Sunday, October 18, 2015
Sunday Reading - Good News and Bad
Well let's start with the good news. Went down this morning to that long haul firewood cut that I couldn't complete last weekend and got her all done. With the three trips I made down there I should now have about enough firewood stacked to last the Winter unless it is really bad cold. I am not going to stop though as I am still trying to build my reserve back. I am done with the 60+ mile trip though and all the other cutting will be close to home.
On the way back I stopped in and picked up another 2 gallons of oil for the diesel. Filled her up when I got home and she started right up and purred like a kitten. I already had the new Manure Spreader hooked up so I took her for a spin and made sure it worked.
Good news number two the Manure Spreader worked great or at least everything worked like it should without any manure in it.
Yesterday the damned dog tried to eat another chicken. We couldn't find her last night so we thought she was dead but late in the night she showed back up at the coop door.
Good news number three we still have 18 hens and the one that got chomped was still alive this morning and looking rather perky.
While collecting eggs today we also found a new type. A smaller one that was pink. Looks like good news number four one of the Amerikunas is starting to lay. The guy we got her from said they sometimes lay pink eggs rather than blue so it has to be one of them.
By this time it looked like I had dodged a couple of bullets and I was feeling pretty good about the whole thing. I left the old 861 running and after about 20 minutes when she started getting hot the knocking started up again.
Sounds like I twisted or fused a rod bearing. The poor girl is going to require at the minimum a new rod and bearing and perhaps a complete overhaul now. Not as bad a news as I had feared but no where near as good as I had hoped.
Now I am going to have to see what this is going to set me back. Buying this old girl like I did I was pretty sure an overhaul was in her near future anyway but I would have liked to have waited another year or so. The only prices I can find on full rebuild kits for these old Ford are gas so who knows.
Bottom line is the verdict is not in yet. It may well be that if it is too expensive I may have to part the old girl out which will devastate me to be honest. I don't think I am up to rebuilding or over hauling the engine on my own either. If it was the 8N I might try it but not the diesel. Looks like I might be dipping into saving in a big way soon.
Oh well live and learn.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!