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RowdyRebel last won the day on December 24 2018

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  • Birthday 02/12/1979

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    If its got wheels or a skirt, I'm interested...

    ...but I probably can't afford it either.

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    2000 Kawasaki ZRX11001996 Ford F2501992 Ford Ranger1986 Ford Ranger1947 Ford 8N

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  1. I had no idea...slept right through it. The wife was complaining about how tired she was because she couldn't sleep with the storm and all...and I was like "What storm?" Sure, there were tree limbs littering the yard...damn sweetgum tree drops them every time the wind blows a little, so that really doesn't prove much. Hadn't really spent much time outside since the alleged storm rolled through because the ground is a little soggy and all, so when I got home from work tonight & drove around behind the house like I always do, the scenery was a little off. The old shed that's been slowly deteriorating finally bit the dust...no big deal, other than I'll have to clean it up. I'll have to take a walk around the property during daylight hours to see if there's anything else tore up. NWS was in town today surveying the damage elsewhere in town...said it was an EF1.
  2. Ranger's been back together for a week now. Took 3 weeks to find a transmission that would work...that 3L has a unique bolt pattern, so it HAD to come off a 3L truck. One a friend located for me was in AR and off a '98...so the tail housing & speedometer drive gear had to be swapped over since the '98 was electronic. Other than that, it bolted right up easy enough. It's nice to commute for $12/day in fuel again vs the $30/day it costs in the Suburban. Transmission will pay for itself pretty quick.
  3. That sounds like a nice problem to have. Sad to say I don't have that problem, and likely never will...which has more to do with monetary deficiencies than any overabundance of brains.
  4. I got to spend the entire day with my wife & kid, with absolutely nothing else on the agenda needing to get done. That was everything I could've asked for, since days off together are a rare commodity and when one of us DOES take a day off work, there is ALWAYS something we're trying to get done. The boy enjoyed ripping into his presents...didn't even wait to get some of them out from under the tree before he was going to town on 'em. The wife was a little upset that she had a couple presents under the tree and her gift for me hadn't arrived in time...so I didn't open a damn thing and couldn't be happier with how the day went. It's OK, though, because I didn't get around to putting hers together, so she got it in pieces. It's another thing on my "to-do" list...just wasn't worrying about any of that list on Christmas.
  5. Pretty sure he's a southpaw. Even managed to find a little 9" LH ball glove for him to grow into in the next year or three.
  6. It's what TSC had, and I didn't see any others.
  7. To Those commercials...used to be DeVry, then UTI, WyoTech took a turn, and now it seems to be UNOH every other commercial. Seems when one tech school starts advertising, the others all disappear.
  8. Oh, he's got my temper alright. Gets a little frustrated & things go flying. Doesn't talk yet, so no cussin'.
  9. Not too bad considering he's still a year or so below the "recommended" age...
  10. Key points omitted in the version of the story you selected: 1) Mark Galli, author of the op-ed, is leaving the publication. His views are NOT theirs. 2) Franklin Graham tweeted "My father knew @realDonaldTrump, believed in him & voted for him. He believed Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation," https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/evangelical-publication-calls-for-trump-s-removal-from-office/article_69ab84e0-233f-11ea-8029-53dab061365a.html
  11. I replaced the auto-lock hubs on the Suburban with manual lockers. One of the auto-lockers was broke, and with open diffs, that meant no power to either front wheel. MUCH cheaper to buy & simpler to install...and more dependable. I lock 'em in, they're locked. It also gives me 2wd low for when traction is good but I want to gear down (like when backing a trailer). Only thing worse than auto-lock hubs are the constant-lock ones that turn the entire front-end drive train even when in 2wd, causing excessive & unnecessary wear & tear.
  12. Glad to see it doesn't just happen 'round here...
  13. Caught him wrenching on his truck the other day... ...then he caught me trying to record him.
  14. Got the Ranger tore down, and there was a silver lining to it all. I'd been hearing a ticking sound coming from the front left wheel. Just put new brakes/calipers/rotors/brake lines/wheel bearings/etc...on this summer, and it's only been back on the road since August. Been meaning to jack it up and investigate, but with so much other crap going on just haven't had time. It drove straight, no vibrations, handled well, and no obvious signs other than the slight "tick tick tick" as the wheel went around. Well, when I raised it up to pull the transmission, I took a look at that front wheel. I've never even seen that much play in a shopping cart wheel! The outer bearing race fell out of the rotor when I pulled it off the spindle. I'm surprised the entire wheel didn't come off...which would've been REALLY bad. So, the transmission going out probably saved me and the truck, because losing that wheel running the roads I commute on at the speeds I take them would've been quite ugly...total the truck and probably do some serious damage to me, too. Anyway, I'm a little jealous of my boy. I'm rolling around on the creeper, struggling to maneuver around in the tight quarters under the truck...and all he has to do is stoop over a little bit and walk. Being in the garage is nice because he can wander around and watch me work, rather than be contained in the bed of the truck. I don't need him wandering off while I'm elbow deep in a project. I'd upload a pic of him "helping" but they're all too large...only have 1.57MB available. If I find time here in the next few days I might see about making some room to do that...
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