Thursday, November 25, 2021

What are the odds?

Over at Phil's place I see a YT vidya about a Ford. However, I think there were more Eff's in there than just Ford. Is he looking over my shoulder now or what?  I mean, what are the odds of that showing up right now??

 I recently traded this wonderful engineering marvel I bought from a buddy.  He found under a tree, in a pasture out near Kerrville, TX:


Goodbye old friend.

He shot some clear on it, and fixed the interior up.  Nice little get around truck.  I put new skins on it, a rear bumper and a new battery.  Besides oil changes, it never needed anything else.  Everything was Armstrong: steering, windows, 5 speed trans....  It didn't even have a/c, and I live a few miles from the sun during the summer (April to October down here).  All in all, one of the best horses I've ever had.  Got it with 100K, and traded it away with 120K after 10 years or so.  Just my Little Roller Skate, or the Green Hornet. I never settled on a name....

 Traded for this one:

The Hyena

The old bed was junk, so the welder put a nifty farm bed on it.  Insurance deemed it 'commercial' so it's a couple bux more a month than the Roller Skate.  Thinking about white wash on the sides of the bed, and Rhino Liner on the top.  It needs bed drains, that four inch square tubing makes a great swimming pool.  Planning a tow truck flat front bumper and a few aerials for the two-ways.  Mount them like the Aussies do.  Might as well be rilly-rilly differnt.

I think it resembles a hyena, what with the tucked butt.  Maybe a zoomie dog.  It's got potential.  I have plans for it.  I hope to get that done over the next several months.  My uncle used to narrate the arrival of his sister's beau back in the long distant past when the theater of the mind still ruled the airwaves:  "...a white truck, a  cloud of dust, hi-yo Silver!!!"

Hyena Silver!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Well, of course you'd do that....

 Finally getting back on track to work on the taper attachment.   Got some 12L14 for additional nuts to replace the missing ones, and the three jaw chuck on the Logan clanks up.  Not sure why, but it's got a couple stiff spots in it, then it seized.  So past time to service it. 

Mr. Garcia had this on the Logan


At some point in it's life, it hit the ground right in line with a bolt on the back.  That seized the bolt up, and boy it is tight..... too tight to move.  And someone tried to move it.  Argh......


Those neat little cracks are where I gently, ever so gently tapped on the inside of the hole to move the bent spot out a touch.  And it cracked.  sigh.....  That socket is sure nasty isn't it?  I have a 3/8 left hand bit coming tomorrow.  I'll probably mill this down a little, so I don't catch the drill on the mess and break it.  Hopefully after the head is milled down, the shank will unscrew itself while I'm drilling it.

After I get it apart, it'll be cleaning time and reassembly.  Nothing special there.  But it's always something to break up the monotony around here.  Oh, and I already have the next job lined up....

I was running a quickie job and zonked out the quick change gear box with a very minor crash.  Stabbed a boring bar into a piece of delrin and it seized up the box.  It's made noise on the slowest feeds since I purchased it....  I was on borrowed time anyway.  I have a bit of review to do so I'll be ready to tackle that little project.


 Review Topic:  Quick Change Gear Box

    Gear Box part 1

Gear Box part 2

A bit of extra credit if you want to learn from the master

Scroll Chuck Operation

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Story Time with an assist from Phil


True confessions time:

Heading out to White Deer, TX from the San Antonio area many many moons ago (Pre-windmill farm in White Deer).  West on I10 to Junction, then north on 83.  Stopped in Junction for lunch, big new BBQ place on the left.  Got a nice BBQ turkey sandwich with fixins.  Rest of the trip to Amarillo was uneventful...  Until about 0200.


Woke up feeling woozy, and sat up.  Cold spit running around my back teeth, and that is the tell.  I'd rather nearly die than puke, but today wasn't that day.  Got up and eased into the bathroom, and took the plastic bag out of the trash can....  Gut started really rumbling....  Like an old, cold diesel engine that is just barely loping on a couple cylinders on a freezing cold morning.   This isn't gonna be pretty.  

When I barf, it sounds like I'm being squeezed in half.  It's a lower pitch or register than bagpipes, but it's loud and it hurts like blazes.  Que the conductor in 3, 2, 1.....  For 20 minutes I'm blowing out both ends and it sounds horrible to me.  Smells worse.  Finally get to bed and sort of to sleep about 0330.  Passing thoughts about waking up the neighbors....

Next day, out to White Deer on 60.  I drove from spot to spot.  "I can make that bush..... okay passed it.  Can I make that sign?  Yep."  I figured I'd have seconds to stop, get out, and shuck my pants to dump out if I had to. Gut malfunction. rumbling idle like a Ford 427 with a full race cam.   Made it to the tower I was looking for near Skellytown.  Whew, didn't think I would without a stop.

Cow pasture tower site

 Ease open the pasture gate, and up to the tower base and repeater shelter.  Unload and start the tune up..... when the flag went up.  Ran to the front of the truck, shucked the pants, cows all around looking at me like "WHAT IS THAT???"  And the valve went to full open.  Gut cramps, smells, sounds, and me just happy I made it the 20 feet to the front of the truck.  After a few minutes of making sure I didn't slip and fall into the offal, I looked up and there wasn't a cow in sight.  I didn't realize you could offend a cow's olfactories.  

That device in the picture would have been too slow to deploy that day.  I guess for scheduled maintenance, it might work.  But for an emergency blow, any port in the storm.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

History Lesson

 I have been battling with everything lately it seems.  Noting is going easy.  I am growing weary of it, but I can't quit.  Sorry for the long pauses, but it is wearing me down.

History Lesson today:


Freedom or Death

 I never hear of Oxi Day.  Until just now.  Read this.  It is eye opening.  Who knew why Germany waited so long to invade Russia, that winter stopped the advance?  Why did that happen?

Read this article.  It's very interesting.

Here is a quote that made me stop up short:

"When my father became a U.S. citizen, the federal judge administering the oath asked him if he would take up arms again, against Greece if America needed him to do so."

WOW.  I had no idea.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Chapter Two

I cut my teeth right here

There are some things that you don't want to interrupt.  A good belch, a sneeze, great conversation with good friends.  That OAFS story is still squeezing stuff out of my head.  I don't want to stop it yet...


I grew up in the past.  The past is a different world, they do EVERYTHING different there.  A lot of what I learned then and did then predates safety.  Some of that will be in my stories.  Like those flares.  We used to do that for grins on Friday or Saturday nights.  Back when orange, leaded gas was still available for washing bearings and oily hands.  When Miracle Whip came in quart glass jars....  It's pretty and fun... from a distance.

When my buddy Lurch thought to use a PLASTIC five gallon jug to try the fireball with, and shot it with his new pump shotgun, he blew out the little flare on top.  Not to be robbed of the spectacle he intended, he lurched in with a zippo before we could stop him, and whoooshed himself.  All the hair grew back, but if there was any doubt about his lack of common sense, it went up in smoke like his eyebrows and arm hair...

I've tried some, most or all of what I write about. I've been everywhere I write about, too.  I find it easier to write about what I know.  And if you need any definitions of obscure words, I'll be happy to oblige.   I figure at some point soon, I'll be back to documenting the Logan  lathe.  But this dang story is keeping me awake at night, and wringing out rusty memories....  They will probably continue for a bit, but will jump all over the place.  Just like my normal thought process....

Friday, September 24, 2021

Story Time with OAFS

Do you know about the Chant?  He's on the side bar.  He started a series this week, might be short, might go awhile, who knows.  But it struck a chord with me.  It's a subject I was intensely interested in back in the late 70's early 80's.  It started a life long search for information and skill.  It is as much a driver for my desire to be competent at all the mechanical things I know as anything else.   

 It was a MAJOR milepost when I saw Red Dawn at the theater.  I was already reading the paper every day, watching the invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR.  The premise of the movie seemed entirely possible. It opened my eyes to where I lived as a possible battle field.


The US military at that time were barely coming out of the deep depression of the abandoned victory in VietNam that the Nixon resignation had precipitated.  The abandonment of our treaty with South VietNam upended the victory after Linebaker II demonstrated our ability and prowess.  11 days to cripple an enemy the previous administration just farted around with.  Prowess that at least, once an utterly corrupt president quit micromanaging the war for the benefit of his patrons.  It also showed how ignorant AF brass had become with the political task masters they had previously.  It should be pretty familiar reading as it mirrors the same political party's latest international abandonment / terrorist resupply mission.  I wish we could just look back and learn something from the past once in a while.

 The Hunt

OAFS story sparked some thing in me, and I had to write it down, so it would leave me alone.  It's below the fold if you care to sample it.  It may be some lumpy oatmeal, it might pique your interest.  Let me know either way.  It's hard work.  And what OAFS did with the D-DAY serial was some real hard work.  Just the amount of effort that went into this little short story proved that to me.


Edit:  Potentially Disturbing Content Below the Fold.   To the combat vet that this hit too close to home too: I am terribly sorry that I didn't think to post a warning.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Brain Dump

This is the brain dump. The place where what I learn will be catagorized, recorded, or just blurbed out so's I can 'memeber it.  

Have you ever found something interesting or intelligent? Then forgot what it was, just that you knew something about something a while back? And all you could do was stutter out a Gumpian sounding, "Well Jenny, I knew it yesterday!"  

If you need something placed here, send it along.  After the editor reviews it, it will assimilated and any evidence of ownership will be removed so that intellectual theft will be complete and untraceable.   Just following the Washington D.C. School of Journalistic Integrity here.  It will be pinned on the bottom of the page.

I give you: Conspiracy Theory, uh....  

 Brain Dump Mod 1.01 Mk 1

Heuristics: replacing the mental model - This post revealed a more accurate understanding of an issue.