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  1. ^^ I won't say we're there yet, not by a long shot. But, compare an emissions compliant diesel from 2010 and compare it to one from 2020 and tell me progress hasn't been made. I remember my dad pulling the tbi off his truck and installing a carb because he couldn't work on it.... damn pos fuel injection bs! Nowadays, he couldn't start a stubborn carbureted vehicle to save his life and would say, damn carb pos bs!
  2. Most equipment manufacturers have some form of mobile link that you can optionally pay for. I'm not aware of any company making it mandatory or their product not operating with out of date software. I will take our Cat Product Link for example. We have various levels of connectability available at different price points. Basic coverage gives the machine location, hours, and if it is in use. We have many customers who have opted to retrofit this to older equipment for tracking maintenance and useage. A premium subscription on a new machine can report fuel useage, fault codes, operational abuse, production totals, etc.... Then we have a monitoring center keeping an eye out for problems... we can be mobilizing service support before the operator or owner even knows something is wrong. As high tech as this seems, I can't fix or update anything off site. It's a one way communication. I've read some manufacturers are playing with over air updates, but I don't know of anyone integrating it yet. I've written at length on the right to repair topic in other posts and won't go into it again. There's a ton of misinformation, exaggeration & misunderstanding being spread on the subject. It's has become a political issue and as bad as a RPF oil thread.
  3. One plus to electronics, they have greatly lowered the "failure by operator error" rate. Engine gets hot, cuts the power. Try to shift from road gear to reverse.... not happening. I would say electronic control has been responsible for a 20-40% increase of lifespan in engines and powershift trans, at least in heavy equipment. As to expense, the electronic components are less expensive to produce than the multiple precision parts required to do things manually.. (though I know they don't sell them cheaper!) Where things are going wrong is on the emissions control. Manufacturers are having to introduce technologies before they have been fully engineered and tested/proven. Just like EFI in the automotive field, this stuff will mature and become more reliable as time goes on. Hopefully the regulators don't move the goalposts again before that reliability comes to fruition.
  4. "I not a techy but the LS platform is attractive, always tuned out of a toolbox not a laptop " There are intake manifolds and simple ignition "boxes" that allow you to run a carb and fire the coil packs. So, for the most part, you can set up a toolbox tunable LS.
  5. What's your opinion on that track? I've heard a few people say they won't pull there because it's too grippy and hard on equipment. I see they started pulling from the opposite end of the arena. Probably makes staging a pain, but it has to be safer in case a tractor got away.
  6. Sure could use some here in my area. I don't think I have gotten 2 total inches since May. 10 miles north and south of me has had plenty though. On the bright side, I've only had to cut the lawn 2x this summer.
  7. I remember in Car Craft & Hot Rod magazines the Vortec heads were the hot item for budget built SBC. There's lots of options available for manifolds etc. That said, if I was building a car these days, my money would be going into a LS. 5.3's are a dime a dozen and are just a few bolt-ons away from 400hp.
  8. Gotta see if I get one. Yah! Edit..... Is there any member who doesn't have one? Participation Trophy...
  9. I wouldn't expect a big change if everything is in good order. < +/- 10%. Idea is not finding a large change. Also keep in mind, what is a little leakage during a compression check, is a whole lot different when spinning 3600 RPM and the cylinder pressure is well over 500 PSI @ each firing stroke. So a lack of change doesn't truly mean you have ruled out a problem. If your valve clearance is sufficient to spec I may be mistaken. As you mentioned, this thing doesn't have many hours, so seat wear shouldn't be an issue yet, would have to have been tight from new. Just pointing out a commonly overlooked issue. The glowing muffler is one of the first things I look for if I suspect valve leakage in a small engine.
  10. What is the valve clearance? Sounds like a decent chance the exhaust valve doesn't have sufficient clearance. When all the parts get to operating temp and have swelled, the valve no longer closes fully. This is a common problem, especially on L head engines. And worse is people chase the carb, adding fuel until the cylinder washes. Put a load on the engine and listen when it gets to the point where the problem starts. You are listening for a "squeaking" sound in the exhaust pulses. Also, have your compression tester ready to go, do the test when it gets hot.
  11. I never worked on one, but figured it shouldn't be too hard to figure out. I never really looked at one of these old Deere planters, but looking at your pictures, had to say wow that's heavy duty. I can't see the left side of the gearbox well in your pictures but there's got to be some sort of linkage there that is actuated by lifting/lowering. That runs a clutch inside the center gearbox. If the external linkage is ok, something is wrong inside that case. https://partscatalog.deere.com/jdrc/sidebyside/equipment/74962/referrer/navigation/pgId/24257
  12. Occ is ticket happy for anything and every thing Big part of the issue right now, they are in need of fundraising since everyone is out to defund.... If it can go wrong, assume it will. Crossing a state line complicates things as well. If you do try to drive it, make certain everything is good, DOT, license, function. One thing wrong and a driver W/O a CDL is the difference between a ticket/fine or impoundment. Don't you have a buddy or neighbor who has the proper license and would appreciate a free breakfast, lunch, and steak dinner... maybe even a case of ice cold beer? An extra $150 on the front side could save you $ thousands.
  13. So, one question. Back in the day, how was the fuel tank cut? After my gas incident last fall, no amount of $$ could get me anywhere near a fuel tank that size with a torch!
  14. ^^ One could say a dozer is only under load 50% as it has to back up the same distance it was pushing. But varied engine RPM is also a wear factor too. So dropping to nearly low idle then accelerating to high idle every couple minutes is probably as hard on an engine as a constant 100% load. Again, fuel consumption is the best way to judge the life of the engine. That decel/accel burns fuel faster than an engine running one set RPM. Judging a piece of construction equipment to a farm tractor is also apples to oranges. Something to ponder, the new snowmobile I have ordered is about 140 horsepower. That is roughly the same as an IH 1486. There is no magic in the measurement of the HP, it is RPM x FTLBs torque ÷ 5252. In theory, that 650cc gas 2 stroke could do the work of the DT436 IH diesel. But we know that wouldn't be a workable combination, that little 2 stroke wouldn't last 50 hrs if ran like that. And a DT436 weighs 4x more than the whole snowmobile I'm getting, so a DT436 would not make a good powerplant for a sled... (be kinda cool though) Every piece of machinery ever produced has been engineered using a variation of my above analogy. The engineers cannot anticipate every application their creation will endure, therefore they design to midway point that is more market driven than anything else. So long story short, your car, truck, tractor, lawnmower or toaster oven have all been designed to last for only so long, the harder you work them, the shorter the lifespan.
  15. Never done them on a 6.5, but put new ones on my 96, 97, 98 350's. Not a pleasant job, especially on 4x4. Had same failure as you on the 98 Suburban, don't know how far I went without oil pressure. The Napa line was only a few months old too. After repair, I drove it to work and back, then pulled my oil filter off and cut it open, inspected for debris. It ended up ok. I also sent an oil sample to the lab after a 1000 miles to be sure. I think people underestimate how long the oil in the galleys and such can carry an engine that is in good condition.
  16. ^^^ Big part of it. All these older tractors had the mechanical counter that was only accurate at a certain RPM. So, say the meter was accurate at 2000 RPM, at 1500 it would take 1 hr, 15 minutes to put an hour on the meter. Another reason is duty cycle.... the percentage of time run at maximum HP. At Cat, they judge an engine by the gallons of fuel it has burned. Take a 3406E truck engine. It should burn approximately 200,000 gallons of fuel between overhauls. Say one truck is pulling light van trailers and gets 5 MPG, another truck is constantly pulling heavy haul getting 2.5 MPG. One engine will run a million miles, the other will be worn out at 500K. I don’t know the target duty cycle/lifespan they designed tractors of the past to, but it wasn't 100%. However, say it was 50%/10,000 hours. A tillage tractor running close to 100% would only last 5000 hrs, while a tractor on mixer duty only using 25% could go way more than 10k. And then, throw in the maintenance or lack of, and all other factors.....
  17. So, back in the day, there was the Funk conversion kits for a V8, has there been any other kits made since? The couple N series tractor I run had a little usefulness, but pretty much found them disappointing because there just wasn't enough power. Now, if you could put a 25-35 hp pre-emissions diesel in one, with a little ballast I bet it would be one handy little unit.
  18. JD isn't the only one and it's nothing new. Cat yellow is copyrighted, as is Massey red & silver. As far as I know, IH's shade of red was protected too.
  19. Whether you like or hate them, they sure do ask for some $$$ here in MN. I was just looking at local CL ads and the average is around $4000. One that looked like a pile of parts for $1250... nicely restored with a loader $6500. Not saying they're actually selling for that price.
  20. Is their house close by? Tell them you have to spread poultry manure to offset no spraying, (little fib). Cannot be tilled in for a few weeks as to burn off the weeds.... pile it on heavy.... After a week or so they'll probably be just fine with a little spray if you will plow the manure in.
  21. Thomas Edison poses with his first electric car, the Edison Baker, and one of its batteries. 1895. ‐-‐‐‐---------‐‐--- Not trying to pick on anyone. Though light yrs better, current EVs have the same limitations as they did back then. What is really going to hurt today is the exotic and rare materials being used to produce them.
  22. I've said it 100 times, once we learn how to effectively and efficiently produce or collect and store electricity, EVs will take over in the blink of an eye. But the tech just isn't there yet. And as long as the subsidies and tax credits are prevalent, it is going to be real hard to define between the serious players and those who are using smoke and mirrors to line their pockets.
  23. Telling of mankind.... 1970.... in 50 yrs you will carry a small device capable of contacting people just about any place on Earth instantaneously. Weighing just a few ounces, it will have more computing power than all the computers aboard the Apollo spacecraft combined. Not only will it give you access to nearly all written information from human history, but it will allow you to gather more information in pictures and videos and share them with the whole of mankind in real time. You will use this device for access and management of most all personal aspects of life.... 2020..... The top 3 most accessed websites by mobile devices are porn sites.
  24. So once we park all the planes, trucks, cars, tractors. Shut down every powerplant. Get rid of all the cows, pigs, and 1/2 the humans, moving the remainder back into caves and mud huts. And the climate continues to change, just as it has for 3.5 billion years, what are they going to blame. There is an inevitable fact, where I reside, was once a glacier of immense proportion. And the cause, as it has been explained, tells me there will be another one about 15,000 yrs after I am long gone. That's some serious climate change, and no one was spewing greenhouse gasses that could be blamed for the end of the last ice age.
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