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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. We've all had projects like this
  2. This is how I feel when my in law asks me a car repair/trouble question
  3. I don't think you realize how much corn is moved to that facilty, this ain't your hen house in your backyard. A buddy of mine hauls 2 loads a day there from 75 miles away, every day. And it's not just him and our fellow RP contributor hauling in there, there is a LOT of people that haul in there from near and far. It ain't the only place to haul it either. It's about like buying chickens from China, does it make sense? No, nothing from China makes sense.
  4. I fought with a pump on a JD 8300 once that was a Deere reman (by whoever they have do it). It wouldn't run unless I advanced the timing about about half of the pump drive gear. JD said no way was the problem in their pump. I checked it 2 or 3 times, it would not run when set where it was supposed to be, only when you turned it 65 degrees or whatever it was. I put it back correctly, timed as it was supposed to be and told them to have at it. Their tech came out, tried it, gave it some ether, no start. I told him how far to turn it so that it would run, so he did. Guess what, the pump they had sent me, about $2000, was defective. They didn't bill me for the service call like they said they would, they even came back and put the new, new pump on as well.
  5. There is a small lake about half an hour from me, it is only about 15 acres, but very deep. The shore runs out just a short ways before dropping off at about a 60 degree angle. This lake has no boat launch, but we carried a jon boat, a battery, a trolling motor, and a depth finder to map the lake out for ice fishing. The lake averages 70' deep over a lot of it, but the center third of the lake stays within a couple feet of 120' deep. It has no weeds in it. Anytime we mention that lake, the locals all say, "did you find the locomotive that's down there? You know there's one on the bottom, right?". Everyone one says that, locals, even people that aren't locals, but have heard the lore. Supposedly due to the small lakes and swamp all around it, it was easiest to just run a trestle across one corner of it, and it collapsed into the lake. I dont know though, it seems unlikely they would run a trestle across a lake, and I could never find anything online about it, but the locals sure believe in it. And, if it was down there, it would probably have sunk out of site in the white marl bottom since you sink up to your waist in it in about a foot and a half of water. Never know what's out there I guess.
  6. Nothing to do with getting stuck, but back in the 30's or 40's a MI conservation officer was murdered by a poacher and put in the river behind my house. They found his body a few months later right around or just after the spring thaw, in the river, a few hundred yards from my property. Over a stupid deer. This country must have been quite wild back in the day.
  7. A 674 will pull 4 bottoms? We used to pull a 3 point 3-16 IH plow with ours, probably 25 years ago, and it would pull it great, plenty of power. Just wanted to spin constantly, even with loaded tires. Had the 16.9-30 rear tires, always felt it didn't have enough tire for the power the engine had. Our other 674 has 14.9-30's, that's pretty much out of the question for any type of heavy pulling work.
  8. D375 Komatsu TD40 Dresser FD41 Fat Allis
  9. You can put the dampner in boiling water to get it to install easier. It's not hot enough to damage the seal, but will expand it significantly. May still have to tap it on a little. I always spray the crank and inside of the dampner with penetrating oil. It helps things slip together easier, and I feel it's just a good idea on the inside of the dampner where it was just removed from water and is shiny metal.
  10. The plungers in the rotor shaft may be stuck, or it could be up in the top of the pump. If you take the top cover off, after cleaning it thoroughly with brake clean, you can get an idea of what may be happening as well. Let's say the plungers aren't stuck, but the metering valve is, that would also keep it from starting. If you take the top cover with the 3 screws off, near the rear of the pump you'll see the metering valve. It should rotate back and forth if you gently try to move it, it could be stuck in the off position. You may get lucky and it could be just the metering valve stuck causing it not to run. If the inside of the pump looks anything other than shiny aluminum with clear fuel inside it, it's probably plugged with crud from poor fuel. Obviously if it looks like coffee grounds in there and under the timing cover on the side, the plastic governor ring is wiped out or on its way out. In my experience of old junk that set around too long, if the metering valve is stuck, usually roughly 75 percent of the time I have found that the plungers will be stuck as well. The pump would have to be disassembled to free those up. Ross
  11. When I worked at a construction dealer in the weld shop, I took part along with the other welder replacing the spade nose cutting edge on a quarry bucket for a Cat 992 loader. That appears to be a 994 in the above picture, but a 992 is a good sized machine as well. I believe it was a 19yd bucket. It's been a few years, but if I remember correctly, the bucket I welded on was 22 feet wide. The replacement spade nose edge was 4" thick, about a foot or so front to rear on each end, and tapering to about 3' front to rear in the middle, the "spade". This was a limestone quarry machine and had full chains as well. We burned a ton of gas cutting the old edge out and tapering the rear of the new edge and the bucket where it would join to get good penetration. When we were done with the tapering and fitting, we had a gap 4 inches deep and 4 inches wide to fill. Had to preheat the cutting edge to weld it so the weld would penetrate and hold, otherwise the weld will usually pull right off the surface of a GOOD cutting edge properly hardened. Also took a lot of gas to preheat that edge to 8 or 900 degrees or whatever it was to get the weld to bond. Used a LOT of 1/16" duo shield wire in that bucket as well, spools, and spools, and spools of it. Once we got everything set up we never stopped welding on it until it was done. Once we got the welding done, we had to bore holes through the edge to bolt the wear plates to. At $400 each and an entire row of them across the front, it was quite a project as well, since now to bore the 1- 1/8" holes through the 4" thick cutting edge we actually had to spot heat the edge in every spot where a hole was to be drilled, to a certain degree where it would actually take the temper out of the edge to soften it enough to bore the holes through it. I think the replacement edge weighed around 3800 pounds. Been a few years, but I do have a few good memories of my days at the dealer and some of the welding jobs and other jobs that passed in front of me. Wish I had taken pictures now looking back. Broken, worn out body parts at a young age caused me to move along for something not as ruinous to the body.
  12. From what I was told by my co-worker who's father in law owns an auto salvage yard that deals in 10 year old, but mostly 5 old year and newer vehicles that the tailgate goes for $4500. Not for sure, but I believe that was the salvage yard price. It could have been the new price though, can't remember.
  13. I used to bowfish a lot. Spent many days and nights on a boat or wading, chasing fish. Used to shoot the Michigan State Bowfishing Championship every year for many years until I wrecked my knees and couldn't handle the miles of wading in waist deep water with a foot of muck at the bottom, especially while dragging a floating stringer of hundreds of pounds of fish. Bowfishing is how I got started into bowhunting for deer. You don't use sights while bowfishing, it's all instinctive shooting, no release, at least not for me. A lot of guys like recurve bows or stick bows for bowfishing for 'snap shots', but I never saw someone with a recurve or stick bow that could get arrows off the string any faster than I could with my compound. Mine has 80% let off, 74 pounds draw weight. My shooting buddy always shot his compound at 45 pounds. Problem with that was I could spool my entire retriever and still punch through a carp, sometimes 2 in a distanced spawn pool, while his would stick halfway through and pull out at half the distance. Those few pounds really make a big difference. He's kind of a skinny guy with small arms and he always said he could barely make the hundreds of shots a day at 45 let alone at 74 pounds. Once I got into bowhunting, I had everyone telling me what sights I needed and where to set them. I never could get the hang of the sights, or using a release, it caused me to always miss my shots and to jerk when I let the release go. I ditched the sights and the release and bowhunted shooting with my fingers and instinctively aiming. Nothing is better practice than a fish under 2-4 feet of water up to 75' away. Best weight my shooting partner and I ever did was 1100+ pounds of carp and gar in about 12 hours of shooting over 2 days. That's a lot of fish. Shot 50+ gar pike in about 2 hours one day, which included 7 doubles and 2 triples (three fish in one shot). It takes a lot of fish, and a good shot line up to get more than 2 fish with one shot. I always had people that didn't know my background tell me I wouldn't do any good at a 3d shoot without sights, but after they shot with me for a while, they figured out I could shoot as well as they could, quicker, without having to adjust or compensate with a sight pin. I know you were probably referring more so to deer hunting archery, but bowfishing is what archery is to me. I don't deer hunt at all any more, but my buddy and I have been talking about heading back to the state bowfishing tournament in the next year or 2 now that we have a lot of other guys we know that want to try it out.
  14. A few more junk food items and that looks like a cartload of stuff someone with a bridge card would have near me.
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