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The mennonites that were working on my Uncle's little D4 dozer wrote and said it was ready to be picked up. So we loaded up this morning to go get it. Before we could leave, he first had to spend some time transfering wisdom to two of my boys. I did not interrupt:

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Off we go:

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We got sidetracked and had to make a little stop and pick up a tractor that has been for sale and the guy kept dropping his price. I have been watching and just could not pass it up today - the blushing bride will just think it is Uncle's?

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Get loaded up with no problem - they did an out of frame rebuild on the engine, all new injectors, head, valves, the whole nine yards. Replaced some undercarriage rollers, resealed hydraulic pump, replaced hoses and lines, new starter motor, new glow plugs and wiring, the list went on and one. Guess what it cost? .............. $3100.00. I about fell over. I thought it would be twice that. They charged $25.00 an hour for shop time. Haven't seen that rate in a long time!

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While we were there, we saw a combine on steel tracks/wheels:

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The guy had been disc chiseling wheat stubble with this:

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It is a D5 Caterpillar bulldozer with a John Deere 8.1 diesel engine installed in it, and a cab from a White four wheel drive tractor. I asked him what the air compressor on the side of the engine was for and he said: "I just wanted to try an air ride cab and seat":

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We got back to his farm to unload the dozer and I had to go hit the house for a little bizness that I did not want to do outside. When I come back outside, he has unloaded the Cat and has gotten his TD9 International track loader out of the barn and is in the process of loading a 22 foot truck bed onto the trailer to give me for hauling his Cat home. My dad and him always had a game where they never paid each other cash for help, but they would give each other cool stuff. Since my dad died, I have been honored to get to play:

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He also gave me this cool little John Deere hit and miss engine and made me promise to make a family project with my boys in getting it to run:

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I did not have the heart to tell him that his job of binding down the bed on the trailer would not be DOT approved:

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I get home, and find my middle son decided to take the concrete blocks for the new pit silo and play legos with them:

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Ahhhh - a shower, put on flop around the house clothes, a hot meal, now I get to relax with the new addition:

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The mennonites that were working on my Uncle's little D4 dozer wrote and said it was ready to be picked up. So we loaded up this morning to go get it. Before we could leave, he first had to spend some time transfering wisdom to two of my boys. I did not interrupt:

post-6658-0-63102900-1339291726_thumb.jp

Off we go:

post-6658-0-83935100-1339291827_thumb.jp

We got sidetracked and had to make a little stop and pick up a tractor that has been for sale and the guy kept dropping his price. I have been watching and just could not pass it up today - the blushing bride will just think it is Uncle's?

post-6658-0-17581500-1339291937_thumb.jp

Get loaded up with no problem - they did an out of frame rebuild on the engine, all new injectors, head, valves, the whole nine yards. Replaced some undercarriage rollers, resealed hydraulic pump, replaced hoses and lines, new starter motor, new glow plugs and wiring, the list went on and one. Guess what it cost? .............. $3100.00. I about fell over. I thought it would be twice that. They charged $25.00 an hour for shop time. Haven't seen that rate in a long time!

post-6658-0-88562200-1339292041_thumb.jp

While we were there, we saw a combine on steel tracks/wheels:

post-6658-0-89698300-1339292286_thumb.jp

The guy had been disc chiseling wheat stubble with this:

post-6658-0-04532900-1339292418_thumb.jp

It is a D5 Caterpillar bulldozer with a John Deere 8.1 diesel engine installed in it, and a cab from a White four wheel drive tractor. I asked him what the air compressor on the side of the engine was for and he said: "I just wanted to try an air ride cab and seat":

post-6658-0-61507100-1339292407_thumb.jppost-6658-0-61815100-1339292395_thumb.jppost-6658-0-93226400-1339292595_thumb.jp

We got back to his farm to unload the dozer and I had to go hit the house for a little bizness that I did not want to do outside. When I come back outside, he has unloaded the Cat and has gotten his TD9 International track loader out of the barn and is in the process of loading a 22 foot truck bed onto the trailer to give me for hauling his Cat home. My dad and him always had a game where they never paid each other cash for help, but they would give each other cool stuff. Since my dad died, I have been honored to get to play:

post-6658-0-50368800-1339293024_thumb.jp

post-6658-0-07460000-1339293040_thumb.jp

He also gave me this cool little John Deere hit and miss engine and made me promise to make a family project with my boys in getting it to run:

post-6658-0-93901500-1339293198_thumb.jp

I did not have the heart to tell him that his job of binding down the bed on the trailer would not be DOT approved:

post-6658-0-89328500-1339293052_thumb.jp

I get home, and find my middle son decided to take the concrete blocks for the new pit silo and play legos with them:

post-6658-0-42964000-1339293381_thumb.jp

Ahhhh - a shower, put on flop around the house clothes, a hot meal, now I get to relax with the new addition:

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Busy day and nice ending! Binder looks good. Buddy of mine bought a similar one-with cab-from FLA. Don't recall what he paid for it but its on its second season.
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