unimogjohn

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It was pretty windy down here in North Carolina, but nothing like what y'all got.

 

How about the donkeys, are they tucked away in the barn, or do they stay out in the fields during weather like that?

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Paul, they just hang in the pasture and put their butts into the wind.  Just too funny.  And they move to the wind direction as it changes.  The llamas just cush and try to get out of the wind.  Each has its own means of coping.

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It is Sunday, March 11th.  After two starters I found one that worked on Brownie the van.  I ended up getting a high amp, smaller gear reduction starter that actually fit.  Two chinese starters either did not work or were the wrong fitment.  I finally got a Bosch unit that did the trick.  It was about half the size of the original starter and replacements.   So Brownie is back on the road.

 

Tomorrow evening we are expecting our third big storm in 10 days, but hopefully, this will only be a glancing blow.  Just finished clearing all the downed trees and debris from the first and second storms.  I am ready for a rest.  

 

Oh forgot, we were without power for four and a half days, sure glad we have a whole house generator.  We did not suffer at all, but did keep an eye on the propane level in the 500 gallon tank. Good thing we had a full tank, used about 5% of the contents each running day, about 17 hours or so.  Most of our neighbors have the same generator setup, but a few did not so everyone tried to help each other out.  

 

Still learning about the Tesla.  Seems to be a car made up of lots of different vendor parts.  Here is an interesting article.  https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a16570798/tesla-model-s-parts-other-cars-have/

 

I decided to take a full charge on the Tesla's battery to see what my range would be if I were to take a long trip.  It stopped charging at 100% and 276 miles of range, normally I charge to 90% and that yields 253 miles.  

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John, regarding all the trouble getting a starter to fit - couldn't you get one at your local GM dealer?

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Chris, it seemed that all the local retailers wanted $200 or more.  So just got lazy and opted for the internet and lower prices.

 

Slow on the farm with all the storms and such.  Getting ready for Spring to hit next next week when we will get above 60 degrees.  Anxious to get all the old cars started and out on the road.

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7 minutes ago, unimogjohn said:

Getting ready for Spring to hit next next week when we will get above 60 degrees.

 

Spring?  What's that?  Sounds like a good concept, as we sit here on March 23rd and look at snow on the ground!

 

I, too, am ready to have some old wheels hit pavement, hopefully soon.....

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On 3/23/2018 at 6:20 AM, unimogjohn said:

Chris, it seemed that all the local retailers wanted $200 or more.  So just got lazy and opted for the internet and lower prices.

 

 

I see. Back in the good old days you could get an American rebuilt starter for what, 50 bucks? I remember my father rebuilding his Studebaker starter on the dining room table (on newspapers of course), cleaning up the armature and installing the little brushes (which probably cost $1.69 at Pep Boys). But then you had all the fun of disassembly and reassembly. 

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So spring is in the air down south, here in central NY snow is still about 8 inches deep and temp may get to 40 today.

I have started the corvair ,gardner and 29 chevy the 53 is in storage about 3 miles away but haven't driven any yet.

the snow mobil still works good at this time.

Al 

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3 hours ago, Alfre said:

So spring is in the air down south, here in central NY snow is still about 8 inches deep and temp may get to 40 today.

I have started the corvair ,gardner and 29 chevy the 53 is in storage about 3 miles away but haven't driven any yet.

the snow mobil still works good at this time.

Al 

Yes, spring is in the air here in North Carolina, but so is snow!! Here in Winston-Salem we are expecting a wintery mix today and tomorrow, but about an hour northwest in NC and VA they are going to get 10+ inches of snow. We have had spring, then back to winter, at least three times!! :o

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It is Wednesday, March 28th.   Since we are having a couple of days of rain Alice and I figured that we needed to get the pastures re-seeded so I have been dragging the fields with the little Kubota tractor and she has been walking behind with the little hand operated seeder.  Spent all day yesterday and will do more today.

 

But speaking of Kubota.  I noticed fluid puking from the big Kubota tractor.  When clearing debris from the storm I had put rope and plastic netting on the floor of the back hoe.  I should not have done that as the junk bounced off the floor and got under the tractor and was picked up by the wheel.  By the time I noticed it, the rope and plastic was wrapped around the rear axle.  I pulled it all out and now the have a huge transmission/hydraulic oil leak.  I pulled the tractor into the garage and put the rear end of the tractor up in the air.  I removed the snow chains and today am going to try to see where it is leaking.  I sure hope I did not pull the rear axle seal out of the transmission.  That involves taking half of the tractor apart.  I almost dread getting under the tractor.  So much for starting to work on the old cars.

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Keith, my hopes were dashed.  It is Wednesday, March 28th PM.  I did get under the tractor and took a look to see where the hydraulic oil was leaking.  It was the rear axle bearing housing.  I managed to pull out all the rope fibre.  And I used a couple of wedges to push the bearing housing back in.  Still dripping oil, but not as much.  Here are pics.  

 

I am going to remove the back hoe tomorrow so I can pull the wheel/tire and the subframe bracket that is in front of the bearing.  Then I will be able to see if the seal is flush and possibly any damage to the rubber seal that rides on the axle.  

 

The tractor does not now move as it is out of fluid.  I have to put at least a couple of gallons in it to get it operating again.

 

 

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It is Thursday, March 29th and tractor stories.

 

Well, I got the back hoe off, not the easiest of tasks, thanks for the advice Camaro Steve. 

 
Got everything off (brackets, hoses, mounting plates) so I can see the bearing.  It is toast, it is bent and all smashed in.  So the rear axle case has to be split per the manual and the axle driven out with a rubber mallet.  I am to to point that two levers, a hydro line and a bracket have to be disconnected, and then I can remove the 12 bolts holding the case together.  I have to look at the manual to decide if I am going to tackle it, or call Dan, the tractor man, to finish the work.  
 
Everything is so heavy.  I had to use the other tractor to lift the rear tire up and out of the way.  Only damaged a threaded bolt.  More later on how I am going to proceed.  I have about 6 hours into the project.  Here are the pics of todays work.
 

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Makes me want to take up hard liquor when I see all that work. I believe I would trade it in on a new tractor :wacko:

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I think I'd be calling Dan.     Seeing all that work I think I would have called him earlier but 10 points to you for having a go.

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It is Monday, April 2nd.  I think I now have a way forward on the broken tractor.  Not a lot of information on how to get the axle out as they never fail.

 

And we have a short report from Greg.  I have added a couple of pics of the airplane to his work.  

 

Just a quick note in response to those who keep asking "what's going on with you?"
 
    Day job:  I've assigned myself to the '29 Parks biplane project in order to get the boss some billable hours.    One photo shows the result of weeks of  "engine turning"  cowling panels.   Rigged up a throatless drill press  and a jig to get a reasonable pattern.     Some quick math and I figure I've covered about seventeen and a half square feet with spots before my eyes.
 
   The turnings done to flat sheet,  next is for the cowlings to be cut to shape and curved in our slip roll.   Then I need to perfect the three inch louver punch as the panels get about a hundred louvers.
 
    While I wait for that to happen I've taken on the completion of the cockpit door.     As usual,  all things take time.
 
As for the Wright Bros  V8 project,  nearing completion,  I found a problem with the translation of the original camshaft drawing and four of the lobes are out of position.   After some modification,  I've returned it to the cam grinder  for alteration.
 
 
I hope this finds all doing well.
 
GREG.
 

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Tractor update on Tuesday, April 3rd.  

I got the rest of the tractor subframe out and all the bolts out of the rear axle housing.  Surprise, there is still a bracket holding it on and prevents me from separating the rear axle.  The bracket holds all the valves and hoses.  I have to research on how to get that out.  Then everything should just pop out.  The case is all sealed with some type of goo gasket material so I have to be really careful on how I attempt to get it to release so as not to damage anything.  All the axle housing bolts had some kind of stop leak on them as well.  All this took another 3 hours or so.  

 
And the back hoe tipped forward, guess one cylinder released a bit.  Almost hit the glass on the cabinet.  All secure now.  
 

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Tractor update on Tuesday, April 10th.  It was freezing during the day for the past five days so put the tractor repair on the back burner.  I also needed to get a long and large socket to remove the hydro pipes that go into the valve body.  I also decided to get Kubota hydraulic fluid and filters.  So with all that done I finally got to the lines this morning.  Boy, they were sure on tight.  But got them all off without any damage or drama.  This afternoon I will take off the valve body and then the bracket it is attached to.  The bracket is blocking the removal of the rear axle assembly.  So I am getting closer to being able to remove the axle.  What a job.  No wonder folks on the tractor forums said that this is a $2,500 job at a dealership.  

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Looks like kubota uses black rtv for gaskets ,same as newer John Deeres if you get good at this type of repair I've got a full size Deere you can work on.

Al

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It is April 11th.  Last night I pulled the four bolts holding on the valve body.  I was able to move it over a bit until I found out that that there are more attachment points on the top of it.  These are for the controls for the 3 point hitch arms.  To get to them you have to take off the fender and other parts.  I hope that I will be able to move over the valve body mounting plate to get the rear end axle to clear and be removed.  You can see the little bit that is holding the axle assembly in.  This gets a bit harder the closer I get.  P1100745.JPG.e446e22711694281b81d29f2594d4c81.JPG

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It is Monday, April 16th; and we have a report from Greg.

 

Good day to you all.
 
Enclosed find some photos a long time coming.   Not just because I've been off the air for a while,  (progress has left me behind  when it comes to communication technology.  These pics captured and sent by Nathan's smart phone.)
 
Last night  began  some reassembly of the '10 Overland engine.   That too long overdue since I took the Overland apart over thirty years ago.
     
But since it has been a very long time ago means that now I can enjoy the help of my son Nathan.
 
This series of photos  shows  the crankcase which has been cleaned,   fitted with new babbitt main bearings,   the interior sealed with Glyptol and the exterior my usual treatment of buffing  with a  wire wheel, a rub with Rustoleum aluminum paint on a rag to seal the pores,  and rebuffed with the wire wheel to bring up the gloss.
           
The crankshaft had been reground, and  Dave Coleman  checked the balance.   So now with a slathering of  a mixture of STP and motor oil,  the shaft has been bedded in the bearings.  It will be nice to keep adding to the assembly.
 
And seeing today's date I'm reminded that  only fifty years ago today I started the mustache that gets in my way,  begun that first day I  arrived  in Viet Nam.     Half a century?!  
 
 
 best wishes to all.
 
GREG.

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Happy Birthday!  I've been trying to ignore mine but they keep coming, which is a good and bad thing all together.....have a great one!

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Happy Birthday John, Have a great day!!!!

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