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Build Threads / Project/Beater "boozer"
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:27:07 PM »
Well life has a funny way of changing things around. In the middle of supporting my wife's bad Mustang habits, trying to build a tow/rig Cummins Dodge W350, and fighting with a falling apart Featherweight car trailer.... I finally lost my temper. Let me elaborate for those who enjoy others misery.

This spring/summer has been one stupid problem after another with attempting to tow "anything" when required. (almost daily it seems) I need a nice cab for my W350 Project...had to run to Colorado to get it. My wife has been running standing mile races/competitions with her Mustang...More towing. Then the autocross, yet more towing....then ranch/farm life. Patch is tired, the engine/trans is up to the job, the rest, keeps falling off or failing. Then there is my old car trailer.... first the surge brake master died, then it had a brake line issue, and now it decided to have a tude and the brakes n longer work at all due to about 4 assorted problems.

Then there is the spare tow rig the F150 eco boost.... or as I call it the "Eco Poop" The 5mpg towing wonder that has more dumb quirks than a Red Headed Meth Junkie Speed skater on gravel. Praying for a hail storm as all Eco Boost owners eventually do...

So one day I am at the gun shop venting my irritation at everything and I decide ya know what I have a solution. A new car trailer, a new pickup, and HAH I win. 15 min latter I solved all my problems.... so on with the "project"

Build Threads / "Shorty"
« on: March 08, 2018, 03:06:37 PM »
Over the last few months my wife and I have been discussing the idea of acquiring a vehicle that can go places we should't take a full size truck. Something that can be flat towed, can it's self tow a small trailer, and hopefully a rig that's tractor simple, with license plates.

So a while back that rig came into focus for us rather rapidly.  Meet Shorty....

1974 Jeep CJ5, 8,834 original miles, original paint/top, and still sporting the OEM spare tire on it's side. Effectively just the way Jeep built it in late 1973.

Shorty was ordered by a post man at a semi local lake community here in Neb. He optioned it with H78 whitewalls, the "big-six" (258) the rather rare hard to find T18 4 speed, power lock rear limited slip, 4.27 gears. He also ordered the optional Arctic hard top as well.

It spent it's days going fishing, hunting, and running to the bait shop and not much else. It then after many years but not many miles, rusted out a head gasket around 1982-3 somewhere. It was left in the heated garage until 2 years ago... the "neighbor" a street rod kind of guy bought it, replaced the engine with a "fresh" rebuild. He then redid the brakes, tossed a battery in it and then put about 45 miles on it in the next two years. Somewhere along the lines replacing the original tires with some wore out "spares" he had.

Kay bought it after some haggling and it now has a new home...

CIEMR / this is most interesting
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:35:48 PM »

Cooking equipment / So we bought s smoker....
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:23:48 AM »
Yesterday I tried very hard to purchase a smoker. I was set on the idea of buying a Green Mountain grill. I called every dealer within 200 miles of us. My plan was to just go buy one, load it up and be smoking ASAP> "because Nate"

For reasons I can't explain simply, the prices on the same grill varied by almost $300. The lowest priced one was still almost $200 higher than I was told they cost in hippy land. Very odd, since EVERY dealer told me they were on sale.... anyway.

While I was mentioning these price discrepancies to my wife as she had her nose in her laptop, ranting low key about how maybe I should become a dealer for such items as clearly the mark up was quite good.....she declares the following.

"I just now bought a smoker, it will be here this week maybe, Relax"  My first thought...she actually has her credit card #'s memorized... sneaky.

Next post:

CIEMR / California Leaving the USA
« on: January 27, 2017, 06:05:28 PM »
Despite how inviting this idea is to middle America, does anyone in California understand they can't even run a state properly not to mention a country?

Build Threads / Our G741 Project
« on: January 07, 2017, 10:00:14 AM »
First a little history...

G741 is the US Army nomenclature number representing the M Series trucks built by Dodge 1951-1968 There were a few variants of these built over the years. Most people recognize the name M37 as they were commonly called. The one we will be using for this build is actually a M42. Basically the Korean war's version of a command car.

Because the Army wanted new trucks, around 1948 they basically told Chrysler to design a new one using much of the old WW2 vintage parts but to improve a few things. This is a unique series of trucks in that no bids were offered to GM or Ford or anyone else.

This truck left Michigan Feb of 1951 and apparently went straight to the 14th infantry.

Because of a odd string of events I know the history of this truck very well, and it never saw any duty as a command vehicle. It was originally equipped with the high amp charging system, and has the designation of M42 on it's build plate reflecting this, but it's Korean war tour was with the 3rd ,14th infantry.  The truck served as a EOD vehicle and delivered mail at or around such places as Heartbreak Ridge, Punch-bowl and Pork Chop Hill. In fact if the stories I have been told are correct,  the .45 casings we found years ago under it's floor boards were the result of a EOD mission on a "neutral" road that at one point turned ugly.

An aside story: Apparently EOD had to always be armed, most carried .45 hand guns because rifles were clumsy. This truck while on EOD or mail duty apparently was usually sporting a Tommy gun stolen from a Chinese soldier that didn't need it any more as it's rifle. The above incident resulted in about 75 rounds of Tommy Gun action and emptying the side arm of the driver while making their escape.

As the story goes it's EOD assignment may explain why it was in Korea to begin with. EOD were usually small squads of men and they would live rather large as Korean soldiers standard went. They drew rations for 25 men and were a squad of 8. Most of the Korean war was fought with WW2 era trucks. EOD and what they did required a weapons carrier instead of Jeeps...so they likely got the newest stuff. That and as the men that were there explained... the 14th was sporting mostly all new equipment when they arrived in Korea. A result of the reorganization before deployment. The gentleman who drove this truck was EOD. He once told me he had zero EOD training but they asked for volunteers and he stuck his hand up...which may explain when he wasn't doing EOD stuff, he was humping mail LoL

Stories abound... tales of having to start fires under the oil pan to get it started. Backed up by the charred paint and rubber on the underside of the engine. Stories of how they welded a few upright "posts" off the front bumper to catch "neck wires" which were wires the enemy would stretch across the roads/trails to decapitate the drivers and passengers of American trucks with soft tops. The truck does show the history of this. The windshield and cowl area has some damage that looks just like it hit a few cables or wires in it's day.

The truck has a interesting past as I am sure many do. I could share more but it's long, complicated and in some cases even pretty unclear how this fella kept track of this truck all those years or even why. When he was still alive I often tried to pick his brain and he told many a story, but often would clam up and say he signed an agreement to not talk about it, and he was afraid of ending up in military prison if he told some things. Many of these old fellas seem to worry about that...

Next post.... a side story but possibly relevant...than on to the build.

D.O.T. / The story of a old M37 Dodge and some local Veterns...
« on: December 19, 2016, 10:28:01 AM »
About 10 years ago my wife who works daily with older folks in our community calls me from work and asked that I drop everything and head to her place of employment, there is someone she wants me to meet. So Curious, and because I wasn't doing much anyway, I drove over.

Walking through the door I was greeted by my wife and about 10 older gentleman from the area, some of who I know, some I did not. They were all very excited...They were clearly all Veterans, the assorted ball caps with units and branches of the service they had served with were a obvious sign.

One gentleman shakes my hand and gets right to business. He explains that they all have a fondness for a certain truck that needs to be saved and my wife felt I could help. Turns out the fire department had a pair of M37 Dodge troop carriers that they had owned since the 70's. The trucks were purchased from the Sioux Reservation about 1971 by the gentleman who was speaking, at a time when he was the fire chief. They had bought 3 trucks, used one as a brush truck, and the other two sat in a old hanger in a corner since 1971.

One of the trucks had a personal attachment to this bunch. It was used in Korea by the eldest man in the room and hauled the mail to the troops closer to the front lines. He had driven the truck personally during his tour there. It was a fluke that when he shipped home for reasons unknown, that truck was also shipped stateside on the same ship. He was sure it was the original truck because not only did he know the hood number by heart but it had two bullet holes in it that it acquired while he was driving it. There are many stories this bunch had to tell about this old truck in Korea, and how they had found it and got it "home" but suffice to say it was important to them. And none of them had the $$$ to buy it from the city. So.....like a troop of geriatric teenagers, they all loaded into this old short bus they all use to get around, and we went to take a look at this truck.

First time I saw this pair of trucks I was totally shocked. One was almost pristine, the other had 4 flat tires, no canvas and well looked like it had sat for ages. The other one had air in the tires, and looked like it ran. The gentleman I had spoken with earlier points to the nice one and says proudly ,that's the old girl, still has 1951 air in the tires. Looking inside I found some shell casings and a Turkish match book and a old map.

Again lots transpired, but in the end, I had to buy both trucks to get the one and I did. I got the roll back and hauled them home and parked them in the shed next to my other M37 and M715.

A week latter these old fellas show up with two batteries, a tool box and coveralls on...they intended to make it run again. Well after about 6 hours they had it running, and they all took turns driving it around the farm with no brakes and a smoking clutch LoL

Fast forward to Veterans day that year...a week before the parade, they asked if they could use the truck in the parade. I told them please do but it has no brakes so how did they intend to fix that issue. Again long story short,  my wife called a Military surplus place and ordered a clutch, brake parts, and a new canvas top for it and had it shipped next day. (she spends my money like water when on a mission)

So we got it in shape and they drove it in the parade. A week latter the gentleman that drove the truck in Korea passed away. His "boys" insisted my wife play taps at his burial, and they insisted they drive her to the burial at the cemetery in that old truck he loved so much.

It sat until Veterans day the following year...they once again asked to borrow it and once again we made it run, and they had a blast. This time a little too much fun...after the parade they all went to the VFW drank who knows what and decided to go to dairy queen in the M37. I got a phone call from the local Police that I had to come get the truck...it was sitting on the side of the road with a oil slick under it. Turns out they had the troop seats full of Drunken Vets with ice cream, and had it wide open when the the engine blew. They all bailed out and ran/hobbled for it LMAO

They all came over the next weekend, tore the front clip off of it and started to remove the engine...it's sat like that ever since. The Lord has taken many of them since then...my wife has played taps many times..and well it sits to this day.

Present day, I have been trying to give the truck to the VFW for ages...they can't apparently own a truck. I have tried giving it to a few of the Vets, most are in assisted living of  some sort so that didn't work either. 

So recently I mentioned I may just toss some big tires on it, a hot rod engine and use it to one of the Vets. A few days latter my wife calls and tells me the "boys' are all clamoring that it may run again and this time with a big engine and they are wondering if they can drive it in the parade and show the "brats" (the local guard unit) that the Hummer they drive in the parades is just a hummer.

So with some spare time, some luck and undoubtedly a few geriatric helpers, we are going to get the old wreck back in action...

It's a win win for me, I always wanted to build a M37 "toy" but they are getting more and more valuable and the other two I own are very early serial numbers..not the kinda trucks you modify. This old truck I never really considered mine because it is s entrenched in the hearts of those old guys, it's just what it is. But... realizing many of them are gone, the rest are hardly spring chickens and all they care about is its not "junked" well....time we just make this happen for all involved.

anyway that's the story in short.... I told them I wasn't sure if I could do what I plan to do before the V day parade...they didn't even care, they are talking big plans to ride in it in every parade LoL And I really dislike parades...but seeing those old boys all riled up is worth it.

D.O.T. / Well it finally happened here...
« on: December 13, 2016, 12:30:21 PM »
The other night we had a situation locally where an officer had to use his weapon in the line of duty. 15+ years our local police force has gone without needing to fire a weapon on duty, 15 entire years.

The fallout has been rather epic. My wife was involved as were her coworkers. The officers involved are our friends, and everyone knows them. It's a small city, most have even met the individual who lost his life over this deal.

You can read about it here: http://www.1011now.com/content/news/Man-in-stable-condition-following-officer-involved-shooting-in-York-405858495.html

An this is the entire point of this post. Do NOT believe what you read or see on the internet or see on the news. I know Ironic huh? Buy all account this media story is factual...if you discount the fact they know far more is involved.



Build Threads / A quick update on the Circus Wagon
« on: June 01, 2016, 03:24:13 PM »
So some of you know this but.... the new "Not crew Cab plan" is kind of simple. I fished a old 1990 ish vintage standard cab frame from the weed patch storage and we sand blasted it and spent two hours going over it with a magnifying glass (literally) looking for stress cracks, or any other reason to not use it. I then removed not needed cross-members and brackets....

Since it passed inspection and measured straight, I cut my wife lose on it and she did what she does. After blasting, she prepped the frame to almost shiny with a air grinder and assorted grits. I will call this phase stress relieving LoL  She then, when it was all glass like, went back and roughed it back up with 80 grit on the DA. I then sprayed it with 2 coats of epoxy between rain storms outside.

So at this point we have the front 2/3 of the frame in epoxy and I got busy enlarging the shackle pivot holes for the new HD shackle weldments.

After some more cure time for the epoxy my wife then wet sanded the frame and declared it ready for paint. I then sprayed it with 3 coats of semi gloss Imron. So this is where we are at today after it's dried and ready for reassembly Of the front half.

I suppose building some form of front spring mount is next...and I should probably find a cab laying around I have paperwork for and start tearing that down...So far I figure it will have parts from a minimal of 6 trucks...maybe more as it progresses. But we shall see what we can toss together quickly with junk we were going to scrap anyway. And yes TRN.... I am buying new parts also LoL


Firearms / Any Thompson Contender shooters here?
« on: April 15, 2016, 03:11:21 PM »
Well as the title suggests, anyone here own one or shoot one in the past?

Build Threads / Project Terminated
« on: April 07, 2016, 11:01:37 AM »

Classifieds / Border Patrol Hutchison beadlocks- Duramax
« on: March 30, 2016, 07:51:19 PM »
I have a set (4) that I am willing to part with if anyone wants/needs a set. I may go a different direction. These are hard to find, so if someone wants a set...now is your chance.

They can be paint matched to your truck for those so inclined  :D

Firearms / the $717 AR
« on: March 23, 2016, 12:14:06 PM »
I keep forgetting to post this so before I forget again....here is the Ar build we did with a garage sale lower and assorted collected pieces that were not cool enough for the "in" Ar crowd I guess. "operation pea shooter"

The Barrel is a Shilen Match grade bull model 18" in length. The brake I built myself, and well the rest is mostly self explanatory. Including the Vortex scope, and NB bolt carrier just as you see it and 4 P mags... we have $717.00 invested.

When more motivation strikes me, I will finish the .458 So Com upper we are doing for it and call our AR platform experiment done. I need about 4 hours yet on the lathe and the .458 barrel will be done...so shouldn't be too long. I should be right at $640 for the .458 upper complete.

As a truck gun it's growing on me... but I will be much happier when it's dressed as a .458 in the trucks gun rack. And I may spring for a nice trigger at some point, but so far this trigger isn't as bad as I had thought it would be after some massaging.

We have made no real attempt at any "fancy" target shooting but it's got a fair amount of rounds through it at 75 yards or so off our front porch...it has no issues shooting nickle sized groups on cheap ammo. Being the pea shooter it is...not sure what besides paper I'd shoot with it anyway until it's wearing that .458 upper and actually useful.

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Grandmas Beater...my new headache
« on: March 03, 2016, 06:15:01 PM »
So my wife wants a "beater" car that can burn rubber, run down a new police charger in a drag race, and get 25mpg. Oh yeah it has to have 4 doors and be "retro" She has issues.... but bottom line she found a car.

She found on Craigslist a 1985 Chrysler 5th avenue. 42K original pampered one owner garaged miles...mostly intact nice sheet-metal (few hail dings like most Neb cars) an intact interior for the most part...needs a headliner like all Mopar products of the 1980/90's and it still sports the OEM 318's Lean Burn system. (oh joy)

Now the "Story": So she doesn't tell me why but she tosses a fit and declares I need to put the Feather-light  car trailer on a pickup and we are going for a drive. So up into the lower sandhills we go... and we end up in this little town of like 75 people. There sits this 5th avenue with a for sale sign $1700 or some absurd amount on the windshield.

I start muttering no way in hell and now I know why she wore yoga pants and well, crud... she goes to the door, I go look at the car.

She returns with the owner 5min latter, he hands her the keys she starts it and it purrs like only a Mopar lean burn can run (read hardly smooth but it runs) I open the trunk and inspect the spare tire which is flat and no kidding 1984 date coded.

I eye the pedal pads, the underhood area and well it's quite possibly a 42K mile car. I am thinking...NO I walk back to my truck....she walks over and asks me what I think. I explain she needs counseling and why why do we need this car? I finally just say if she pays more than a grand for it I am leaving her there and well....

So she bought it for $700 or something and loaded it on the trailer herself.

Next saga:

Tires, Wheels, and Suspension / Some tire balancing tips if your OCD
« on: March 03, 2016, 05:55:47 PM »
So, has anyone here spent much time balancing tires on these new balancers most all shops have been using for the last 5 years or so? If so then you probably know this, but for those that don't....

Those machines need to be "calibrated" frequently and most often they are not at all in "spec" Let me share a semi long but very recent story (happened today) in fact.

My wife's new car she dubbed her Grandma Beater needed rubber..P205/75/R15 is the size it requires. Now normally I may have upped size a bit and gone for some P215/70/15 to gain a bit of width..but she has a running wager she can get this car to 25mpg so....well we kept the tires thin. Anyway although a great story, I will save it for some other thread and get to the tire balance issue.

They mounted the 4 special hard to buy (why I dunno) Hancock whitwalls and balanced them. I had asked them not to balance them but, they didn't listen. So they balance all 4 and then I asked them to balance all 4 again on a different machine. Guess what? All 4 needed weight in different places/amounts. Reason?....the machines were not at all calibrated. So they toss them on the car and I go for a drive... it has a slight shimmy at 105mph. So back we go....(mind you it was smooth as silk on the 16 year old tires we drove it up there on) I have them remove all the weights, and we drove it 85mph home nice and smooth. I also got my $$ back for balancing...

Now I marked each tire with weight and location before we left, when we got home I went to my local tire guys and had them balance the tires. The hot cold cycles had them well seated to the rim now and they took almost no weight at all. And in completely different places. Now it's smooth to 105mph and should be fine.

I have long ago learned never balance tires until you have driven them enough to get them warm...also I always air them down to say half of air capacity and drive them around town a little then air them up and get them warm again at speed. THEN I have them balanced while warm as possible...and well this works. It's much added headaches, and the tire guys will despise you, but it works. I also usually (didn't with these smaller car tires) spin the rims on the balancer sans tires and mark them for weight... then move the tire around on the rim to counter balance...something any good tire shop should do...most do not.

The above "tricks" which are actually just old school tire balancing trade craft will in many cases fix that "wobbler" that after a few thousand miles has bounced it's way to a permanent out of balance issue no matter what you do.

Firearms / for those that carry a sidearm
« on: February 22, 2016, 08:28:47 AM »

So I am curious, do you feel on edge or uncomfortable more so when you are in a situation you can not carry? Tough to carry a side arm at the local pool, or roller skating as a few simple examples.

Although I do often open carry, both a side arm and a pliers, I miss my pliers more than a weapon in most instances...just thought I'd see what folks think so I am asking.


Parenting / They went dumb...
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:06:50 PM »
Ever have one of those days where your fairly sure the kids went dumb? Today is that day for me....allow me to rant.

5:00am: My wife and I awake to begin the day,  it's very cold in the house. I grab my robe head down to the furnace room to find the corn boiler not running. The master power disconnect on the wall is in the down/off position and on the floor below it is a pile of shop-vac hose. So I returned the switch to the on position and went through the relight process and returned upstairs.

My wife asks what happened. I explain some idiot hung the shop vac hose on the switch, and the weight must have shut it off at some point. She then points to the wall thermostat for the forced air furnace and asks why that,s not working. I look at the switch and it's "off" ........a mystery for about two minutes, then my wife mentions she had the twins dust.

I flip it back on, the furnace lights, and we have heat until the boiler catches up and starts warming the in-floor system.

I then get dressed, swing open the door to the garage, and see my wife's car sitting there with the drivers door open and the rear hatch up...battery stone dead of course. She had the twins carry in groceries and guess what.....

So at this point I leave to check cattle and let her handle the lecturing. I get outside to my truck and go to unplug the block heater and it's not plugged in. In fact the cord is severed in half under the plow blade.....I hit the key anyway and no joy, the 6bt is not having it. It's about 4 degrees so no real surprise there. I remember the conversation...would one of you twins run out and plug my truck in..then a few min latter twin A mentioning she found a bag of sunflower seeds in the truck on the seat could she have some.... I get a mental picture of her leaning over to grab the bag, bumping the plows control switch....

Then it strikes me, the outside outlet is on the same circuit as the garden ponds circulation pump. A quick survey of that showed our new ice rink. After stomping a hole in the ice so the fish can breath, and resetting the circuit breaker....

Back in the house I go to have some words. My wife's in the shower so I slip into the bathroom to conference as to where we will hang said kids from. Suddenly I hear the garage door open, my wife's pickup is now running and my wife says.."so yeah the twins asked to borrow my truck they have a 5:30 am band practice..." I run to the door as they drive off leaving their parents with no wheels that will actually run, a frozen house, and my wife needs to be to work by Six.  AND they left the garage door open....

I take a quick count in my head of vehicles left on the property that will run...realize since I moved most to the hanger at the farm I have two possible choices...I run out to the shop and realize half way there the battery charger is at my sons house, he had borrowed it to de rust some old outboard motor he found. So now one choice... I get to the M37 in the pig barn...I throw the cover off it and hit the foot starter switch and it groans and starts turning over. I remember just about the time the batteries quit, that I had drained the carb of gas before I parked it for the winter.

I run across the property to the grainery where my 63VW Bug has been sitting for 4mo or so and jump in and hit the key. It started in two sec, how I do love those Germans.

So she got to work, everything else is now running, and I have been plotting my revenge........ but I swear those two girls just went dumb all in one 24 period of time.

Build Threads / Project: "Don't do this at home"
« on: December 13, 2015, 10:13:44 AM »
Ready to see how NOT to build a truck?  All build threads need a goal, a plan, and to that end this one has that as well. I know because I spent all day yesterday talking myself out of doing what I am about to do...here is the goal.

I am going to take my much adored, trusty old friend we all call "patch" which is your average close to half million mile type 91.5 CTD W250, and cobble it together yet some more. The goal.... see what kind of truck it can be and not buy any new parts. None...The rules are simple...if it's in my barn/sheds/possession it's a part I own or have laying around...so not new. If I can't find something it needs from the barn/collection, well Craigslist E bay whatever...but not new.

So if your squeamish and believe one must always use new parts when doing such things....this thread will send you into convulsions.

Present state of condition: Well at this point in time it has no brakes. That's the first fix....I am tired of dropping the snow plow to stop the truck. I now have plow marks on my work bench.

The engine runs very well. No idea of the original miles, but I was assured when we purchased it we were North of 400K. Given the worn pedals, the fact that the front brake caliper brackets are so worn someone shimmed one with a tin can so it doesn't fall off, and other factors, suggest to me it's a fair guess Patch is approaching a half million miles as claimed.

The head gasket does leak under heavy boost. When you see antifreeze on the windshield, you know your making good boost. This has always been a handy indicator unless the wipers don't work...which is common. Oddly it has almost no blow by whatsoever...a mystery to me.

It does leak fuel from the injection pump..but it keeps the frame nice and oily and rust free so...I haven't let that concern me. The fan wobbles pretty bad...I will likely just remove it.

None of the power windows worked...or for that matter the locks. Recently my 2 year old grandson tore the drivers door mostly off...so we have replaced the doors with some used ones we had laying about. That's about the time the brakes quit...

Body: The cabs ok for the most part...cowl cracks and the normal Dodge stuff. The rest....blah.

So I could get into much more detail....but I have to drive this every day for the most part...so this should be interesting.  Ya ready? This is going to be a how not to do things thread....I am going to enjoy this.

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Winter fuel/blends/additives.
« on: November 26, 2015, 01:40:56 PM »
OK some asked so I thought I'd type a bit before dinner.

#2 Diesel has a cloud point right around 0F to 30F somewhere. In other words it's "iffy" when cold. Each region of the states has a "blend" formulated for what is considered normal regional low temps. The problem begins when you get extreme changes from those figures. I have seen fuel Gel at 27F personally. These additives you pour in the tank chemically attempt to stop the fuel from "binding" and thus slowing down gelling. They are often limited buy the "mix" or additive package in the fuel your burning. I see a lot of Duramax and Powerstrokes especially, on the side of the road, if temps drop fast. Newer Rams aren't immune either but seem a bit less prone, largely due to fuel system design I am sure.

#1 Diesel extreme cloud point is -40F roughly...like #2 the exact point is dependent on many factors. Actual #1 has Kero in it, mix's again are region dependent but anywhere from 33% to 50% or even 75%-100% in the extreme Northern climates. It lacks much in the way of lube for your pump so you can "hear" the clatter get louder on #1. I buy very little fuel over the road in my junk over winter and run almost exclusively #1 from my farm tanks which has a lube package added. If I do purchase #1 say at a truckstop, I always add outboard oil just as I do with #2. I just ad more. Although most pump fuel will be a blend of additives ya never know what yr getting.

If I know it's dropping well below zero I will run 20gallons of #1 2 gallons of unleaded, and 5 gallons of Kero with 2 quarts of 30weight in my old Dodge. I run a similar mix in my old Case skid steer also, the only two things that have to run when that cold.

I would not recommend this mix, its just what I do. Newer trucks are much more sensitive than my old one and honestly I am unsure whats "safe" or not. In our newer farm equipment I use my #1 mix in the farm tanks and if it's cold I try and avoid running them.

Most around here in newer trucks run 3/4 a tank of #1 and the rest #2

Home heating oil is usually also largely Kero, so it's a great source of a "thinner" if in a pinch. I know ranchers around here that will buy 250gallons of heating oil to mix for their equipment/pickups.

Those with experience with newer trucks should chime in and post what works for them...

CIEMR / my postion on "preparedness"
« on: September 09, 2015, 09:19:33 AM »
The concept of preparing for a "emergency" is something that I feel is starting to look more and more like a business model to me. Not that I slight anyone who makes a buck off of the "concept" but I am starting to wonder at some "experts" credentials.

Let me try undoubtedly poorly, to explain my thoughts here.

The cart in front of the donkey approach to preparedness is starting to become a very popular approach sold/endorsed by many. This is the general concept of said approach.

First off instructing people to flee from a disaster is not exactly always good advice. If you buy rations, ammo, have a assault 4x4 and the latest goodies does not mean your capable of bettering your position of safety by "bugging out"

Use the example of a hurricane. It's been proven time and time again by history that people evacuating a hurricane in mass numbers makes the evacuation routes as dangerous or more so than sitting it out at home in some cases. A few hours if that into a evacuation, the authorities "steer" the path in which you can travel. Things become a man made disaster. Now not only do you have a storm barreling down at you slowly as Hurricanes do.... you have man made social unrest and panic. A very unpredictable situation at best.... so your assault 4x4,rifles, rations, extra fuel...may not be enough.

A sensible man and his family should be able to evacuate from a hurricane in a Prius while the family sings along to the music of their choice happily. The key? Your lifestyle I feel is the key to it all... The ability to "walk away" and return at some point in the future, is a hurricane evacuee's largest asset. If you have to run away.....you did not take life seriously.

You see/here on the news, the NOAA folks say it's a distinct chance a hurricane is aimed in your general direction. Lifestyle choices that allow you and your loved ones to simply calmly pack a bag, load a small cache of valuables ya can't replace with your well researched insurance policy, close your homes shutters and away you go. Your wife selects a Hotel, or a in-laws or somewhere reasonably safe selected from a list you all long ago decided on. Your biggest issue now is deciding what music to listen to.

This requires a job/postion you can call in and say see you in a week or so. This requires pets that can easily travel....rationally, a home that has a chance of weathering the storm without your assistance. (be nice to have something to return to if possible) and a understanding of your loved ones when u say lets go, you go. In other words your prepared for a vacation the Lord sent your direction, and you can watch the mass panic on TV from a safe distance while enjoying your week off work.

What I just suggested is practiced by very few, and is far more about simple lifestyle choices than "preparation"

 Where we live here, Tornadoes are so normal it's a common past time to chase them, observe them, and in some cases a family picnic while watching from a safe vantage point is prudent. You can't prepare to be struck by a Tornado. But you can change a lifestyle to accommodate one with reasonable comfort. Choices in home design, tree locations to your home, a basement and within that basement a storm vault. If your storm vault doubles as a safe place to store your homes canned goods, maybe a few tools, your camping gear, well your going to be just fine. Even if the dang thing nails you direct. You most likely need not purchase one thing, or practice any skills... you again just need to be aware of the situation, and laying in your storm vault watching TV when it is time. Owning a storm vault and living in Tornado alley isn't preparation, it should be a simple requirement and part of life if you live here.

How about this concept, why not just live and enjoy life at your hide site? Saves a boat load of headache if you think about it. Reduces untold expense, and sure simplifies things as well. You might be able to make $30k less a year income if you didn't need to own two properties, a $50k urban assault vehicle and all that goes with the bug out situation.

Everyone advises going to the "country" to flee a cities imploding for one reason or another. I have news for you, in a  large scale situation that could be extremely dangerous.  Here is why.... Our local community as an example has a "shut down plan" Simply put, if need should arise, they have a plan to secure the routes in and out of town and repel refugees.

Reason being, how in a situation of such severity would you know who to help/harbor and who's the predator looking to capitalize on the unrest? A simple circle the wagons approach, that is basically simple common sense. The fella rolling up to the road block guarded by well armed citizens/authorities in his "urban assault wagon" may be seen as more of a threat than a welcome refugee.

I am sure this type of "village plan" is actually more common than many may think. People who live in more rural areas are aware of what will happen when everyone leaves the city to find safety. The countryside becomes unsafe. Unless you can access a "hide site" without crossing major highways, communities, tightly bunched likely armed as well or better than you rural neighbors.... you may be in for a long if not almost impossible trip. If the "emergency" is that large a scale to make such a move prudent marshal law will be quickly enforced. Can you now avoid military law enforcement? (something that shouldn't exists)  Therm o imaging in air craft as a possible example, the likes of which I'd say almost no one can really simply defeat in any confident manor and still get a family to safety. New Orleans is a small early example of how this works... those that didn't leave became prisoners...some rounded up or worse by Uncle Sam's paid mercenaries. Those prisoners had their constitutional rights removed and became sheep instantly. I don't believe for one sec in a large scale disaster that would not happen most everywhere there is a guard unit, military post/base and so on. Good American soldiers called to help restore order...and possibly becoming the major threat to survival for many. Or Mercenary's owned bought and paid for to handle the people... They learned with New Orleans, they learned On the East Coast, they have been quicker each time with the "goverment protection"

Again it would seem lifestyle changes, possible locations choices/changes tough as they may be to make, would be a far more sure fire way to weather such situations. Simple, smart intelligent location choices to live, career changes, will pay off much better than the latest assault rifle scope and 1500 more rounds you'll likely never have the chance to fire.

I am no expert, I can not see the future, but I am fairly observant. Our Military a extension of the law these days has been training for such situations. Be it intentional or not is hardly the debate or focus. Urban warfare is common place now in their training. Patrols over cities by aircraft on routine training missions are common. Mock drills held in our urban areas may be innocent enough quality training experiences..... but those men still now have the experience, the leaders the mission plans and again experience/practice. Our men who defend this country will happily secure cities, roads, infrastructure for the good of the nation. IF... you are perceived to be a threat to that goal....yeah.

Hide site? Or no reason to escape and hide? Which one has a better chance of success.

Donkey in front of the cart...or cart in front of the donkey?

Firearms / I have a small rifle project dillema
« on: August 24, 2015, 11:02:15 AM »
Last week Wed I was at the local gun shop. I had stopped in to pick up 350rds of 8mm for my old K98 truck gun. $50 I figured why not stock up..I have two old Mauser's and we will eventually use it. There were a half dozen guys age 20's - mid 30's standing around debating long guns. One of them asked me my opinion on which new rifle I'd buy for a long range 1000yrds or less all around weapon. I said I have never bought a new rifle and most likely never will. I also mentioned I see very little reason to shoot that distance.

The fella then asks me what my favorite rifle I own is. I offered to show him, and after clearing it, I brought it in and laid on the counter my old K98 truck gun. Man did I get some laughs. They made fun of the old beat up stock, no scope, and in general it's less than nice cosmetics.

Now the old boy that owns this place pipes up and tells said young fella that despite it's appearance he bets it shoots well enough or he knows I'd not own it. At which point the "boys" start fiddling around with the bolt and stuff and one notices it's "firm" as he put it. I explained to him that my preference for the Mauser action is based on many things, but I'd explain some other time. I then attempted to leave as I had some work to do yet on a fence line. Then the kid see's the swastika stamped in the old girl and declares it "Nazi junk"  *sigh

To keep a long story short said 32 year old kid bets me $1500 that despite any modifications I may do, my old antique won't shoot sub MOA at 100yrds. I told him I'd prove him wrong but I don't want to ruin a perfectly good truck gun. He then says I can use any Mauser action I want and build an entire rifle, he still bets he can out shoot me...so he now has a bet.

So to recap: I have until April 1st to build a sub MOA rifle based on a Mauser action. And I also mentioned I'd enjoy the challenge, and spend less on my rifle than his scope cost. So I have about $1200 to play with LoL

What I have to out-shoot is a 700Rem SPS in .308 with every tactical bolt on known to man. Gun shop owner told me on the phone he will likely cheat and have a smith work it over between now and then he suspects, since he was asking for a gunsmith recommendation from the gun shop owner after I left.

So I need to find a nice unmolested commercial 98 action. I suppose it may suit my intents to have a decent heavy barrel fitted, and chamber it .308. I haven't yet really made a plan...first I guess I will find the action and go from there.

D.O.T. / Old car parts auction
« on: August 21, 2015, 08:00:28 AM »
Any of you all have a project your needing something for? If so you may be interested in checking out this auction bill. I suspect I will be attending due to no self restraint and all that.


If there is something your interested in pm me and I can send you my #

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Radiator Cobbling
« on: August 20, 2015, 07:54:33 PM »
Today I thought I'd share a fun project with you all that could be handy to someone at some point. Or maybe not LOL

My oldest son's 93 Dodge decided to bust radiator #4 The rough dirt/mud/gravel roads the truck lives on most days continue to destroy the glued plastic tanks of today's radiators.

Solution: Swap in a earlier normal brass/copper radiator. Problem I ran into is every "nice" radiator I had in my parts rack would not just bolt in. So.....time to improvise a little and hence this post.

What I did was tear down one radiator to clean and rod it out, and then rob the tanks/mounts off another one so I could make one that would bolt in.

I should have taken some pictures, but it didn't occur to me tell I was basically done. Next time I will snap some "in progress" pics.   

Ok next...on to the tech.

Hide Site / So you want to go off-grid on a budget.
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:00:00 AM »
Let me start with a small rant :D

All over the internet you can find many opinions on what I call "high tech, off grid complications" Or "HTOGC" for those with a Military requirement for acronyms LoL

HTOGC: The resulting confusion and over complication of over thinking, off grid living.

Some background: I grew up a Nebraska Farm boy. On a farm that was homesteaded by my family many years ago. Even as late as the mid to late 1970's there was still a real need for "the old ways" Lets go back a bit further...My Mom now 75 years old, was born in a sod dugout. My grandparents had 80 acres they worked largely by hand and horse at the time. Up the road my Great Grandfather had an established farm of 220 acres and "tractors" But as "Kids", my grandparents had to start out the hard way...and many story's have been told of their experiences.

My early teen years through adult age were spent living in Wisconsin. We lived in a area with a large Amish population. I worked on Amish farms, I worked in Logging mills, A dairy farm, and many other jobs as a youngster. Again lots of older men and women around that I learned a few skills from.  So how does this apply to my HTOGC rant? 

Simple...today's concern about needing to survive without electricity, or "grid" is in my opinion far over complicated.

This thread is just a simple place to share a few of the ideas that are not new, but time tested ways to accomplish things that still work today. There will be no set topic, it will be random, and most likely disorganized because that's how I roll.

Next post: We begin.

D.O.T. / Kids.......
« on: August 18, 2015, 11:40:35 PM »
Thought I'd share our 16 yr old daughters most recent "life plan" she informed us of. She's been working since age 14 at assorted jobs after school and summers. Presently she's working at a assisted living center after school and weekends. She has almost $37k saved to date, and last night she shared her plan to "invest" in a "idea"

She is buying 5 golf carts and is going to lease them at the local course. She has 5 people willing to pay her lease terms 1 year in full, and sign a two year contract. She provides the carts, maintenance and cleaning/storage. So her Mom and I look over her figures, can't find any argument that the plans solid, so Friday she takes delivery of her new money makers. She has a business plan of owning 15 by next fall.

I wish I would have thought of that LoL



D.O.T. / What do you do to prepare for winter?
« on: August 15, 2015, 09:14:12 AM »
We all live in a variety of different places and winter has unique challenges to us all. What if anything do you do to prepare for the winter months? And given this years El Nino events unfolding, have you changed your preparations in any ways? I will start.....

It's August, so we are about ready to put up more wood. I heat my shop/barn with wood as well as the house in emergency's, so we usually make sure we have 12 Cords of split seasoned hard wood available. It will take a few days of the entire family working together to do this. We store it all under a roof with a 1 cord supply kept near the house under cover in case of deep snow.

We also put up 400 bushel of corn for the winter. This is our main heating fuel so it's a given we make sure we have a solid supply of cleaned, ready to burn low moisture corn.

We fill the underground propane tank. 1500ga

We always tune and maintenance both generators. I also make my annual trip up the wind mill and grease/lube the pump and linkages.

I also will give both electric well pumps a quick look-see. Latter in Sept I will shut down all but one of the outside hydrants and drain the water lines to the buildings. We always make sure all 3 wells are ready to deal with sub zero weather.

Door/window check. I spend a day every fall minimal making sure any windows in the buildings are solid, no cracks or loose panes. Same with doors, I will lube all the hinges or tracks and check that they can be secured firmly yet.

Winter storage of equipment: About Sept I start this project here at the house. We have a amazing (ridiculous) amount of stuff to ready for a winters rest. Anything from weed eaters to the mowers will stat to get tucked away. Tanks drained, oil changed and so forth. About this time I usually drag out the self propelled snow blower, and the Stihl power broom, and make sure they are ready for snow.

I also maintenance the old Case skid loader, remove the summer "bald" tires, put on the winter rubber, and toss the chains on. I will also do a fluids change and check the block warmer. We don't use this machine much, but in bad storms my dooryard can drift in 10' deep, making the pickup mounted plow useless.

I will service the pickups plow and move it to the shop for easy connection in 5 minutes if needed.

End of sept I will tie a nylon climbing rope to the house which leads to the barn/shop/kennels/stable. In blizzards this is a life saver. I also will hang the snow shoes in the breezeway.

I will pound in 10' steel stakes in the ground at assorted important locations so as to not plow my wife's landscaping into a large snow pile. When I do this I also usually call the post office and switch to a PO box for the winter.

This is a partial list, along with my wife making sure we have 6mo of Meat, dry goods and supplies stocked. We also usually buy a dozen or so good books for those long days when there is not lots else to do.

So what do you all do before winter?


Hide Site / Observations about our "homes"
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:48:25 AM »
Recently I was at our Daughters in Wisconsin, and I took a look-see around her rural property to see if I saw any survivability flaws in the event they had to fend for themselves. This got me to thinking....

So many today build homes that are in the long run, really impractical. I got to remembering past situations we have had to deal with, and the design of our home was a huge player in how we dealt with "life" as it was happening in almost every situation. Let me explain.....

We live in a modest sized farm home. It's old for these parts, roughly 1880's construction give or take a decade. It's basically square...in fact, it would be called I believe a prairie 4 square in architectural circles.  It has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full basement (largely unfinished) a modest kitchen, living room, dining room, and not much else. A small footprint by modern home standards..... I have many times offered to, and wanted to build my wife a beautiful lavish home while I still have the $$ and desire to do so... she has vehemently refused. Recently I am quite happy she has resisted.

Her reason for refusing has always been she prefers a small home, they are just to her more "homey" and she likes "old things" I recently got to assessing the shape of the home again, and it needs work. The basement is getting towards the end of it's lifespan. The red brick from a local long defunct brickyard is starting to show it's 100+ years. The recent hail again this summer has the roof needing work again.....lots of work and $$$ for a old farm home in the near future.

But a 100mph wind storm recently got me to thinking about how this old home handled natures abuse. And then I had a sudden brain storm... we have dealt with many things nature and life has tossed at this old home and it's always gotten us through them...so I took a look at why. I asked myself, could I build this home today... an exact duplicate. It would be hard....ok impossible.

First reason is building codes would not allow it. Your no longer allowed to build homes that apply simple common sense.

This home is built with a 9' deep basement, all red brick with a cement floor. It's balloon framed with 3x5" old growth fir. The main support beam for the home is a hand sawed 16x20" or so oak beam. It has a support beam to the basement floor every 8' roughly in the center. They look to be made of old lodge pole pine possibly....old and yellow pine of some sort LoL

It's sided with 1" TnG fir planks 10" wide. Then your normal for this area, cedar wood siding that was painted. The floor joists on the main floor are 14"x3" fir. The floors themselves are 3/4" Oak/fir/maple depending on the room. These are laid on roughly a 14" center...no one had a tape measure when they built this place I suspect LoL The wall studs are roughly 14" as well. I have yet to find anything that resembles a 2x4 anywhere in it's framing.

Given today's wood availability, I am unsure you could even source fir studs as tall as this house is. These are well aged, when we dry-walled the living room I had to drill each screw hole. No one makes a drywall screw that can penetrate those studs trust me. Driving a modern nail into them is all but impossible, although old square nails like it was built with, go right in...

It's square construction and a door on every room and hallway is why we could heat it easily with a small corn stove when we had a 4 week power outage one winter. I could have run the propane furnace on the generator but the corn stove can hum along on a pair of truck batteries for ages without a charge. The ceilings have grates in them to allow heat to flow upstairs... heat your ground floor, the upstairs stays exactly 10 degrees cooler. Shut off the upstairs with the door on the stairs, and you can heat the entire ground floor to 75 degrees on a bushel of corn every 24 hours at -15 degrees.

The home has twin chimneys right in the center separated by about 15' Not only do they add strength to the structure, but they nicely warm the upstairs if one uses the wood fired boiler for heat. (rare we do, but it's available if desired) There are no 2nd story windows on the N side of the home... simple common sense really. The windows on both stories were at one time all shuttered. (this feature will be going back in use) At this time the house has all newer Anderson windows custom built to fit the original, and all uniquely different sizes this house had when new.

The small roof profile of this design handles heavy snow loads well, sheds them with the slightest daytime sun, and takes so little wind load that 100mph winds have not yet tore off a poorly mounted antenna I have yet to remove.  The house has no insulation whatsoever, yet it's oddly almost impossible to hear whats happening outside even during a bad wind storm. Honk a car horn, it's hardly audible.

I could go on and on, but it occurs to me back when they built this place, surviving natures wrath, or whatever was tossed at them, was far more important than looks/design trends. I have come to appreciate these features, watching homes that are newer get destroyed in the same winds that we didn't even notice until a barbeque grill flew past a window LoL When we had 2' of heavy wet snow roofs collapsed, mine tossed the snow on the ground by 1pm the next day.

In the end I have just typed all this to say I am thankful many years ago someone cared enough to build this house how they did, as well as locating it where they did. It's clear, common sense that they had then, hardly is exercised in today's homes. I think I will jack it up, toss a new foundation under it next year and remodel it to my wife's liking, and see how much longer it lasts. On the upside it will save a $100k easily over a newer home...this ones paid for, I like that also.



Faith Discussion / My prayer and yours are Needed
« on: August 02, 2015, 10:54:34 AM »
We/I need your prayers. We/I need Gods strength and encompassing love. We/I need the faith to surrender to Gods care and to fight off the demons of this world. Our own minds are the weakness. My particular challenge as a Husband and Father I feel at the moment I am inadequate.

Friday we learned my wife has a large growth on her left Overy.  She works at the very facility in which she went for the ultrasound that discovered this. Her Dr who was not the one who ordered the scan, came down and looked at the pictures because he cared. He told her she needs surgery, it has to removed. He said this forcefully and with emotion, and he then gave her a hug. We see a specialist 7am Monday to learn what we are facing, or he may tell us nothing as Dr's often do.

So I implore you all please find a moment to show God your faith and love, ask him to surround her with his love and to give her the faith she needs to walk the path he has chosen.

Our children , our family as a whole are all scared. I personally have never faced a fear like this. I have gotten around in life and I have always managed in some way with Gods grace to be a pillar of strength. I am outwardly showing this strength as the hours tick on the best I can. But internally I am weak, I feel unable to even control my thoughts. The usual confidence I have in the Lords protection is shaken...I can't desire to eat/sleep, or care to even think about things in life that need doing. I want to stop every man woman and child I see and beg them to Pray for my wife. What is worse we have no real news, there is nothing about my feelings that in any way could possibly make the Lord proud.  Except my utter love and appreciation to him for her being in my life. I am clearly doubting...I am failing the Lord. My wife...them all. I thank him for her, I pray, I thank him more, I pray...I see one of our children struggling, I push aside my fears the best I can and talk to them about God, how he loves their Mom and them, they have to have faith. I pray with them... but they see my fear, they see my weakness. I implore you Lord give me what I need in your eyes to lead myself, our children, our so dearly loved Mother and wife in the path of your choosing. I ask humbly you protect her and us all from these evils, give us the ability together to continue guiding with your love, our family and all those we meet.

 I feel I am unable to close my eyes and Pray, the fears come, I chase them away they come back. They interrupt even my ability to talk with God. I feel detached, I am typing this because I need to say how I feel, I need to find the love and strength I know the Lord is trying to show me. Family has offered support, those that we know have as well.  I believe I am at this point at the Lords feet begging, I am not ashamed of that, I know in our weakness we find strength, he promises us that, I just have not yet found that....

I took a moment in my time here to read some of these prayer requests, struggles. I am going to pray for you all now as unselfishly as I can manage. God be with us all, you and my family.


Build Threads / 1988 RC build/conversion (back to the bumper)
« on: July 27, 2015, 01:10:13 PM »
Ok, you all asked for it, so here we go.

Back about 5 years ago my wife decided she was really sick of driving a Suburban or Tahoe or in other words "typical" Mom type transportation. Then as life in Nebraska happens, we had some major storms roll through and she managed to swamp her new Tahoe crossing a river on the road to our house. The truck was a total loss. She made a strong argument for a older less technology dependent SUV of some sort. To shorten the reading here, after a long drawn out story of oddity, she picked up a nice truck. 

It is a 1988 Ramcharger. It was ordered new for a Ski lodge Chief of Police. They actually had ordered two, one was a auto, and ours was a manual transmission. Both were driven very little in actual patrol duty, and ours had around 35K on it when she bought it. Always stored in the heated fire department and seldom used, it was rust free and all original. As sold new is was a stripper. Radio delete, no AC, HD heat, HD charging, HD cooling, rear L/S diff, tbi 318/Np435. It's Dodge fleet white, with a blue interior.

Kay with her new ride, notice the other 3 Dodges in the background.


D.O.T. / A long Saturday
« on: July 26, 2015, 02:31:57 PM »
Fri we had a T storm raise a little hell and bust up a few dozen trees pretty well on our property. We figured since we had nothing to do Saturday anyway, we would get them cleaned up off the front lawn at least and handle the rest latter this week.

5am Sat morning: I wandered out to the shop to fix the issue of not having any sharp chain saw chains for the 20" saw and the 16" saw. I began sharpening chains and my wife and one daughter show up with eggs bacon and homemade toast. So they took over sharpening chains while I consumed the meal. Since they were handling the chain end of things I figured I'd grab both of the "good saws" out of the cabinet and top them off with oil and fuel as needed. Now we live in Nebraska, the wind here drives dust and dirt into the trees as they grow, so bucking up a single large tree can consume two or three chains very easily. Hack-berries  being bout the worst at collecting abrasives during growth.

So to this end I have 5 go to saws. Two nearly new Stihl one 20" and the other a 16" limber. I also carry in my farm trucks tool box a large Echo 36" and a old Husky 350 18" These truck saws get abused horribly...I often use drain oil for bar oil, hell sometimes i don't have any mix so I will dump a little 15/40W oil in some gas and call it good.  Ok...on to the story here....

So neither Stihl saw will start. A small snort of either farmer style assured me we had ignition and such, but they were not getting fuel. Having been down this road once before with these saws I didn't even mess with them and I tossed them back on the bench for the required carb rebuild they'd both need since clearly they have to be all finicky. Both saws had been used just a month ago and have never had anything but the proper gas/mix and bar oil...

My wife asks if the truck saws will even run as when was the last time I used them? The answer is....almost a year ago. As it has worked out when ever we need to clean up trees, or do some fencing I have been bringing the new Stihl's as well hell, I paid a LOT for them, I should use them right?

So I wander over to my Dodge grab both the saws and check the bar oil. Both are nearly empty, so I grab a bottle of waste oil dump some in. Both saws are full of fuel...not good.

The Echo starts 2nd pull and starts it's normal lumpy idle warm up. The Husky requires about 10 pulls as it has since new and idles along just fine. We are ready to clean up the mess....

I attack the first limb with the Husky and have this fleeting memory of a battle with osage orange in a fence row the last time i used it. Anyone who has ever cut osage that grows in a dusty environment can relate, for those that don't know, it's like attacking concrete with a chain saw but more frustrating. So I have a beyond sharpening dull chain now smoking on the bar, this isn't going to work. I send my wife to the truck to hunt for a sharp chain and grab the big echo and start de-limbing with a 36" bar. My wife returns with the husky and she starts cutting limbs so I start working the big stuff. This goes on for hours, saw, refuel, oil, file the chains and back at it. Mean time the twins and grandkids (ages 1.5yr and 3) are hauling the brush to the burn pile. The older two girls are running the splitter and making quick work of the large pieces.

Then my wife yells at me in all her proper wood cutting safety gear (a bandana for her hair and some levis) that her saw stopped oiling. So I take a look and sure enough it is oiling, but the tree we were working was just so abrasive it was causing too much heat. We are near finished limbing... so I told her just burn it up, the bar is old as dirt anyway no loss. I have never before seen a saw get so hot that the muffler glowed a orange. In the end she got the limbs done and I finished the large stuff, and we then got busy with the rest of the clean up.

My wife and I cut, the kids moved, split, and stacked 5 pickup loads in 98 degree heat by 3pm off the front lawn.
The two heros of the day

The finished project.

Just goes to show...sometimes old and tired can outclass new and expensive easily. That big echo once cut 300+ large cotton woods in one week after a tornado. That Little Husky has been abused for well over a decade, and I have never even changed the plug. Neither saw gets proper maintenance or for that matter any care to speak of. Just sharp chains, what ever passes for bar oil and mix, and run them like you stole them. The $1500 worth of Stihls are going bye bye...


Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Dana/Spicer Parts haul
« on: April 28, 2015, 04:48:23 PM »
Ok....so I was trying to work on our Crew Cab project today. I have a set of 16.5x9.75 OEM Ford Camper Special wheels that I was going to blast and powder coat to run some 37" bfg's we have. I ran them down to the tire shop to make sure they were not bent before I invested any time in them... long story, one was bent bad. So I am standing there and this fella who I did not know says "I have two of those that are new" So..... we spoke and 15 minutes latter I am standing in a old salvage yard as a kid I always wanted to go through. Sadly most everything had been crushed out 10 years back.

So the rims that started this mess...

It gets better.... next post.

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Auction tool scores
« on: March 30, 2015, 07:34:04 AM »
This past Saturday I felt a bit burned out from life, so my wife and I decided to kill some time at a farm auction.

I will get pictures at some point for you all but we scored a small handy little belt sander on a stand, a bench grinder also on a stand, and a 5/8th chuck 12 speed drill press. We also snagged some hardware/bolts/bins and assorted other goodies.  We got all the above, some crafty antique junk for my wife to make yard art with, and a 42" cut 24hp Craftsman riding mower for a grand total of  $198.  I then got the riding mower running and sold it to my oldest son for $250, and now he can stop borrowing my Exmark LoL

So a $52 profit and free tools. My kind of Saturday.

Build Threads / Yet another old Dodge crew cab project (1985 W350 USAF)
« on: February 10, 2015, 05:39:12 PM »
Sometimes things happen in odd or funny ways as well all know. This project beginning has a story. Since I prefer build threads with pictures and lots of quality reading, that's how this will proceed. So before I "explain" the story, a few pictures are in order.

The first picture dates about 10 years ago my wife says. She keeps track of such things so I will go with that.

The second picture is also about 10 years old and was shot while we explored some old logging roads in Idaho.

As seen in the picture's the basic truck specifications were as follows. 500ci/727, Coan converter/205. Axles were Dana 60 up front 4.56/Detroit Locker. Rear was a 14 Bolt 4.56 Detroit Locker. Springs were custom done Alcan's, and rubber was 38.5 Michelin Xml's.

As equipped it has been to Mexico, all over the USA and Canada. It was always a great performer and a reliable old friend.

We parted it out about 8 years ago I guess, all we have now is a cab/frame/one rear door and a title LoL

Next post... the story.

Hide Site / Some thoughts on the subject of a hide sight
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:55:32 PM »
First off let me say I think if it comes to the point where people need a "hide sight" then no matter of preparation is going to be enough. Society has broken down in many places across the world in modern times, but to what extent would it happen in the USA, no one can really be sure. We have a few small doses in Katrina or other such natural disasters that give us a inkling into how "our" society may handle a situation, but country wide? That will be an entire different ball of twine I feel.

Your #1 preparedness tactic I feel is common sense and clear thinking. The ability to think clearly and adjust to the exacting context of whats happening is paramount in managing yourself and your resources properly. This requires a few assets.

Information: The ability to at least listen to what is happening is vital. You can't count on TV and most radio stations to be useful. A properly programmed scanner with capabilities matching your local area, as well as a ham radio to collect intell would be high on my list of tools used immediately. At least during the onslaught of whatever is going down, this would help make proper decisions. What does this have to do with a hide sight exactly? I feel you would need a fair selections of sights depending on why your considering using one to begin with.

A natural disaster will require different assets than say a pandemic incited loss of freedoms and societies stability. Your equipment and many things may stay the same. Understandably the  time frame, and what to do may require adjustments to the different stages of the breakdown of what we know today as society.

I again am just a farmer, I really don't have a specific plan. I do have what I feel is required as far as equipment and assorted supplies. These also happen to be what we need here for an average winter storm or a week long ordeal with the results of Nebraska always fun spring Tornadoes.

I will happily share my hide sight with you all. It's my home, if I have to leave because it's gotten that bad...... I have no particular sight exactly.... I have put some thought and basic research into a few places I'd likely find useful.  They are as follows.

I needed a place we could get to with the entire family that's close enough to manage for all members of the family walking from wherever their daily routine usually finds them. One can walk a long ways in a few days time, but I would want all assembled and such rather quickly so we live on a farm/acreage that's 2.5 miles walk from everyone's daily routine. This is much closer to "town" than I would prefer to live but I found a secluded place that fit the bill not far from both a rail line and a river bottom (both great avenues of travel) and that's the plan. People from town have often commented they didn't even know our place was here until given directions.

My "it all went to heck hide sight" #1

My wife and I like to travel and explore so one September trip we actually dedicated to finding a place we liked no one else would likely find us. This was our selection criteria.

Remote enough to put 25 miles between us and anyone else.
Within a 4 hour drive from home.
Reachable by a variety of roads both paved and unpaved,as well as old abandoned rail lines, and also modern daily used rail lines.
Underground fresh water supplies
Natural game for food
Livestock also for food
Natural shelter from weather, visual sightings from the air, and thermal devices.
We don't own it, or our names are not connected to it.

What we found is as follows.
45 miles from a lonely paved road
15 miles from a dirt road
4 Windmill pumped well's within 5 miles
Abundant ground water should a closer well be useful, it could be sunk.
4 small lakes and one river within a 5 mile radius.
Plentiful food in the area both animal and fruits
Natural caves and a alternate high ground shelter if flooding was a concern.
We don't own it, in fact not sure anyone does.
It has other selling points for me, but in short it's our place if we need it.

We made a trip back there once every other month for a year, and it's defiantly deserted. We then filled a tote with assorted useful things like ammunition. small provisions of canned goods/dry goods, and some basic medical supplies. On a different trip we hauled in 50 gallons of diesel fuel and assorted other things we thought might be useful. All provisions are buried in place. If we have to bug out (now I sound like a prepper), I don't want to have to load a pickup with crucial life sustaining supplies. If I have time, I'd bring more, but if for some reason I don't, we can get along with whats there now. Nothing we left in our "place" is of enough value to worry about if it turns out we don't need/use it. My family survived the Indians, the grasshoppers, the great depression, world wars and plenty more...they did so because they always kept just such a place in mind, and on occasion it was useful. I know of those places as well....alternates.

Site Rules & Introductions / Introduction n Stuff
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:31:32 AM »
Hello to you and yours.

I wandered in, admittedly it wasn't accidental. I have been lurking and watching Don's Build of his Dodge for some time. In that time I have come to enjoy the banter, the fellowship in general, and the mind set put forth by many.

About us: I dislike this part, but pushing forward....  We are farmers, my wife also works in a health care facility feeding folks the best food they can manage. We own a fair selection of "Square Dodges" incidentally most have gun racks. I consider a few hours every week on my modified Exmark mower to be a good time and I look forward to the growth of this forum.

P.S I will become a paying member as soon as I can find my wallet. * my wife keeps threatening a wallet chain

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