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What to do on a rainy day.
Posted on Jun 26, 2019 4:59 AM

Set up one of the 9000G Mecs fill the bottles with powder and shot. Set a bucket full of cleaned hulls beside the loader on the left side. Fill the tray with primers and set a box full of wads on the right hand side.

I chose 20ga today since that is what we use most often and I have close to a 1000 hulls in different stages of clean. I store them in 5 gallon buckets with a cover. Chuck doesn't reload so I get all his once fired hulls which I don't tumble as they are pretty clean. I have two five gallon pails full of them.

I run the press as a grabber because the timing is off and I have not been able to resolve the issue. I need to one of these rainy days pack it up and send it to Mec to be reconditioned any way, the sizeing fingers probably should be replaced.

My son was shooting a 20 in the 1990's when I bought the 9000G as was I about one round a week.
I have loaded a lot of rounds with it.

Ran out of wads so remove the 20 ga press and set the 12 ga 9000G in place. Repete setting a bucket of tumbled hulls on the left side, fill the primer tray and set a box of wads on the right.
the timeing is set just right on this press and I crank out 100 in a very short time. Refill the primer tray and wad box and start in again. this time I need to go slower. Not sure where I got these burgandy Federal hulls but some are split at the mouth.

I know they are not mine as I don't buy federal shot shells. I buy nothing but Remington STS or Nitro ammo for clays. I buy Remington gun club ammo for hunting although I don't use the 12 to hunt with much any longer.

Doesn't take but a hour and a half maybe and I have went thru 600 primers for the 12 ga.
Believe I am going to start useing one of the 12's for clays for a while.


Al

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Bad Axe Mi first ever annual car show.
Posted on May 13, 2019 5:37 AM

Was 36F was in the morning at 7:00 AM as we were driving out the drive way to go to the car show in Bad Axe Michigan. Bad Axe Is nearly at the very tip of the Thumb, just a mear 17.2 miles shy.
The sun was shineing bright when we parked. As I was slick misting the tires I was getting warm so stripped off my light jacket. I was comfortable as I finished the tires and started doing the body. Even when one of the farmers who's farm where we hunt coyotes stopped and talked I was still warm enough in just a short sleeve tee shirt.

By 11:30 the clouds had rolled in and the wind picked up off Lake Huron so I was back in a light jacket. But by 2:00 I was in my flease jacket.
Our normal temp is 67F for this time of year.

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They did a real good job for it being the first one they put on. There were about 70 cars and trucks there. Free Ice cream in the cart in the back ground.

I thought I had the Buick looking good for the judges to look at. I went off taking a few pictures, when I cam back I saw I had failed to clean the front bumper off. Lots of dead bugs were coveing it.

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Our Southern Neighbor was a rat rod, Push button shift and a board to set on for a drivers seat. Told the fellow I would invest in a boat PDF seat at least.


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A new Friend Bryan had his beautiful Dodge dump truck there. Bryan owns several other old cars and trucks and is a member of the Antigue Auto Rally Club and had just returned from a Rally in Missouri last week.

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He told me it had a Chrylser Flat head 6 cylinder engine in the 1936 Dodge. I told him I had the same engine in my 1938 Massey 101 tractor.

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This 1937 Ford is from the Midland show. Compair it to the same tonage size Dodge truck.

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I myself think the Dodge looked sturdier.

A beautifuly done Ford Falcon Wagon and the surf board. I didn't look real close but believe the wood trim around the wood grain is real wood.

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A nicely done Chevy Street rod.

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A nearly finished Ford Mustang. Is for sale so with it still needing a final paint job it would be a bargin.

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Reese Make a wish car show.
Posted on Sep 5, 2018 5:41 AM

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MoreUS 27 tour.
Posted on Aug 24, 2018 7:43 AM

So we make it to Ithaca Mi the second stop for the day. To early for lunch we went to a place called Hearthstone a so called bakery that serves meals.
https://www.zomato.com/ithaca-...

Kare got a club sandwich and I got a a turkey ranch and put them in our cooler to eat latter.
They tasted great by the time we got to Alma about 1:00 or normal lunch/dinner time. Rember lunch you eat while at work or not at home. dinner is the mid day meal ate at home by country folks, we eat supped in the evening not dinner.

We had 160 plus cars in St. Johns and at Ithaca it swelled to 184 cars and a few trucks. Yes there was even a guy rideing a Chushman Scooter and had his support crew complete with trailer along.

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This oldie was even hauling a tear drop trailer. Told me that their first year not knowing the how you made hotel/motel reservations in advance they had to drive a long ways out of their way to find a place to stay. Decide they would just buy the trailer and they could sleep in any parking lot and save thE motel bill money.

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Owner of this Old's got an attude at his first car show with it.

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This is one beautiful street rod. You learn to pack lite the owner told me. and it keeps you from buying big silvnorers(sp).


Part of the down town Ithaca, that street runs east and west, So picture is looking east. We had been put on a side treet near town center.

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LOL some owners get testy, heard him tell some one NO IT ISN"T WHITE. It is a pearl. And now ther ford lettering isn't painted on. It is cut clean thru the hood for ventilation.

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:D Al

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US 27 Tour.
Posted on Aug 24, 2018 7:38 AM

Don't think I am cut out to do touring car shows. It is the 12th anual US 27 classic car auto tour. Started out in WaterLoo Indaina then making stops in towns along the way for a couple hours of car show. You can join in at any location and leave when you wish to if you can't take all the days off for it.

We decided to join in for just Thursday the 23d to see what it was like. Can't do more than the day because we have critters at home that need to be fed and we don't want to impose on people to do it for us.

We arrived at St. Johns Michigan lineing up 4 wide down Main Street. We were in the front part of the 4th row.

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Main street St. Johns runs North and South started filling up quick as stragglers from the over night stop in Dewitt and those who were getting fuel arrived. At 10:00 AM on the dot a Sheriff deputy leat the first row off starting with the west row. Led us down a city street to Old US 27 other deputys had traffic stopped at inter sectons where there were stop signs or traffic lites. At this point US 27 is a 4 lane divided hyway all the way to Ithaca with a speed limit of 65MPH. We were told at each stop before heading to the next location we would be doing The legal posted speed limit.

As a young fellow in the late 1960's and all thru the 1970's and being single My brother and I would get out of work on a Friday evening jump in are packed truck Jeep or Bronco and drive north a normal week end 3 hour drive. But a holiday week end the Nut jobs were on the road so that 3 hour drive many times turned into a i4 to 5 hour drive. It is madding to be cruiseing right along on a express way and come to a total and complete halt. well that is how the tour cruise was. Back when brother and I bought a state book of counties road maps. We soon worked out a route to avoid that mess on the free way and traveled back road Michigan to turn the 3 hour drive back into just that.

We met people who live just 4 miles from us who have a pontiac station wagon we didn't know about nor met at any local shows.

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Met another fellow who used to live about 8 miles away who moved to St. Johns about 10 years ago. Never did find out what he drove.

As always at these car shows there is some beautiful cars. Many we have seen before and despite this cruise starting in Indiana there wasn't all that many cars from there.
One was From Tennessee.

I might add there were some what I felt weird cars along, A Ford Flex, A New Toyato Land Cruiser with the paper plate in the window, a lexis a bunck of new Corvettes and Mustangs and a couple newer Camaro.

looking south up St.Johns main street that runs up hill.

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Liked this Willies had the emblem in the center of the grill but had a tag on the side that said Jeep Truck.

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Yes this Old's Vista Cruiser was for sale, they were huge rug rat hualers and had that raised part which contained a window.

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I know a fellow who goes nuts over any Mercury so I took a picture of this highly modfied one for him.

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This sweet old DeSota was having a problem with the right side fender skirt. the old folks got a couple of young guys from some place to lay in the street and work on it at St. Johns.

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Al

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