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  1. On my first attempt, had a young lady as examiner. She was nice, put me at ease since a little nervous. Truck failed pretrip as the lights went out on trailer and couldn’t get them on. Dad didn’t want to leave until she left with next person, so talked to her and asked her experience. That was when Dad was running about 80 to Hundred thousand miles a year, Cabover KW. Examiner was a little slow in answering, but finally admitted that her “experience” was two trips from Rochester to Buffalo and back. She knew the rules, but didn’t really have any real world experience. Examiners should have experienced some real time behind wheel in my opinion. Went back next week, had old guy, and while didn’t cut me any slack, did hint I forgot to check wipers. Best part after finishing all the elements of the test, and on way back, truck broke down. Set up emergency triangles and jumped back in cab. We talked a bit, said that he would grade the test ( could have failed me with equipment failure again) and said I would be pleased. He walked back to testing area, told dad where I was, commented that I did good, get a better truck ( no it wasn’t dads KW)
  2. For me, the forties was my eyes, started wearing glasses, had to change from reading to by-focal in that decade. Now my late fifties is where things just plain hurt more. Twisted right ankle at 55 and still bothers me sometimes and locks up. At 57 working on a ladder at daughters place felt left knee pop and sharp pain for 6 months, had mri and needed surgery, put it off. Then getting in back of pickup something poped in left ankle, couldn’t walk for a week and still hurts ( btw I now have a ladder screwed to the tailgate). Had surgery for left knee 2 months later, pain gone but gets real sore going up stairs or ladders or if I walk all day. Doc said that he rated the knee a 3 with a 4 being recommended for replacement. Yup fifties has been the pits. I’ll be 58 in January
  3. I would be interested in your serial number. I have two 1946 OS 6s and a 46 W6. I wonder where they all fall in relation to each other. BTY the OS6 s both have rubber shift knobs
  4. I have a 46 W6 that has a metal knob. Not sure that a metal knob is a good indicator it is a war year tractor
  5. Got my Class A about 35 years ago in Ny. Had to parallel park and back up 500 feet in a single lane.
  6. Had one rust out and short. Caught the floor mat on fire. Imagine the cab full of smoke trying to get on the side of the expressway. Opened hood and pulled battery cable off, saved truck but was close
  7. Doug Yes, half or more goes to Motts. In this case, we were on way home from Cahoons in Wolcott loaded with empty bins
  8. Some picture wife captured during the ride along
  9. Last day of apple harvest, wife finally asked if she could ride along! First time since I started helping out that she wanted to go, nice to have her along. Two loads, to clean up the last of the Granny Smiths, only the usual cars that had to be ahead of you so pull out. I have kind of gotten to expect this, and almost have a 6th sense that they are going to do this so I take it easy. Wife commented how stupid they are and they don’t realize the chance they taking. On way back from cleaning up empties, had to stop for light to get on 104, making right had turn. I’m in the single lane, no right turning lane. I know lights all work because I always do pretrip inspection, blinker on, 3rd light hangs on mirror so I see it. Well looking to the left, no cars coming, so I start pulling pull out, and wife yells OMG look out for the car! Look everywhere can’t see a thing. By now I’m partially out onto 104, and have to get out of the way. Don’t know how I didn’t run over the front of the little car that tried to pass by on my right, yes on the side of the road. Car was completely in my blind spot. Shook me up. Car followed me to the next town, where I caught the light to turn (this had a right had turn lane). Woman pulls up next to to us and flipped me off, at this point I’m just plain mad, give her the same response, then she blows horn, well she isn’t going to out horn me 😇. Let her have about 20 seconds of the air horn, best part is I got a couple thumbs up from the trucks pulling out of the cross road and on to the far side of her who saw the one finger salute. I just don’t get people, I try to be aware of my surrounds, and careful knowing what could happen quickly. I know full well the impact a fully loaded truck could do to someone if I’m not. Why do these people put themselves in harms way when trying to save 10 seconds Even though I know I was in the right, It still shakes me up some. Thoughts of Jim Fisher go through my mind, who’s was killed earlier this fall when he was hit by a driver not paying attention.
  10. Ok I haven’t posted any pictures of hauling apples this year. I have wanted to grab a video pulling out of “Grandpas” farm going up and over one of many Drumlins in the area for a while. Set the phone in the window and tried it. We go over this Drumlin with about half the apples we move every year. The vertical rise is a little over 150 feet in about 2100 feet travel, or about a 7% grade up and down. Work like **** going up, and want all the brakes and jakes on the down side because there is a stop sign on the bottom of the hill 😳 Picture is from last year in this same loading area. Truck is a IH 9700, with a Cat C10, 10 speed Eaton. This load grossed at 81000 lbs and change when I pull across scales. Sorry about the shakes in the video. Look for the squirrel around 2:10, backed out of it a little, and he finally got out of the way 😁
  11. I haven’t posted any pictures hauling apples this year, crop is good and good weather, ahead of schedule, so all is well ! SIL and I were able to spend The day with our family Sunday at the Iron Kettle in Covey NY. Had a great time. Grayson the oldest grandson kept asking when could he go with Dad and GPa to load apple boxes. Well today SIL took him all day. Erika fixed up a vest for him to wear like daddy, Grayson got the full treatment. Pictures P1 Headed to the truck, P2 Motts office manager gave him a hat to wear and it is serious business getting unloaded at storage, P3 hard long day working P4 When he got home, loaded all of his trucks and lined up waiting to go through inspection at Motts. This little guy doesn’t miss much. What a special day for father and son, I’m sure they both will remember this for the rest of their days. I look at these picture and remember when I rode with my Dad hauling apple when I wasn’t much older than Grayson, special memories
  12. Thank you for what you did. Training or no, you made a difference. Talking helps your soul, listening is a small thing compared to the impact you made. God bless
  13. Wouldn’t be without mine. Don’t know what I did before getting it, swear a lot I think 😂 mine is a delta I think
  14. timbo1946


    Sorry to here about Chubs. I hope all goes we’ll Wednesday Tim
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