Monday, February 27, 2012

Fenton Jammin' Out

Tonight Fenton was getting fussy and I was trying to settle him down. Sometimes I put him in front of me on the desk and play some music and he settles down. Tonight he was really jamming to the beat. He started grinning ear to ear and kicking his feet. Of course when I pull the camera out he had settled down some but you get the picture:

I guess the only other news I have is it is windy and dry....wait that isn't news.

Uh, well the other news is well, I......uh........guess, I'm n n n not going to be doing any more trucking.....Whew there I said it. It is really like an addiction and I may have to find Trucker's Anonymous. It has been extremely slow as in no calls since the first of the year for loads. And I don't feel like going overnight much with Mikali needing driven to and from the bus stop every day. It would be hard for Amanda to get all of them around in the morning and Fenton loaded in the car 2X a day. So I'm parking the truck. My commercial registration runs out the end of the month and so does my $6000 insurance. I don't want to pay for all that if I'm not going to be using it. It was a really tough decision because somehow last year was the best year we ever had with the trucking, then to just stop....... Sniff! I will miss all the great places I get to visit like the NAPI farm and Magdelena, NM and Waco, TX.

I will go ahead and register it and insure it as a farm truck so I can use it on the farm. I will keep my New Mexico permits so I can go over there unhindered, and my Fuel Tax permit so I can go to all the states if I want to for my business. I just won't be doing any trucking "for hire". Maybe if farming gets tough sometime and the kids get a little bigger I can look at doing some again.

BTW it is a paperwork headache getting all my commercial stuff cancelled. I have about 3-4 wonderful bureaucracies to deal with. Spent 22 minutes on hold today with the Federal office for my motor carrier permit. And the annoying thing is I have to have that form notarized! to get it cancelled. What a pain.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What I have been working on this week

Ok, the big ol green Steiger, you just couldn't stop it. Literally. It had no brakes. I don't mean they didn't work, I mean it did not have any brakes. Somebody that had it before me I guess had trouble with them and took all the braking stuff off. It was going to be big $ to get all that back with new from the tractor part company, like $2-3000 worth of parts at least. So what does ol Brandon do? Make his own of course.

It has a big disk brake on the driveline. It does not have brakes on the wheels like cars. So I had to make a new disk on the lathe. I actually made it a while back and had not gone any further on the project. I finally found me some relatively inexpensive brake calipers that fit a Ford Truck. Now to make the bracket to hold it all up there.

Believe me that stuff was heavy and hard to get up in the belly of the tractor. It goes right under the cab in the middle. My arms and shoulders are still sore from rastling that thing up in there. Here it is installed right on the back of the transmission:

The driveshaft actually would bolt up there and go off to the left.

Here is a short video of me testing it out. It works!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

My mom has been requesting more videos of Mr. Fenton Hyde. So I did these especially for her. First one is a pretty mild fussy spell, they get much worse of course. Second one was today, he was in an especially good mood and was grinning a lot. If babies were like that all the time the world would be too populated!