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

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  1. .......ahh....one of my early American pickups....wrong pic ...try this ...friend of mine's beautiful Cadillac...the quintessential American car...... Mike
  2. ....you got it one!!!...MTO.....good times Mike
  3. .......and when those seals get worn......you find the excavator, when tracking/travelling, will start to wander off your line of travel.....either left or right....this means that the unit as "Bitty " had drawn, has to be removed and new sealing rings etc installed.. The exciting part is four very stiff hoses , that you have to get your head and at least two hands ( !!) up inside the bowels of the machine......via the belly guard, which carry the oil to the track motors.......they are an absolutebitch to set up......They are hard enough to undo , to let the unit go out topside......but getting them back in the correct sequence can be quite taxing....requiring mammoth strength, and some ''industrial grade ''oaths......that always helps...sigh I recall being on a job site when a Hitachi mechanic set up a EX200.......(20 ton machine ) ..with replacement seals in the swivel unit, and got the hoses mixed up, whilst under the machine.........so one track ran forward...and t'other track went backwards.......very amusing for anyone not involved with the job !! Mike
  4. ..........ahhh....do we depth control...?? Mike
  5. ...Gheez...that's all you need.........Been enjoying your travels.......Best of luck in getting that treatment underway .......and getting back into the truck.... Mike
  6. .......a beautiful young lady , MTO.......I agree with the " what could you do to enhance her" brigade......In my opinion, nothing...she is perfect...just as she is.. .......perhaps you could show her that grotesque picture of the ink covered head...back on page two of this thread...?...that should be a game changer !! ...to digress but slightly.....whilst working in the Caribbean.....there were some eccentric "expat" characters living/working there......One old bloke, about 70 yrs gone, had a tattoo that engendered great mirth....if in the right mood.....It stared from the "brown round"...(thanks, Rick.... )..in the shape of a ships funnel...emitting nothing....and finishing just below the belt line.....with the words......"Eleven Knots and no Smoke " printed above the top of the "funnel"... Being a naïve country boy from New Zealand.....I really had no idea what the significance of the "whole " (pun intended...)..thing was.....sigh...but it sure looked amusing at the symbolic "down trou " moments.... Mike
  7. Good one, Mikem !!! ...with the undisputed Queen.........the Doyen of female singers of this much loved genre........Dolly...... finishing it out...great stuff ...thanks Mike
  8. ......this is not a ''joke'' as such...but I found it very amusing....... ......Couple of weeks gone I had to go to Perth, Western Australia, for family reasons.......Whilst there I caught up with an old mate...another Kiwi, now retired from heavy machine operating , in the iron ore mines, but still working on the wheat harvest season.....operating one of several near new JD combines.....Good ,experienced operators are not that easy to find, so he has a semi-permanent job on one of the many, large wheat farms..... The old cocky , who owns the spread is a typical tough old Aussie .......so when yet another JD combine quit , from his perception, because of 'computer ' issues.....this is how the conversation went with the local John Deere dealership..... "Yeah mate, that fxxxxxg combine has quit, again......Get out here and bring a new screen assembly.." "What is wrong with the screen..?....like how do you know its at fault....?" "Because the fxxxxxg hammer is still wedged in it.....that's fxxxxxg why..." ...as said, I found that quite amusing.. Mike
  9. ...nice one, Sandhiller !!.........just cooking my tea, after a long day in the excavator placing rock....(river protection........for that read "farmland protection"...no pics this week .....)....so as my culinary skills are very basic, got a good laugh from Johnny and Don.....Yes, those girls...sigh.....no, I just had to make do with some rump steak...and mixed frozen vegs.. (staying in the shearers quarters, down here on the Raglan Station, beats driving 3hrs a day..to and fro....) Mike
  10. ..interesting treatise on the vagaries of an old tractor..!!......You will lose the odd bit of skin from fingers etc...... brush up on a few new cuss words etc but it will be worth the effort...looks pretty good from those pictures..... I haven't done this with old '' letter '' Farmalls, but back in the side valve Ford V8 era......it was common practise to convert every thing to 12 volt...except the starter motor.....The old V8's would really light up quickly , running 12 volts through the starter......I don't recall, but I guess they needed a rebuild occasionally Good luck with the project !! Mike
  11. Bill........When Alvin Straight was asked by a polite 20 plus yr old male........""what is the worst thing about growing old ..?" Alvin shot back....." remembering when you were young..." I suspect , with respect, you are like a lot of us on here......Growing old Scary stats you posted...........and Tony, pricing a Ford or Dodge pickup here in NZ...looking at 120 K (NZ)......Diesel powered with most options, RHD obviously..... Mike
  12. ...seems to be a lot of us that would/will "resemble " that remark !!!..........then IH Runner comes in with a "cat pee and old people " remark.....sigh.. .......Maybe he doesn't realise that pensioners have feelings....still....sigh Mike
  13. Brilliant !!!!.......and I love the way the French don't "muck ' about either........when on awakening the city fathers find truck loads of sh$t dumped in the streets...Great way of expressing displeasure......Way to go !! Mike
  14. .......same thing down under, Troy........Socialists are really climbing into the farming community...especially the dairy farmers.......This comes hard on the heels of the firearm laws.......where, for example even my old Marlins with more than 10 round magazines are now illegal...irrespective of age.......Show me a farmer who doesn't own a firearm...????!!!! So now it is water quality.....Water is one thing NZ has in abundance, so now we have more new ''laws'' regarding creeks and water ways.......They all have to fenced......permanent ,material, and a minimum of 17 feet back from water way.....Even on my two bit little farm, that will cost thousands of dollars... Apparently...if we just eat plants, and forgo red meat.....we can save the planet...possibly get a stroke in the meantime, bit hey......that is a small price to pay !!! I have eaten meat all my life.....I , like countless others, don't intend to change that....... Sometimes I am pleased that I am 76........ Mike
  15. was that $10.00 ???...if so, you stole it, Sir !!! Mike
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