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  1. I have the Cooper HT's on my 98 3500 currently. It's always been hard on aggressive front tires and these seem to be doing a little bit better. All of the coopers I've had over the years were hard to balance or slightly out of round, but they seem to last and used to be price competitive.
  2. The thing I'd like to know is, where are radio stations still playing this great music? What is currently on "Country" stations isn't what I would call "Country" by a long shot. I'm a big Bob Wills fan also. Not many people know he was a square dance fiddler in the beginning. Some people didn't like him because he used non traditional instruments and styles. Sort of like what I'm complaining about modern Country. But he was such a great entertainer, he made it work, IMO. I'm not giving an inch on Country Rap (CRAP), though. I don't care who does it or how well, I'm never going to like it.
  3. om·ni·vore an animal or person that eats food of both plant and animal origin veg·e·tar·i·an a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons. Seems like you're either one or the other, like a lot of other things these days.
  4. This is the truck I drive everyday to and from work, check cows, haul tools, pull a 6x10 trailer, etc, etc, etc. 03 Frontier with 230K I got from the original owner in 13. This is the Craigslist side, the other has a light side swipe and is missing some clearcoat.
  5. Closest I ever got to you was Pinkham notch in NH, but that was all cross country. That's fun in a different way, but man, what a workout.
  6. That's his baby girl you're talking about there. He probably CAN'T make the connection.
  7. I went skiing a lot from my childhood up into my 20's. Hung out on the black diamond slopes in VA and PA and thought I had some skills. Then, in 1983 my girlfriend moved to Denver and I went out to visit for a couple of weeks. Went to Vail and headed up top, saw a sign for double black diamond and figured, Hey, that's for me. When I looked down the slope (At Mary Jane, I believe), I said I'm gonna die. Moguls 6' high all over and nearly straight down. I tried it, lost it after about hundred yards and slid down on my back another 200 or so with out my skis, poles, or ego. A guy with one leg came down shortly afterward, saw what had happened, gathered my stuff up, brought it down to me, whilst catching some amazing air on the way, asked if I was OK, and went on down the slope. Skiing in the west is not the same as skiing in the east, hahahahahaha
  8. https://www.cumminsforum.com/threads/photos-of-solenoid-mod-cable-conversion.350719/ This is one way. There are others over on the Cummins forum.
  9. If this is a beater then all mine should be in the scrap yard!
  10. Yes I've seen 3 of them, it's very violent and can throw pieces of of the battery 100 plus feet away. It's basically a hydrogen gas explosion. Don't ever cause a spark near a battery that is charging.
  11. I've never felt like I made enough money to buy a new vehicle. I paid $32,000 for the 2nd house I ever bought and it took me 16 years to pay that off. Some new trucks now are selling at twice my yearly salary. I have a 2009 Rav4,2003 Nissan Frontier,2002 Silverado 2500HD,2001 Yukon and a 98 Dodge 3500 and I know for a fact I spend less on maintenance and repair, taxes and insurance than my coworker does on his payment for a 2020 Chevy 2500. Which has also been in the shop 4 times for various things, leaving him riding with his wife. Just for reference, the tax here on the aforementioned 32K$ truck would be 1369.$/year. So, that truck at todays price would be around double that amount, say 2700. My total tax for all 5 was under 1000$. Insurance for my 5 is around 1500/year, for a new truck, closer to 4000.My payment every month -0- new truck, 800 -1000/month.
  12. I'm not trying to advocate either way, to each his own. But, I can understand wanting to reduce worry on a vacation trip by renting a vehicle. Unexpected breakdown, call and get another car. Accident, call and get another car. Car stolen, call and get another car. And, when you get home, turn it in and your life is what it was. No dealing with insurance, repair, or tow companies and you still have a way to get to work.
  13. Now this might be the most useful of all. We had a Plymouth Voyager and then a Toyota Sienna for my wife to drive. Hard to beat the utility of either. I'm 6'2 and could easily lay flat on the floor for camping with the seats removed, in addition to everything else we did with them. I looked at some used AWD Siennas and Astros that must have worked very well considering the rust they had accumulated.
  14. 4000 psi pressure washer and a rotary nozzle after spraying with some sort of degreaser.
  15. I did this a lot during the 8 years my wife was sick. We had to go to Baltimore many times 3-4 hours each way, Jacksonville and Tampa a couple of times and it was worth it to not have to worry about if something happened to the vehicle. I've always had older cars and trucks which are generally reliable, but using a new vehicle that I was not responsible for, was one less thing to worry about. And, back then it was only $59/day. For the FL trips we got a new Suburban for $1100 for the week. One of my earliest memories was when I was 6 (1967) and we took a family trip to FL in a 1960 Chevy Parkwood station wagon. The transmission went out somewhere in NC on the way back and we had to stay in a motel for about a week while it was repaired. All 4 of us kids with my Mom and Dad in one room on a very limited budget. Even at that tender age, it was unpleasant enough to have stuck with me all these years.
  16. When I was in my 20's I worked for a contractor who was tasked with putting a basement under an old 2 story Va farmhouse. The crawl was about 16" to start with in the highest part. We put cribbing in 4 places and 2 beams the length of the house. We jacked the beams until the sills were off the corner piers, then started digging with an electric jackhammer and 5 gallon buckets. Once deep enough (house was built on a down slope so one end was lower to begin with) we poured a concrete foundation, built block walls, set the house down, then cleared the dirt columns under the cribbing, There were 12-15 guys on the crew and it took us about 2 months to do.
  17. Brings to mind one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Numbers 22-32 22Then God’s anger was kindled because Balaam was going along, and the angelb of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the path and went into a field. So Balaam beat her to return her to the path. 24Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow passage between two vineyards, with walls on either side. 25And the donkey saw the angel of the LORD and pressed herself against the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat her once again. 26And the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn to the right or left. 27When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he became furious and beat her with his staff. 28Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?” 29Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now!” 30But the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not the donkey you have ridden all your life until today? Have I ever treated you this way before?” “No,” he replied. 31Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand. And Balaam bowed low and fell facedown. 32The angel of the LORD asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you, because your way is perversec before me. 33The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, then by now I would surely have killed you and let her live.”
  18. From the PA DOT website 1. Who must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)? Anyone who drives a commercial motor vehicle. The definition of a commercial motor vehicle is: a combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds; I'm just curious how the state can interpret that to mean you have to have a cdl for trailers over 10K. Not questioning that they do, since I don't live there. The provision is there so that if you had a straight truck that grossed 25 and were pulling a 7K trailer, you wouldn't need a CDL. Not that if you have a 6500 gvwr truck and a 12K trailer you would have to have one. It's been so widely misconstrued and for so long, though, it's probably settled law by now. Like I said before, you just have to know what your state actually enforces. I've heard the horror stories about people from here driving up there and getting large fines for stuff we do on a daily basis here.
  19. Do you think the roundup lawsuits are playing any part in the shortage? Or, is that business large enough to absorb the cost?
  20. Most all of the Craftsman tools I owned either broke, caused me to get hurt, or both. But, I didn't start buying tools en masse until the late 80's when everyone says quality was not that great. I bought my first socket set at 14 in 1975 from KMart, made in Japan. 3/8th standard and metric The ratchet only lasted about 10 years and 3 of the sockets rounded off inside, but the others I still use every day. The Deere dealership I worked for in the 90's had a tool program where they would pay for 1/2 of any tools you bought, up to 40$/mo. So, most Of my Snapon stuff was purchased then and could also be used as a tax write off. Snapon seemed expensive then, but the ratio between purchase price and hours to work to pay for it was less than now. $200 wrench set / 8$ per hour = 25 hours. That $940 wrench set now /25$ per hour = 37.6 hours worked. Assuming entry level tech's are making 25.
  21. You only need the CDL license if the combination of truck and trailer are registered over 26000 lbs. So, if your truck is gross weighted at 11000 and your trailer for 14000, you are under the CDL requirement. What is confusing is that many states consider a combination where the trailer is over 10000, a " commercial vehicle". So, you may have to have a medical card, certain safety equipment, etc to legally operate it, but you do not need a commercial drivers license to drive it. I know there will be differences of opinion here on this, just check the laws in your state. From Virginia DMV "You must have a CDL to operate: Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. A combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. (Your state may have additional definitions of CMVs.)" Maybe less controversial, I prefer wood over diamond plate as not being so slippery, easier to replace, more forgiving of damage from sharp or heavy equipment, and the ability to drive a nail in to hold a chock block if necessary. I also find it more comfortable to roll around on if I have to get under something to hook up a tie down. The original pressure treated boards on my 24' lasted 20 years before some started to break up. I cut some white oak to replace them but haven't found time to put them on yet.
  22. There is no provision for, or remnant of a shield that I can determine. The shafts are supported by bearings at the middle of the unit with one tine holder to the inside. The one on the right in the picture is missing. Tine holders are made to be easily moved along the shaft, maybe for row spacing???? He thought this thing had come out of an area where peanut farming was done, but I don't know that for sure. With the lack of a factory hitch, I'm wondering if it could have been part of something else originally
  23. Looks a lot like a Friesian with that mane and tail
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