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  1. This black Chevy is different too!!
  2. We’re sitting beside the fry truck, she thinks she needs some of my burger
  3. I’m really happy with how this one turned out
  4. It definitely exists somewhere in NY, I’ve never been active in that scene but it is similar from what I’ve heard, what I did is pretty “standard” and even relatively tame in the realm of a “stock” build, the cage is only attached to the body save for the 2 threaded rods that go from the seat bar through the frame as support and additional body mount, typically the max diameter of pipe/square tube allowed is 4” and it seems common to use 2-3”, if you use 4” you are an over builder, lol, it’s humorous how intimidating 4” square tubing can appear, and I love it, I figured if you’re only allowed to securely fasten your cage to the body and not to strategically reinforce the frame that it is still a benefit to make it heavy for increased ballast To say that this 91 town car is stock, it only has the body shell, frame and suspension/steering linkages Chevy 350 engine, turbo 400 transmission, 10 bolt Chevy differential with bolt in 12 bolt axles and 4:56 gears, sliding splined driveshaft with farm PTO yokes for increased oscillation and travel, Chevy front springs make the front end higher, 75 Cordoba front bumper, seam welded, collapsed/compressed bumper shocks, double tires(one tire inside another and tubed) I already had the car, engine, diff, driveshaft, tires, transmission and a couple other bits I was very fortunate for the deal on the steel for the cage, I got it all for under $150, heck of a deal, beyond the cost of materials like grinding wheels and welding wire put about another $1000 into it in incidental materials it seems ridiculous but this is what your local derby legend does at minimum to try and get 10 minutes of glory if they are lucky
  5. I’m pretty proud of the bolt in cage I made for my derby car, as pictured in the previous post My first run in 5 years with it wasn’t good, my ignition coil wire fell off a minute in, I got beat up well enough while sitting there dead, a couple repairs and I’ll run it again this Sunday
  6. Glad no one got hurt, people need to slow down, no time was saved by the Toyota being pushy, even if a car is stuck behind a tractor for miles, it’s still faster and easier than walking or horse and buggy and having people in your way while in public is normal Here’s my recent close call, I put duals on a 98 Chev like many trucks before, I was putting the hoist down and remembered about the severed diff vent line, as I went about repairing that I noticed a fire that I extinguished with an air blow gun quickly, figured it was undercoating at first, that’s somewhat normal, there was a coal/ember that came off the blaze that I didn’t recognize as typical, I didn’t want to use the water hose because the floor was dirty as heck and it would make a mess but figured I’d better soak it, fire extinguisher would make a bigger mess, when I put the truck down and started it gas was leaking bad, it seems a welder spark melted the sending unit
  7. I have thought about this scenario, with 22.5 truck tires being the standard for a while I have seen people have difficulty finding used 20 inch tires for thing like a manure spreader, I have thought about the possibility of using modern passenger vehicle tires, but reading this thread I thought; wouldn't 10.00-20 be tapered bead? 255/60R16 from a half ton wouldn't be tapered
  8. I have one, mostly use it for carbs, I use dish soap and water, I have tried Simple Green and others similar, I don't find they do any better than dish soap, and cost more, one of the setbacks in the process I find is once the solution gets dirty it looses effectiveness, I usually run a four barrel carb through three times, change the solution once or twice, I use a glass relish jar to hold small parts, filled with solution in the basket I read often enough when researching solutions that they work best when at approximately 60% of their boiling temperature, given the dish soap should raise the boiling point of the water a bit, I set my temp on my machine at 75-80 degrees Celsius, my machine holds 10L, I typically boil my gallon shop kettle three times to fill it, squirt a U of Sunlight into it and go No matter what anyone says, an Ultrasonic can't do the job of an old fashioned basket dip bucket, those old dip buckets were a pretty nasty chemical but worked well, it cleaned everything bare, just with an overnight soak, with the Ultrasonic and a real grimy Quadrajet, I first steam the piss out of the whole assembled carb, with the pressure washer, and the carb in the expanded metal basket Dad has for pressure washing small parts, they carb doesn't skip along the ground but a guy gets a little wet, 3000 PSI at 160 deg F cleans the first layer of OK, then depending how dirty it is I either run the complete carb in the Ultrasonic a go or dismantle the carb and un the throttle plate, bowl and air horn of the q jet in 3 separate batches, after that soak is done I blow them out with air, scrub them with a wire brush, poke at passages with a torch cleaner, etc, the dirt is much looser but not completely gone, then I soak it with a violent chemical like gasket remover or paint stripper, maybe even let that chemical soak a bit, scrape, brush and soak again, then run it again in the Ultrasonic, and do the same process again, and run it again through the Ultrasonic, and it still isn't as clean as the dip bucket, functionally clean though I do find that dish soap oxidizes aluminum as well, need to get the residue off the parts after, usually use paint stripper again and flush with brake clean, compressed air and hot water, I have tried different methods using WD40 and alike but they still oxidize, even using varsol in a parts washer, I think it needs the harshness of the paint stripper to remove the residue left by the soap They aren't as effective as the dip bucket but stink less and still make the carb functional
  9. As far as the crawlers are concerned I don't think they were a rebranded product, Italian sourced undercarriage on a North American machine Massey was in bed with Landini(Italian) for years, Landini has often offered crawler versions of their wheeled tractors, not saying they are the supplier, MF 184-4, 274,294 tractors were red Landinis, a MF699 tractor has a Landini cab, but the rest if the tractor is mostly MF, similar to a 285/1080/1085. 70/80/90s Landinis have MF part numbers 12345678M1, 12345678M91 etc, I have been around enough Massey and Landini product to know there is a profound difference in the design and texture of transmission/differential housing castings of the different brands, like comparing a Fiat built Allis 5050 to a 6060 or White 2-60 to a 2-70 The bulk of the machine looks of pure MF design, wherever it was built the tractor part of the MF dozers are similar to ag/industrial tractors, like comparing a TD9 to a WD9
  10. Awesome signs, I really like the clock, I have recently thought about how times change and a clock that plugs into the wall vs battery operated has gone the way of the milkman I recently changed a tire for a hay elevator, the tube had cool writing on it so I cut it out and glued it to the wall
  11. Not saying it's the problem but I have found that some 2 stokes can be finicky with exhaust and/or airbox mods, I swapped a Kawasaki 440 fan motor from a JD Trailfire into a 79 Kawasaki Invader with a 440 liquid, the liquid pipe fit better so I used it first, the sled ran fine in the yard but wouldn't do more than 50 km/h, put the fan pipe on and then it would do 100 km/h and ran better
  12. My friend has a MF200 dozer, it has a 152ci 3 cylinder Perkins, same as a MF135 tractor, the transmission and differential housings are similar to the tractor too, I'd say MF built, the sprockets have a different "pitch"? (forgive me for my dozer ignorance if it's the wrong term) than is typical here in North America apparently, I have heard it said that the undercarriage is Italian, these days parts are hard to find, I remember at least 3 MF200s that aren't my friend's that worked in my area in the 90's when I was a kid, Bobby's MF200 came from the area as well, I remember in the late 90s Marsh Brothers Tractor in Dundas? Ontario had several parts machine 200s, they were a MF Industrial dealer from way back, they are a few hundred kilometers west of me, but safe to say that the MF200 dozer was popular as a small dozer choice in Ontario, I don't remember seeing any bigger model of MF dozer in my travels, but I haven't seen it all My friend Bobby's MF200 had track issues when he bought it, it would pile up on the sprocket, supposedly had the wrong pitch of chain, after a year or so of it sitting idle, he stopped listening to all the experts and simply tightened the track and it sounded awful loud until the undercarriage got full of mud, then it worked flawlessly for a couple weekends, saved the backhoe from falling in a trench, smoothed where the grader made ruts and much more, after that the starter messed up and he hasn't bothered with it, it earned its purchase price those couple weekends
  13. Building a derby car, found some unexpected rust in the frame
  14. I was cleaning up today and decided my puller plate should be painted I changed a pitman arm on a 2016 Chev 2500 tonight, I slice the old arm with an air saw and split it with a chisel to remove it on these trucks, the cut and split on this truck was the best one to date, I think I owe that to experience and the recent change from L style to V style hi flo air line fittings
  15. I could list a few vehicles but since I can only pick one and a guy always needs a pickup... 1980 Dodge Power Wagon W200, in Dark Cashmere Metallic(brown), reg cab long box, with a healthy 500 cubic inch big block Chrysler, maybe an overdrive transmission upgrade, stock heavy duty suspension, chrome "sawblade" wheels, some size like 255/85/16 aggressive all terrain tires, custom subtle heavy duty bumpers I own the truck, it's been in the family since around 91, I've owned it since 2005, haven't drove it since around 2009, it currently has a 318 and the rear heavy duty bumper, someday I'll build it
  16. A Ford 9 inch or a GM 10 bolt with bolt in axles are a similar idea, a Ford 8n has a similar setup as well
  17. These are some pictures I found on the web of the setup on the Toyota
  18. Today I made an adapter plate for pulling rear wheel bearings on a Toyota Tundra, in the past I have torched them apart, which is nasty, this truck is the first since I've been self employed, I looked for a proper puller, it was last Thursday or Friday, couldn't get the one with the adapter plate or pattern for this truck this week, but could get the same one minus the one adapter plate for about $100 less and delivered by Sunday, mint, I'll make the plate Sunday and do the job Monday or Tuesday, the truck owner works for my parents so he's on the property throughout the week from 8-5 As it really happened... didn't get to the Tundra right at 8 this Thursday morning, more like 10, before 10 I looked at and sold another day's worth of work on another truck and finished a car that took a couple hours later than expected last night, got the Tundra apart and verified I had all the right parts just before noon, busy as heck!!! My Wife had the day off today, we previously planned on going out for lunch, type of thing we seldom do together. When she saw my workload around 11 she suggested we could go to lunch next Tuesday, I almost agreed, but thinking about it for less than 3 minutes I realized; what lie am I believing that I'll be less busy another day, in the past 15 years she and my kids have waited long enough on broken cars, the cars can wait an hour or two every week or two from now on, the four of us had a good lunch together today At around 1pm today I started making the plate for the Tundra, far cry from Sunday afternoon, but got it done and got the truck fixed, here's some pics of the plate and some exhaust pics as well
  19. 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
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