Monday, February 18, 2019

Tuesday Torque: Big Titan Tractor

I pulled up one of my old videos this week.  It's 1913, 45 HP IHC Titan tractor with a pony motor for air starting the main engine.  This is a very rare tractor.  Stop the video between 15 and 20 seconds to read some of the specs.  You can see this great old tractor in action every year at the engine show in Pinckneyville, Illinois.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Excitement and Video Opportunities This Week!



The Morbark machine is on the north end, and should be running tomorrow!  It's a thrill a minute living in the country.

Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Lisa Is Recovering


Schipperkes often appear to have super powers, especially when they go on a rip, but they are mortal. Lisa did a big jump last year and tore an ACL. She had surgery a week and a half ago. Her stitches come out Monday, and then she can shed her cone when she is not in my arms. Walking is limited to calls of nature, but soon she can have five minute walks; then in a couple more weeks, ten minute walks. She is putting weight on her leg now, but no zoomies are allowed for a year. She is enjoying the extra lap time.

Weekend Steam: Let's Go Down Under To A Warmer Clime!

Be sure to take a good look at 6029.  It is really something with engines on both ends and the boiler in the middle.  Good Pick, Merle!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team


Ruger is offering a consecutively numbered pair of Mk II Target pistols made in 1984.  Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid.  These .22 LR pistols will sell mid-day, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  $1725

Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison

Monday, February 11, 2019

Tuesday Torque: Vintage International Truck

Wendell Kelch, the restorer shares his first run.  This 1920 model was the first year IH had direct drive and pneumatic tires.




Strangers In The Night, Frank Sinatra

Late To Work! I Had Pressing Business!



Well, since retiring, I don't take the Old Grind quite as seriously, I guess.  We have been busy with Maggie, the Rescue Schip, and Lisa, who had ACL surgery last week. We had ice, too, and that meant that Big Jack had to come over from the farm for an overnight stay.  I never had time for a job!

Back To The Old Grind!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team


Ruger is offering another rare one this week; an engraved (not regular production) 50th Anniversary Flattop Blackhawk in .357.  This model was offered in 2005, but the engraving was not offered.  There are not many of these in Ruger's vault, so this would be your opportunity if you want one of these.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, February 6, 2019. CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place your bid. $1275

2019 Valentine Festival: Put On Your Dancing Shoes!









And, one more Rudy Vallee; One of my favorites!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Saturday, February 2, 2019

2019 Valentine Festival: Maggie, Yes Ma'am; Come Right Upstairs!

Oh, the challenges of young love!  From 1923, here is Billy Murray and Aileen Stanley doing a genuine Vaudeville number.  (We picked up a Schipperke rescue today who is named Maggie, so this song naturally came to mind.  Photos will be added tomorrow so you can share in the joy!)



And Here's Maggie!  We haven't had Maggie 24 hours yet, but she appears to be a quiet traveler and seems to be very well housebroken.  She wants to explore outdoors, but does not try to escape her leash.  She responds to her name very well.  She has been sheared and has only an undercoat right now.  She has had a bath and a toenail trim with no problem.  Maggie will be seeing a vet this week to be checked for heartworms, dental, and vaccination updates.  Maggie is 11 years old and is a small Schip at 11.4 pounds.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Weekend Steam: Specials On The Durango And Silverton, 2011

If you follow the Durango and Silverton, you will see special events happen in addition to the regular trains.  This video shows some good times.  Thanks, Merle!


2019 Valentine Festival: It's Telephone Night!




Give your honey a call this weekend!  Click the YouTube icon on the lower bar of a video and it will take you to the uploader's channel.  YouTube videos all have this self-attribution feature. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Walnut Surprise

I had to go to a new-to-me dentist to have a root canal done.  The counter top and other waiting room furniture was made by a woodworking friend of the tooth surgeon, and it helped ease my apprehension.  This doc is my type of guy!



2019 Valentine Festival: Nellie Kelly I Love You, A Triple!


Billy Murray made a hit of this George M. Cohan song in 1922, and Judy Garland had a hit with the movie in 1940.

Bonus Version! This is an Edison disc, performance by Charles Hart. The female accompaniment really makes this one for me.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

2019 Valentine Festival: I Owe You, Helen Kane



WarholSoup posted this fine Helen Kane song seven years ago and it has only 2400 views.  Other YouTubers have also posted it and they have fewer views.  I just don't understand it.  It's a wonderful, sweet song, by a fine artist.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team


Here's a great one from Ruger this week. This is a 20 Gauge Red Label Over-Under with 30 inch barrels, 3 inch chambers, and screw-in choke tubes.  This fine shotgun will sell mid-day, Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  CLICK HERE to place that winning bid. $1625

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tuesday Torque: National Gas Engine,

...imported to Italy from France.  Here is the description posted with the video by David458Italia. "1910 National Gas Engine S45 at the 20 Festa Aratura dei testa Calda Cogruzzo in Castelnovo di Sotto. In the video you can see the start up of the engine, then the machine in action at low and high revs, running to make some show. Also some details and a walkaround.
Manifacturer: National Gas Engine, in Wellington Works, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, England. Stationary motor fueled by poor gas, obtained from combustion of wood. It was placed in a fixed position and used through flat belt to drive power generators, mills, pumps, workshops, sawmills and machine tools. Start up with compressed air, displacement 76.5 liter, 40 hp @ 110 rpm, water-cooled, weight 15 tons. Cylinder bore: 450 mm Cylinder stroke: 600 mm Date of production: 1890-1900 Imported in Italy from France by Marenghi brothers and restored." Another great pick by Merle!


2019 Valentine Festival: I Only Want To Be With You, Dusty Springfield