Those close to us know the last year and a half has been crazy. Medical stuff, shop burned down, wedding, our son adopting twin boys, building new shop and house, death of a very close friend, and feeling called to a new church after 35 years at the same location.
What a ride. But I once heard it said (from the dear friend I think) “If things are going just the way you planned them, the wrong person is in control”. Can’t say that means it’s all perfect, but we will ride this coaster of a business wherever it goes.
This is the part where I promise to keep things better updated. Well, I’ll try anyway!
The engine shims that have been unavailable for about a year are once again in stock. The bad news is they are a little different. Previously, they were a total of .010 made up of 5 layers of .002 laminated together. Now they are individual .004 pieces. So getting within .0015 will be harder, but at least they are available.
Picked these up a couple of weeks ago. Hope to have the darker one ready for sale in the next couple of days. Almost all new ignition, and it’s running pretty well. Needs some run time to really smooth out. Right front axle support had been welded, and front spindle was LOCKED UP! It’s at the machinist to get the parts apart. As soon as it comes back, it is ready to go. Font tires good, back are shot.
It has been a dry winter, and much of our region has had exceptional fire danger. As a volunteer firefighter, many of my days (and nights) have been spent battling the fires. This rain will bring much needed relief to our land and hopefully begin the spring process.
Mostly hitches, and engine kits. Get that winter project inside and started!
While repairing a handclutch on a CA in the shop I thought I would post a quick pic. You can tell this is an Oklahoma tractor by the mud dauber nests! For those not acclimated to these lovely little black wasps, they will plug any hole the size of a pencil lead. I have to keep all my air tools on a peg board with a nail in the air nipple. Otherwise I have to disassemble them and clean everytime I want to use them. Then in the spring we get wood bees. They drill 1/2″ holes in wood faster than a DeWalt. I plan to breed a wasp that will kill the wood bees and plug the holes with mud.
We have just sourced many of the Governor bushings that have been sought after for years. Should have some stock on the shelves in about 10 days.
I guess I forgot to publish this to the blog and facebook. Anyway…. During the 2014 spring Gathering of the Orange in Lathrop MO we were part of a crew to shoot a video on the replacement of main seals and oil pan on the 201 and 226 engines.