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  1. I think the contrast in it now actually looks pretty cool! Better than just a bunch of the same ugly colored boards. Ross
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Does that mud make controlling the tractor pretty squirrelly?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Love to have a 1466, but they are never that cheap around here. That would be listed for $12,500 around here
  9. I'm thinking twp guy is bs-ing you. Unless those are some huge fancy signs, the aluminum signs and a post are very cheap. We use them on each side of an intersection as well when we are going to chip seal a road. Don't have to use them, but it sure cuts down on liability for idiots that drive through/around/past your type 3 road closed barricades and behind the tack truck, then want you to pay to remove the tar. Or the ones that drive 60 mph on the fresh stone when we have changed all the signs to 35 mph, then complain about stone chips. Fine, let's not fix or maintain this road at all, see if the money to pave it is there when it's a total piece of sheet.
  10. Call it an lgbtq hole. Lots of different uses for that hole. (Did I miss any letter abbreviations?). Idiots.
  11. At the scrapyard in the torch row, they have this Continental GD193 diesel engine in a genset. It is stuck, but knowing most gensets it probably has low hours (forgot to look). It is extremely clean, but it's hard to say anything of its actual internal condition. They are asking $250 for it, but I think I can get it for less than that. Would it be worth it just to part out? Ross
  12. Thanks guys! And I have a parts MD, but I couldn't find it when I looked for it a couple months ago. I was looking for it solely to try it out to see if it would work on this 450. I'm pretty sure I GAVE that dang shaft to a guy that had an MD that had the steering shafts bent when a storm blew the barn on his tractor. Dangit. Thanks again Ross
  13. I've got a 450 Row Crop gas. It has a Behlen power steering unit on it that needs to be gone through. It needs to be shimmed to it to steer the same both ways. It steers real nice one way, and you're fighting the power steering the other way. I know that the spool needs to be adjusted by shimming it with gaskets. Right now I don't have time to take the valve off the tractor 5 or 10 times to keep readjusting the amount of gaskets to get the spool shimmed correctly, so I just want to find the correct straight steering worm shaft without power steering so I can move it around without fighting it until I get time to get the power steering right. I looked on the Case IH website, and there are 4 different shafts listed, 2 for propane applications. The other 2 I can't seem to make heads or tails of what the difference between them is. So, I want to see if I can locate a used shaft to stick in there, but want to know what to ask for. Will one for an M or a 400 work? Or does it specifically have to be from a 450 without power steering? Any insight would be appreciated. Ross
  14. I do the same thing...
  15. Get off the phone and get back to the date or you'll have plenty of time later tonight to look for that bulletin!
  16. RBootsMI

    Hot Magnum

    I don't know for sure, but with that amount of wiring, they may just want to use a new harness instead of splicing when they rebuild that one Ross
  17. So where would you get a spool of wire that would fit and work correctly in a baler now days? Ross
  18. Love the tires on it, they just seem to 'fit' the look of that tractor. Sharp tractor by the way! Love those widefronts
  19. I have 25,000 acres of swamp behind/along my house, we have tons and tons of snappers around here. You'll usually see a couple on the highway a couple miles away where it crosses a big wetland near my house. They are always crossing the pavement there and getting run over. And I've seen people hit them on purpose and people that must not have been paying attention hit them as well. I don't know why you'd want to, it'd be like hitting a rock. I have to keep a watch out this time of the year for them, as the dog likes to go investigate what it is that's crawling across her yard, and will get too close. Luckily she hasn't been bit yet. Neighbor always wanted me to call him when I saw one so he could butcher them, but I just let them do their thing and I do mine. I've seen some really massively large ones at times. A lot of times they'll usually be about 14-16" across their shell, sometimes you'll see one 18" across or so, and I've seen I think only one that was near 24" across the shell a few years ago. That is a really large turtle up close!!
  20. I had a lady pull out in front of me when I was headed through town one day. Pretty busy road, I was doing about 50 through there, can't remember if the speed limit is 45 or 50, but a lady decided to pull right out in front of me from a parking lot drive. My first instinct was to not slam into the back of her and end up in front of her and being run over. So I grabbed the brakes as hard as I could, but I must have been much too hard on the fronts in my panic stop. I went over the top. I don't think 2 seconds had passed from her pulling in front of me to me leaving the motorcycle. I remember sliding down the pavement on my knees in a kneeling position before rolling onto my back and watching the bike sliding on its side off to my right and slamming into a curb before flopping up over it. The lady kept going, totally unaware she had just turned my knees and back into gravel stone encrusted hamburger. My knees were ground off to the bone in about a 2 1/2" circle, and my back was literally skinless from my neck halfway down to the small of my back. Some people stopped and asked if I was ok and if I wanted a ride to the hospital, but nothing appeared to be broken so I declined. I got over to the bike, the wheels were still round, and it was all there in a scraped, bent up pieces, mess. It started back up after cranking a bit, smoked like a freight train for a bit, then I rode it to my girlfriend's house. She pulled the fabric and stones out of the meat and poured an entire bottle of peroxide on my back and knees. Wow was that horrible. It took about a month and a half to get the skin to grow back, and I'm lucky I didn't get some sort of infection. It really wrecked my knees though as I found out I couldn't get around very well, very painful for a couple years until I had them fixed. Now days I just ride around the farm on my dirt bike, and ride my enduro to the other farm on the back roads. Too many deer around here anymore in the day time let alone at dusk/night/dawn to be riding much at those times. Too many crazies texting on the main roads to ride on those very safely, and I'm the only supporter of my family, so I take it easy now days compared to the past. Glad you're alright, you never know when you're gonna cheat death or injury. Ross
  21. Seals from a hydraulic shop are about $60, compared to the $175 I think IH wants for a kit. Done both of our 86's and our 1066 with hydraulic shop seals. Work good, cheaper. Do you know how to get the retainer out that holds the 'head' on the cylinder? If not, there will be 2 holes in the end of the 'head' as I call it, and a slot on the side of the barrel just below the head, maybe half inch, 3/4" (?) down from the top. Clean out that little slot with some brakeclean or whatever, stick a snug fitting pin punches in one of the holes on the head, and then stick a screwdriver or what have you between the rod and the pin punch so you can turn the head. It won't usually turn too hard, don't marr up the rod. While turning it slowly, look in the slot in the side for the end of the retaining wire. When you see both ends of the retaining wire in the slot, gently lift the one end up with a pick or small screwdriver so it sticks up out of the slot. I can't remember for sure, but I think one end of the retaining wire has a little bit of a hook bent onto it. It's pretty flexible, but don't ruin it or you won't be able to reuse it. Once you have the end of the retaining wire lifted up out of the slot, turn the head with the screwdriver and it will walk the retaining ring out of there, then you can remove the head to reseal the entire cylinder.
  22. Check out the Paulding light.
  23. Lucky you, the numerous mega dairies around here have destroyed millions of dollars of paved and gravel roads. Can't stop them, right to farm has it covered. A township in the county I lived in tried to stop another from moving in after seeing the mess they bring along. It went to court, township was told they couldn't stop it, right to farm prevails. Mostly owned by foreigners with no respect for the things American tax dollars paid for.
  24. Here in MI, we got the big tax raise on registration along with the tax increase per gallon on gas and diesel at the same time. The registration fee increases were astronomical for most vehicles. That was just a couple (few?) years ago. Now they want to raise diesel and gas taxes an additional .45 a gallon. It would be hard to swallow if it went ONLY to the roads, but especially so since they also want to use it to shore up school funding as well. Along with that, the governor thinks too much money is spent on rural roads, I think it was about %50, which to me is about right. She wants to change it so most of the money goes to urban areas where all the traffic is. I pay my taxes, and I'll be damned if I have to pay so much more per gallon to spend most of it in areas I don't have to travel every day. How about this? You get everyone off welfare that isn't willing to work, or work the hours available to them, stop paying for family planning and fertility assistance for people on Medicaid, which in MI is not covered by regular insurance for actual working people, and have a few more investigations into disability abuse. Take care of that and I'll gladly pay the additional 45 cents a gallon on top of what we already pay. With a smile on my face even. But, if we got rid of the waste in that stuff, we'd have plenty of money to fix the roads without raising the tax. But it's unconstitutional to make someone work or take a drug test to get every part of their living costs paid for by the government. Can't pay my bills but have cable tv package and a $1000 I l phone, and the government takes care of the rest.... No one has any self reliance or responsibility anymore.
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