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  1. I’m always on that quest for a better tire.  Here’s a set of Michelin LT/X AT….oem on a ‘19 superduty….28,700 on them, and I sure wouldn’t drive them in the snow.  Up against a Firestone XT of the same size 

     

    Holy molly "stronger800", thats a lot of wear for a Michelin with only 28,700 miles. That is nothing like the reputation Michelin has for tread wear. Given the choice between the 2 at new I'd opt for the Firestone, especially since Michelin would cost appreciably more at the get go. And I'll bet the more aggressive tread design performs much better in all situations and will give at least close to equal tread wear. Perhaps even better, than a comparable Michelin. 

  2. Ifn you ain't by this age, on somebodys list, where you been? Better get with it, time and daylights a burnin. I've been on so many list I can't count em all. I've even made my own S**t list. 😂

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  3. For what it's worth I had my 2003 Jeep Wrangler stock Goodyear tires having better traction at 80,000 miles than a brand new set of Toyo's similar tread design. Their compound is to hard, especially in snow.

    Recently replaced tires on my 05 dodge 3500 with General A/Tx and they appear pretty good. Just a wee bit harder riding. Toss up between them and Pirelli Scorpions same tread. The tires I replaced were BF Goordrich AT, but were a full $100 per tire cheaper with the same warranty. I also like the Firestone XT "stronger800" shows. Everybody's got their own parameters and preferences and criteria they need to meet. Whatever you choose, you'll probably not like em anyway and the search for the ideal tire will continue, so ya might as well throw all the candidates in a hat, reach in and pick one, chances are it'll be wrong too. Better yet, let your dog pick out a set, then you can kick him around the house and blame him.

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  4. I still got 1 ft. of snow inna yard and covering the fields. Wee bit of a slow melt off this year. But down the mountain, Yup, Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I'm a wondering where my scissors iz. Last I seen em they was run-in through da house lookin for some eyes to poke out. 🤪

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  5. Honestly will say that I don't mind auctions, especially Auto and Machinery (all types). But I've gotta say I will never ever again buy at an auction. People tend to lose their minds at auctions paying way more than it's worth cause subconsciously they are keeping somebody else from getting something they "Want" as opposed to "Need". And how many out there of the active bidders are actually just bidding to run the price up, for whatever reason? Not always but generally speaking this seems to happen more often than not. Auctions, by their nature are about Want's and not Needs.

     In my limited experience, I've generally been able to get something from a dealer, by offering less than the asking price, but not so low they can't make a profit. And if you got a pocketful of cash, guess who's king? Money in hand speaks with a mighty voice, credit speaks with forked tongue. So you can end up with what you were after, at what you could afford, the dealer is very happy cause he sold what you now have at a loss cause he had to sell it for parts.  As Sgt. Schultz says, I know nutting.... And the world is a happy place.

      

  6. There is still an interest in steam powered everything and I can see how it can be a viable transportation source when they realize the Green New Dealio is more of a utopia pipe dream than anything else. 

    From the WSJ Commodities report 3/21/22 EV/Battery reoprt;

                                                                                                                Ask.         Last.    1 yr ago

    BMI Lithium Carbonate, EXW China, =99.2% - V,K - - 76700 76700 12625
    BMI Lithium Hydroxide, EXW China, =56.5% - V,K - - 71825 71825 9625
    BMI Cobalt sulphate, EXW China, >20.5% - V,M - - 17729 17729 13485
    BMI Nickel Sulphate, EXW China, >22% - V,M - - 6479 6479 5270
    BMI Flake Graphite, FOB China, -100 Mesh, 94-95% - V,M - - 685 685 550

     

    As you can see, the batts for the lectric cars are now going to be prohibitive to manufacture. All batts not of the lead acid variety require these and or other elements.

    And as I was saying, the more I learn about steam the more light is shown upon the resurgence and interest in modern steam propulsion. Just one example

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NPpelLCIkk

     I have been noticing through browsing the old antique tractors and steam eng. sites looking for info there seems to be more and more young people showing up and having an interest in this old machinery. So there is hope for our world yet apparently. But I do think modern steam usage has some viable uses in our world.

    All in all tough, we cannot live in a modern society without the use of energy in one form or another. Grade school physics says that you cannot make one form of energy into another more useable form of energy, without the process using energy. IE: You got the lunch, now pay up, it ain't free. Unlike the Utopian world zero emissions pushers would like you to believe. 

     

  7. Hmmmm. I say Hmmmmm. Ya'll remember the Exxon Valdez and the fiasco it created awhile back? Well I'm suspecting here that this Co-incidence just may be a result of the Joe Hazelwood School of Navigation. Ya remember that he was the captain of the Exxon Valdez allowed to drive a supertanker whilst also being deprived of his New York (figures) driver license for drunk driving. Hmmmmm you say! Ya'll also remember that his (latest I heard) gig was teaching navigation somewhere after Exxon told him to just "go away Joe". Co-inky-dink? Hmmmmm. Sorta make ya wonder eh!😁 But then again they are a lot like cars, there's a lot of em, even if the ocean is a big place. How many are on the seas at any given point in time? Roughly 38,000 plus or minus a few hundred. 

     

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-every-ship-real-time/

  8. From my experience with situations like this is that stuff like that will last for quite awhile, then all of a sudden fail. the pictures of the wear & pitting look to me like a classic case of a failed hardening of the gear. The surface and wear points are hardened leaving the metal underneath softer to allow for shock & impact, much as a good knife is hardened on the edge with the back and interior metal being a bit softer to allow for flexibility or the entire thing shatters. Although not often, the hardening does occasionally wear out or off if it was not hardened exactly right. This appears to be a classic of hardness failure. When gears are right they both should show an equal amount of wear.

     The remedy is to replace all the worn gears before they dissemble themselves and knock out all the bearings and the case as well. Also known as all gone ka-fluey.☹️

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    On 3/11/2022 at 9:43 AM, Absent Minded Farmer said:

    What is rotational pH? I'm going to venture a guess that it has something to do with crop rotation, but what exactly?

    Thanks!

    Mike

    That link didn't work for me, but whaddevah.

    I'm guessing you're right in that it has to do with crop rotation. I'm just guessing here but soil PH is either acidic or alkaline. Some crops push it one way or the other and if its to much one way or the other your rotation crop, and fertilizer input, should push it the way it needs to be for optimum soil PH. That's why soil samples are actually somewhat important. That would make sense to me, but then whaddaeyeknow.

    There is a program on RFD TV (Dish channel 231) called "AG PHD" that covers a lot of this type stuff as well as fertilizers, herbicides, etc. Pretty interesting but they move so fast I get lost. Lots. Penn State has good info and I'm sure other universities do as well. I do know that optimum soil makeup can make or break your crop harvest what ever crop you have planted. Maybe check with your state university Ag Extension office for a sounding board or further info. 

  10. 5 hours ago, Matt Kirsch said:

    Doesn't the not HAVING to fix it outweigh the not being able to fix it?

    If it's not breaking down on you all the time why do you feel you need to be able to fix it? You don't fix what isn't broken.

    Besides, with a $40 code scanner and the Internet, 95% of the second half of your statement here goes away.

    Much truth in your statement Matt. Guess when it comes down to it, like you have your things you like fiddling with, whatever they are, I'm kinda a gear head and like fiddling with machinery of all types. If I got machinery that doesn't at least need some sort of maintenance or fiddling with, I don't have much to do. Which leaves to much time spent in bars, hanging on the street, conversing with the wrong crowd, associating with more "sewer" related interests. In short, I get bored. But to top it off, without all that fixing and fiddling, and tinkering, we wouldn't have the high tech stuff we have now. Remember the progress in the automotive industry as a whole was driven primarily by the moonshiners and infant racing crowd and still is, although not the shiners so much anymore. Innovation is driven to a large degree by someones needs. But whaddaheyeknow! 🙃

  11. 3 hours ago, Matt Kirsch said:

    But you HAD to patch it up... That's the difference. Those old cars of the 50's 60's 70's would leave you on the side of the road guaranteed.

    When is the last time your vehicle made in the last 30 years has left you on the side of the road, stranded? I'm not talking limp mode or throwing a code. Those will still get you where you need to go. I'm talking engine quits, won't start, needs a tow.

    Last time it happened to me was with a 1997 Chevy truck, in 2002.

     

    Why yes Matt I HAD to fix it. But at least I could fix it. Unlike those today where you need a computer to tell you what needs fixing and then a 3 year tech degree to decipher the codes and an electronics degree to replace the broken relays. and al it was w to begin with was a loose belt causing overheating, which gave the puter convulsions.

    I'm not saying the modern stuff isn't better, it is in multiple ways, it's simply much more complicated than it needs to be getting from point A to point B. A horse, donkey, oxen & cart or a mule, even your feet will get there as well. The drawback of the horse, donkey, mule, oxen, ya gotta feed the buggers whether you use em or not. The car or truck, not so much. And either way you're gonna be feeding the engine driving the feet. 

  12. Some pretty amazing engineering way back when. Exhaust lift is a form of hydraulic lift only using gas instead of oil. I have seen water lifts using the weight of the water itself to lift water higher than its source, using a similar principle. Can't explain exactly how it works but watched it do its thing. Sure nuff, water raised itself, although it took a fair bit of time.

  13. Best of luck with your resume, as I call it, your score card. I sure am glad I 'm not "having" to search for jobs these days. I seriously doubt if I could stand the BS you have to deal with anymore. With all the woke and social justice garbage running everybody's show anymore.

    I have run through a few different careers, from Commercial driver to self employed to wrench bender to offshore oil field spill cleanup. In my driving career went from asking if an outfit had any openings, driving test, hired, to resume showing 3+ million and unlimited endorsements from tankers to 11 axle heavy haul triples on a resume and not hired cause I hadn't driven in a year, they would rather have someone fresh out of driving school. 4-5 page resume and having to go through 4 different interviews, all while knowing stuff about all sorts of boats, bikes, airplanes, tanks and heavy equip mechanics. Shoulda got out of High school and been a farmer all along, but nooooooo, I hadda follow the dream. 

    So in the course I've made and lost fortunes, spent all my money on Cars, Trucks, Airplanes, Bikes, Boats, Booze, Tractors, and Women. The rest I just wasted. And here I am again, trying my best to play at this farming thing. 

    Good luck to all of you out there playing at this job required stuff. Seems it's getting harder and harder all the time. Or is just that fewer and fewer seem to want to actually work anymore. I'm dreading what this round if inflation is bringing. 

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  14. My throughs are that if you've already planted it, if the price of heat holds, and indications are with the state of Ukraine and wheat availability being a mite short, feel the wheat and bale or turn under the leftover and sell the straw.

    I still got 1 ft of snow on the ground and am planning on wheat planting. But that depends on where the price of fuel etc. is in another month. May have to just call it a day and go fishin.

    But that's just my $.03 cents worth, inflation ya know. Not that my opinion is actually worth that much. If I didn't make bad decisions I wouldn't be making any at all.

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  15. Ahh yes bring back those magical years of the 50's & 60's early 70's. Things started getting all wonky mid 70's onwards with lathe lectric controlled stuff. Used to be you could patch it up enough to get home with a crescent, hammer, screwdrivers and a pair of pliers. I remember replacing the fuel pump diaphragm with a piece of inner tube. & some tie wire. It worked mostly. Now you not only need the wrench turners but the entire tech dept as well. Air conditioning was 2- 60 and the heater was the valve toilet hot water flow to the inner radiator and power steering was by Armstrong.

    I just watched a Mecum Auto Auction selling many famous cars. One was the 1965 Shelby GT driven by Ken Miles, restored. Went for a mere 3 mil. Now try doing that and instilling inspiration and excitement with a lectric car. 😝 Yeah, that'll really get your heart pumping eh!

  16. On 3/10/2022 at 12:01 PM, mike newman said:

    ...just be pleased you are not living in New Zealand......the South Pacific  equivalent to Venezuela  , that place of hope  and serene happiness.....the bunch of imbecelic non entities running our outfit   have created fiscal mayhem ....Petrol is now north of    $12.00    equivalent  of US Gallon...New Zealand has huge oil reserves ...and natural gas....so the Govt is shutting  down our oil refinery in April.....in a brilliant strategical move..and capped the wells...

    New Zealand produces enough tucker to feed  Forty Million   people  per year...(Yes..Forty Million ...exported all over the Globe )....but some how our domestic food prices are like climbing like you wouldn't believe...

    One way to save feul /energy prices climbing would be to never cast a vote for Socialists or Democraps...

    Mike

    I feel for ya Mike, I really do. I did not realize NZ had any oil reserves or Nat gas. And yet you folks down under seem to do the same as we up here do, we keep voting these imbeciles into positions of power and pay then to cater to those that don't contribute one whit to the betterment of a civilization. Cause they intend to save the world. For what I haven't been able to get out of them yet, cause if we aren't around to enjoy it all. What's the point? But no worries, we only got another 10-12 years left and it'll all be moot point. Stay well amigo.

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  17. Ifn you're wondering  if you lost you mind on your purchase, never fear, I found it. Right there next to the rock pile "Found On Road Dead". 😁 But then I searched out back of my woodpile and came up with a engine replacement for ya. Trick is ya might have to lengthen out the hood just a wee bit..🤣

     

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    whaddahyathink. should I sign ya up for one?

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  18. 5 hours ago, yellowrosefarm said:

    That's the truth. My 98 currently needs a new dash, headliner, wiring fixed for the oil pressure sender, the door lock rod put back on and another drag link soon.

    Yeah, thats the problem with all this new fangled "plastic" crap. Back when the dash and everything but the headliner was made from actual steel, only the gauges would break, and you could always weld on, or patch, a new piece of steel in the dash. The old style oil gauges, and they are still available, using the pressure tube straight out of the oil galley reading directly from the pressure the pump was putting out were bulletproof. No sending unit or wire to fail, if the copper tube got kinked, replace it, or the fitting leaked, replace it. Only the wearing out parts would wear out, and they could all be replaced. If there aren't any new plastic parts available you're pretty much out of luck with repairing anything. I'm afraid that this dealio we call progress isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sure I like some of the niceties of the modern world, but mostly all I see is tradeoff from one failure to the prospect of even more failures. The more complicated our world becomes, the more failures we will experience. After all, If you consider the lowly wheel, well, it started out round and ain't been improved upon in how many centuries now? It's still round ain't it!

     And if we continue down this path we're presently on we'll all be learning how to farm with horses again. It ain't that I don't like or appreciate horses, I don't have the temperament for em, it's just that I like tractors better. Kinda Like kids, if they're around ya gotta feed the buggers. Tractors, not so much.😆

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  19. To plant or not to plant if you are in the Ukraine! Interesting question and brings home the point throughout the world of our food supply and it's dependent nature on all fronts. Weather, crop prices, availability and costs of fertilizer, herbicides, fuel. Then factor in the cost of machinery for planting, harvest, spraying, crop drying, storage, transportation and numerous other incidental costs and factors involved.  

     Already I've read of countries throughout limiting and outright prohibiting the export of their grains and food supplies. Saving what little they have for themselves as many countries are dependent upon imports of grains etc. for their very survival.

    I've read that the Ukraine produces approx. 25% of the worlds grain supply. All in all this a huge amount, and will most definitely make a dent in the supply worldwide. Although Ukraine at present is in the hot seat, if you are not in the direct line of fire in Ukraine, I believe if you are in a grain or food producing occupation you would be pretty much left alone until things heat up more than at present. All European countries have reliance on the "Ukraine Bread Basket". It will only, and it's been done in the relatively recent past, becomes an issue when food starts to be used as a weapon. When it does become a weapon those using it will need a food supplyy from another source.

    With the current sources of fuel, fertilizer, herbicides, etc. etc. becoming short worldwide, those alternate food sources will dry up sooner rather than later. Russia & Ukraine produce a huge amount of fertilizer and other products used in food production worldwide. If it was me, and I had the necessary part of this equation all together I would press on and pray for the best. But I tend to focus on what I need to do for muuy survival and those near and dear to me and ignore things out of my control. Sort of like acting locally affecting the bigger picture.

     But then when you get right to the heart of the matter right here at home, as I'm just getting this fiasco of mine up and running, due to the excessively increasing costs of everything I may end up putting the entire show on hold and spend my days fishing for non-existent fish. Cause all the enviros say we need to save water for fish or there is some already extinct frog trying to make a comeback or some other ill thought out nonsense.

    And then to top it all off, ya'll got Chinklandistan to deal with. It all makes my head hurt.  

     

     

  20. The cummins eng family has been one of the most reliable engines of all time. I've driven commercial with them as primary power for well over 3-1/2 million miles, worked on, rebuilt, and maintained them for countless hours. I have friends with 05 version of the 5.9 with over 400,000 and a dealer I used to frequent told of a few trade ins with over 525,000 that there was absolutely nothing wrong with, they simply wanted a new truck. The trucks they re in fall apart faster than the engines do.

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  21. I for one detest being chinesium anything, but often di=ue to "finances" or availability am forced use harbor freight items. I tend to go through a fair amount of cutoff wheels so have played with the different brands. any of the chinesium brands seem to wear at about twice the rate of DeFault and Forney. Another brand that does reasonable service is the Diablo brand. All those are readily available where I'm at and some other brands available at the local gas supplier which I only visit on occasion.

     I've found that you spend the same amount of money cheap chinesium vs other more spendy stuff.  

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  22. I've learned that for a fabricator it's almost a no brainer when you have a copy to work from. Where they earn their keep is imagineering whats needed from nothing but an idea.

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  23. Oh man, you've taken on quite the project. I don't bend in the right places to do a lot of what that's going to require. And as you say, there isn't anywhere you can push on anything without cracking some plastic.

    My favorite truck of all time was a "48" 1 ton Dodge, flathead six and an unsynchroed 4 banger box. There was dang little you couldn't fix with ridiculous ease. And it still got you from point A to point B. At least once a month I wish I still had it.

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