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Old 05-24-2020, 03:35 AM   #861
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Battery findings.

I replaced the battery in my Toyota ute with a Delco. Opinions I sort on battery life were unanimous with a Delco. It was only 5 months following installation that it failed. I charged it and asked my local garage to test it, to which they said it was not holding sufficient volts. I took it to the supplier who pointed out it did not show a green eye. He asked about my charger and asked if I would leave both battery and charger with him for a few days. It came back well. Green eye showing.

It seems that modern battery chargers are ďvariable voltage chargersĒ. They ascertain what voltage the battery requires and supplies accordingly thus avoiding oversupply.

For my 6V ute I purchased a 6V/12V trickle charge smart charger for 44AUD. The tourer is 12V and Iíll use a trickle charger with perhaps a timer. The G.M. Holden Iím converting to 12V alternator and Delco battery. Because it is a closed car I will use it more regularly.

Spose the rest of you A owners know all of that stuff. It seems like you are all excellent mechanics. The only thing I do well is dote and dribble when I walk into my garage and site these beautiful motor cars.
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Sick doggy. No, itís sick society.

Australia has a large national pharmaceutical retailer called chemist warehouse. Their shops are large and have shelves packed with every possible product one may need, but mostly with what one will never need regardless of how ill one may ever become. They purport to be cheaper and people believe so because the name suggests so.

Iíd much prefer to support my little home town pharmaceutical shop but I had reason to buy at Chemist Warehouse recently. What I saw only supported my belief on how stupid and gullible people can be. In a prominent place was doggy products and here is some of what they were.
Daily dog senior
Daily dog stress and anxiety
Daily dog daily vitamins
Daily dog skin and coat
Daily dog healthy digestion
Daily dog joint and mobility.
The retailer's website lists and additional 39 animal health products. To save you adding the 6 daily dog products, thatís 45 in all.
Pets have reached the higher echelon of society. Pet insurance? Taking pet of Vet for health check-up? Dogs in the house. Even on or in the beds. An additional dog to serve as a companion to the first dog.

My next story is of even more stupidity. You didnít think people could be this silly did you. Well it gets worse.
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The Undertaker’s Dog.

Well it got to the neighbour’s hen house and before it could be caught it maimed “his very best” chook.
Chook was carefully picked up and cradled enroute to the vet. It was sad for them for it had to be euthanised. It was dismal for the dog owner for the vet’s professional fees amounted to some $300 the undertaker was compelled to pay. However, she, the undertaker, probably recovered this by applying an extra coat of varnish to the lid of a box. Pet insurance is a big thing now and you’d need only anthetise a couple of chooks and you’d have recovered the premium.
Doggie washing is now a profession. The groomsman or woman drives to your home, generally towing a specialised trailer, which could be fashioned like a dog with big floppy ears. This service costs between 40 to $75 plus extras such as claw clipping and other services. My dog method is just as effective and much cheaper. I chuck a ball in the river and my hound fetches. I then soap him down and the ball thrown in the river again. He returns the ball and smells like roses. That is until he finds a pile of fresh horse shit.
My friend takes her hound to the vet to have its teeth cleaned, price displayed on web, $300. Another friend takes her hound for a twice annual health check, web price 50 to $100. To have its coat clipped 90 to $120. It costs me only $20 for a haircut and the hairdresser comes to my home to provide this service.
I’ve consulted the web for additional pet services. In addition to the above I see vets provide acupuncture, allergy testing, behaviour training, cancer treatment, cardiology, dental care, diagnostic, endoscopy, flea and tick treatment, geostrophic, grooming, Laparoscopic Surgery, laser therapy, nutrition, parasite treatment and prevention, puppy care, senior care, surgery and vaccinations. Raising my kids didn’t cost me the sort of money that a dog can.
And for kennels. Some are very expensive. My hound sleeps in a fridge I acquired at the rubbish tip. It's weather proof, insulated so it’s good for hot and cold weather. A simple hose out cleans it. These are features expensive kennels don’t provide. In return my hound, known as Fugs, loves me.
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It get even more ridiculous. In some parts of the U.S. there is a thriving business in mobile dog exercise services. An air-conditioned van that is outfitted with a running belt goes to the dog's home and Fido gets to go for a "run" in the comfort of an artificially cooled space where curated videos are displayed for his/her canine entertainment. Fido's feet never touch dirt. This kind of nonsense keeps me awake at night.
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The Undertakerís Dog.

Well it got to the neighbourís hen house and before it could be caught it maimed ďhis very bestĒ chook.
Chook was carefully picked up and cradled enroute to the vet. It was sad for them for it had to be euthanised. It was dismal for the dog owner for the vetís professional fees amounted to some $300 the undertaker was compelled to pay. However, she, the undertaker, probably recovered this by applying an extra coat of varnish to the lid of a box. Pet insurance is a big thing now and youíd need only anthetise a couple of chooks and youíd have recovered the premium.
Doggie washing is now a profession. The groomsman or woman drives to your home, generally towing a specialised trailer, which could be fashioned like a dog with big floppy ears. This service costs between 40 to $75 plus extras such as claw clipping and other services. My dog method is just as effective and much cheaper. I chuck a ball in the river and my hound fetches. I then soap him down and the ball thrown in the river again. He returns the ball and smells like roses. That is until he finds a pile of fresh horse shit.
My friend takes her hound to the vet to have its teeth cleaned, price displayed on web, $300. Another friend takes her hound for a twice annual health check, web price 50 to $100. To have its coat clipped 90 to $120. It costs me only $20 for a haircut and the hairdresser comes to my home to provide this service.
Iíve consulted the web for additional pet services. In addition to the above I see vets provide acupuncture, allergy testing, behaviour training, cancer treatment, cardiology, dental care, diagnostic, endoscopy, flea and tick treatment, geostrophic, grooming, Laparoscopic Surgery, laser therapy, nutrition, parasite treatment and prevention, puppy care, senior care, surgery and vaccinations. Raising my kids didnít cost me the sort of money that a dog can.
And for kennels. Some are very expensive. My hound sleeps in a fridge I acquired at the rubbish tip. It's weather proof, insulated so itís good for hot and cold weather. A simple hose out cleans it. These are features expensive kennels donít provide. In return my hound, known as Fugs, loves me.

Gary, you mention 'expensive kennels'. Around here many kennels cost in the $200-300,000 and up range. They are heated, air conditioned, carpeted, full of furniture and stocked with food. They are big, usually 1,500-2,000 sq. ft. so Doggy can get some exercise without going outside.
However, the owners of these kennels seem to be rather poor, as they have to live in them with their pets. They can't afford a house of their own!
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Gary, you mention 'expensive kennels'. Around here many kennels cost in the $200-300,000 and up range. They are heated, air conditioned, carpeted, full of furniture and stocked with food. They are big, usually 1,500-2,000 sq. ft. so Doggy can get some exercise without going outside.
However, the owners of these kennels seem to be rather poor, as they have to live in them with their pets. They can't afford a house of their own!
Hi 40 Deluxe. There are people in Australia with those kennels as well. some don't even have a dog. There are reasons for these "dog houses". Some choose to live in high population density cities where building blocks are small and expensive, some by financial constraints and some simply don't like housework. However there is a silly practice here, when a couple retire and the kids have left home they build their "dream home" which is much bigger than they really require. It is prominent, sort of a display and I call it their trophy home. A display of their success, "look, I made it in life".
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Hi Gary,

I love that story, Petso, I'm sure he would get a good laugh from it, knowing how true and how ridiculous our society is becoming. Young ones today think nothing of paying $2 to $3000 dollars for a designer dog that is full of inherent health problems from a puppy farm that treats the animal like shit.
They then spend the next 5 or 6 years tripping to the vet for some poor mutt with hip dysplasia that will have an early demise due to being inbred. Along the way it will cost an enormous amount of money, keeping some vet in clover with their favourite hobby.

Petso, who reference is made to above, is a country vet dealing primarily with farm animals. The writer of this response is an Australian reader.
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It’s 1974 and I’m a 15 year old freshman riding the bus to school. There is alway time to look out the windows and see what you can see. As fall comes to a close and the leaves fall from the trees here in New England I spot some old cars behind a garage on my route to and from school.

A couple of questions with one of the kids that get on the bus close to the cars gets me a name and off I go. The owner, George, was great and enjoyed talking about his collection of cars with an enthusiastic kid.

The 1931 AA dump truck really caught my eye and he assured me it ran well when parked years ago and could run again. A spin of the motor with the hand crank showed the motor to be free. A deal was made. I would get the truck running and in exchange he would sell it to me for $50.00.

Over the winter I collected parts I would need to make this happen. Points, cap and rotor along with a carburetor rebuild kit were available at the local parts store in Winsted and in stock. George had a new set of plugs sitting in the garage since the flood of ‘55 and gave me this for the project. I took the distributor and carburetor home and rebuilt both of them.

Back to the truck in the spring armed with my rebuilt parts, oil and fresh gas we drained the tank and filled it with gas. Installed the distributor and carburetor, plugs and a nice battery all charged by George. Back together and a bit of fiddling around and the old truck came to life.

It had a mechanical dump body that worked but the clutch was stuck and George showed me how to fix that. Face the truck up hill warmed up, push in the clutch and start the truck and jab the throttle, clutch free.

I drove the truck around his property and then we got it to our place where I drove it more in the woods and fields for the summer and fall of 1975.

February of 1976 found us moving from Connecticut to New Hampshire and the truck wasn’t making the trip with me. My boss at the garage, Al Milo, came out and towed the truck back to the Amoco station and it was sold at some time after I moved.

That’s my Model A story, my First Model A was a ‘31 AA dump truck.

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Itís 1974 and Iím a 15 year old middle school student riding the bus to school. There is alway time to look out the windows and see what you can see. As fall comes to a close and the leaves fall from the trees here in New England I spot some old cars behind a garage on my route to and from school. etc etc

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good story Cliff. I have a question for you. Do you currently have an A or any other old motorcar. Do let us know please. cheers, gary
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Gary,
Yes, I have a ‘28 Tudor, 276” flathead, ‘39 trans, closed drive and 3:54 gears. Chopped top. Not a barn friendly build but all early ford. I have pics and build on the HAMB.

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Yes, I have a Ď28 Tudor, 276Ē flathead, Ď39 trans, closed drive and 3:54 gears. Chopped top. Not a barn friendly build but all early ford. I have pics and build on the HAMB.

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yes, now I have looked I see a flat head V8 in your avatar.
tell me please, what is a HAMB. Cheers, gary
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I’ve never worn out a bed. I don’t sleep past 4am. I get up and check what has happened in the world overnight, then perhaps a one on one interview with interesting people, or listen to some good music. This morning a life story on Irving Berlin. What an interesting man and a favourite of mine. Other favourites are Cole Porter, Gerome Kirn, Gershwin Bros, Oscar Hammerstein and associates, Scott Joplin, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and I guess there are more. Have I bored you yet? One of my favourite groups are the Andrew Sisters. Many bands, Glen Millar amongst them.
All of those are American and there are other nationalities too who provide me with pleasure. They are European, Russian, English and Irish.
My very favourite orchestra is that of Andrea Rieu and I run him, when I’m indoors, for at least a couple of hours each day. He has performed 2 shows at Radio City, N.Y. do watch, it’s on YouTube.
My eldest son Dennis, flew Mr Rieu to Melbourne and failed to acknowledge him in a “welcome aboard” call. Dennis made the mistake of telling his parents who got pretty dark on him. Not quite sure if we are ready to forgive him yet.

Next story on music about the A or other old motorcars. Watch this space.
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Gary,
The HAMB or Jalopy Journal can be found here, https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/

It’s geared more towards traditional hot rods and customs while the ford barn is more towards original vehicles. Wander on over and check it out.

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Iíve never worn out a bed. I donít sleep past 4am. I get up and check what has happened in the world overnight, then perhaps a one on one interview with interesting people, or listen to some good music. This morning a life story on Irving Berlin. What an interesting man and a favourite of mine. Other favourites are Cole Porter, Gerome Kirn, Gershwin Bros, Oscar Hammerstein and associates, Scott Joplin, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and I guess there are more. Have I bored you yet? One of my favourite groups are the Andrew Sisters. Many bands, Glen Millar amongst them.
All of those are American and there are other nationalities too who provide me with pleasure. They are European, Russian, English and Irish.
My very favourite orchestra is that of Andrea Rieu and I run him, when Iím indoors, for at least a couple of hours each day. He has performed 2 shows at Radio City, N.Y. do watch, itís on YouTube.
My eldest son Dennis, flew Mr Rieu to Melbourne and failed to acknowledge him in a ďwelcome aboardĒ call. Dennis made the mistake of telling his parents who got pretty dark on him. Not quite sure if we are ready to forgive him yet.

Next story on music about the A or other old motorcars. Watch this space.
Gary,

Just a point of information. Itís Jerome Kern and Glen Miller.

In addition, one of the most famous groups of the ďbig bandĒ era was the Duke Ellington Band.

Some of my favorite singers from the big band era include Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday.

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Just a point of information. Itís Jerome Kern and Glen Miller.

In addition, one of the most famous groups of the ďbig bandĒ era was the Duke Ellington Band.

Some of my favorite singers from the big band era include Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday.

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Hi David. Yes it's okay to correct me. I didn't even get a pass at school because I failed to meet the min pass of 30% in English which was a requirement. If it weren't for spellcheck I'd be a complete laughing stock. cheers, gary.
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Why was the direction of rotation changed?

I donít know but maybe a reader might inform me. When I crank my Model A the engine rotates in a clockwise direction. I speak about viewing them from the front. Likewise for all the tractors I drove. All the American IH Farmalls, and English Fergusons. They remain the same today. But why do American aeroplanes all rotate anti clockwise with the one exception that I know of. Itís the Garret turbine. There could well be more but they havenít come to my attention.
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My four unusual friends.

This is four separate stories on individuals, all with differing qualities and one in common. I will write on two now and the other two next story.

One a spastic, the second, the son of my friend, a Mongol, and the third my friend who is 74 and becoming spastic. The fourth is of a bloke who’s just had a leg amputated.

John Goodall was my friend; he was handicapped because he was spastic. He spoke in a most awkward way and walked likewise. Frequently the brunt of ridicule and teasing from other kids at school. There was nothing wrong with his brain. Because of his handicap I helped and supported the boy and I also enjoyed his whit even though it took considerable time to tell a story.
He married a girl who also was spastic and sadly for them both she had only a short life. They had lived in a town of 8,000 people. John owned a motorcar and bought a small house. He did mowing and yard work for a living and worked hard at it. We kept in touch and I’d see him when I was in New Zealand and he twice came to Australia to see me. He’d have a helper and we all enjoyed ourselves on those trips. John knew his life was ending and told me he had had a good life and no regrets and accepted his coming fate.
He died shortly after and I was disappointed I could not make it to his funeral for I was unable to walk with a newly replaced hip. This spastic man had the biggest funeral the town had ever experienced. He never treated his handicap as a disadvantage.

Footnote. It is John that I spoke about in story number 49 in May 2018. We drove an unloved Model A to town and went to the pub. Very much under aged and under the weather on the return trip.

My second story is of a Mongol boy by the name of Jarrod and commonly called Jarry. He and his parents live in the farming town of Oaklands NSW, population of 238. Everybody loves Jarry and is protective of him. He is now 50. He is employed by businesses and contractors to do menial work. He is renowned for his happy attitude and hugging folks instead of saying goodbye. He is also known for his authority and does reprimand folk for any bad behaviour which is well received and mostly observed. He is never made to feel uncomfortable for his handicap. That’s the benefit of living in a small community.
There is a second family (who I don’t know) noteworthy for daughter/sister Michelle Payne and her brother Stevie. Two of 10 kids raised by their dad, mother died in a car crash when Michelle was 6 months old. Well Michelle was a jockey and won Australia’s greatest horse race; the two mile Melbourne Cup. She also won the nations heart. But it was when she invited her strapper, brother Stevie to the presentation stand the nation went to tears. The presentation dignitaries as well, for Stevie was a Mongol. The picture of them both is at that presentation.

This story will conclude with my next story and that will reveal the other two and what they all have in common.
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This story follows number 877, yesterday. Do read that first.

During the Ď70ís I was a cropduster on the Darling Downs. The secretary and ops manager was Sharon Bridle. An attractive and competent girl who spent her entire working life in that position for that company. See story #130 7th July 2018.
Sharonís husband is Bob. His spine was becoming ridged and it continued to deteriorate until he could see only to the side by shuffling his feet and changing the direction of his whole body. He has been in pain now for what must be 40 years. I recently I saw them both was in a Brisbane hospital. Bob just had his left leg amputated and there was talk of removing the other.

Well Bob has another syndrome. He has a big smile coupled with frequent laugher. He can't help himself. The man has been the same ever since Iíve known him even that day lying there minus his leg. Bob showed us the operation job and said he was pleased he had 2 legs remaining.


The forth person is my friend Hugh. Here is my story.
My friend Hugh is now 74 and becoming spastic, yes becoming spastic. He has a most unusual inherited syndrome. He now requires 2 sticks to walk and his speech is becoming a little awkward.

Hugh was an industrial chemist by profession. I first met him when he was an inspector for the pesticide branch of the Ag Dept. and then he was succonded to EPA. Hugh did his job effectively but never used his authority. He reckoned all those idle government lawyers in Sydney should be kept idle.

I emailed Hugh, seeking permission to write about him and his ailment. This is the response.
Of course you can! But Iím not exceptional in any respect ó Please include a statement to that effect. Quite an ordinary Low- achievement person who might have reached mediocrity.
It is ĎHereditary Spastic Paraplegiaí and walking is the most obvious manifestation. However it affects speech and other physical movement and strength. Similar to MND but doesnít kill you as fast.

These four people in my two stories have one thing in common. They have a happy disposition. They enjoy their lives and pleased to be alive.

I would find it difficult if I was in their position.
Question. How would you handle it?
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Initiative and Resourcefulness of a small farming community.

Oaklands NSW. A farming community, population (from the internet) of 238. It’s not greatly different to other farming communities in Australia and probably worldwide.
The community has a footy club, made up of mostly farmers and sons. The footy ground is well-kept but the club house/meeting room really needed upgrading. Well the local shire council decided they would provide a grant to go towards a new facility and in addition demolish the old structure. Great.
Well when a team of council workers came to tear it down they discovered it had been clad with asbestos sheeting.
Asbestos was a mineral that was mined in the West Australian town of Wittenoom. In the early ‘50’s this town was booming and had a population of more than 500. Today 3. Reason? Asbestos fibre caused an illness called Mesothelioma. The carrier develops emphysema and this is sometimes fatal. Even the products produced were considered most toxic. In this case a building. To demolish it special conditions had to be met. Protective clothing and breathing filters need to be worn. Asbestos products were required to be wrapped in plastic and buried in a registered rubbish tip. Complex and costly.
Well inspectors arrived to make assessment and what did they find. Not a sign of this toxic pest. It had vanished and not a soul knew a thing about it.
Oaklands is like most rural communities, people have initiative and are resourceful. You know a bureaucrat when it arrives on scene. When you see his lips move you know you are in for nuisance and trouble. Past experience tells you so. And no doubt a licence or permit will need to be issued for whatever you have in mind. It will be compulsory. There will of course be a fee attached.
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Old 06-17-2020, 03:59 AM   #880
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It Certainly was a Head turner.
In the state of Victoria one is required to have a roadworthy inspection on purchase only. By comparison in New South Wales one requires such an inspection each year. So this vehicle hasn’t had one since this current owner first purchased it.
I spotted this vehicle in Southern NSW heading home to Victoria and stopped it. I coxed the owner to coming to my home where I could photograph it. He explained it was composed of many trashed vehicles. I don’t recall much of the stats; it was more than 25 years ago. Do note the driver’s door. It is about 7 inches deep and he had to climb over the spare wheel to enter or exit.
It is stockmen who wear a 10 gallon hat. So was he a stockman or simply seeking image? Gary

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