Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Friday, September 25, 2015


The MSM spends a lot of time telling us about all the "migrants" from Syria presently invading Europe.

Another case of liberals redefining a word - these people are at best REFUGEES if not Muslim invaders.

Call a spade a spade.If Jugears brings any of these people here, as he has promised to, let's at least call them what they are - refugees.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Back together

The pressure plate was here when I got home yesterday. All clean and rebuilt.

So, after dinner, I started putting the tractor back together.

Rebuilt pressure plate and alignment tool in place. Needs tightening.

 Left front tire going flat - and twisting the engine in relation to the transmission. Some air fixes that.

Don't forget to remove the alignment tool after torquing down the pressure plate! I made this in my machine shop.

Ready to mate it back together!

 Long bolts used to help align the halves. The bottle jack under the transmission and the floor jack under the engine allow fine tuning, as does the sir pressure in the tires.

Rough line-up. The long bolts keep things more or less in line, but can't support any significant load.

You can see the dowel pin above the bolt that sets the exact position of the halves. This must be lined up perfectly, or it won't drive into the transmission housing hole. there's one on either side of the engine.

Almost there. Dowels lined up, clutch splines sliding into place. One has to finesse the gas tank bolts and the steering shaft into place in the last inch or so.

Mated. About an hour and a half from starting to here. Have to remember to torque that bolt behind the fuel filter!

Left side split line.

And - all back together. All that's left is putting the batteries, hood and front loader back. Three and a half hour's work up to here. Maybe another hour to finish.

From the front. Will finish tomorrow. Right now, time for a long hot bath!

Update - finished the reassembly this evening. Had a scare - smoke from under the dashboard when I touched the positive battery terminal connecting the batteries. There was a tiny bit of something metallic got between the ammeter terminal and the ammeter bracket - fell out when i took it apart trying to find the problem. No damage.

Clutch feels real good. Once it dries out a bit - it's pouring - I'll put the front loader back on and hook up the mower deck.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Never forget

Muslims killed over 3000 Americans 14 years ago tomorrow.

Video from the ISS:

Raw ground zero footage:

If Islam is truly a "religion of peace", Muslim leaders in places like Saudi Arabia will be the first hunting down and exterminating groups like ISIS. Since this has not happened, all I can think is that Muslim leaders have given tacit approval to terrorism and "fundamentalist" or "extremist" Islam.

I pray our next President can tell the difference between rhetoric and actions. Lots of talk from Muslims about love and peace, but anyone with eyes and ears can tell what the truth is.

A bit of history

1932. The Bonus Army:

You probably never heard of this - American citizens attacked by the US Army.

It could happen again.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Split yet again!

My Massey-Ferguson Super 90 is in two halves again. Last week, I reported how the clutch was locked up. Today at 5 AM, I pulled it into the garage and went to work.

This time, I took pictures:

Left side. Just pulled in.Left the front loader outside.

Right front. Small drip under the middle - motor oil? I did put a new rear main seal in.

Right side.

Concrete blocks, plywood, and a 1/8" steel sheet for the floor jack to roll on. 6 AM.

Bottle jack on blocks under the transmission.

Batteries. Heavy!

Front loader braces and supports undone. Hood and fenders off. Wiring and piping disconnected

Instrument panel opened, to get to the roll pin in the steering shaft.

Draining the coolant. If you don't, when you take the temperature sender out of the head, it leaks.
2 x 4 blocks between the axle and front casting to keep the engine from pivoting on the axle

There's another 2 x 4 between the gas tank and the valve cover, to support the tank, which normally rests on top of the battery box.

Split. 6:40 AM.Notice the two fuel lines that need to be disconnected so the power steering pipes can stay with the back of the tractor.

You can see the throttle and fuel shutoff linkages above the starter. Small pipe drains oil from the power steering unit back to the transmission.

 Ready to pull the clutch. I can see the problem - one of the fingers on the pressure plate is stuck depressed.

Blurry close-up of the pressure plate - the finger on the right is stuck depressed. Smells like hot clutch.

My original thought was that one of the flywheel bolts came loose and jammed the clutch. Happened to me on a '66 Chevy C30 panel truck a long time ago. Not this time - all looks good here.

Clutch disk. No problems here.

Pressure plate LOOKS OK, but getting stuck like that indicates internal wear -so I ordered a new one. AGCO no longer stocks these - ordered from Tractor Joe's in St. Louis. Should ship next Tuesday.

So, the garage is occupied at least until next weekend.