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#766 UncleWillie OFFLINE  

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Posted May 09, 2013 - 07:12 PM

I don't think that bumper is made fore pushing.

 

Not for pushing a 7000 pound truck that's for sure.



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Posted May 09, 2013 - 08:00 PM

Interested on how it heald up, We have the same one. Looks like yours bent a little.



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Posted May 09, 2013 - 08:02 PM

Well this engine is screwed. Everything going thru the carb is going into the oil. It fouls out a plug almost instantly. SO tomorrow I will pull another engine out of my quickly dwindling supply and put it on. This one will go in the rebuild stack.



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Posted May 09, 2013 - 08:05 PM

Interested on how it heald up, We have the same one. Looks like yours bent a little.

Actually it didn't bend when it got stuck she did the right thing and quit.



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Posted May 10, 2013 - 12:23 AM

We want pics of the kittens !! You just left us hanging there, Willie.

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Posted May 10, 2013 - 06:47 AM

My old lady worked night shift the first two years we were together. All it takes to get her screwed up on sleep is staying up a little later too. It happens pretty often.

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Posted May 10, 2013 - 08:19 PM

Well the rustoleum restore is will underway.  (spell check wants to change rustoleum to mausoleum HA)

 

I toted my thermos out to the shop and got started on the tractor. First order of business was to get the bad engine unbolted. Then I went and grabbed a good engine to drop on it. After I toted the replacement engine in the shop I got to looking at how nasty the tractor was and pushed it back over to the garden hose - where Steph was in full mass murder mode.

 

She had one rooster that got away from her and we couldn't get within 30 feet of it. After I got tired of chasing it I just shot it in the neck with my .38. Much easier to catch without a head.

 

Freezer is now full of chicken.

 

After I had washed the tractor off and pushed it back in the shop I had the idea to take the engine off the Murray  and put it on this Craftsman. I spent some time trying to get it started. It didn't want to run and was spitting oil out the exhaust. Geez another clunker.

 

Once I got back in the shop I got to thinking about how much work I was going to have to put into this tractor. I am also going to have to put one of my spare decks on it. So I decided to paint it to make it look better and be worth what I am going to need to recoup my money.

 

Taped off all the decals and then looked thru the shop to see what I had for paint. I found two cans of Case red.

 

After I painted the fenders and foot rests I went and got the hood out of the truck. It had no hinge on it.

 

Since it is really similar to the other craftsman I took a look to see if the parts were interchangeable. It was close but not quite. So I got an old hood and cut the side out of it and made mounts to fit the hinge. Then I got my heat gun out and took the stickers off the hood.

 

Finally I had enough and loaded up all my dirty rags into a 5 gallon bucket, grabbed my thermos and headed inside.

 

Here is where I left things.

 

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Here is the hood ready for a wash and paint.

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Tomorrow morning I have to run to Walmart for more paint and some acetone to get the sticky stuff off the hood. Then I have to figure out how to reroute the exhaust to keep it from burning the hood.

 

 

Oh and here are the kitties. IMG_20130510_203555_128.jpg


Edited by mybigwarwagon, May 10, 2013 - 08:38 PM.

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Posted May 10, 2013 - 08:45 PM

When I get a cat that I like (Shop cat) they always disapear, Coyote, hawk, Car Don't Know. I am paticular with my shop Cat, We have a new batch also, waiting for them to start comming out to see if one takes to me.

 

Here is "Poof" was a really good shop cat.

    

 

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Posted May 10, 2013 - 08:47 PM

Shadow will come out to my shop occasionally to visit. She is a great hunter and she thinks Heath is her child.

 

We lost about 4 cats to a fox before the neighbor got the fox. He just happened to walk out on his back porch with his rifle to try out a new scope and there was the fox. New scope works good.


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Posted May 11, 2013 - 07:34 PM

Well Christine and I are both tired.
 
My alarm went off at the crack of early and I said unkind things about its parents, then I rolled over and staggered to the coffee pot.
 
With my thermos in hand I hopped in Christine and made a quick run to Wal-mart and grabbed some paint and acetone.
 
Back in the shop I got down to removing the adhesive from the Craftsman's hood. Once I had that done I did some sanding on the fender and foot rests I painted yesterday. A couple of places got messed up pretty badly so I got out the wire wheel and buzzed off the paint and shot it again.

It looks like the dove that was out here last year has returned. She was building a nest out of anything she could find. I wonder if she found the spray can straw I dropped in the grass.
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Then, just as things usually go, one of the stupid helicopters fell off the maple tree and landed right in the middle of my fresh paint. Dang it.
 
I went in the shop and posted on here that I was going to VA and I got a response from LittleDeeres about picking up a JD 400 for him. While we were working out the details I got a call from a friend who needed the grass at his shop mowed and wanted to borrow the Hemorrhoid. SO I tossed it on the trailer and headed up to his shop.
 
When I got up there we found out that the ball field had mowed half his property for him so it didn't make much sense for me to go home and have to come back in 30 minutes so I cut it for him.
 
I am glad it did because there are a couple of really bad spots near the ditch that took great fineness to mow without turning the tractor over.

As I was mowing I found a little Sears wagon. I asked him what he was going to do with it and he said I could have it. It belonged to his mother in law who used it for many years to work in her yard.
 

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While I was mowing LittleDeere called me and and said we were all clear to pick the tractor up so I finished up, talked to Grady for a minute, then headed home.
 
I grabbed my thermos and some cigars after unloading the trailer and locking up the shop and then headed south.
 
Once I crossed the SC state line I stopped at a Kangaroo Station/ Krystal's and got gas for the truck and grease for my stomach and hit the interstate.
 
On the big blacktop I put Christine in super pursuit mode and unleashed all 2.8L's of fury. In seconds I was rocketing along at the speed of dark. In no time 70 miles had flashed by and I was in the guys driveway.
 
When I got there he was using a 318 with a loader on it to put gravel on his driveway. I told him he could keep the 400 and I would take the 318. He didn't like that deal so we loaded the 400 up.
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After poking around all of his Jds I saddled up again and put Christine in attack mode and headed home. I didn't think the 400 would withstand the full might of the 2.8. We settled into a nice cruise at the speed of dim.
 
I had enough money left over from LittleDeere to stop and buy some beer. Yeaaaaaa beer.
 
Back at home base I got in the house just barely ahead of a horrific down pour.
I ran out back and covered up the engines that were exposed. I even found a suitably colored hood for the STX30
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It lasted just long enough for Steph to nearly drown going out and opening the chicken pen that had blown shut earlier.
 
Now I am waiting on supper.
 
 
Here are today’s pics.

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Posted May 11, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Steph took a video of teh epic wrestling match tonight.


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Posted May 12, 2013 - 06:29 AM

Looks like you guys were having fun, Willie! Thanks for the video, Steph!



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Posted May 12, 2013 - 08:33 AM

Looks like you guys were having fun, Willie! Thanks for the video, Steph!

 

Yes, the little guy was having a blast as well as pop!  Special thanks to ya Willie for pulling up those shorts!   :smilewink:



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Posted May 12, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Lol I wasn't pulling my shorts multi tool made it fall out and nearly tripped me.

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Posted May 12, 2013 - 11:32 AM



Looks like you guys were having fun, Willie! Thanks for the video, Steph!


Yes, the little guy was having a blast as well as pop! Special thanks to ya Willie for pulling up those shorts! :smilewink:


Double ditto !!

Maybe a shirt of some kind for the next episode too ? Thanks. : )




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