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  1. I well got something done one the Fordson today . 

    Managed to get outside and clean 90 year old Chardon and rust off the clutch plates . Wrist is very tired .

    outside plates both sides has carbon buildup. I really want to eliminate all the possibility of clutch sticking. So clean it. 

    Ill show what next with the clutch .

    the stuff on there comes off but have to hold scrapers just right ,




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  2. 13 minutes ago, KWRB said:

    I collect old technical resource books. They complement my hobbies of collecting other old things!

    Rest assured I I admire and respect all of that 

  3. 26 minutes ago, KWRB said:

    Per my 1930 Marks Handbook (3rd edition): Semi Steel is a vague trade name for various products near the border line between steel and cast iron. It is made by either addign low carbon steel scrap to the charge in the cupola or by adding steel to gray iron while in the molten condition.

    So we know that steel is less brittle than cast iron, and that's why you'd want to make a vise out of it. This was obviously before the development of ductile iron, and probably cheaper than cast steel. Honestly, not sure if anyone was casting steel in 1930.

    as for the "bar" part of it, I wonder if it was continuous-cast. Continuous casting extrusion I think of as a fairly modern practice, but I am not certain. Continuous casting is the process of making bars out of cast iron, like extruded steel bars. It is like it sounds. Molten cast iron's properties are tightly controlled and extruded in just the right condition so it "freezes" in a bar shape as it comes out the extruding equipment. It great for making prototypes of parts that are to eventually be cast. Prototype molds to cast a low quantity run of parts, especially if the deisgn is going to iterate, is very expensive. So, we just use a big ol' slug of continuous cast material (one trade name is durabar) and machine the whole thing. After all the iterations of the part that are made that way, spending money on a mold and testing that version isn't so risky. Sorry, geeking out on Durabar!

    That’s an excellent explanation , I’ll go with it , would take me months to come up with that ! Thanks 

  4. The Chas Parker Co. PAT. 1930  model 82 4 1/2 

    i never ,noticed its not that rare . What do you think?

    Semi steel solid bar , what does that mean ? Probably so obviously ? but I’m stumped right now ? 







  5. 3 hours ago, kevinj said:

    Nice vise. I have a smaller Prentiss with swivel base & a Reed that is just about like yours.



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    Reeds for your needs 

  6. Bailey golden retrievers vs Luke the walker coon hound . Luke’s front joints healed up nice. He’s a rescue , he was in a cage way to small. We didn’t think he would walk very well , but the ?the lord he’s fine I think . 

    Bailey he’s got some leaking valves in his heart . So 




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  7. My advice is to have your machine shop put in steel valve seats. Also push in a set of valve guides. Have them grind a performance grind on new valves for increasing flow. Have them blue print the valve height . It’s much better , I thinks your going to be please how the old motor runs on new pump gas ️ 

    I do this on all my heads .

    Just a thought 

    oh ️also you or the shop grind out all the casting flash from the intake exhaust manifold ?? Everything you do helps flow . Good luck ? 

  8. 1 hour ago, MTO said:

    Love that picture! Poor little guy!

    He was in in first place , but that German short hair showed and screwed him out laps to sleep ? on. , my favorite beds, my dog life has been ?since she arrived. 

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  9. On 6/3/2018 at 9:03 AM, DOCTOR EVIL said:

    Lets not forget that John Deere Insurance kept the lights on at Deere for most of the 1980's, I even had Deere car insurance until they stopped doing personal lines of insurance.  All the lawn mowers they made back then kept Horicon profitable too.  A Deere marketing manager I was taking MBA classes with at St. Ambrose University in Davenport in 1977 said Deere was 80% ag and 20% construction equipment, and in 10 years they would be 80% construction and 20% ag.  Their plan actually was to beat CAT at Cat's game.  They have made big strides in gaining construction market share.  And they are #1 in forestry equipment by buying the producers of equipment.

    Far as treating employees fairly,  ask anyone at Deere how the new hires since 1997 paychecks compare to pre-1997 employees. Not many of the pre'97 employees left,  their pensions pay them $100,000+ per year, Deere tried to take retiree health care away couple years ago and retirees took Deere to court. The two biggest goals of labor unions is equal pay for equal work and protecting employee seniority, but Deere managed to get long time union workers to short-change new hires with substantially lower wages for less outsourcing.  Deere actually had a longer strike in 1987 that the big IH strike of '79/'80. IH strike was 5 months and a week, Deere was 6 months.  It started as a selective work stoppage at 3 plants by the UAW,  then Deere shuttered the rest of their plants.  Even though I spent most of my work life drawing a salary,  I firmly believe in union labor, equal pay, published seniority lists, equal opportunities for employee training, job advancement,  employee benefits, retirement pensions, etc.  From what I hear, Deere's union is afraid to challange the company on anything. Waste of employees two hours of wages per month union dues.

    Knowing who your customers are is critical 

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