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    30 IHC projects waiting--some completed

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  1. Uhhmm....well Mac, I can see that with the pantheon of carnivorous mammals, to wit ''Felis Catus '' lurking about your place...but with a Wife who obviously has a ''non violent '' approach to both the cats...and yourself ..(at this stage.....).....perhaps you should just shelve those carnivorous thoughts .....for the time being.... ...so this has the effect of letting @acem off the hook so to speak...anyway, in respect of your draconian attitude to shooting potatoes...possibly for the best given his consorting with Arkansas Ruth and no doubt other equally undesirable hill billy's...... Re the firearm Dad had in WW2...it actually was a Smith and Wesson 455 Calibre WW1 issue....How he came about carrying that instead of the regular 38 M and P issue...no one will ever know... I am in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, at the moment ...hence no pictures !!..pictures are about 8/9 thousand miles away ......!!! Mike
  2. ...I would check the pilot bearing.....once you have it in gear...you can shift ''grindless '' into another gear ??? .....sounds very much like the pilot bearing is stuffed...and trying to turn the input shaft /spigot shaft.... Mike
  3. Mac.....this is where your ancient Irish Heritage can be used to your advantage......you know...the hunter / gatherer bit gleaned from years of being self sufficient in Irish bogs and other equally unsavory locations...... ...what is wrong with a trial run on the neighbor's cats..???....I know its like comparing a Roe Deer with an Elk...but it would still be "Cat ' meat ....you could even work your way over to @acem s patch......he could shoot some spuds .....(he shoots potatoes you know...)...and you blokes could have some really good tucker... ..just sayin ' Mike
  4. ...looking good, Lorenzo !! ..our humble 70 acres is still about 10 / 12 weeks away from planting......subject to the vagaries of the weather.....and also subject to the vagaries of the mess the farming scene is in New Zealand, after the gentle administrations of the recently deposed left wing nut jobs...... Not with standing all that...the cattle still need feeding....hope springs eternal !!! Mike
  5. ...always curious Ace...but why do you shoot potatoes ??...do they get aggressive ??Is it another Arkansas trait ?? ..was that when you were (between wives ?? ...down under we just dig them with a fork or similar tool ......(Potatoes, that is ) Mike
  6. .....owning 'legal' short arms in NZ is a tight run game...especially, as I can not be bothered with any form of any ''Firearms " related Clubs...One goes to these places, with good and noble intentions....and it is fun...then there is the inevitable committee that one finds one self elected too....then hard on the heels of that....like the Phoenix rising from the ashes...there comes some divine lunatic who wishes to impart some weirdo ideology into what was a very simple and fun place to be.... Thus to own a handgun , with NO affiliation to any club etc...requires very strict conditions imposed on the very few privileged individuals, given this endorsement on the Firearms License.. Because of my interest in old Lever Action Firearms, I brought this Ruger Vaquero to 'compliment ' an old 1873 Colt with miss -matched numbers and I would say a very dubious 'legal'' history... Back then the local Police Arms Officer, was a normal human being...unlike the current crop of Macho's...and thus I was given a very restricted License to 'hold'..but not to "fire' this weapon. The 'Vaquero ' is in the same category .... It is not that big of a deal ...I don't have a set of "Buckskins" with whiskey ,bear grease and traces of seminal fluid on them, to parade around in, like the bloody idiot who wished to change the face of Black Powder club .....and I do have several other items with very short barrels ...which can provide ''plinking ' amusement...provided a degree of discretion is used....... So, Seth..I guess Quote: ''the cowboy sights or lack thereof'' is not an issue... Mike
  7. ..sounds like I had better bring a tea bag..or three, Todd..??
  8. ...Any of you blokes out there in the vast hinterland use / brought Ruger Vaquero in 45 Long Colt Calibre ??? I have one, new ..(well brought new in the box..)...as yet unfired,for reasons American Firearm Owners would never comprehend.....but due to the Socialist Govt being tossed out, there is a major overhaul of Firearms , in all facets of ownership ...and by that definition....useage... ..just wondering how well they shoot....??.. Mike
  9. ...if your tracks are well past the 60% or more wear...which they look to be...do not tighten them to the factory spec, when you get that grease nipple sorted.. ...by pulling them up to factory spec...they will just wear at a great rate of knots... It is a fine balance between operating with extensive track wear and keeping the tracks where they should be..i.e. on the machine.. ...you will almost see those $100.00 notes 'pinging' off the sprockets , when the track tension is at factory specs....The sprockets will wear very quickly....and if you cannot see them ......you will hear them ...... ...I once asked the shop foreman at Caterpillar, when working there, why the tracks on the old Cats of that era were so bloody tight, when they left the workshop... ....he never used to say much..one of those blokes that commanded respect from the 'younger'' members of the team...his reply to my question simply was...."We sell new track gear...." In the subsequent years of operating track machines....and there have been many years ...and many machines...I have never ran the chains to factory specs....One can still coax almost 10,000 hours out of Excavator chains...and back in Agricultural 'daze'...over 4000 hours on hill side discing etc...before a pin and bush turn... There is a bit of useless information for you !!!! Mike
  10. .....nice firearm, Seth...a mite more expensive these dazes , I brought one from the Pomona Gun Shop in LA awhile back..it cost $49.00...still have the receipt for it, though it was blued , not stainless....This was otherwise the same spec in 1972..... Mike
  11. ...operating track loaders is quite interesting...what you can do with the ''4 in 1 ' bucket is remarkable when you have done a few hours on the machine..' Given the 'flat grouser '' issue mud can be a mite bothersome, however our plan was quite simple , when rearward motion ceased...we would place wood....(inevitably there is wood where there is mud...)....under the bucket, flick it back to the front idlers ..stand the bucket on more wood underneath the bucket..crowd it as the machine came forward and ended up standing on the wood...then.....and only then ...more wood into the track ruts leading into this most recent disaster , and that way one could back out..no problem.. Too many blokes buggar around untill there is an inescapable morass behind the crawler.. We used this 'method 'with regular track machine....when stuck , in some situations with the usual chainsaw and wood...move forward onto a few logs before heading out backwards..... Of course when doing forestry roads ...or road lines in virgin country, ''wood'' was never an issue...chainsaws were always on hand,..it still got bloody frustrating at times though...but the advent of the excavator helped those situations...... Mike '
  12. Pooch ??? did you say 'Pooch'' ???... ...that sort of loose talk will not go down well with Lorenzo...... ..of course she helps with the urea application...after the soil tests and a few other necessary steps.....She is his right hand girl... Mike 'Pooch' ....good grief
  13. ...down under , good boots are very expensive.....I would recommend buying boots made in India .....reasonably priced ...reasonably comfortable.....probably made from cadaver 'skin' hooked out of the Ganges River, as the corpses go floating by....so they only last a very short time....(the boots that is....) Interesting, because half of the billion odd souls that tread that land cannot afford footwear, yet some starry eyed entrepreneur imports these ''boots '' into NZ.... As Ian stated ...if the box in which the boots are presented, was fitted with eyelets, one could no doubt get a mile or two from them.... When I leave North America in a few weeks time...I will be wearing a new pair of Red Wings...or Danner boots....they take to much room in the suitcase /pack thus I wear them home....done this many times !!! Mike
  14. .... Rick.....you were a great presence on this site.....a patriotic American ...a bloke who served his country well and who was very aware of the Political machinations offered by the then current ''leadership'.... ......Rest in Peace, Rick Mike
  15. ...and down under that would have started life as an ''AA'' model ....(ex Australia....) Mike
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