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It is Tuesday, May 6th.  Yesterday I got a call from a neighbor who said they she was going to sell her father's garden tractor and did I want it?  I said sure without really thinking.  So for $200 I have a 1967 International Harvester Cub Cadet with a 44 inch mower.  What a beast, weighs about 800 lbs and has a Kohler, single cylinder, 10 HP engine.  And it has a starter generator!  It has 3 forward speeds and reverse.  It will go over 15 mph in 3rd.  The drive belt and mower belt are toast as well as the two rear tires, I have them all on order.

 

And as a bonus they threw in a 5 year old generator for free.  It only has 11 hours on it, but it has been sitting full of fuel for five years.  Talk about rotten gas, what a smell.  Needless to say it did not run.  So today I drained out all the old gas, cleaned the carb and fuel system, and got it running.  In the end it was a good deal.

 

And another neighbor dropped off their big Kubota tractor.  The brush hog gave out and they did not know what to do.  I figured it was the shear bolt.  So in about an hour I got them back mowing.  

 

And Alice got a note from the Morris Traveller/Dexter that the new Florida title and bill of sale is in the mail.  We are both happy about that.  Now we are just waiting for the bank to send us the title on the BMW Z4.  Hopefully, that will come in a couple of days.

 

 

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It is Thursday, June 8th.  Alice has been driving Dexter, the Morris Traveller wagon, into town for her farm and Master Gardener stuff.  She is getting a lot of attention for sure.  The glass guy that came today, said he saw the car at the garden schoolhouse.  She says a lot of people come over and want to talk cars.  She sure is a popular girl these days.

 

Speaking of the glass guy, he came this morning to replace the windshield on the BMW Z4.  He was here about an hour.  All done.  And he used factory BMW glass also.  I was impressed.  Safelite did a great job with no pain, fuss or muss.

 

 

 

 

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It is Sunday, June 11th.  Oh boy, Greg picked up his new toy.

 

 

John,
    We used your Suburban to retrieve the newly purchased  enclosed trailer, my first after all these years.   Beautiful day that it was,  we chose a route that crossed the Potomac  at White's Ferry.
              Since a few of my fleet  are tall touring cars or a high wheeler that needs the driver to duck when entering,  I made sure that I got one with extended height .    Hopefully no broken top bows or foreheads for me.
        A few other neat features :    spare tire mounted high and inside,  not only ceiling lighting,  but also a couple low for loading in the dark.    Twenty-four feet inside with a  V nose and a left side door mid way will make it  Avanti friendly also if need be.
        Old John Jackson  taught me that garages and refrigerators...never big enough.  Hopefully this mobil garage will be.
 
    Have a good trip.
      GREG.
             
 

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It is Tuesday June 13th.  It is snowing and 34 degrees.  Guess we must be in West Yellowstone, Montana this morning.  Decided to get out of Virginia with 95 degree heat.  I think we went to far.  Heading into the park today.  

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On our way to Yellowstone, we stopped for an hour or so at a auto museum in Idaho.   Here are some of the pics I took.  

 

I think that there were over 160 cars on display from the early teens to the 70s.  All were nicely kept and certainly loved by the staff and volunteers.  Some were remnants of the Towe Museum that was sold off for back taxes.

 

 

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John:

 

That car museum is in Deer Lodge, MT.  I agree, some very nice cars.

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It should be noted that we are with Joe (packick) and Kathy on the trip from Seattle to Yellowstone and back.  It snowed most of the day yesterday and temp was a steady 33 degrees all day.  Today should be around 60 and no rain or snow.  Hope to see some animals today as they were hunkered down during the storms.  Will post a couple of pics tonight.   A beautiful place.  If not on your bucket list, it should be.

 

 

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Lots and lots of people around Old Faithful, but less so off the beaten track.  But a few pictures of Yellowstone.  A truly magical place.

 

 

 

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 I friend and I traveled to Yellowstone about 35 years ago in the '56 Roadmaster, as we took in a BCA event on the way back. I agree, one should visit Yellowstone, as it is an amazing place. Now that my wife and is retired, I will sell my business, and hopefully this will be one trip we will make soon. The '56, by the way, performed great through out the journey.

 Love the pictures!

 Keith

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John and I had never seen one of these rigs.  It was parked at Canyon Village in Yellowstone.   It was called a "ROTEL," short for "Rolling Hotel?"  It had Alaska and foreign plates, and was made by Mercedes.

 

 

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Thursday, June 15th.  We spent three full days in Yellowstone, heading back to Seattle tomorrow.  But here are a few pics from today.  We saw several large herds of Bison, a couple of deer and chipmunks, but no bears.

 

We came upon a new, old lookalike, sightseeing truck.  Pretty neat to see it in the park.

 

 

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Jon, thanks for your travel photos. Especially enjoyed the photos of the yellow Yellowstone tour bus. I have a nice diecast model of the vehicle.  We are not looking forward to the fast approaching Austin summer. So far no 100s, but it is bumping up against the century mark and will probably get there on Sunday. Sunday is also the annual Fathers Day Car Show sponsored by the Road Relics, the regional AACA club. It is always hot and sunny on show day. I may take the Avanti for a little while. JWL

 

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Plus the car show JWL is taking about is on a HOT parking lot with not much shade. I am afraid I am going to have to miss it this year.

 

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It is Tuesday, June 20th.  Heading home, back to the farm, tomorrow.  Cannot wait.  But it has been a great little vacation.  We drove about 2,300 miles to Yellowstone and back.  

 

And in the meantime Greg has been busy.  Here is his latest report.  I think that the original tires for the REO are not available.  I know that he has been running on some worn out crusty stuff.  So he is putting on new tires that are available.  

 

Trying to fit an 875 x 105  Dunlop clincher tire to the REO.
   
I've been able to stretch one onto the rim.   Wasn't too bad and didn't take too long.
 
Then the fun (?) began.    I spent most of a day trying various ways  to get the side ring on.   Clamps,   jacks,   nothing I tried would let the side ring go on,  let alone the lock ring.  Gave up.
       
The latest brainstorm .    The side ring problem of not going on due to the tire being too wide where it contacts the rim.   The bead seats are too wide.   
 
What I'm trying now is to trim away some of the inner edge of the bead (thinnest part) so that it won't be quite as wide.     Modified  a  milling machine arbor and slitting saw to be used in a die grinder.   Slow going,  advance 1/16" at a time and 85" around  X  2 ( Both edges).
 
Now cutting on the second side and about 1/3 to go.   Better go finish up and  probably try mounting it on the rim tomorrow night.
 
 

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It is Friday, June 23rd.  Well, finally back from a great Yellowstone Park two week vacation.  In total we went a bit over 2,300 RT from Seattle, WA.

 

Now back on  the homestead the U.S. Mail delivered a few International Harvester Cub Cadet parts; starter generator belt and a spark plug.  I put them on yesterday, to include changing the oil.  Runs great, and starts much better with the new belt.  The old belt had a couple of chunks out of it.  

 

And I have determined that it is a model 106, produced in 1965, and it has the 42 inch mowing deck.  Tomorrow I am going to see if I have the right mower deck belt.  The drive belt looks to be in good shape so I will reuse it for now, but will order a spare.

 

I also got a grill from Ebay, of course I bought the wrong one.  The one for this tractor is a mesh, but installed this one anyway.  

 

I also attempted to adjust the rear disc brakes.  They are better, but I think I will pull them apart and see what the pads look like.  

 

 

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Still Friday, out mowing with the little John Deere 325 tractor.  KAPOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The debris screen on top of the flywheel broke apart and tore up the starter cable and throttle control, and put a huge hole through the side of the engine cover.  You can see a piece of the screen hung up on the outside of the hood.  Thank goodness for Ebay, I have a new one coming.  Sure glad that the cover part went thru the hood and not me.  I would have probably been seriously hurt or ............  It also blew off the plastic cover that was over the screen and ripped it from it mount on the engine cover.  

 

I tried running it with half of the screen, but the vibration was too harsh as the engine is out of balance.  So I was able to remove the old one.  Hopefully, I will be mowing again in a couple of days.

 

 

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Wow,  that is SCARY John. Is that a Briggs engine?

 

I have to tell you, I am lusting after that IH Cub Cadet. Really nice machine. That's when lawn tractors were built to last. :)

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Hey John, double check that flywheel.  Something had to come loose to do that much damage and have the engine vibrate that much.

 

Glad it didn't come backwards at you with that battery sitting there!!!

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Frank, there is no vibration with the screen off so I think I am good.

 

Paul, I like it also.  I only wish the PO would have not painted over all the decals.  I really have no way to tell what model it really is.  As a result I am unsure of the mower and PTO belts I need.  I have joined the Cub forum so maybe than can help with the limited information I have.  

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June 26th, Monday, PM.  Five Hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That is what it took to change out the xenon headlights in the VW Passat W8, and I knew how to do it.  Now I hope it will pass the lighting inspector. Sometimes I just hate German Engineering.  Who ever thought you had to take off the entire front end to do it, what a great idea, NOT.  And I fould a seep in the oil cooler connection.  I will have to do some research and see what I need to seal it back up.  Oh, the little mag tray held most of the bolts and screws that had to come out.

 

 

 

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