Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Countdown Crankup BONUS!

I looked through one of our hard drives and found Oh You Beautiful Doll with a picture show of old sheet music covers and put it back on YouTube for your enjoyment.


This record, and a few others in our collection belonged to my Aunt Bessye Hornung, who is front and center with her husband Carl on their wedding day.


Weekend Steam: A Sad Sight!

The front end broke off this English steam roller while it was out for a spin, and although it looks a mess, no-one was crushed, and the engineer did not allow the boiler to explode. When the front end drops it leaves the crown sheet dry, and the fire must be cooled down quickly to avoid a catastrophe.  He evidently did his work well, because the boiler did not let go when the front end was raised, putting water on the crown sheet again.



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Valentine Countdown: Rainy Day People, Gordon Lightfoot

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Drop Two Snags; Miss The Electrical Box

You have to assess the weight and lean on trees like this, and then hope that the wood is still solid.  Wood gets punky pretty fast in dead trees, and then your aim can be overcome by gravity.  We had one today that broke off its hinge on the way down, and it moved off its aim point by several degrees,  These two trees were still solid and went right where the hinges pointed them.


Another Fairbanks 208!

Looking through photo/video folders I ran across this pump jack and 208, from back in the Spring of 2012.  It's a decent video, even if it is just another Fairbanks 208 running an oil well. I always stop to listen and watch when I run across one of these on my walks in the backcountry of Southern Illinois.


Valentine Countdown: Sealed With A Kiss, Bobby Vinton

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gun Blogger Rendezvous and HAVA Check Presentation...

...at Shot Show. Click and Click.

Gun Blogger Rendezvous will be September 8-11, 2016. Mark it on your calendar!

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team


Ruger is donating to a different beneficiary this week, and this very rare gun is generating plenty of interest.   This Mk II pistol is evidently a prototype for the pistols that Ruger supplied to the U.S. Army.  It was rollmarked on November 3, 1982, and has been residing in Ruger's safe ever since.  There are slight differences from the pistols produced for the Army, and therefore it is extremely rare and collectible.   As I post this there are thirty bids and the price is over $2400, so brace yourself if you plan to make a bid.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team, and the hammer will fall mid-day, February 3, 2016.  Click Here, or on the picture to place your bid.

46 bids, $4790!  There are some very generous folks out there!

Valentine Countdown: These Foolish Things, Rod Stewart and Rudy Vallee

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Valentine Countdown: The Carpenters, Mr. Postman

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No Need For A Toothpick; It's Done!


Gary's cart parts disassmbled easily today. Now it's ready for a wire brush, then the sand blaster.

Photo Credit: Gary Bahre

Pistol League Night

We haven't been to Pistol League at the Carmi Rifle Club since before Christmas; partly because of lousy weather, and partly because of dreary, dark winter evenings.  We went tonight and there were more than a dozen people there, for six lanes of shooting.  We did a lot of catching up and had a great time.



 Pattie shot her personal best before Christmas; 439 out of 480. That is 48 shots, 12 from 15 feet, 12 from 30 feet, and 24 from 50 feet.  She was nervous tonight because she hadn't shot in more than a month, but she broke 400 with a score of 417, and that is pretty good for a lady who has suffered a bad stroke. I hope the weather is good again next week so we can go again.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

If I Knew You Were Coming

I'd Have Baked A Cart!


Our engine friend Gary Bahre sent us this little update.  He picked up a very rusty cart at an auction that was so encrusted he could not get the wheels off.  The meat should just fall off the bones after this treatment.  I have seen my dad rehab old iron skillets by putting them in a fire, and it works.  Gary said the wheels were glowing, and all the parts should be ready for the sand blaster now.

Photo Credit: Gary Bahre.

Valentine Countdown: I Only Want To Be With You TRIPLE!

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Dusty uploaded by Javier Reeves.


Nicolette Larsen uploaded by Antonio Giovanni Fortunato.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

One Of A Kind 1913 Elgin Tractor

This unique tractor was on display last summer at the American Thresherman Show at Pinckneyville.  The owner purchased it from the descendants of the original owner and he was careful to put it back in operating condition without hurting the tractor's barn-fresh patina.  The transmission is a friction drive system reminiscent of the Heider Tractor's system, but it is laid out differently.  There are a few Heiders out there in the world, but there is only one Elgin. I hope it is back next August so I can see it operating.



I should have included this photo in the slide show:


Valentine Countdown: Jimmie Rodgers Tells A Sad Tale

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