January 2, 2016
On a nice warm day in the upper forties I worked outside. I was walking
down the lane to the wood lot to check the road for fallen branches
when I was distracted by the forest of dead weeds across the road from
the house. I spent over an hour pulling them and stacking them to haul
off to the brush pile. Then I got back to my original mission,
gathering fallen branches out of the road and putting them in little
piles to haul away. I didn't get to the hauling part, as the truck's
battery was down. I put a charger on it and will do the hauling
Sunday, January 3, 2016
More outside work today. I cut up the dead tree that was blocking the
road to the brush pile, and hauled the pieces up to stack by the
splitter. I guess I'd better get busy making a replacement for that
broken part on the splitter.
My last Poulan. The Husqvarna
starts right up and keeps working. This thing is hard to start and
after awhile it quits. It's too much hassle to suit me.
Rolling the log over to finish the cuts.
What I cut today will be enough wood for
at least a couple of weeks.
The road is clear as far as the brush
pile now, but there are still several logs blocking the road farther
January 4, 2016
Most of this morning I cleaned
magneto parts. They won't be where anyone can see them, but they'll be
clean. In the afternoon I unloaded the wood I brought up yesterday, and
stacked it beside the splitter. I also tracked down and ordered a
replacement for the broken bracket on the splitter. I was thinking of
making the new part myself, but it was surprisingly under $7 so I
ordered the part from a dealer. I should be back to splitting wood in a
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Today I finished cleaning up magneto parts except for the magnets,
which are taking an overnight bath in Evaporust. I also started my
online search for aluminum to make the mandrels I'll need for balancing
transmission drums. I found an online source, but tomorrow I'll do some
calling to Wichita. If I can find what I want there it might cost less
to go get it than to have something shipped from several states away.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
This morning I got started scanning another box of slides. They
included this picture of the house from 2008. Scanning is slow enough
work, but several times the scanner got tired and I had to stop and
restart the computer to get it working again. I had to quit in the
afternoon for a dental appointment and grocery shopping, but in the
evening I finished the box. I was surprised this afternoon to find the
splitter part I ordered Monday waiting for me on the front porch. I
would have been willing to wait another day or two if the shipping had
cost less. UPS charged $12.31 to bring me a $6.61 part . Anyway, I'll
be glad to get the splitter working again so I can split all that
wood I brought up here Sunday.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
I got a little more done on my magneto today. I hunted up three usable
twelve volt batteries and put chargers on them. Then I finished
cleaning up the magnets and marked the north poles on all of them.
Tomorrow I'll give them all a good recharging and start putting the
January 8, 2016
In the morning I charged all the
magnets. In the afternoon I fixed the splitter, split all the wood I
brought up last Sunday, and stacked it in the garage. Some day next
week I'll split another load, and that will probably leave
me with enough wood to last the rest of the winter.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
My morning projects were a little
bit of magneto work, finishing the coil ring clean-up, and working on a
switch I'm repairing for a friend. My afternoon activity was a trip to
Wichita to buy aluminum for some balancing mandrels, electronic scales
for checking magnet weights, and three more bundles of shingles for the
house. I'm so old I can recall buying shingles for $6 a bundle. Now
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Today I put my new scales to work, weighing magnets and marking
them. Without digging into any other magnetos for more, I have
thirty magnets. The magneto requires sixteen, and out of the
thirty I was able to find sixteen that are all within a range of only
five grams (391 to 396
), and I was able to place them around the
flywheel with equal weights opposite each other. Balancing this
thing might not be as much work as I thought.
Monday, January 11, 2016
puttered away the morning in the shop with a little work on the
magneto. The afternoon was sunny and warm, with a high of about 40º, so
it was a good day to do some outside work. I fired up the chain saw and
cleared the woodlot roads. The road south from the brush pile had
several big branches across it, as the January 3 pictures show. Some of
them were good enough for firewood and some were too rotten to bother
with, but I got all of them out of the road. Now it's clear for me to
drive to the south end where there's a loop that lets me turn around
without having to back up. After that road was clear I did the same for
the other loop road through the north end of the woodlot. So now both
roads are clear until more branches fall.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The day's major project was the magneto. On the theory that
balancing the flywheel will be easiest if all sixteen magnets
weigh the same, I took a box of them to the barn where my grinder is
located, and ground the ends of the heavier ones until all sixteen
weighed 391 grams. I also hunted up a junk axle shaft I plan to
use when I make a set of balancing mandrels.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
On a warm day with a high around 50º, I fired up the splitter and
attacked the woodpile behind the shop. In about three hours of
splitting I made a pretty good dent in the pile. Over half the stack
has been done now, and if I finish all of it I think I'll have enough
wood to last the rest of this winter and some to start next
Thursday, January 14, 2016
This morning I learned about iTunes. It
came with the computer, of course, but I've never taken the time to do
much of anything with it. So today I gathered up a pile of CD's by some
of my favorite singers and musicians, put them into the library, and
took one or two tracks from several albums to make up a playlist of 24
songs, then made a CD of the playlist. In the old days of vinyl,
recording a three minute song took three minutes, but this set up does
it in about twenty seconds. Mighty handy. In the afternoon I took
advantage of another warm day for some outside work without a coat.
First I unloaded all the wood I split yesterday and stacked it in the
garage to stay dry. Then I drove the truck down to the wood lot where I
finished clearing the south road. That didn't amount to much. All I had
to do was use the clippers to trim a few small branches, and cut some
little trees and poison the stumps. With the road clear, I made a
little video showing the truck driving to the
south end and making the loop.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Now that I've had a little practice with iTunes, this morning I made up
another playlist and recorded a CD of it.
Now I'll need to get the player in my car fixed so I can listen to the
CD's on trips. I spent most of the afternoon doing laundry, going
to the courthouse to renew my trailer registration, and buying 김치 at
the Asian market.Putting away the laundry and laying the evening fires
finished off the day.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
The main action of the day was an auction in Winfield. For $17.03
I bought a battery charger, a couple of quarts of brake fluid, a gallon of Crossbow herbicide (which costs
about $65 online), and four gallons of antifreeze.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Took the day off from any real work. I made up another playlist and made a CD of it,
and finished indexing all my 2015 digital photos.
Real winter has descended upon us. I don't think we made it above 25º
today. Later in the week we're supposed to warm up to the forties, so
maybe I can get outside and split the rest of the wood that's stacked
behind the shop.
Monday, January 18, 2015
Another day of real winter. The thermometer outside the kitchen window claimed it was 17º at
eight this morning. 22º upstairs when I got up, and 35º in the kitchen.
No problem. My electric blanket keeps me warm all night. Today I worked
a little more on an ignition switch I'm fixing for a friend. The face
plate was rather pitted, so it's had a couple of coats of primer
already. I sanded it again and applied another dose of primer. It may
be about ready for the finish coats. I'll find out when I use the fine
sandpaper on it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Wow! Talk about sticker shock!
The CD player in my eight-year-old Camry has quit working, so this
morning I drove down to Ponca City to have a car stereo shop check it
out. The guys there estimated a minimum charge of $391 to start, and
from there it could go up to over a thousand. No, thanks. I'll use the
radio. When I got home I gathered up a couple of boxes of small wood
chunks and bits of bark from around the splitter, then, with moisture
in the forecast, spread a tarp over what was left. In the shop I worked
some more on that ignition switch face plate. I sprayed the finish
coats on the plate, but the handle will take at least one more coat of
primer and sanding. The notable achievement of the day was finding my
missing box of slides from 1954 and 1955. I've been wanting to scan
some of them, but had forgotten where I left them. Here's the first one.
Christmas 1954. I'm 13 and Mike
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
At last I got started on making
mandrels for balancing transmission drums. Borrowing a lathe at the
junior college, I started making the shaft, which will be a junk axle
shaft turned down to 7/8". It's over an inch to start with, so
cutting it down .030" at a time will take quite a while. I decided that
at the next session I'm taking along a chair and something to read
while the lathe works. While I was doing my machine work and shopping
for groceries, at home a package of bacon was thawing in the kitchen.
I'm cleaning out my freezer, and that bacon has been in there forever,
so tonight it went into a BLT.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
In the morning I scanned a few more slides until the scanner got tired,
then I sprayed the finish coats on that ignition switch handle I've
been fixing. I spent most of the afternoon in the juco machine shop
working on my balancing mandrel project. It's
slow going, so I took along a chair and something to read. I'll be back
there tomorrow morning, hoping to finish the shaft and get started on
the other parts.
Friday, January 22
I spent the day in the machine shop working on my balancing
tools. I didn't finish, so I'll have to go back Monday.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
the road at the crack of dawn, I was off to the Mid-winter Model T
Seminar in Hucthinson, a two hour drive away. As usual it was an enjoyable event. The
pictures are here.
After the seminar I stopped in Wichita at Harbor Freight to pick up a
micrometer, had a tasty dinner at La Carreta, and went to see The Big Short.
A movie about stock trading and banking may not sound terribly
interesting, but it was entertaining, infuriating, and funny, with fine
performances all around by an excellent cast.
Special credit to writers Michael Lewis, Charles Randolph, and Adam
McKay, and director Adam McKay, for a great script well-delivered.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
In the morning I slaved over a hot computer, posting the pictures of
yesterday's seminar on the Model T forum. In the afternoon I
fired up the splitter and again attackd that pile of wood behind the
shop. I made a pretty good dent in it. Another session should about
Monday, January 25, 2016
Short & sweet: machine shop, all day. Still working on balancing
mandrels. More tomorrow, and maybe Wednesday too. Everything takes
longer than you think it will.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
With another day in the machine shop I got two shafts turned and have
only to finish the ends, and got started on the hubs. For now I'm going
to settle for one flywheel hub and three transmission drum hubs. I'm
not sure aluminum was the best choice of material for the hubs, but it
will do for now. If the aluminum hubs turn out to be too delicate, I
can make steel ones later.
Yet another day in the machine shop
got me closer to the end of the current project. Both shafts and two of
the hubs are done, with two more hubs to go. I hope to fnish those
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Done! Today I finished those balancing
mandrels. When I got home I tried them out on the balancer and they
work very nicely. Now I can proceed with blancing the transmission
drums and getting things put back together.
Drilling a hub center.
Shaft on the balancer and three
hubs for brake, low, and reverse drums.
Checking a reverse drum for
Friday, January 29, 2016
Today I started
magneto, installing the magnets on the flywheel and measuring the
height of each one. They need to be even within a few thousandths, so
I'll make shims for the low ones.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Winter is the driest season, and January is the driest month. The
average precipitation here in January is only an inch, and this year
it's been only .24". So yesterday and today I took advantage of the
non-freezing weather to put out the hose and run a trickle to help some
of the young trees and shrubs survive the winter. While the water was
trickling I enjoyed a nice day of outdoor work. I cut up some of the
small trees I had cut down in the lane to the wood lot. I cut them a
couple of years ago and left them to pick up later. Today was later.
The larger pieces went to the firewood supply and the trimmings went to
the brush pile. I spent most of the afternoon on the road south of the
brush pile. I finished clearing it to the turn-around loop, cutting up
some fallen trees and trimming some branches to allow a wider loop for
the truck to circle around without having to back up, and I got a start
on the new road that will extend past the loop and make a circle at the
south end of the place. There's a lot of work with the chain saw and
the clippers to do on that project, so it may take several weeks or
months to complete.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Another day of outside work
began with hauling dead weeds to the brush pile.
On a satellite view of the
woodlot I've marked the road entering from the west at the north end
and making a loop. The road south from the loop goes by the brush pile
and to a turnaround spot at about the middle of the lot. Going south
from the turnaround is the new road I cleared today.
Fresh cuts on the trees show
where I had to remove branches to clear the road. The white bottle is
Tordon. When I cut trees and bushes I poison the stumps with it to kill
the roots so they won't come back.
Today I cleared about two
hundred feet. The next part will be through thicker growth, so it will
be slower going.