nothing attached and hit the tires, bounce, and smack into other things. Always had to keep a bungy cord across the arms to hold them in - which was in the way when you used a PTO implement. The rocking linkage above NEVER hit the tires, they stayed put.
    3 points
  17. Farmers that don’t know how to use a grease gun? Who ever heard of that?
    3 points
  18. 40 years ago I had a bus driver who carried a Thompson contender on the bus during deer season. Sometimes during other parts of the year too. His name was Dave.
    3 points
  19. 14th 1456 built. Sold new in Montevideo MN. Old original IH Sales and Service decal oh hood was repainted over but i can make out Montevideo Minn on it. Must have been traded back in in late 80s/early 90s, repainted and badged Boerboom Case IH. From then it made its way from MN to Fredricksburg TX in early 90s. Old timer ran it for few years and then sold it to the guys late father who i bought it from. Best i can put together is this 1456 was ordered factory fender delete with only 1 hyd. Aftermarket cab was probably added at the dealership when new. Cabbed was then ditched when it was traded in and fenders went on for repaint. Sad part is i bet it didnt need paint then. 2nd hyd was added on later and the factory 56 series LH block was ripped off or someone wanted updated 66 series hyd block and the 2nd hyd lines were rigged on in a sloppy manner. It still starts by key switch and starter button. Even safety starter switch still hook up to clutch pedal. Guy said it had starter button problems but it was the safety switched being out. Jumper wire and she cranks fine. The front axle is one if the worst worn out ive ever seen. 3pt and shifters are tight as can be.
    2 points
  20. A video of cotton strippers running in a field near Memphis, Texas in 1968.
    2 points
  21. Pull very front plug on bottom of trans, see if it's got any engine oil in it from rear main or main seal carrier being loose. Its a dry cavity and I have drained close to 10 gallon out of them before. Actually just done an 8920 rear main that the seal carrier was loose, it got a new carrier and rear main seal.
    2 points
  22. 2 points
  23. You got to stop that by getting everyone out to vote, we have the same bullshiit way of handling the governing bodies up here, hand out more and more money to buy votes.
    2 points
  24. There are people and families like that everywhere. The welfare programs must be better in your part of the country I’m guessing. The main attraction to being a deadbeat here isn’t the “stuff” you can get, it’s mostly just that you don’t have to do anything to get the little they have. They don’t have much, but they didn’t have to lift a finger to get it. I can assure you there is nothing to be envious of. Their personal lives are disasters. Their children are lost causes. Every once in a while one of them around here gets killed because of their “lifestyle” (drug overdoses, driving drunk, doing ridiculous things), but it never slows the others down. I see them having more kids and think “What a shame, that kid doesn’t have a chance”.
    2 points
  25. We had a Claas chopper picking up the windows. They wanted 12 hours wilt on it before they chopped it. Was interesting packing it in the pile. I stayed with the 14 and pulled a Speedmover, not sure what the rest of the world calls them. Box blade on wheels? Boss ran The MXU pushing. I think they had 4 trucks and were going 4 miles on JUNK DIRT roads. We still couldn’t keep up packing.
    2 points
  26. For the breakaway couplers.
    2 points
  27. Cow crap has excellent lubricity
    2 points
  28. One for next year or the year after. But a yearling coming right to the house well after sun up. Many of the deer seem to like a little container over drinking 150 yards out in pasture from the big cattle trough. The nephews got one Saturday evening, no report on how big so my guess is not to big.
    2 points
  29. I'd oil it up with drain oil and tear it down. We bought a burned 7140 MFD and used the front axle, PTO had rebuilt as a dual unit, rear castings should be good, top link weights front axle, frame rails and block are probably good for a tarp tractor..... Edit to add Exhaust manifold, TA housing, rear end gears and probably housings , etc . I know I am forgetting stuff
    2 points
  30. Finally... some strategic peening, heat and a jack bolt I got that cap to open up 0.010” width and now matches the others and fits the block register properly. Ready to go for line bore.
    2 points
  31. Tried the needle scaler on this narrow cap. moved 0.001”. Not enough. Took the oxy/acetylene torch and quickly heated between the center bolts just enough to make the surface red the width of the torch flame. That pulled it 0.013” and seems to have settled at 0.009” but it’s still warm through. That’s near perfect if it stays there... I can dress it on the surface grinder here to width and they will be grinding the mating face to the block as part of the line bore... might have a winner yet...
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Any of you guys ever been around one? Dads cousin had one at the farm that was the original home place. I vaguely remember it running years ago. Dads cousin passed away at age of 92 and rosary or wake service last night they had it parked outside the church. The son my age got it and restored it a few years ago. They had it fired up and running up and down Main Street of little town of Karlsruhe ND. It was a very good service last night not sad just memory’s of a unique individual. There were 11 kids in his family and cousin Ted came from a family of 17 children. And watching the promotional videos I want to go back to 1970 that has to be one of my favorite eras from time gone by.
    1 point
  34. Since no one’s said it I will. Guessing those front weights are shot, mind if I swing over and get rid of them for you 😯
    1 point
  35. Local farmer did not grease the swivel pins that hold the undercarriage on his tracked skid steer. 60 tons on the front and 20 tons on the back to get the undercarriage off.
    1 point
  36. They need drivers, but they are not increasing the pay, or hours. Well here’s your sign. Then they keep adding to the difficulty of being a bus driver, kids being a$$es, fights, complaints, parents being busy bodies, and on top of all that you only get a couple hours in the morning and some in the afternoon. If your stilling willing to be a bus driver you need a passenger endorsement on a CDL and then get the please of driving our city streets with other drivers texting while you try to get the screaming brats to school. Yeah, they don’t get paid enough
    1 point
  37. My Super H still has the factory original sleeves & pistons in it. Last tune-up I did years ago it barely got 100 PSI of compression pressure in a couple holes, an overhaul is in it's future. Topics like this made me cringe! But Red Power Magazine to the rescue, one of their advertisers specializes in new old stock genuine IH parts. Got an old original box full of new IH Add Power Firecrater pistons, sleeves, & rings. Still had the instruction sheet in the box. Eventually, the supply will dwindle down to zero, but these guys have a great network of people notifying them of dealers and repair shops going out of business. I've still got to get bearings, seals, gaskets, other small parts.
    1 point
  38. Nice my girlfriend bought this 450 out of a guys estate that was into pulling it has sat for a few years. It has had a few pulling upgrades on it not sure what’s inside the motor but a guy I know with a local shop said he put a set of roller rockers on it a few years ago I have yet to pull the valve cover to check. I’m just getting a shock 450 carb on it now from the Dennys carb that was on it. I going to put a set of 14.9’s on it on SM hubs and wheels for plow days this spring
    1 point
  39. Can’t say there are any hard rules about what is salvageable and what isn’t on a burned tractor. I put an MFD knuckle off a toasted tractor on my loader tractor; there was no paint left on the salvage part. So far so good and that was 6 years ago.
    1 point
  40. If he's interested in salvaging it, could buy it off the insurance company for salvage. Sometimes they like that. Makes things simple for them. They will deduct the salvage value out of the insurance check, whatever value they decide the tractor was worth. Take the insurance money and buy something else.
    1 point
  41. Almost done. Fresh in frame thanks to a faulty o ring and a bunch of little things done that needed attention. A small o ring leak on the mcv and it will be tight. Amazing how much time it takes. What's a good place to get the hood/ sheet metal hardware kit from?
    1 point
  42. From Case IH is repackaged aftermarket, not sure who all is their suppliers but I have seen some poor quality items
    1 point
  43. Thank you! Possible I think the split manifold was a failure due to transitions from the actual manifold to the mock up pipe. Did some testing the past on a truck manifolds on the previous 263 using the stock 656 carb it did not like the manifolds either. One thing I have noticed is it is very fuel efficient. It does more work with less fuel as compared to the 263. Alot I attribute to the changes I made which translates to off the governor when light loading. I have struggled with oil with this engine the 10W30 did not seem to work. I had alot of oil residue in the chambers 1-2-5-6. I expected the Nappier second ring with an 3mm oil to have superior oil control, I don't expect oil is coming from the valve guides. It shows no signs of burning oil while running, I just discovered this in a routine check. I have switched to 30W and have yet to see if this curred it. My machinist thinks it could be a reaction with the ethanol fuel. I think he has a pretty solid theory since 3-4 did not have problem and I expect better atomization with these cylinders. It does run dang good though! Scott
    1 point
  44. It runs! One little coolant leak at the temp sensor, just snugged it a bit more. Slight leak around filter base on small bolts, just snugged them a bit more. Did 4 heat cycles. It sounds a bit deeper at idle and really responds when you crack the throttle.
    1 point
  45. I use it, I have 5 acres that I till for soy beans. It also get snow blade duty in the winter, when we get enough snow.
    1 point
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