Monday, February 24, 2014

Kinda depressing really

I realized I had some old files from 2007 in the bottom of the file cabinet that needed thinned out and sorted, and stored away.  I was going through them and ran across truck scale tickets for the crops we harvested that year.  WOW!  I forgot how much grain we cut.  There were dozens and dozens of tickets.  That was an unbelievable crop year.  Stacks of envelopes of tickets that year, and the past 3 years I have not harvested ONE truckload of grain. Sure isn't much fun waiting around for the climate to change.

Meanwhile at the Busted Knuckle Garage we have a Redneck Winch Truck conversion just finished. The old 1953 Ford that looks like "Mater" hadn't run in a decade.  But I would sure like to use that old winch on the back sometime.  
Trying to sell the engine in the classifieds to help offset the conversion project expenses.

So the Ole Knuckle Buster got to brain storming and decided to cut "Maybelline"* in half.  Put a hitch on, and a hydraulic driven motor on to run the winch with the tractor's hydraulics.  
 (*Papaw calls her Maybelline because she is so beautiful)

And voila! A winch truck, that is not a winch truck.  Now instead of trying to start the old truck, just hook a tractor on.  It was fun running around the machinery lot picking up stuff and setting it back down. 


Anybody need something picked up?  
Have winch, will travel.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Trucking again

One of my neighbors needed some BIG pipe to make feed troughs.  Big 24" pipe, to be cut in half lengthwise. Seems the best deal was 500 miles away in Uvalde, TX.  He needed a "professional" trucker to take a truck down and get it.  It was interesting.  I have never hauled pipe before.  But the guys that loaded it knew what they were doing, even if I didn't.  I just had to throw lots of straps on it and tighten it down.  I actually got 16 pipes, but I forgot to take a picture of the whole load when it was done.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's official we are dorky parents

Our little 4 door sedan was getting too tight with 3 car seats and 3 kids.  It has been a VERY reliable car, and efficient and cheap to own and drive.  But for a couple different reasons we were ready for  a small upgrade.  After driving a couple vans, we knew we were going to have to be grownups and think about something practical, efficient, and most  Vans after they get 100,000 miles are extremely cheap compared to pickups and SUVs.

We always kinda wanted a small SUV.  But the back seat is not any bigger than our car, and the fuel mileage is usually bad.  So we got this plain Jane Dodge van.  10 years old of course, and 112,000 miles already.  But as my readers are well aware of, we generally don't buy vehicles that are new, and I tend to bust my knuckles keeping junk running as long as possible.

The only options it has is electric locks, elect windows, and an aftermarket DVD player installed.  Otherwise it is your basic kid hauler.  Very clean compared to several we looked at.  So we decided we were ready to be grownups now.