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  1. if you want non catalytic and new, look for coal stoves that used to be dual fuel (coal or wood), prior to epa rules. i have a legacy brand model, mark iii. but there's several coal stoves out there that are used to be advertised as dual fuel and then went only coal when the epa rules changed them. the coal stoves that used to be dual fuel have to have a warning that it's only for coal now. fact is, ashley's new wood stoves are catalytic, and they have the old non catalytic as coal only, made like they were for many years before.
  2. My condolences. My 544D Farmall was bought when I was 4yr old.
  3. I had an RD-350 for about 3-4yrs as a young teenager. Bought it non running from sitting a long time. Mechanic for Yamaha was on Dad's mail route, and agreed to get it running. We went to pick it up and Dad went out to the truck to move it to a ditch for loading. Mechanic said what had i been riding. Cub 50 Honda. He had a pained expression and said, ok, your dad's out there and this is just us... explained the power band thing and explained Dad didn't know what he'd got me. Dad tried riding it one time and just came back and said, "well, that's it for me." Never rode another one. I wish I'd stuck it back in the shed and kept it. That was the most fun bike out of a half dozen or so that I had.
  4. well, i've not done anything yet. have 113mi left of the 150mi that you get to do something. it's strictly a farm truck. you were lucky to have gotten the '12 versus '14, as def comes in to play. regen is one thing, but def brings in a lot more issues. shocking what the value of these trucks has done in the market. i can get what i paid for the truck 7yrs ago today. of course, after some number of k in repair for the def thing. lol.
  5. oh, i agree with both those things. i brought my '14 cab and chassis home new on a gooseneck pulling it with the '94 4wd thru some mountains with the trailer brakes out (dragged the cable and killed the connection for brakes). i was screaming down hill and smoking brakes and was banging between 2nd and 3rd up hill. it's like a six cyl chevy in a grain truck... a 12 valve stock will pull anything, but it's slow. thing i like tho' is i just don't work on them ever, other than oil and filter changes. the '14 flipped the def code a few months ago at 38kmi that gives me x number of miles till 5mph. so, made some decisions on that one that you can't post these days (cummins forum locked down any talk of d_lete stuff -- the E,PA is watching all of that now ). other than that, the '14's been great, gobs of power (i've hauled 18klb on the gooseneck and it just takes off and drives normal).
  6. Doc Watson did a good job explaining this:
  7. Was digging thru pics and thought about this thread. This is my old Dolly... one pic from early in the year and another from mid summer... 12.5yr old English Shep... was Dad's dog, and she let me move in when he needed help. I have to hear her snoring in her little bed to get to sleep. She's my baby Doll.
  8. I never saw one, but knew they existed. A coworker of 15+ years, who was from Kentucky originally, said his dad, who was a pilot and aircraft mechanic for a living, had one of these for decades. Said it kept looking worse but the engine was still strong. I have two of the 12-valves and a late model ton Ram with def/dpf. Man, saying what we all know, older is better.
  9. Echo'ing the would be a great haying tractor comment. I run different color tractor for haying than my 1066, for the sync shifting gains, and have wondered if the risk on a hydro rebuild wouldn't be worth it for the long haul. Once you rebuilt one good time, it's bound to go 5000 hours or more. That'd do me till I'm too old to work. Dad traded off our 856 in the 90s due to it needing $3k of work on it, and I've mourned that tractor's leaving ever since. Dad had a friend from Cornersville, TN (who's passed on now) that had a row of those hydros to do round and square hay. Pop asked him to tell me how many International tractors he had. 22, he said. All of them run, I asked. Two don't, he said in a way that indicated that those two not being in use bothered him a right smart. Wagoneer, was the fellow's name. Good guy.
  10. My dad, 7 yrs departed, had several go-to sayings. One, for my obsessive ways: "Not just everybody wants to hear all that" It wasn't to tell me that he didn't want to hear it, it was to help me understand that everybody didn't want to hear it. Another, for my complaining ways: "You need to enjoy the job" What he was saying was, be grateful for work, for occupation, that it's going well enough, and how it ought to be going (by my estimation) instead is where you need to refer to the last go-to saying. Another good one was to explain people... "Folks are different... some more so than others" I asked him one time why up north of us there was less urban cluttered up places scattered around. "city water".... <stunned expression>... "what?!?" "city water... if you got to maintain a well, you can't be someone that's drugged up and can't work on anything" I'd have never thought of the evils of city water, but he was right. He got smarter as I got older, and by the time I buried him, he was Einstein (and I wished desperately that I'd embraced the apprenticeship more thoroughly and earlier). Left me his English shepherd dog, though... I think that was to complete the training. She gives me the same looks that he gave... the look of <shaking head>, "dumb___" Hope she finishes the job.
  11. i use a .303 brit for putting a cow down, when it's the very undesired task to do. have had the 100+ yr old bolt action since the 80s. back about two years ago, i had a elderly charlois downer that you couldn't let suffer. got the loader tractor, dug a hole, came back, 4-5 rounds rapidly (i want rapid relief for them)... funny thing... i'd not thought at all about these army (probably national guard) maneuvers that'd been flying thru the area in the morning. i had ear plugs in (my hearing's awful) to do the shooting. i heard "boom, boom, boom, boom, boom" and pulled out a plug... looked up, and here's a military helicopter right over me and the cow and the <forgive the brand> massey. first thought: put... the... gun... on... the... ground. i do this. then i wave up at the bottom of the helicopter like a nice local idiot farmer (not a stretch for me) that doesn't understand. don't know if they waved back or not. they eventually eased on away. then i buried the cow. goes to show, ain't ever a thing on your place that's entirely local.
  12. locals go to a radiator repair shop (where that's got to be a rare place these days) and get a tank "boiled out" with reported good success. i've not done it, but my old M tank needs it. cool truck, btw. i look for those locally, but down this far south any dump bed is worth a lot more than further north. friend of mine has a IH traveler with a 345 in it. seems like a good pulling engine.
  13. i'm afraid when the 80s came along, i ditched the radio and went off the grid... i was consumed with tony rice at the time... this was my headbanging... saw him once in person, and he died suddenly with an instant heart attack this past christmas while making coffee... there's worse ways to go.
  14. I did $$$ Toyos on a '94 2500 4wd 12 valve Dodge. The are very very round and easily well balanced and have lasted, but, they pull to the right (and, I learned, all Toyo MT's pull to the right). It's annoying, but not the end of the earth. Price is a bit crazy also, tho. Nitto's pull to the left, btw (and they all do). Installer said, put a damper (one damper) pulling the other way on the control arm... or... put up with it. I put up with it. Been 6yrs now, never rebalanced, and smooth. Don't put a lot of miles on it, probably 30kmi since then (half worn, at most). They do run out crazy balanced (like from 0mph to 80mph, from day one till now, smooth and zero issues), and they do last. Not sure I could afford them again for a farm truck. For my Cherokee Jeep field vehicle, I did Maxxis Buckshot Mudder II tires. Cheapest name brand there is. One needed a huge weight, another less, one near none, and they have a bit of a wobble at some speeds (worst at 45mph, least at 60-70mph). Were dirt cheap, but are probably worth about what I paid for them. Jeep sees 2500mi/yr, tho'. They seem a little soft on compound. Grip good, but I doubt I'll see over 25kmi out of them. ideal for the use case.
  15. B.B., it may be funny, but it's kinda true. Dad carried me out of church for playing in the floor when I was 3 or so years old, and I knew what was coming... then he said out front in the yard, in a kind voice and smiling gently, and I quote from vivid memory, "now we can't do what you was doing just then... I can't and you can't neither" then he spanked me. But, it was kind of like were in this thing together. Only difference between him and Andy was Pop's Galaxie 500 was yellow, and he carried the mail in his.
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