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  1. Good one Mike. Us Kiwis with our British heritage understand. A lovely talented lady
  2. No But it's an interesting angle hehehe
  3. Had 2. First one lasted 17months and moved out - it was an acrimonious split and I reckon the winners were the lawyers grrrr. 2nd one has hung in there for 31 yrs so I cant be too bad lol.
  4. Me too - esp when shes cold and cranking over. Come on girl come on!
  5. Freightliner owners was/is Daimler and they used an existing Merc Benz cab when the FL series trucks were introduced in the 90's. Saved oncrash tests etc when doing a new model and extended their ability to recovery costs on new models
  6. 8.3 Cummins was an option on these FL80' s so it is a factory swap
  7. Well done Mike. Its terrific country you are in. I use to tramp in Queen Charlotte sound many many years ago
  8. Cant complain over the scenery Mike - bloody marvelous
  9. 35desoto

    Music thread

    Mike - Did you stand at the end of your driveway as suggested by our lovely leaders? Or listen to the dawn service from the comfort of your house? We compromised and sat on the veranda watching the sun rise and listen to the national anthems Cheers Brett
  10. Lost our family farm to an Uncles divorce back in 85. All my Grandfathers hard work lost to some who hadn't done as many hard yards. May your nephew do well
  11. Mike - it was a blast down there. Gotta say the highlight was being entrusted with Martin's W4 plus meeting those two likely lads and Trevor, Martin's father. From a North Islanders point of view it was refreshing to enjoy a relaxed, laid back, interactive display without all the H+S bullshit overpowering the weekend. Its a credit to the Edendale Vintage Machinery club thats their efforts are so well co-ordinated and received by the public. I trust your local Nelson A+P Show was a success. Cheers Brett PS retiring??/ My dad retired at 87.5 yrs - worked for the Railways for 70 years but thats another story in its self
  12. Thanks Mike With the projects I have at home I will have to lived till I am 150 - then retire LOL However work keeps interfering. The next show for me after Edendale is the Franklin Machinery boys display at Karaka in March Cheers Brett
  13. pussy cats are worldwide๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฃ
  14. Geez guys Im half a world away and I get it.
  15. Cheers Heath. My wife and I are flying into Dunedin Friday and taking a day touring down through Milton Roxborough and then to Queenstown, Lumsden and then into Gore for the night. So its up earlish to get to Edendale at a good time Saturday to see the two days though. Which tractor are you taking and the same for Martin? My mates reckon I'm a little unstable travelling from one end of NZ to the other to look at old farm machinery but this and my favourite swap meets keep me sane HAHA Brett Bombay Hills
  16. Are there any of our Red Power members in NZ going to this years Crankup at Edendale NZ? I'm heading back for my 3rd year and just keep loving it. It's not the same layout due to road realignment but the range of farm machinery and the camadraire of all there is hard to beat. I mucked around whether to go about 5 yrs ago and regret not going sooner. Last year I was asked to help crew a steam traction engine and boy what a blast. Cheers Brett
  17. 35desoto

    Australian fires

    https://www.theland.com.au/story/6496579/climate-change-doesnt-cause-fires/?cs=4951&fbclid=IwAR09eap7jR5NdvuHh9T3hZIKwnzRnP8lrIcCeViBcVFMGC5zZQGaBh2vZAQ My daughter sent me this link and its a bloody good read. Basically its saying that some of these fires were avoidable. Also the Aborigine's knew that this management approach was not the right way however their words were not heeded and now everyone is suffering accordingly. I bet this is never made public.
  18. Sorry for the slow response. I would have to say I was disappointed and if I had read it at a book shop I would not have bought it. In saying that I am not going to get rid of it as it does have a place in explaining/outlining some of the history to IH
  19. We have a 2012 Kia Sportage. Got the wife into it after quite a bit of shopping around and I can't get her out of it. Serves us well and so far I've only had to change the spark plugs. It's even been used to feed hay out seeing it's got 4wd lol Brett
  20. All too true regarding any one travelling - make it home safe! It's better to be a bit late than dead on time
  21. Neat - a good way to up cycle ๐Ÿ˜
  22. Good compression is one of the basic necessities of a diesel engine however before we dismiss your compression as being OK what was the reading ? For you to say "Compression is OK" suggests someone has taken a compression reading and this fact will greatly assist in the next steps or decisions over what can be done. IF the compression is still up where it should be then the engine theoretically is good subject to the rest of the bearing and such being in keeping with the overall condition of the engine. Good compression equals good "firing' or ignition of the fuel. Low compression results in poor or non ignition of the diesel. By the sounds of it, if the compression is good, we have eliminated one point that could be causing your problem. All we have to do is find the culprit :-) ๐Ÿ˜ Cheers Brett
  23. Here in New Zealand it's a priviledge to have a firearms license. We do not have a constitution like the USA so no second amendment. It puts a totally different perspective on the argument. Unless you live here and understand our lifestyle it's a moot point. It's the same for some of us looking into the USA. We have not lived by your history nor your rules - it is hard to maintain the same perspective or outlook on life. For all our faults we don't do too bad for a small nation in the South Pacific.
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