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Brad
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:07 pm  Reply with quote
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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.

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Brooke
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:07 pm  Reply with quote
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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.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:04 pm  Reply with quote
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Yup, my point exactly. Think what you would be doing if you had REALLY big stuff to work with.

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Mojo Willy
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:21 pm  Reply with quote
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Brad, can I have that used sickle bar for Brooke to mount on my P200? You know, traffic in Uptown and all..

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Brad
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:54 pm  Reply with quote
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You know, I could tell a few stories. There are no small farm injuries, a 20 foot sycle bar could do some real damage. I bet you could clear two lanes of traffic.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:41 am  Reply with quote
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Brad wrote:
Still think that I'm going to paint this Farmall red if I ever get it running - good Karma for a farmer scooter.

I like it. Can we start calling you Farmer Brad?
-K

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:15 am  Reply with quote
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Great story. Brings back many memories and makes me miss this time of year back home in Iowa.
Thanks.
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Brad
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:39 pm  Reply with quote
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Kevin K wrote:

I like it. Can we start calling you Farmer Brad?
-K


You're about 20 years too late, "Farmer" was my nickname when I was a jailer.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:43 pm  Reply with quote
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Brad wrote:
"Farmer" was my nickname when I was a jailer.


I don't know if I like where this is heading...

In other farm related scootering news... Allis Chalmers orange is very close to Piaggio orange from the '70's. Painted a new fender for Trish with it and it's very close.

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Brad
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:30 pm  Reply with quote
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Allis Chalmer's orange is cool. I wonder how close Minneapolis Moline yellow is to my Chetak?

Bradley Bear? Kaeter Potader? Bradley Blockbuster?

Hey, Son of a %&$&$?

It's all good.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:09 pm  Reply with quote
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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.

Lotsa options, eh?

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Brad
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:58 am  Reply with quote
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Maybe I'll order a set of decals for a Farmall Super C just to get some ideas.

The Farmall Radiator Wing on the top of the front legshield
Super C sticker where Vespa sign goes
"IH/Farmall" on the cowls
"Beware of the PTO" sticker on the back.

It could work. The seat would be to much though. That would be as wide as the scooter.

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The seat would be to much though. That would be as wide as the scooter.


But comfy!

Dave

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