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  1. Pretty modern, U-C. I will try to give you some loose hay memories. Dad was a part time farmer so we only did about six or seven acres of hay. Had two milk cows to feed. Brownie was a Guernsey and Nellie was a Holstein. Dad bought the farm only about 5 years earlier and didn't have much for equipment. WW 11 was going on so new things made from steel weren't available even if someone had the money to buy. All available steel was going to the war effort. What we did have was a good old Farmall Regular for the tractor. The mower was an Oliver (red with yellow wheels), converted from horse drawn with a five foot sickle bar. Don't laugh guys. It worked good but took a lot of rounds to get the job done. Someone had to ride the seat on the mower to push down the lever and raise the sickle on turns or when crossing hay already cut so it would not clog up. The rake was an old converted horse drawn , high wheel dump rake. the trick with that was to dump each time in line with the dump from the last round to somewhat form a wind row as progress was made across the field. I liked riding the rake when I got lld enough. Step on one pedal to raise the rack, and the other one to push it back down. The wagon was decent. It had an over the wheels flat deck that Dad had built.. The running gear was the undercarriage from a 1932 ford coupe. Hay racks front and rear. Other equipment was two pitch forks and four human bodies. After the cut hay dried in the sun for a couple of days, it was raked into windrows. After more drying the windrows were forked into shocks all over the field. Then the tractor and wagon. IIRC, the procedure was that my older brother drove the Farmall and Dad loaded the shocks onto the wagon by pitch fork. Mom and I were packers. I had to stay with Mom because I was too young to run loose. We had to walk front to back and back to front on the wagon to keep drawing the load in. Not bad at first but as the hay got deeper the walking got harder. Much like walking in deep snow w/o snow shoes. By the time the load was four feet deep, I can remember being darn glad to lay down in the load and ride to the barn. Once there Dad pitched the hay through a large window type opening with a swinging door, into the loft of the barn. That was not rest time as we had to move hay to the back and walk on it there to pack it. All in all we were a little ahead of Cyrus Mc Cormick, but not a lot. Charlie
  2. No need to apologize. These things happen. I did notice the Hotmail thing later when I checked it on my computer instead of my phone. I have another friend who was hacked while he was on vacation using webmail. It took him a few days to get that mess straightened out. Sorry about posting this here but I did not want to feed back to the scammers. Charlie
  3. Hi Gary, This is off topic and is personal but I am putting it here in case your email is compromised. I just received a strange email from you wishing me a nice vacation and requesting an urgent favor. This is so wacky but I think your email may have been hacked. You might want to check it out right away. Good luck on that. Charlie
  4. You have a lot of company on the part swapping game, Anson. Short story... Some may recall in the 1980's there was a big flap by Oldsmobile owners when they found that some had Chevrolet engines in them. I had the other end of the deal. A 1988 Chevrolet station wagon with the 307 cid Olds motor. I bought it from the original owner so know it came that way from GM. Fast FWD to the first time I changed motor oil. I had on hand the oil filter the owners manual called for. Wrong. Either the mounting thread or the flange gasget diameter was not even close to correct size. (Don't remember now which way it was incorrect). Thought maybe I needed a filter for the 307 Olds. Bought that. Wrong again. The other way. The thread size was OK but the flange was wrong. Took both filters down to my auto parts guy and asked him to look up a filter with the flange size of that filter and the mounting thread of the other filter. He walked his finger down the columns in the parts book for a minute or two while I chewed my finger nails, then announced he had found one. Whew! Problem solved. From then on, that was the filter number for that car. Why didn't I just take the number from the filter I took off?? It was a gyp brand and had not a mark on it. Some days are like that. Charlie P.S. If anyone can get the regular carb off the F-20 in the picture, I can use it for a Regular I have.
  5. I think you are correct, 664, for the conventional box with outside fenders My Father bought a new 1957 Ford in '57 with the new style side or fleet side boxes that as I recall were first offered that year. ( no outside fenders). I am not 1000 % sure but pretty sure that had an all metal box including the floor. It seems logical that with the "optional" new PU box style came the wood / metal change. Charlie
  6. Charlie, I'm going to leave the explanation to Roger. I've kept an eye out for one of these for decades and decades. Since mine would be "a wall hanger" as yours should (It's never been used, it appears!), so I've been to cheap to go to eBay and have never had one land in my lap, as yours did! Since I've not used one, I know the basics only. This Model T Ford Champion spark plug is screwed into a hole where the indicator would be screwed into, on the rear end of the cylinder. 15hp Case engine spark plug Champion 6-5-15.jpg Since a steam engine has a power stroke in both directions, as the steam indicates here, that indicator would be piped into both ends. I know it shows the opening and closing (cutoff) of the valve in relationship to the piston. It is to attain the best pattern, or the best usage of the steam. (And steam is expansive, which when it is released into the cylinder, its elasticity continues to push and expand, whereas compressed air, also continues to push, but without the continuing expansion steam does.)(That's the reason Anson's whistle would sound better on steam than it does on compressed air.) Roger will have to take it from there, as I'll bet he's used one of them! Gary 15 hp Case spark plug red.jpg PS: Charlie,you have a mental gold mine (in my old cobweb filled mind, at least!)! PPS: Even the string hasn't even been unravelled, from the factory placement there! PPPS: It'd be a shame to get steam oil and grease on that baby! Gary, Thank you for the information about the indicator. Helpful indeed and complete with pictures. The short story on it is as follows: When a lady down South lost her Father in 2007, this indicator was found in Dad's belongings. No one in the family had any idea what it was for, but because it was her Dad's, she has treasured it until now when she felt the indicator needed a new home. She told a lady at her church about this mystery item. The Lady at church is the sister of a friend of mine here in NY and passed the story to him. My friend immediately thought of me and offered my up as someone who might know what the indicator was for and who would also appreciate it. Fast forward through some research and e-mail conversation between myself and the lady down south and some pondering on her part and she decided that indeed I should have her Dad's indicator. It then transferred to my friend's Sister who brought it to NY when she came to visit. My friend then delivered it to me. Fell in my lap??? You have that right. I am as pleased as a cat with a new litter of kittens. I mean, what are the odds. I have something to appreciate (the indicator) and a new friend down South. A win, win in my book. Thanks again for your info and kind comments. Charlie
  7. Picture 3 from last post. Thanks, Charlie
  8. Question for Gary or anyone else familiar with the below item: This beautiful instrument (also referred to as a dynamometer) was gifted to me recently. I have done enough research to understand it's basic function but have no clue how it assembles and works. I do know it makes a small chart showing minimum and maximum cylinder pressures on the small cards while engine is operating so engine performance can be compared or evaluated. It did not come to me with user instructions. Naturally I will never use this, but still want more understanding of it. Any help appreciated. See next post. Out of space here.
  9. Could have been this Spring breaking ground for watermelons. :)
  10. You are right there, Ron. He and I went to high school together back in the last century. He owns a used car dealership here in town. The service department has three or four bays and the building in the pictures is attached to the back of those. I did not realize it was there until one day last year I asked if Ed was there. Oh yes, he is out in his hide out says one of his men. That is when I first saw that shop. When he did yet another body replacement on the '89 truck that is his daily driver, he sent it to his old body shop up the road and had the guy there do the paint. Ed is a body man by trade but told me he did not want that shop messed up with red paint mist. Nice place to tinker with his Lincoln collection. Charlie
  11. Charlie, My old brain isn't functioning tonight, I guess. Is there a NASCAR driver by the name of Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, or Clinton? I seldom ever watch anything on TV. I think he is talking about the #41 driver Kurt Busch. He has a younger brother Kyle Busch that drive the #18. Both have been pretty controversial at times in their NASCAR careers. twostepn2001, Thanks for the "catch me up to speed" on NASCAR. I find I already have too many hobbies, so I don't follow It seems this comment hit like passing gas in church. The rest of the story is: During Kurt Bush's aggressive early days in NASCAR while trying to make a name for himself, he spun out and wrecked enough other drivers to be given a nickname by some of the older drivers. Kurt was sometimes referred to as "Rubber head".. When the Old Good Year bus showed up here with the full rubber roof..................Well!! Hey, Rubber Head. It just seemed that with the diversified readers here, some others might have zeroed on that too. Sorry for the intrusion. Charlie
  12. Tee Hee Hee. Why does the Good Year bus make me think of a certain NASCAR driver who shares a last name with a former US president? Oops! Sorry Kurt. Charlie
  13. With those stripped uniforms seems like those animals are horses who were sent up the river for some type of bad behavior. By the way, why were the little ink spots crying??? Their Mama was in the pen and they did not know how long the sentence would be. Now there is one that can be shared with the Grand kids. Charlie
  14. Wow!!!! My grill just says BRINKMAN and has NO Red at all. Verrry classy. Congrats. Charlie
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