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  1. 1 hour ago, mader656 said:

    You can dress for cold you can only take so much off before it's illegal/gross.

    Montana record low -70 to 117 highest spread of any state.

    We got everyone beat on wind speed not associated with a hurricane: 231MPH New Hampshire Mt. Washington.

    When flying shorter range aircraft from the west coast to Europe we used to fuel stop at Frobisher Bay where we regularly encountered -40s. It was strange to descend from altitude and not have it warm up much. Open the cabin door and it snatches the breath right out of you.

    Stopping there in the summer and the mosquitoes would suck the blood out of you in minutes. I have no idea why anyone would live there if not born an Inuit and I'm glad to be able to overfly it now.

  2. 9 hours ago, AKwelder said:

       Biggest thing is two of the grease zerks are not standard.  And now missing.  So I need to find something to fit, and they are bigger than 1/8 pipe, but it just about is the same size, so I need to get that figured out. 


  3. 26 minutes ago, bitty said:

    If you could only find someone to weld a plate inside of the double bevel rims with holes in it to line up with the holes where your current rims clamp, maybe it would work?

    Where would he find someone to weld it?

  4. My uncles did loose hay into the '50s. Cut with a sickle bar on a Jubilee Ford, Tedded by hand, raked with a horse drawn dump rake, pitched by hand into a wagon, pitched up to loft, then up to next loft. Wow! I'm glad I was too young to help! By the time I started to help we were raking with a side delivery and baling with a pony engine baler. I'd load bales until my pipe-stem arms gave out, stack until they really gave out, then drive the '48 Brockway. 

  5. 10 hours ago, AKwelder said:

    Wow, Monday it was trying to get above zero in the morning, then yesterday it dang near hit 60, so I serviced the 460. Ended up changing the oil, the hydraulic hoses on the fast hitch, giving it a good greasing (and putting in some new zerks) and then doing the air cleaner.  Generally going over the tractor, I will be ordering ignition parts and probably change her over to electronic. I also was having starting issues so off came the starter solenoid and the contacts got cleaned and polished.  It's like a new tractor!?


    with the very warm temps and the blade she was really shaving the soft top off the hard pack so I did that and moved on, I will grab some photos today.


    Wednesday it's off to the line for a job, yuck.  But it pays the bills and spring should be here when I get back,    

    Work keeps interfering with everything!

  6. Happened around 8 AM and there were some people inside but no one hurt. There were actually several hangars involved and lots of crushed planes, even a Fedex single engine Caravan. It took over six months to extract them all. The planes that were standing on their tails had to be blocked up in that position while the structure was cut off them then lowered with cranes. Some planes were undamaged but the hangars had to be shored up and partially removed to get them out. Taxiing by you could see lots of temporary steel attached to the outside.  It happened about 6 or 7 years ago and the litigation is probably still going on.

  7. This happened a few years ago at Washington Dulles airport (IAD). Millions of dollars in destroyed business jets. Seems some one under estimated the snow load possible in Virginia!

    Dulles hangar collapse.jpg

  8. 7 hours ago, AKwelder said:

    Ouch. Guy across from the in laws. 




    i think that's his 656, his Deere is further in

    What am I looking at? Is it just a roof collapse or is it missing a wall? The snow doesn't look all that deep; did it rain on it?

  9. 4 hours ago, AKwelder said:

    Getting to be a big snow pile in the yard at work




    wonder how long it will take to melt

    Boston's 2015 snow pile finally melted on July 14! Tremendous amount of trash and junk left when it finally did.

  10. 9 hours ago, AKwelder said:

    Yeah, off to the west from here, time will tell, 1 to 4 billion barrels of recoverable crude they think, maybe, if the data is right

    Amazing that the administration has not declared it a "National Monument"!

  11. Can you elaborate on the ground issues?

    My shop is built on what has been called a floating slab that’s supposed to be designed for less than stable ground. Heavily reinforced perimeter with rebar and wire/fiberglass reinforced floor with no frost wall. I used it to economize on the concrete rather than any issues with frozen ground. It’s performed well and I saved enough money on it to construct the approach ramps for the doors. No cracks except at the bottom of the score lines where it should.

    The downside:

    I should have spent the money for a frost wall construction. The slab must be dead level so unlike a frost wall construction you can’t pitch the floors to drain out the doors. Consequently all the snow and ice that comes in on the vehicles and melts in the heated shop pools and has to be squeegeed out. 28X42 shop with 12 foot ceilings heats on less than 300 gal/yr with a Miller mobile home furnace on a cottage base.  2X6 walls and clear span I-joists make for lots of insulation room.

  12. 6 hours ago, AKwelder said:

    Newly enlisted? Or returning?


    which branch.?


    either way thank him for his service. 

    Appointed to the USCG Academy. Four years school plus five years obligation. I'm quite proud of him.

  13. On 6/12/2016 at 4:55 PM, AKwelder said:

    Being a father on fathers day



    Went skeet shooting with my son and we had a great father's day. He's off to the military in a week and I'll miss him.

  14. Whatever Momma wants Momma can have in the household dept , That way Papa can have what Papa wants in the outdoor equipment dept. :)

    Is she looking at "top load " or "front load " ??

    Front I hope. And get the dang pedestal this time

    After having terrible luck with a Maytag front loader we went with a Samsung, and did get the pedestal this time. We wanted American made and threw a grand+ away on the POS Maytag. The Samsung is highly praised by every reviewer, and I can count our family in that group now.

    Finding a totally made in America washer is nearly impossible:


  15. And here is something you don't see every day


    He is hauling doubles

    I bet he can't back those up!

    I only towed tractor trailers a few times when I was a kid. The one time I had to back one up I was glad it was nearly straight and short.

  16. Long days are heading your way though. I was just looking at my paperwork for tonight's trip to Iceland and sunrise is already at 05:44, sunset at 21:09. They're now low '40s during the day, just above freezing at night.

  17. My I.H. experience is in trucks and the Hough line.As far as trucks go,the K,L,and R-lines were a great solid truck for the period they were made.They sold a lot of Loadstars,but in hard city use,they were hot,noisy,the doors flew open when you hit potholes,climate control was poor,the cheap connectors on the wiring harnesses would give trouble and the truck would quit in the middle of the street.The hydraulic brake systems were a nightmare.The Cargostar was not even a contender against the Ford C series.The DV-550 engine was a total horror show.The S-series was the start of the greatest thing to happen to the truck line and the introduction of the DT466 in the later STAR series trucks was long overdue.After I.H. fixed the 1" lifter and camshaft problems and got rid of the rotary pump on the 466,It became the standard of the industry.The little 6.9 and 7.3 was a stroke of genius,even though they tended to be overworked to an early death.I blame salesmen for that one.The 9.0 liter was OK after they straightened out the fire-ring heads.As far as the equipment goes,the 580 CASE was the best loader/hoe in it's class,in that era.The 3616,had terrible controls,leaked,and never started when it was cold.The 3600a same deal,the hydro never seemed to live and cost owners a fortune.The Hough loaders were a great machine for the money,if you didn't mind the cab on the front half of the machine.I had a 60E for 11 years,other than a tired engine,never had a major failure on it. I can go on and on.Every company has it's problems,just seems to me I.H. had too many irons in the fire,and had,along with unions and management issues,had a hard time keeping any one iron hot.

    Here's a 3616 that's still going:


    There's no question the Case 580 is a better loader/backhoe. This 3616 is gas, so it starts well in any weather. It's a shuttle shift. Every now and then I see an AD for a hydro; it usually reads "runs good, ............doesn't move".

    Anyway, I have few complaints about the old girl. The hydraulics are strong and both the loader and 3141 hoe work well. I've resealed just about everything so it's pretty dry.

    Anyone used to working a modern hoe probably wouldn't like the controls but most everyone doing serious work now is using an excavator.

  18. All right you got me on that one I do not know of any quality control issues with the 86 series just poor shifting and a back breaking ride. By the early 80's we switched to a different brand and never looked back. Just answer a question for me. Why do people on this website like IH tractors so well for? I have never understood why.

    Actually there are several reasons. One being that IH actually lead the way with inovations that it took other companies decades to adopt. More than 2 cylinder engines, Diesel powered farm tractors, row crop farming, shift on the go transmissions, hydrostatic transmissions, ceramic friction materials in clutches and etc. I can't verify that IH was first in all of these revolutions, but were responsible for many. And these only include tractors and do not include farm equipment designs.

    Another reason can be found in the Nebraska test results showing time and time again how they out- preformed other similar hp sized models built during the same time period in torque rise and HP hr/gal figures.

    As a mechanic that works on many brands of pre 1985 tractors, I can verify simplicity of designs with very few "Rube Goldberg" contraptions found in other "popular" brands. (Like the SCV, 24 volt split load electrical, pony motor starting and Permaclutch in JD).

    The sheer numbers of IH tractors are still alive and well and farming around the world today in spite of the fact that the newest International tractors are now over a quarter of a century old, testify to their durabily and usablity.

    Although I am an admittedly an IH fan, I will be the first to say that they and their products were not always THE best, but overall you would be hard pressed to (leaving opinons behind) honestly find another ag equipment producer that matched IH for innovation and contributions to designs and manufacturing proocesses that paved the road to our country being an agricultural giant that it is.

    I don't have any particular brand allegiance. Does it do the task and is it reliable are my criteria. I see Tee shirts and decals that talk up Deere killers and the like but rarely any of the like announcing they're IH killers, perhaps because that's already been done.

    Even Deere knew they had pushed the two cylinder too long but, although primitive, they were fuel efficient. The 720 had fuel figures better than anyone. As for pony starting, International had start on gas, run on diesel about the same period as Deere was using pony motors. Cat used a pony as well. I still have a 620 gas and although it's mostly retired, it will still start in any weather and put in a day's work.

    I bought an 86 series, my first IH other than industrial, because it was a cheap and reliable power source, not because of any technology as they were well behind the power curve by then. Deere had a reliable power shift for years while IH was still flogging the TA. The 86 is an ill-shifting machine compared to the competition. I like it because it's simple and suited to the task I assign it. When it comes to maintaining old stuff, simple is good. It really cannot be compared the competition of the same period for technological advances. If it could, perhaps they, IH, would still be in business.

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