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Old 06-21-2020, 04:06 AM   #881
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Charade in Rust.

The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is the government department that collects motor vehicle registration fees (as in yet another tax). Whilst I was at their office a farmer made mention that he had a Model A which hadn’t recently been used. It wasn’t any value to him; would I like it? Well yes, of course I said, but I really didn’t because I have sufficient already. Not only did I not need it I don’t have a heap of money; restoration of Model A’s has exhausted most of that.

I called my friend Dave who lives about 100 miles away and yes, he’d like it. We met the farmer in town at his house and he and I drove to his farm and Dave followed, towing a trailer. Money had never been mentioned but now the seller started to talk about just that. What originally seemed like a gratis deal had changed to a commercial deal with escalating value.

The moment I saw it I knew it wasn’t an A but couldn’t identify it. Dave did. A Buick about a 1920 model. It had been consumed by corrosion and was last used to drive a saw bench. Its value was absolutely nought. Even if Dave collected Buicks the value would remain nought.
I felt silly but my part had simply been charitable as I wasn’t taking any reward.
This Buick could have served only one purpose should Dave had taken it. An anchor for a tinny in a dam not far from Dave’s house.
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Our Drought has finally broken.

Drought has been enduring but the good news is, especially for farmers, that it has broken. Winter crops, mainly cereal is sown and has emerged. Ground is wet but not a lot has flowed into storage dams. Thatís a worry. The other worry is will there be sufficient rain in the spring to finish the crop.

Town folk, especially gardeners are delighted too. And the native creatures likewise. Frogs have learned to swim after 3 years of wallowing in the dust. The ducks are likewise learning. These fellows in the picture are wood ducks. They roost and nest in the trees. Technically they are geese but mostly get called ducks.

Today is the shortest day of the year and we all look forward to longer days although it wonít warm until late August. The mornings are in low single digits, sometimes a frost. Some days are overcast and that is oppressive. We are sooks arenít we. Yet in summer when temps rise past 40C we think winter is not all that bad.

I will never forget work in the winter. Aeroplanes didnít have heaters (nor aircon for summer). Those creature comforts werenít offered until about the mid 1990ís. It was okay whilst the sun was out but on an overcast day it was miserably cold. Each time Iíd land for another load Iíd climb out and run awhile or do exercises. Even that was futile. Puffer coats werenít available then. In some respects those were not the ďgood old daysĒ but yet in many other ways yes they were.
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Small and simple story.

Our small town of 2,000 folk has a new auto electrician, a semi-retired fellow who started business some time ago in a quiet and unannounced way. I took him my GM Holden to convert to 12V. He was both competent and helpful and a pleasure do business with. I went to the ATM and withdraw the money and paid him. He counted it out to confirm.

I said to the fellow, ďyou came from the city didnít you?Ē Well yes, he responded, how would you know? Well you counted the money where-as a country person would have simply stuffed it in his pocket and accepted its value I responded. (It takes only a few moments to pick urban folks).
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This story follows in sequence the previous short story number 883


Just last week I had a 6V car converted to 12V. Our small town auto electric man had all components except an ignition coil so I went to a national auto supplier and purchased one. Following the conversion, the vehicle was a little difficult to start and after a 3 mile drive it stopped. Right on the entrance to a major national highway roundabout. I managed to restart and the next day and it quit at the major turn into town, outside the Tatistals Pub. Bar flys came to the footpath drinking beer and offering advice.
Each failure had symptoms of fuel blockage. Following every remedy, one would follow it still failed to start so I towed it home and changed this nice red coil for an old black one and she fired before the engine had made a single revolution.
The product was generic without a manufactures name but did show the distributors name which was “fuel miser” and came in a pretty box with scant details but it did say it was made in China. The only marking on the coil was “C80”. I called them, fuel miser that is, and they assured me they sold them by the thousands and never ever had a failure. A customer review column on ebay showed differently. Tomorrow or Monday I shall ask for a money back return.
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This is one of 2 personal stories.

Probably my last flying job. And itís a good one. I have not done a great deal of cropdusting in the last 2 years because we are in drought. So retirement is now forced on me. Well Iíve done 52 years of it but I do miss it. The money too.
This job is to teach my 16 year old granddaughter Milly to fly. I taught her brother and only last week he passed his RAAF graduation flight test. I taught my 2 sons 30 years ago. This young one is going to get an easier ride because she will learn in a nose wheel aeroplane whereas the others all learned on a tail wheel which requires more skill and attention.
Learning to fly can be mentally demanding and draining not only on a learner but the teacher as well. I need that nap at dinner time and donít need rocking to sleep at night. But teaching your kids and now grandkids is rewarding and so is watching them through their flying careers. In fact watching all your kids through their respective careers is rewarding. Iím sure Iím not Robinson Crusoe am I. ?
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for Brentwood Bob. you all may enjoy it and I have posted it sometime ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txiR7oEVGd0

followed by an everyday working kelpie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj9xdWXgZMc
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What are my pilot kids up to?
One of my kids has had a small amount of work in the last 3 months. One trip to New Zealand and two to Singapore.
The second flys out of Hong Kong and was stood down so he came home to Australia with his family for 3 months. Then called back to honkers. He left his family here. He was required to spend a fortnight in Honkers in lockdown and wearing a ďwe are watching youĒ band around his wrist. He did a small amount of work, only in Asia and has been stood down again so back to Au. Now 2 weeks in lockdown in a Sydney hotel before he can return to family. Whenever he is recalled to work, he will again have to spend yet another 2 weeks in lockdown in Honkers.
I can tell you those 2 are the lucky ones that still have some work. Most pilots I know paid to learn to fly and alot of money too. They are now without work, many not having fully repaid money borrowed to pursue this career.
A local pilot by the name of Chris is typical. He flys an A380 and following is correspondence from his dad.

The A380 pilots Ė out for 3 years. No jets in Australia. No cross training allowed, no income, no overseas opportunities. The VANZ(*1) pilots work in Bunnings(*2). The weekly webinars are not cheery. *1, Virgin Au and New Zealand. *2, a retail supplier of hardware.

When I see pictures on the internet of American airfields with acres of airliners parked it occurs to me just how widespread this world crisis is. Airliners are the shop frontage of prosperity or in this case lack of. It will take only one small trigger for the world economy to totally crash.
This will not affect me greatly but will my kids and grandkids. And your aswell. it doesn't look good does it?
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Iíd do things differently now.

I was so keen to have a Model A I rushed the chance to buy the first I saw for sale- a paddock basher. I didnít think twice. It came up well, but at a price; some 35k AUD. Because I have both little mechanical skill and interest I employed professionals to do all the work. Todate the market value is still less than what it cost. Do I regret that? Yes, in one aspect.
Today I would recommend to any aspiring A owner that they join a Model A club and seek advise from the members. Frequently those members would put a prospective owner directly onto one for sale and they would appraise it as well. Otherwise Iím sure they would be pleased to direct one where to buy parts and have specialised labour effected.

Even today I seem to find reason to continue to spend money on them (now 3). My otherwise tolerant wife always has a groan. I endeavour to assure her by saying this will be the end of the expenses dear, all is done now. I also remind her it is still much cheaper than owning aeroplanes. It is also more fun especially since they can be used almost each day.
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Woofa, I have to tell you that I have been reading your posts all along and they are one of my favorite parts of Fordbarn. I love them. I'm very sorry that it is unlikely that we will ever meet.
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Today I would recommend to any aspiring A owner that they join a Model A club and seek advise from the members. Frequently those members would put a prospective owner directly onto one for sale and they would appraise it as well. Otherwise Iím sure they would be pleased to direct one where to buy parts and have specialised labour effected.

I agree. I joined a club prior to buying a Model A, and those folks pointed me to some available cars and parts suppliers. The club has been very supportive. Consequently, I have really enjoyed the hobby. Iíve had my car a little less than a year now.


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Question asked of me.

My friend Deluxe asks if any aeroplanes were built with contra rotating engines. Yes, some were but before I respond, bear in mind my knowledge is with civil aeroplanes and almost entirely with cropdusters. I have no knowledge of military or experimental aeroplanes


Piper aircraft built a twin Comanchie with these contrarotating engines. The objective was to reduce asymmetric effect if one engine fails. The good engine pulls towards the failed engine- thus asymmetric. This takes very considerable power to counter and hold the aeroplane straight or approximately straight. The down going blade produces more pull than the upgoing blade. So, the closer the down blade is to the centre of the aeroplane the less sideways pull or yaw, the aeroplane has to overcome.
I am sure there are more aeroplanes with contra-rotating engines/propellers.

The English Navy Fairy Gannet has contrarotating props in the centre line. I would think this would be a mechanical nightmare.

There are many pilots who subscribe to this forum as well as engineers and maybe designers as well. I think they would have knowledge and skill in this field. They may care to add to the above.
The pictures are the two aeroplanes I spoke of above: the Twin Comanchie and Fairy Gannett.
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This follows the previous story. Number 891. Well it took only a little more than an hour before I received an email which you can read in the next paragraph.. What I do know is when I pull back on the pole the trees get smaller and when I push forward the trees get bigger. That's about the guts of it.

Gary,
To that, add Avro Shackleton, Bristol Brabazon, Westland Wyvern, Griffon powered Spitfire, Saunders-Roe Princess, all from UK, then Griffon-powered Mustang, several Curtiss models, Convair “Pogo”, from the US, and the Russian Antonov AN-22, Tupolev Bear bomber, and others. Some of these are still current. I was in Russia once when a Tupolev swept wing propeller bomber flew over at high altitude – a very different sound. Check Youtube. Some helicopters, lacking a tail rotor, have 2 contra rotating rotor blades. Contra means complex gearbox!

I think you’d call the Piper PA-39 TwinCom as having counter rotating propellers (not contra), as in Piper Chieftain, PA-602/700 Aerostar, Seneca, Cessna Crusader, etc. The new Airbus A400 military transport has 4 paired counter rotating turbine engines.
Aero engineers and designers have had highly imaginative design philosophies throughout the short history of the air.
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I responded with the following statement.

Thanks Cam. As I said I have limited knowledge of aeroplanes outside of cropdusters. Well I was wrong. It appears I have extremely limited knowledge outside of cropdusters.
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Would it not be better to pull away from the failed engine as the failed engine creates drag on that side and pulling towards it.........
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Pleasing response from reader.

Woofa, I have to tell you that I have been reading your posts all along and they are one of my favorite parts of Fordbarn. I love them. I'm very sorry that it is unlikely that we will ever meet.
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the above posting from gilitos really made my day and I thank him. gary

Iíve been writing in the ford barn now for 2 years and have just passed 100K views including responses and input from other Model A readers of that forum.
Numerous have communicated with me privately by email with positive feedback and I have made pen friends with many.
A total of 3 have written of their disapproval of my non Model A stories, one being a little nasty. Of course technically they are correct, many stories are not of Model Aís but the readership numbers indicate approval. I was most heartened by the above response from a reader in Ohio and thank him.
I sometimes feel I have exhausted my memory of worthwhile events or incidents so you can expect the frequency of stories to diminish somewhat.
I am pleased with myself and point out to you I failed the high school junior exam pass because I didnít achieve the minimum standard for the compulsory pass of 30 for English.
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Woofa, you’re doing all right in my book!
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Would it not be better to pull away from the failed engine as the failed engine creates drag on that side and pulling towards it.........


Hmmm, I don't see how that could be done. The failed engine is now just an 'airbrake'. Since the engines are a good ways away from the center of the fuselage, the still running engine is going to pivot around that center point and naturally pull the plane in a circle unless the pilot vigorously maintains opposite rudder. Kind of like driving your Model A with both tires flat on one side!
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Australian Crocodiles

I was watching an Australian Travel log on telly. The compare, named Russell Croight endeavoured to be funny by being an idiot. He was talking about crocodiles and that took my memory back to the ‘60’s when I lived in the north of the West Australian town of Kununurra. The area is known as the Kimberlie’s.
One of the 3 big rivers was the Ord. It was dammed at Kununurra and the water used for irrigation. Rice was tried but the Magpie Geese cleaned that out. Then came cotton. I was involved in that. It was my first cropduster job but the crop became uneconomical with up to 18 spray applications per season. Since then cotton farmers have become much better at managing pests and allowing predatory spiders and even small populations of undesirables in the crop. This compares to previously trying to keep it totally insect free. Genetically modified cotton has also been bred to repel insects. Both have contributed to much less spraying. Maybe 4 or 5 applications. Also roundup resistant cotton has been bred and this allows for inexpensive eradication of weeds as compared to earlier hand chipping. But I have wandered away from the story I intended to tell.
I’d fly quietly down the Ord at ground level and about 100 yards in front I’d see the Johnson River crocs, commonly known as fresh water crocs or freshies, scamper from the river banks to the water. Maybe one every 2 or 300 yards. They were harmless and grow to about 6 feet in length.
It was some years later that I saw my first “Esterine Croc” sunning its self on the mud banks of the Albert river in the Gulf Country of Queensland. Crocs are reptiles of course and acquire their body heat by lazing in the sun. These fellows would not be intimidated and if I’d run a wheel up their back it would probably only make them angry. They can grow to 18 feet and in an extreme 1,000 pound in weight. They are protected after being nearly exterminated. Like much legislation, it’s gone too far. Esterine crocs, otherwise known as salties are found in Australia and southern Asia. They are aggressive to the extreme.

So if you watch telly and see Russell Coight or Paul Hogan do remember they cater to the gulliblity of the viewer to make their living.

the pictures in order are the jaws of a salty, a salty, jaws of a freshie and a freshie.
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Theyíre a helping Hand.

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains.
Itís an Australian poem known by many. Penned by Dorothea McKellar at the age of 19 whilst suffering home sickness when staying in London.
Yes, McKellarís description is perfect. I have seen the lot. From 3 inches of rain in one year to 92 inches in 3 days. Floods frequently follow drought. There is one thing McKellar has omitted and that is fire. Iíve seen livestock dying and being shot by graziers following fires and likewise when the country had no more feed. These days drought affected livestock would be trucked to better areas for either adjustment or sale.
Generosity of people comes to the forefront during these times from communities that live in comfort, service clubs and individuals. In addition, the Salvation Army, Red Cross and Blaze Aid (who are gangs of volunteers that replace or repair burned fences). And thereís the CWA. If I have omitted some please forgive me.

People are always generous when others are in need. Not only with monitory donations destined for both here and abroad. The tesami in Indonesia is just one of many examples. One of many at home is when the town of Nyngan on the Bogan River flooded. The townsfolk from Cobar, 80 miles to the west, went to Nyngan, took clothing and bedding, laundered it, and returned it clean and ironed.
There is one organisation that takes the cake. The CWA. The Country Womenís Association. It is a national organisation that support other women, children and families in rural, regional and outback areas. You see, Australiaís non-urban population makes up only 14% of our 25 mil national population.
The CWA is a bit like a big family where the girls, particularly those living in remote areas, enjoy the company, support and unity of others. They come into importance during times of drought, and Australia is very prone to those. Plus flood and fire and in times of low commodity prices. Itís these times when country folk, especially the men become depressed and suicides occur. These are times when country folk all pull together, frequently lead by the CWA girls. It is a common quote ďthank God for the SalvosĒ. I can say, without detraction and in addition, ďthank God for the CWAĒ.
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I know nothing about airplanes other than I'm smart enough to not jump out of a perfectly good one. I worked as a mechanic for a GMC dealer back in the 50's and 60's, a customer once brought in two 6-71 diesel engines to be rebuilt. They were out of a fishing boat, and were counter-rotating, geared together at the rear (prop) end. The 71 series of engines could be assembled to rotate either way, the blower could be mounted on either side, as was the exhaust manifold, all very adaptable. Those were the good old days, when I left the dealership in 1964, I was making top wage there, $3.15 an hour!
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Without having read the above stories,,,

Not many, very few twin engine piston airplanes have counterrotating engines. The difficult part of flying a twin is when an engine fails due to the asymmetric thrust [ even when the failed engine is caged/feathered]. When instructing I used to place a yaw string on the windscreen to help demonstrate this. Yaw is a killer in an engine failure. You are taught the old saying, dead foot dead engine which is part indentify, verify. Yaw rolls the plane over and failure to handle it properly is the reason fatalities are so high when this occurs.

The Piper Twin Comanche PA-30 was built with two conventional rotating engines. I think its a great small twin, but, was kinda plagued with some failed Vmc demonstrations. It didn't want to climb on one engine, unlike its bigger brother the Aztec.
Like few other aircraft, Piper finally changed its designation to PA-39 installing counterrotating higher horsepower engines. That was a good change.
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