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Posted September 07, 2014 - 03:22 PM

Sunday, Sunday...

 

 

 

Yesterday Jared was up at the crack of dawn to destroy the Sentra. It lasted about 15 minutes before it gave up and the cooling system exploded.

 

After I had my 4 hours of sleep I got up...

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While I was doing that Steph ran down to the welders house to get the front end pieces for the Craftsman. While she was there his dad said he wanted the Plymouth Pickup (PP) if it ran.

 

After checking all my emails and other stuff online we all headed outside.

 

First I got jared to Push the little PP to the shady area with the crippled Nissan. The PO had ripped the shifter out of the trans so I spent about 30 minutes gettign that fixed. Then I hit the gas pedal twice and turned the key. It fired right up.

 

I told Jared to get started on the engien swap on his riding mower (he had to pull the engine off the Murray I got with no deck and handtruck frotn tires and put it on the complete Murray I was givign him) and I headed down to Tims house.

 

He gave the PP a test drive while I talked to his son. Timmy Daly – my welder. After about 15 minutes he came back and we set to some serious trading. He has a pull behind Bush Hog mower with a lock up 10 HP engine. He paid $250 for it. We agreed on the mower and $250 for the PP. Then we discussed some other bartering and trading and after about a hour I headed home.

 

Jared was still working on the engines so Steph and I got to work on Grady's Tractor. I pulled the carb apart again and cleaned it out throughly and reassembled it. The mower started right up and I sent Steph downt he hill (with no hood) with it to see if it would die again. She didmanage to run it out of gas so she ran down to get more then ran it again.

 

Jared was intent on finished the swap by himself so I gave him a few pointers and mostly sat on the ground and watched. When he finished up the wiring was different on mower and the engine. I came in and got my tablet and went back out and looked up the wiring diagrams. It took me about 5 minutes to get the wiring right. After hooking it up to the BlueOx for a jumpstart it fired right up and he mowed with it a while.

 

Tim called and said he had something else to trade me for the truck.

 

 

Steph came up ane said the exhaust was giving her a headache. I was drenched with sweat and my back was killing me so I told her to park it. I have a feelign that there is an exhaust leak that is heating up the carb when the hood is on it. I will test that theroy later on.

 

I fired up theFalcon, snagged the 05 Craftsman that only runs on one cyl, the Montgomery Wards engine off the Bolens I sold, loaded them up on the trailer, and went to Tims.

 

He has a little 3 wheeled buggy with a dump bed that I have tried to get my hands on more than once. It needs carb work. I agreed to the trade.

 

We dropped off the Craftsman and the MW for him to tinker with. The first time he saw that engine he wanted it. I told him that it wasn't for sale and he said that he at least wanted to get it running because he loves those little engines. The Crafrsman he is going to fix then we will sell it and split the profit.

 

HE also has a little ford Escort that he wants to sell. He is going to bring it to me and I will list it and we will split the profit on it too. He likes to work stuff, but he hates having to deal with people.

 

We came home and loaded up Jareds Tractor and the wagon on the little trailer then ordered pizza.

 

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After we were all showered and degunkified the pizza had arrived so we chowed down and watched OldBoy on Netflix. The movie definatley earned its rating (don't watch it if you have sensative ears or eyes), but it had an ending that blew us all away.

 

Heath played with the rabbits and Hambone while we watched it.

 

At 930 I took Jared back his Grandmothers. It was 1145 when I got home.

 

I couldn't go to sleep. I was still up at 445. At 7 my phone started to ring. I tried to get back to sleep, but it didn't happen.

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I had decided to sit on my butt all day.

 

The guy who bought a CUCV K5 Blazer came by and gave me half the money and the papers I needed to pick it up. Tuesday I am going to Hazard, KY. Maybe I will jump the BlueOx over a river while I am there.

 


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Posted September 08, 2014 - 05:09 PM

Nice easy day today.

 

 

Last night I was done in. All that getting 4 hours of sleep a night finally caught up to me. I was in bed by 830.

 

This morning I got up and

 

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While I was reading my online stuff and drinking coffee, Steph went outside to get started on the Nissan. She couldn't get it back up on the tow dolly so I went out in my robe and drove it up. It was wet and the car was sliding all over and scared her.

 

I went back in to drink my coffee. Heath was being a little monster. For some reason he always misbehaves when the cat is inside. I have no idea why. Cat is a bad influence in my house too.

 

I finally got all my emails answered and then got Heath dressed and we went outside. I figured Steph would have the catalytic converter cut off and not much else. She was done. All that was left was to wait for the gas to finish draining.

 

As we left I saw my biddy Tim and we blocked the road to talk for a minute. I told him I was going to go to KY and he said he wanted to go. He needed to get away from the house. I was looking forward to driving by myself, but Tim and I will have fun.

 

Once that was done we headed to the crusher. Since it had aluminum wheels and brand new tires on it they came home with us.

 

We left there and then went to Harbor Freight of a couple of bog bungee cords. I had an idea to keep the empty tow dolly from driving me insane on the way to KY tomorrow. It worked and now it only rattles over huge bumps.

 

Tim called and said he was bringing my stuff from the trade over to the house.

 

Lunch was at Cookout, when we ran across the state line to fill up. A couple of bucks later and we were full.

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A stop at the cigar shop and we were headed back to the barn.

 

Heath went down for a nap and Steph and I went outside to get the Craftsman ready to take to its new owner. One of the bolts grew legs so I had to steal on off another mower.

 

After that was done I mowed a rendom pattern through the back yard and declared it good to go. It went up on the little trailer and Steph will deliver it tomorrow. It is going to a friend so no danger in her delivering it.

 

I foudn these by my shop.

 

The BushHog needs an engine - I have one. The buggy need a governor spring.

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Tomorrow at 5am I am out the door and headed to Hazard, Ky.


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Posted September 08, 2014 - 05:16 PM

Lowest price i've seen for gas in a long time.  It keeps dropping, so I need to keep close watch & have 500 gallons diesel and 100 gallons gas before it soars again....which it will.


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Posted September 08, 2014 - 05:22 PM

That is 20-30 cents cheaper than the NC prices we drove past to get to that station.


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Posted September 08, 2014 - 05:41 PM

http://www.powertecparts.com/

 

Nice heald hauler.  Those things are useful.  The link above is to the website for the guy who bought out Heald Corporation.  Ron Kimbell is his name.  If you need any parts you can't find he has a ton of stuff, and still makes new parts today.  I doubt he has any motor parts, but drive parts, ect he usually has.  He is a really great guy. 

 

You might already know this stuff, maybe not, I'll share anyway.  Minibikes and 70s off road stuff is my other hobby!  They were built by Heald Corporation for quite a few years.  If you read the advertisement you can see everything they sold was in "kit" form.  Cam with all the parts in a crate ready for you to put together.  They were produced in the  70s into the 80s until they closed down.  Ron Kimball was vice president of the company.  They closed down, and he purchased the inventory and designs for the machines and started marketing them as Kimball Products.  Not sure how long he did so, but he told me the story of a 4 wheeled vehicle he sold.  He was sued because a guy was driving drunk with one down the road, pulled out in front of a car, and was killed.  It was enough of a lawsuit that he had to shut the doors on his production, and only sells parts now.

 

Restored Heald Hauler.

 

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One of my favorite mini bikes is a Heald VT1040.  I don't have any pictures of mine, but this one here is identical. 

 

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Posted September 08, 2014 - 06:29 PM

That is awesome TMT. I know it needs a throttle and a governor spring. I had no idea it was a factory built unit. I thought it was something someone cobbled together out of a 3 wheeler. I am sure it is going to come in handy. I cant wait to get it running.


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Posted September 09, 2014 - 10:19 PM

BToday I woke up at 5am. Drank coffee. Drove to Hazard, Ky. Picked upa military pickup truck. Drove home had three flat tires on the way. Got home 20 minutes ago. I am tired.
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Posted September 10, 2014 - 02:46 PM

So yesterday....

 

 

 

At 5am the alarm went off and I rose from my bed – Steph kept right on snoring.

 

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At 525 I was in the truck and off to KY.

 

The GPS said one route was 54 minutes shorter so I figured I would give it a try while I was unloaded.

 

The first BoJangle's I saw with its lights on I pulled in an got two smoked sausage biscuits and headed on.

 

Once I got past Hickory, NC it was all winding back roads that required every bit on my concentration to keep the BlueOx headed the right direction. I don’t' think there was a continuous stretch of straight pavement longer than 100 yards the whole drive.

 

It was beautiful though. Although in a way going past all the abandoned houses, trailers, and businesses was a bit depressing at times.

 

After climbing upward steadily for three hours I finally started to descend.

 

In KY I entered coal country. Somewhere along the way a huge power plant jumped out of the trees. It looked like it was dropped there by a spaceship it was so alien to the landscape. Nothing else was in the area.

 

At 1130 I finally got to Hazard, KY. My bladder was screaming for a break so I went to a gas station that had the nastiest bathroom I have ever seen. I think they dumped septic tank pumping trucks in there.

 

The Forestry Dept was just across the parking lot from it and that was my destination.

 

I was told I was picking up a Military CUCV Blazer. The only Blazer they had was a S10. I called the buyer and he corrected himself – he had been bidding on a Blazer, but he bought a CUCV pickup.

 

Soon enough it was loaded and I was off again.

 

I told the GPS to route me down I-40 because I was danged sure not going back the way I came with an extra 5000 pounds.

 

I had a bad vibration when I started. It was so bad I thought the bug guard on the Ox was going to come off. I got out three times to look at the tires and didn't see anything glaring at me. I chalked it up to the horrible roads.

 

The GPS told me to make a right turn about ¼ mile out of the parking lot. 500 feet past the turn off was a sign that said no tractor trailers. It is impossible to back up a loaded tow dolly so I was committed unless I wanted to unload the non running truck again and load it back. The road was nice for about 500 more feet then it made a right turn – straight up. And up. And up. And up. Every turn the road got steeper.

 

The last turn on the road was an off canter turn it rolled against the curve in a way that made me worry about turning over. Needless to say my glutei had a firm grip on the seat cover – I didn't even need my seat belt. When I finally rounded the bend there was a group of people standing at the end of a driveway working on a car and they were all gape mouthed and bug eyed when I came around.

 

At the top of Mt. Everest I turned on to another winding road and began to ascend the Smokey Mountain range.

 

On the slightly better roads the vibration eased up and I was able to see clearly without my eyeballs being vibrated our of their sockets.

 

I had to stop inside TN to fill up. $106 later and I was on the road.

 

ON a long straight stretch of highway 81 ( I think) I noticed that the straps on the CUCV needed tightening so I pulled over and shut off the truck. After tightening the straps the OX refused to restart. I thought I was in trouble for a bit. I noticed that the factory temp gauge (sensor on the left side of the engine) read 210. The aftermarket (on the right side) was pegged in the red. I took a peek at that side of the engine. The starter is next to the sensor and it was cooked and actually smoking. The exhaust flange I had to make spacers for was leaking and had heated it up to where it would not work. Once it cooled off it started right up and I was off again.

 

Good thing because I drank the last of my coffee while I waited.

 

Twenty miles later I was in a tiny town where everything appeared to have just been built. The vibration came back with a vengeance. Then the left rear on the CUCV started to delaminate. It was throwing off chunks as big as my fist.

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I limped into a Hardee's parking lot and soon realized I had not jack that would lift the CUCV. I went inside and ordered a burger and asked the address – no one knew it. Finally someone figured it out and I called roadside assistance.

 

By the time they got there I had the CUCV off the dolly and all but one lug nut off both drivers side tires. The guy showed up with a jack and the tires got swapped over. All he did was operate the jack. Three hours after I stopped I was on the road again.

 

A couple of hours later I was going thru construction in Asheville. I saw sparks in my mirror and as soon as I got a good look I saw the dolly tire come off the drivers side rim and go flying into the oncoming lane where all the traffic was.

 

I hope no one got hit, but my hands were a bit full with the skating dolly.

 

On a nearby off ramp I got out the 2 bumper jacks that were not tall enough to lift the CUCV, and, with a bit of redneck engineering, got the spare put on. I had to repair the wiring for the fender lights and pull the fender back out too.

 

I got back on the highway. I made a stop in Lincolnton to get a splash of gas and a beer – cause lets face it I earned one or 4 – and headed home.

 

One mile from the house the spare I had just put on the dolly exploded and went flying off thru a corn field. I was tired. I was out of spares. I was out of dive a darn. I dragged it home. I have no idea how mangled the rim is I have not gone out to look at it yet.

 

Tooka  picture out   the back window - The Falcon had to get in on the photo-op.

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When I came inside and took off my hat my hair was in the shape of the hats crown. It was pretty funny.

 

While talking to a regular customer I found out that he has a whole spare for the dolly he wants $20 for. I will go get it when Heath gets up from his nap.

 

Tomorrow I deliver the CUCV and will talk to the guy about picking up another one in Florida for him.

 

Gotta fix that exhaust leak too.

 


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 04:24 PM

Might want to pick up 3 spares for that trip. :D
Been there. Last trip, I left the spare at home in the garage. Worried about it the whole time.
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Posted September 10, 2014 - 04:44 PM

My record was 6 in one trip. Blew the same 2 twice. Not one of the better trips.


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 04:51 PM

After some thinking on it Steph and I have decided that our record is 6 or 7 flats in one trip. That does not include the Nova that we pulled that kept loosing tires. It finally got dragged home on the brake disc when I got good and POed at it. 


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 05:19 PM

You know, I've been driving for almost 40 years, and away from home (not counting grain trucks), only had one flat tire on a driver, and a couple on trailers.  One of the trailer flats was close enough I drove it on home....tandem axles & 2 miles from house).

  I think it's just 2 flats for the grain trucks...not bad really.  Now flats here on the farm....I don't even wanna talk about that!


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 06:56 PM

As much as I am in and out of scrap yards I figure I am ahead of the game on flats.


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 07:02 PM

As much as I am in and out of scrap yards I figure I am ahead of the game on flats.

I've had some close calls though.  One when we came out of Wally World, my tire was low, but NOT flat.  I heard air hissing out of it, so hopped in & shot around to their tire center & got it fixed.  Other time was after dropping off scrap iron.  They kept the place junked up bad & never cleaned the roadways.  Punched a hole in my F250's driver front sidewall, right next to the tread.  I plugged it & drove that tire for years after.


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 09:23 PM

I've blew out 2 tires on my Ram quad cab the whole time I owned it.  I am good for letting my tires get down to the cords before changing them.  Luckily both times I was within 2 miles of my home and was able to change them at home.

 

Only time I have ever had to change a tire was July 23rd of this year when we were taking the baby home from the hospitial and I hit something in the road that popped a hole in my tire.


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