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deadcarp    Posted 12-23-2003 at 03:28:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
our neighbor ellis has some interesting hobbies - i first met him when his dad was testing a homemade riding mower with a model t frontend. well his dad's gone so he's on his own now, he's a mechanic before anything else, has a small heated shop and always seems to have some interesting broken cars (and boats etc) sitting around. we stopped in the other day and he had an old studebaker sitting in the shop, but then he was tearing apart something else. it looked like an inverted engine block with a steering wheel bolted on one end. sure enough, that was the field coils of a model t. then the transmission looked like a tractor flywheel and the clutch was a stack of big washers. he used words like babbits and magneto and things you don't hear mr goodwrench mention. interesting how much automotive design has changed in 100 years. i'll try to get a camera over there before he gets it together again.

Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-23-2003 at 12:41:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a couple friend like that one is building a knuckle boom for his workbarge and the other has a loader he built himself. The fame fella with the loader makes 8fot diameter windmills and is about to make one that will have abike generator in the center to mrun markerl ights to the blade tips. He wants me to start making a few to sell and install.

bob ny    Posted 12-23-2003 at 06:24:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
years ago there was a newspaper type publication that showed all homenade equipment from all over the states and canada i don't know if they still print it but it was interesting to read .we have an old man(he is only 10 yrs older than me i guess that makes him middle age at 80 ) who does that type of work in his garage but naver quite finishes before he is of on another project

Farm Show Magazine    Posted 12-23-2003 at 06:36:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Outstanding publication. Lots of innovative farm and ranch built equipment, and improved designs.
Their most recent copy was about repowering farm equipment (mostly tractors) with better engines.
A fella put a Plymouth Horizon engine in his skidsteer. Someone else put a miltary all fuel engine in a big 4X4 tillage tractor. Another guy put a AC diesel in a F-150 pickup.

The thing I appreciate the most about the magazine is that it is a Ma & Pa outfit. AND they publish the names, and address's of the farmers that have successfully done the refits. Many of the people highlighted in the articles will take on custom refits, or sell custom fabricated parts so you can do your own refit.

Very good magazine, full of helpful ideas.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Mike D.

Stony Jim    Posted 12-23-2003 at 05:50:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you can find one, "Dyke's Automotive Instruction" are real interesting reading. I have 2, 1 from 1927, and 1 from 1935. They go into great detail of how to fix,AND how and why it works. Would like to find one from the teens.

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