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Leather Bill

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    N. Central Tx
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    Vintage trucks,cars and farm tractors. Woodworking

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  1. We never fixed it because that required buying parts. Transplanted engine and tranny to a different car. That was a good thing with cars built in late 30s to mid 50s,parts were interchangeable between cars from same mfgrs. It was a fertile time for tinkers but a large % of population where I grew up were farm labors that couldn't afford tools. My friend and I were fortunate to have access to tools and mentors. Our families were poor by comparison to those living in cities but field workers were poor beyond what the poorest of poor are today. You might say poverty in the region worked to
  2. My friend and I were in "biginner class"but not at school,they were self taught in his dad's barn. Lots of good memories from resurrecting flat head Fords and stove bolt 6 cyl chevys. His dad alowed us to use his tools but would only answer questions we went to the house to ask. On occasion we talked him into coming to inspect something. After we welded the steering from another vehicle onto a 41 chevy it would turn left when steered right and vs vs. His dad just shook is head, laughed and went back to the house when we asked how to fix it. Turned out to be kinda intertaining when we and
  3. When you scratch a piece of rusty steel from the dirt and think "I wonder what alloys this has" instead of "I best throw this in trash before it damage's a tire." Have to,old boots no longer have soles.
  4. Raises a question about lasers pointed at aircraft. If lost or injured could you rely on FFA coming to investigate if an aircraft was flashed with laser? Surely they would come running if more than a couple of planes reported laser strikes. Next question. What percent of people would recconize SOS code transmited by light or sound? I expect very few boaters,hickers and motorest would catch on if casually incountered.
  5. Mom and dad's familys both moved to Texas from Arkansas where they claimed when those old Razorbacks killed hogs they didn't waste anything but the squeal. Mom's lived near New Hope and Dad's near Caddo Gap.
  6. Didn't the old man who gave you his anvil because it had excessive rebound have the same problem Frosty?
  7. I wager that was in large because your old man was so dumb while you were growing up then became much smarter about the time you turned 30.
  8. Tools with grainy finish like that tend to be low quility. I've been digging for various reasons many years and never saw a tool like that. I would call it a mattock and mattocks come in many configurations. Most popular are pick mattock and cutter mattock. Handle hole is oval in every mattock I've seen.
  9. $200 for a nozzle. What a rip off. I'd wait if possible. Meanwhile,use pre-heat on cutting tips to braze. I often braze with cutting tips because I'm in a hurry or too lazy to switch out. I never tried something small like jewelry so that might be difficult. I have several propane brazing tips,they look the same as acetylene except for a reccess where flame start's. Apparently propane tips are like NA forge burners in needing something to hold flame when not in the forge. I have owned the majority of my gas torches for decades and had no idea tips were so expensive. I've had cutting
  10. I always have trouble with that. The smallest graduation on my Folding wood ruler is 0.063
  11. "(it was dumb I know but I won’t be doing it again any time soon LOL). " Oh well,if you don't spend any more time messing with the next one than you did this one you will not have wasted enough time to worry over.
  12. I have two pieces of advice for you,one that you have already cast aside as not applical to your situation and violated the other. None the less I'll attempt to persuade you. Don't add the issues related to 7018 (I should say"precieved issues"because the issues you will experience are only in your head). Use those old 6011 to practice,at this stage they aren't effecting your bead one bit and if you still have or find more old one's after you become profecient,they might effect your bead by 0.03%. Futhermore,only an expert can tell by looking at a bead ran with 7018 whether it was wet or
  13. I'm no atthority on bows but I did pay attention when granddad built some for me and my cousins. A good source of seasoned material is picket fence,split staves and posts in lifestock fence. Just trade the farmer a few steel tee posts for the fence staves. A piece that has been split reveals grain direction and how to orient the blank. Don't hesitate using 100+ year old wood,the wood never loses it's spring. A drawknife/draw shave and shaving horse are perfect for roughing out.
  14. For retriving stumps,stones and other treasures from remote places,one of my "rickshaws"would be handy. I first built one for a co-worker to take his disabled son into the forest. Utility vehicles are popular but many public forests forbid motorized vehicles off established roads,especially during hunting season. The co-worker said it was handy for packing game out so I modified the design and built one for our hunting group. The laughter it drew when I first showed my hunting buddies was worth what it cost (nothing other than a few bolts,welding rod and a couple hours of assembly). Sinc
  15. zeer mooi werk. Can't recall how long since I injoyed watching anything more. To possess the stamina along with the skill is truly amazing,not to mention refreshing in the face of a world dominated by artificial intelligence.
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