Friday, October 9, 2015

Gary Bahre's Latest Bessemer Update: It Runs!

Here is Gary's writeup and YouTube video:

Published on Oct 9, 2015
The 8 hp Vertical Bessemer is running, after a lot of work the old mail box engine gets a new lease on life. A new sleeve, shop built connecting rod and the air/gas intake valve rebuild. The air/gas valve seat has holes drilled into the seat, I had to get the valve to seal on both sides of the seat for it to run. This old engine sat along a rock road holding a mail box for many years. There was a short story in Gas Engine Magazine about it several years ago. Everything was rusted stuck and in sad shape. Over this winter the rest of the work will take place, a cart to move it around, the cooling tank installed, the engine dialed in and the paint touched up. Most of the videos I post are of other peoples Iron, but this one is just one of mine, I hope you liked the progress of bring this old engine back to life. Enjoy

Think about this: Gary and Peggy are the only living persons who have seen and heard this engine in person. It's really good of Gary to make the restoration public through YouTube and SmokStak for engine lovers to enjoy. There is much to be done to the Bessemer yet so that it will be a good showpiece, and Gary's reports are going to stop until the final product is ready for its coming out party.

Weekend Steam: Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pity The Poor Bumblebee

It's good pickin's for bees and other insects in Susan's flower gardens, but summer is over and flowers are looking a bit worn. Frost could arrive any day, and the 80 degree days this week aren't fooling us.

It is interesting and a bit sad to watch the bumblebees work the flowers. They are putting on a tremendous effort to have the young queens fed well so they will be ready to go into hiding until next spring. The queens are the only ones to survive the winter; these workers will die with the frost or soon after.

They persevere, blissfully ignorant of the sad end they are soon to meet.

They are going out in a little blaze of glory. The goldenrod and boneset are just about done, and they will all wither away in another week or so. One frost and these flowers will be done, too. These little gals are making sure that life will go on next year.

Head Man

We finally bought a game camera (on sale) and are having a good time seeing the antics of the herd at 4 AM. There is a pretty little six-pointer, but this guy is his boss.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October e-Postal: Boo! Boo! Boom!

Susan put together a Halloween-themed target again this year, and it's a good one! Shoot at 25 feet with pistols, 25 yards with rifles, any position as long as both hands are on your gun. CLICK HERE to download the pdf file.

Ten shots per target, multiple hits on any figure are OK. Add the pertinent info at the bottom of the target, scan or photograph your targets and e-mail them to TrueBlueTravelinman (at) gmail (dot) com. We will sort your targets out into classes by caliber and sights. Non-magnified red dots will be classed with iron sights. You have the rest of October, and maybe the first part of November; we will see how it goes.

Five points per hit on ghosts, ten points for bats, twenty points for an eye, fifty points for connecting the eyes.

We Haven't Visited Hickok 45 For Quite Some Time

Hickok is one of my YouTube subscriptions, so I see what he puts up when he does a new video. Today he checks out the HiPoint C9 pistol. HiPoint reviews are always fun because there is such a love-hate relationship the shooting world has with these pistols. They work, and they are affordable, and they have a great warranty. I don't have one, but I do have one of the HiPoint Carbines, and I love it. Anyhow, here is Mr. Hickok's take on HiPoint pistols.

I did pick up from IraqVeteran on YouTube that they figured out the HiPoint C9's run better with hot ammo than the cheap stuff. Of course your mileage may vary. The .45 carbine we have runs on whatever we stuff in the mags.

Best Article Ever On Gun Control, by Larry Correia

Go Here, Read It! Internalize It! Save it or bookmark it so you can come back and refer to it again!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

This week Ruger is offering an old standby, and it is surprising the amount of money being bid. It is a 1975 model Stainless Single Six with only the Long Rifle Cylinder. These are great guns, and we have a couple of Single Sixes. The first pistol I bought was a Single Six way back in 1974. I carried that gun everywhere with me for several years. They were just 100 bucks back then for a blue one.

CLICK HERE for the link to the full description, and to place your bid. This fine revolver sells mid-day, Wednesday, October 7, 2015.


September e-Postal Scores

Class 1; Air Pistol, Iron Sights/Non-magnified red dot
David aka TBS
Crosman 1377 .177 cal

Class 2; Air Pistol, Magnified optical sights  
No Entries

Class 3; Rimfire Pistol, Iron Sights\ non-magnified red dot

David aka TBS
Ruger 22/45 Hunter
David aka TBS
Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper
Ruger Super Single Six 22Mag
Ruger Mk I Iron
Ruger Mk II Red Dot

Class 4; Rimfire Pistol, Magnified optical sights

David aka TBS
TC Contender, Bushnell 2.5x
David aka TBS
Ruger Mk III Target, 4x
TC Contender,   2x
Class 5; Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sights/Non magnified red dot
Colt 1991.45 Auto

Class 6: Centerfire pistol, Magnified optical sights

TC Contender 9mm 2x

Class 7; Rimfire Rifle, Iron Sights/Non-magnified red dot
No entries

Class 8; Rimfire Rifle, Magnified optical sights (25 yds)
Marlin 795
25 yd

Participation has dropped off, and I sure can't figure out what to do. This target offered lots of opportunities to apply tactics, and we allowed any position as long as both hands were holding the gun. I used a sighter target to check where each gun was throwing, and that worked on all except my Mk III Target model with the scope. It's sighted in for 25 yards and I just could not seem to get the holdover amount right. Billll shot a perfect score at 25 yards with his Old Reliable Marlin 795, and my Contender behaved perfectly for me and delivered a perfect score. We will have Susan's target for October up by the weekend. She is busy supervising builders who are doing some home repairs for us and she hasn't had time yet to post it. We will soon, though.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Boonville's Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club's 52nd Fall Reunion And Show Is October 9-11, 2015

Boonville's October show is a three day event, October 9-11,2015.    There will be steamers, gas engines, tractors, and a great flea market.  Put it on your calendar!

Directions: Thresherman’s Park, 2-1/2 miles north of Boonville on W. New Harmony Road, 1/4 mile off Hwy. 61.

Click on the Google Earth Photo to enlarge.

Weekend Steam: Georgetown Loop

A good friend just came back from a trip out west, and one of the stops he and his family made was the Georgetown Loop. He didn't know the history behind Number 9, but that is the engine he rode behind and he got a good shot of it crossing a trestle.

I first met Number 9 in 1966 at Mt. Pleasant after Stan Matthews brought it from the West Side Lumber Company in California. I got to ride in the cab with Stan at the throttle, and a cab ride in a big Shay is something you never forget.

October is a great time of year to visit attractions like the Georgetown Loop. The crowds are small because the kids are all doing school related activities. Check the schedule and plan a fall trip to ride this great shortline railroad.

Photo Credit: John B.

O Frabjous Day!: Bessemer Update!!!!

Gary still has many little chores to do for the old Mailbox Engine, but it runs! He needs to add a gas valve to regulate the fuel, and he is going to assemble the cooling system and put it all on a cart. The magneto that Gary first installed on it developed an open circuit in the windings. Gary built two mags that work out of five mags he had stashed in his parts bins, so now he has an extra.  Anyhow, he makes it fire right up now, but it floods out pretty quickly with the temporary gas hookup that he is using. It took a long time to make the decision to part with this old piece of iron but we are extremely glad that we sent it to a good home. It is hard to believe that 39 years have gone by since Susan and I loaded this into the back of our station wagon at Martha, Kentucky. It's even harder to believe that we went to the effort to drag it all the way to Southern Illinois.

Video by Gary Bahre.

UPDATE!!! Sunday, October 4, 8:30 P. Gary reports that a proper gas valve has been installed, and Bessye runs and runs and runs, until you shut off the gas!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shoulda Used Osmose*

I run into unusual things all the time while I am out and about. This did not look right, so I had to wander over and check it out.
A pole segment has been sunk next to the power pole and they have been boomed together.
 The pole is rotted off. The rest of the poles on this oil lease are probably close to the same condition.
I'm tempted to say "That's Country!", but it's more like "Poor people have poor ways". It will work until some Goober comes along and steals the chain and boomers.

*Osmose monitors utility poles so this doesn't happen to your power lines.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Doc Will Soon Be Flying!

  Read all about Doc here.

The first video is long, so move the slider along to the action shots. Some narrative about the test happens at about 37 minutes.

September e-Postal Deadline Coming Up

We are going to accept your targets for September though October 5, so you have one more weekend to show off your hardware and your shooting skills. You can shoot any position with this contest so long as both hands are on your gun, so go to the range and rack up some impressive points. Link Here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Here's A Machine That Is Too Cool Not To Share

It's a broom corn thresher, and I imagine there were a lot of these around the country in times past. Preparation of broom corn heads for broom making is probably done much more efficiently nowadays...but I wonder how many broom making facilities there are in this country now. Probably not very many. This neat little machine was working at the American Thresherman show at Pinckneyville in August.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Use Your Knees, Hercules

The chestnuts are dropping and we enjoy hearing the plop-plop of them hitting the ground. You can really mess up your back picking them up and you better put an elbow on one knee as you reach down. Gloves are a must for pulling them out of the burs. We use our toes to open the burs, but you still have to reach in past the spines. You can see Jack in the background chawing down on the nuts that fell on his side of the fence. I don't know how he does it, but he gets them out of the burs and fattens up on them every fall.

A Triple!

Everybody gets into picking up chestnuts; it's hard to resist.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Ruger is offering one of their US-marked MkII pistols that was built for the US Military; this one in 1986. It had a split grip and never left the factory, and interest is high, of course. CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place your winning bid. This fine, rare Ruger will sell mid-day, Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Tuesday Turbo Boost

Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekend Steam: I'm Obsessing Over The Midwest Central

And why not?! There are sure plenty of videos to look at, and some of them are really good. This one is from 2010, before Number 9 shipped out to the Georgetown Loop.