Today everyone came to visit the hat.
Got up and dragged myself into the kitchen about the same time as Heath woke up. As I was making my pot of witches brew Steph came thru and got him up and turned him loose on the house. I was hoping the guy with the new Hydroboost would call but he never did.
I had planned to go out at about noon but that was not to be. My phone started ringing like mad with people who had junk cars. It was about 3 when I finally managed to get out the door after setting up the schedule.
Then I walked out into the extremely humid NC day. I was soaked almost instantly.
Since brown Santa had delivered the stabilizer plate for the mower deck on the Troy-Bilt I decided to put it on. Found this guy under the tractor.
It was perfect except that I didn’t have the right rod to go thru it. The one I had was about 3/8 inch too short. So I left it handing on the lift and went to work on the Blue Ox.
I got the old hydro-boost unit put back in and then decided to change the steering shaft out after seeing how bad my old one was.
A Jeep Cherokee shaft is almost an exact replacement and I had one that I saved off a Jeep we scrapped. I had to Heat the Jeep shaft to get the plastic retainers melted away then I made a notch in the GM steering column end to accept the bolt from the Jeep shaft.
As I was doing that Steph came back from her doc appointment (with Heath asleep in the truck) and started helping me get stuff cleaned up.
As I was putting the steering shaft back in a buddy, Reid, came over and wanted to know if I had any tires for his old Ford. We wandered down in the field and found him a set of rims. He has 56 F100 that he is going to put back on the road.
While he was here I had him look at the Troy. He said he could make me a rod. So I sent him off with the too short one.
While he was here another friend, Tim, showed up to get the chains he left in Christine and to BS for a while.
I got the steering shaft back in the Ox while Tim and Reid caught up. They had not seen each other in about 4 years.
Finally Tim and Reid left and I got back to the Ox.
I pulled the back tires off to check the rear brakes and found that the drivers side was not adjusting because a spring was making contact with the adjuster. I fixed that and the adjusted both rear brakes.
While I was doing that the son who adopted me, Graham, came over to see what was going on. He brought a couple of beers over so it was good.
Finally the BlueOX came off the jack stands and Graham and I took her for a test drive. The brakes will now throw you through the windshield, there is no play the steering ,and they drive shaft doesn't grumble anymore. Mission accomplished.
I decided to try to fix the driveway and hooked the scrape blade up to the DragonFly. Steph stood on the blade to give it some weight and soon the drive is hole free. Maybe I won't break my ankle getting out of the truck now.
Then we all decided it was time to work in the garden.
The cultivator got hooked up to the DragonFly and I went over to get the weeds out.
Graham said he would bring his tiller over and hooked the trailer up to the Hemorhoid to go get it.
Then another neighbor, Jeff, came over to see if I would buy a 17.5 HP Briggs engine. I did.
Graham got the tiller over and I filled it up with gas and he got to tilling.
Heath tripped and cut his eyelid on the trailer. Kid is tough as a pine knot. He cried for about 30 seconds and then was busy watching Graham till.
Reid called and told me he had my rod ready and I told him I would come down as soon as we were through.
Steph went and put some brats on the grill.
When Graham finished tilling he loaded the tiller back ont eh trailer and took it home then he and I rode down to Reids to get the rod.
Finally back home and in a pair of dry non sweat soaked shorts we all sat down for some brats and conversation.
After dinner he went home and now Steph is giving Heath a bath. Next it is my turn.
Tomorrow I have 3 cars to go pick up.
Gonna be another busy one.
Edited by mybigwarwagon, June 12, 2013 - 09:34 PM.