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  1. Famous people you have met

    I've suposedly met a number of people who were important or famous but I can't name 5 of them right now. They were all just other people to me and few stood out for being anything but jerks or worse in my book. (probably why I never put much effort into remembering them.)
  2. Other collections you have...

    I've been collecting antique electrical stuff over the years. More commercial/.industrial than old household things though and too many things to remember off hand let alone list. but for the short list of the more interesting stuff, I do have a few old generators and whatnot One Fairbanks Morse 3 Kw 115 VAC unit. 2 cyl liquid cooled engine. Another is a GE 32 volt 1000 watt power plant, 1 cyl air cooled engine. Another is a Kohler 1800 watt from the 1920's or early 30's. I4 liquid cooled engine. I also have a 1930's 1000 watt 32 volt Parris Dunn wind generator and several other smaller various wind generators in the 6, 12 and 32 and 120 volt DC sizes. Of the more unique industrial items I have a working pair of industrial Thyratron vacuum tubes, however unlike what most people associate with a vacuum tube these are huge stainless steel liquid cooled monsters that are about the size of two coffee cans stacked end to end and weigh about 30 - 40 pounds each that hold about two cups of mercury in them as well.
  3. Might want to save this link ,Oil facts

    How is admitting finding out something obviously works by accident due to say a live pump seal leaking a considerable amount into an engine over who knows how long bragging? I don't even know what the topic of that thread his quote came from anymore so I cant even say what the whole context of that post I made means. Hydraulics leaking into engine oil issue maybe? And if so, it's something that most everyone here who ever owned a piece of machinery has likely seen and dealt with at some point as well and thusly also knows that it obviously works without doing damage. Or at least it doesn't do damage until the engine is sodso overfull it cant function properly. Or am I the only one here who has ever had an engine get loaded up with hydraulic oil from a bad pump seal before or put the wrong grade or type of oil in something by mistake from not paying attention to which container they grabbed?
  4. Might want to save this link ,Oil facts

    By accident and on purpose are too very different things. I didn't say I deliberately used in the M or anything else besides the riding lawnmower now did I? However I do admit that in hindsight it more than likely got used as engine oil in a number of things. Gotta take the whole context of a post into consideration. Not just what words or individual sentence context that fits your beliefs. Poor reading comprehension on your part is not the fault of the writer nor valid reason to accuse someone of purposely doing something they did not do on purpose.
  5. Pickup tires?

    I tend to get to or above the life ratings of vehicle tires easily enough but trailer tires seem to more than make up for it. If I can get 3 - 4 years and 10,000 miles out of a trailer tire it did well!
  6. Other forums discussing our red tractors

    Our first big tractor was the MF 2745 and after working on it I classify it as one of those 95/5 designs. 95% of the tractor was well built and well designed but that last 5% is what killed them on that series reputation. The first issue we had was with the overly complicated shifting mechanisms jumping out of place and either jamming up out of gear or in gear at the worst times which was a 2- 3 hour job to pull the side plate all that stuff was built onto off and get in and reset the linkages to the shift rails. After doing that a few time sI redesigned that plate so that it has three holes in it now. Two 3/4" pipe and one 2" pipe diameter that now allow for fast simple easy access to the linkages and rails so when it does pop out it take maybe 5 - 10 minutes to reset with nothing but a channel lock and a 3/8" x ~ 14" rod. In mass production runs I doubt having made that cover with those holes built in would have added 10 minutes to the job of making each one. Second major issue was the dumb lower PTO shaft and related bearings design that used a single race type bearing for the inner shaft support. By design the PTO shafts are not as hard of steel as a bearing race is so they tend to wear and start ta gal until they chew themselves up and drop the rollers out of the bearing. After that the shaft start to run crooked and lets the drive gears chew their teeth off for misalignment. Had they went with a more common dual race bearing it would have never been and issue. Infact all they needed to do was cut the inner PTO shaft down another ~.010" and a common cheap non specialty bearing fits the spot perfectly! That what I did to fix ours and again something that would have been a near zero time investment in design and manufacturing to have prevented from ever becoming a problem to begin with. Actually it probably would have been a reduction time and cost being the PTO shaft wouldn't have needed to have had their ends induction hardened beyond the typical levels the did most other shafting. I've had other small issues I have redesigned on it as well since we got it and to me everyone of them are things that given MF's long history of equipment design and manufacture all make me wonder why they didn't spend a few more minutes on finishing the details of this sort of easily avoided issues.
  7. Credit Card Skimmers

    Surprises me too given only a few years ago a bank card purchase took 1 - 4 days to show up on an account and a written check 1 - 3 weeks. Now between buying something in town and getting home a half hour later it's already been run through the systems!
  8. cruising

    My first vehicle that was officially mine was a 1984 Mercury Topaz 4 door. 2.3l I4 and a 1000+ watt sound system that was worth twice what the car was. High school girlfriend and I wore the rear suspension out of it parking on the back roads.
  9. Different Fuels?

    Yea. I think I saw more local farmers put #2 off road in their grain trucks while I worked there then I ever did the taxed road stuff. Saw a lot of over road semis come through that did it too. Nobody cared. At something like 60 cents a gallon Vs 95 cents back then that was a huge price difference and anyone who thought they could get away with it did. I can remember the day I switched the fuel price signage over to $1.03 a gallon from 99 cents. Had to trim the number cards down on the sides to fit the extra digit in the sign and draw the decimal point on with a marker. It was the first time that station ever passed the $1 mark on gasoline and people went nuts over it. I also remember them installing the first card control system too. First one in town and it worked about half the time on a good day. Lots of free fuel was given by that thing the first week until they got the bugs out of it.
  10. Different Fuels?

    I've seen worse. Back when I got out of high school in the early 90's my first job was working at the local convenience store and gas station in Velva. We only had one diesel pump, Off road on one side and road fuel on the other, and they were just far enough off to the side that they were not directly visible from the till. One day the pump control panel beeped so I just turned the one side of the pump on and didn't think twice. It went for a long time and no one came in so I look out the front door and see the local highway department trucks filling up. 4 - 5 of them taking turns off the pump to get it all on their charge account in one go. #2 red off road fuel. Over the summer I worked there I also had to call the town cops twice for drive offs from the gas pumps because their patrol cars left without paying. (got to gabbing with whoever was out there and forgot to come in when they got done. ) The fun of working a small town gas station!
  11. Might want to save this link ,Oil facts

    Don't believe everything you read others accusing me of supposedly having done. I have had live hydraulic pumps dump loads into several tractors over the years and they all lived to tell about it just as many other have had happen as well. The closest you will get to that accusation is I did however likely put it in my 99 F250 and ran it for several thousand miles until the next oil change due to a jug mix up. So, No, I have never deliberately put any significant amount of hydraulic oil in any tractor engine M or otherwise unless it was a last resort or already known to be junk engine to begin with. I may use the cheap generic brand oils and fluids but I still use the proper ones for the job just the same.
  12. Credit Card Skimmers

    Some fairly good YouTube videos here that will give a person a fair understanding of what to watch for and how they work as well. I've heard similar stories a number of times and every one was similar to you guys where people that had rather new cards got hit. It makes me wonder it if just coincidence or if new cards somehow show up as better targets to thieves.
  13. Crazy what some people do

    Yep. Same here. Brush is anything under ~ 3 feet. Bush is anything that doesn't take (or probably should have taken) a chainsaw to knock over.
  14. Other forums discussing our red tractors

    When I was over in Turkey a few years ago in either Ankara or Antalya where I went by a MF dealership that was as big as any American one but the biggest tractor they had was maybe 80 - 100 HP. Everything else was the 20 - 50 HP units by the hundreds. Then to top it off it was right in the middle of the city almost like the equivalent of having a huge implement dealership right in the middle of downtown Minneapolis! From when I was over there in Turkey MF was like JD here. You couldn't throw a rock in the rural areas without hitting one.
  15. Pickup tires?

    I had the same ones on my F250 for the last set. They wore extramly well and were loud enough keep the deer and other critters off the road and I'd still be driving on them with nearing 60,000 miles but last summer one had the belting let go and it chewed itself up pretty fast so given they were 3/4 wore out on the other three I went with a new set. I can't recall what the new set is but I got talked into a set with a much finer tread design. They are fair road traction tires but off road I can see they're not quite up to what larger lug tires the last set were capable of. Sloppy wet muddy grass and field debris is their weak point. Then add in the fact they are too quiet now so the deer and other critters aren't as observant of my approach either. I'll drive them until they are worn out but I don't have any interested getting a second set.
  16. Credit Card Skimmers

    Still have to insert the chip end into the machine like most any store card machines but it eliminates having to slide the whole card in and out of a slot where a skimmer could read the magnetic data strip on the back and thusly makes all card data only accessible through direct physical connection to the tiny memory chip in the card. As with you I am skeptical of the contactless cards for the same reason. Granted my bank card is tied to a dedicated checking account that has pretty limited funds, unless I know I am going to be spending a lot with the card like on a out of town trip, Which means there isn't much they could steal and even then it would be covered by my banks fraud protection plan at that. My credit cards would be the only real big thing to hit being their limits are way beyond what I care for them to be now but still given the low active balances and usage I have with them they too would be easily proven and handled if stolen. Personally, if you want money off me you'd be better to try and hold me at gunpoint for my cash.
  17. Other forums discussing our red tractors

    We have two AC tractors and for the most part they are decent machines despite the obvious hard lives they lived long before we acquired them. They're not bad to work on and make improvements to to modernize them as well but as you say local dealer support is near non existent so getting parts same day is tough. The local company, Butler Machinery, that carries them openly admits they did not want them and Massey Ferguson added to their service line up but had to take them in due to whatever corporate level deal was made to keep any degree of support for them in the area once the other old Agco dealer shut down. They can get parts but they aren't cheap and they have to ordering most everything which puts the cost in both time and money fairly high on anything to the point that just finding it myself from a out of state online source and shipping it in is typically as fast and cheaper to do. They did surprise me the other week and had a water pump for our AC 8030 though and at a price that was comparable to online sources too. Mostly they had them in stock because the base engine design the 8030 used was used in countless other things in numerous variants that were part of their normal stock service items lineup.
  18. Credit Card Skimmers

    All of my cards are running the chips now and I have not had to slide a card into anything in months.
  19. Counting loose change

    Years ago when I worked as a copier repair tech one of the my coworkers used to tell stories about working as a copier tech in some huge office building complex in Chicago. The office complex management wouldn't sign a multi hundred thousand dollar a year fixed annual fee contract with the copier company he worked for and somehow decided that they were money ahead on a pay per copy system where every machine was coin operated so they set them up with a 25 cent per copy coin op systems on every machine in the building because the management of the office building thought they would come out better than the fixed annual fee contract instead. NOPE! Took them for nearly double that contracts annual value within the first six months! Down side was they literally had a ton or more of quarters to collect every other day doing it.
  20. Oil Change Anyone?

    That reminds me of the commercial jets that were having battery problems a while back due to the batteries not being high enough capacity. It made no sense to me why they couldn't refit them with batteries that were a bit larger to solve the problem. I was told it was a weight issue yet those aircraft in question weighed several hundred thousand pounds whereas a physically larger battery that would have solved the power issues would have added maybe a few tens of pounds more weight and thusly made the aircraft too heavy and have improper weight distribution characteristics. How exactly was it that adding a few tens of pounds of batteries in a fixed location to a aircraft that was designed to fly with widely varying loads like passengers who come every shape and size (100 asian Vs 100 American) plus move around while in flight, would make it to too heavy and improperly balanced yet the many tons of payload variances and undefinable locations plus ever changing fuel mass and movements of such loads in flight was of no relevance? To me it seemed like more of a cover up excuse to hide some other issue than just the battery sizing problem.
  21. Oil Change Anyone?

    For those who want to know how to do it without needing to run a rotary unit between the power source and motors. 3 properly sized capacitors (or banks of capacitors depending the size of the motor) and a special relay (plus a large contactor for bigger motors) is all it takes to make a three phase motor run single phase with full power start and run capability. I've been came up with the design 20+ years ago and have built and sold too many to count now. 25 HP is the biggest one I have designed and built so far.
  22. Hard to find good help!

    As a kid we had sheep. After about 3 years of fighting the fence jumpers it became obvious that the only way to keep them in was to let them loose outside the fence and then chase them a way. Same with getting them in the barn. Run the buggers off with wild abandon then turn you back for a minute and you will find 50 sheep stacked 5 high in a 6' - 10' horse stall when you turn back around.
  23. Counting loose change

    Kinda a kick to the head when you want to use their money for something yet they feel them using yours isn't worth a tiny fraction of the reverse. I just got a notice in the mail this week saying I had a unclaimed profit share from a company I worked at several years ago. Near $1400 but with a $25 a year service fee for holding it and a whopping .14% (~$1.88 per year) interest return rate.
  24. Do Ya Think This Will Sell?

    Nah. God and me are good. He made me this way for a reason even if I myself don't always accept my place and design in this world as well as I should. And yea, I am pretty stubborn about not giving up on things I believe in but when I come to a solid gut feeling that something or someone aint worth it I have very little hesitation in giving up on them and walking way.
  25. Might want to save this link ,Oil facts

    I gave up on trying to figure some of this stuff out in order to pick a side simply do to once enough digging for what is what and why has been done I have came across too many conflicting results on too many subjects over the years. It seems that for every report and expert that says XYZ about the subjects there is a counter report and expert who has as many equally valid counter points that undoes the first ones credibility. It kind of like asking a welder how to weld two pieces of metal together. You can ask 10 of them that are all 'qualified experts' that do it day in and day out and it would be rare to find two that will agree on a specific technique and reason, let alone rod choice, on how to do the actual weld but everyone of them will insist that their way is the correct and best way. If it ain't casing failures for me it's good enough.