Terry Harper

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  1. With this being (locally) our hotest day of the year to date I thought a reflection on a much cooler time of year might be appropriate. Patty Allison, Imbued with Hues created this for me a few years ago. Circa 1908-1913 Maine, Township 9-14.
  2. Here you go Sunny, Just picture using some Franklin bits & pieces.
  3. The real tragedy is we have all but lost our manufacturing base. through bad trade deals, taxes, etc. If we had to gear-up today for the level of wartime manufacturing as we did for WW2 we would be screwed. The heavy industrial base is simply not there. Niether is the domestic competition that drives prices and quality. Try getting the best price for a military component when there is only one firm in the U.S. that still makes that piece. Or how about having to use a inferior welded assembly rather than a cast or forged assembly because the foundry has gone out of business. Better yet try finding young people interested in learning a trade. Our local community college has a fantastic precision machine program with state of the art equipment - last year they had all of five students.
  4. I am glad you got it fixed and it was a relativly simple repair. I really enjoyed following your updates on your daily use of this wonderful Franklin. I am sure it will find a new owner who cherishes it as you have. Best regards, Terry
  5. Yesterday being Tuesday meant that the "Tuesday" crew was out and about working on a variety of projects at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum. The "Tuesday Crew" a a group of elderly gentlemen who volunteer every Tuesday to at the museum. They are a wonderful group to work with. There was a a lot going on and it was a magnificent Spring day. Herb and Lew and I got the Fairbanks-Morse 3 hp Model Z running. This was donated to the museum last Fall. Thanks to Reg Clement (Clement's Starter & Alternator in Carmel, Maine) for bringing the magneto back to life. The engine is setup with a Fairbanks-Morse pump for display. Unfortunately the drive gear on the engine is cracked so we can't run the pump. Eventually we may set it up with a flat belt. We have wanted to get the water temp. gauge working on the Lombard dump truck. Unfortunately there is no place on the block to screw in the probe so we made a fitting and cut that into the upper radiator hose. It might not be original but with a nearly irreplaceable engine we want to be safe rather than sorry. With the gauge working Herb and I took it for a cruise up the road and back - we got the old girl moving along in fourth gear at a breath taking 5.5 mph. It's aking to riding in a cement mixer with a bunch of nuts and bolts whirring around. It's suppose to top out at 8-10 mph but that would take a far braver and deafer person than me. Anyway, the temp. held solid at 150. The gauges are not original but they all work now and at least match. In additionLew got his beloved Cletrac up and running. It was repowered with a model "A" Ford engine which suits it well. We also prepped and test ran the water powered sawmill after its long winter slumber. The Alwife are running in the stream and its an amazing sight! Charlie and Ed had the rotary sawmill up and running so Herb shot a video for the virtual musem project. All a good days work!
  6. Ha! my daughter seriously wanted to do just that! At her school they have a traditional prom night car parade - tractors, horse and buggy you name it. One year my students used our survey equipment to see if a particularly large tractor would fit under the walkway. I was sweating the trucking costs big time. (10 tons and a 302 mile round trip)Then of course Prom was canceled due to the pandemic.
  7. That is indeed temping with the exception of the distance. The 131" wheel base would actually leave enough room behind the big Wisconsin to fit seats etc. Great offering!
  8. Mike do mean SOHCAHTOA? (Sine=Opposite /Hypotenuse, Cosine =Adjacent /Hypotenuse and Tangent=Opposite /Adjacent) We still teach it that way over here. In fact if you attend a Statics class that's one of the first things you find scratched on tests and papers students pass in. Then there is: Sailors Often Have Curly Auburn Hair Till Old Age. Some Old Horses Can Always Hear Their Owners Approach. Some Old Hen Caught Another Hen Taking One Away. LOL
  9. Ron, I have really enjoyed watching this project come together and how quick its moving along. It looks fantastic! Best regards, Terry
  10. I always cringe when someone decides to use "modern sealant" when its easy enough to fabricate a new gasket using a sheet of gasket material and small ball peen hammer.
  11. Today I found myself back at the museum. First order of business was a compression test on the big 10 ton Lombard tractor. It all checked out good and with a new ignition system - cap, plugs, wire, rotor button, coil, condenser and ballast resistor that narrows it down to the carb as the prime suspect for the sketchy running. Anyway, the old beast was running very well and since we had a couple of Construction Engineering Technology students from the University of Maine meeting with us to discuss cap stone projects we figured why walk when you can ride? Needing another short film section for the virtual museum tour we managed to talk them into working the pit saw as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD5mFT-Tdp0 I decided to test out the drone a bit. It was far too windy to go crazy with it so I just took a few shots around the Lombard shed. If you notice in some of the videos the dump truck has quite bit of bounce to it. At times its like riding a pogo stick. The front end was designed to be rather flexible and has four large coil springs. Long bolts down through the springs are supposed to keep a certain amount of compression on the springs and also limit travel. The bolts were very loose and way, way past their expiration date - bent so the adjusting nuts could no longer adjust and any exposed threads long since gone. A little work with the sawszall and its ready for the new bolts which Herb will install on Tuesday. Hopefully, driving the beast will no longer feel like your in a cocktail shaker.
  12. That would be tragic considering there is a heck of a lot to work with there and its a neat and rare survivor. Some times its not about the financial return - its about the doing - It reminds me of a friend who built an airplane. Financially it made no sense considering what a decent Cessna or Piper were going for at the time and the that he could be flying NOW not 5-10 years down the road. but then I realized for him it was all about the build and the craftsmanship. The finished aircraft came out fantastic by the way! I think we have lost some of that insight over the years.