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I feel your frustration, don't let it get to ya, believe me that's part of collecting old tractors. Currently I am working on my 50 that started running rough. When I opened its oil bath air cleaner it had several mice in various stages of decomposition in the cup. Usually I just find nuts and once had one pretty much filled with shelled corn. Now I am waiting on the carb to come back and the cylinder head to get done. Hopefully it will run great once all that is done otherwise I will have spent a lot of money and not resolved the problem, believe me I have been there before.
Yup all part of the hobby. I've been learning more than ever on this tractor and it was running fine not too long ago so figure it can't be anything too serious.
 

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Happy anniversary Tony! Progress is good, albeit small at times. Cars used to have Oil Pressure gauges, then the car companies figured out that people fretted over them too much so you don't find them anymore.
Thanks. Yup not quite the old me anymore but that's not saying I can't be a new me with some limitations. As much as I get mad about the kid and the family, or my boss switching me onto trees I need to remember how far I've come from not being able to eat or get out of bed for 4 days to grinding my teeth trying to get back into this hobby. Even with a few set backs still moving forward. End of this month I have a follow up on the left better knee to determine more pt or not and I need an exam on the right hardware one for possible legitimate damage. If I need another surgery on that one.....well hey it's going to be winter soon.
 

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I'll put in a plug for Evergreen Gages too. Our B needed all new gages too, and this company was the only one recommended. Glad I followed the advice given 10-12 years ago. They work!
Another tip for the two cylinder letter tractors. When left sitting for a while, put a sock over the air stack to keep mud dobbers from building nests inside. We took off the assembly and pressure washed the tar out of it. Got gobs of mud out of there, figured it to be clean. The stack was so rusted, we cut it off to replace it. Once we could see inside there was still a lot left in there behind the baffle where the water couldn't reach.
On the health issues, just keep focusing on the vast improvements over the time. It can't be easy, but as long as you have a will to do things, even at a slower pace, keep that good attitude going. Having a tractor hobby to keep your mind in the zone, is a good thing. Always gonna be something wrong with them, usually just minor stuff, but keeps the learning process going. As Red Green would say, "hang in there, we're all pullin' for ya".

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I'll put in a plug for Evergreen Gages too. Our B needed all new gages too, and this company was the only one recommended. Glad I followed the advice given 10-12 years ago. They work!
Another tip for the two cylinder letter tractors. When left sitting for a while, put a sock over the air stack to keep mud dobbers from building nests inside. We took off the assembly and pressure washed the tar out of it. Got gobs of mud out of there, figured it to be clean. The stack was so rusted, we cut it off to replace it. Once we could see inside there was still a lot left in there behind the baffle where the water couldn't reach.
On the health issues, just keep focusing on the vast improvements over the time. It can't be easy, but as long as you have a will to do things, even at a slower pace, keep that good attitude going. Having a tractor hobby to keep your mind in the zone, is a good thing. Always gonna be something wrong with them, usually just minor stuff, but keeps the learning process going. As Red Green would say, "hang in there, we're all pullin' for ya".

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Thanks. I've read about a sock, or milk sock. My 2nd thought after I came to my senses was after wiggling my fingures and toes was " well I can still move apparently " yup good days and bad but getting back to wrenching on stuff even if it's a struggle its still something I can still do. You see people in wheelchairs or missing both arms out doing fully capable people so I don't have anything to really complain about. Thank you(all) for the encouragement.
 

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Tony - I have a cute story to share that is similar to what you just said. Lisa (SIL) was a nurse, witnessed and accident where a motorcycle went off the road and collided with a solid object. She immediately went to assist the poor lad, the first thing he said was "how's my bike?" Lisa said "Not as bad as you". Hang in there lad, you'll have stories to tell down the road. Tom
 

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Tony - I have a cute story to share that is similar to what you just said. Lisa (SIL) was a nurse, witnessed and accident where a motorcycle went off the road and collided with a solid object. She immediately went to assist the poor lad, the first thing he said was "how's my bike?" Lisa said "Not as bad as you". Hang in there lad, you'll have stories to tell down the road. Tom
Lol. Sounds like something I'd say.

So far my top stories are:

I was a wake during the whole thing and while getting dragged to what could've been my death I was mad I could feel my brand new carhartt jeans getting burned, ripped, and torn up( glad I didn't have on my battered jeans and cowboy boots on like I usually do.....probably would've had more road rash)

After I shook myself off and realized what I thought was " okay" I was pushing myself up( until some neighbors stopped me) and said " alright Eli(my foreman) let's get the skid unloaded."

While the neighbors brought me pillows and blankets to comfort me in the middle of the street I asked one if she could climb in the dump truck and grab my energy drink she replied "no, you're going to be needing emergency surgery you can't be drinking anything" in my head I called her some nasty things.......

While I was getting carted into the ambulance a fire fighter rested my ball cap on my chest that was found about 30 ft from where I was standing . He said " here bud you probably have bigger concerns but thought you might want this" I thanked him and asked if he saw my sunglasses, he laughed and said " I doubt they survived like you".

At the trauma center unfortunately I needed 2 enemas to get everything flowing again. The nurse asked if the 2nd one was as bad as the 1st. I replied " I'd rather get ran over again" the look on her face was priceless.

After about 2 months of being home I tried to dress normal for Thanksgiving. I put on a pair of jeans, slid my belt through them and it didn't fit......I thought wth I didn't gain that much weight not working.......the medics cut my belt to get what was left of my jeans off I discovered.
 
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