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Absent Minded Farmer

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  1. Oh! Got it! That looks easy enough & should hold good for my purposes. By the way, I was concerned you got lost or stuck. Beginning to worry about your safety, I contacted support & readied the rescue team. ;v) Thanks for your efforts! Mike
  2. Hmmmm..... Giant The first Star Wars Pink Flamingos Lawrence of Arabia Saturn 3 Ask again tomorrow & it might be different. Well.... except for the first three.... & maybe the 4th.... or the 2nd, 4th & 5th.... Giant definitely stays in 1st.... could we make it a top 10? How about 20? There's just toooo many excellent movies. :vD Giant is not going anywhere though. 😂 Mike
  3. If you get a chance, that would be great. If I don't hear from you.... I'll send in the Swedish bikini team with refreshments at least. Mike
  4. I like that idea & may go that route. Wonder how thick they make them? Those clips take a lot of punishment in tedder mode. Not looking to use it for that, but would like to have the option just in case. Mike
  5. I've always wanted to tackle the task of making iron & sand casting. That might be a possibility. As for skilled metal workers.... there are a few, but they charge other worldly prices. Anything they do around here is sold to the city slickers & suburbanites as art. There have been days where I was tempted to kick the farming addiction & get into scrap metal art. The issue is, I have a finite eye for art & the customers want nonsense. Don't think I can do the steam punk thing. Too disingenuous. There are also welding & fab shops, but they are usually booked solid for months to come. Mike
  6. I couldn't resist, my apologies sir. Mike
  7. Anyone out there know of a place.... or person that would be making the RA-3 stamped tooth clip for the McC-D three bar side rake & tedder? They do have some at the Depot, but at last check about a decade ago, they wanted $42 a piece for them. Would also go for the R-3 which was the early cast clip. That's what's on there now. Thanks, Mike
  8. Unless you are looking for a general overall view of the history of the railroads, you need to be more specific. Even for general information, do you want to know what the guy on the ground did or the brass in their lofty office? I recommend using the 'net to start a search. A good beginning would be the B&O. They were the oldest railroad in the United States & had roots back to 1826. Those early years searches will also bring up info on the canals that were abundant back then. All of which succumbed to the new rail system going in. That was due to either competition or the canal owners buying into the newly burgeoning rail system & abandoning their original endeavours. I digress.... I don't have any specific book on the broad history of railroads here in the US of A. Nor do I have a recommendation. But.... I can fill your ears (or his) all day on many subjects, though & advise on many a good book about them. If that's too annoying, I'll just shut up & point. Lol! Mike
  9. A leprechaun told me the gold is always at the other end. Mike
  10. I had an H with that wide front once. It is factory. Just hasn't been set back in the OP's pic. Mike
  11. The Italian shares are replacements. There's a good chance the numbers you would find on the back aren't going to be the old IH numbers. Most of the companies that make replacements will know what you have & can get you what you need. They're fairly common. Mike
  12. The flavor is great, but too much salt & too pricey for what they are. Mike
  13. All silliness aside, Happy B-day to Mike, JimInOz, craig966, & Red Man! May y'all celebrate many more! Mike
  14. Really?? Good Sir Ness is one of the finest & most accomplished platypus ridin' sheep herders in ALL of NZ.... & you're going to come limping back to the barn with.... with that?! Eeeegads, man! That is noooo way to serenade a man of such great stature & a true national treasure in the Kingdom of Kiwi! Now... I shall post only the finest for our young Mr. Ness. Kindest & warmest regards to our mate!!! Mike
  15. Now that is a bummer! Very sorry to hear of Scott's passing. Madson's was my go to place for old Cub Cadet parts. Was going to get a hold of them this winter to see if they had or could find a square deck for my original CC, as they could probably find one if there wasn't anything kicking around the shop. My best to Scott's family! As an aside.... I've been so happy with their service in the past, I made sure they had signage on my train layout. Really were great folks to deal with. Mike
  16. If that plug was any more stubborn, I might have. :v) Mike
  17. It fell of the shelf & landed behind the chair in the garage. At least it was safe. Lol! Mike
  18. Thank you! I'm quite surprised it came together like it did. Mike
  19. I tried that with my largest Vice Grips & the long bolt was the next size up. Of course there wasn't any threaded rod floating around that was the right size either. Lol! Mike
  20. Yep, safely stored on the floor behind my chair in the garage. Something must have bumped it off the shelf. Mike
  21. Finally got a little time after lunch to brainstorm & come up with some kind of idea as to how to pull that dumb thing out of there. Poked around & poked around & realized I don't have a slide hammer. So.... I made one. Found a really long bolt in a pile of misc. IH hardware. Dug around & came up with a chain idler from a 100 spreader. Added a couple washers, then drilled & tapped the old plug heater. Threaded my hillbilly slide hammer in there & had it out after several tugs. Now, the next thing to figure out is...... what the heck I did with the new block heater? Lol! Thanks again for everyone's help. Regards! Mike
  22. Many individual decals have 7 digit numbers. They're usually 27xxxxxR or 100xxxxR. On a side note, I've noticed since I got my 2444 that one thing the Depot does not have a lot of, is 30xxxxxR numbered UK parts. Mike
  23. That's what I'm wondering. How much of this strike is mandate related & being left out of the news? It could indeed be coincidence, of course, that the strike & proposed mandate happened at around the same time. Still curious though. Mike
  24. Your local dealer must have some pretty inept parts hounds. Messick's carries them & there's one at the Parts Depot. They aren't a $5 seal, but still available. Mike
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