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  1. Find where the day workers collect at and go by and hire some. I can remove them from the ground using that technique.
  2. RAN AN 84 318 RAM CHARGER FOR SEVERAL YEARS, mileage was around 13-14 on a trip. 5000 running Ran a 2001 150 Conversion van 360, actually got the same 13 -14 on a trip. 6000 running. Currently running a 93 454 K2500 chevy Suburban, if it gets to 13 I am happy on a trip. 7000 running Our little 2013 100 CI nissan got 38 MPG on the last trip, little light vehicles get good mileage. 2300 running We also have a Gillig Bus rv with a 8.3 Cummins engine, if it can maintain 9 mpg at 55 MPH I will be happy. 23,000 -26,000 running. Best constiant mileage was an 84 Chevy Chevette powered by a 1.8 Lt Isuzu Diesel 55 HP, 45 MPG 135,000 mile avearge, 2300 running Big heavy work vehicles at 13 is about as good as I ever get/got, old days or today. anything over 5000 running I tracked my brothers trip across Texas (flat land on I20) , he was hauling 46,000# of crap on a 48' low-deck flat bed 13 speed 3406E Cat driving the speed limit he was getting 4.5 to 5.5 MPG, that was in 2008.
  3. I have a worm drive saw but it is a Milwaukee 6373 15A 7 1/4 4400 RPM. Big heavy powerful saw, it is a model used in a USN shipyard to cut 2 1/2" aluminum plate for welding for sort of armor plating on a destroyer. I saw the ship fitters swing the model with one hand hanging onto a scaffold. That plating would stop a 7mm, 308 or 30-06 but my .338 mag with 200 grain hand loads constantly penetrated at 100 YDS. I had access to the shipyards scrap bin and borrowed some 24 x 24 sections that we took out to the range for testing. Actually too heavy for most of my cutting, But has been a winner since 1984 when I purchased it. 38 years of use, only failure was the power cable had to be replaced. I believe I have used 90 WT to top-off the gear box. The skill 77 is smaller and lighter, easier to use if not cutting heavy stock.
  4. Disk brakes were not an option in California in June 1970 when I bought my 1200D all wheel drive. Believe the fronts were disk in 1972 the rears never. I am not sure IHC ever had a truck with rear disks except possibly school buses. Exactly where do you find parts for obsolete vehicles way down under. I spent 2 weeks in Fremantle in 1975, that is the port city for Perth. Several thousand Auses waited in line to visit an American War Ship!, Local TV Stations put us on the nightly news. Citizens waved us goodby when we left for Africa.
  5. Thanks for the memories, good luck with your harvest.
  6. Every body hitting the roads and leaving the area is not necessarily the correct idea. In the Houston evac a few years ago most of the fatalities were from automobile wrecks not mother nature.
  7. Yots, just what you put up with when the farmland is converted into mass housing. Probably for non farmers, is the worst issue is rabies and mange that can be transferred to pets that have too much freedom. I haven't done any contract mowing in the past several years but when clearing a large area In the past I always stirred up some yots, they are very speedy runners. More of an issue for me are the feral hogs, they root large holes in fields, and a half asleep mower operator can drop a wheel at 5 MPH and hurt themselves or the machine. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT WHEN TRACTOR MOWING and pay attention to where you are!
  8. Was visiting with a guy who was the parts manager (he collects old prewar Studebaker's specializes in finding the impossible) for a business that builds/rebuilds vehicles for the movie industry, mostly. They had their latest rebuild on display. It was (I believe) a 1936 Ford CO tractor. A real cab over sporting multiple gears boxes and a full tandem rear axle. The engine was a flat head ford. Fully rebuilt strictly stock. Most of the sheet metal was hand made in house. That vehicle was their major project for the entire year, had to pay the salaries for a staff of 10 people. They can make anything if your pocket is deep enough. My biggest surprise was the authenticity of the vehicles in movies, Operaters seats were over the engine separated by 20 gauge steel painted black, had manual steering and a heater. Fully equipped just like 1936!
  9. I was around IHC pickups from 1964 until 1989. The C series was a better vehicle than the D series. I had a B series that I really liked. My first new one was a 1200D, new in June of 70, still mechanically reliable but the body seamed to be made of lighter gauge steel with a lot of unibody aspects. (little pieces spot welded together appeared to have very little rust prevention). My last one was a 1100D Travelal, got rid of in 89. Same rust issues as the 1200D. I had the 345 V8 in the 70 and the 304 V8 in the 69. By far the best engines I have had since IHC quite making gas powered truck motors!
  10. For the price of a good sharpener I can buy cobalt steel sets in the 1/2 to 1/16 range where I mostly drill. Those bits will probably last as long as the sharpener. I mostly use chinese bits sold by Walmart and toss them when they end their 10 hole service life! NOW if you are into to greater than 1/2 or 13MM I would get a sharpener. I have used a drill doctor model (mostly a toy) that uses sandpaper grind bands, very short life! Good commercial sharpeners with a real motor in the 1/2 HP and 6" grinder size are going to be costly even with the made in China label.
  11. Our speedy warships had modern boilers powered by large quantities of ND or navy distillate basically diesel fuel for non Nuc ships. We could burn 400,000 gallons in less than a week, so on a voyage we always had a floating fuel station with us. Typically we refueled every 2 days (never in the day time), a Skipper who ran low on fuel would have to have a very good excuse. A true refueling story, a ship in our task force made a side trip to American Somoa, the whole island they visited did not have enough diesel to refuel the ship, a fuel ship had to be sent in taking several days out of our schedule.
  12. Came to work one day to pier in San Diego, we were supposed to get underway at 1000, our rear stack exhaust look like your picture, we were a little late to join the task force at sea. Good engineering gang, they isolated the bad boiler and cross connected the systems and got both screws powered. The good old days!
  13. Base hobby shop spent many dollars on a BillyGoat steam pressure washer, goal was to clean the working bays. A year later the manager parked it and went back to a brush and a mop. He blamed the issue on a non-sealed concrete floor saturated with oils after years of use. Could be good for cleaning engine bays. Gillig recommends steam cleaning of their rear engine buses as a yearly PM, so does Cummins but they say to stay clear of the ECM and other electronics.
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