Hi. Winter is coming soon. Preparing snowmobiles. We have a lot of snow.
Where do you discuss mountain snowmobiling?
Where do you discuss mountain snowmobiling?
The best place will be one of the Mountain Doo sub-forums. Click this link and scroll down to Mountain Doo, then choose the forum that fits the chassis of your sled. If you are not sure of the chassis, post your sled right here and any of us can help you out.Hi. Winter is coming soon. Preparing snowmobiles. We have a lot of snow.
Where do you discuss mountain snowmobiling?
Those are some kind of HIGH END Horse's, I'll tell yea.The boy and I built him a proper workbench/welding bench in his corner of the shop. I have been remodeling a condo at the ski hill and got some decent cabinets to turn into benches for both of us. I scored my bench top on a job where I turned a race car shop into a horse barn this spring so we took that idea and ran with it for 1/8” steel sheets bent into a counter top.
This is the building the long bench top came out of...
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I was told just to get one that is trainable is $25,000Those are some kind of HIGH END Horse's, I'll tell yea.
Nice setup! Was anything special needed to true the run of mirrors?I was back there a week and a half ago to hang mirrors in the 72x200 riding arena. The horses are all moved in now. The mirrors are 6’ tall and 64’ long (8’ sections)
I used my Bosch laser level with the magnetic mount and stuck it on the long wall. It was pushing the limit of it though. You probably wouldn’t want to set your kitchen cabinets with it that far away.Nice setup! Was anything special needed to true the run of mirrors?
Her grandfather has a huge antique car collection and he would come over at least once a week and say “you could put a lot of cars in here”boy would that make one heckuva groomer barn hey?
Before we had lazers I once trued a log ceiling with strings. I quickly found that it wasn't as easy as I hoped for. I ended up using the stings as baseline and truing by eye. I didn't even think of it when I asked, but that would have been the better question, if you did use your eyes.I used my Bosch laser level with the magnetic mount and stuck it on the long wall. It was pushing the limit of it though. You probably wouldn’t want to set your kitchen cabinets with it that far away.
If I didn’t have the laser I would have snapped a line and then had to clean it off after.Before we had lazers I once trued a log ceiling with strings. I quickly found that it wasn't as easy as I hoped for. I ended up using the stings as baseline and truing by eye. I didn't even think of it when I asked, but that would have been the better question, if you did use your eyes.
This would be to keep the height for the series of mirrors true. I was thinking of truing the depth. With 8 x 8’ sections, I can only imagine a common wall being fractions of a degree off between every stud would create a bizarre effect in the mirrors. I should have mentioned the question stems from feeling queasy while approaching a mirrored wall on horseback. It had me take a closer look at the install and remark the wavering along the set of panels.If I didn’t have the laser I would have snapped a line and then had to clean it off after.
They are a plastic like film with mirror finish on them for safety. Crazy light weight. They are attached to a horizontal framing in the wall top and bottom. They do have a little distortion to them. You have to blow them off with air they can not be wiped down.This would be to keep the height for the series of mirrors true. I was thinking of truing the depth. With 8 x 8’ sections, I can only imagine a common wall being fractions of a degree off between every stud would create a bizarre effect in the mirrors. I should have mentioned the question stems from feeling queasy while approaching a mirrored wall on horseback. It had me take a closer look at the install and remark the wavering along the set of panels.
That's one cool project and a great job on your behalfVintage two stroke Lawnboy push mower
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I had the chance to get a 40+ year old Lawnboy push mower running. It was bought in the mid seventies and hadn't run in ~30 years or so, and sitting outside for who knows how long. My first thought was no Ethanol back then, so how hard can it be? It was stored under a pine tree with no direct sunlight, so was thinking maybe even the primer will still work and it did.
First thing was to make sure it wasn't seized. The crank still worked, so I cleaned all of pine needles with a blow gun (compressed air). I removed the air filter and cleaned all the crap with the blow gun and gas in my nifty hair dye bottle which are my two favorite tools working in tandem. Once the intake side was relatively clean for a first start without the air filter, I used my hair die squirt bottle with 45:1 premix to get the engine running which it did within a couple cranks. When it quit after a few seconds, I gave a little more to start and drip fed the carb to keep the engine running for a minute or so. I still find it ridiculously easy to feed an engine gasoline while manually adjusting the air/fuel ratio by how much I squeeze the bottle.
For running the engine without a air filter, as long as it is not a windy day, then I not squeamish about doing this. I have done enough pull start events that lasted cranking the engine for hundreds of times and put a ridiculous strain on my back, that light dust intake for a short period no longer bothers me. My back wins over dust intake.
Now that I know it does run, then I can put the time&effort to clean the deck, plastics and carburetor. The gas line was split and I had clear gasoline hose to replace it with. The hose for the primer was stiff, but it was still good enough. The carburetor bowl had junk/black premix gas, but nothing worrisome. I removed the float and needle was nice with no gunk and only needed light cleaning. I remove the screen filter from over the main jet then unscrewed the jet to blow brake cleaner through all of the passages and the MJ. I used my 7X magnifying glass to look through the MJ and it looked good to me. The primer line got cleaned-up the same way by backflushing through the carb passage and it came out clean. Keep in mind there was never any Ethanol in that mower, so this was straightforward cleaning.
Next I cleaned the gas tank having green slime. I kept a sample to show the owner, but didn't bother to take a picture. Surprisingly the gas cap was still venting. The thing is these caps have a somewhat open vent and do not hold the lighter ends of the gasoline, so the gas does not remain good for long. Keep the mower out of the sunlight and in a barn/shed that doesn't see temp swings, then the gas will be somewhat ok to run the next week, but it will have lost a lot of its potential. Keep it under a plastic car shelter and it probably won't start within less than a couple of week if not days.
Once the gas tank was cleaned, I tackled the female spade connectors from the On/Off switch to the ignition coil. I dipped both connectors into a glass jar that I filled with vinegar and table salt, then neutralized them with water and baking soda, blew dry them with the blow gun and applied dielectric grease.
Put it all back together, tested the primer which showed to work from the flow in the gas line intake that I had replaced with a clean hose. I pumped it several times to see if it was working, but too much gas is rarely an issue from my experience. I proved it enough times with small engines and sleds. With a carb or SDI, I have have shown how not enough gas to start can cause a spark plug to wet foul. Then I lightly clean the plug and give it lots of gas for a cold start. By the way, brake/carb cleaner with a tooth brush is enough to clean a relatively clean but otherwise wet fouled spark plug.
It started on the first pull and off I went to mow a couple slices with 40+ year old rusted blades. I found the engine was not turning fast enough, so I wondered about this plastic lever above that I had noted was connected to the governor with a light spring. I was surprised that it raised the engine rpm significantly.
A Lawnboy is not a mower that I am not familiar with other than having seen it being used since the mid 70s and kept seeing them being used for at least two decades until the four strokes took over. I still remember the mowing crew on the McGill University campus using them. This one Lawnboy had no handle, but rather ropes to guide it along the steepest incline and the guy was walking back and forth from the top. The first one I saw was in 74 when when my neighbour Ken had setup his father's self propelled Lawnboy with a couple of wooded sticks to move himself forward and backwards while crouched over the deck. It would become the earliest engineering marvel that I did see.
This was more for a challenge and for my own curiosity to see if I could get a push mower running after sitting a few decades. I would not have cared if it was a four stroke, but this was a vintage two stroke Lawnboy which to me is not too far from working on a vintage two stroke saw or sled.