Old Binder Guy Posted December 20, 2022 Author Share Posted December 20, 2022 4 hours ago, hardtail said: 1982 was a cold winter up here I went to work surveying up north and it never got above -30 for daytime highs to whole month of January I was there, working outside 12 hours a day, one night we reassembled the rear diff in a Chebbie 3/4 ton 4x4, worked all day put a tarp around the box of the truck and tore it apart and rebuilt it all night, test drive at 5am then breakfast and another 12 hours outside, was past -40 that night Gladly seems like a dream and not as nightmarish as the decades fade away, the diesel trucks never shutoff that month, some were Detroit powered and you could hear those screaming Jimmies for miles in the crisp air Hardtail, This is another of my repeats, but this photo of my favorite things when I was 20. The B-100 IH pickup was a 2 wheel drive, fleet side box, 266 V-8 with 4-speed, with $21 each nylon whitewall tires, original price in 1960 was $1747! The first year we were married, I had the night shift calving. I only had a dipstick heater that you removed the engine's dipstick, stuck this one in down into the oil pan. I had a WWII Army woolen quilt. I'd cover the hood after plugging it in. Usually at the 2:AM calf check, it became normal for three nights in a row. My thermometer said -47° every night. Not -46° or -48°, but -47°! My pickup started every time. It was terribly stiff. But it started. After a couple minute warmup, I'd push it into reverse to back out of where I parked. Then I'd turn toward our exit gate. Those nylon tires felt like the wheels were square blocks. It waddled like a duck and jumped up and down, according to the way I had the front wheels turned or straightened. After about an 1/8 mile, the tires were "kneaded" enough they got smooth. I don't miss those days at all. As much as I miss the farm, there are so many things I don't miss anymore. And I get enough "upkeep practice" at Silver Creek farming that I'm well satisfied! Merry Christmas again, Gary😉 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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