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About IHKeith

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  1. The first pic is my 72 Newport, I’ve had it a couple years now, bought it as a winter car, it’s solid but rough enough it was probably destined for powertrain harvesting and derby/scrap/parts, I fixed it up, drove it for one winter and fell in love so it’s a fair weather machine now Second pic is my first car, the summer I bought it, 67 Imperial Crown, I have never driven it, have had many, many other vehicles but haven’t got to the Imperial yet, it lives in the back corner of a shed since the first fall I owned it My Gramps, Dad, Brother and I were nothing but Chryco since the 50’s, with the exception of International heavy trucks, until I got a Pontiac in 04 My Dad had a 73 New Yorker with a 440, my Gramps had a 74 D200 with a 440, I’m still chasing dreams from stories of both of those vehicles I’m an automotive mechanic, so I’ve been around tons of cars, every type you could think of, European, Exotic, Muscle, Pro Street, Tuner, Corvettes new and old, Vipers, Tercels, Cavaliers, Geo Metros, they all need an alignment with a road test, I like them all, everyone is a different experience but there is just something about a Big Block Chrysler, the world can use more of them
  2. I can relate to the frustration of the original post, In a way the mention of a wayward soul finding there way in a trade has some merit, not because a dummy can succeed but because it is more common for a skilled tradesman to be the type of person to reach out to a less than desirable candidate, it doesn’t always work out but is grassroots types probably find ourselves investing in a less desirable more often than a corporate type would, and sometimes you get a good one and more often you don’t It’s not as easy as saying Millennials, Gen X or Baby Boomers to blame, there has always been lazy people regardless of popular culture’s categorization of there birthdate Here in the province of Ontario where I hail from a barber is a Red Seal trade similar in certification to a mechanic or electrician, so why isn’t the person in the barber chair suggesting a career in cutting hair? Is that not good enough their snowflake?
  3. Those holes do not go through to the clutch housing, the cork plugs are just saturated with oil and fuel residue that has accumulated over the years
  4. My Grampy had a Cockshutt 1655 he bought new, my cousin owns it currently It was a great tractor, it was one of my favourites at his farm, it really boogied down the road, he bought it in 72 iirc, he later bought a 2-105, 2-85 and an Oliver 1850, all three of them left the farm in time and he still had the 1655, It would be safe say he liked the Cockshutt I mowed about 60 acres of field gone to weed, full of mustard, with a 1650 and a 10 foot bush hog, I was going a little slower to be easy on equipment and conserve fuel, running in underdrive, when it started getting boring I would shift to direct, it got a little louder and had some black smoke, shift to over, rolling the smoke, sounded amazing, feel the heat coming off the exhaust manifold side, then shift back down to under for another ten rounds, I really like them I’m not an expert mechanic for these models but I have found a heavy pull/early shift into road gear can show a bad over/under
  5. I like any well made shotgun, 12 gauge is the only way to go IMO because of variety and affordability of shells, my favourite is crack barrel guns, they seem to be most accurate for me, if the bead is on it it dies with the break barrel, if you need more than one shot than that’s all the more reason to have a double barrel, hard to beat the feeling of a side by side, I have a Cooey single, Sears single, Stevens Savage SxS, Mossberg pump, Winchester semi, a Browning SxS and A5 on loan, love them all, I’ve been around some high end guns but none have made me wanna spend the big bucks to get one, maybe they are worth it for an extreme shooter but my farm still has the least amount of pigeons than any other local place
  6. I’ve seen mushroomed hammers, not in my toolbox though, I have had this 3 pound blacksmith hammer since I was 13, beat many a ball joint or rotor with it It has had many an overstrike too, one tough mother with a steel handle I bought this Matco dead blow 3 pound ball peen a few years ago, it has taken over most of my hammer chores, when I hold it I think that this is how God feels when he holds a hammer, it’s a 16 inch wheel for reference
  7. I have no constructive feedback, other than that my bastardized mix of lighting is quite bright, the only non LED is the one fluorescent light
  8. My Dad said that the Case power shift wasn’t all that bad once they had the 6 speed, the 3 speed had too much space between the gears and wasn’t smooth enough transition he said
  9. In my opinion a 200 plus amp mig is the most versatile machine you can get, the most common thing I weld is exhaust pipe, by spec doing that most 110 volt mig would do that job but having a bigger machine is much better, I have a Chinese made 250 amp mig, it will nuke 1/2 steel, one of my welding supply guys was selling a comparable machine a couple years back for 1600 Canadian dollars, I bet still you can get a similar one for less than 1500 USD, I find that a lesser machine even though spec’d for 1/4 of 5/16 doesn’t have the necessary jam to nuke the top side of an exhaust pipe in a single pass, a more powerful mig is also better at overcoming dirt at a higher amperage than usual when welding dirty steel
  10. I was trying to call my buddy tonight to confirm the details of the year and model number, but he didn’t answer, this one definitely didn’t freewheel, it had engine braking, don’t ever remember grinding gears in it and it I doubt it was synchronized, it was a four cylinder engine, different than the series 2 engine, as I recall you could put it in 2 hi, 2 lo, 4 hi, 4 lo, it was a 3 speed, speed transmission, my buddy who owned it, McMac I call him, always thought it was a 39-45 or something like that but when he sold it the guy said it was a 52 or so, can’t recall exactly, I don’t know everything but thinking of McMac’s earlier years estimate I doubt it because of WW2, it did have military looking green paint as it’s original coat, it was years after the water pump failed that a fellow who knew about Rovers happened by, he was excited by the left hand drive, eventually Mc sold it, nowadays 15 years later, we probably could of found some parts on the internet, but also nowadays there isn’t 200 dollar Land Rovers sitting at your neighbour’s house that will run with a tune up, I’m appreciative of being able to experience the Rover, as well as the more common Suzuki, S10 Blazer bush buggy
  11. Not a Christmas fan in general but I can hear Dolly sing Hard Candy Christmas at least once a month and enjoy it
  12. I agree the new vehicles can be too bright, my friend’s 2014 Sierra only lights another 6 feet higher of hydro pole vs the low beams, people constantly flash at you in that truck but it is how it was built, I drive old cars as much as I can, it’s interesting to note how much I get flashed when driving with high beams on in the daylight, it’s the four sealed beams that lets others know, not that I try to but all new cars since 1990 have daytime running lights in Canada, so you turn them on because when you don’t have the lights on in daylight people flash you too, you get used to seeing the DRLs The tractor I used to move snow with has a set of LEDs front and rear but they are directed down to just behind the blower and just in front of the bucket, I would leave them on when on the road in bad weather because motorists that are not equipment savvy are less likely to pay attention to cab mounted flashers, and it made the machine way more visible, if those lights were aimed for field work than I wouldn’t use them on the road
  13. My friend had a Land Rover series 1, I think it was a 52, left hand drive, apparently kind of rare to have one that early with left hand drive It was a complete aluminum body, the frame and gas tank were steel, and had their faults, but the floor pans were solid His Dad and his friends had a fleet of them way back, for hunt camp/bush use, brake parts were hard to get in the 90s, they claimed the brakes were the front bumper and the nearest tree It was a tank, especially after us bracing the front bumper to improve the braking system, we stopped driving it due to a failed water pump that we couldn’t repair within our budget at that time, it was sold to a collector from NY state eventually
  14. IHKeith

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    I agree it has got harder to find a deal, but seriously MTO, a mechanic of your stature can surely find a 500 dollar car that’s solid enough for you to totally gift all your time to make it a dependable machine hahaha
  15. Not being an arsehole but leisurely could do both head gaskets in 8 hours, if you’re not used to them it can seem strange, but starting my auto mechanic career at a GM dealer back in ‘05, that job is a walk in the park, there are worse jobs
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