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    Motueka Valley New Zealand
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    30 IHC projects waiting--some completed

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  1. .......posted first picture on previous "picture or two".......found the 'follow' up picture of two red TD's about to rescue the BTD8 series 81, from the swamp ..... Mike
  2. ...like this.....you mean ??.......sigh...our old 886 in some strife The swing bridge we rebuilt is now wide enough for a Quad bike /calf feeder trailer /little wood trailer etc etc...yeah.... we use bridges Mike
  3. ....something for Sandhiller !!!!.......the old swing bridge to our little farm was knackered......so we rebuilt it as one of the first jobs ........second picture ...that's RP member Chris Tomac , from Michigan.......about to do battle with some of the jobs we had at that time...other fellow on the right is a good mate , who loves helping with any scungy job ........and a picture of a Michigan covered bridge......something special aren't they ?........(Whilst staying at Chris's place in the rather pretty State of Michigan ) Mike
  4. ...good question, Chris ........the bloke that owned that large property was never short of a dollar........nor was he ever short of a pretty girl friend.......That road went down into a very secluded , very small bay...with a nice sandy beach etc....I don't really know what he did with the girls down there.....built sand castles maybe .....but whatever happened...it was totally private....... The raod down from the top cost plenty....even with a "mates rate" discount it came to over 12K........the idea was to take his Toyota Land Cruiser down, but that only happen ed a few times. The road was "flawed " ...by virtue of the fact that a major "switchback " on that slope gradient has to be built on the point of a leading ridge........The leading ridge happened to be the boundary between him and, of course his neighbour........As the road was illegal. .I.E. without any of the plethora of paper work to gain permission to road that steeper country...down to sea level etc etc........he didn't want me to go near that leading ridge, for fear of getting into the proverbial with aforesaid neighbour.......At that point the job should have been put in the "To hard Basket "...but , no ...I was told to do my best.......so the switchback ended up going off an "In bend "...(an absolute no no ).......for many reasons, storm water control/batter cut height / amount of cut into hill etc etc........so the road didn't fail. completely...but only quad bike access was achievable as the slump issues ...which I warned him about.......took out a lot of the carriage way....He was happy though !! It was a big property....I spent seven months doing , among other jobs 36 kilometres of road and tracks........but that switch back and about 100 yards futher down the hill was the most scary job I have ever done...big rocks...steep .....the leading track out over the grade cut........some times some jobs are just so good..its great to be there...this one wasn;t, I would sooner been anywhere but on that slope Mike
  5. ...minor ????? ......cost you a lot of work and time .....didn't look that :minor " to me !! Mike
  6. .........and another factor , Mark......I see 60 plus year old males walking around like they are 100 years old......virtually, to coin a phrase...."dead men walking "......then you have blokes that are a helluva lot older....but don't have time to grow old...they are so busy....and...also, quite importantly .....they are alive !!! Recently there was a picture of an 81 yr old farmer, (on this forum )....in the US...still doing his thing with his old "White" dual wheeled tractor.......inspirational stuff...... Hope that young bloke pulls you through this period of uncertainty....... Mike
  7. ........The old suspension bridge , near where I lived for most of my adult life........The bridge......and the Motueka River that flows beneath it..... Mike
  8. ....I would suggest , by that cursed red dirt...it is indeed in Australia.........and the scrubby background is just like parts of Aussie.. Mike
  9. ...Mark......nothing is easy it seems, as one gets older.......I am 76......apart from my welding , I am just a machine operator ....with a small farm running 200 odd cattle........but.......because some ......(some...most ?)...of the young blokes these days are just over weight powder puffs...that don't want to get their hands ..or their cell phones dirty........there are trucking companies screaming out for operators.......but with experience etc...I have been approached many times to go back driving...but that I refuse......all those bloodybullshit regulations/compliances etc...plus the "troffic craps " that await you at scales ......etc etc......No......that won't happen...... However, my big weakness is the inability to say "NO" ...to the farming scene requirements for operators .......hence I still have full time work operating 21 ton excavator and similar size Komatsu dozer........doing land preparation work......as a result all the myriad jobs on the old IHC equipment I have collected over the years is not happening.....and that ****** me off somewhat.......I have the tools.......the facilities........some knowledge gleaned over many years......the desire to breathe some life back into something I like.....but seemingly......no time... "Make time ".....my retired friends say...its just not that simple..is it Good luck with your continuing endeavours Mike
  10. ..........and remember .....when you lift your mate up on the bucket....so he can attach the rope to pull the tree .......in this case ...away from the river.......just be carefull.... Mike the 076 Stilh was the saw of the day on these 120 year old Monteray Pines
  11. ..well Pid........come on down to New Zealand.......in a few months I think the oxen yoke and harness ....old and dusty as it is........will have to be pulled down of the shed wall and tidied up for the future.......the "water melons" in the coalition Govt. are taking us back ...or trying to.... to pre "fossil " fuel days....... Progress won't be the issue.......I believe " Regress " will be a topical theme.... Mike
  12. .........back a long time.......the old E27N fordson with the Perkins P6TA Engine.......discing in tobacco stalks........That was Dad's " big" tractor then...... ........also pictured is the old Farmall A..........planting the tobacco........photo taken in much the same spot...... Mike
  13. .....few more pictures.......Mack bringing out native logs from the North West Coast of the South Island of NZ.... Case 850 loading rock , for river protection.......an overweight shift of a D5 on the AACO 1950.........The old BTD6 loader , on the C1800, heading for the trade in shop........traded it on a Z125 track loader........picking up the dreaded hay (cartage)...with two of my visiting American friends .......(they came out for hunting...they reminded me.....not picking up hay ..)........and an IH 1910 on gravel duties for Forestry Mike
  14. ........always refered to them as "one way discs "........this photo from around mid sixties.........discing up tobacco ground in the early spring time This example is New Zealand made , under license to Massey Harris.......not the vain-glorious name of JD...or the ever dependable name of International Harvester....... Mike
  15. .......here is the answer, Grumpy Gaby !!!....getting around ...and through the rock can be quite daunting......you can see the slope gradient..it is quite steep... and the relief of getting through a miserable piece like that.....and onto easy going...for awhile......is a good feeling !!...although sometimes the big compressor has to be brought up......that is me ...about 10 years ago...hanging on to the rock drill......great exercise for a pensioner two pictures of another tricky job......The excavator is the usual EX200/5......which I brought twenty years ago.......(not the one in the first pictures...that old girl came with the property ...looked like someone had heaved it out of a C130 (Hercules )..ex forestry machine ...)......the job entailed several switchbacks down an 800 foot , steep hill...eventually ending up at sea level....problem with working under switch backs...on steep country.....as the fill dries out, all the rocks come whistling down on top of you...or even through the side windows.....(have to be covered with thick plywood ......or else !!).......the old sphincter is busy producing endless "washers" out of the seat material.............in those situations..... Last pic is Red Power Forum member, Chris Tomac........from Michigan........levelling out my new shed site, with the old D6. Chris on his way home from a stint on the Ice..(South pole )..this about six years ago.. Mike
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