Category Archives: Cars, Trucks and Tractors

Nifty tag cloud

http://www.wheel-size.com This is seriously one of the most interesting tag clouds I’ve used. I guess that is a bit telling about who I am.

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John Deere “Dain” AWD tractor – 1918

I’ve been reading up on John Deere recently (one of my many books, can’t remember which one it was now) and found out that in 1918 John Deere made an AWD tractor!  This was well before anyone had 4wd tractors…or … Continue reading

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Stressed out, crazy busy

It has been absolutely nuts.  Firewood is mostly processed and at a standstill until (if) we get a January thaw.  I need to build an internal structure for our new metal shed so the roof doesn’t cave in with our … Continue reading

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Saving gas

Driving the Forester I’ve noticed an appreciable savings in gas for my daily commute.  The Ranger got 20mpg average while the Forester is getting 26mpg.  Per week I drive 280 miles, consuming 14 gallons of fuel in the truck but … Continue reading

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Truck gone, new daily driver/tow rig

It’s not gone yet actually, but the Ranger is for sale.  Anyone interested?  We’re asking $3,500.  It’s in great shape, just the frame is starting to get rusty.  We have replaced it with a 2003 Subaru Forester.  2.5L boxer 4cyl … Continue reading

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Car thoughts – truck getting welded

It’s weird driving your college car 5 years after you’ve been out of college.  I sold my 2001 Ford ZX2 to my parents a year after I got out of college.  I needed a truck and bought a 2000 Ford … Continue reading

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New shocks on the Ranger

I got the new front shocks installed on my truck yesterday.  It took me 3 hours and honestly about half of that was fighting with my driver’s side inner fender well.  Luckily I figured out that by using 15″ of … Continue reading

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New muffler

I finally got around to replacing my rusted out muffler with a new one.  I don’t like exhaust clamps so I welded in the new one myself with my 50amp 110v stick welder using 1/16″ 7014 rods.  It worked pretty … Continue reading

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Vehicle repairs

When it rains it pours.  In the last couple months this is what we’ve had to do to our vehicles. Focus: Air filter Fuel filter PCV Spark plugs and wires Valve cover gasket Serpentine belt Catalytic converter Ranger: Air filter … Continue reading

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Electronic transfer case no more, convert it to manual

Last fall my electronic transfer case decided not to allow me into 4-Low.  Normally this isn’t an issue, but I was needing to pull some trees around after felling them and didn’t want to burn out my clutch.  I’ve always … Continue reading

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