Where is everyone #5

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by DDlighttruck, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. Westbound23

    Westbound23 Road Train Member

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  2. tramm01

    tramm01 Road Train Member

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    Speaking of Christmas — already sick of the radio and the wife had some hideous crap playing when I got home, so I went to the garage and put my song on
     
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  3. sawmill

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    Tonight we're hanging out with a friend's daughter. I forget how much energy they have. She has insisted on trying all the candy in the bowl. IMG_20191206_204312.jpg
    And we had to take her to the store for pullups...and a pack of pop pocks.
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  4. Westbound23

    Westbound23 Road Train Member

    So happy to hear this @wore out
     
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  5. Westbound23

    Westbound23 Road Train Member

    Bah Humbug @tramm01 :D:D
     
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  6. OLDSKOOLERnWV

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

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    The house pictured here is where my dad was born in 1943. Dad is on the left in the top pic.... He was raised by his grandfather and grandmother ( Poppy & Mommy ). Poppy was born in 1874 and grew up to be a farmer and a trapper. Trapping was a way of life for survival, he sold his hides to a company in Chicago as well as NY if memory serves. I’ll ask dad to be sure, I’ve seen the actual receipts but it’s been many years....

    Anyways.... Poppy loved music, and was known to play the banjo all through his life. Was around the mid 50’s when Poppy decided it was time to replace the cover on the head of his banjo. The cover being the white material stretched across the head seen under the strings.

    Well this material needed to be strong, but it also needed to be “thin”. Not wanting to spend any money he had to find a good material to use to repair his banjo. Dad was poppy’s trapping buddy, so needless to say he watched everything Poppy did....

    Well Poppy finally found a usable material for the banjo he loved so well, but acquiring it would take a little time. Take a little time because Mommy very seldom went anywhere and she stood between him and the material to repair his banjo.

    What could Mommy have to possibly do a repair on a banjo..... I know y’all are wondering so don’t try to tell me ya ain’t..,:)

    Well, it’s not so much what mommy had, as it was what mommy claimed was hers. Gotta remember he needed a strong thin material that was big enough to cover the whole head of the banjo under the strings... and the only thing around he knew that would work, well, it was on the back of mommy’s beloved pet tomcat....

    Yep, cat hide is thin.... ;)

    Well, Poppy finally peeled the bark off mommy’s tomcat without her knowing what happened to it. Then it was time to cure and dry it. Dad said Poppy would go out everyday and check the hide, and it being hung up amongst the other hides was a good cover up, although he had scraped the hair off of it.

    Poppy took his time and kept stretching and pulling to make sure the hide would cover the head completely.

    Then came the big day, the day Poppy took his banjo apart started putting its new “hide” on lol. Poppy got it on making sure it was stretched tight and even all the way around. Dad said once Poppy got the strings on, he started tuning it one string at a time till he had the sound he was looking for.....

    Dad said, we was setting in there watching Poppy and giggling cause Mommy was in the kitchen cooking and had no idea where her tomcat ever went.....

    Once Poppy got it all tuned up he cut into it just a playing that banjo hard as he ever did, and smiling all the while. Dad said Poppy played for just a little bit then stopped and laid his hand on the strings to quiet the strings, then looked at him, winked and said..... ah buddy!!! Just listen to that o’l tomcat sing...!!!! :D





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  7. Westbound23

    Westbound23 Road Train Member

    Great story thanks for sharing Jim
     
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  8. Czar_Zero

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    ...and that is something worth reading.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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  9. AModelCat

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    Couple blocks of wood covered in plastic. Never even touched the dowels :)


    Cranks in. Plastigauged all the mains. 0.0055" to 0.006" on all mains. 0.009" end play on the crank. Flipped back right side up. Crank spins with next to no effort. All in all, we're doing well. Even got a text from Martin while dad and I were torquing down the mains. He's doing well. He is really happy to see the progress on his old truck.
     
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  10. OLDSKOOLERnWV

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

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    I get around to it, I’ll tell y’all the one about Judd’s Johnny house, or the one about the infected toe.....
     
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