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About RBootsMI

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    St. Johns, MI
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    Logging, trucking, diesel power, Oliver, IH, and Silver King tractors

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  1. Some people may not have the greatest job in appearance to others, but what matters is if THEY like their job, and that they're working and providing for themselves. Some people with the crappiest type of jobs really enjoy their jobs. I for one usually love my job. Met a super nice young guy the last time I had my tank pumped out. Said he loved working for the company he was with, and had recently sold his house and moved into the same city as the business to shorten his commute. Nice fella, glad I was able to have a guy like him to chit chat with while he was here instead of some ornery old guy like you get at some places.
  2. The county I work for had a 1085 Badger, it was pretty whooped. It had newer tires, but only had 2 brakes that worked, and only one outright that would go down due to a bad valve that ran the outriggers. The parts to fix either of those 2 things was prohibitively expensive. Everything was worn out on it. The electric swivel on that thing is also very expensive to have fixed and is quite a cluster flock. We bought a Cat wheeled excavator, a real nice machine, although it won't go where the Badger would do to it having the skinny dual type tires at each corner, unlike the Badger that had the taller grader style tires all the way around. We sold that old Badger at an online auction, as is. It ran well, just had the aforementioned issues. It brought almost $12,000!
  3. If the axe blow doesn't get em, the tetanus will eventually lol
  4. If the axe blow doesn't get em, the tetanus will eventually lol
  5. RBootsMI

    Dry ice....

    One thing to keep in mind with dry ice, if you will be transporting it, do not transport it in the passenger compartment. As it vents, it is releasing a lot of carbon dioxide into an enclosed space, especially on a long trip. If you have a pickup, toss it in the box, good to go. If you have a car, put it in the trunk, and crack the windows. It can make you very lightheaded and can actually suffocate you. Better safe than sorry.
  6. I have 7.3 Powerstroke glow plugs in my 460D. Make sure you use 7.3 Powerstroke plugs and not the ones for the older 7.3 IDI. They work very well, heat quick, like 15 seconds. Just have to switch plug ends on the power wires to female bullet ends, and run a 3/8 fine thread die over the existing metric threads. I did this because of most of the original plugs you buy are cheaply made junk and are pretty expensive for what they are. The Powerstroke plugs are about $8 or $9 each for Motorcraft branded plugs at my local auto parts store.
  7. RBootsMI

    Stuck Engine

    Here's a GD193 Continental diesel I found in a genset at a local scrapyard. It was stuck hard, the intake had been left off. And, with only 142 hours on the hour meter, it was probably a lot tighter than most engines that stick. In my experience, a newer, low hours engine will stick harder and sooner than some old worn out engine. I bought it, brought it home, pulled the head to see how bad it was. Had a lot of rust in 2 cylinders, some in a third and none in the 4th cylinder. I poured vinegar into the 3 rusty cylinders, let it set a couple days, stuck a bar in the flywheel, (the same one I had my entire weight on trying to see if it would roll at the scrapyard) and it slowly turned over. So I got it fully turned, scraped, then honed the rusty cylinders until they weren't all scaly. Flushed the cylinders out good, put it back together, tried to get it to run, no go. No fuel at the injectors. Checked the metering valve in the pump, stuck. Freed it up, try again, no go, still no fuel. Pull the pump, take it apart, free up the stuck plungers in the rotor shaft, clean it all up real well, try it again. Fired right up, no ether, no nothing. Doesn't run amazing, due to the fact that it was locked up tight 2 days before and probably has stuck rings, etc. But, I was just gonna buy it and sell it as a running, rebuildable engine. Total time invested, about 3 hours. This engine I believe is correct at 142 hours, the picture of the valve cover and the one shiny cylinder is after I tore it apart, with no cleaning being done yet. The pictures of the rusty cylinders is after I honed them, not great, but better than they were when I started. A lot of rust stain, but not in too bad of shape. Carries 40 lbs of oil pressure.
  8. I think the contrast in it now actually looks pretty cool! Better than just a bunch of the same ugly colored boards. Ross
  9. It's not too bad around St. Johns really. I actually live north of there about 10 miles now. What's really bad is the small little villages in Gratiot County where I live. Not all of them, but 75% of them are havens for people that are happy getting by with govt money. I saw a ton of that in my job where I worked a certain area. Drove me nuts to see all the people come out and sit on their porches or in lawn chairs in their yards when we had to do a project in these villages. But, it was something new, other than just sitting around smoking weed and drinking in their yards. Same people, day after day. Stop in the little stores to buy some crackers and a tea, watch them buy way overpriced stuff and a case of mountain dew with their bridge cards. Everything that can be bought with a bridge card is about 3 time what it ought to be since the recipient doesn't care, and the store owner is there to profit from it. Had people actually climb up on my truck to run their mouth and complain how I was waking them up too early with all the noise I was making and how ridiculous it was. And this wasn't starting work in the area early either, it was arriving at 10 or 11 in the morning and then starting. I don't deal with that stuff well, but my job requires it.
  10. If they were required to work at minimum wage for 40 hrs a week to get their benefits, I'd be ok with that. Doing that may make life miserable enough for them to want to go out and better themselves to make more money if they have to work for it either way. Heck, you know as well as I do in our own state, you can't even drug test them. Against their "rights". You have to ask them if they ever use drugs in their application first, and then if they answer yes, then they could possibly be tested. Then these huge 'results' are published saying how only 4% or some such number were removed from the program for drug use. Those were probably 50/50 of 2 things. Too honest to not lie, or dumber than all of their friends and fellow recipients. There's no lie detecting test when they fill out the paperwork, it's yes, or no. How do you think they'll answer?
  11. Does that mud make controlling the tractor pretty squirrelly?
  12. Yep, all the good stuff comes from there. Wonder why we don't care so much? I know there's only so much you can do, but I shipped a Komatsu road grader to Australia at work once. It was only a couple years old, but had been used. Obviously we had a little disasembly to get it into a shipping container, but we had to take pretty much the whole thing apart first anyway to clean it. EVERYTHING had to be clean. No grass, no dirt, no grease, no wood. Not allowed anywhere on it, they said customs would refuse to accept it after inspection if it had any organic material on it anywhere, and that they weren't kidding when they said they didn't screw around when inspecting it. They must care about invasives over there.
  13. Glad you're ok. I had a limb come out of an oak at work cutting right of ways back. About 5" in diameter and about 10' long. One of the guys with me said it came down from about 20 feet. Never heard anyone yell with my saw running. Got me right on top of my hard hat. I just remember seeing my vision turn black before being laid out in the ditch. Was ok, but had a horrible headache the next couple days. That was the real aggravation of the neck problems I have now as well. Don't want to say it happens frequently, but it's happened to a few different guys working in our crews over the last few years. Limbs coming out when felling, limbs jarred loose from another falling tree, limbs just hanging up there. We try to be as safe as we can, but we are cutting hundreds of trees a day sometimes in the winter.
  14. As I recall, all of the seals were commonly available seals, matched up by dimension. You can make all the gaskets cheap. I resealed one, including the actual steering piston on the other side of that unit. The worst part is getting it off there. The one I did had good internals, just leaked like a sieve. Made all new gaskets, installed new seals, resealed the steering piston with seals from a hyd shop. No more leaks.
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