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Being an adult sux sometimes...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Downeaster, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    One of my "imaginary friends" has a John Deere 420C crawler he'd let me have quite reasonably. Needs a bearing in the transmission, but otherwise ready to work.

    I'm not at all sure I want to tackle that big a job: You have to drop the tracks and pull the final drives and clutch packs to work on the trans. IF (big if...) all it needs is that bearing, I'm sure the part could be found. But by the time I paid him for it, drove 700 miles round trip to go get it, spent the Winter fixing it I'd have $2000 or $2500 in it if everything went smoothly (when's the last time that happened, especially on a 60 or 70 year old bulldozer?)

    Just can't make it pencil out. I can hire a big dozer and a professional operator for half a day (if that) to do everything I want done around here and it wouldn't come to half of that.
     
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  2. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Hmmmm.... That's a tough "adult" decision. Unless you absolutely 'need' another winter project (and the satisfaction of doing everything yourself), you'd be further ahead shopping out the work. Then you wouldn't have all the heavy lifting, sweat, invention of new swear words, and where the hell to put the thing, when you were done. :twocents:
     
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  3. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Yup, plus the hassle of trying to convince the CFO that it's a wise investment, and when that inevitably fails, dealing with The Look for the next 6 months.
     
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  4. DoubleE

    DoubleE XS650 Enthusiast

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    Ha, you can't even convince yourself that it is a good investment. How do you think you can get that one by the CFO?
     
  5. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    :yikes: :cautious: ...And "The eye-roll"... Yup. Better to "farm" it out...
     
  6. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    ....but just think of the fun you’d have clanking around the Maine estate pretending you are Gen. George S. Patton......
    [​IMG]
    .....yeah, on second thought...better to skip the rebuild and hire a guy with a dozer.

    Besides, you're a Navy guy - whatchyu want with a frickin' tank anyway?
     
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  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    You know if you get a bulldozer, you’re just gonna be looking for something to push around or knock over!!
    To a boy with a hammer......everything is a nail :D
     
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  8. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    And a dozer REALLY tears the place up....
     
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  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    A buddy of mine bought an old backhoe - he said it was "the most fun he'd ever had with his clothes on."

    There's a lot to be said for playing with heavy machinery....
     
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  10. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider Top Contributor

    I've read there is a place in Las Vegas where one can play heavy equipment operator if one has the yerning and enough $$$.
     
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  11. Goldenboy

    Goldenboy . XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    As my friend Eddie used to say, "You need to find an alcoholic with a back hoe."
     
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  12. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Another take, your time.

    Dunno about you, but my mind (and its fond memories of cranking out 2-3 overhauls in a day) can get me into a lot of trouble.

    On this forum, it's easy to tell someone to pull the engine, head, cylinders,...etc.

    Then, to get a drink of water and take a break, takes me 1/2 an hour, accompanied with "why did I just get outta my chair?".



    Gettin' OLD sux...
     
  13. Scripto VU

    Scripto VU Dukes Speed and Custom

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    seems to me there are two kinds of bulldozers: the dangerous earth shredding, property damaging kind and the "liberating" kind.

    I am thinking with your personality and skills it will be viewed as the "liberating" kind.

    go for it !
     
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  14. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Well, poop.

    He made a counter-offer AND the CFO is neutral about the idea. Wishes I wouldn't, but knows I'd have fun and "it's your money".

    That's not as loaded a comment as it sounds. We have "our money" (military retirement and SS) "her money" from her various enterprises such as eggs, can redemption, room-and-board from her brother, etc and "my money" from my side jobs. I have enough in the "my money" cookie jar to pay for it and the gas for the trip.

    I'm thinking this is too good an opportunity to pass up, even if I wind up just parting it out.
     
  15. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Sez DE as he leaps into the black pit, "how deep could it be?" :lmao::shrug::umm::shootme: cuz I never do this kind of thing!
     
  16. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    I have done this with tractors, motorcycles and some other odds and ends and lost my shirt every damn time.

    This time will be different...:rolleyes:
     
  17. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    You're getting your own tank!!??

    OK - dammit, I'm comin' over.

    Pete
     
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  18. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Welcome any time, MP!
     
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  19. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Well, I dood it. Headed down Sunday to pick it up. Anybody situated between Bah Hahbah and Orange, Mass?
     
  20. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I just gotta say it.... from the gitgo, there was never a doubt in my mind you'd "dood it." :D
    How did I know? I just asked myself the same question.... :rolleyes:
     

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