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(last Sunday)Starts off with a call from my uncle, the clutch went out on his car. My dad and I towed him home with my dads truck, I towed him into the driveway with the SS12, engine didn't even bog down.


Today, rented a car dolly to tow my uncles car up north to his father inlaws garage. so, grabbed my burban and push the car out of the driveway, put the car on the dolly, than our lovely neighbors blocked us in, unhooked the dolly from the truck (my dads truck) and he pulled out of the spot, than I used the SS12 to pull the car and car dolly out of the spot and to a new spot, got it all hooked up. and ready to go.


Was on our way, climbing a hill on the highway in my dads truck, then the engine took off like a weed whacker, hit 6k rpms. We lost third gear. limped off the highway, lost second gear, made it to a parking lot, was losing first gear. Called a wrecker and made it to my dads preferred shop (not my preferred shop), got home with the car dolly (empty at this point as we left it at the parking lot) so I grabbed my SS12 and hauled it into the driveway.


Now, so far the only reliable thing around is my tractor... My truck is out of commission due to an oil pressure issue, my dads truck is down for the count, my mums car is still picky on when it wants to behave.


So now I know my tractor can pull 4x-5x it's own weight and not even flinch. Any one need a tow?
 

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That's quite the week! Only one question: Do you have a big enough cart to carry everyone to work tomorrow?
Mike
 

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... or a big enough gas tank
 

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I learned the hard way,that a Suburban will pull a 6000 lb GM 4x4 up the incline in my driveway pretty easily--but coming back DOWN it was a near death experience!--the Suburban's brakes worked real good,but I soon found out a 3 ton truck will just skid the tractors rear tires and shove it aside like nothing,when it was time to STOP!...
I thought I was gonna get smooshed between the truck and my garage!..it stopped just inches away from it...:eek:

Moral of the story is they will TOW heavy things fine--just dont trust them to be able to STOP something heavier than the tractor!...

I remember the day an older friend of mine,that has since passed on, was pulling an engine out of a ford pickup,using a large oak tree branch to hold his chain falls...he tried using the chain falls,but it jammed the chain up inside of it,and it was a good 25 feet up off the ground...his ladder wouldn't go that high,and he wasn't able to climb it anyway..

He wanted the engine out (that was junk anyway) so he could install another good one,and he decided his J-D riding mower might be able to yank it out,using a thick manilla rope,looped over the tree branch...he called me,and asked if I'd come over and help him..I said sure,I'll be there ASAP..

I pulled into his yard just as he was taking the slack out of the rope by driving the tractor away...it worked slick,the engine came right out ,and he figured he'd just keep driving a few more feet,till he was close enough to tie off the rope to another tree,to hold the engine up.....

The engine was about 15 feet off the ground,when the tractor suddenly lost traction,the tires spun,then it slid backwards real quickly!--the engine was swinging side to side,luckily it missed the truck as it crashed to the ground,and my friend and the tractor were left dangling straight down,about 5 feet off the ground!...he was clinging to the steering wheel,and I think his butt cheecks were clenched to the seat!..

I helped him climb off it,and he was shaking--and said nothing,went straight to the fridge in his garage,cracked open a beer,and lit a ciggarette,took a deep drag,and said..."Me and my BRIGHT IDEAS!--Almost KILLED myself that time!"....I cant repeat here the rest of what he said!..he stayed in the garage the rest of the day...

I told him hey--dont be angry--you actually had some good luck!--you lived to tell about it,and the engine IS out of the truck,thats all you wanted to get done toady anyway,right??...:D..then we both laughed for about 10 minutes..
 

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OK, cheated Darwin twice. :eek:mg:

I don't think I want to be around for the third time...

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Glad to hear your tractor was able to take a lot of the load off of you. Can you tell if the other vehicles are gonna be repairable?

I haven't heard much from you since you got your truck. How is your grandmother doing?

:howdy:

:praying:

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My brakes on the SS12 are toast, barely stop the tractor its self. I avoid any situations where I need to use them.

My mums car just needs rear breaks, it's still drivable.

Dads truck is supposed to be diagnosed by tonight, I believe it's either electrical or the torque converter is toast. I would be doing it in the driveway here but my jack stands can't hold up the weight of the truck safely.

My uncles car was half done by the time we started towing it to my uncles place. When ever he gets it to the shop he's at he will finish it.

My great Grandmum passed away in the beginning of November. Doctors pulled the IV the day we left, said she had a couple hours to live(after we were on the road). We had all just got up to the farm for hunting, got two days of hunting in and my mum and me had to come back down to the cities for the funeral. She was a fighter until the end, first lasted a week longer than expected, than another week, then 3 days longer. She was less than a month from being 95yrs old.


Back towards the end of November I made a website for gathering info on the old Sears stuff, ran out of stuff to do and ended up making myself very busy with it. I'm not finished adding stuff to it, I hope to add more features than whats there. It's a work in progress.

Here's a link if your interested. (not trying to step any toes by posting this)
http://www.mysearstractor.com/


Here's a picture of our set up that day, can't believe such a light load would cause my dads truck issues. Should have used my Dodge! :fing32:
 

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My brakes on the SS12 are toast, barely stop the tractor its self. I avoid any situations where I need to use them.

My mums car just needs rear breaks, it's still drivable.

Dads truck is supposed to be diagnosed by tonight, I believe it's either electrical or the torque converter is toast. I would be doing it in the driveway here but my jack stands can't hold up the weight of the truck safely.

My uncles car was half done by the time we started towing it to my uncles place. When ever he gets it to the shop he's at he will finish it.

My great Grandmum passed away in the beginning of November. Doctors pulled the IV the day we left, said she had a couple hours to live(after we were on the road). We had all just got up to the farm for hunting, got two days of hunting in and my mum and me had to come back down to the cities for the funeral. She was a fighter until the end, first lasted a week longer than expected, than another week, then 3 days longer. She was less than a month from being 95yrs old.


Back towards the end of November I made a website for gathering info on the old Sears stuff, ran out of stuff to do and ended up making myself very busy with it. I'm not finished adding stuff to it, I hope to add more features than whats there. It's a work in progress.

Here's a link if your interested. (not trying to step any toes by posting this)
http://www.mysearstractor.com/


Here's a picture of our set up that day, can't believe such a light load would cause my dads truck issues. Should have used my Dodge! :fing32:
Sorry to hear about your grandmom so late. She did get to live a long life. Hopefully all the broken trucks and stuff will be fixed soon.
 

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Found out the bands in my dads truck went bad, so at 140k miles it needs a new trans. Should be done by Friday we're told. I can't wait for it to be done, I want my truck back so I can work on it some more.


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