VaPatentman

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  1. Re groove tires?

    My father made his own re-grooving tool using an old Paragon Soldering Iron (American Beauty Model 3198 550 watt by today's standard) the cutting edge was formed from a sharpened piece of SS and attached to the tip via holes he drilled and tapped. Attached with silicone bronze machine screws to promote heat transfer. Iron costs about $264.00
  2. Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

    Jim, I have received 2 of the 5 under recall they came via FedEx Ground on 2 different days. My FedEx Ground experiences haven’t been great. In my area, FedEx ground = a deadbeat that has an old worn out truck that can’t back up your drive and uses your yard instead, then leaves your package at the foot of the steps on a rainy day Tried to use “MISHANDLED” as my user name on FedEx Website to track packages and was informed it had already been taken. Go figure. Kidde sends a label with the replacement for you to package and return defective item. FedEx Ground will come pick it up, I asked for a receipt and the driver said they don’t give them out. So my only proof of sending them back were the photos I took of them on his truck.----GOOD-LUCK
  3. How to assemble a Liebherr T284 mining truck

    The Liebherr site in Newport News, Virginia.was originally an airplane manufacturing plant operated by I think GE during WW-II .
  4. Harlan County gets another mack

    Read this the other day on the Facebook CF-Mack page. What a great gesture to help a rural fire department that like so many have very limited funding.
  5. Urinals in the garage?

    Random question, how many guys have urinals in their garages? I installed a small urinal in my garage today. My wife thinks I was crazy to do this. Her theory is there is a complete bathroom in the Mother-in-law suite above the garage and I can just run up there when nature calls. My thought is--- I don’t have to take off my booths if they’re dirty to go upstairs and it saves time. Any comments.
  6. fxfymn, It is all about having the right tool! My daughters always try and figure out what new gadget I need for Christmas this time of year.
  7. Model "C" question

    fxfymn Senior moment, actually they are/were at Graves Mountain Farm, off Apple Tree Lane & Rt. 670, Syria, VA. under a tree on the north side of 670. Not too far from Culpeper unless you are walking! Ref: Bobby Monn (I know the whole story) I heard a rumor years ago and apparently he went back to Fayetteville area? Got to know some of the guys from up that way when they would come down on the weekends and ride/catch fire at 29. Some of them were fearless and scared me a time or two
  8. Model "C" question

    Yes it is, It is a shame of what happened to both of the pieces from Oxon Hill
  9. Model "C" question

    Carl, The “C” in the pic (212) was totaled in an accident while running a 42 Box. It occurred about 4-months into the 1-year wait for the 4-Pirsches Oxon Hill had on order. To fill the gap they bought a CF demonstrator which went to 42 to run as the wagon (days of 2-pc Eng. companies) They moved 42’s pumper 53 Mack to 21 to run as pumper which later served Lake of the Woods and unfortunately is just wasting away somewhere near Culpeper last I knew. The Pirsch in the bay was Oxon Hill’s TDA. The pic of the CF was taken shortly after delivery on the ramp at 42 and prior to being Gold Leafed. The CF was later purchased by the County and saw a great deal of action a Chapel Oaks, 38. Here are a couple of pics I have gathered off the internet of these pieces. Amazing how well the Federal Q has held up over the years.
  10. Model "C" question

    Thank you I thought they did and I had a guy that is a "LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND" tell me I didn't know much about "C's"
  11. Model "C" question

    Does anyone know if a "C" in the 59-60 range could have had air assist steering? Never drove one but spent time in the bucket doing various jobs in Prince George's County, MD and can't remember. Not my photo was by Donald "Doc" Moltrup on the ramp at Co. 21, 7600 Livingston Rd.
  12. HAS ANYONE SEEN THIS PIECE LATELY

    I think it did, several of the Heavy Squads I am familiar with did.
  13. Here are two US electric truck companies I have been following with interest. (http://workhorse.com) and Unique Electric Solutions LLC Workhorse has an assembly plant in Union City, IN to manufacture new, medium-duty truck chassis in the 14,500 to 23,500 GVW class. Unique Electric Solutions LLC, Smithtown, NY, UPS and Unique Electric Solutions LLC (UES) will design, build, test, and make the conversions. In addition to producing a new, cost-effective all-electric conversion kit. UPS and UES may convert up to three UPS vehicles a day. This could lead to the conversion of up to 1,500 UPS delivery trucks, which is about 66% of UPS’s NYC fleet by 2022
  14. HAS ANYONE SEEN THIS PIECE LATELY

    If in fact it is the old piece from Silver Spring, Md, and ended up AACO #7 here is another pic of it sitting in the bay at AACO #7. Maybe someone that knows John can comment. I had the pleasure of driving it a few times when it was @ Prince Georges Maryland Fire Department Company 21 as reserve squad shortly after theirs was wrecked. Large steering and non-synchro tranny. It would roll on I-95 heading west (downhill) toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Just noticed that the penetrator siren and FEDERAL Q had been removed at some point