Last Saturday, I finally got around to draggin the old super body up to the farm to start sandblasting it. I got the rusty metal patched in by a farm welder - nothing fancy, just trying to create a daily rider out of spare parts.
I fired up the Harbor Freight sandblaster. It worked fine, except I seemed to go through a lot of sand. Kind of windy also - sand blowing everywhere. Well I ran out of sand-so I had to go into town to the fleet store for more.
On the way in I followed my dad and son over to the field, he was combining soybeans for a neighbor. He was driving this huge grain truck with a sleeper cab and a german combine with a 40 foot wide head, worth more $200k. After I picked up the sand, I went back out to see him. The cutting bar on one side had broken. It was 20 feet long.
They've run a few acres with this machine, so the head on the combine was a bit "wavy" from hitting dirt and rocks at 6 mph. We had a devil of a time getting that cutting bar out. The instruction manual was in german and the spare cutting bar (sycle-bar for you farmers) was hidden in a frame member on the combine. First we tried pounding it out with a 2 pound hammer. Wasn't moving so fast, it was getting hung up. So the owner of the combine came out and said, "Well do you have a chain? The Freightliner has an auto and we could give it a tug." Bummer, no chain. I would have liked to see that. It was sort of a "Brooke" solution on a large scale.
So we ended up pounding, unbolting and pulling until we got the cutting bar out. Pretty much the same putting in the new one. Spent a lot of time trying to avoid cutting my hand off on the blades. 3 hours later... it was back together I got back to sandblasting.
I made the mistake of using some of the old sand, so then the blaster plugged. I discovered if I tilted it to one side, to could clean itself out. It was pretty neat using the blaster in the dark - you get sparks sometimes.
It got too late and I was beat, so I just finished up a couple of cowls and a fender and went home. Going back to try it again in a few weeks. But a good day - I haven't played farmer/scooter boy before in the same day.
Still think that I'm going to paint this Farmall red if I ever get it running - good Karma for a farmer scooter.
After I 'fabricated' a new cowl securing post out of 2 nuts, 3 washers, an allen head bolt and 5 minutes with a vice and hammer, Bob said I have to get a pair of overalls to any more farmer fixes. For what it's worth, it worked perfectly.
And then there's the guy that shows up at Dulono's bike night with the big Honda that's in JOHN DEERE GREEN with the tractor seat and funky trim. It's a real hoot and everyone gets it. He's even got the logo and the deer on the tank.
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