Sunday, November 22, 2009

Polaris project

Have not posted alot lately but the latest project was a (make the best out of two 1993 atvs) engine swap out of two '93 Polaris ATV'. Thought it be a simple job...NO I was wrong. Was not going to write about it 'cause it so easy.
Swap is complete, but now I have no spark and the carburetor float is stuck up and draining the fuel out a vent. Back to the drawing boards. Thanks God for the kings!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Made a ruttabage splitter;

need; machette with a curved tip- drill hole through the top of the curved tip

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How to clean and shine silverware.

Use a soft cloth to rub Worcestershire sauce on silverware (or any silver for that matter), then rinse and dry. They will look brand new!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My buddy Lon he's the man!

Lon, your the best for reviving my interest in this!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This Date will never happwn again

 

The 8th of July..... What is so different about the 8th of July THIS  year?

At five minutes and six seconds after
4:00 AM on the 8th of July this year,

the time and date will be 04:05:06 07/08/09.

This will never happen again in our life time
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Neat huh?       

 

 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Garden and other projects.

Well Scotty and Sally are spending the weekend. Had steaks on the grille with asparagus, baby porta bella mushroom and onion, it was so good! OHS beat Prescott 15-11 in the first game I seen Collin W. pitch. Planted 18 more crowns of asparagus 50 hills of potatoes reds and yukon golds. Bought a 6hp rear tine tiller. Still working the vdub project, talked to Josh in S.D. and is writing an explanation for alterations to the title for WisDOT. Found headliner for it in the local junkyard but they are super brittle, might try and get Scooby to go with me this morning and take it out. Have a polaris project ready to fire up when I get some other things wrapped up. Dan S. stopped by and brought a box of new beer being brewed by Summit brewery that is not on the market yet, his son is the brewmiester there so he gets all sorts of samplers. The new beer was very hoppy and is a red but not typical-strong bite. I don't care for it but Scooby liked it. Took Dan over to see another buddy of ours, Red. He had just bought a new toy--Gehl skidsteer. We all worked together at one time or another. Dan and Red are both retired. Mike B. stopped over yesterday morning and is going to redo the deck entering the front door of our house and expanding it with railings for us old people. Uncle Burt coming over today, passenger side window will not roll up!?? Taking the riding lawnmowers out today to prepare for the impending grass cutting. Mom called and wants me to stop in, she got some boiled dinner for us "NOTE"--I have to get there before Gordo does or there will not be any. Tomorrow moving Tessa from one place to another down in the shithole.
JROD

Monday, March 30, 2009

old guy bounce

Does anyone know how to restore the bounce to an old fellar?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Getting paint primer out of hair even if it is dyed a color.

I seem to lean my hair into wet paint on any surface I paint. Well when I did have hair! For water-based, use fingernails while shampooing. For oil-based, any oil (baby, olive, nivea), again with the fingernails. Something else that works is one of those sponges with a scrubber on the back. Hold one hand underneath, and then rub the scrubber downward along the hair...one direction only. Use blue or white scrubbers only...not the rough green ones.
JROD
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Try fixing stuff ourselves, we can do it together!??!: Making maple syrup.

Would not be right with out paying homage to brother Gordos syrup. It is excellant!!!

http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/7038.htm

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Making maple syrup.














Pics are from over at Gordo's today and Shmitty and Quiugly got a thing goin!!
I have 20 gallons or so of maple sap that I tapped over the last couple of days. Will boil it down in the near future. Heading over to Gordo's this morning. He and his tappers have a good 100 gallons or so and have 4 pints bottled already. They are using wood to concentrate it so I will get some ideas from the pro's!!
Started out by drilling a hole in maple tree 7/16 drill bit is the standard for most stock taps--2 to 3 inches deep . I have 5 taps. When temp drops below freezing at night and warms up during the day is the correct reciepe for sap flowage!! Don' take long (4 hrs is a GREAT flow )to fill a milk jug when flow is good. Will post some pics of my trip to Gordo's over on the North West side of Morris hill in East Farmington, over in the rich part of town. Only place around where people drive their ATV's wearing suit, ties and wing tips.
JROD
PS my comment on filter information was found at this site. Was not able to hook up the link--I am still learning.
http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/7038.htm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

We are back in the saddle again, with a brake caliper piston rebuild kit.

Well I am back. Had a little administration problems with the blog?!?! Do not even ask. Thanks much goes out to cousin, Gus R.--you are the best!! Will be posting some good stuff now!! Just performed a piston rebuild on a brake caliper, for a Polaris ATV was real easy except there is a 50/50 chance to press the new piston in wrong. Guess what I did? Yes it was the wrong way. Always-- the tapered end goes in to caliper first. The new piston is hollow and is not solid. They call it uninsulated, which is the OEM replacement part. I suppose much cheaper since it is hollow with no insulated core. Cost of metals now a days. Rule of thumb, if it don't look right, it probably isn't!!! I was able to pull new piston out and spin her around and repress it. No apparent damage to the washers. Will bleed them out today so I am crossing my fingers.
JROD

Caliper did not leak but am having master cylinder issues now?



JROD







Master cylinder seals are shot. Putting back together will be like sticking a golf ball through a root beer float straw. Any ideas? Anyone! Here is some pics, I have to clean the ports out a little more I see.



JROD






Got the washers crammed back in the master cylinder. Going to flush everything out with clean brake fluid and reinstall the pain in the rear. NOTE: bleeding the brakes same as on vehicles always bleed the brake line that has the most distance from the master first. The rebuild will work, the old washers were worn bad.

























JROD

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Frying pan sticking problem.

When frying in a cast iron frying pan, and it starts to stick. Put a tablespoon of water in and it will release!??!? Pretty cool. I learnt something from Sheryl today.

Stuff is not always what they should be when you buy them!

I ordered a new CV shaft from local auto parts store and got it home to install. Upon inspecting it closer, it was built wrong when remanufactured . I have this happen many times-left the store and not verify what I had?? I know better too, I should have inspected it closer. I was able to get a replacement the next day but it screwed up my schedule. Not that I have anything pressing going on but I may have went Ice fishing?!?! (Those of you that know will get a kick out of the ice fishing comment). Anyways my point being whether it be auto parts, food or electronics make sure you are always getting what you pay for. I've wrapped up the VW engine swap project and am getting ready for an older polaris 350 engine/parts swap. Sheryl is going to have me bug her in the kitchen cooking chicken enchilladas for Scooby and Sally later, then the NASCAR race. P.S. Rest in peace Jim Demulling-passed away yesterday, apparent heart attack. Keep the family in your prayers. JROD
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

I realize tonight no matter how old u are KILLLIAN'S red is God damn good!
JROD

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Drilling holes through plexiglass.

Tomorrow is my birhtday so I am going to explain something simple that I did not know how to do until of course I did it the wrong way the first time. I was making a placard for a rare baseball card and wanted to put a plexiglass face over it with wood in the back. Needed 4 holes drilled in each corner to mount to placard, just drill holes right!! NO. I tried the obvious of course and when bit gets through it would shatter. Then went with the drilling in reverse trick and that was okay. But if you drill in reverse and also C-clamp a backer board on the exit side it will look professional.
JROD

Monday, February 23, 2009

Replace recoil rope on a pull start gas engine.

This is my first real post. Do not know if it will pan out but going to ramble anyway. Had a family friend stop by with a recoil from an old K-series Kohler. The rope had broke and he did not know how to fix it. This is how I do it.
The wheel that the rope (pull cord) raps into has a coiled spring behind it. If the spring is still all intact behind it do not take it apart-thats a whole differant ball game and we can cover that sometime if anyone is interested?
Reload the spring by turning counter clockwise 6-8 rotations (99% go counter clockwise). This is the mechanism to retract the rope once we put a new one on. You have to be the judge depending on how long your old rope was. The idea is to have a little pull to rope when it is all the way retracted so it does not dangle there. Only use the amount of rope that you had before. Figure a way to lock the recoil in place once loaded. A small screwdriver poked in somewhere works well. Remove what is left old rope. Tape a piece of small wire on the end of new rope and feed it through the hole in the shroud. Work it in until you can manage the wire through the hole in recoil, tie it off with good square not and drip a little hot melt on to keep it from unravelling.
Now I must tell you my first couple times doing these recoils, weird stuff happens and if it can happen it usually does-once, than we know not too do it again, hopefully.
Before recoiling rope back in, be sure to have your rubber handle tied on the opposing end of rope. If you do not -well you see where that end of the rope will end up. We will hot melt that also but lets be sure the rope length is correct first. Allow rope to recoil holding everything and letting it retract gently. try it out and reinstall on your engine.
Any more pointers that I missed I would appreciate.
JROD

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My blogger intent!!

I am starting a blog to share information and answer questions of odd stuff that can be fixed ourselves, whether it be tightening a screw or replacing a wheel bearing in our cars. Use this blog to share any fix it tips with all of us.