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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. UD 554

    The previous owner had left the lower radiator hose off it when he drained it, and the block and radiator were FULL of mouse nest, everywhere. I vacuumed it out, blew it out, rinsed it out, until I wasn't getting any more chunks of nest out. I wasn't sure why it got hot at first, until after I pulled the engine out. Running it must have dislodged more mouse nest that didn't come out after my initial cleaning, during which I had removed every external part of the cooling system and radiator. Anyway, it had some that must have worked loose that plugged up the thermostats. Kind of a sad way to go down. Ross
  2. UD 554

    I had one in a Galion 118 grader, ran pretty good, seemed to have lots of power. Then I accidentally got it hot and cracked a head so I pulled the engine and scrapped the grader. I took the injection pump and clutch off of it, and sold the engine to a guy in Utah. Don't know why I kept the injection pump, but I kept the clutch because I had it built with a heavy spring set and ceramic buttons and it only had about 5 hours on it and the guy couldn't use it for his application. Just sets in the back corner of my shop now. Pretty heavy engine too, had a good sound to it with the dual exhaust pipes
  3. Just missing air filters

    I've got boxes and boxes full of those IH filters like that from an old dealer. Hundreds of them. Still in the bags and boxes. Fuel filters, oil filters, hydraulic filters, etc. Not sure what I'll ever do with all of them.
  4. JD key

    I'm not for sure, but it seems like that looks sort of like an old motorcycle key I used to have. Been awhile, so it may have been different, but I can't remember. 60's motorcycle, can't even remember what kind, Honda maybe? Maybe I'm all wrong too...
  5. 66 series, cab or no cab?

    I like the deluxe cabs on the 66 series. The other aftermarket cabs don't do much for me though. Wish I could find a nice deluxe cab around here to replace the junky rusted out on my 1066.
  6. IH500 Pins and bushes.

    Call Industrial Tractor Parts. Give them your part numbers, they'll at least be able to tell you what machine those numbers fit, if not for sure tell you that they WILL fit your machine per your S/N. It'd be a real good idea to roughly measure your pin length and diameter and compare it to the ones in your kit. If there was an "IN" stamped in front of the part numbers you have, I could tell you that they were designed for an IH machine. Industrial Tractor Parts.com
  7. 450 Diesel project

    Nice looking tractors! I spent last winter going through my 450G last winter. Resealed everything on the engine except for the head gasket, resealed the entire hydraulic system front to rear, new TA, completely rewired it to 12 volt, Isolated the power steering to its own system, checked ALL of the bearings in the rear end, transmission, and TA housing, and replaced any that were bad. Then I resealed the entire rear end, transmission, TA housing, and PTO assy. I put a ton of work into making it a useable chore tractor, but have come to the realization that I love my 460D much more, and it will be much more useful, so I decided recently that I'm gonna sell my 450 come spring time. No reason to hang on to it to take up room in the already crowded barns, especially if it's not gonna get used. Besides, my first love is diesels anyway . Ross
  8. Why is this so mezmerizing to watch?

    Oh no, we have obstacles. I plow 80 miles of blacktop/gravel roads, so a pass up and down that road will make 160 miles a day. Stumps, catch basin, culverts. That's why it pays for each of us to know out areas. I can recall any part of my area if asked, by the house or landmark. It becomes very important when pushing drifted roads back when the ditches are blown over with snow and everything is covered. We use our trucks and one side of our Vee plows for that so it'll throw it up and over the drifts better than just a regular one way side plow. That and we use delineators wherever required to mark obstructions. Do what we can though, and on a heavy snow winter, we'll usually end up with one on its side pushing stuff back or in poor visibility.
  9. Why is this so mezmerizing to watch?

    Like this? No sideplow needed yet here, haven't had to put them on yet this winter. I need to roll 40-45 mph to get through my territory in a day though, which is required to be fully covered with 2 passes on each road each day it snows. I really try not to hit mailboxes though, makes me feel bad, but sometimes you misjudge distance or have someone that won't get over enough to let you get over or lift it in time, other times you just can't see them. I have seen mail fly when a box goes down, and I can't help but think if it was mine, or if there was something important in there. When I see that, if I have time, I try to gather it up and give it to the homeowner. What doesn't help is all the mailboxes held together with duct tape or baking twine on a 2"×2" or a rotted off 4"×4", if you cough on it, it'll fall over, but they know it will as soon as I go by. Policy is that if they bring it in, we will give them a standard steel replacement mailbox, and a 4"×4" post with a crossbar on it. I guess the government pays for everything else for a lot of the "barely standing" mailbox owners in my territory, so why shouldn't the government give them a mailbox to get their checks in?
  10. Why is this so mezmerizing to watch?

    He did get fired for that, probably wouldn't have if he hadn't posted the video. But, what was he supposed to do, wait while every one of the brain dead idiots that parked in the street shoveled off their car, then their driveway? Most cities have laws about parking on the street between certain dates or hours. People are just too stupid to realize their sh!t is in the way.
  11. chain saw compression release mod

    Of all the assigned saws at work, we had 2 guys that ended up with those EZ start pieces of junk after the boss thought it'd be a good idea to try them. They get used 8 hours a day once the roads are frozen, if it isn't snowing. We cut roadsides and dangerous trees all winter when we're not plowing snow. Those things were always broke, something always wrong with that specialized recoil. Then those guys were always borrowing everyone else's saw, hampering our crew's ability to get as much cut. One day on a 2 man crew, my saw was down, so we had to use his saw with the EZ start. We pulled it 3 times and the 3rd time it fired but didn't start. The 4th time I pulled it and as the rope came all the way out and felt something let go in there. It actually started that time, but the rope wouldn't wind in, so we wrapped it around the handle and tied it in a knot. Then we just let the saw run all day, let it idle over lunch, just made sure to not go too long between filling it with gas, while running of course. We got rid of both of those useless things soon after that, but I felt bad for the guys that had to use them as their everyday saw for the years they had them.
  12. Let's push snow in the dark, shall we?

    Been getting some snow in MI lately as well
  13. Set the parking brake on the MD for the last time

    Congrats on the retirement! But, holy b@lls, that's a sh!tload of buttons in there! And I get worried I can't figure out some old piece of crap with a few levers and knobs!
  14. Ih 674 hydraulic pribem

    When you changed the filters and fluid, was it full of parking brake lining, from someone forgetting to disengage the parking brake before driving it? Seems like there was a screen before the filters it would plug first. Can't remember for sure though.
  15. Let's just say that one of those did exist (not that stupid) but wasn't that wide front end the "old style" with the tie rods out front? Or were they available later on after the tie rods in rear came out? If that was an incorrect front end for the year of tractor, that will totally ruin the value of that super rare tractor!