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  1. Folks here have been an invaluable resource to me over the years. Doing less would be ungrateful.
  2. Speak of the devil! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1663636104027407/
  3. I guess so. I dont have a lot of experience with small engines but this is the first one Ive seen where the vent tube shoots directly into the carb without a chance for the oil to drain off anywhere. Normally I would have expected that to just drain away but not on this one I guess.
  4. Thought Id report back on this for future reference. Really stupid outcome. When I changed the oil I read the specs that were in the Ingersol manual which first said that the oil capacity was 1.5 qts. Well after adding 1 it was pretty clear that that wasnt true. But it also said that the capacity was a even a little higher if the engine had a filter which it does. At 1 qt the dipstick read just a tiny raction low though I had not started it yet so the filter was still empty. So.... I added maybe a cup full more that brought it a tiny fraction above full. Now this dip stick is kind of hard to read as it has a twist in it just above the full mark but still it seemed close enough. As I said before it seemed to run just fine for nearly an hour and then the smoking and sputtering started. After looking for all manner of mechanical problems and finding none and reading what people were saying about gas leakage causing an overfill condition I thought, what the heck... Ill just drain a bit of oil out. Well guess what? I started it and just watched the breather for a good 10 minutes and NOTHING came up! But the governor was constantly dropping and reving. So, I looked for problems with the springs and all seemed normal. So... I put a little Sea Foam down the carb and after it blew a bunch of white smoke it seemed better. So... I put the rest of the can in the tank and put the throttle up and after about 30 seconds it just leveled out. I have never seen an engine that is so touchy about such a minor overfill! And the manual as printed by Ingersol is way off the mark! The moral of this story is, don't believe the manual. Believe your own eyes. And never assume you have a big problem when a small one will do! Duhh....
  5. Well maybe once I get used to the idea. But then I dont fly much at all for any reason. I did see a news report just this morning about the Flight 800 disaster where an electrical spark set off the fumes in the fuel tank. I like ground level stuff!
  6. While I did not guage the gap it is obvious that there is a gap so the valves do appear to be closing all the way. Everything looks like new in there. I need to buy a new feeler set.
  7. Without actually checking the gap its clear that the rockers are backing off enough. They are not tight. There are no unusual noises. Cranking the starter with the plugs out looks and sounds smooth and there is plenty of oil getting on them. If all it is is a head gasket I can manage that. If its piston scoring or a bad right that is getting outside my level of skill to fix. I looked at a video on youtube and the guy claimed that this series of engine is notorious for blowing gaskets between the cylinder and crank case which I think would explain everything. Why does everything break when you need it?
  8. I just have one of those cheapie compression testers with the rubber plug you hold in manually. Test show 175 and 150 side to side. On the 150 side there is more oil on the plug than the other so its pretty clear which cylinder is bad. The valves and rods look fine and can be pushed in by hand without any hang ups. I ran it for a while with the breather tube diverted out of the air cleaner box and it ran fine so its pretty clear that almost all the oil in the cylinders is getting sucked in thru the carburator. Im guessing I dont have a choice but to yank that head and see whats going on with the gasket. OR, I could just run a hose off to the side and let the oil blow!
  9. Yes but whats the source. Head gasket or ring. Any way to tell?
  10. As much as I like the idea of electric things Im not sure if I want to go flying in one of these things... Not yet anyway. electric plan story
  11. Well I changed the oil back to straight 30 that I got from the Briggs dealer and it ran for maybe an hr and then went right back to the same old crap. I opened the air cleaner and it was all oil all over again. Rods and vales look fine. I think what is happening is that because the crank breather comes up into the cleaner pan which sits right on top of the carb intake the oil is just running down into the carb and that is what fouling it up and causing all the smoke and not so much oil in the piston. Im betting this is a head gasket thing and its mostly that the gas is blowing into the crank and out the breather and up into the cleaner compartment and down into the carb.
  12. Conservation and conservative have the same root meaning. You will conserve because it is in your own economic interest to do so. The motivation is that if you dont you will end up a lot poorer. You dad apparently understood that pretty well.
  13. Much bigger stuff than that Im afraid. And thousands of them. Kinda sounds familiar... With a tractor, a farmer could do two, three, even five times as much work in the same time. To put it another way, tractors allowed a farmer to farm up to five times as much ground as he or she could with horses. One ad claimed that "One Case Tractor Replaces 12 Horses." Yet, tractors were expensive. To afford a tractor, a farmer had to produce much more – which meant farming more ground. These technological and economic realities produced a new social reality, farmers who were forced to get bigger or to get out. https://livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/machines_02.html
  14. The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the Great Plow-Up, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.. https://www.pbs.org/video/the-dust-bowl-the-dust-bowl-preview/
  15. Actually the 30s are a great example of man made climate disaster. They tore up virtually the whole west in a craze to get rich growing wheat so they came in with the biggest equipment everyone had seen and the loss of cover brought on a continental drought It only stopped when the SCS was created and they stopped a lot of bad practices and took land out of production. When the wheat speculation started again the 50s the drought came back again for a bit but it was quickly shut down. Contributing Factors Due to low crop prices and high machinery costs, more submarginal lands were put into production. Farmers also started to abandon soil conservation practices. These events laid the groundwork for the severe soil erosion that would cause the Dust Bowl. https://drought.unl.edu/dustbowl/Home.aspx
  16. Here is one from 1966 that claimed it covered a 40 FOOT pole. The actual recorded snowfall during that storm was between 20 to 35 INCHES. So this guy is standing on maybe 4 or 5 feet on a drift. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/photo-utility-pole-snow/
  17. Yah... I knew an old farmer who talked like that. He showed me pictures of people standing on drifts that were covering the telephone (telegraph) poles along the railroad tracks. I thought this was really something until I saw some of those old style poles and wires along a stretch of train track along Hwy 57 headed up to Green Bay. The poles wereno more than 6 to 8 feet high and in the photos they were nowhere near fully covered or you would not have known what they were. Considering the equipment they had back then Im sure it was a major event for them but its all just old timer talk. For certain it has never in recorded history been 119 F in Oregon. For sure the glaciers had no disappeared. Thats the kind of thing we can talk about when we are 90.
  18. Obviously some things will continue as they are for some time in particular areas. I am talking about highway vehicles. Just like lawn mowers a lot of non-tillage equipment could go electric like hay mowers and sprayers. They already have all electric semis. High speed trains can easily take over a lot of the passenger traffic from air travel especially on the shorter runs. I should point out that trains are already using electric drives, they just carry their own generators now. It wont be long that the diesel component will be replaced by batteries.
  19. While I do think we need to reduce emissions and current weather extremes tend to prove the need, in this case I think its largely irrelevant much like its irrelevant to even discuss coal anymore since nobody is going to seriously consider fueling ships for trains or even going back to coal for home heating. Its just not economically feasible anymore. Gas and oil are going the same way as the dinosaurs that made them just like whale oil. Our local electric plant was built in the 80s as a new coal plant. It has all now been converted to gas. A plant here makes wind tower pylons and the biggest solar farm in the state is going in at Two Rivers near the old nuclear plant which is likely to shut down because it just isnt competitive anymore. Things change.
  20. Well I dont see any mandates coming down to go electric. The market will handle that pretty well since the fuel cost numbers are all pointing that way. Im good with that. Now how they decide to fund the roads by other means is the big open question. I think the state funding will be more from the general fund and maybe more vehicle taxes. In cities streets are funded primarily by property taxes already.
  21. Oh this wont happen soon, Im sure. It will stick around as long as there are still old gas vehicles are in use which I think will be at least 20 years. But as alternatives come on line it will effectively be self cancelling and more money from other places will have to be found.
  22. Well it does raise some interesting questions about how we are going to fund roads, doesnt it? About 10 years ago Wisconsin stopped indexing the gas tax to inflation so ever since the DOT has been flat busted and has required alternate funding. If gas sales drop due to this its going to make this situation much worse. While they did put an extral license fee on hybrids and electrics it doesnt come close if you suddenly see a majority of vehicles being run by electric charged by your home service. The days of the gas tax may in fact be numbered not to mention mandates will become irrelevant. Maybe thats a good thing!
  23. Technology has gone a long way since then.
  24. On the subject of dealers, our small local Cadet dealer says they wont be selling them as they have to go thru special training for them and install a charging station. Given that one of the original owners recently died it will probably never happen there.
  25. I think the day is coming that gas vehicles are going to be obsolete. Somehow my response to oleman got muddled so Im reposting this link. The battery life and relative fuel cost are being grossly underestimated here. Little push lawn mowers are not made to the same standards as the cars. If I didnt already have my Ranger Id have an order in for a 150 Lightening now. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2021/05/22/rising-gas-prices-driving-you-to-an-electric-car-cost-to-charge-a-tesla-model-3-vs-gas/?sh=1b45dfa87192
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