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    30 IHC projects waiting--some completed

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  1. Jake.....this dosen't answer your question,. but 40 odd years ago, some classic looking ,conventional International Harvester trucks were imported into NZ....They were Right Hand Drive , 6x4 tractor units with a 549 cubic inch "V" engine.... Contracter very near where I lived, brought one....and put a three axle low bed on the back of it......When climbing one of our many hills, ...unloaded...it would spin the drivers , easily... It was really fine looking beast....very well powered for a ''gas pot'' ...but the down side was the petrol consumption... It suffered the ultimate humiliation.....it had a Caterpillar V8 Diesel engine, transplanted in place of the 549 ..... Mike
  2. Well, Gary...seems I got my wires crossed......or in this case .....my ''sheds crossed ''..........then you hit me with a bunch of ''Asian '' vehicles.....so I guess my ''reprimand ' has just lost any traction, it may have otherwise had......thus I will go back and hide under my rock....again... The old Model "T" looks good !! Mike
  3. ..more great photo's as per usual, Gary thankyou ..... ,,,However...re the above picture....it is easy to see that the picture is taken in Australia.....no mud in evidence......and those are ''eucalyptus'' trees in the background.... commonly called ''gum trees'' Now ..i have a ''gripe'' with you Gary....just a little gripe...but ...a gripe none the less... You post some incredible pictures from yesteryear...and some fascinating pictures of your seemingly, vast shed complex's....but...recently there was a picture of a Japanese car..."littering' one of your shed pictures.....I live in a little country ...littered with those Japanese cars.... I know they are excellent vehicles......but please Gary, in the future , try not to ''taint'' your wonderful ''IH tractors on a Montana Farm "' site, with Japanese cars ...OK ??.. Consider yourself severely reprimanded........ Thankyou Respectfully...Mike
  4. ..no worries......Jeff Sandhiller..........your shotgun purchase looks great....In the halcyon days when I had a dollar in my pocket ....and a nice big Australlian Ford Fairlane car with a V8 engine therein....and , at that time, no New Zealand Forest Service contracts that required Sunday work..(for early , early Monday morning log trucks )..there were three ""Trap / Skeet '' shooting ranges , within easy travelling distance.....either Saturday or Sunday...One particular ''range '' had a night shoot, once a month, on the Saturday late evening, into the night... Great fun..lot of different shotguns ..Italian shotguns were very expensive , back then,.,I guess today the cost would not be expensive.....it would be eye watering.... I had a Browning ,''double auto''..good little gun,.... then after a very lucrative Opossum skin season, I brought a Browning under /over..I was a reasonable shot.....the sort of bloke the top guys needed , to push them hard..to greater heights than I ever achieved.....but it was so much FUN...... ...just another memory , now.....and , even with reloading, trap / skeet got real expensive , after one got into the odd shoot off ....you could fire out 75 rounds on ''shoot offs ''..this after the preliminary blasting at clay birds ... Sold my under and over some years ago , to fund one of my many trips to the US of A .... Mike
  5. Sonny.....I would imagine a D 6 Caterpillar, for the $2500 , lower end price , that you suggested, would offer some serious refurbishing.......It would have to be about ready for the scrap heap......at least one can buy Cat parts...but the parts are not cheap !! Mike
  6. ..been pounding rocks, down here for about two months...Lance ......does that count..???.. Mike
  7. 1895 Winchester Russian Military Production ....7.62 x54mmR (on left of picture...) Jeff...I have a good keen young bloke pestering the heck out of me ,to buy the above rifle...It is quite rare in New Zealand..possibly even in the US any idea of its US value ??? I will never get anything like its US value, over here...I am aware of that !!!...but I imagine its possibly worth $5k US ?? I don't get the Rock Island Auction Catalogues any longer.... thus , right out of touch (as usual...!!!) with fire arm values..... Give me a clue !! ******** **** ah no, no Mike
  8. .......''old ratchet action boom sticks..'''????...in obsolete calibers.... Uhhmm I see....Gheez, sandpaper...just how low can you go....?? There are several ''Mike's "" on this fine forum......I assume however, that this latest attack on classic lever action repeating American made Firearms , is aimed , squarely , at me....and thus my love of these classic firearms is further ridiculed..... It is a very subjective issue.......and I have a philosophical overview of most firearms....except, of course ...the current craze for plastic ''leggo'' abominations, masquerading as ''boom sticks '' (Quote...)...although when the first flush of excitement wears thin...I guess the ''plastic leggo abominations " could be melted down and made into something useful...like a "' chamber pot "" for ol' grandpa Jeff Sandhopper....or perhaps a ''spitoon ''....for the ''menzshed''....they would even have their own handle..... Subjectivity , in a philosophical context, has to do with a lack of objective reality.....there is no objective reality, for me , in certain consumer goods....plastic at that...thus I will not pursue this ''tainted '' subject as a point of philosophical discourse.... ...and as for the Lady with the super slick hands...she would be great asset...along with the old Winchester.... when the left wing nuts come a'callin'........ ********* *** **** ***** ************ *** (I have no idea what the ''code'' above is...but ...for the sake of zero tolerance on further philosophical discourse....I will play along with it....something quite devious, I imagine..from ol' sandpiper his self...)
  9. .......picture of the 19 man bush crew heading out first thing in the morning.....1908 photo...and a great assortment of hats !!! ....''parbuckling'' logs onto the 'wagon' system using snatch block and ropes etc ...with a small winch, which is not visible....1940 photo ...and 'hand loading '' off the skids onto the wagon....hard work...even with those long cant hooks...photo 1910 Mike
  10. ...Gary...I have brought a book from a ''pre owned '' book shop.....a book about the plethora of ''bush tram lines '' over all New Zealand...as the indigenous forest, unique to NZ was , I guess, 'raped' for the verdant green farmland , NZ is known for...There are photo's ''stolen '' from this book....by my old Canon camera.......and I am putting this one on your site...I think it might amuse you !! The other photo's are on @jeeper61 topic...."'Logging Sleigh's "' Quote the text: This home -made bush 'lokey' conjures up images of weird and wonderful machines, built in back blocks workshops, operated in obsure locations ...and long since fogotten This one was converted about 1904 from a Burrell traction engine. The rear four wheels were driven by a chain...the front four were a bogie It was successful enough for its owners, Manson and Co, to take it from Hawkes Bay...(about half way up the North Islands East Coast)...to Lake Brunner on the West Coast... (of the South Island...this would have entailed quite an 'act'' given it required a trip on one of the old Steam Ships, that frequented NZ's Coastal Ports back in the days....and then having reached the South Island port of Lyttleton..also on the East Coast...it would then have to be taken across to the West Coast, through a Mountain Pass, in one of two places... Mike
  11. I imagine.....guess the ship would do around 20 knots in the hour?? Mike
  12. ......for your paragraph, Rick..... Mike
  13. ..in fact Art..if you look hard at that TD 18 of Gary's ..it appears to have that set up ...as I described so accurately......in my synopsis above.......?? Mike
  14. Art...never mind what the ''experts '' say..... some of the best beef you can get is Jersy x Hereford.......or Jersy x Angus.... ..the only issue issue with marketing this ''combo' to the great unwashed....is simply..the colour of the fat..it just looks like fresh 'pus''...and as such.....can be ''off putting'' for the already, well fed....other than that, beef dosen't come any better..... ....but you won't find any''cooking '' guru promoting that particular genetic mix.....only the Cockies wives....Its bloody good tucker Mike
  15. Sure Art.....but on the smaller ""B/E" type setups...there was just an orifice in the apex of the "A" frame as I prevously stated....and on the acompanying "blade'...at the rear of said blade,,,in the middle ..there was an circular fitting , complete with two '' lugs' which fitted over the apex of that 'A" frame...thus enabling the 'tilt'' to be accompished... the lugs were part of this ''circular fitting''..which was trapped behind a circular ring...which held this arrangement in with fidteen or twenty studs,threaded into the ''base '' for this which in turn, was welded to the back of the blade Now those Bucyrus Erie blade /''A'' and ""C'' frame setups were built in New Zealand , under license , by CWF Hamilton Ltd..(who invented the ''jet '' boat..)..in Christchurch....and how i have endeavored to describe the intricate features threreon.....is how TD6/9 and 14's were fitted up.... A less than concise explanation , Art....I hope you get the gist of it ... Mike
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