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  1. 57 minutes ago, yellowrosefarm said:

    I'd like to see the fuel bill for a days outing on the bay in that!

    The reason I sold my Wellcraft with twin 454s. $1000 at the fuel dock was the end.

    As was said already: The second happiest day😁

    My kids is in the CG and based in Boston, not far away. He's now talking about buying a boat although he just seemed to fall asleep on my boats. I guess that's why he's suited for long patrols on the cutter as he can sleep anywhere, anytime.

    I told him get one to trailer and keep it at our place for free and simply launch it at the local marina.

    Although an officer he's a boarding officer so the enlisted guys will let him drive the small boats on occasion.

  2. Slow cranking may, or may not be the starter motor. I'd take a good look at the cables, both power and ground and the battery shut-off switch if it has one. It's kind of a hostile environment, especially salt water.

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  3. On 7/1/2022 at 1:15 AM, Twolines said:

    Since we are on the subject of trapping and using all of the catch or as much as one can.... any of u try eating beaver(he he not joking about what ur thinking)? If u have not, try in some time its delicious. Wife calls it creek beef. My favorite is slicing the little back strap into medallions and making teriyaki...good stuff. We've also made it pot roast style, if u close ur eyes ud swear u were eating beef.

    I'm not likely to try but one of those culvert clogging critters I shot last summer was really appreciated by a mom Bobcat and her kittens. It was on the tailboard of my pickup  and I needed to do an errand so tossed it beside the barn. The cats went at it for a couple of days until the coyotes dragged it off.

  4. 5 hours ago, td9inidaho said:

    My son and I made a golf ball cannon, round pipe in a pipe, 5 feet long, set it up to take shotgun primers as an ignition system as apposed to fuses. Works great. Anything from shop brooms to gophers have been shot out if it, no cats, sorry too small 😂. Make sure to use black powder as any other gun powder burns too fast, to high of pressures. Ask me how we know 🤔

    Did I mention we border a well know golf courses 9th hole?  They "might" end up with a few random balls on their green 😂😂


    As kids we made a similar one. Drilled a hole in a pipe cap and used a cherry bomb for propellant. We quit after the second shot for two reasons: We were launching in the general direction of town and couldn't actually see the balls in flight and, after the second shot, the pipe was about to fail. Even as 10 year olds we came to the conclusion that we were going to kill someone, an innocent by golf ball or one of us from shrapnel. 

    The most fun we had was with a tennis ball cannon. They were made with steel soda cans, about 5 or 6 using alcohol for propellant. The can top and bottoms were half cut and aligned except for the top and bottom cans. Top can was full opened for the ball and bottom had a touch hole. Cans were taped together with duct tape. To use alcohol was splashed in and shaken around to coat all the surfaces, ball installed and touched off from bottom can while resting square on the ground. First shot might be sort of a squib being too rich but the next 2 or three would really send the ball. The challenge was to try to catch it coming down at terminal velocity. Shooting up into low clouds increased the difficulty.

    I still have one! I took it out years ago, re-taped it, and entertained my kids. There's no way to build them anymore as the cans don't exist.

    Unlike the golf ball cannon there's little chance of killing someone with a tennis ball. Couldn't shoot unless base on the ground as the tape wouldn't hold.

  5. 40 minutes ago, hardtail said:

    Agreed on many points, if you enjoy 2 wheels and the wind who cares what brand the chariot is, think Jesse James lamb basted bikers at a huge event years ago and was making his living in the industry 

    Do have apes on my wideglide and can ride all day, each bike has a different style and layout to suit the rider, I don't get the skull kerchief when you live in town and might hit a bug at 32 mph

    I hope I didn't offend.... I rode one briefly with apes and could never see myself liking it.

    Way back a mechanic who I knew to have a Honda 750 tricked out as a Cafe Racer with clip-ons and rear-sets, showed up with a brand new Heritage Soft Tail (for those who don't know it's styled to look like an ancient hard tailed bike but has a hidden suspension) I said "pretty bike" he said "try it". I promptly dragged the floor boards just pulling out of the parking lot and sheepishly rode back. He said "it isn't made for corners".

    When I came across him some years later he was still heavily into riding but switched to side cars so he could carry his stuff. Side cars are a trip! Totally different and a little scary for my novice riding attempts. It would take some getting used to.

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  6. I forgot to mention that mine was caught in a leg hold trap, not a live trap.

    Approach slowly talking softly, cover with blanket, let it calm down a bit then leave enough blanket off at the opening to let it out and release.

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  7. 4 hours ago, td9inidaho said:

    City folks buy a bike and a harley shirt, and think they are bikers. My opinion is the real fools are the people buying into the "Harley club" 😂😂


    About 30 years ago when the baby boomers were first buying the bike their mothers wouldn't let them have a few of the guys in the flight department where I worked, the department manager, the chief pilot, and the maintenance manager all when whole hog, so as to speak.

    They invited me on a charity ride and I was going to use my Commando but it turned up to have a flat tire so I took my GS1100.

    I showed up and found a group of new riders. They all had complete leathers, forward controls and ape hangers and proudly wore jackets with giant HOG (Harley Owner's Group) patches on their backs like they were part of some outlaw bike gang. I was relegated to the back of the pack while they rode in staggered formation, slowly, as they really couldn't ride.

    I couldn't believe the snobbery! They were looking down their noses at a bike that could out speed, out handle, and out brake them! thought it was a ride for charity! After being reprimanded for breaking formation I decided F this and passed the whole column at warp 9. 

    I've got nothing against HDs but really laugh at the guys who try to look bad on their new bikes. The ape hangers crack me up. After the blood starts draining out of their arms you see them riding single handed. Watching one trying to negotiate a high speed curve with forward controls is a trip.

    They look bad azsed though!

    I remember meeting up and riding with a guy on an ancient Sportster. We were pretty evenly matched as the Sportster would pull ahead on the straights with the Commando catching up on the curves. Two old bikes meant for riding, not looking pretty. It was inpromptu and when we went our seperate ways we both had smiles.

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  8. I was faced with the same problem and made a syringe extension out of PVC pipe - one with a cap with a hole for the needle and a smaller one to push the plunger inside. I approached slowly talking softly apologizing for what I was about to do and gave it about 30cc of acetone. It closed its eyes and quietly passed away without spraying. 

    I had no quarrel with that skunk, just the ground hog that dug the hole it was investigating and felt badly about it.

    I've read that some trappers will talk softly and approach slowly and release the trap. I don't have the balls. I was in a full Tyvek suit just getting close.

    Edit: Found picture!

    Skunk pole (2).JPG

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  9. 7 hours ago, hardtail said:

    And with the GM hydroboost system you get both on the diesel, who ever dreamed that up should be shot, if you ever lose one its essential to have the other

    Actually, while steering assist is lost you still have brakes through an accumulator. Try it. Place truck in neutral and coast, shut engine off and try braking and there should be plenty of stopping available.

    Hydro boost is on gas 3/4 and 1 tons.

  10. 9 hours ago, acem said:

    Anybody know the story about the tachometers and guages?

    How good are they?

    I've got one of their tachometers. It's marketed for the early version of a 786 so the PTO mark is slightly wrong but otherwise it works OK. It's got about 100 hours on it over a couple of years with no problems.

    Tractor tach.jpg

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  11. I've had a few. Last was an '87 C10. It had 387 on the clock when I sold it. engine was never touched 350 but rest was a bit like grampa's axe - 2 new heads, 6 new handles.

    I've still got a '79 C60 and an '85 C70 which use the same basic cab and doors but the floors are flat.

  12. Average A&P mechanic at a major airline is making in the 90k range. Our guys, granted very experienced and with a lot of responsibility are way north of 150. There's no reason a good and experienced diesel mechanic shouldn't be making 90 or more depending on location.

  13. 22 hours ago, hardtail said:

    beautiful art piece, some liked and some bashed

    Yes, they polish up nicely. The bashers don't bother to learn how they work. There's no choke as such and no accelerator pump, just a single jet and no idle jet so it's a mystery to some. Tuned properly they provide the same mixture across the RPMs.

  14. I was about 14 working after school pumping gas when the shop mechanic was having a good laugh. It seems a do it yourself guy was checking for leaks and loose screws and tightened the mixture screw in the carburetor. Needles to say it wouldn't idle.

    The idle mixture screws on the Amal Concentric carbs on my Norton are actually air screws rather than fuel screws, so out is lean, in rich.

  15. 6 hours ago, KY2674 said:

    I couldn't budge the crank

    You'll get the most leverage on the flywheel teeth with a bar if that's not what you're already doing. I've got a few moving that way that would slide the tires when pulled in high gear.

    Good luck to the boys and to dad😁

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  16. On 6/13/2022 at 11:36 AM, Rawleigh99 said:

    3M 5200!  Just make sure it doesn't need to come up again, because it won't!  When used on boats it will pull the gelcoat off before it lets go.  If you need something a little bit milder (but not much) #M 4200.  That is what most thru hull fittings are bedded in on boats.

    5200 is the grippiest stuff I've ever come across! Trying to replace anything on a boat that's been installed with it is likely to take a bit of the boat when removing it. I always found it amazing that it's not a two-part sealant. Placed on a clean surface nothing is getting through it.

  17. It's real tough on working women. Those trying to pump often can't take the time. My daughter didn't take to breast milk so it was fomula for her while my son thrived on it but wouldn't take a bottle. Luckily we could afford to have my wife stay home with the kids until middle school but many families can't manage that.

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  18. I'm the odd guy out. My wife actually wore the belt out! She's on it faithfully every day at 05:00 for 30 minutes except on weekends and in the summer when she's home. I bought it used but like new. I suspect it was like most - used to hang clothes on before we got it. Surprisingly changing the belt was not too hard and a lot cheaper than buying a new machine.

    On the other hand I tried it but if I can't walk outside I'm not walking. She watches the local AM news; I found it boring.

  19. 18 hours ago, oleman said:

    Piper Navajo PA 31-325 airplane

    Thinking of you, good looking well maintained twin!

    Wonder what this old girl will sell for?

    Clean looking Navajo. Value can be all over the place depending on the airframe, engine, and prop times as well as any damage history or corrosion problems. There's a hint of some problem and does inspection required mean that it's out of annual inspection?

    Throwing a wild guess maybe under 100. One with low times and well equipped could be worth around 250. Overhauling those engines and props can push 50 grand a side.

    Edit: Actually reading the limited description, it is out of annual.

  20. We just had a heat pump installed in the house so I now have 3 window units available. Shop is well insulated so if I have an extended project I will have AC!

    Shop tends to stay cool until doors are opened anyway so it's quick in and out.

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