Things You Don’t See In Maine Every Day



A Toyota Land Cruiser, decked out in what looks like safari gear… with German license plates?

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In Which We Upgrade An Antenna

As I’m sure you all know and undoubtedly agree, the bigger the antenna the better it works. This is true of wide-band receive aerials, anyway, at least up to full wavelength or so (I think – my antenna theory is a little rusty these days). Most people don’t like ten-foot antennae on their car, though, so most AM/FM receive antennas are quite a bit shorter. I, however, being a fan of good radio reception and also of big antennae, decided it was time to upgrade the car again. Continue reading

Installing a Vacuum Gauge in a Volvo 240

In my quest for fuel economy – and in the interest of having more gauges and fancy lights in my car – I installed a vacuum gauge. Since I drive a car made well prior to the advent of ODB-II I am left out of all the fun electronic things one can plug in that way I must instead resort to old-school mechanical-type things, like a vacuum gauge.

I though I’d document it since the forum people say, essentially, you hook it into the manifold or vacuum line, you can figure it out, it’s not hard. They’re right, but I like photos. So here they are.
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Gravely wins, Ice loses.

No match for the big metal after a two-day thaw. We love our machine.

Have New Headlight, Can Snowblow At Night

When it is storming, neighbors take warning. (And I apologize to anyone in the neighborhood who tries/has tried to sleep at 4:30 on any morning I snowblow before work.)

Anyway, my Dad’s Gravely 5260 has an extra bracket welded on to the bracket for the snowblower turn-handle-thingy. It’s a very convenient place to mount a headlight.

The Pro 16 I’m running, unfortunately, is not as convenient. The newer quick-hitch snowblower has it’s own handle support, so I’m out of luck on that. But, where convenience fails, random scrap parts can prevail! It’s not pretty but it works.

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It Started And Ended With A Yard Trailer

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The old trailer worked OK, it had age issues so I decided to replace a couple parts so I could put a tailgate on it and haul leaves. I ended up completely rebuilding the whole trailer, but without sides yet – so I still can’t haul leaves and stuff.¬†Details after the break!

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The Machine Has Arrived

I moved the big Gravely up from my Dad’s this afternoon, and am now fully equipped to defeat snow. There is power in driving a full sixteen horse-power of Kohler iron through a snow-bank with a snow-thrower of caliber to remove most snow as fast as you care to wish.

This is to “snowblower” what “humvee” is to “truck”; gear drive, cast iron, and built to last.