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  1. Hardtail, that's what I talking of, there is enough room between the drum and the roller to clear the terminal gear (sliders, pear links and chokers). If the space is too tight, ugly things happen when some body forgets, and winds up the whole works.
  2. Used track rollers from a small dozer or excavator work just fine. Don't mount the roller much higher than needed, as the front of the machine will start to dance. have the top of the winch drum fairly close to the underside of your lower roller, leave room enough to pull the ground tackle through ( in case you leave the winch engaged )
  3. better to have and not need than to need and not have
  4. When you clean the saw dust from the air cleaner (you do this every time you get the saw ready to cut, don't you?), prime the engine with about a half teaspoonful of your mixed gas. Straight down the carburetor. Then set the choke at the 1/2 notch, and pull the cord. Mine (a stihl 046) starts first pull.
  5. Interesting Ollie. I am familiar with the 318 'Poly' engine . I had one in a 1965 Dodge c-500, nearly indestructible.
  6. E9 mack is a torque monster. Had a driver in a Superliner that would rip out clutch hubs.
  7. I had a few 3208's, I actually liked them. You could let them sit for months, then push the start button, I believe the second or third cylinder that came up on power stroke would fire. Engine didn't even need a full revolution to start.
  8. Is the last photo the dreaded 9 liter? only have heard that they were a problem, no direct experience.
  9. My experience with the 955 John Deere v8. Quarry loader with v8,(jd844) every other year or so, was in the shop for months with some major internal engine problem. We got tired of this after the second crankshaft. sourced a slightly smaller line 6, smooth sailing ever since. loader is now over 30 years old, and is still a reliable machine with over 20,000 hours.
  10. A number of manufacturers will make any ring you want. usually a sample and the finished bore size is all that they need.
  11. I believe this is the same loader I have on my 3400. At the bottom of the left side loader frame is an oil pickup that leads to the front pump. If you remove the bolts that hold the bottom to the frame, you will find a filter on the intake pipe. Replace the filter with a wire mesh strainer, as the suction filter lets the pump cavitate when the oil is cold. there is no other filter in the hydraulic system, but vane pumps are not that picky. All of the that era Ford utilities that I have seen use a Vickers balanced type vane pump. 265/75-16 mud and snow tires work well on the front.
  12. thanks. at 10 bucks for a 40 foot pipe it was tempting.
  13. That's why I ask, the guy is practically giving this stuff away, and I cant stand the idea of not being able to use an incredible bargain
  14. I am looking for some input on re purposing 6 inch aluminum irrigation pipe. Available not far from me is a large pile of pipe, farmer is now growing townhouses. I need drainage from my basement, the plan is to bury about 80 to 100 feet of pipe to make a sump drain come out at grade. Does any one here have an idea how long aluminum will last if buried and is in permanent contact with wet soil?
  15. If you are using the old Meyer square pin style plow frame, just weld a few "c" shaped mounts inside of the bucket, about a foot back from the front edge. This way you still have the spring trip on the snow plow, and you can raise blade to stack snow. If you are crafty, you can get the power angle plumbed to an auxiliary circuit. Had this on an old JD 300 "Landscapers Special" (clapped-out beater) years ago, worked well. keep the rear scraper blade, makes the tractor do double duty.
  16. Those who care enough for their "obsolete" technology to worry about lubricity, most likely also care enough to drain water from filter/ separators and change elements at a reasonable interval. It's a mind-set thing. A bit of howes or powerservice or even 2-stroke oil is just part of the ceremony created around the ancient engine designed to promote longevity. It is not a bad thing.
  17. not speaker blowing, but I burned out an amplifier on the intro to Dire Straits "Money For Nothing"
  18. Back around 1967 my kindergarten teacher had a pet skunk. it would roll up and sleep at her feet . i recall it had a fondness for nutterbutter cookies.
  19. Just plain old creeper. some people actually plant this as ground cover.
  20. Excellent little tractor, you will find them on craigslist and FB marketplace from time to time. I suggest getting a spare to break for parts. The earlier model, hd5 is mostly the same, save for the engine. Also, Hector Gemme has parts, I think he is on this forum. Treat the 344 buda motor like it is gold, as parts are almost as expensive.
  21. Here I go leading this in yet an other direction, Any clue how well a tractor can keep a pto generator at 60 cycles?
  22. Back when I would help out at a school mates dairy operation, a neighboring farm had an accident similar with a Harveststore silo. I think in that case CO2 was the culprit. Farming, Logging and Commercial fishing lead the most dangerous occupations. Truly sad happening.
  23. Crude Claude strikes again. I think the pan seat from the rider mower really makes this build stand out.
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