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  1. No where near enough insulation in a bit of fabric and dope to withstand transmission line voltages. It looks as though he was lucky enough to catch the sky wire, the grounded conductor installed above the phase conductors to protect from lightning strikes. And yes, he is not the first pilot to get caught out by power lines and likely won't the last . And others that have been in this situation have been young pilots and old pilots and all ages between.
  2. I, like Wes W have my fathers Pioneer saw. It is a model RA from, I think 1957 or '58 so it is a year or two older than Wes'. I hope to find time to get it running again. Probably does not need anything more that a carburetor kit and some gaskets but not sure where to find parts for a 60 year old Tillotson carb. My dad painted it in an off the shelf yellow colour many, many years ago so if I can make it run then it needs to be repainted in something closer to the original cream. I have spent time with it cutting up trees when I was a young buck and yes, it was heavy. I probably wouldn't last long behind it now.
  3. I think I remember seeing an R 190 series with the narrow cab, very much like the one in your picture at Stew Paquette's Farmall museum in Florida.
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    This was parked in Qc.Can.IH man's back yard yesterday. At least close to his back yard.
  5. "But it could have been a green one so it blends in." If it is green, maybe no one is bothering to look for it.
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    Allis tag

    You are probably right. The Allis Chalmers generators were all built in Milwaukee so Schlitz would likely have bought local.
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    Allis tag

    Another Allis-Chalmers tag. This one from an old AC generator still in operation at a New Orleans water pumping station. I have been told it dates from the original construction of the plant in about 1927. Ninety one years of operation. And they are not giving up on the old girl yet. Our company has been asked for a proposal to inspect the generator and related switchgear with the intent of ensuring it will continue to run.
  8. Registration prefix looks to be ZS. That would suggest it is somewhere in South Africa.
  9. It is my experience that a lot of the operators in gas turbine power plants in the US are ex navy types. The GE LM 6000 engines (land version of the CF6-90 aero engine) is apparently used on navy ships so they bring that knowledge to the power plants that operate LM 6000 powered generators. In the past it was their experience with steam, but now the turbines. What caught my eye was the operators dressed in shirts and ties. Sure don't see that now.
  10. These are parked a few blocks from my office. Let me know if anyone wants to make an offer and I will go check them out. Maybe they would even let me take one for a test drive.
  11. Rob30

    Allis tag

    This is an Allis Chalmers steam turbine at the Ravenswood power plant in NYC, known locally as "Big Allis". Two HP turbines, two IP turbines and two LP turbines plus the generator all on a common shaft. Rated at something like 1100 MW. It was the largest steam turbine set in the world when installed. The generator is a Wesdtinghouse but I was told the original was also an Allis Chalmers.
  12. Nice work Dennis. You have brought back memories for me. We had a New Idea mower very similar, if not the same on our farm more years ago than I like to admit. I had forgotten about it until I saw your project but now remember using it to mow the banks of the ditches along the road. My dad sold the farm something more than 40 years ago so I guess I have an excuse for having forgotten the New Idea mower. .
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