Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I Can Hardly Wait For Skipper To Wake Me Up In The Morning!

This was yesterday.  This morning there was just the thinnest of crescent moons, just about 15° ahead of the sun. The camera in the phone could not capture it.  Tomorrow is the New Moon.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Wounded Warriors Outdoors

Ruger is offering a New Model Single Six Convertible in .22 LR and .22 Magnum.  It was manufactured in 1977 and has been stored in the Ruger vault for forty years.  The 4 5/8" barrel length is perfect for packing when you will be getting in and out of a utility vehicle or pickup truck.  It will sell mid-day, Wednesday, October 18, 2017.  Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid.  Holy Cow!  $1276!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Miami Sideshaft Engine

One of these Miami engines was featured in Gas Engine Magazine recently.  A fellow found one that had been butchered by having the end of the cylinder cut off, a wedge installed on the piston; and then it was used as a wood splitter.  The parts were all there, but the cylinder was worthless.  The dedicated hobbyist made a pattern and associated cores for casting, and had a new cylinder made.  It was not easy to find a foundry capable of making the intricate casting, but he succeeded. He then had the machining done and built his partly new Miami engine.  It's an intricate piece of machinery, and it could be called a work of art; at least in my book.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Looks Like Old Times!

Back To The Old Grind! (I am staying retired this time. Working up wood, doing yard work, fixing the old truck. I don't have time for a job!)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Colors

No frost yet, and the extended dry spell hurt the display.  Hickories and ash are showing yellow for a few days, and then turning brown and falling.  Persimmon is all turning a brilliant yellow and giving good hang-time.  This is sassafras, and you have to get up close to appreciate it.  It is mostly muted this Fall.

Sumacs are steady performers, and provide color when other trees are drab.

Here is one of our persimmons, coming through again with color to brighten our day.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend Steam: Fall Steam/Gas Shows

Check the Show Directory under the Stoke Up label and navigate to your state or to October.  This weekend is the Boonville, Indiana show, and next weekend (Oct 20-22) is the Pinckneyville, Illinois show.  Here are a couple of videos we shot at previous Pinckneyville shows.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ever Hear Of A Sugar Baby?

That's what Caterpillar called these skid-steer D-6s.  They were used to haul wagon trains of sugar cane from the field, and were built in the 1950's and 1960's.  I saw my first one the other day, and it was a surprise. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Boonville, IN Show, October 13, 14, 15! Be There!

The Boonville Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club's fall show is happening this weekend; October 13, 14, and 15, 2017.  Boonville is just a short drive from the Boonville, Lynnville exit on I-64 in southwestern Indiana. There will be a fascinating assortment of tractors, gas engines, steam engines, and other machinery, plus a great flea market. There is food available on the grounds, and the fall weather is usually perfect for enjoying a full day of activities. This is one of the best little shows in the country, so load up the family and go!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Wounded Warriors Outdoors

Ruger is offering a Service Six in .357 Magnum, made in 1983.  It was returned to the factory by a distributor, and is marked with a U for Used.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place your bid. $675

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tuesday Torque: 9 HP Economy Restoration Is Done!

Regular visitors will recognize this engine.  It's the big Economy engine that we found on Buck's Branch (of Beaver Creek), just above Martin Kentucky, back in the 1970's.  Gary has completed the drop-center cart, sanded for a couple days, painted, striped, and added decals.  It is ready for show.

Video by Gary Bahre

How Quick Are You?

This is a good video by Colin Flaherty, looking at how dangerous it is today, and the crookedness of the news and the justice system.  Something that I want to make sure you see is right after the 5:40 mark.  It's a mugging, and from the time the victim passes the perp until he runs with the goods, it is less than ten seconds.  You must be alert all the time when you are out in public; and at home, too.  Stuff happens fast.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Morning Dog Walks

It's worth getting up early to walk dogs so you can see the sunrise.  We had a little weather activity today that was dramatic, and even got a little sun pillar action.

It's been dry, and the trees aren't coloring up like they usually do.  Ash will turn yellow for a couple days and then drop.  Walnut has been pretty good, and so has persimmon. Here we have some shining sumac that always puts on a good show along the driveway.

A squall line ran through this evening and dropped a little rain.  The fire danger should drop a bit, and maybe some of the trees can show off a little color now as we lead up to frost.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thrills In The Mailbox

I bought the Buck 110 Folder in 1971 and carried it for many, many years.  The lock began to slip, and I stashed it away, figuring I would send it off to Buck one day to be repaired.  The big CRKT knife was new in '06, and it saw a lot of use until about a year ago when I noted that the liner-lock had worn, and was in danger of slipping off the back end of the blade.  I sent both knives off to their respective parents for repair recently.  I opened the mailbox a few days ago, and there were two packages!  Buck repaired the 110 Folder.  It has a stiff new spring and a new latch; they also touched up the blade and polished the wood and brass.  CRKT sent me an entirely new knife!  No charges; not even shipping!  You can't beat service like that!  I highly recommend both of these companies if you are shopping for a knife.

The Final Forty

The second crop soybeans are done.  Dusty!  My eyes got scratchy when the combine turned around.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Wounded Warrior Outdoors

Ruger is offering another of their ever popular .44 Magnum Carbines this week.  This one was rollmarked in 1982, and it is one of the 25th anniversary Carbines.  It will sell mid-day, October 4, 2017. CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place your bid.  $1825

Tuesday Torque: Road King Continues On His Maytag

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Who Keeps Whom Hopping?

We have three fosters right now in addition to our own dogs, and we stay busy putting them in the dog yard, doing leash walks, and playing with them on their new exercise equipment.  This is Titan jumping through the hoop.  There are also lots of trips to the Vet.  In the last week we have had two of the fosters and our little Skipper to the Dr, and also took the two barn cats in for vaccinations.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekend Steam: The Modern Steam Locomotive, 1942

Great Film!  We even get to watch one being built!  Thanks to Merle for spotting this one!

Olney FFA Does It Again!

Jamie VanDyke's FFA team will be making their third trip to the FFA National Convention in October after winning the state FFA Forestry Contest at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Jamie's team took top honors at the sectional contest that was held at Sam Dale Lake State Park on September 11.  Jamie and his team stayed after the contest for a tutoring/review session and they have been working hard so they might go to the national contest again.  In 2016 the Olney team placed third in the nation; a remarkable achievement for kids from corn and bean country.

Tree ID

This year the contest consists of a written general knowledge test, tree identification, timber measurement, equipment identification, map interpretation, tree disorders, and chainsaw troubleshooting and knowledge.  Contestants at the national contest are also individually interviewed by judges.

Sycamore; An Easy One!

Team Photo Credit, Jamie VanDyke, Richland County Schools

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Buck's Branch Economy Is Getting All Dressed Up!

The 9 HP Sears Economy Engine that we collected in Eastern Kentucky nearly forty years ago is now sitting on a proper drop-center cart!  During its working life, the engine was bolted down on timbers in its mill shed, but a cart makes an engine much easier to move and to show.  Gary Bahre put the Sears on  cart he built with Case separator wheels and wooden timbers, but it stood too tall, and was hard to crank.  A high center of gravity also made the Sears worrisome when it was being trailered. Gary can breathe much easier now when he takes it to shows.

Mr. Mahnke of Mahnke Motorsports is the artist who stitched this all together.  He is also the builder of the rod for Gary's 8 HP Bessemer.

Stay tuned for updates.  Gary is planning to have this rig painted before cold weather arrives, and then it will be ready to show.

Photo Credit:  Gary Bahre