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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. One time 25 years ago when out big tractor at the time, a 1066, was down with transmission trouble, I complained to my grandpa it took too long to plow with the 2, sometimes 3, 3 bottom 16" we were using trying to get everything turned over. Had one on a Farmall M, one on our IH 674, and the other one we only used if we had someone to run was either hooked to our Oliver 77, Super 88 or a different Farmall M. I was used to the 6-16's behind the 1066 moving a lot of dirt, and me being a younger fellow, thought that 3-16's we're mighty slow. My grandpa told me to quit my beechin', if I thought that was too slow, I should try plowing with an F12 on steel and a one bottom 12" plow, as he used to have to do. Said that it was way better than the horses that he used to have to use. Point taken.
  2. Here's my 5000, I bought it from the original owner, it was his cultivating tractor for seed beans of all types, had a front mount cultivator on it. 2,400 hours on it, it had been setting in a barn the last 16 years, started occasionally until the battery went bad 5 or 6 years ago. Since this picture was taken, I've taken the wore out 15.5-38s off the back and put new 16.9-38's on it and new 7.50-18s back on the front. I also flipped the wheels around so it's not so wide, and painted the rims while the tires were off. They had the front and rear tires loaded, you would not believe how heavy those 7.50-18s were to take off for as small as they are! A few gallons of fluid makes a big difference! It fits right in with the 4600 and 5600 we have here.
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    Same here, I bought it cheap, fixed a few things, handy little tractor for small chores, pulling firewood, moving wagons, dragging something out of the way that some idiot left in the way, etc. I put Powerstroke glow plugs in mine, starts right up.
  4. I'd say they brought pretty good money. Those bigger Fords of that style never brought a lot of money. They were great tractors, built well, kind of crude, but they were affordable. Still are. Now the smaller 2,3,4,5000, 600 series, and 610 and up series all bring good money usually since they are more of a utility or small row crop and not so cumbersome.
  5. Always loved the KT1150 after I worked on a loader that had a QSK19, then I couldn't get enough of them. Don't work on stuff for a living anymore, haven't ran across any in quite some time. They usually bring pretty big money.
  6. Since I've always been interested in the KT engine, but am too young to have been around in the era where the KTA1100 and 3408 were actually out on the road, what would a KT engine average for fuel mileage? Still feeding a lot of cubes even if pulling 40,000 in flat country. Always wanted to stuff one in an older truck. I think they're pretty hard to still find one in a truck unless you're specifically scouring for one.
  7. I've seen a lot of guys that will either buy a drum of bulk oil (just as I do), except they will either fill a crusty old bucket from the drum without cleaning it, or they'll buy a bucket of oil, remove the top so it will pour faster, then set the bucket of new oil in the corner with no lid so it can be used again later. And it always looks just like the strainer you're showing when I see it.
  8. I have a Shelter. It will hold 28" pieces. It heats my drafty old 2400 sq ft here in MI no problem. Has a blower, and draft inducer, hooked up to my thermostat. Worst is spring or fall when it's around 40-45 degrees, it only needs just a couple little pieces, or it's window opening time. But, even it it's 25 below out, I have no problem keeping it warm in here. I have it hooked to cold air returns in living room, and hooked into my ductwork that goes to every room, hallway, etc. Sure it can burn a lot of wood if it's really cold out outside and you fill it right up. But, I don't care how much wood it burns as long as it's toasty in my house, although for normal winter days, it's not bad at all for wood usage. Only heat my house with wood.
  9. If that's what it is, that would be awesome in a go cart or something I would think
  10. Jeff, the manifolds are regular manifolds on it, what I believe you are thinking is a water cooled manifold is the back of the mounting bracket for the propane regulator, and the big red hose is the propane feed line into the "carburetor?". Understand about looking at tiny pictures lol.
  11. I was poking around a nearby scrap yard a couple weeks ago, and saw this setting on a trailer. It caught my eye because it's a strange little transmission of some sort, but what would it be used for? It says Borg-Warner on the back of it. I don't know Chevy engines very well, but I'm pretty sure it is a 350 Chevy it is bolted up to. The other strange thing is that the engine this is bolted on is set up to run on propane. So what type of transmission is this and what was it used for?
  12. Manufacturer probably also trying to get away with cheapest, thinnest steel that will get past the construction requirements to save a buck.
  13. Yep, there was one up here in MI a couple months back on the govt auction site. I think it was a 78, and maybe a 3/4 ton? Could have been a one ton, either way it had single rear wheels. Had a regular pickup box on it yet. 13,000 miles, went for around $8500.
  14. Each fall I haul stuff for a friend from here in MI to TN and AL. Last fall I was pulling a set of doubles through Nashville, around 6 pm so it was pretty busy. There's a pretty good hill right there, where it's about 5 lanes wide. The fellow in front of me did almost exactly as you describe, missed a gear. I was following him, we were in the middle lane, I was moving right along. Next thing I know I'm stopped behind him halfway up this steep hill in a truck with a grabby clutch that was out of adjustment and didn't engage until right up at the top of the pedal. I wasn't heavy by our standards in MI, but I was right at the limit for TN, with cars stacked right up to the crash bar on my rear trailer. I have no problem, but coming to a dead stop on a steep hill with a car less than 2 feet behind me while driving an underpowered truck with a grabby clutch isn't my ideal favorite driving conditions. The fellow ahead of me kept rolling back closer and closer to me, but finally after 3 or 4 tries and a good cab jerk he got it moving again. I don't think he shifted it out of low range until he got over the crest.
  15. One thing to remember, when you take the test, keep an eye on every bridge or overpass you go under, and make a mental note of the clearance, until they ask. And they will. Maybe that's not part of it where you're at, but it is in MI. Also unsure if it's just a MI thing or not, and maybe it won't matter in your case, but if you test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, that's what you'll be restricted to, with a notation on your license. If you test in a manual transmission equipped vehicle, you'll obviously be covered for both. All of this happened well after I got my cdl, but supposedly in a manual you have to double clutch all shifts (who even does that anymore, this isn't 1975!?!) lol
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