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Posted June 14, 2017 - 05:18 PM

I'm ready to find a set of self-deploying spike strips. Just push a button and they go out. Need them to return and hide on their own too!


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Posted June 15, 2017 - 09:29 AM

I have a few items left over from a union strike back in 1987 that flattens a semi tire quickly.


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Posted June 16, 2017 - 12:33 AM

I am tired there is not enough coffee onearth to get me to update tonight
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Posted June 16, 2017 - 09:57 AM

I am tired there is not enough coffee onearth to get me to update tonight

Super short but "updated".


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Posted June 16, 2017 - 01:32 PM

Yesterday wore me out. 

 

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We got going at about 9 yesterday. We went out and got started a little later.

 

When I mowed a neighbors yard day before yesterday, I dropped the back tire of Delilah in a hole and my back did not appreciate it. I was moving a bit slow.

 

Once the Suburban was hooked to the trailer I backed it around to the ditch. 

 

Then I remembered that the brakes on Buddy's tractor still needed adjusting. So I got a 9/16 and got on that. Steph gave it a few test stops. I just laid in the same spot on the ground and she drove up and told me if it needed more adjusting. Once it was stopping and I had the adjuster locked down, she drove it up on the trailer.

 

A short drive later and we backed into Buddy's ditch and Steph unloaded it. 

 

Buddy was not home, but Pam and the girls were. We talked to them a bit and then headed off to buy a coffee table/ ottoman/ storage thingy. 

 

The guy kept telling me how much he paid for it. He didn't seem to understand that I didn't care, I only cared what he wanted for it. $40. We took it home. 

 

Then we ran by Walmart. She needed groceries, I needed freon. If I had more money with us I would have bought more Freon. I think they are phasing out the little cans because they were only $4. I bought 10 and headed home. 

 

Once the nose of the Burb was stuffed in the carport (it isn't quite wide enough for a full sized truck so it is pretty hard to get past the truck. The further you pull in the harder it is to walk back out.) 

 

The Suburban's AC has been steadily waning. So I pulled the high side cap off the fitting and it whistled. I found the leak. 

 

I pulled the fitting off and sent Steph to Autozone. 

 

She got back and I got to work on the AC. Steph got started pulling the passengers side door apart. Neither front glass would go down. 

 

I had a problem getting the AC to pull a vacuum. It would hold whatever it pulled down to, but wouldn't pull down far enough. I got out my homemade fitting to pressurize the system and hooked it up. It went right up to 90psi and held for 15 minutes. No obvious leaks. Once I hooked the vacuum pump up again it pulled right down to where it should be. Just one of those weird things. 

 

Once I had it blowing snow I turned my attention to the doors. 

 

After some tinkering (and bleeding dang those inside panels are sharp) I figured out that neither motor worked properly. Since we have a parts truck it got pulled apart. You would think that since one truck is a 95 and the other a 96 they would have the same interior panel. You would be wrong. I had to take the motor off and install it on the other one.

 

Since GM decided to use rivets to hold the motors on, and they are set down in a recess, I had to use a chisel to get them out. Two on each panel could be drilled. The other two could not. 

 

While I beat on them I sent Steph to ACE to get a handful of 1/4x20 bolts.

 

We got the drivers door motor installed and working and then it clouded up and started to rain. 

 

We came in to eat. 

 

For all the bluster and blow the rain only lasted 10 minutes. 

 

We headed back out and got the passengers door sorted out.

 

The interior handle on the passengers side wan't working when I got the truck. When we pulled the door panel off it started to work. When the panel went back on it didn't work. I took the panel off and put it back on a dozen times and nothing changed. Finally I closed the door while I was sitting in the passengers seat with the door assembled. The handle would not work. I got mad and slammed my elbow in to the door panel a half dozen times. It started working. Who knows???!

 

It was 930 when we packed things up and backed the burb out the carport and into its parking spot. Even Heath was tired. 

 

I declared that I was taking today off. My back was screaming and the rest of me wasn't talking nice.


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Posted June 16, 2017 - 04:20 PM

I understand the inside of them doors, can't stick my hand inside at all and not pull it out bloody.
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Posted June 19, 2017 - 08:09 PM

Slow few days. 

 

I took some extended down time for my back. 

 

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Saturday I only got out of my chair to go pick up an Escort. Then we stopped at Ben's house to see how he was doing. He is slowly recovering.

 

Sunday I was pried out of my chair to go to Genghis Grill to eat. 

 

Today I only got up to clean my pistol. While I was doing that the neighbor, Tommy, came over for me to figure out how to set up his phone. He is in his late 70's and has early onset dementia and keeps resetting his phone. I think it does him good to come over and talk too.

 

Tomorrow I have to work. Unfortunately. 

 


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Posted June 20, 2017 - 06:11 PM

Back to work.

 

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This morning I felt like I was trying to swim in molasses, but we eventually got going.

 

First we had to figure out why the trailer lights werent working.

 

This is why.

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Thing had caught on fire at some point .Yeaa me. 

 

With that fixed we ran up the road and got a neighbors tractor. He had no steering. Gertrude made short work on picking it up. 

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Once that was on the tractor stand we headed out to Bessemer city to move a big pile of sand.

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When we got there the woman had laundry hanging where I had to go under it to get the sand. I wasn't fond of the idea of dodging around undies that were too big for me so I had Steph take the laundry down. 

 

The yard was on a hill so it made things interesting. I finally moved the dump trailer to the bottom of the hill and just had to drive farther each time. It was better than trying to drive upside down. 

 

I have no idea how much sand we moved , but it filled the dump trailer completely up. I had to push the Suburban and trailer out of the yard. ( That thing really needs a name). 

 

Then we traveled at a blazing 15mph back to Crouse.

 

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It is a good thing we were going slowly, because the brake controller on the dump trailer went out.

 

We got to Ben's house and were told where to unload. His wife had put two big tarps on the ground and wanted it on them. So we attempted to dump it. The load was heavier than the hydraulics would lift. I gave it a helping nudge with Gertrude and it came right up and dumped out. 

 

Back home we turned our attention to the lawn tractor. The steering bushing was completely worn. It didn't take long to get it out. 

 

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A short jaunt through the tractor pile and we had a donor. Gertie brought it up the hill. in no time we had it fixed. 

 

I did have a devil of a time getting the deck pin back on. Finally I had to get more pull on it. 

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A pull with a ratchet strap and it was right up on there. 

 

It took longer to get it started than it took to repair it. For some reason it would not start. I thad a dead battery so we jumped it with Gertie. I didn't have any ether so I gave it a shot of WD-40. It finally started. 

 

Then the blades were engaged. It took me a bit to figure out how to disengage them. That pair of vice grips on the side of it in the picture up there is the disengage lever. 

 

Once I figured that out and got it off the stand I started up the road on it. Steph followed along. 

 

I got on his property and lost the steering. The snap ring on the bottom of the shaft was not properly seated and it fell off. I sent Steph back for the parts off the other mower and I waited.

 

It didn't take long to get it back on. Then I had to send her back to get jumper cables. Finally I got it to his house and left it. He was gone. I called and told him it was done. 

 

Heath and I got in the bed of BettyBlue and headed home. 

 

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I was going to look at the brake controller, but I was drenched in sweat and my back was not happy with all the bouncing around on tractors. 

 

I came in for a shower. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted June 21, 2017 - 12:14 PM

So I did more yesterday than I thought I did. 

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When the neighbors tractor spat out the snap ring from the steering gear, Steph and I lifted the front of it up on the tailgate of BettyBlue. Well, I lifted, Steph did the best she could. We have don't dozens of them up on the tailgate of Christine. Problem is, BB is a bit higher, and required more lifting. 

 

This morning it took me about 30 minutes to get from the bed to my recliner. 

 

So another day lost. 


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Posted June 22, 2017 - 11:08 AM

 

 

Since GM decided to use rivets to hold the motors on, and they are set down in a recess, I had to use a chisel to get them out. Two on each panel could be drilled. The other two could not. 

 

 

 

I got into a good one when I changed motor on my Firebird. After drilling out the rivets, motor just would not budge. I ended up having to remove regulator assembly to see what the issue was. Ended up, someone had changed the motor before, used rivets again, but also decided motor needed to be welded to the regulator :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:    Thankfully I had another complete regulator so I could just swap new motor on and be done.


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Posted June 22, 2017 - 11:15 AM

I got into a good one when I changed motor on my Firebird. After drilling out the rivets, motor just would not budge. I ended up having to remove regulator assembly to see what the issue was. Ended up, someone had changed the motor before, used rivets again, but also decided motor needed to be welded to the regulator :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:    Thankfully I had another complete regulator so I could just swap new motor on and be done.

Well that was just genius.4


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Posted June 22, 2017 - 03:24 PM

Woke up to the sound of

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SO since I don't have a covered work area big enough for a truck I rode the recliner today 


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Posted June 22, 2017 - 04:01 PM

Woke up to the sound of

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SO since I don't have a covered work area big enough for a truck I rode the recliner today 

Some days are better off doing just that!


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Posted June 23, 2017 - 06:15 PM

It is amazing how long small jobs can take. 

 

 

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Last night I was chatting with Sam and some friends online and i jokingly told him to come over and weld up my trailer. Well this morning, as we were sleeping in after being up late last night, the dogs started barking. Steph went to see what was going on. Sam and his brother Nehemiah were in the fridge. LOL.

 

So I got up and got dressed. 

 

A water heater had strung up in the yard so I told Sam to get Gertie and move it to the scrap pile. He did. 

 

Then he looked at my little trailer. It was loaded with junk so he fired up the 242 and moved it down to empty it. 

 

 

 

While he did that Nehemiah and I had some fun. He is special needs. I don't really know what his diagnosis is, but he is slow. He will never be able to get a drivers license, and he wants to drive. So we took the junk Taurus down in the field and he drove it around. While he did that I discovered the car has killer stereo in it. That will be coming out and going in the Burb. 

 

The Burb now has a name BTW. Since it was backed into the ocean to unload boats, and it is a bit of a nightmare to repair, it is now known as TheKracken.

 

Once we had driven around in circles a million time and crashed into a trailer about half the laps ( I finally pushed it over into the weeds) it was time to get to work. I have never seen a kid smile so much while driving. 

 

TheKracken was in the way of everything where we had parked it when we pulled the dump trailer home. I wanted to find out why the trailer brakes had failed. After some tinkering I found that it had 12v to the brake circuit at all times. It shouldn't have.

 

Emily had taken BettyBlue to get her paycheck. I mentioned to Steph that when she got back I wanted to check the controller on it. What she heard was,"When Emily gets home rip the brake controller out of it and leave powered wired dangling under the dash." I was not happy about that.

 

Once I had the controller put back in I checked how it worked and sure enough there was no power on the brake circuit when it was not activated. So a new controller was in order. 

 

Sam and I drove down to Autozone and dropped $115 on a new one. Ouch. I won't but a cheap one it is too important. 

 

We got back and installed it. It worked perfectly. 

 

While I was putting that back in I hooked Sam's vans AC up to the vacuum pump and let it pull down.

 

Once the controller was installed I got on his van. With the engine running I could not get it to take a charge. After putting in two cans of Freon I realized the cooling fan that was supposed to come on with the AC on was not working. 

 

All the fuses were good. So I pulled all the relays out that had anything to do with the AC and had Steph dig through the pile of relays out of junk cars, and find them. Once those were in everything started working and it took a charge. Soon it was like a refrigerator in there. 

 

He told me that he had a tire that kept going down. SO I looked at that. It had a screw in it. We plugged that. 

 

Steph took BettyBlue to the feed store with Heath. 

 

After Sam had moved his van I got in TheKracken and backed the dump trailer into its parking spot. Once it was unhooked I drove around front to park the truck.  

 

When I backed up I noticed that Steph had put al the door panels we pulled off the parts truck in the back of TheKracken. It was starting to rain and we needed them out of the way. Sam put them back in the parts truck. I installed the third row seat in the truck properly.

 

I heard the county mowers coming up the road so I flagged him down and asked him to run through my ditch. He did. 

 

Finally, we packed it up and came in. Sam has a date tonight so they left. 

 

Steph got back and cooked up some pork chops and mac and cheese. 

 

After I eat I am going to go jerk that stereo out of the Taurus. 

 


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Posted June 23, 2017 - 08:27 PM

We went out and snatched the stereo out of the Taurus. It had all brand new pioneer speakers in it. They will go in TheKracken tomorrow. 

 

 

Then we finished spreading out the mulch on the flower bed that has been sitting there for what? A month or more now. 

 

I was drenched in sweat when we came in. 


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