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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:10:42 PM »
That's my neighbor's Prius. he likes to keep grass out front and come up 1-3 times a year to mow. funny but this last time he came all the way up from south Seattle to mow it was already done for him...

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:08:17 PM »
Dave, that looks amazing. I was blessed by the gravel fairy and got to spread out 4 yards by hand because the driver didn't want to snag my power lines with his bed. (sissy).

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 21, 2018, 01:13:52 PM »
So thinking of rewarding myself. Either a nice watch or another truck.

Thinking 1/2 ton gasser crew cab 4wd as a DD and parking the dually at the ranch.

Not sure I like the 2019 and may be able to get a deal on a 2018 Chevy/GMC.

I?d like to be able to tow 7000-8000 without turning 6000 rpms

Thinking 5.3 or would you guys recommend the 6.2

Might even consider cloth seats and cover them with ballistic seat covers so I can remove and wash them

Wondering how the Silverado compares to the Ford F-150 in terms of price and equipment and longevity?

Thoughts ?

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Just make sure you get the 3.42 gear ratio towing package. the 3.08 and 3.23 options make the transmission hunt for gears constantly in town, and cause it to generate a lot of heat. Dad's trans was smoked in 2 months of general usage, no abuse, just didn't take it out of OD in town. Warrantied out of course, but pretty lame for a new truck. (2016) Both he and my co-worker are very happy now that they've changed them out to the 3.42. makes the trans and motor work together, not fight each other.

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:16:48 PM »
NO!!! Phil that's just terrible. I assume there are pics out there waiting for Bobby or someone to approve. Sorry to hear about this, I really liked this build.

Cooking equipment / Re: Thinking of buying this grill
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:05:08 PM »
Mr. Chicago over here has got some salty comments for Beantown, lookout! lol


Can't say I'm a fan of the news source, but I couldn't find anything from a more reputable source at this time. Looks like someone's doing their job near you, Mikey, too bad he wasn't in FL a couple months ago.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:32:07 AM »

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:43:01 PM »
Lookin real sharp there buddy.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:13:05 PM »

Both of the Staters that came to the scene told me, "good thing you had that hitch on there, could have been a lot worse for your rig!" love those guys.

Oh I was in the wife's Yukon. Their 2017 Civic isn't fairing so we'll

Wrists, shoulders, and neck are my worst issues. this actually happened last weekend, and I wasn't that bad off, but last night I went to set a case of water on top of the fridge and nearly dropped it on my head when my arm refused to raise it over my head.

And to answer my own question, "the trailer hitch of said immovable object goes through the core support, radiator, and contacts the engine block, nullifying this law of physics".

Give up? I'll give you a hint: This is MY immovable object

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: May 11, 2018, 06:36:42 PM »

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: May 11, 2018, 06:34:38 PM »
Final stages have come here gents. She's done it all, and in the pic with the long bar going across the body, she's adjusting the alignment of the rear axle. funny thing is, when we set it up, it was dead center and didn't need to be touched. just worked out so well for her and I'm a pretty proud papa. we'll start practice racing here in the next week or so and I'll get to post some action pics.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:13:10 PM »
Is anyone actually paying for tire rotation and balance these days?  I had been using les shwab for some of the wife?s stuff but they just tried to charge me $120 for my truck.  I laughed and said I would go back to Jacks tire & oil 

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When I worked there Dave, it was free rotation and tire balance for life if you bought the tires there.

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:04:27 PM »
Hey there sir, is the magnum awd or just rwd, and is it a 3.5L or 5.7L motor? 2.82 ratio smells like 5.7L which is dealer only complete assembly...  :undecided:

285k on my 01 jetta 2.0L before I got run off the road and totaled. 1 timing belt, one head gasket, 1 clutch and 1 throttle body. it had a host of "built on Friday" problems, but I believe had it not been totaled out I'd have had it for another 100k easily.

Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: May 07, 2018, 04:37:08 PM »
That's no bueno on the magnum diff. $$$$$$$$. what year is it?

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Re: Bench vise stand
« on: May 04, 2018, 04:20:49 PM »
Yep, my 8 year old shepherd is named maynard.  His akc registration name is something like der K?nig Maynard
"Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim"...  :popcorn:

CIEMR / Re: Racist Republicans! (and cruel conservatives!)
« on: May 02, 2018, 02:01:00 PM »
^^^  Forgot about that!  Good imagery there! ^^^

That TERRIFIED me as a 10 year old kid. I think I even repented for sneaking a watch of a pg13 movie after!

CIEMR / Re: Racist Republicans! (and cruel conservatives!)
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:45:57 PM »
And that's why the promise of Judgement from God exists.........and Hell.... :beercheers:

I like to imagine the shadow demons from the gem that is Patrick Swayze's "Ghost" dragging them down into the sewers on their way there Mikey.

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:45:06 AM »
Got a little more rock wall work in and did the final grading on the newly created falt area.

Whose Lexus? You must have really improved the road for that to be able to get in there.

Edit: just read about the daughter in the c-max thread. Yikes!!

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Youngest Daughter
Hospitalized at the moment
Needs surgery to repair one or both of the breaks.

Likely will happen Wed/Thur. Still waiting on doctor politics to play out. She is on Morphine, OxyCodone, and Tylenol! (All at the same time

And you can bet your arse that we are watching that very closely. This is how people get addicted to opioids!  :angry:

I got hit by a car when I was 10. Joe Namath knee destruction and double compound fracture on the lower leg. I got the morphine in the ambulance but then went into shock and respiratory shut down. they had to give me the overdose med, Narcan I think, which fixed the problem, but I had to ride out the full pain for several hours until surgery, so I really get her ordeal with travel to the hospital. although now my pain tolerance is somewhere north of "oh I guess that finger really is broken, huh." Good thing is, even with kidney stones and other such painful nonsense I don't really need anything stronger than advil anymore so I don't have to worry about those devil drugs causing strife. I really hope she recovers quickly and PT is easy for her. Nothing worse than struggling to get back to just normal.

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:17:52 AM »
Really sorry to hear that Don. Prayers sent, I hope she's resting well now.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:14:36 AM »
Beat me to it Ryan. lol

Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: April 27, 2018, 06:01:57 PM »
I was gonna call the "screed" a bull float, just what I've always heard them called. Also, always thought Portland cement was a type of concrete, like the nice smooth stuff without all the rocks. I knew about washed and brushed finishes, but always thought everything was a variation on concrete. good to know.

D.O.T. / Re: Never pull a gun
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:58:48 PM »
1st looked like a t&t on the shoulder, lower neck. He just looked really tired and needed a nap right there.

Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / Re: Brotherhood
« on: April 27, 2018, 12:33:09 PM »
Thank you. All of you.

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:59:43 PM »
I think you're echoing Nate on that one Ryan, but he's too stubborn to listen to reason... doing it the hard way is like a penance or something :rolleyes:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:52:36 AM »
That's really cool Nate.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:20:13 AM »
Still at work, still sucking... almost over.
OK, I guess I'm captain positive today

But, at least YOU HAVE WORK (and income)

Give thanks to the Lord that you have that job, that you get tired doing a good days work, and that you get to come home to a "home" and a beautiful family

See, I fixed it! ;-))))

I have work(s) and income(s), and you're right, I AM grateful from the looking back perspective. And the Home and beautiful family part aren't wrong either. Just kinda hard to see it when you're elbows deep in the muck, so to speak. Thanks for adding perspective sir. 

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:35:22 PM »
Still at work, still sucking... almost over.

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:50:20 PM »
She's a beach combing fanatic! She has a "smartphone watch" that allows her to call me, mom and brother, and GPS tracks her, so Momma bear is comfortable with her going out on her own, so she takes the dog and is gone for hours sometimes. never have to worry because she calls every 15 min to tell us what she's found of course.

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:45:45 PM »
In our case, which I'm sure is unique, the main sponsor has collected donated cars over the years and has several shipping containers with custom racks to hold the cars and donates them to the cause to get the kids involved. A $25 registration fee and you're off and running. You could buy your own car kit and build yourself, but for the earlier stock classes, and for a first outing, it just makes sense to take advantage of what's being offered. She'll have done twice as much work as a kid with a new car, because she had to strip it down first from complete. we'll turn it back in when she's done, with her signature added to the inside of the body of the kids that have raced before her, and the cycle will continue.

Sophie definitely has her I-pad moments when she's inside, but she'd rather be outside doing something, so we're very lucky there. If the sun and the tide is out, so is she.

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:37:44 PM »

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:17:12 PM »
Re-assembly is tedious and a little more "boring" for a 7 year old, but she hung in there just fine. Had a friend from her class doing it with her helped a lot.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:35:54 PM »
God bless and keep you sir.

CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:13:43 AM »
I agree with both of the above comments. Shawn does build some very high quality stuff, and the website was a very poor showing. we'll remedy that shortly though. In keeping with Throwback Thursday: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/transmission-drivetrain/154-0708-bulletproof-test/#photo-20

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:57:00 AM »
Bless your heart Chief.

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Having extended family from VA this had me cry laughing!

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:45:08 AM »
We're lucky enough to have a pretty sizable community involvement. The local real estate mogul is REALLY into it, like he does it all year as a hobby and has bought an old farm that he's building a dedicated track on for this year. we're very fortunate as this really brings the whole community together. God bless rural America I'm tellin you. food vendors, a car show, and the mayor usually makes an appearance at the opening ceremony. there's historically been an invocation as well, but I haven't been involved for the past 5 years, so I'm not sure if that's still happening. (fingers crossed).

CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:05:53 PM »
Condolences and congratulations are always tough, but I'm sure Mike will have a great weight lifted off of him, you will have a new project and purpose to pursue, and hopefully many more real men will be reached through this venture. Like all here, I support you.

Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:30:04 AM »
In some cases the blades on fans like this are not equally spaced.  Doing this can help reduce the noise that a fan blade will make.  The unequal spacing can disrupt the air movement and breaks up the frequency of the fan blade without having a large reduction in the volume of air being moved.

And finally facts surrounding the "missing blades". Don must have opted for the Dyson version with the "non-buffeting" fan.

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:42:21 AM »
Lookin really good there, she's gotta be pumped even if she's sacked at the moment.

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:41:14 AM »
Looks like she has a eye for the stuff so far. Do the ears help at all?
The ears are for speed JR :grin:
Really nice Tater!
Thanks Don. I really hope she sticks with it. We had so much fun with Sam the years he was competing and the super stock cars get to be completely customized by the driver.

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:22:13 PM »
Tate, having them catch the racing bug at such a young age is a slippery and potentially expensive slope!  :likebutton:

That thought has not escaped me. Once in the LB7 I did a coal rolling burnout, now every time it's just me and her in any car it's, "can we go fast daddy?"

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:48:58 AM »
Thanks. She was super focused the whole time and that's saying a lot for a 7 year old with 4 of her friends running around the place.

Alternative Energy / Re: Off grid cabin. Solar setup.
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:47:40 AM »
That's pretty amazing Sam. I'll be looking into some solar once I get the remodel done. Oh wait, still dragging permits. (stupid waterfront rules).

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:26:17 AM »
The pic that won't post is the whole chassis stripped down to the bare wood. Tonight is the build up and hopefully we'll get some good shots that will post. She chose the Shark Car over a pink my little pony car... she's in it to win it.

Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:24:09 AM »
one more try. Sorry these are out of order

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