so waht ya doin today?

Snakeoil

Well-Known Member
John that bears a strong resemblance to the engine bay and front end of my '72 El Camino SS.
They all looked like that back then. The common denominator was ROOM TO WORK!!

Years ago I knew a guy with a truck that would run fine sitting still. But drive it and it would skip like crazy. He worked on it for weeks and eventually came up with a plan. He put a one of his friends or kids into the engine compartment with the hood off and took it down the street at night. The kid found the problem. Motor mount was worn enough that when the engine would torque to one side it was shorting out some wire. Problem solved.
 

JustJim

Active Member
They all looked like that back then. The common denominator was ROOM TO WORK!!
'65 International pickup: I stood in the engine compartment to replace headgaskets, mess with the carb, replace the radiator, etc. Fuse box in the glove box. Once I got rid of the absurd 3-speed gearshift lever (moved it to the floor when the linkage broke), it was great.

Except that whole 11 mpg issue, which was a problem even in the mid-80s.
 

JWFilips

Well-Known Member
Well we got the new drive belt 90 % on But I did not like the feel of the one Idler pulley! grinding and it has a lot of play.....Probably why it keeps throwing and breaking belts
BTW my son did all the work with my supervision!
I Got one on E-bay because Free shipping and we will have it Friday or Saturday....No one else would guarantee that With out $20 shipping fee
And it was less than anyone else for a New Stens Pully
 

Ian

Notorious member
I feel you, John, smelled hot antifreeze when I got home from work yesterday and quickly found the Sequoia's RH radiator tank is leaking. Did all the hoses in 2011 along with 120K maintenance on water pump, timing belt, and all the pulley bearings but will probably need new upper and lower radiator hoses this time.
 

Kevin Stenberg

Well-Known Member
We came home from our weekly town run. We watched a Doe with twins walk up my neighbors driveway. I turned into my driveway and there was a hen Patridge just off of our driveway. I slowed to a stop about 10 yards from her. An just watched her calmly cross the driveway and disappear into the brush.
Then shortly after supper I looked out our back window. There was another partridge eating buds 15 yards from the house. That last Partridge was the fist I have seen in the yard for probably 10 to 12 years.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
fiddledicked around the yard all day.
i got the sprinklers all up and going [with no leaks,,, for once]
now the only thing i have to drag the hose to is the spinach box, and two moves on the front lawn. [unless i crank the hose up then it's only one out front]
 

Tom

Active Member
Farted around with the new to me 2000 freightliner yesterday. Big list of little things.
Changed fuel filter, low coolant level sensor, heater control valve. Took apart my field expedient battery ground and cleaned the frame really well with a brush on the angle grinder. A few days ago I put kroil on the battery tiedown j bolts. That worked well. Battery hold down thingy pretty rusted out at the ends, so I strengthened them and put the jbolts back on. Should last another 20 years. Dome lights wouldn't work when it was hot in the cab, figured it was a weak circuit breaker. Turns out most the nuts on the circuit breakers were loose. I think the nut holding the ratchet was a bit loose, too. I always have a list of things to fix, being a founding member of the antique truck club. Felt good to knock the whole list out.
 
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CWLONGSHOT

Residing in New England
Range day!! Probably pistols as I have t been shooting for two weeks!!

Going to the short steel range so rifles better fun at longer distances.

Weather gonna be good partly sun and 73°

CW
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
All those punch presses is impressive. What do you make?

There was a time at the GE Plant in Schenectady when big punch presses ran 7x24 making generator stackings and other stuff. The ground almost shook. There was not a quiet place outdoors. All gone now.
When they started closing down a lot of the equipment went to shops all over the north country. "The Electric City" is no more, and that's a darn shame.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
They all looked like that back then. The common denominator was ROOM TO WORK!!

Years ago I knew a guy with a truck that would run fine sitting still. But drive it and it would skip like crazy. He worked on it for weeks and eventually came up with a plan. He put a one of his friends or kids into the engine compartment with the hood off and took it down the street at night. The kid found the problem. Motor mount was worn enough that when the engine would torque to one side it was shorting out some wire. Problem solved.
Neighbor Earl across the road just took delivery of a 1950 Studebaker Champion yesterday. Same roomy engine compartment, same with my 64 IHC 1200 pickup. Those were the days!
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
'65 International pickup: I stood in the engine compartment to replace headgaskets, mess with the carb, replace the radiator, etc. Fuse box in the glove box. Once I got rid of the absurd 3-speed gearshift lever (moved it to the floor when the linkage broke), it was great.

Except that whole 11 mpg issue, which was a problem even in the mid-80s.
6 or 8 cyl? I've got the 6.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
Went and looked at the house for the oldest girl yesterday. Guys see entirely different things than women I believe. It's livable as is, needs some work, but it's livable. Biggest issue I see is location, down hill from everything which means poor drainage. We'll see. It was a $35K house 10 years ago. I don't know what it's going to sell for but certainly not what they're asking! Modular home, huge "master bedroom", like the size of all our bedrooms combined and doubled! 12 minutes from her work and in the school district we need. If it's meant to be, it will work out.

The pups are doing good, but if anyone is looking to invest some money for the short term, I'd recommend buying stock on paper towels! House breaking is going to use a LOT of them! Hats off to my GD though, that kids a dynamo with the dogs. And she finds time to squeeze in paying attention to the cats and horses too! Boy, to have her energy...
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
This one has 3 yr and a 3 yr extension warranty if it lasts that long then it's a break even on the cost . Over the "almost made it" and "popped a rod 3 weeks into the 2nd season" mowers we've been running the last few years .
The new one I bought from Home Depot is a residential model. IIRC, three years ago. Everything is fine except for the transmission. Gets hung up every so often..............I suspect because of plastic gearing. Can't locate a commercial model at the closest dealers (Harrison or West Plains) both are a little over an hour away. They're not interested in taking orders, either. :headbang:
 

Snakeoil

Well-Known Member
Farmer friend across the main road from our camp bought two above ground fuel tanks from a defunct gas station. Both have Gilbarco gas pumps on them. When they removed them, they simply opened the junction box and cut the wires, all 3 million of them. I'm pretty sure that 99% of the wires go to the remote controls behind the counter in the store to turn them on and off as well as see how much fuel you purchased. So, for the farm, he won't need those.

But no wiring diagram inside the cabinet and he asked me to take a look to see if I could get them working. I used to do control systems for power plants so lots of wires is not intimidating. But having a inkling of how the thing works is helpful to say the least. The readouts look like the first LED readouts. The whole thing looks like something from the 80's.

Took picks of the nameplate data on the pump and then did some digging. Stopped at a local marina with a gas dock and asked who does their pumps. I'd stopped at a Sunoco station, but he said the distributor services their pumps and I suspect all the name brands are like that. Marina gave me a name and I called the place. Did not know it, but ended up talking to the owner. What a great guy. Explained this was a farm application and we just wanted the pump to work. He said I could bypass a lot of the stuff, especially the PWBs in the head that control the pump for pre-pay applications. When I described the 2 solenoid valves I found inside an explosion-proof junction box, he knew the system. He's currently trying to dig up an electrical diagram for me so I can figure out how to get this thing working. Parts are an iffy proposition, according to him. Dave got a pump which each tank and I think he's going to sell or scrap the other one. He got a great deal because they were full of fuel. He bought a tank/pump and 600 gallons of diesel for $1000. The other tank had 400 gal of kero. I think he paid $600 for that one, also with a pump.
 

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
He got a great deal because they were full of fuel. He bought a tank/pump and 600 gallons of diesel for $1000. The other tank had 400 gal of kero. I think he paid $600 for that one, also with a pump.

How old is that Diesel fuel? He could have a hazmat nightmare on his hands trying to get rid of that much bad fuel.
 

JonB

Halcyon member
Last week, I was told there is a couple branches down, in front of the 200 yd berm (at the sportsman club), one of them hit the target backer (4x8 plywood) and knocked it off the posts. I was asked to cutup the branches and fix it. I said I would, after the weather cools down a bit (the last few days have been hot and humid, yesterday was 103º with "feels like temp" of 113º).

Today, is still to humid, but the next few mornings "might" be nice enough for me to tackle the project.

So, I went out there today, just to check it out. Well, the 200 yd berm has a large Ash tree down and major damage to the target stand, more than what I was told. ALSO, there is a mid sized Elm down, in front of the 100 yd berm, covering up 90% of the multiple target stands. There will be lots of brush to haul and plenty of good firewood. I will surely need my ATV and trailer...which I didn't think would be needed from what I was told. Probably 6 to 12 hours of work, not the 1 hour I guessed from what I was told. Now I just need to "get excited" about doing that much work, which is hard to do, when the temp is in the 80s and humid. If the next few mornings are a no go, we are suppose to get some GREAT wood cutting weather next week. I may just wait until then? I should of taken photo. BTW, this is in a woodsy area, Mosquito Hell.
Yesterday morning at the range.
I cut just enough to get the ranges cleared for shooting, to do that, I had to use my golf club style weed cutter on a bunch of 3 foot tall itch weed, up and down the steep berms(to get to one of the downed trees) ...THEN my shoulder (that was previously giving me fits) started hurting, and still hurts today.
I'll be leaving the rest of the work for a much later date, or for someone else, if they want the wood. There is a lot of nice wood on the ground, plus the standing Ash stump, which is a nice straight 25 feet or more, maybe someone will want to turn it into lumber? I'm just not up to doing that much work in this very warm part of the summer. You fella's might laugh at me, but I only lasted 2.5 hours yesterday morning before all my clothes were soaked with sweat (and it was only 75º, but both berms were in the sun), but I quit cuz my shoulder hurt. I got home and I exhausted with feverish symptoms ...much like the Co-vid, I doubt it was that? and I doubt is was dehydration/heatstroke, as I had plenty of water along...but the symptoms sure match, so maybe?
...Except for my shoulder, I feel better this morning. I think today will be a do nothing day.

I started watching "Yellowstone". I bought the first 3 seasons of DVDs a while back. I'm halfway through the first season....GOOD STUFF.
Before that, I finally finished watching "Homeland"...I think it took me 2 years to get through the 8 seasons of that show, that is also a great show, if you like CIA-foreign Spy thrillers.