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Posted February 17, 2012 - 04:09 AM

I just like to make people laugh. (lack of sleep adds to it). :smilewink:
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 05:04 AM

LOL Chris. I don't know where you come up with this stuff, but you are full of it lol.

I couldn't have put it any better, Casey.
Chris, great sense of humor. Keep it going.
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 09:31 PM

LOL Chris. I don't know where you come up with this stuff, but you are full of it lol.

Very full of it :smilewink: Sometimes he is even a "Punny" guy. :bigrofl: :bigrofl:
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:10 PM

Dunno if it is "The Economy" or something else. I've noticed that shops don't carry as broad a range as they used to. 20 years ago I could find studs at any auto parts store. This year, it took forever to finally find some. Also, the guys behind the counter don't really seem to know anything any more. Used to be "Oh, that part is just like such-and-such part" and you had what you needed. Can't tell you how often lately I've walked into an auto store, asked for a specific plug (Champion H-8) and either get a blank look or get asked "What vehicle are you using that in?" Nobody has a catalog for Gravely T-head engines. So I tell them, and then they can't find it in their computer, and they are helpless.
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Dunno if it is "The Economy" or something else. I've noticed that shops don't carry as broad a range as they used to. 20 years ago I could find studs at any auto parts store. This year, it took forever to finally find some. Also, the guys behind the counter don't really seem to know anything any more. Used to be "Oh, that part is just like such-and-such part" and you had what you needed. Can't tell you how often lately I've walked into an auto store, asked for a specific plug (Champion H-8) and either get a blank look or get asked "What vehicle are you using that in?" Nobody has a catalog for Gravely T-head engines. So I tell them, and then they can't find it in their computer, and they are helpless.

A couple things have lead to this, 1st being they get charged tax on the inventory that's why they carry less. 2nd the majority of people working at parts stores are just there cause they need a job,most wouldn't even know what a spark plug is let alone a brand name. One good one was when I asked a counter person at a plumbing supply house for an LP Regulator rated @ 14-16 inches of water colum, his answer was, umm what is LP, so I told him, he said let me get a manager, I never did get a regulator that day.

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:37 PM

:bounce: ah Chris, you killing me here, i can't stop laughing :bounce:

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:43 PM

:bounce: ah Chris, you killing me here, i can't stop laughing :bounce:

I was telling a friend today about the bearing one I came up with. they couldn't stop laughing! LOL
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:43 PM

Well guys, how about this, trying to change the spark plugs on a Kubota B6000,

I almost laughed myself to death when the boy swore up and down the owners manual told him how to,....

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:49 PM

I need to get me one of those informative owners manuals! LOL

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 11:02 PM

Well guys, how about this, trying to change the spark plugs on a Kubota B6000,

I almost laughed myself to death when the boy swore up and down the owners manual told him how to,....

The owners manual for my lifan (Chinese) engine, it says to remove spark plug _ 1st remove engine,place in pot of boiling water,boil for 15 minutes or until engine just starts to float (stiring frequently) wearing gloves remove from stove and drain water. let cool for 5 minutes then remove plug with spark plug wrench.( This must be to loosen that rice glue on the threads? ) :unsure:
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 11:07 PM

Well guys, how about this, trying to change the spark plugs on a Kubota B6000,

I almost laughed myself to death when the boy swore up and down the owners manual told him how to,....


For us non Kubota guys, I am guessing diesel, right :smilewink:

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 11:31 PM

2 cylinder over head valved natural aspiration diesel of 13 hp model ZL600 liquid cooled engine,
They are tough little tractors with very long run times.
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 11:48 PM

I think you will start to see some small shops open back up now that people are spending $3k on zero turn mowers. Before the ZTs most homeowners bought a mower for less than $1K, after 2 years of mowing something gives and the repair bill is 1/3 of the original purchase price. Now that ZTRs are here and people are spending big money again on a "quality" mower a repair bill of $500 is not that hard to swallow.

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Posted February 18, 2012 - 05:43 AM

The owners manual for my lifan (Chinese) engine, it says to remove spark plug _ 1st remove engine,place in pot of boiling water,boil for 15 minutes or until engine just starts to float (stiring frequently) wearing gloves remove from stove and drain water. let cool for 5 minutes then remove plug with spark plug wrench.( This must be to loosen that rice glue on the threads? ) :unsure:

:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 08:46 AM

My god Chris, China stew, YUM, YUM, about all they are good for :smilewink: seems you and i will get along just fine regarding the imported Chinese garbage,
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