unimogjohn

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It is Monday PM and still only 15 degrees.  Lots of snow coming on Friday and Saturday.  Have been getting ready to get ready. The Kubota tractor has been fueled and the back blade is on.  Sitting alongside of the Avanti in the garage, ready to start pushing the white stuff.   But until it snows we have a report from Greg.

 

"Enclosed short movie clip of  a first start of the in-progress  Curtiss  OX-5 engine.   I'd been avoiding it for some time now knowing that the internal combustion engine can be cantankerous no matter how carefully it has been attended to.
         
And this one,  which has had everything  apart,  handled and un-adjusted had every excuse to be reluctant to light off.   And also there's something about the fact that induction systems that have been cleaned  and apart for some time seem to dry out and need extra coaxing to allow the engine to come back to life.
           
out of excuses,  I decided yesterday was the day.   With Nathan in attendance and to stand Fire Guard,  we rolled it outside and gave it a try......"
 
 
Weather update:  The weather folks are now saying to expect a historic snowfall Friday and Saturday, up to two feet of snow!
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, brrrrrr, it is cold for us.  11 degrees this morning.  But on a happier note we got a propane delivery yesterday.  Just in time as I was down to 10% for the garage.  It took 167 gallons since it first fill in August.  I may have to ask for another 120 gallon tank to be installed.  And the house tank if full now also, 480 gallons, that will last until next fall unless we have to use the generator.  

 

And this January 19th we have a report from Greg.

 

"Since it's cool in the shop,  a good time to warm in the office and get up a progress report on something.

 

The '10 Overland hasn't seen much advancement lately.   The crankcase and crankshaft are with Kent Machine in Ohio for rebabbitting of the main bearings.    They've had it a while and are going to machine bronze shells that will then receive the alloy and all line bored for true and size.  Should be done maybe this month.

 

Meanwhile back at the ranch,   I've resumed work on the body itself by doing more repair and tightening of the back seat wooden structure.    When satisfied,  I'll approach old pal and buddy Thetan Ogle to see if he'd apply the sheet metal skin.   He'd done the repair  and should be familiar with it. 

 

And on the R-3 Avanti engine,   we've got the heads back from their checkup,   inner springs removed,  and  Nate now has them screwed in place."     

       

        We're moving,  even if it is slower than STP in January.

 

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It is Wednesday, January 20th AM.  Looks like we will be heading into town today for a few days of supplies before the snow arrives.

 

 We spent a couple of hours in the barns setting up additional tarps to provide better wind and snow protection for the llamas.  They need a place to get away from the blowing snow and have a warm and dry place to hang out.  Have to do a couple of more today.  Also waiting for a hay delivery, but we also have small bales stored for this event.  Picked up 12 50lb bags of llama feed, the llamas will not go hungry.  

 

They are still predicting over two feet of snow starting mid day Friday until Sunday morning.  Blizzard conditions are set for all day Saturday.  Going to fuel up and test the snow blower today.  The Kubota tractor is all fueled and ready to push snow.  The back blade is on also and set up to push snow off to the side.  While major clean up will be on Sunday, I am going to get out a few times to keep the totals down where we need to get around.  Tough to push two feet of snow.  

 

Headed into town and picked up longer bolts to anchor down the tire changer.  Hope to drill the holes for the anchor inserts today.

 

I also ordered an air powered tire bead seater.  I have been using a small ratchet strap to seat the tire on the rim.  Works, but it is a bit dangerous as the ratchet is under pressure and tends to jump when tension is released.  Sometimes, if you are not careful, it will jump and hit your hand, now that hurts.  I use a long screwdriver to release the tension, but I am always afraid of the force of the release.

 

I saw a shop using this and viewed a few YouTube videos on its application so decided to get it.  It arrived yesterday.  Will put it together in the next few day.  Here is a pic from the catalog.  Not much money, less than $60 from Amazon.

 

 

Will keep you all updated on the snow event.  

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It is very early Friday morning, like 2 AM.  Can't sleep.  Thinking of all the snow that is coming I guess.  Now they are saying that this could be the number 1 snow for us in recorded history.   The current record is 28 inches.  Looks like we are ground zero.  We are now expecting over three feet by the time it ends early Sunday morning.  The snow is suppose to start around noon

 

I kept busy yesterday getting the farm ready for the onslaught of snow and blowing snow.  Built enclosed shelters for the llamas so they can get away from the snow and wind.  I also moved hay and feed into strategic locations so I do not have to hump food through the snow.  I think I am ready for the snow.  

 

I did run the air compressor with the new circuit breaker.  Worked great, the motor did not trip, so it looks like it was a bad breaker.  An easy $2.68 fix.  I also lightly assembled the air bead seater,   I just wanted to make sure all the fittings went into the tank OK.  Today I will put Teflon tape on the fittings and complete assembly.

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Good morning John.

Just wanted to say I feel your anxiousness about this up coming event for you!

The whole area effected is making news up here and look forward to your always interesting reports. Hope they will be only good ones and wish everyone stays warm and safe!

Best wishes.

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Yep, thinking of you, John, by all accounts it's a big one coming....I think of my fairly short hilly driveway and what a pain it is to keep clear when this kind of snow comes, you've REALLY got your work cut out for you......keep warm and safe!

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I have used that type of rim seater on large truck tires and it works very well when used correctly.

Now for a morning weather report here in central NY -01 deg. sunny no snow for a few days only about 9 inches on the ground 

Al

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Al, I hope that I can master it.

 

And my snow report.  First flakes at noon.  Heaviest snow fall will be overnight, 12 inches or more, and then another 15 inches on Saturday.  That is what they say anyway.  

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Sill a snowy Friday and now 5 PM.  We have 2 inches of snow so far.  Now coming down really hard and heavy.  Overnight we are suppose to get thundersnow.  Everyone is afraid that we are going to lose power.  We should be fine with our whole house generator.  County officials are asking everyone to check on the elderly, funny, we have not gotten a call.

 

Here are some progressive pictures.  Also one of me pointing to 24 inches on the stick.  All long way to go to 30.  My that is going to be some deep snow.  

 

On the mechanical side, got our neighbor's Kubota tractor started just as the snow started to fly.  It has been sitting out and not started for a couple of months.  Easy fix, the pinion gear was froze.  Hit the little gear and she started spinning.  Odd set up.  It is a sub-compact tractor with the engine reversed so the radiator is in the middle of the tractor and the starter and flywheel in the front.  

 

Update:  I know that others have it much worse so I am not saying that we are getting hit that hard right now.  As of 9:30 PM we have a snow total of about 6 inches, and the wind is probably 15 to 20 mph.  Lots of blowing snow.  Another report tomorrow morning.  The weather folks are still saying we are going to get over 30 plus inches, and we are just in the beginning of the storm, another 24 hours to go.  

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5 AM on Saturday, January 23rd.  Just a quick early morning snow report.  We are nice and toasty inside and still have power.  All the animals are inside.  Still snowing here and just measured over 12 inches on the outside front porch railing at 12 inches. Wind is blowing too.  Snow expected to stop in another 17 hours and end with over 2 feet of snow on the ground.  Pictures when we get some daylight.  

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Sounds like you have about the same as we do here in Winchester.  We have a small bird bath extending off our deck rail, and I use that as a measure, and we have a little over a foot with snow still falling.  It's a weekend so my wife doesn't have to work, I'm retired and every day is a Saturday, so all is good, let it snow!

 

A car friend of mine stated he wanted to see me walking up my hilly driveway in golf shoes.  Don't know why he referenced that, I've played four rounds of golf in my life and it's just not my thing.  Told him I went to the golf store to buy some golf shoes, so I could get the picture he requested.  They asked me what my handicap was, I said "I love antique cars...", and they kicked me out of the store......

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19 inches and still falling in Winchester Va.......stay warm!

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Saturday, January 23rd at 1 PM.  Storm report for you all.  

 

I made it out to the new garage and fired up the snow blower.  What a slog to get to the garage, fell down once and it was tough to get up.  Next time the snow blower will be in the old garage.  Made mouse runs back to the house and the barns, and of course to the bird feeders.  I am done for now.  Tried to use the Kubota, but just too much snow to push right now.  And we still have seven hours of snow to go!  26 inches to go.  We will probably make it to 30 inches or more.

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Your predicted record snow falls made the news here in NZ last night. The usual media nonsense of cars sliding on 1" of snow was shown on TV. Even the President's motorcade was held up in grid lock as a result of light snow, or so they said. My weather station said it was about 29 C at 6:30 p.m. last night, the hottest all day.

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John- Might have to reconsider moving "south" to your neighborhood!  We are at 22 with 2" on the ground and your mess is staying south of upstate. Yeah!!

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We live close to DC, and the reporting there can be idiotic at times. This morning on a newscast, they had the "gal in the street" interviewing the few people that were out walking in the snow, virtually no car traffic. She asked one bearded gentleman how he was doing, he mumbled something and walked by the reporter, then came back and started on a political rant....the reporter just stood there holding the microphone, with the deer in the headlights look, as he ranted about the death spiral the nation is in, and the station finally cut away from the feed......obviously you take risks interviewing live in Washington!

Anyone have good pictures of their antique car in the snow?

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Saturday, January 23rd at 1 PM.  Storm report for you all.  

 

I made it out to the new garage and fired up the snow blower.  What a slog to get to the garage, fell down once and it was tough to get up.  Next time the snow blower will be in the old garage.  Made mouse runs back to the house and the barns, and of course to the bird feeders.  I am done for now.  Tried to use the Kubota, but just too much snow to push right now.  And we still have seven hours of snow to go!  26 inches to go.  We will probably make it to 30 inches or more.

 

  That is some deep snow!  My son is "stranded" in NJ, . At least in a truckstop, not on the road.

 

  John, where do you live from, say Winchester?

 

  Ben

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Ben, we live near Orlean, VA.  We are about an hour away from Winchester, VA.

 

Glad that you son is stranded at a rest stop and not on the side of the road in the middle of no where land.  

 

It is just after 9 PM and it is still snowing.  Radar is still showing lots of the white stuff coming this way.  Hopefully, we will be in the clear by the morning and we can start the dig out.  Most of the roads around us are impassable.  I just hope that they can plow our road on Monday.  If not we are still OK.  

 

Just got a note that the Governor of Virginia has called at the National Guard to help first responders. 

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John and David- Stay safe, stay warm!  It is just another storm and as long as you have power you are good!

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John,

What crazy amount of snow! Sure hope everyone heeded the warnings in all states affected and are safe!

My sister lives outside Gatlinburg (Wiers Valley) and they were lucky they were in a pocket that only dumped 3 inches and no ice so escaped a huge hit! Guess things are shut down though as the elevations one has to travel become an issue.

My brother inlaw works for GM and was in Tn too on business, watched the weather reports and closed the last meeting early, grabbed an early flight and was home in Michigan by 11 last night. His two other coworkers waited and they are still not home...

If I may, take it easy tomorrow when it stops snowing please. All too easy to go at that snow even with equipment and hurt yourself. Wouldn't want something to happen to you or anyone for that matter.

Our winter here two years ago was record setting. Should have taken my own advice then....

Best wishes to all.

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We saw the last flake at 11 PM.  What a white winter wonderland.  We stopped at about 28 inches or so.  Lots of big drifts from the wind.  I have just got mouse runs done with the snow blower and part of the new garage so I can get the tractor out.  Going to have to use the loader to move the snow rather than push it.  Goal for today is the long driveway and around the Suburban so we can attempt to get out if we need to.  The roads have not been plowed yet so there is no where to go anyway.  Have to try to dig out paths to the hay bales for the llamas also.  Lot of snow work to do today.  Oh, we still have power so that is a good thing.  

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It is Sunday, January 24th.  The dig out begins.  I promise this will be my last snow report.

 

Eight hours and I finally got a hole out to the road.  Not that it does much good.  sill two feet of snow on the road.  The grader came by and skimmed six inches, could not go deeper cause he would get stuck.  Tried to use the snow blower but it was too deep, so used the Kubota, bucket by bucket.  Tomorrow I will make the driveway wider to get the Suburban out to the road, and I am sure that the driveway end will be covered with six feet of snow from the plowing the road, will probably have to dig out the entrance five or six times. 
 
Oh, and got the Kubota stuck as I was pulling it into the garage.  Had to use the Suburban to yank it back onto the hard pack.
 

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