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  1. 8 hours ago, Rawleigh99 said:

    Wait!  You actually clean 22's???  LOL!  Hard to be a 39A.  I love mine!  I wish the stocks and forearms were a little less clunky, but man does it ever shoot nice!

    Yeah, i do, i like them clean. Have bore snakes for every caliber i own, it makes it painless and quick. 

  2. The solder connections fail causing individual diodes to drop out. You cant see it well without dismantling the whole thing, but most of the time, that is the cause . With LED as with anything, you get what you pay for. Biggest failure rate I have seen is with Commercial Electric (HD brand stuff) followed by Cree, if you could get one to last long enough you could probably get the rated hours out of one. 
    Best luck i have seen is with Philips, followed probably by Sylvania . My best advice is to go get a regular old “boob” light with screw shells and some high quality LED bulbs (with a totally enclosed rating) 

    remember to pay attention to Kelvin rating, 2700-3500K are the warm light you are used to from an incandescent, 4100k is commonly used in office lights and 5-6000K is very blue. Kelvin rating has no relationship to lumen output. 

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  3. 20 minutes ago, mader656 said:

    Update fuel lines look good and soft what i can see... tank vent seemed plugged blew it out. 

    Ran better for a bit... got a new spark plug for ot too

    If i am not mistaken those tank vents have a little ceramic filter in them. Be careful blowing them out. 

  4. Ive met some cantankerous NP transfer cases, my utility sometimes gets a wild hair and i end up shutting it off to get into low. Personally if you are able to get it in and it works I wouldn’t let that hold you back. Could be as simple as an adjustment. This happened with my current 2500, it was not properly adjusted from new, around 4K miles i put it in low for the first time, got stuck in the middle, couldn’t get in or out and it took a real wrestling match in the middle of the road to get it back to high. Was an easy fix and i had them flush the T-case just in case. 

  5. 7 hours ago, 234-IA said:

    I'd done a little reading and asking around and knew the 6.0 wasn't going to be much if any better on gas.  Dealer had a '03 with the 6.0/5spd and this '02 on the lot, and I just liked the way the 8.1 ran slow like a diesel, compared to the 6.0 which always felt like it wanted one more gear- except they don't, they're designed to run high RPMs.

    We had a friend from Massachusetts with an 8.1 in a crew cab claiming 4 mpg. When you consider a 20 mile drive takes an hour and a half where he lives, and he drives like…well… a masshole, you start to see where his numbers are realistic. 

  6. 20 minutes ago, 234-IA said:

    favorite truck is the current one-  a retired Forest Service truck that lived in New Mexico and never saw salt/brine til moving here in 2011.  I take a certain amount of grief about the color but it has the 8.1 engine/ ZF 6 speed manual combination, vinyl floor mat, cloth seat and working AC- as a neighbor said, "the perfect farm truck".  The first time I brought a load of cattle to the salebarn I felt like a semi driver going up and then coming back down through all those gears just as smooth as you please.  I keep it looking decent in part by using a S-10 as the "beater"


    I don't know which vehicle from my past I'd like to have back- either the '80 K20 with the 292/4spd Dad had, or my '70 Bronco with a 302/3spd.  Probably the Bronco- those things seem to bring *ridiculous* money these days


    When i bought my 07i passed on an 8.1 like that because i was scared of fuel economy. What a mistake. Was black though. 

  7. Funny this subject came up. Wife started the radio, next thing daughter is bouncing up and down “dancing” to confederate railroad greatest hits . I asked her where this came from and she held up the CD case that was attached to the visor on my 97’. Brings back great memories. Dunno where its been all these years, got some great tunes in there. Mom and dad had an Alpine CD player installed for me for my birthday one year. Loved that stereo. 

  8. Fil had a LUV 4x4 real POS, said he looked out into the parking lot at work one day tomsee smoke boiling out of it. Got the hood open and disconnected the offending component and got the fire put out, says it was pure adrenaline reaction and he should have let it burn. Dad was all set to buy one, made arrangements and got the flu the next day, said he didn’t care if he lived or died but the dealer kept calling and being pushy, he told them to stick it and never did buy one. 

  9. My 97 GMC 1500 half ton will always be the most special, it had belonged to my grandfather (technically a business truck, so really belonged to my father at that point). I would have happily given it up to keep him, but that isn’t the way the world works, so I got to keep a little part of him with me everywhere i went, put 210K miles on it, always plagued with electrical issues. 97’ 1500, 4.3, 5 speed. 
    my favorite based on being exactly what I wanted was my 07’ 2500 HD classic, 6.0,4L80E, regular cab. Had dual zone climate control, the LT seats in a WT with rubber floors and crank windows, i put American Racing AR23 16” wheels on it which brought the tires out to match the factory flares. Looked good not over done. It was red of course. I really would like another like it. My current 2500 which matches similar specs doesn’t perform nearly as well. 
    Looked about like this only had trailer mirrors 


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  10. because on a cell phone it is much easier to type 1K than it is to type one thousand dollars or $1,000.00. if you want to know why people use KM instead of miles, it is usually because that's what they use where they are from. pretty sure that US and Mike Newman are the only people who use Miles.

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  11. 13 hours ago, nate said:

    How do you know he’s a bad shot?  Maybe there’s a pile of squirrels under the snow..   he’s got bullets with knock down power at least

    I am over 50 squirrels this year, at least half taken directly off the feeder, my feeders don't have holes, gotta wait for a good clear head shot. 

  12. 10 hours ago, Mudfly said:

    A Stihl tech from the other site thinks it’s the high jet check valve which gets damaged if you blow thru the carb with high pressure air.

    That's a piece of information that I have never heard of, there is a lot I have never heard of of course. 

  13. 1 hour ago, junkandcattle said:

    For me the TD7C. The old girl is just so gutsy for a little rig. She also kind of a toy for me. If she doesn't go I am not stressing or losing money.  Yes she gets worked but it is enjoyable for me. Wife named her Fran ( she heard me say Dresser but claimed she heard Drescher)

    Oh wait, we can include crawlers???? 
    virtually nothing puts a smile on my face like this thing.
    Guaranteed results 😁



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  14. 57 minutes ago, Mudfly said:

    Slight update.  It’s narrowed down to the carb now.  Pressure and vac tested with intake boot and impulse line in place.  Now I get to tear down the carb again.  If I can’t get it to run right then, it’s getting a new carb.

    I thought you tried a known good carb? I am still suspicious of your fuel line. Does the 044 have that strange serpentine square profile fuel line like a 440 would? 

  15. I hold the pin in my teeth, and cross my eyes to get a good view of both holes at once, using both hands i pry the ring open until it will fit over the head of the pin. Align with holes and let go quickly to avoid pinching fingers. Use of safety glasses distorts vision enough that you sometimes miss the pin holes. Always wear steel toe crocs when working on lynch pins. 

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  16. Only tractor here with a name is my M, my brother named it Lindsey, after Lindsey Vonn, he decided it was big and sexy, just like her. I think its old and ugly, but perhaps if I ever get around to painting it i will do something with the name. 

  17. 1 hour ago, mike newman said:

    Cyanide   was the poison of choice for opossums ....I am sure it would cure covid.......trouble is it would also terminate the host....  What ever you think best..I guess...:rolleyes:


    Depends on the host. 

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