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    1 Week Ago
    Probably my best "horse trading " involved a 31 HP baler engine .I bought the baler at an auction with a stuck engine for 65 bucks .Got it running and traded it off about 6 years later for a 1972 Harley Sportster chopper,straight up,even Steven . Kept the "Widow maker" about 10 years and sold it for two grand before it killed me .
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    1 Week Ago
    Electric fuel pumps seem to be common .Fact the 31 HP I have at my shop,which has a 3 to 1 reduction unit has one .Now weather that's because the mechanical unit failed or because of vapor lock I don't know . Unless the design has changed that engine used an up draft carb sitting under the intake manifold and vapor lock was common,at least on the baler engines .Damned dumb place to to put it IMO .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Great addition Brian, Congratulations!
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Wisconsin engines were never known to be fuel savers .If I were to guess being a chipper it's probably a 65 HP model .I doubt a 31 HP would have enough power on a chipper . They are good tough old engines but being air cooled just like a chain saw make certain the chips and dust doesn't clog the cooling fins . Back some time ago as teenager( over 50 years ) I did a lot of farm work .Those old farmers had engine driven hay balers with 31 HP Wisconsins and they let the chaff build up under the shrouding .If you shut one down hot you had about 45 minutes before it would start again ,vapor lock .
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    2 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Poisonwood is just terrible if you are allergic. I mean terrible. There is something called Zanfel, about $50.00 a tube, that helps. Most people get a steroid shot. Although the eye went through Cudjoe key, I have heard that really Big Pine suffered the worst. Thank your friends from the bottom of all of our hearts. So much destruction, a helping hand is so appreciated. God bless them.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Limbrat, are the guys in the yellow shirts from the Morman Church? We have a lot of people from that church helping in Marathon, they all have yellow tee shirts on.They have been a big help to a lot of people.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    It is such a dust bowl here, no foliage to help collect dust. We are getting little bits of rain to knock it down but it sure is dusty. Pretty petty complaint eh? We are going to be busy for a long time. What a mess.What a mess.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    I'll probably hang it up in the spring .Damned near 50 years in the trade is probably enough and also next year I have to tie into at least 3 IRA's and they will tax me to death .I'm opposed to that .
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    3 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    I know Burn, although not born in Florida, I grew up in South Florida. I've seen some changes, some of them good others not so good.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Yep, and that is from one end of the state to the other and across the state!! Holy smokes, what a mess. The red cross left Marathon today, now stationing in Big Pine Key. All but two neighborhoods in Marathon have drinkable water and power. That is huge. HUGE. The sewer working is even HUGER! lol. We get though it, just takes time. We are working 6 days, tree crew will be in Key West for a month at least. Only one piece of equipment is giving us a fit, the back hoe of things. Water went in through the exaust and some other problems I can't explain because I know nothing about back hoes other than they are working on it cause we need it!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    So, the plane is a c-116, not the president lol. I think that was the number of the plane, one of the largest carrier planes. Headed into the office, no power there, but the men were allowed back yesterday and will be in to formulate our plan.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    We have the tools for working if you are a stand up, moral and decent man/woman. PM me if you are interested. You need to be able to provide for yourself, shelter, food, water ect. (look at Gary's list) I am not your mama, lol
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    4 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Burn, so sorry I used the STFU phase after you posted, I know you meant well and things will be built stronger when they are rebuilt. Perhaps some day you and Mel can join us on our deck and have a glass of iced tea to discuss how the keys could be better. Brian, work safe my friend. Just taking a short break here, it will be a long road of recovery for theses island and I am grateful to be a part of it. So grateful to be a part of it. I, for the first time in my life, am seeing our tax dollars at work that amazes, I mean amazes me. This may be stupid, but can anyone tell me if the President landed in Marathon? If so, we watched the plane take off from our porch last night. I know Air force one landed at that airport when the senior Bush was President, so I know it can land there. Anyway, the plane that took off was HUGE for these parts! At first we thought it was another C130 but we think this was a much, much bigger plane. It left after dark which was odd as well, most C130'sthat we have observed quit coming at dusk. Pretty stupid, but would just like to know. I have not left my property to ask around town, just though someone here might have heard. Glad to be a part of this forum as well, thanks so much for the prayers and well wishes. Butch, your mama would be so proud. Thanks so much for putting this up for us to share.
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    09-16-2017
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Greg Scott, our Arborist, is alive and well. Had some water roll through his house, but he is well. Holy smokes, we got home Thursday, spent Friday making sure the trucks started and got them back to the yard. We had them staged at different high spots around the island. Today took a tree off our mechanics mother's house, tarped the roof at the office, picked up 8 free cases of that budwiser water and believe it or not, got to our home to find out WE HAVE POWER at our home. The boat was on the lift, had not moved an inch. The fabric on the t top is gone but all well otherwise. You would not believe the number of police officers and Armed Forces that are in the Keys, c-130's landing at the air port behind my house, black hawks and another huge type of helicopter bringing in supplies. Red Cross has stations set uo around our little island and I am sure in the lower keys. One great thing, the source that said so many had died was WRONG. Thank God. This storm hit the ocean side of Marathon bad, the last Hurricane, Wilma, hit the bay side bad. The people are coming back in, the lower keys open at 7 am tomorrow. I have not left Marathon, so have not seen the real destruction in the lower keys, but on the way down until Marathon all I could say was wow. and wow, wow. Our grocery store is open in Marathon, they picked our trash up this morning, and I swear, I just heard the mosquito truck going by. Things will be even better tomorrow.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    09-15-2017
    Actually I was just born with good genes .My dad was still cutting firewood at 80 .A stroke got him a 86 .My mother passed a few months ago at 91.
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    09-13-2017
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Leaving in the morning 3am headed down.
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    09-13-2017
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Bodean, you know you can put her on a list, 1-800-323-7733 Also, national guard are at the Winn Dixie on Big Pine Key 1-305-872-4142 also, rescue people at the Moose Lodge 1-305-827-4063 I saw Fema search and rescue on the tv today, they were on Cudjoe Key. Parts of Cudjoe were leveled and other structures okay.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    09-12-2017
    I'll get on it a little at a time .I have to take time to take my lady friend on another honeymoon .You see at our age marriage is out of the question but honeymoons are very much an "in" thing .70---the new 40----:D
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    09-12-2017
    The continuing saga of the damned pig nut /smooth bark /bitter nut hickory .I finally got the thing all brushed out and chunked up into fire wood .Keeping in mind I have a lot of irons in fire at one time or so it seems .Thus it takes me forever to get things done . That damned stuff is as stringy as elm,much different than shag bark .Thank heavens I have a good splitter . Local hardwood mill says it makes real good lumber. Firewood evidently you have to work for it .
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    09-12-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    We are supposed to get rain this evening or in the morning driven by that storm .Think about that 1500 miles north from where it hit landfall .
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