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    It extended past the punch card era. About 15 years ago we were getting dunned on a bill with ever increasing threats. The balance was zero but the threats kept coming - If you don't pay $0.00 immediately your account will be forwarded to a collection agency with resultant credit score penalties. We ignored the letters for a while but they kept coming so finally we sent a check for $0.00; problem solved!
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    One of my mom's jobs was as keypunch operator. Hundreds of women typists putting data on stacks of cards. "Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate!" That's a long way from PCs.The card readers were huge and storing that much data on paper cards took stacks of boxes. Much went on to reels of tape.
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    First computer was an IBM with a 20meg HD. I do know guys who had Commodore 64s and the like and were actually playing around with simple programs but the reality was then that without a mainframe or at least a mini you weren't going to do much. Most of us had to do something to make a living and playing around with something with no HD and maybe a big floppy wasn't going to pay the bills - who knew?! I was learning to fly, it's been a very good gig, even better for those starting now; pay that I hadn't dreamed of! Having said that: If I had been a geek instead of a gearhead I certainly could have learned more than just using some DOS program somebody wrote but I have no regrets. Most everyone here could have done the same but had no interest in something you can't touch or just had to make a living in what they were trained to do. Bloomberg is very good, excellent in fact, at what he was trained to do and would be lost on a farm or factory despite his assertions to the contrary and claims of superior gray matter.
  4. After market frame brackets are available, usually about a hundred bucks apiece but you still have to weld them on and the frame wouldn't be reinforced as nicely as your man does. That's great looking work!
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    It's not a fair observation. Writing code didn't exist when the now old-timers had fresh gray matter, it's not what they learned but stating they couldn't learn it is irrelevant. It's very likely all of us could learn to write code if it was in the correct time frame. It's not easy to transition from one discipline to another after a certain, somewhat variable point in life.
  6. Lots of auto parts stores like O'Rily's will let you borrow one.
  7. A couple you can find on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ABN-Universal-Harmonic-Balancer-Installer/dp/B0748K6R9M/ref=pd_sbs_263_img_0/145-4307515-9453761?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0748K6R9M&pd_rd_r=45e1d473-97db-40be-8c18-1d0a9754be1c&pd_rd_w=plloN&pd_rd_wg=KamHt&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=VMPPK4JH0B7RW4PQ155Z&psc=1&refRID=VMPPK4JH0B7RW4PQ155Z This one by OTC is only $10 more: https://www.amazon.com/OTC-4531-Harmonic-Balancer-Installer/dp/B000F5LIW4
  8. Those guys do hard chrome, not the same as decorative chrome but rather used on things like hydraulic cylinders or aircraft shock struts.
  9. That's definitely more modern, maybe '30s or even '40s? Yes adjustable draft on the firebox and a valve that would direct the heat over the top, around the right side, under the bottom, then up the back to the flue or, directly to the flue. To start the fire you throw the valve to direct directly to flue also to feed the fire as it draws the smoke in. One of my colleagues said his mom had the same stove and kept a nice even temp burning corn cobs. We liked as the temp on the top varies from roaring boil to just warm depending where you put the pot. Great for keeping food warm like at Thanksgiving when there's multiple dishes brought by family. My mom had one that was converted to oil and it ran all winter. It had two round wicks and the oil fed from a five gallon jug that gurgled like a water cooler. I wish I had one like it. She made the best baked beans in it. Sometimes when money was tight and we ran out of coal it was the only heat in the house.
  10. I never minded cutting it but my kids would split it, wife stacked. It was nice to see brother and sister working side by side and funny to watch my son happy to let his sister do the majority of the lifting! Kids are gone now so splitter sits idle and we buy it cut and split except when I cut some of my own trees. We used to buy log length and I'd hold the log with backhoe with thumb to cut it.
  11. There's a guy in town who has done quite well for himself. He owns 100s of apartments and commercial buildings. He built a gorgeous 5500 sqft home that looks like a wealthy home from the 19th century. It's open concept inside with resawn beam floors, high end appliances, etc. Our kids are the same age so I got a tour. He was lamenting that even though he ran 2" copper pipe from the main the pressure was terrible and he needed a booster. While looking at the pump in the utility room I noticed the breaker panel and asked about the service - 400 amps! He said he didn't like the lights to dim when something started 😁 The utilities are all underground and at least a 3000' run. Must have cost a fortune. One of the other guys who had kids on the same team asked him how old the place was, which was the greatest compliment as it was brand new but styled traditional.
  12. We had two styled Bs, one late '40s with cast iron frame like the ones pictured and another '52 with pressed steel frame. Both were electric start and started real easy although the lights had lost the mirroring and weren't the best. The '52 had 6 speeds and way more useful including a descent road gear. You have to remember that the tractors that came originally on steel wheels would not have a fast road gear as it would be too dangerous. The '52 had an aftermarket 3 point that worked quite well but no draft, of course. The A was actually my FIL's, '49, or maybe '50 with pressed steel frame. Hydraulics came off the powertrol to lift the mounted sickle bar mower. I've still got a 620. It mostly pulls a York rake or plows and rotor tills the garden. I also use an offset flail mower on it although it should have some front weights when carrying it. I'm always amazed that even if well below zero it fires on the first turn. Good CAT 2 three point. You should have a headset on any open station tractor, more so on a 2 cylinder! Harley riders might appreciate the sound.
  13. Show chrome: Pauls' Chrome in PA. They did my MG TF grill. and some other stuff. The grill was a mess and now it looks like new. Very expensive but the only ones I would trust to an unobtainium piece. FIL sent his '56 Vic bumper to another place for less money and a very good job but the name escapes me now.
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