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  1. With the vast knowledge here I figured I'd ask before I tore it apart.

    It's a 10 HP horizontal shaft L head single on a generator. It was sitting running fine and stopped. It started back up right away but is shaking badly. Ignition is strong and since it starts so easily I doubt it sheared the flywheel key, common on lawn mowers when they strike something.  Carburetor looks fine, nothing clogged, needle works as it should. Cranking compression is 90 psi. I suspect it probably has a centrifugal compression release on the cam. 

    The shaking is so severe on the rubber mounts that gas is shaken out of the float bowl vent. With the air filter in place that gas gets sucked back in causing it to be rich, which made me suspect a sunken float, but it's OK.

    I don't know how it couples to the generator but I'm wondering if something failed there causing a great out of balance condition.

    Any ideas? I'll pull it tomorrow and separate it from the generator tomorrow.

  2. We fed pigs a couple of tons of ice cream when the freezer at a local dairy broke. The packages in the center of the pallets were still frozen solid so we humans had more than our fill. They really seemed to appreciate the treat! The packaging I'm sure degraded eventually in the manure.

    Yes, they love pork as well. We fed restaurant garbage and that contained partly eaten steaks, chops, and even lobsters. Sometimes tourists who I guess were not from the coast would try lobster and either not find it to their liking or didn't know how to attack it, and didn't finish their treat. Pigs had no qualms and would crunch it up. I once dumped a barrel with at least a dozen crustaceans that I guess were pre-cooked and not sold so disposed. Those were highly regarded!

    One restaurant actually paid a bounty for returned china and flatware. Apparently  their bus help was a bit careless.

    Yes, definitely omnivorous, but raw onions? I don't think they'd like them, can't have bad breath in the pen.

  3. 7 hours ago, Dasnake said:

    paper route

    Mine was a Sears bike. Basket on the front and a bag slung over my shoulder. I wore out many a tire with that single speed coaster brake bike but I always had money!

    For some reason the rear axle broke, probably due to aggressive braking, so I replaced it with new assembly ordered from Sears. I never did get the wheel to run quite true. As I got older and gave up the paper routes for pumping gas I took the basket off. I sat on the handle bars while my best friend pedaled us around until he got a license and a '57 Ford, then we rode in style. Steering wheel was missing when he first got it so he drove it for a few days with a pair of vice grips clamped on the shaft to steer.

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  4. Well, kid's BMWs are too old but there's no way I would go for it in any case.

    The concept isn't new. Our airplanes have options that are already installed but require additional payment to be turned on. An example is CPDLC or Controller Pilot Datalink Communication. The software and hardware are already installed but, I suppose, operators who fly domestically only may not need it. For international operations in the North Atlantic High Level Airspace it's a requirement or else you have to fly below FL290 or above FL 410 - 29,000'/41,000'. In many other regions it's not required but sure makes it easier and safer to use rather than voice communications where English may be a second language. HF radio generally sucks and VHF is limited to line of sight. It's real fun to try to decipher what a third world controller using a surplus East German radio is trying to convey.

    You can still buy MS Office resident software but they're really pushing subscription. No way for me. I'll use third party or pirate software before I get locked into a subscription.

  5. I have a '79 C60 with a single master cylinder and remote booster. It the thing I worry about the most. I replaced all the flex hoses and a couple of steel lines after having a hose fail (slight heart attack) but missed one steel that looked good but rotted under a clamp. Luckily, it failed when I was hitting brakes hard to slam the tailboard, so just set the parking brake.

    My daughter had a coated steel line give way when she was away at college. The line was perfect except where a stone nicked the coating. She still had the front system but found the low brake pedal disconcerting, so I hauled a trailer up and trailered it home to fix.

    I've had snow chains fail and take the brakes with them back in the single system days.

    I replaced all the lines with SS on my 2004 2500 and replaced all the fuel  and transmission lines too but with OEM. I noticed that fuel lines all seem to be plastic now, an improvement in my opinion. Plenty of air brake plastic lines and they seem to hold up OK.

    Yep, if you loose the fronts on a dual system the rears don't stop all that well but some brakes are a boatload better than NO brakes.

  6. 10 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

    Thanks everyone

    NE - What are the units for "delta CG"?

    Gearclash - I see that sky.civ lets you have a play for free so I'll look more.  Might be more questions.

    Whatever units you're using for arm, usually inches or mm or cm depending upon what you normally use.

    Edit: I just saw that Hardtail said the same.

  7. You can probably do like the sailplane. Establish a datum and measure the arm from there. Weight X arm = moment. Moment / total weight = CG.  Decide what percentage forward you want on the tongue and adjust the CG accordingly.

    That's my aircraft thinking but someone with trailer building probably has a better idea.


    Back when I was doing a lot of avionics installation we would look to help out a CG problem by locating the equipment. I had to look up the formula. Maybe it's helpful:


  8. 10 hours ago, oldtanker said:

    bee keepers

    When the bees are brought in to my friend's blueberry farm they surround the hives with two electric fences with HD chargers and ground wires. Bears are starving in the spring and are not easily deterred.

    One of the teachers in my wife's school found her bird feeder disturbed one morning on the way to work. After work she went to clean up the mess, turned the corner, and found herself face to face with the bear. To hear her tell the story is hilarious, She threw up her arms and screamed, the bear threw up its arms and grunted, and they both ran in opposite directions.  

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  9. 3 hours ago, Twolines said:

    the gazillions of mosquitoes

    It seems they're awful in the north. The absolute worst I've ever experienced was Frobisher Bay. Back when we had shorter range craft we had to stop there for fuel when going to Europe from the west coast. Miserable cold in winter and literal clouds of hungry mosquitoes in summer. They were attracted to anything that moved and there would be a swarm on the plane as we taxied up to the ramp. The only reason I can think of to live there is if you're hiding out from the law.

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  10. The problem with repairing the frame is finding good metal to weld to. Jeeps are kind of an exception as they have a known salt trap but good metal not to far away and kits to repair are available. Sadly, frame rot often means the next trip is to the junk yard.

    Check out just rolled in on YouTube for some scary rot from no safety inspection states.

  11. I recently stumbled upon this when researching another stock. Looks like a sizeable R&D budget.

    I have nothing to gain or loose, just remembered seeing it by accident:

    • Deere research and development expenses for the quarter ending April 30, 2022 were $0.453B, a 20.16% increase year-over-year.
    • Deere research and development expenses for the twelve months ending April 30, 2022 were $1.699B, a 9.19% increase year-over-year.
    • Deere annual research and development expenses for 2021 were $1.587B, a 3.47% decline from 2020.
    • Deere annual research and development expenses for 2020 were $1.644B, a 7.8% decline from 2019.
    • Deere annual research and development expenses for 2019 were $1.783B, a 7.54% increase from 2018.
  12. On 7/8/2022 at 3:48 PM, ihrondiesel said:

    I hit a $6500 turkey awhile back, close enough?


    Got an unknown with a jet. $20,000 leading edge slat. Got a red tailed hawk in the landing gear which cracked a door fitting. I never heard the repair cost. Got a Canada goose with the gear door. Cut its head clean off, no airplane damage. Funny story on that one: Tower controller reported a flock on the ground off the runway. Just before touchdown they took off and were flying low across the runway where I got one. I asked the controller if it had clearance to cross the runway and the quick thinking controller came back with "no, but he was squawking" (airplane talk meaning transponder code). Funny for pilots and controllers.

    Over the years I've hit numerous small birds, usually with little or no damage. I got one in an engine. We knew as a chicken smell came into the cabin. Borescope showed no damage so it must have been very small.

    Here's one that made it well into the cockpit:


    Challenger bird inside.jpg

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  13. 17 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

    I assume you are dealing with something more modern, probably turbo with retractable gear. I am basing my experience off of a 45 min drive to the airport and a 1957 182. 

    1978 fixed gear, normally aspirated. Gross weight is 300lb more than a '57, 2950 v 2650, airplane cabin is about 2" wider, bigger baggage compartment, cuffed wing leading edge but still 230hp. With just me and my wife it's funny taking off from the 2 mile Pease runway. Without trying it's off the ground before the first thousand foot sign.

    Yeah, it depends 😁.

  14. 5 hours ago, Lazy WP said:

    When I was on the ranch up by Sandhiller, the ranch owners flew into Valentine from Holdrege. Fog or wind, don’t remember which the first time, but they couldn’t take off twice. Only an hour to get to the ranch in the plane, but with the weather it made for a 2 day trip. 

    That can be a problem. Instrument conditions are not a problem for me as the plane is qualified and I make my living at it.

    The big problem is ice. If the freezing level is lower than the clouds then it can be a problem, so in winter I generally need better weather than other times of the year. Few single engine airplanes are equipped for icing conditions and I don't know of any that are approved for "known icing conditions". There's a system for a 182 but expensive and heavy.

    The problem with airframe ice is that it changes the shape of the airfoil. A little rime ice isn't a big deal but clear ice and especially mixed ice can drastically increase drag and increase the stall speed and obscure the windshield. In the jet with heated wings and windshield we hardly give it a thought as we encounter icing conditions regularly. The only ice protection on a 182 is a heated pitot tube.

    The above said, with good planning you can accomplish many missions.

    Below is a picture of an iced up 182 like mine. He almost made it unscathed but needed to land even faster with more power. The plane stalled and landed very hard: http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2020/01/structural-icing-cessna-182q-skylane.html

    Well iced 182.jpg

  15. 6 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

    My gripe about the plane is that for anything under 3 hours the screwing around at the hangar, pre trip, post trip, travel to and from the airport. It isn't worth it. Then you either need, a car rental, courtesy car or someone has to come get you. There are folding bicycles, but a 182 has such a limited capacity that it isn’t like you can take every one and everything. 
    not much comparison to a boat really, but either way it is an expensive hobby that requires a real love  of it to be justified. 

    That's sort of an "it depends". My hangar is about a 1/4 mile from my house as the crow flys but a 6-10 minute drive depending upon the traffic light. For the missions I mentioned - island or across Cape Cod Bay, it's the plane hands down. Another one: Quebec City, about 2 hours by plane, almost 6 hours by car. It's a walk around city, like going to Europe in character, so once you Uber to the hotel you're walking anyway. As for load capacity, I can take two men, two women and enough bags for a weekend with full or nearly full fuel. Plane has long range tanks and will out fly your bladder easily.

    Covid shut down some of my plans for the last couple of years but we'll be visiting PEI this year. Hotel on the million plus Marriott points I accumulate. I'll have to rent a car, yes.

    So, it "depends" on your mission. The advent of Uber in many places has mitigated the other end ground transportation in many places.

    It also depends upon the individual. I happen to hold an A&P license with an Inspection Authorization so maintenance only costs me parts and maybe outside machine work if say, I send a cylinder out for repair. I also have to pay a certified repair station for biennial altimeter and transponder checks. As for the other avionics: I once owned an avionics shop so and can do my own installations thus replaced most of the ancient radios with modern including electronic flight instruments, so thus removed the entire vacuum system and saved the weight of the old stuff. I installed a new interior and all new glass too. Some things do bite such as the prop. The blades were beyond overhaul size and the hub needed to be updated. That was a 6k bite.

    It's still expensive but the plane is also appreciating. With the improvements I've made and appreciation the plane I bought for 57k would now sell for 120+.


  16. My wife and I did a trip to NYC when the kids were little. On the way home we did a pee stop/driver change and just when we got back on the highway my wife hit a big buck. Suburban was still drivable, lady trucker behind us stopped and provided a bungee to keep radiator out of fan. Steering cooler slightly leaking but not bad. Damage was in the 4k range.

    I came real close to hitting a Bull Elk on highway 82 in Aspen one night. He owned the road and didn't even move. Luckily I wasn't moving fast and was able to swerve. We used to see lots of strikes on I70 but they've fenced most of it. Elk are huge and will really ruin your day.

  17. On 7/7/2022 at 9:24 AM, Art From Coleman said:

    Could have used the same amount of fuel, and went a lot further, in a light plane.

    My 182 burns 12 GPH Does 135 kt TAS so about 150 miles/hour. Two weeks ago the wife and I did a day trip to Nantucket, an impossible task by land/ferry as it would take at minimum 3 hours just to get to ferry dock, probably way worse than that due summer tourist traffic. Round trip fuel burn about 20 gallons at about $7 average due very expensive island fuel but, buying fuel waived parking charge.

    True, you can't fish from a landplane but for getting somewhere fast it's hard to beat. A couple of days later we did the same to Provincetown, MA, only 35 minutes by air from Portsmouth, NH,  3.5 hours to drive. Airport shuttles a buck or two/person.

    On the other hand we could explore the Gulf of Maine and coast with the boats, live, eat, sleep, cook on it but in reality we just hardly ever could find the time to do it.

    Both are expensive for sure.

  18. 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.

  19. 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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  20. 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.

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