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Swapped a cracked wheel center tonight, from a previous owner "fix" on my 560.  Then put on one of the tires and rims I just picked up for it. Hope to get the wheel weight on and  other tire and rim on tomorrow. 

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Replaced the h\quick attach hooks and repaired the mounting plate.

Straightened a friends tool box off a semi that got side swiped.

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Got the other rim and tire swapped on the 560, think i got that done just in time. Tilled the garden, the boss lady let me know I was getting behind on weed control. Then spent the rest of the day going over fence. Which included cutting out some trees that got away from me. Im beat.

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My buddy Dan called, he had rented a 'sod-cutter', you want this sod? Yeah, bring it over, we'll figure out something to do with it. Found just the perfect spot, right where that big Silver Maple used to be. Think we put three loader bukets of dirt in the hole and had enough sod to cover it and just a little more for some other spots. I watered it quite a bit but mother nature has jumped in to help on that front. Have gotten 2+ inches so far, radar looks like it's almost done.

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Chopped some corn stalks with 806 on Monday , then raked with 886 on Tuesday , cousin baled it up with the MXU125. Then loaded up with Massey 50A industrial and hauled them out with 1486. At least 150 bales , not sure what the total ended up at! And yes the 14 is missing a door , we take it off for some extra ventilation ! AC hasn’t worked in a longggg time. 

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Spring corn stalk bales.  Gives me flashback nightmares of 2019 and 2020.  Fall of ’18 was so wet I baled around 700 bales the spring of ’19, between rainstorms.  Then fall of '19 was even worse.  Only got about half the baling done we were supposed to do.  Spring of 2020 turned quite dry and we got both balers going for a couple weeks and made about 3,300 bales. 

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Too wet to do much else, back on wet sanding and finish sanding. Door dings  fixed and nearly ready for sealer and PPG base coat/ clear coat.

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Worked on a 98 GMC K1500 with a 5.7L engine today.  It had a few vacuum leaks and ran poorly, I fixed a couple leaks and then found one at the upper intake seam.  I have never seen one of those gaskets fail before, have done plenty of lower intake gaskets, the upper gasket comes with the intake gasket set and seldom gets used, so conveniently I had one in stock

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My friend has been wanting to do a modern unibody chassis swap into a classic car for a while.  His Mom’s boyfriend has a Mustang II that had an engine fire last fall.  He has a 2012 Kia Rio that he got after it was rolled over, the roof was smushed in but it runs perfectly and the AC works.  He decided to cut the front end off the Kia and morph it into the Mustang.  I was over there yesterday and helped cut the Kia down.  He sent me these pictures tonight 

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11 hours ago, IHKeith said:

My friend has been wanting to do a modern unibody chassis swap into a classic car for a while.  His Mom’s boyfriend has a Mustang II that had an engine fire last fall.  He has a 2012 Kia Rio that he got after it was rolled over, the roof was smushed in but it runs perfectly and the AC works.  He decided to cut the front end off the Kia and morph it into the Mustang.  I was over there yesterday and helped cut the Kia down.  He sent me these pictures tonight 

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That's an ambitious project!  And when finished, is likely to be a much better car than either was by itself😀

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Clean-up?

They say necessity is the mother of invention, well she must be an aunt of motivation too! Builders are supposed to get here this week. They are going to need something to put trash/shorts in. I've got a couple wire-tainer baskets out of the old Maytag plant. They work great for this. One full of cribbing, other scrap steel. Actually thought about calling my buddy I got these from to see if he had another. Crap, just load the steel in the truck and get rid of it! So that's what I did, going to Grinnell in the morning.

Shot of the empty and the load going away. If prices are good, might sell quite a bit of stuff. Always like cleaning up/getting rid of unneeded crap!

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Swapped the tires and centers off the girls 450 went from 16.9’s on pressed steel wheels & 9 bolt hubs back to the stock 450 cast hubs and double bevel rims with 15.5’s on it trying to see if a shorter tire will help get it further down the track thinking the taller tires are robbing some power. My 450 on the other hand seems to pull the 16.9’s I put on it no problem. Changing the belhen steering unit on my 450 hoping the one from the salvage yard is usable for now want to go to a pull with em both this Saturday at a Tech school to benefit the local FFA. While I have all the tin off the 450 I’m going to put the nice painted tin work I bought for it years ago off a 400. My 450 will just identify as a 400 until I paint the white on the grill and side panels. 

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14 hours ago, DT Fan said:

If the price of that load is good today, making it a theme this week! Going to clean up this one horse operation.

Buy a dump trailer and you will be hunting for stuff to throw away! You get a part load on and decide it would be better if it was full before selling iron or hitting the landfill. Handiest trailer I have by far.

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That load had 1900 lbs. on it. Steel at $200 a ton currently. Fun money for the Round-up! Got home and loaded cast iron, box isn't quite as full but I'm betting just as much weight! Hopefully get it to the yard today also.

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Not todays project but something several have worked on for the last couple weeks. Dad had a 1981 Chevy 1/2 ton long bed here at the farm. My nephew wanted it so one of the old guys and I went through it the best we could to make it mostly sea worthy but no guarantees.  Fluids, tune up, belts, hoses etc.  Front seal on the rear end and by-passed the fuel tank switch. 16 gallon tank and two spare cans will have to do!  The brother in law and him flew out last week and put new tires on…

and off they went, 2400 miles to Virginia!!!

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They made it about 200 miles to Butte and the new fuel pump flew apart. I had tossed in the old pump and they put it back in.

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They kept on rolling. Stop for gas about every 150 miles, dump in a quart of oil every other stop. 🤣🤣

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Axle seal started to leak, Josh checking the oil level in the rear end. Somewhere in Iowa it stopped leaking.

By the time they got to Indiana, the driveline was vibrating. Yep, U-joints couldn’t take the stress of 60 mph!

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They found a helpful parts store and somehow replaced the front and rear U-joints in the parking lot.

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Four and a half days later they pulled into their driveway!  What’s the old saying, “If you’re gonna be stupid, you better be tough!”  Good for them, glad they made it and they have one **** of a story to tell!

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Finally took the time to continue investigating the whine/whistle the Farmall M has while it was pouring rain outside on Monday. I originally outlined this issue in this thread which has now been archived … never found the time to troubleshoot it again until now. The tractor idles rough but other than the annoying sound it’s been okay for all it does. 

Well it didn’t take long to isolate the issue after giving it some proper attention. Removed the hood and the sound was clearly loudest around the number two cylinder area of the manifold. Used the unlit propane torch trick and sure enough the engine revved up a little when the torch was held to the centre of the mating seam on the bottom of the front intake port. Well then it was on to removing the manifold. The mounting nuts looked in pretty rough shape , but after hitting them with some heat and penetrating fluid and gently working them back and forth with breaker bar 2 came off and the other 4 brought the studs with them. 

Off came the manifold , hard to say for sure if the gasket was damaged as it came off in pieces. I think more likely the seam just opened up a little. Cleaned up the port faces and there doesn’t appear to be any cracks or pinholes. Doesn’t appear warped either as a straight edge holds flat across the manifold. The exhaust ports however are pretty pitted so to ensure the new gasket will get a good seal will have the machine shop reface. Won’t need much, will mostly be paying for setup time ! 
 

After cleaning up the studs and washers they are in pretty touch shape too. I guess decades of heat will do that , so will replace those and nuts too. Cleaned up the port faces on the engine, stuffing clean rags in the ports to keep dust out. It’s nice and flat too with straight edge and there is little to no pitting! 

This should get rid of the whine and I optimistic that she’ll run better with this fixed too! 

 

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Missed the guess on the cast iron load, only had 1840 lbs. Should take another load of steel in but it will keep. Other more important things to do.

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