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It has turned in this - replacing old marquis to our subdivision - tore out old and dug out concrete bases old logs were in - got it braced up over weekend and 4 inches of rain and poured concrete yest and we will hv to put top horizontal on after that with neighbors bucket truck - we uses a mini excavator to do all the tear out and reinstall to this point 

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This is a first for me, I am working on a gumball machine, has 8 bins, when a purchaser put a quarter in the slot and turns the handle something drops into a slot.  I was thinking of trying to sell seeds to city-farmers. In its' previous life it sold  MM's and such. Good news, it came with 12 quarters in the money trays.  Some predate the phony coins in circulation.

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Had a ticking in the driveline of my used Polaris Ranger. Not catastrophic but it bothered me. Ordered a new drive (prop) shaft after a thorough check over. It has new wheel bearings and front half shafts already from shortly after I purchased it. This is a CV style shaft so you can’t just swap u-joints. 
Knock on wood, it seems to have done the trick. You have to remove the front suspension and take out the front diff to get the 5’ long shaft out.  Got it all done in about 3hrs. Just need to put tools up and add fuel for HCOP next week. 

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Prepared 656 for the pull this weekend!

It got a bath at the quarter car wash after these pics. Sitting in town ready for Saturday.

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I got some work done to my Cadillac this week, replaced the lights Tuesday night, got it registered and insured this morning, replaced the battery and just finished installing new tires tonight. I still have a couple details to take care of before I take it on a drive. It’s been off the road since 2017 at least, they hit a deer and couldn’t find parts to fix it.  Went through a couple owners before me. I found the parts on EBay, paid handsomely for them, almost as much as the car, but happy to get them.

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I put these Chevy truck wheels on with the new tires, it looks awesome to me but they are close to the outside of the rear wheel wells, not sure if it’s going to work but I’m going to try it.

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On 8/16/2023 at 3:19 PM, oleman said:

This is a first for me, I am working on a gumball machine, has 8 bins, when a purchaser put a quarter in the slot and turns the handle something drops into a slot.  I was thinking of trying to sell seeds to city-farmers. In its' previous life it sold  MM's and such. Good news, it came with 12 quarters in the money trays.  Some predate the phony coins in circulation.

you could sell jelly beans in it, they dont grow too well here but maybe where you are you could get them to grow better 

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12 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

Had a ticking in the driveline of my used Polaris Ranger. Not catastrophic but it bothered me. Ordered a new drive (prop) shaft after a thorough check over. It has new wheel bearings and front half shafts already from shortly after I purchased it. This is a CV style shaft so you can’t just swap u-joints. 
Knock on wood, it seems to have done the trick. You have to remove the front suspension and take out the front diff to get the 5’ long shaft out.  Got it all done in about 3hrs. Just need to put tools up and add fuel for HCOP next week. 

Wouldn’t surprise me you did have a loose joint in the prop shaft.  I had a Ranger in the shop some years ago for that. Same symptom, a clicking sound.  Kind of a pain to replace as you found out.  Monitor your brakes too.  This machine had a caliper bind up.  Ate through the pad, the backing for the pad, and into the off side of the caliper.  Had to replace everything.

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5 hours ago, Gearclash said:

Wouldn’t surprise me you did have a loose joint in the prop shaft.  I had a Ranger in the shop some years ago for that. Same symptom, a clicking sound.  Kind of a pain to replace as you found out.  Monitor your brakes too.  This machine had a caliper bind up.  Ate through the pad, the backing for the pad, and into the off side of the caliper.  Had to replace everything.

Will remember the brake issue, thanks. 

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The pipe in the manifold from my Super MTA let go. I bought a 2” tap and it showed up today. 

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Used the biggest pipe wrench I had and a lot of tap magic. Worked it back and worth slowly and cleaned up the threads as best I could. $62 for the tap was worth it. 

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The pipe tightened up just before running out of threads. I’ll see if I can find a tube of muffle sealant tomorrow at Napa and hopefully it won’t come loose again. 

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I have been working on the HVAC for my customer's 84 K10

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A friend of mine has a few square body parts trucks, I had to go there today to get some seat belts for my customer's truck.  While I was there I pulled the cab wiring harness, HVAC box and more from a Suburban, for my interior fire damaged 85 K2500.  The Suburban interior was fairly intact except for the steering column when I started and this pic is how I left it

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The same friend with the parts trucks has a race track on his property, not anything official like, it's an about .35km long road course circuit through the woods, a pile of fun.  Bob has an annual party where racing is the main event, usually the highest car count of any race day, party is tomorrow.  I missed last year's party because of a wedding, and haven't had my 2003 Grand Marquis race car going since 2021's party.  Some winters when the conditions are right I'll plow a track in my fields and we'll race there too.  The Grand Marquis has about 3-4 years and 4000+km of racing since I built it, it's a beast, has only needed the odd ignition coil replaced or mud flushed from the rad to stay running.  I have replaced a few tires and repaired/replaced a couple broken or bent inner or outer tie rods, mostly caused by aggressive "rubbing is racing"

Today, after sitting for 2 years, the Marquis fired up with a boost and drove out of the woods with a flat front tire, still charges, brakes work, what a tank!!

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I have to change a tire and battery on the Marquis, and clean the pine needles from around the engine especially.  My almost 17 year old son is going to drive it tomorrow.

Pulled my mini bike in last thing tonight, need to adjust the chain so it is ready for race day

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Cut the top off of an old TMR mixer to make a set of scales for using around the farm but mainly to use it for the local tractor pull. It will be upside down and the undercarriage taken off to attach the platform to. Want folding ramps for the ends so it's easy to set up . Pull is in 4 weeks 

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On 8/16/2023 at 3:19 PM, oleman said:

This is a first for me, I am working on a gumball machine, has 8 bins, when a purchaser put a quarter in the slot and turns the handle something drops into a slot.  I was thinking of trying to sell seeds to city-farmers. In its' previous life it sold  MM's and such. Good news, it came with 12 quarters in the money trays.  Some predate the phony coins in circulation.

I had to reduce it to 4 bays because some of the 8 coin selectors were broken.

I ran a free quarter through every snatcher for testing. Pain to remove the coins.(so I used them seed)  The item bays have to be removed to get to the coin boxes. Far more complicated than I expected. No electricity required!

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Reworked the entrance to a cattle pen for Dad. Welded new hinges on the old gate. New posts and treated board fence. This gate had not swung freely in years. Trying to make things easier to operate.   

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