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  1. I was a NASCAR fan before I was an F-1 fan. Went to 4-5 races at Michigan Int'l raceway in Brooklyn, Mi. Big Elliott fan, BILL, Chase wasn't born yet. Started as a Cale Yarborough fan when he drove the Hardy's car. Son and I went to ALL the F-1 races at Indy. I've watched 3-4 Indy car races this year. To put racing into perspective, back about 20 years ago when Micheal Schumacker was winning most of the races for Ferrari every year, Ferrari was spending as much money to field two cars & drivers at 16-18 races a year on every continent of the planet as ALL 43 NASCAR TEAMS spent ALL season running 20-something races all season. I remember the biggest concern about the first F-1 race at Indy was would there be enough room at the airports (plural) around Indy for all the teams and drivers and fans that fly to every race. Yeah, the MONEY spent in F-1 is crazy. The FIA, the governing body for F-1 implemented rules restricting engine/transmission changes years ago to "Reduce the cost of Racing". Now what used to be a $200,000 engine is now $750,000. The teams all carry several spares to every race, but to run a new engine or trans they loose positions at the start of the race, Sometimes 5-6 cars out of 20 will be pushed to the back of the field. And I'm sure the teams aren't saving any money. Haven't watched much (NONE) football since the Kaepernick thing. If he can't stand up I can't watch him.
  2. The whole exhaust manifold was painted red but it burns off fast once the tractor gets warmed up and under load. The back rim clamp nuts and bolts should actually be cad plated, or at least today's cheap tin/zinc plating. The cast wheel centers hang on their own paint line to get painted, rims were painted by the supplier, and once the tires were mounted the rims were attached to the cast wheel and a couple minutes later were on the tractor. Alternators were painted red in the big paint booth towards the end of the "Start" assembly line. The rear axle bars were covered with large heavy cardboard tubes, they were the last thing put on the tractor before it went in the paint booth and were the first thing taken off. The batteries were the first thing installed after the tractor came out of the paint booth, the fuel tank installed and 3-4 gallons of fuel put in it, the inspector jumped on the tractor and started it for the first time. He had a routine of tests of the transmission, clutch, brakes, hyd system, hitch, steering, and all the gauges & lights to run through. The tractor came off the start line right after that test and went thru more stationary tests and any repairs needed in the repair loop before starting down the finish assembly line. This was the way things were done during the 86-series production. There may have been a few differences during the 56-series production years but most things were the same.
  3. IH used to pride themselves at being the largest selling tractor in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Waterloo is in Black Hawk Cty.
  4. One of Dad's coffee buddy's at the feed mill had a Ford 6000 Commander diesel. Engine sounded like it was scattering it's short block any time it ran. The Select-O-Speed kept it in the shop about six months every year. Even the Deere guys shy'd away from the Power Shift because "It was kinda like the Select-O-Speed."
  5. Not sure what the trucking co. I drove for bought for fuel, probably straight #2 because of cost. I carried a gallon or two of Power Service with me. If I bought fuel on the road I'd get "Winterized" fuel, some blend of #1 & #2, but hard telling how much #1. The penalties of a jell-up on the road far out-weighed the cost of PS or blended fuel. With my BIG truck I sure missed the HP the #1 fuel caused. But cold tires and cold grease or oil in just the trailer wheel bearings slowed me up for a while too. I'd take off from Davenport only running 50 mph and by La Salle/Peru I'd be running 60-65. Hook up to a different trailer in Chicago and be back running 50-55 for a while. When I drove my F250 diesel to work I'd buy "Winterized" fuel, plus if temps were going to drop below zero I'd give it a full dose of Power Service. The fuel filter canister on the 7.3L has a heating element, but it wasn't very big, think I saw something like 70 watts stamped on it. I ALWAYS ran a winter front on it, keep as much heat in as possible.
  6. I was never a really huge fan of the 66-series when they were new, but over the years they have grown on me. Now their one of my favorites. And I'm a Real Fan of NFE tractors.
  7. Ha-Ha.... Says the only guy with a picture of a NFE pulling tractor on his avatar. Just kidding. I imagine he's preoccupied, and doesn't even know the left rear tire is a foot off the ground. The old pulling tractors from the '60's and '70's are so different than today's tractors.
  8. Dad transferred the old worn-out wood knob suicide knob from the '39 H to the Super H. I always wore leather gloves to prevent blood blisters from that knob, the wood knob would slide out about 1/4" and pinch whatever it could grab. The SH went right on the corn planter the day it was delivered, was a week or two before I ran it much, but I bought a new ball bearing knob and installed it as soon as I could. You grip that tight, keep your eyes on where the frt tires are going and I've never had that new knob smack my knuckles like that old wood knob do from time to time. Yes, power steering is the best cure for that out of control steering wheel. I'm curious why the elaborate grill guard. Looks like it did it's job.
  9. That's a 7.3L POWERSTROKE idling you hear in the video, a '95 to '97 vintage. A 4-53 Detroit sounds more like a string trimmer, or leaf blower with with a blown out muffler. The 1960 vintage Austin-Western road grader the township had used 4-53 Detroit, it revved to what you thought was full throttle then ran on up another 500 rpm. The '74 Austin-Western had a 4-71, think it ran around 2000-2100. Scarifying roads was really hard work on those machines, Austin-Western graders were all wheel drive, 6x6, and they would spin all six tires at times. Those Detroits would really bark. I ran the Oliver 770 diesel following the grader rototilling the windrows of oiled dirt that came off the scarifyer or grader blade, the smaller pieces made better roads. But I didn't get too close to those screaming Detroits! That trench closer is a neat machine. A 4BT Cummins would be a nice engine in them too.
  10. I was driving Dad's new to him '67 F250 Camper Special with Dad riding shotgun home from town, just over a mile from home, BIG raccoon starts across the road, and hesitates, then takes another step, I'm getting really close, Dad is saying, "Get-him", GET HIM!!! I center the truck up figuring, hoping, the raccoon takes another step one way or another. As I drive over him there was no Kerthump-Kerthup. Dad looks out the back window and sees the raccoon run into the weeds on the other side of the road. Dad was doing his best Al Bundy impersonation chewing me out for missing the raccoon just weeks before the sweet corn was going to be ready. We made it all the way home, up the driveway, shut the truck off, and was almost up the sidewalk to the back door of the house when he finally stopped chewing on me. Then flash forward to 2005. I'm a half mile from home with my new Volvo S40, only a month or two old, another big raccoon runs across the road right in front of me where trees shadowed the road. KLUNK! The Volvo had an air dam under the bumper, had two fog lights in the outer ends. And a plastic grill to let air into the intercooler. The lights and intercooler were fine but I'm sure that 3-4 inch long crack wasn't in that air dam when I got the car. I saw the raccoon in my mirror, he wasn't even twitching. Next morning on the way to work he was gone, probably a coyote's supper.
  11. Those concept trucks look O-K. But how many of you think the 2020 Chevy front end looks like total poo? The GMC looks O-K.
  12. I was thinking the same thing, would take 8-9 pickups with 8 ft boxes to haul 68 tires & wheels, or one straight truck with a 18-20 ft bed or box. The "Bad Guys" have figured out that Madison and Dane County can't afford police protection at night, maybe two deputy's patrolling the whole county. I'd sure hate to be them! Had my old F250 stalled on me about 7:30 one weekday morning in a bad spot, called the Sheriff's office and requested a deputy, Dispatcher said she didn't have one available for probably over an hour. I said "That will be fine, I'll be in an accident in about 15 minutes, some idiot juggling a cell phone in one hand and large StarBucks in the other will hit me." The tow truck was there in ten minutes, and not sure how but Deputy was there in 25-30 minutes from clear across the county. Madison is short 31 policemen, per former Chief Koval a week ago. Current force is 479 Sworn members and 119 civilians. Bet all 31 new officers would be on a night shift. The areas outside of Madison suffer the worst, the small towns surrounding Madison have been suffering car robberies for joy rides for several years now, but lately they use the garage door openers to break into the homes While people are sleeping in the houses! They have the robbers on video tape going door-to-door about 2 am, couple guys in their 20's and a bunch of 14-15 year old kids. The kids brag to the cops that the judge will release them to their parents before the cops are done with all the paperwork. It'll be a long time before this gets fixed, our new Madison Mayor wants fleets of empty busses driving around town but she doesn't realize that everybody is afraid to ride the buses because of the wildlife that rides them. I bet those 68 tires were sold before they were removed. Plenty of places that would take half price tires and aluminum wheels.
  13. Brother-in-law's Dad had a 40 ftx 16 ft concrete stave silo. He'd have the neighbor come over with his 560 and chopper and wagons. Dad would loan him the '51 M for the blower and he'd haul in with his WD-45. All the poppin Johnny's hid in the shed. A 600 or 650 should run a blower fine, since they're about 150% of the HP of most M's.
  14. Took a while for me to find it, but a gasoline Super M should make 129 psi cranking compression. All 4 plugs removed, throttle wide open, loosen plugs a turn or two, reconnect plug wires, start and run engine for a minute or two, engine must be warm for an accurate test. Remove all 4 plugs, install test gauge, crank for 5-6 rotations in each cylinder.
  15. I read an article in Hot Rod magazine by C.J. Baker back in about 1970 about blending leaded race gas with no-lead premium to run in high compression engines. I've blended gas like that myself with great results. I had an OSSA 250 Six Day Replica enduro bike that was a slightly detuned motocross engine. It pinged pretty bad on the best no-lead gas I could buy. And 2-strokes hate to ping. I'd buy 2 gallon of leaded race gas and mix about a gallon of race gas to 5 gallons of premium and add the 2-stroke oil. Bike ran great and no pinging no matter how hot it got. Bike normally got around 40 mpg, but the race gas/premium mix was so expensive it cost as much to run as my F-150 4wd pickup per mile. I mixed race gas and premium up until I started using the Kwik-Trip gas. Son had a Yamaha jet ski for a couple years. Had a 1.8L 4 cyl super-charged and inter-cooled engine. Rated around 250 hp, Was it fast enough? NO!, first winter it got a MUCH bigger intercooler, a much bigger supercharger impeller, high performance pump impeller. The tuning system allowed individual cylinder tuning at different loads and rpms. Instead of 67 mph maximum it could run about 65 at half throttle, wide open it ran 72-73 mph briefly then you had to get out of it, it would over-heat. Son was running the same crappy E10 gas that plugged up the little Carter carb on a 10 hp Kohler in about a month. That jet ski was exactly what Kwik-Trip had in mind when they decided to sell that 91 octane recreation fuel.
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