Green Workshop - Natural Living. (pix galore)

Discussion in 'Gearhead Garage' started by mistawiskas, May 13, 2009.

  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Oh yeah, lol. Damn it!
  2. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    That's correct. I can't sell the finished product. I can sell plants and cut plants whole, but not dried, cured tobaco without a licence from the state and feds. But....barter? Hmmm?
    I can almost make a living through barter, no fiat currency or paper money involved at all.
  3. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I'll have meat. Even if it all falls apart like it did for our Ruskie bros. And irreguardless of amo availability.

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    I need to stock up on arrows and broadheads though.
  4. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Craigslift freebee score! This lawn tractor had been sitting idle for 10+ years. First challenge was to un-gum the cylinder and rig up an ignition switch while I wait for the correct part from Nebraska. I researched the wiring scheme and I got it where it'd turn over last night. Today I tore down the outer engine: the covers, the carb, the flywheel, the dynamo, the magneto and air filter assembly. I got the parts cleaned up gapped the plug and magneto for a nice blue spark. I did a thorough cleaning of the carb and associated parts, cleaned out the fuel lines and gassed it all up. First crank and it started. I then fiddled with float and needle valve and fired it up for a sustained run. along with the tractor came most the parts for another whole tractor minus the engine. now that I know the engine isn't blown, I'll put all the best parts together for a mower for the wife to use and hopefully cut the field mowing time by 1/3.......down to 4 hours instead of 6 hours.

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    I'm running short on room for storing all these CL freebees:

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  5. Octane91

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    Awesome find Wiskas! How is the green house harvest coming?
  6. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I'm getting set to start next seasons early stuff now. Having a bit of a problem finding heirloom seeds in this area. Just about all the tobacco is proccessed and aging. The garden soil is cooking compost. This has been one of the rainiest years I can remember in this area.
    I wanted to make sure that the motor on that lawn tractor would run before stripping everythong clear down to the fram and rebuilding it....it passed the test.
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Progress report!

    Today I got the mower stripped down to the chassis and the motor cleaned up. All body parts cleaned and rust ground down and primered. then, two coats of IH red epoxy and Tecumseh black for the motor.

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    Next, rebuild the mower deck, new blades and drive belt.
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    Wow. Looks really freakin good... Good job. ;)
  9. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Thanks. i had to have my truck serviced today so I was stuck at home and i couldn't think of a better way to spend the time.
    I picked this mower up for free and it's been sitting under a tarp for a couple months just waiting to be refurbished. I love freebees.
    I may need to put a couple tubes in two tires as they keep going flat over time.
    I'll pull the tires off the rims and see if it's a rusty rim or actual puncture.
  10. 86mcss

    86mcss Devouring your Soul

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    awesome job wiskas :D
  11. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Thanks. I love refurbishing. too bad there weren't more bux in it as a home work job. I get to go out to the shop and relieve all my stress by cussing at
    broken, stuck or hard to reach bolts and I get to hit things with hammers......big hammers :wink:.

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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Another progress report:

    I managed to tear down the mowewr deck today. I've been dreading it. The heads of the bolts that hold the mandrels to the deck always break off in the cast aluminum mandrell body. With luck, I only had two out of ten break off and there's enough protruding from the backside to grab with a pipewrench and pull the4 bloody stub on through. Out of two decks i can make one good one with good bearings and rebuild one mandrell with new bearings for a spare (cost of two new bearings= 10 bucks). The fourth mandrell was trash. i'll also have two sets of blades so there'll be a balanced sharp set handy at all times.

    The carnage:

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    The painting of the tractor is nearly complete. I just have to put it all back together now.

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    I even painted the heads of the bolts and screws :wink: :

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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    UPDATE:
    I got the mower deck all painted and rebuilt today.

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  14. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    this thread just keeps getting better and better.

    mower looks great! i wouldve done the same, i love refurbishing. its amazing what a little cleaning and repainting will do.

    my fav product to use on rusted bolts and things is PB Blaster.
  15. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The real problem with steel bolts cranked into cast aluminum is the oxidation of the aluminum from contact with the two dissimilar metals. I'd rather the bolt break and have to drill it out than the cast aluminum cracking or breaking. In this case I only had to drill one out and run a through-bolt and pinchnut. Now it's time to put it all back together. I just need to get the new signition switch and reupolster the seat.
  16. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Update:
    This project is done!
    The end results:
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    The fog burnt off just as I got the deck attatched so i went out and mowed the stretch out by the driveway. Hey moe!!! it woiks!!! And it woiks well too :wink:
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    Gotta love that seat cover, man!!!

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  18. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    It kinda reminds me of the 80's :wink:. I took the mower out and spent 5 hours mowing 1 1/2 acres today. one of the old bearings blew out so i get to buy new bearings. I stress tested the begeezus out of that tractor. Tomorrow I'm breaking down the decks on both tractors and replacing all the bearings in the mandrells. The deck on the craftsman tractor blew out the port side bearings (it's alway the port side that goes first) last year and I mickey-rigged it with a bearing set out of a 1hp electric motor. It was enough to get through the season. I finished off the last acre with it today and noticed a bit of vibration coming from the deck. I'll spring for new bearings for both decks before the real mowing season gets here.

    Today was the fifth nice day with temps above 60 degrees and the grass is beginning to grow fast. i went out to stress test the Murray and ended up mowing the whole kitten kaboodle.....all 2 1/2 acres of kaboodle. Man it was nice, but the wind was like ice.

    1/2 of the "lawn"

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  19. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I now have all the firewood to heat the shop next year. I just need to split it and get it out to bake in the sun until next winter.

    [video=youtube;G2MILLylddQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2MILLylddQ[/video]

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    man and im sitting here in cali that its too hot :S
  21. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The weather's been really weird. One week rain, one week snow and one week 55-65 degrees. It's been that way all winter so far.
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    Its winter still up there? I'm already going back out on the ocean fishing on the weekends!
  23. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Yeah, this years plantings are going to be a crap-shoot to be sure. I put up some shelving in a southern window to start some early veggies and tobacco just so i don't have to heat the greenhouse in case of hard freeze. Electric costs have jumped 24% since last year...thank you very much pacificorp.
  24. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Nice new addition to my small gas engine collection.

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    A deal came along where this dude was taking a helicopter mechanic job back east, needed relocation capitol and had this brand spankin' new (this thing was still in the crate) 7Kw generator he was willing to trade for lablor. 2 days worth of labor and I took it home and assembled it. that was yesterday. Today I converted my shop electrical service over to a four wire system from a three wire system, installed a backfeed point and changed out the neccessary breakers, then ran wire next door to my mom's house so I could energize her panel in an emergency also.

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    Rather than purchase a power lead for 169 bux, I made one up that is 50' long to hook up both our homes and the shop through the power point for my irrigation. i just needed to put in a L14-30 jack then swap out 20 amp breakers for 30A's and backfeed from there. The conductors are extra heavy gauge (8awg) and will have no problem with the load. I'll need to work on getting a tranfer switch but untill then, if needed, I'll trip the mains before energizing anything. I test fired everything and now have power when the power fails. Next thing is to score a big assed propane tank and install a tripple fuel conversion on this Honda GX390 motor. With gasoline it'll run for 10 hours at 50% load. But I want more endurance and propane capability in case gasoline get's too expensive. The shelf life for propane is hard to beat.
  25. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Awesome!!! Mushroom season is officially here!

    First edibles of the year: Verpa Bohemika (early morels):

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    time to start the winter squash. seeds from last years crop:

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    Also time to start the tobacco in the house where the temp is more constant. seeds from last years crop:

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    The greenhouse is doing it's thing with tomatoes, chard, peas, cucumber, bell peppers, squashes cantaloupes and watermelons.
    I got the first tilling done on the garden yesterday. This is actually late for the first cultivating and starts, but we had snow up until
    four days ago and are supposed to get more wedsnesday night and real freezing friday and saturday. The timing sux as the fruit trees
    are threatening to bust out just in time to get frosted.