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New Englander last won the day on October 18 2022

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    The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, Iā€™d rather fly

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  1. Good looking job. Did you roll the aluminum or buy it that way? Going to polish the whole thing?
  2. Obviously no salt on your roads. Around here the only thing left of them is the glass!
  3. Family farm was a 50 head tie stall, back when those things were viable. Hereford bull kept to service as calf went to local veal. They'd buy heifers for milking. Farmer next to me crosses some of his Holsteins to beef.
  4. GM PU spares: My '14 doesn't have a lock on the cable; I cranked it down just to check. Cable looked to be stainless! I gave everything a good dose of Fluid Film. I had a '92 PU and I ended up torching the lock off and just left it hanging on the cable after oiling the heck out of it. I was doing it on a lift thinking how pissed I'd be if I'd had a flat and couldn't get it down because of the rusted lock. My kids have BMWs with run flat tires. I always torque the lug nuts as the tire shop is likely to over torque them with an impact, something I was guilty of working at a Firestone store after school. Aluminum wheels that fit tightly to the hubs tend to corrode tightly to them. I used to use never seize but now hit them with Fluid Film. Driving a wrecker for ALA, which merged into AAA, I changed hundreds of flats on the old bias ply tires, all with a big cross wrench. We carried a block of wood to hold the wrench level and a length of pipe for the real tight ones but hardly ever needed it. When based at PHL I got a flat on the Schuylkill expressway, locally known as the Sure Kill expressway. It was a brand new car and I drove on the flat for miles to get somewhere safe to change it. By safe I mean safe from traffic, there's few places "safe" in Philadelphia!
  5. Is it a governed engine? If so will it work with the Holley? TBI will certainly improve gas mileage. My '87 Chevrolet PU with the first year TBI had a huge jump over my previous trucks and ran way better. Funny that those early computers had no way to recognize unreasonable parameters and substitute a stand-in value. The temp sensor failed on that truck to max cold, black smoke so thick that it must have told it was nearly absolute zero!šŸ˜„ Anyway, limped home, easy and cheap fix. Those Internationals have a timeless good look.
  6. It was a mini moon - at the apogee of its orbit, so it looks smaller than usual. It was nice and crisp around our way with a crystal clear sky.
  7. I kinda wish I'd have put foam under my shop but in the end it really isn't too bad to heat. 28X42 with 12' ceilings. 2 9' wide doors and one 11' wide tall door, all Garaga from Canada and well insulated. 2X6 walls well insulated and the floor joists are I-Joists for clear span, so quite deep and well insulated. Bottom line: Hot air heated with Miller mobile home furnace on a cottage base. Thermostat set at 60 24/7, turned up if I want, heats all winter in southern NH for 300 gallons of oil. Slap is on crushed concrete, I don't know if that has any effect or not but since the heat is always 60 degrees or more it's never sweaty or too cold.
  8. I hit some low branches and bent mine so I put a ratchet strap on it attached to a barn beam and straightened it. I've since bent it again slightly but not as bad so left it. I'd repair it rather than listening to exhaust.
  9. They kept breaking the tiny nail file off my clippers. I tried to explain that the directive meant a woman's long pointed file to no avail. SFO airport had a barrel full of disposable and non disposable safety razors before they figured out that what was meant was straight razors - cut throat razors, not safety razors. Thousands standing around truly described the TSA back then. I surrendered a nice Old Timer pocket knife once. I didn't have time to walk back to the truck and there's no way I'll ever check a bag.
  10. Just like every punk in the hood is carrying a gun here they're carrying a knife with bad intent as it's not as easy to get a gun there. I guess the upside is that there's less collateral damage as you have to be close to your victim with a knife. In the states the untrained punks hold the gun sideways like in the movies and fire indiscriminately in the general direction of their intended victim thus killing or wounding many innocents in the vicinity. Just about every boy of my generation always had a knife for the things you need one for, not to terrorize the neighborhood. I laughingly remember a nun asking if a boy would lend her a knife and besides the usual pocket knifes, the kids from the projects volunteered their switchblades. I hated that after 911 I had to leave my pocket knife in my truck to commute to work. I'll bet everyone here always carries a knife and has a use for it almost every day.
  11. I had one of the "original auto burglar alarm" , a pyrotechnic device you attached to the ignition coil wire after you pulled it. I tried to find a picture of one on Google and came up with this listing on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/353819321310?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&mkscid=101&itemid=353819321310&targetid=1493511202785&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9058761&poi=&campaignid=19851828444&mkgroupid=145880009014&rlsatarget=pla-1493511202785&abcId=9307249&merchantid=6296724&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA_tuuBhAUEiwAvxkgTgVIdgzFpnm-x5UHMaaQidJweUbQc-2kSm91RPlYnYF77V89nxNamRoCKBkQAvD_BwE Anyway I modified one with a dozen fireworks taped around it with the fuses stuck in the end so they'd light. I put it on the top of my Chinese buddies air cleaner between the air cleaner and the hood. Holy crap! It went off better than expected with the report followed by the scream followed by the firework reports. Sammy did some martial arts and actually pulled the tumbler and key out of the Camero steering wheel trying to get it stopped. We both drove wreckers for the place but I was mostly turning wrenches in the shop. He knew that I'd run out and start my wrecker at going home time and let it warm. Well, he got me back. It was mid January and there was an old snow plow frozen deep in mud behind my truck. He put the hook on it and engaged the PTO. End of day I ran out, started it and ran in. I was wondering why a bunch of guys were standing around when one finally asked me what my truck was doing. By that time it was pointing well in the air and had stalled. Old wrecker had a two speed winch Sam had thoughtfully put in low so it actually stood the truck up before the engine stalled. Truce called. There had been lots of back and forth leading up to the final events I can't remember over 50 years later but this capped it.
  12. It's an oldie for sure. I wonder if it's real? Good story anyway.
  13. I believe an A is .50, hence my suspicion that it's special OEM.
  14. Mr. Tig welds a piece of cast iron for Jay Leno with some special rod. It seemed to work but he comments that he can hear cracks as he's welding, so I'm not fully convinced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpM050DGCA0
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