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  1. We had Michelins on E250. They were a highway tire maintenance records showed close to 100k before replacement but you would get stuck on a drop of dew on grass. Had to use it in the winter so replaced with Michelin semi coarse all weather they were very good in snow, rain etc. no more stuck on dew drops. These were 16" 8or 10 ply tires. just depends on what you need to do. Tread wear and traction are polar opposites.  

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  2. I have Kennedy boxes I bought in 1971 that I still use. They withstood being in the service truck and still work good. I had brown ones and got some used red ones later on to add more storage when they were just all in shop.

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  3. On 1/18/2024 at 1:08 PM, int 504 said:

    That's the one. Swivel head ratchets have been around for a long time. I have a Williams that I bought in the 70's and replaced guts once that is all worn out that has a straight handle.

    Checked today and my two have the handle the other way. I suppose you could pull the pin and flip whichever way you want.

  4. I've just welded some ears in the bottom back of the bucket to mount the plow arms of the older style snow plows. You can get fancy and hook up the angle cyls to remotes and sometimes a strut from top of bucket to plow a frame so you can use down pressure. Some weights for wheels or a counterweight on 3 pt. You can back drag away from doors. Tire chains are almost a must.

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  5. 9 hours ago, IHKeith said:

    I’ve been working on replacing an engine in a 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan.  The new used engine that the customer supplied came stripped down more than I have ever seen, usually they come fairly complete with all the sensors, coils and wiring intact, this one was pretty much a long block.  It was even missing the crank pulley, bolt and key.  Was supposed to be just pulled from a running van.  

    I got the old engine out and bolted the new engine to the transmission and cradle, before I changed the timing belt I put the crank pulley on to check the timing and verify that the engine turned over several crankshaft revolutions and get an indication that it had compression.  It’s an interference engine so I figured that would be prudent before installing the new timing set.  I had no doubts but I was wrong.  The engine wouldn’t make a full crankshaft revolution without binding up.  Went to remove the spark plugs and found that one was missing.  Looked down in the cylinders with a camera to verify that the valves weren’t contacting the piston and the cylinder with the missing spark plug is corroded bad.  I don’t have much trust in the story that the engine was just pulled.  I should have looked it over better beforehand and had more doubts about it given it’s stripped and unprotected state vs how used engines usually are packaged.


    I filled the corroded cylinder with a mixture of ATF and other lubricants, hopefully I can clean it up, it is sure less than ideal.  If I had noticed the missing spark plug and checked it with the camera before removing the old engine I would be potentially further ahead.  I would have changed the timing belt before removing the old engine if the new engine had the crank pulley and key.  

    Another lesson learned and experience gained.





    Sounds like a core credit engine.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Rick G. said:

    These new trucks look dorky as h-ll. Not to mention the comments above regarding how to change a tire out there in the real world?

    On top of that, the low hanging skirts on those trucks AND trailers are going to hang up and get torn off going over high spots on the roads, or like going over raised inclines at railroad crossings. Stupid. 


    Reminds me of the despised "bathtub" enclosures on Triumph motorcycles in the late fifties early sixties. They did not sell well in the US. Most of them were removed and scrapped. Replaced with normal fenders and side covers.

  7. On 12/31/2023 at 8:46 PM, jeeper61 said:

    Happy New Year everyone!!

    I hope the new year brings us all health and a wealth of old photos 

    Run across this one on FB

    1914 Mack Chain drive 

    Now the question is what kind of tank and whose soldiers are those?



    The tank appears to be a 6 Ton or M 1917. These were French Renaults but called M 1917 in US service. I would guess US Army for the soldiers. The guy on top with the campaign hat and the tall boots and riding pants are probably cavalry gear. 

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  8. On 1/10/2024 at 1:17 PM, yellowrosefarm said:

    Does she get those little ice balls between her toes? My Collies get frustrated real fast when that starts happening. I've wondered if shaving out around the paw pads would help.

    Our dogs, German Shepherds, Huskies, Newfoundland would just lay down and chew them out then keep on going.

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  9. Years ago we were moving the weight on a vibrating screen and my boss the Preventive Maintenance Foreman asked what we were doing? and what did that thing do anyway? He had visions of taking over the crushing operations I guess that were run by an old guy who probably started out breaking rocks with a hammer at 14 or so as so many of the old guys had. I told him I didn't know he should ask the crusher boss. I was transferred out to my usual road job. We got a screen in for sand and gravel and the screen man told me the PMF had screwed the whole crusher operation up. Who would have guessed?    

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