Monday, June 29, 2009

Practice Makes It Better

I went out behind the barn, checked my sights from the bench, and shot several targets to improve my score of "6" on my first attempt. I think this one scores "10," which is a pretty good improvement for me. You have until midnight Monday to submit your target to Sebastian. Click on the June e-Postal match on the left sidebar to read the rules and download your target. I hope Sebastian counts my propellor touch; it's a real "edger."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Not My Player Piano

Here Comes Monday!

Back To The Old Grind!

Clowning For The Camera?

My Great Aunt Bessye Garrison (granddaughter of Wm Tweed. Search his name in the upper left corner of this blog.) married a photographer, Carl Hornung, and they took quite a few photos of their activities when they were a young couple. I visited another of her nephews several years ago and he showed me a box of negatives that had belonged to her. He was about to throw them out, so I latched onto them. I bought darkroom equipment and made prints of some of them, but darkrooms take time, and I haven't fooled with it for several years. Now, through the magic of computers, we can scan a negative, and a picture pops right up on the screen from ninety years ago. You don't even have to turn out the lights or watch your water temperature.
I have no idea if the fellows with the Burlington Bread Company truck were friends of Carl and Bessye; and I wish I knew why the guy on the running board has his pant legs pulled up for the photographer. The bridge across the Mississippi has been replaced by a new 'artsy' suspension bridge, and I have been across both the old and new bridges many times. The Model T truck is a good looking rig. Ford sold these as a bare chassis, and the customers installed their own body to suit their own needs. You will see a variety of homemade cabs and beds in car shows and museums. This truck has solid tires on the back end, so it is a safe assumption that its delivery routes were confined mostly to city streets in Burlington, Iowa.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weekend Steam

From the pages of an old Engineers and Engines Magazine come some fascinating California machines. The first engine is Steam Traction Engine #1, made by Holt, and the one below is the second crawler made by Holt in 1904. Holt was building big traction engines for farm, forests, and industry, and began experimenting with tracks in order to reduce the size of his machines. Holt crawlers were used extensively in Europe during WWI. Holt and Best merged in the 1920's to form the Caterpillar company. Click Here, and Here to read articles about Benjamin Holt.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Crankin' It Up

Here is a little change of pace for our Friday selection. Minuet in G, by Beethoven is what we used to call 'Long Hair' music when I was a kid. I wonder if people still use that term. This record has been in the cabinet for many years, and this is the first time we have played it. The artist, Kathleen Parlow, is pictured below. Click Here to read about her.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Southern Illinois Wheat Harvest

Wet weather has delayed the wheat harvest in Southern Illinois this year, and has hurt the quality. The ground has finally dried out enough to allow the combines to work, and farmers are busily harvesting, and then planting second crop beans. Bottomland fields along the Little Wabash have not all been planted yet, due to flooding. The John Deere combine in this video is working across the road from our home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Always Something

We always have a project to work on. The old barn has had plenty of patching done over the years, and this summer it will get some more. The rocks holding it up have settled in over the last 100 plus years, and when the timbers get down to the ground the termites move in. We have been jacking up wood for several summers and patching in cross-ties to stop the meltdown. The current timber we are looking at is eaten and rotten for nearly all of its twenty feet. The siding boards here have also been hit hard by termites, so we will be buying a bunch of 1 x 12's from our favorite sawmill.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Monday turned ito a very long day, so this is just a quick video of an engine we saw at the SIAM show. It is a Fairbanks-Morse, and I know that I would set jacks under the back corners of the truck if I had to watch this baby. I nearly get seasick just watching the video.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Weather

We watched thunderstorm activity all weekend, and checked radar regularly to see if anything was coming our way. We were lucky, and didn't get hit by any bad ones. This storm marched by north and west of us, and had a tornado on the ground near Iuka, IL.

A storm that followed the first one had some pretty formations. I see a face in this one.... we do enjoy watching the clouds in flat country.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Not My Victrola

YouTuber KSPM now has a channel on DailyMotion, and is posting his music collection over there. This selection is a great example of Harlem Jazz; Charlie Johnson's band playing "Charleston Is The Best Dance After All."

Here Comes Monday!

Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Weekend Steam

Andy Glines was running his Huber at Evansville last week. You have seen him here before, pulling the sawmill at this show, and threshing at Boonville. The weather last Saturday was beautiful, and we had a great time at the SIAM show. In the weeks ahead we will be sharing photos and videos of tractors, cars, and gas engines.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Crankin' It Up

Sascha Jacobsen (1895-1972) graduated from Juilliard in 1915 (According to Wikipedia, which has a very brief article about this violinist.) He later taught at there, and was the concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 1950's. Dardanella was a very popular song during the early 1920's, and was recorded by many artists.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

That's "A" Nice Ride!

It is pretty obvious to readers of this blog that I like old cars. I appreciate show pieces, but I really am drawn to cars that are driven. This Model A stood out as a car that the owner loves, but is not afraid to drive.

The car suddenly appears to have an interesting personality when viewed from the passenger side. .50 caliber ammo can tool box, Oil Filter!, Headers?

While I admired and took photos the owner came over. He was a very nice gentleman, a career army veteran who has seen the elephant more than once. He bought this car for $25.00 in 1951 and has driven it ever since. He is from Indiana, and used to drive it back and forth from his home to Albuquerque when he was stationed there. The engine is a rebuilt A power plant with pressurized oil system, insert bearings instead of the original babbit bearings, twelve volt alternator, headers, and a Chevy downdraft carburetor. It will go 70, but he runs 55 to 60, which is pretty darn good. I didn't ask, but I bet he prefers .45 autos to 9mm's, and M 14's to black rifles.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

No Joking!

You have to respect the wringers on old washing machines. This Maytag has a red release bar; if memory serves me correctly, Speed Queen's release bars were white like the rest of the washer. These wringers have no mercy if they catch your hand. They will roll right up to your shoulder, and then spin your skin off down to the bone. If you use one of these old machines to wash your greasers, throw rugs, etc., be sure to check the wringer release bars before you run your clothes through them.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

May e-Postal Results Are Up!

Manfred has posted the scores for the May match. Click Here to go see the results. Thank You Manfred!

Dodge Power Wagon On The Market!

Dodge Power Wagons have been known to make grown men tremble, drool, and get weak in the knees.

Let's see how this gentleman reacts when he looks at the price tag......
No weak knees here; that was a quick getaway. Must not be a real 4-wheel fanatic.

Whoa! Too rich for my blood too!

It is mostly all there. Don't delay if you need one of these.

Monday, June 15, 2009

95% Of All BreathAirians Agree!

Nothing satisfies like a couple hundred good inhalations under a blooming basswood tree.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Not My Player Piano

SilentBacchus has begun posting player piano pieces on his YouTube channel! Here is 'After You've Gone,' to brighten up the beginning of your week.

Look Sharp ! Monday's Coming!

Back To The Old Grind!

Thoughts For Flag Day

If you don't know all the verses of our National Anthem, or if you haven't heard them in a while, be sure to watch all of the first video before you play the second.

Congressman Randy Forbes, R-VA

A big Thank You to Argghhh!!! for posting the first video, and to Curmudgeonly and Skeptical for posting the second one, on their excellent and informative blogs.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Weekend Steam

The Southern Indiana Antique Machinery Club is having their annual show this weekend. Last year we took lots of photos and videos, but never made it to the antique tractors. We are planning to get away early Saturday morning, and hope to get lots of material to share with you on the blog. Here is a replay of Andy Gline's Huber engine running the sawmill last year. Stay tuned!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Crankin' It Up

This Friday we are going to listen to the flip side of the record we played one week ago. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band performs Bluin' The Blues, a Fox Trot, on Victor disc number 18483-A.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Basic Wedge Use In Bucking

This chainsaw student is trying out bucking with a wedge. He was new to saws, and really fell hard for horsepower and throwing chips. Bucking was done beginning on the compression side of the log until the cut began to close, then a wedge was put in to keep the cut open. Cutting continued out the tensioned side of the log. Notice how he kept his body out of line from the bar of the saw; that is a good habit to cultivate.

Just how enthusiastic was this guy? Here he is cutting a disc off the tree he dropped during the class at the Dixon Springs Ag Center. As I left the Ag Center for home, he was loading this into the trunk of his car for a souvenir.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oh Joy

Ranking right in there with plumbing repairs are broken washing machines. Our Kenmore washer began making an unpleasant whirring/clicking noise on Monday and would no longer spin. It would agitate, so I had hopes that it was not the transmission. We were able to look up a trouble shooting guide on the internet, and disassembled the machine to reach a diagnosis.

The coupler between the motor and transmission had failed, which is not too bad after nearly fifteen years of washing. Mrs. TBS ordered a new replacement part, and she should be able to use her machine again by the weekend. If not for the internet we would have had to call a repairman, and spent big bucks. If I can successfully put it back together again, we will get off for only $22.92. Not Bad.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Untimely Leaf Drop

Falling leaves in June are cause for alarm if the leaves are from a beloved shade tree. After giving this hackberry a good lookover, I focused in on the leaves, twigs and petioles. A few leaves showed fungal spots, and growths caused by mites, but those leaves were hanging on tight.

The yellowed leaves had distorted petioles, and were the older of the leaves. The newer ones showed no problems.

Most of the affected leaves were already on the ground.

Right across the road is a field that has been sprayed for no-till planting. These fields usually have a herbicide cocktail that is a combination of burn down and pre-emergent chemicals. The wet weather this year has delayed farming, and I haven't been seeing the usual calls about herbicide drift. Hackberry is a tree with few disese or insect problems, and spraying would have normally been done before the leaves emerged on hackberry. This tree will be OK. Most of the leaves emerged after the chemical exposure, and they are looking fine.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Better Try This One Again

The goal in this month's contest is to hit the little aircraft, and miss the big one. You get bonus points if you hit five, ten, or fifteen, and you lose points for hitting the wrong plane. I hope I can do better before I have to send off a target for scoring. It is obvious that you all have nothing to fear from me, so make some time this week to shoot a target. Click on the link for June under 'Get Out And Shoot!'

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Here Comes Monday!

Back To The Old Grind!

Not My Victrola

Let's finish this weekend with a great Rudy Vallee song recorded eighty years ago this month, and just as good for dancing a nice Fox-Trot with your baby as it was then. It will put you in a good mood for Monday morning.

Not My Victrola

Kennedy always blows me away when I listen to him. I found some videos this morning of him playing the Bach violin concertos, and they are so good that I have to share them with you. These videos are all three movements of the Bach Violin Concerto #1. Put them on to play and open another tab to do your surfing today.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Weekend Steam

The November-December 1964 Iron-Men Album Magazine has a rare peek at a frightening accident. The same issue has a story about a lady who was entangled by a spinning shaft, a boy who had his toe run over by a traction engine, and a man killed in a tree cutting accident. Good-Old-Days, indeed.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Crankin' It Up

This week we have a real 'Oldie But Goodie;' the Sensation Rag by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Last week we were in the Bronx, and now we are in N'Awlins. We are getting around!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Forest Products Re-Utilization

KurtP, over at A Trainwreck In Maxwell acquired a stack of pallets a while back, and has been busy planing, planning, and building. Click over to his excellent blog for a look at what can be made of scraps that others throw away. Pretty nice, Kurt. Mrs. TBS has been wishing for cabinets in the utility room; maybe she will let me buy a planer.

1910? Wow!

I took a shot of these old motorcycles last year, and focused in on the four cylinder engine in the Pearce motorcycle. I totally missed the final drive on this beauty.

Pretty neat for a machine built nearly a century ago, isn't it? (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Steam And Gas Engine Show Season Is Upon Us!

The Southern Indiana Antique Machinery show is coming up on the weekend of June 12, and it is a good thing, because I am running low on unused videos of old machinery. Click on the Farm Collector Show Directory (under Stoke Up in the left sidebar) to find shows in your neighborhood. Steam and gas engine shows are good family entertainment, and great places to make new friends, and see 'new' things. The tamper/compactor in this brief video is one of the machines you can see at Old Threshers, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hold That Saw!

Controlling your saw when you crank it up is an easy habit to acquire, and it will serve you well, protecting you from nasty cuts. Lock the grip between your knees, or hold it on the ground when you are ready to start your saw.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Chirp, Chirp

If you drive a modern car you have a serpentine belt up front that is running accessories like the water pump, alternator, air conditioning, and power steering. I really like the convenience of the modern belt because I remember replacing and adjusting multiple V-belts not-so-many years ago. The only problem I have with the new belts are the annoying chirps that come from the idler pulleys. They always seem to have grease in the bearing when I check them, but squeaky bearings make me nervous, so I have to check if they chirp and I haven't greased them recently.

Removing and servicing the idlers is not too difficult. Our Ford has an idler arm that can be moved with a 3/8 ratchet to remove the belt; the Chevy we had previously required a big set of Channellocks to move the arm back. One bolt holds each bearing/pulley assembly in place. The Ford's pulleys are both held by right-hand threaded bolts; the Chevy had one bolt that was left-handed. Take the pulleys off, tease the seal off the back side with a suitable tool, (pocket knife works for me) and work some fresh grease into the bearing with your fingers, or suitable applicator. Press the seals back into place, and reassemble what you have taken apart. Your idlers should be silent when you crank up again. If you are lucky they will be quiet for several months.