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#7141 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 03:06 PM

Sorry the trip was so bad, Daniel! Hope you get a replacement starter soon.

 

Oh we still had a good enough time.  I got to burn wood in the fireplace, and Teresa got to shop.  I even got myself a coffee mug, new leather wallet, and some new work boots.

 

Sometimes, you are actually better off staying home on the farm..... That stuff just adds to the "experience".

remember the crap that doesn't kill you makes you stronger......

BTDT got a drawer full of Tee shirts.

 

Several T-shirts and a 50lb chain saw carved bear.  I'll post some pics when I have more time.


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 03:10 PM

And good news on the starter.  I went to pull the old starter out.  Not easy to see down in there till the side panels are removed.  Turns out the starter itself is still fine.  It was the solenoid that smoked!  There was a drain tube from the solenoid that ran right up next to the main lug coming out of the starter body.  That was where the smoke was rolling from, but made it appear to be coming from the starter itself.  The inside of the starter still looks like new and turns fine when I cross the poles, but of course doesn't kick in the starter drive.  Going right now to a local rebuilder to see if he has a new solenoid fore it.    Calf still hasn't gotten up, but tries hard.  


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 03:21 PM

I haven't bought a new starter or alternator in many years. There is a shop about 12 miles from me that does the best work I have ever seen on them. The alternator on the BlueOx is on its third truck. It went 400K on the WarWagon, 350k on the WarBeast, and 150k on the BlueOx. I am amazed at the quality of Tony's work. 

 

He retired and his son took over. I was worried about the quality of the shop after that. A good engine rebuilder sold to his son and his work went in the toilet. I talked to Tommy and he said his son has really been running the shop for years so no worries. 

 

Funny thing. Tommy is retired and is always in the shop. He said it is more fun being there when he doesn't have to be. 


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 04:04 PM

Been there done that with the online picture being different than what you actually get!

 

We went to an indoor water park last year.  Pictures showed all this nice stuff...much different in person!

 

But sounds like you made the best of it.  Was there at least a hot tub like you were talking about?



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Posted January 28, 2016 - 06:29 PM

Oh yes, finally got to try a hot tub too!
Just got the Cat loader home. Heifer still not up though.
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Posted January 28, 2016 - 07:09 PM

Here is a pic the morning AFTER clearing the snow and spreading salt myself.  We met the cabin prep crew coming down the hill as we drove up.  We barely squeaked by their car and actually slid slightly toward the road's edge as we passed....steep dropoff!    The pic shows where the crew slid backwards up onto a bank, then slid off it into the drive.  When we went to leave for the shovel & salt, we slid toward the same spot, but I got it into drive fast enough to take it on down the hill where there was good dry blacktop.  Let me tell ya...wasn't fun!  The pics don't really show how steep things really are.  The day we arrived, the road just past the truck at the lower cabin was solid snow & ice.

 

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But we loved the cabin itself.  If only the driveway & parking was like the ad pic showed.

 

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Posted January 28, 2016 - 08:08 PM

I can tell that is real steep! Not good in the Winter months!


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 08:13 PM

In the pics, our Jeep is parked at a vacant cabin below.  But I called the cabin company and that cabin was reserved, so I had to move the Jeep next to the truck below our cabin.  The people never showed up where I had parked the jeep.



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Posted January 29, 2016 - 06:10 AM

But, where is the picture of the 50 lb chainsaw carved bear? :)

I could trade you a hand woven Turkish prayer mat, or hand carved wooden camel, souvenir quality medium sized nested Matryoshka doll, or a souvenir quality Argentinian hunting bolo, or an embossed metal spice grinder, or a 335 ml aluminum can of `Black Death` vodka, or a genuine bilingual Pepsi can (Russian and English) for a bear statue.

On second thought not sure I`d part with the bolo, camel, nor Matryoushka (sp) doll. Other stuff is still negotiable.

All have stories with them as does your wooden bear. Some mere adventures, others have been written off as pure fiction by those I tried to tell about them.

As an aside, not so long ago, I could order beer, water, tea, or coffee in 5 different languages. Food was a lot more complicated and different.

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Posted January 29, 2016 - 06:21 AM

I remember from when we were down there years back, a lot of cabins had ugly drives. And that was summer time. I was actually concerned that the vehicle might slide down the drive when parked. Would like to go down there again some time.
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Posted January 29, 2016 - 07:00 AM

But, where is the picture of the 50 lb chainsaw carved bear? :)
 

 

 

Can't believe I forgot my new family member "the Bear".  No official name just yet.  :D

 

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Posted January 29, 2016 - 07:03 AM

Looks like a 'Barney' to me! Or 'Buford'!



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Posted January 29, 2016 - 09:04 AM

Glad you enjoyed yourself.

good thing you didn't rent my buddy's chalet, you would have never gotten up to it, his drive is practical straight up, all you see is sky when you start up it.


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Posted January 29, 2016 - 09:41 AM

Looks like a beautiful cabin.

 

I'd like to take my wife and kids down that way in the summer.


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Posted January 29, 2016 - 11:27 AM

I was happy to load silage with the Cat loader this morning till 3/4 loaded I blew a lift cylinder hose! So finished with the old IH loader and now at Wayne Cat getting a new hose made.
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