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#1951 01/01/2021 09:16 PM
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cut some trees down on the back of my lot to make room for the portable car port. why did they quit making real chains on chain saws. little crap gets dull so fast it hurts.
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these new chains are only as thick as a paint stir stick..


tailgate on my little trailer got hard to open & close. it needs repair any way, so I cut it off. need to design a better set of hinges, these were seized up from rust.
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Sheared 87 sheep this weekend and have 17 more to shear on Sat.
I have turned shearing my sheep into a agritourism event.
People now pay me, to watch me do work, that I have to do anyway.
Then starting the last weekend in Jan, then for 7 more weekends, they will pay me, to get to play with/take care of my lambs.
Should have over 275 lambs for them to play with.

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got 6 gas springs I purchased that ended up being too stout for the application I got them for.
565N or roughly 127ftlb. any body need any of these?

Extended 22", Compressed 13-1/4"


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That's a awesome side gig getting people to pay to play with the sheep!


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Got the 310 home and started the transmission removal process.


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developed the front panel layout for the Isuzu generator control box with internal speed/throttle ECM, function/alarm ECM and engine gauges/shutdowns..wired control panel this AM,then basic function test after lunch..

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Spent the last 3 days grinding the remainder of the old hinges off the utility trailer. took the tailgate frame in and added some more reinforcement where the wheels for the 3220 Sky Jack run. the expanded metal I put back on is a little stouter than what I had on it. can't complain, I got 20 years out of that one.
OUT WITH THE OLD.
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REFERBISHED / UPGRADED GATE.
3/4" stock for the hinge... old ones were 1/2" Have a little more tolerance inside the pipe. I'll be able to pull the pins & grease theme occasionally.
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New expanded metal.
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ADDED C Chanel for more strength. When I first built the trailer I didn't have the scissor lift. It was for hauling my quad and motor cycle. This should support the lift NO problem.
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The old expanded metal was flat . this new stuff is made for slip resistant decking.
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Comparison pics of the expanded metal.
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Hinge pins are retained with a bolt.
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Now I'm relaxing. I'm pooped....


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Looks like that should work great. I like that traction type metal ---- makes for way better loading and unloading stuff without sliding around.
Thats what my stump grinder trailer has on it and it works great. grinder is hard to load in the dump trailer with its angle/channel ramps ---would put expanded on them but they already are so heavy I cant drag them around.


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got the potatoes de-sprouted again for the third time so far this winter. Keep the sprouts rubbed off and potatoes last longer in storage. also dump them from one box to another every 2 weeks slows down sprouting.
Tried to measure the drive belt on the vermeer but cant get accurate length. looks like somewhere around 125 or so and a 4 belt banded type of "B" sections.
Still trying to find 310 parts, which is a real treat!


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It's amazing how much time these simple little jobs take..

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I like the "What did you do this week"

To that end: I think CHMA's hustle to make money off of a task he has to do anyway I offer a suggestion. Charge the gawkers a nominal fee for a chance to ACTUALLY shear a sheep, select one by drawing a name from a hat.

Voila, two money sources.

Having grown up on a farm I'm sure the sheep is less enthusiastic about the shearing process than the viewers are. Suggest First Aid and insurance.

I was a lousy farmer!

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besides working on the Isuzu generator project, bought some cheap Chinese LED highbay lights for the shop,$27ea, 100W...temp hung one up over the saw.
Ive been installing these type fixtures at work,altho those are quite a bit nicer/deluxe and more expensive than these..
I used one as a portable worklight yesterday, man they are bright..blinding almost.Have to get some pics today.

Old as Dirt James: yes Insurance is a prime consideration these days with people and they way they sue..no fault right or wrong just getting dragged into a lawsuit is gonna cost you..
It's a different world we live in now.

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When the corkscrew bulbs came out I rewired my garage to use them. Worst lights I every used, complete fail. Crappy light, yellow. High failure rate, had to warm to get them to full output.

Thought about LEDs but my experience with LED outdoor floods was dismal too. After a couple of years the offshore floods got there s*** together and the last set have been up for approx 2 yrs running on photo cells. I take down whole fixture, fling it, install new. Cheaper than old Halogen units I had before.

Success with floods led me to trying a couple of HF LED tubes. So far they are great. Excellent light output, cool, easy to install. Fixtures have a pull chain. I changed some fixtures to outlets to plug LEDS into.

I left some corkscrews up to light garage when I flip switch. Pull chains on LEDs to light an area or whole garage have 8. Liked then so well I put in garage attic and my "horse barn" work space. No horses, not much space either. Hung several LEDs in there too.

The HF LEDs were a good deal at $20 on sale. Don't know if they're as good a deal since our HF buddy Eric F'd things on coupons. Looks like HF is changing to another Northern. My trips to HF have gone to almost zero.

Here in TX going to get down to 12* with rain. Going to be lots of wrecks.

Watch the news should be fun.

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What I did last week was freeze my a** off when the electricity went off. As usual our erstwhile rummies in Austin managed to screw it up and the cold literally shut down most of TX. New power plant about 25 mi NW went offline due to "flooding". Plant is built near Lake Conroe with a lengthy canal for cooling feedwater. I can hear the conversation "Do you suppose the canal will freeze? Nah it never gets that cold in TX" Ice jam in canal.

Personally, my wife and I fared well being cold for a few hours and without water for several days. May here suffered really badly, many died needlessly due to stooges in Austin. Still hell to pay for many fixing broken pipes and no electric in houses. Lawyers are going to make out like bandits as everyone is going to sue every swinging d*** in the state.

It actually snowed here in NW Houston, there were real drifts in the yard. Usual "snow" here just covers grass. Harvested snow melt from roof to flush toilets. I forgot to fill a garbage can with water.

No broken pipes in my house. When electric went off I turned water off at the street. One soft soldered elbow blew off outside. Luckly, water off, elbow off no broken pipes. Sharkbite fittings are better than sliced bread.

Happy days are here again the sun has come out, snow left and all is well in redneck heaven!!!

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GLAD your doing OK. Thoughts and prayers are with others and yes the state really screwed that up. Can't wait to see the outcome from Co-op electric bills.


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I'm afraid we aint seen nuttin yet with the way the country is heading! --- Sad times in America in near future!
As for the climate --- ya its changing ---- always has been and always will! thats been happening for millions of years. Crackpots not gonna change that fact!
Prayers to the people in the areas caught off guard!


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I worked for one of the Co-ops after got packaged out of GE.

I worked in their transformer repair facility and never delved into the electrical source, but I think they have their own generation. Didn't stay long manager was a hellfire preacher who took his secretary along on business trips. Got tired of the daily two faced sermons and driving 2 hrs to work.

Got notice the "boil water" was discontinued, but water pressure is still low. We're on community "read good old boy" water system. Whole operation in laz faire laid out with radial feed water lines. Pity the people on the ends.

Still I can see the green side of the grass, who can ask more.

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Decided to put some time into my 30 year old chipper shredder. Ordered some new stuff, blades - screen and some used stuff on Ebay that aren't made any more. Some stuff is cracked & split some are rusted through. this thing has had tons of stuff put through it in its life time. engine still purrs and starts easy with the new carb I put on earlier. need it to clean up along the fence line. lots of stuff out there to get rid of... More stuff for the garden.. YAY
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I have one made similar to that only 8 hp motor on it---been used very little. I chopped sweetcorn stalks with it 2 years ago. ---- wish we lived closer---you can have this one---- I also have another one with 8 hp vertical motor and drum lays down on it. never use either one anymore. both up for grabs.


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Sunny they were made by MTD so they came in a variety of name brands. Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, Cub Cadet and I think there's one other right off the top of my head anyway. I wonder what it would cost to ship? It's a Beast. This thing will chew up a 3-inch branch. I bet 8 horse would do it with less effort.


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Tell you what I did last week, week before, week before that. Tried to get the idiots who are supposed to give us our second shots to tell us (the public) where in the F they are going to set up their tents and invite us in.

An Abbott & Costello movie script pales in comparison to the stupidity that has and is occuring around the set up and opening up vaccine hubs in the local area. Went to the local Senior Ctr got my first shot, got a card and a come back date for a second shot. Snow fell, everything froze including the local county leaders brains. Bad weather caused delays in getting vaccine in + half the houses, bldgs, etc froze and were not usable, some still are out of service. SO shot date was rescheduled. Only problem the jerks that run the show neglected to tell us that they rescheduled, THREE times. Needless to say I missed out.

Biggest problem is with all the great ways to decimate information no one has posted on who should show up at the hub to get their shots on which day. Finally found a confirmation this morning that my rummies will be injecting Moderna tomorrow. Hope it's true my 42 days are rapidly dwindling down. Need to get there early before they start watering it to make it go further.

Been a S*****y couple of weeks only good thing is that my gout decided to act up. Attacked right foot, usually does left foot. Kinda takes your mind off the problem while you are stomping around like Frankenstein. jlg

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Was puttering in the garage and decided to take some measurements for a project I have been meaning to do, a new table for the 4x6 horizontal/vertical bandsaw. It has always annoyed me that the table for vertical mode hits the base when tilted down, so you have to take it on and off if you switch between the two modes. I mostly use it for quick cuts vertical, and was just resting the work on the blade guard which was getting deformed from supporting the cutting pressure against it, which then bent the front of the guard into the cut path.

I was somewhat inspired to take another look at this by an article in one of the magazines I read on someone who converted theirs to permanent vertical use with a new smaller stand and dedicated table.

In the process of fussing around with the saw, I made a couple of other discoveries.

One, the bottom blade guide bearings had filled with cutting debris. On one, the seal had come loose as well. I still had some bearings from the last time I did this repair. Other than finding a new snap ring in an assortment box to replace the e-clip that departed at high speed to destinations unknown, replacement was uneventful. Reset the spacing while I was there, I think filings getting between the bearings and blade have forced them apart over the years. Next time I buy bearings for this I'll get shielded instead of sealed.

Another discovery, I found where I left the original table last, upside down on the storage shelf covered in oil and filings. I made a decision on the spot that rather than making a new table, I would simply cut this one down to a size and shape that could stay in place when tilted down. I wasn't using it in its original form anyway, so why not?

I started by tilting the saw down and measuring the distance between a common reference point (one of the table/guard mounting holes) and the base casting. Transferred those measurements to the table and started hacking. I used the saw to make the cuts, then touched them up on the bench grinder and deburred on the wire wheel mounted on the other end. The angled section still contacted on a test fit and had to be made closer to a 45.

I also found that while there was room for the front edge of the table when all the way down, the arc that it swept through as it got there meant that it hit the cut piece support and depth rod before getting there. A little pivoting with a tape measure, and I figured out that if I cut the table off about 2" in front of the blade, it would clear. I did, and it did.

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That looks great! --- I never use mine in vertical position ---- dont think all of my table parts are there anyway -----bought it as "open box item" which means missing parts!

got the 18 bunches of onion plants planted before big rain. finished the adapter arms for the fast hitch to 3-point conversion, now for top link bracket on it.
moved some rain catch tanks and transferred water to bigger holding tanks.

I chose to cut the ends off these and cut notches in them as opposed to going the other ways.

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Bigger shelf ..... that's what I need. I'll have to think about fabricating one.
Cut stop is on the shelf underneath.
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Originally Posted by JIM
Decided to put some time into my 30 year old chipper shredder. Ordered some new stuff, blades - screen and some used stuff on Ebay that aren't made any more. Some stuff is cracked & split some are rusted through. this thing has had tons of stuff put through it in its life time. engine still purrs and starts easy with the new carb I put on earlier. need it to clean up along the fence line. lots of stuff out there to get rid of... More stuff for the garden.. YAY
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got some parts in last week. been on vacation with the family for spring break this week. I will get back to it Next week. the flailer blades are like $20 each and there are 12 of them... I'm Making new ones. still got a lot of mending to do to the inlet chute.


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the last one-oddball model- is used in the movie 'Fargo'-

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Definitely in better shape than mine. the 3" branch chute on mine needs a new bottom and the big brush chute well you can see the holes in mine at the bottom...... Still chews up sticks though. I need to make this whole again so the big brush chute will quit falling off..

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thats a good rainy day weekend project...

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Went on a 448 mile road trip with the neighbor across Ia. to get his corn picker and tractor that he bought last winter! --- interesting trip!


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cleaned the shop up,put tools away for two days straight then welded up a ground rod driver tool for a spline drive hammer drill..it broke last time I used it I guess it's case hardened and my metallurgy just can't take it..I used ER70S6 mig wire plenty hot this time and ground a bevel into it to get a good root pass in..if it breaks it's no big deal just weld it up again..use it once a year at most

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Sunstar gearbox bearing went out and vibration broke the plate is sits in so I had to weld the plate back together and put another gearbox on it til I can get this one fixed----also have another box with the front seal out. need to get another seal and slap in that one then I would have a 48" deck as well as the 60" thats on it now.
cleaned up most of the tree branches in the front yard, still have the orchard to clean up!


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Sooooo, I'm going to start a new thread soon.. What did you do this Summer ??? I've been busy busy busy. did a lot of things and failed miserably at posting any of it.
I'm back at it with the MG right now.

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Been harvesting the garden crops and hauling it to Midwest Disaster Relief place. They have been sending it down south to the storm victims so we have been busy doing that most of the time.
Made over 100 quarts of tomato juice, 97 quarts of apple juice and apple butter.
Still runnin the freeze drier to process the onions that were pulled the last of July. -- had to stop during August cause the humidity was too high,---freeze drier dont work too good in high humidity conditions.
Got the motor out of the Case 1530 skidloader, gotta drill out 1 head bolt, grind the valves, replace 1 piston, and clean the rest of the dirt/oil/grease out of the cooling fins before I put it back together.
Former owner ran the motor with the fins/air ducts full of rodent beds and cracked one of the heads and it finished splitting on me while testing the hydraulic repair I did on it earlier.
Still gotta figure out how to get the axles out of the bucket truck so I can drop the carrier and put a different pinion shaft in it. Cant move it under its own power right now. Also carb needs work since its getting way too much gas. I never messed with a carb on a 460 before so it will be a problem I am sure.
Did get a few more parts put on the motor for the 504 but still a long ways to go on it.
Never did get started on the 574 motor yet.
Still have a hyd. line problem on the 340 that I need to get figured out soon so I can put the bush hog on it and attack these big weeds.
Finally had to cut the electric clutch off the Sunstar and clean the crank then put the new clutch on it so I could mow some of the yard/ditches/etc. and so far the new clutch has been working.
New Holland skidloader ate another new fuel pump, so this time I just hooked my electric test pump in line and it works so I left it there and run it that way. NOW gotta get Virginia to order me another test pump! lol!
Ended up in the hospital for a couple days, drs. cant find out what is wrong now along with all the problems I already have, so been runnin to town several times a week messin with that.
Next appt. is the last of October.
Thats most of our season activities here up to this point.


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been getting a lot done here,got started on another Isuzu generator job,almost finished it..got distracted when I got a phone call from a old train buddy of mine, so then flew to twin cities Minneapolis/StPaul and jumped a HighLine train bound for Seattle,stopped off at Whitefish,MT for some awesome Jeremiah Johnson scotch ale and a Montana Steak..the bar has a cold plate built into the top of it,so if you're a slow drinker like me, your beer doesnt go warm on ya..nice frosty aluminum plate! sorry no pic of the steak it wasnt off the grill yet.
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then in the darkest hours of the night grabbed another train thru the Cascade mountains to Spokane,WA and then on to Seattle,1882miles total..both those cities were a waste, most places were still closed up tight due to covid, homeless everywhere. Took another day and inspected some other auction generators while I was there in WA then hooked a red-eye flight back to the east coast,for 5500miles total traveled,had great weather the whole way..
I try to stop in here on MBN from time to time but have been just as busy as everyone else..have some shop jobs to catch up on,will try to post them ASAP when I can get a breath

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Broke the mini hoe. Damn Virginia clay is like cement when it's dry.
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Got it back to the house with the fork lift
I did get the trench done though
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WOW! and I thought I had problems! --- Ground digs easy here now after all that rain we been having,-- BUT down deep its dry and hard!
Looks like hard pickins in the pix.!
Been tryin to harvest more of the gardens.
Really need to get back on the case motor and the 504 motors so I can get at least 1 tractor going for the winter.
Never did get the Ford F-700 rear end apart!
also cant find anyone to look at this damn 7.3 and see why it wont run!


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Well now it'll get the bushings done. bought the stock a long time ago but was waiting for this water line job to happen. It'll better and stronger when it goes back together. Oh and Painted Haha


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PAINT??? Wats that lol! ----Ya, the hoe generates a LOT of force when digging and takes some hefty metal to hold it together.


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went to the pumpkin patch and pick some pumpkins for carving.
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I Mixed yellow and red to get the orange powder coat.
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Took this thing apart. Going to redesign it to take up less space. Actually having thoughts of just welding some brackets to the back of the H beam and make it be a forklift attachment.
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Went back and looked it up. I finished the hoe attachment for the FEL 10 years ago. Can't complain about getting all that use out of it. MY oldest grand daughter. ..... she starts driving this year.

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THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO REPAIR.
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The metal finally stressed and ripped off here.
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I'll put some gussets in here when it goes back together. Might re-do the pivot to get more swing. only get about 45 deg. right now. think I'll upgrade the swing cylinders to a larger bore as well. That'll give me more power to push dirt over with and Slow down the swing some.
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Picked 2000 bu of ear corn with 40 year old equipment.
uni 708
So, I spent about 1/2 the time repairing/replacing parts.
Most on the elevators. I worked on the uni 708 the week before and did not have any major trouble with it.

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Been pickin 6 rows of corn by hand,---I have the NI 310 picker but too much trouble to go to the neighbors shed and drag it home for that small amount.
A neighbor at the other place picked with a 4-row Uni for several years til he quit farming.

Jim,--it will be worth it to make your swing longer! Bigger cylinders will do more side push and wont slow you down that much from what I can tell.
My old homemade excavator will come all the way around to the cable end, then you can go all the way the other direction the same amount making it kinda handy at times. Most of the diggin that I did with it was a 90 degree or dump,--as pile got bigger, I went a bit past that.
One job I did I had to go down 17 feet,(max for my hoe) and there was a mountain of dirt. I would dump and push the top over as I went but still a lotta dirt to move!
Side push is a handy feature to have. ---- Ole 580 Case will slide the tractor IF you get a big bite! lol! --- still need to get the injection pump fixed for that one too!
That pumpkin idea is neat too!!


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got a load bank to rebuild, its like a big toaster with resistance elements used to apply load to a generator for testing..several of the load elements melted last time we used it here,made for a nice fireworks show..the elements get old and heat related fatigue sets in..-old timers like Sonny know about that for sure- the company Avtron who made it is out of business,so we have to size up other coils and have them made up to repair it..just another 4week job tying up the shop floor..spent another day doing maintenance on forklifts,greasing and filter/lube changes,dumped used oil off at the recycler.and got the all-important paperwork to go with that for an audit trail if need be..got a 5ft stump to grind next week if the weather is good..that oughta be an adventure

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Not really this week...

Repowered a neighbor's snowthrower with a predator motor. I had a coupon, actually got it last year but just got to this fix before snow hits. Note that the original motor was also a clone.

What it started as. He doesn't understand small engines very well (he's more of a bits and bytes kind of guy) and he might have let a bit of his temper out at it in the process. Also, the plug hole is stripped from over enthusiastic diagnostic attempts.
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I needed to evict a tenant, so the belly pan also came off and it all got a hose out and blow out. Pretty sure they just ran straight into my garage, I'll pick up some new sticky traps this week.
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Pull the guard, pull the pulley, slide off the rear pulley, unbolt the motor.
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Quick shot of the new motor and the carb. Gave the neighbor a brief lecture on how to clean the carb and why they are where all the trouble lies. Use the fuel cutoff, Luke. Gave him the motor guide and quick start card, but not the plug wrench. Told him it is never the source of trouble and leave it to heck alone.
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Sorry I fell down on the job of taking the last few pics of it installed. It came home with me in the back of my truck, but I walked it back up the length of the block under its own power.

I may try and move the starter over eventually, but that will also require swapping the flywheel and tin, and I didn't feel up to it. Told him because it doesn't have all the heat shields and winter jets, he'll probably end up running it on half choke in the cold. I really should move over the oil drain extension, though.

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Almost have my old snowblower ready-----still have to put in the new fuel l hose. Also need to put the little one back together.
Today I was trying to mow grass and weeds that got away from me during harvest. Frost killed them down so they are dry now and chop up easier.
For the last couple days I was trying to get the oil pan off the 150 and after finally getting it out ,---its like swiss cheese! --WAY too many holes to braze. Did find a good used pan, so now for finding a gasket for it. Dr. appt. for the 11'th, so that kills the day. Snow in our forecast for weekend here and cold temps. We been lucky that fairly decent weather has held this long.
Still not sure what to do with the motor in the skidloader.


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I went to the ER
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Broke my foot...supposed to have surgery tomorrow.


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JIM!! --- wot happened? --- I never liked the doctors, but sometimes ya gotta go to them! Take it easy after surgery and dont push yourself too hard til it heals!


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