Dollytrolley

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  1. Dave what you say is so true........ Once in a while when I used to know-so-much "Grumps" used to smile and say....."well Einstein, some day if you get lucky enough to get some grey hair or your hair falls out you will become aware of things are real BS and then you can call a spade a spade and folks will stand back and say wow did you hear what that old geezer said?" Well Dave ponder this..........Turns out "Grumps" knew when to die after all because now we have arrived at the point that when a geezer says something "deemed incorrect"..........NO ONE hears him anymore........ You know as I recall I was a take-charge-gung-ho-save-the-world-guy until one Sunday morning I got out of bed and the guy in the mirror was a Grey-Thin-Hair-GEEZER............yep your kick-A$$ one day and the next ........Geezer Geezers used to be seen AND heard............now Geezers are lucky to just be seen. For too many years I operated in the backwaters of the world where folks from N. America best not say much just to stay alive now that I am back home ..........I stand back at times in wonder how much........home has changed.... Likely Ron will be fine and move on nicely, I enjoyed his postings so it's likely his being gone from the forum will mostly be the loss of the forum....... The preoccupation of many folks in America on fire to "Correct" other folks around them is a rather odd "hobby"..........the "correction-hobby" is not tolerated in many places in the world and it seems that the "edge" that this "hobby" has attained is unhealthy to say the least. Drive on..........(Wishing Ron smooth roads ahead..........)
  2. Dave, From the postings so far from the moderators it seems that the folks in charge of ........"change" (Admin) .........never or seldom ever read the posts so it seems that pleading to.........moderators is like shouting in the wilderness......since moderators have no powers to make any "changes-in-posting-status"......... sorta reminds me of calling a call center these days...... Current management (or mismanagement) theory / policy contends to not right ANY wrong or else then your "policy" will be questioned and of course "policy" is sacred...........after all "policy" IS "policy"..... IF admin could hear the geezer--shouts for mercy they would likely just sigh and get on with more important matters. Where justice meets "policy" these days justice often fails.......it's just the way things are these days....... Being a geezer can be tough........"Grumps" used to say "you'll know when it's time to die and let the young folks put up with things that do not make .....sense" and my aunt Audra would say at 100 "old age ain't for sissy's". After way too many thousands of hours herding various aircraft around the sky I now measure my quality of life by how LITTLE I fly anymore.........things have changed a LOT in flying and for the most part younger pilots are better equipped to deal with the newer "policies" of flying.........sad how badly things have changed but that's............progress........sorta.... Drive on...........(Shouts in the wilderness are.............?)
  3. Shucks 1 3........you don't want to be a E n G i N e A r........all the girlz will giggle at you and a lot of you try to do will end up in the dumpster (per Henry posts) and IF.........Just IF......by chance you stumble and get anything to halfa$$ to work......some darn geezer here will come up with 13 ways to "improve" what you did to make it work.........trust me 1 3 , your far better to be president than being a engineer ........few folks like engineers...... Drive on..........(better to be a geezer than.........E n G i N e A r.)
  4. I for one likely should have acquired at least a 100 points so far just for some of my postings regarding "Grumps" and some of the "Child-slave-truck-abuse" that "Grumps" heaped upon me before I moved out and went on my mission to save the world............maybe the statute of limitations keeps point from being issued. All kidding aside it seems like this forum is a free service provided by Escapees and as such they make the rules and have ALL options to do anything that they desire with anyone at anytime and holding appeals of actions are NOT a action that they desire to do period.........likely they have better things to do than to hold kangroo-court for a bunch of geezers..... OK this is where I get in trouble.........In the past I have suggested that .......perhaps.....just perhaps, someday that the HDT-RV group ....might .......start a formal club of some sorts and then club services such a rally's , blogs, newsletters, HDT-INSURANCE club discounted, and highly paid President, VP, Sec and assorted "staff"......etc. Anyhow, maybe some things on the forum are not "perfect" but it seems to work for many needs .......the "American-way" used to be if you want something better.........get to work and invent something better....... Lately the "new-american-way" is to just ......complain.... Drive on...........(which way.......Old American way ........or complain)
  5. JC.........Wonder over to Newhouse Manufacturing in Redmond ...........Likely before your parents were born was building STRONG ROBUST CUSTOM machinery and the components and Inventory IS what you walk into when you when you open the front door including turn table bearings to 500,000 LBS.........IF you do not see what you need speak up they will likely have it out on one of the other buildings........Prices are fair..... Drive on.........(Newhouse has it all.......)
  6. Knot.....right on.......Shucks I even snort the P & W.......without it, it just leaves ya breathless.... Drive on........(Stay cool.....breathe easy)
  7. well before I started the engine I pulled the the plugs and let it cool some when I filled it full of water I had water in FIVE holes and lot of water running out of # 4 & #6 when I installed the plugs and bumped the starter it tended to hyrolock so I just towed the rig to the next turnout ......... Chemicals are ok at times but I prefer new gaskets and straight head & block surfaces..........with the amount of water flowing into the cylinders I have no need for chemicals in this case...... Like you........... this is not my first engine game....... Repairing the engine is no big deal and we had a good time in spite of a little steam and water........ Drive on...........(Enjoy the ......game)
  8. So..... Just as I hoped.....the world is at peace again........and no animals were harmed in this test....however it might be nice to mix up a BiGfIvEr...........a tall glass of Crown Royal with a splash of Dr Pepper.......cheerz Drive on.........(No driving after drinking a BiGfIvEr........enjoy)
  9. Right on Steve .....heck how many folks travel with a complete SPARE horse hauler rig....the horse and horse operator were set up in a new camp with running water and electricity in two hours...... so have plenty chains straps but block sealer is way below my pay grade I don't do that to real engines. Drive on.......(Enjoy the ride....even the repairs)
  10. So..... Just as I hoped.....the world is at peace again........and no animals were harmed in this test....😁😋😊
  11. Geez folks....... As you can read below........being a bit "mechanically-challenged" in the CENTER of NOWHERE Nevada seem it may have been like a high-bucks-spa-treatment compared to the goings-ons here on this thread and others here on the forum last week........ Shucks.......we had NO cell service.......NO internet service.......and even when a lady stopped by with a sat-phone it would not connect.........AND.......we had a great time...... What we did have was NO current news......seems did not miss much..........we did have some wind and snow but hey at 7,000 ft elev thats the norm..........we had +300 gallons of clean water........plenty of propane.......1,000 pound of hay for Dolly........starry nights and critters milling about.........even two nice rattlesnakes..........all in all it sounds like being a bit broke down was perhaps a considerable upgrade compared to some of the "happenings" here on the forum........ I hope folks here can "scab-up & hair-over" and we can all get back the making the world a peaceful place again........ Read below just see how much fun you can have fully dressed.......... So…… Nice pull out of Camp at Last Chance Peak East of Death Valley Sunday morning but fairly heavy traffic up Highway 95 and all went perfect till……...26 miles North up Hyw 376 the Dollymomma keyed the mic and said…….”oh I have a problem…..the check engine light is on and the the coolant temp is climbing fast and the shoulder is too steep to pull off so she powered down and coasted to a stop with the horse trailer fairly tilted in a fairly steep ditch………she had Dolly the paint horse in the horse trailer. I slowed the Dollytrolley down and pulled off into a less steep ditch with the toybox-bunkhouse in tow…...I jogged back about a 1/8 mile and raised the hood and saw the problem in a second…...The Cap on the spare ¾ inch heater port on the new extreme duty radiator had come off and all coolant had blown out in no time…...uhgggg We carry 5 gallons of water in the back of the pickup so I fabed a new cap with Gorilla tape and two hose clamps and filled the radiator with water and started the engine and …...the oil pressure was normal but…...it had a steady miss and…...it was blowing a steam ring out the exhaust…...uhggg only 8,000 on a new GM crate motor and now a blown head gasket…...uhggg No worries just call the tow service in Tonopah…….well actually not that easy …….no cell service for about 25 miles so…...no worries…..just unload Dolly out of the horse trailer and load her into the horse module in the back of the toyhauler and take her and Dollymomma back the the rodeo grounds in Tonopah and then get the tow service to get the pickup…….easy…...sorta Load Dolly in a howling wind and crank up the Dollytrolley and off we go and pitch cam at the Rodeo grounds and then call the tow insurance hot line and…….they want the cross street…….oh ya right. I tell the dispatcher in Philly that there are no cross streets North of Tonopah and no cell service and she can not imagine NO cell service of cross streets…..so finally she says that I MUST drive back and obtain the GPS cords and call her …...I tell her that in order I have to drive back to Tonopah to call her she almost started to cry…….. So. before I drive out to the pickup I drive into Tonopah and pull up in front of the tow service to write down the local phone number from the window……...Just a couple hundred feet up the street was a Nevada State Patrol car so I started walking up the street to the patrol car and soon the car slowly pulled up to me and I was amazed was a small lady officer that was almost the identical twin to my twin daughter Beth……… She smiled and said “sir can I help you”….I smiled and said “ well I was wondering if your electronic map was able to give me the Lat / Long cords of the 20 mile marker on Highway 376 ??…...she said “ as you can see I have tons of electronic gear here but we are unable to get any Lat / Longs except where we are sitting...sorry sir”……...I said “ no problem I will drive out and get the Lat Longs and then pull the horse trailer back with the Freightliner…..About then a speeder went by and she had to go stop the guy….. I hopped in the Dollytrolley and headed out in a howling crosswind…… once I got to the pickup I parked the Dollytrolley upwind and unhitched the horse trailer and just pulled the pickup around away from the trailer and just as I stepped out of the pickup all of a sudden the lady state trooper pulled up and rolled down her window and said “ sir I thought I might come out here to check up on you in this bad weather”……. I held on to my cap and said ….”well that's nice but everything is OK right now and I'll tow the horse trailer back to Tonopah and by then the tow truck might be back to load the pickup” She replied “ well I hope the tow guys can help you but if they cant maybe I can patrol by sometime tonight to secure your vehicle…...is there anything else I can do for you sir” ……. It was just getting dusk and the wind was howling and I paused an few moments and said….. “well officer what I am about to say may not be kosher but I am a old man so consider the source” ….she grinned and said “sir that OK let me know whats on your mind”…...I said “ well officer I have a daughter that could be your twin sister so here is what I would like you to do…… IF by chance this pickup is still here when you patrol by tonight AND if anyone is near this pickup I want you to turn on your siren and flashing lights and mash the gas pedal down and drive out of sight…….I DO NOT want you getting in harms way over this pickup…..NOT for a second…..do you understand this is you father speaking”……. She smiled and said “well thats a nice thing to say but we are very careful out here with no backup so far away so I'll be careful”……...I said I am hoping that this pickup will be gone in a couple of hours or if not I will plan to park the Freightliner next to it to secure it so you don't worry about this bunch of iron and you be careful”…… She smiled and said thanks for your concern and you also be careful….. Two hours later the pickup was unloaded in front of the shop in Tonopah and all was well….. Very remote out in the middle of no-where but some nice folks you meet along the way….
  12. J C..... My child, you are such a mere child to come here to this forum of geezers and a$$piring-Geezers and ask such a silly question about building a one-off air hitch……… Of course you can build your own one-off air hitch and if you need “approval” it is herebye “granted” Somehow I have become liabled and named as the teller of tales here in the forum and this is a testiment of the skill of the forum population in general to judge fish tales and skills of wife management or mi$$-management……. Unlike Jack , my advice is precious and should be very highly valued so……..listen up. Now that you have been “approved” for hitch building lets get started…… First call Henry…….talk him into sending you ALL the current drawings AND talk him into having you named on his insurance policy…...Hint: chat Stinson airplanes he is a push over with Stinsons…. Second…..if Henry cant find his drawings…...just have him send you a hitch on the China-program…...you know …..where you just take the hitch apart and clone it …..sorta…..just guess at the various grades of metalic components and treatments……. Third…...If Henry cant find his “loaner-hitch”…...just go to the photo section of the forum and gaze upon the large selection of hitch-pics there …….shucks with that many photos anyone could cobble-together a air-hitch and likely improve it as well….. Back in the stone age I was charged with saving the free world…...it was harder back then because the Ruskies did not like us exceptionals…….anyhow I had these jobs where my “uniform” involved strapping on a parachute…….I swaggered around like a cool-fool and thought I had a great job …….BUT think about this for a moment…….parachutes are bulky and have lots of catchy buckles and things hanging out that tend to be come fouled with everything that you walk by…….now most aircraft designers seem to think that only chimps will try to get into the aircraft so the cockpits and doors are only chimp-sized and NO way designed for ba too-big-hillbilly wearing a parachute….. Ok where was I……..oh ya…...a couple I was looking for some long lost treasures in the back of the shop and stummbled upon a shelf full of……..parachutes…….gulp…… Guess what they still have my name on every chute but……..somehow they just don't fit a fat-old-stooped-over-geezer……...imagine that? So J C …….if you are too young to be a geezer …...go ahead strap on that chute and hope that you don't need to use it IF the one-off hitch has a “hick-up” …….shucks I have graduated to Geezer-status and have used up at least 25 lives and then some……...so as Dirty Harry used to say…….”Ya feeling lucky”…….go ahead. Now my Di$$claimer……..I currently tow with a couple of hitches that I cobbled togeather and they are OVERBUILT…...HEAVY…….UGLY, but they work ok but they are OVER-BOLTED to rigs that had no hitch factory built for so I had no viable choice but to cobble my own…...I can weld but I have a complete machine shop so too many LARGE quality bolts work well for my current hitch needs so thats what I did…… My advice……...go buy a old Stinson 108-2 airplane ande trade it to Henry for a hitch…...he is a push-over for Stinson's…… Drive on……….(Stinsons make nice hitch trades…..)
  13. Hay Bigger.....darn if there was not the cutest little Rattlesnake crossing the road just out of Lovelock this morning and I was able to wiggle the wheels around him and get stopped and trot back but darn if that darn snake refused to coil.......a lady pulled up to the Trolley and ask is that fool gonna get snake bit.....Dollymomma smiled and said heck no that snake won't bite that fool .....snakes have better taste.... Don't worry Phil we still have plenty of time to tickle a nice rattler into a Dr Pepper box and send it to you..... Remember.... Don't shake a Dr Pepper box... Drive on...... (Don't run over Phil's snake....) PS we got to Bend today so in the next few days I can tell the tales of the latest adventures of the Dolly geezers..... Even a couple are true
  14. JC, It took about 10 minutes to convert the Dollytrolley from a Pvt/ Commercial Washington state registered tractor to a motorhome at the Bend DMV........ The hard part was when the DMV geek wrote the VIN# down wrong and then the letter arrived 4 weeks later that NO Freightshaker had ever had the said VIN#........took 3 weeks to resolve but it did not effect the fact that I walked out of the DMV in 10 minutes with new shiny ORE Motorhome plates...... Try my cell at (520) 891-3695 ........we are presently in the middle of Nevada with limited cell service but keep trying.......it's not hard to reg in OR as a motorhome.......the only rub is.........it is the OR DMV......... Drive on............(OR DMV is........The OR DMV)
  15. Hi all......shucks we are livin'n large out here in the Tonopah Rodeo grounds & petting zoo.......we have seen everything except a pink rattlesnake........ Pickup Update........Dollymomma really knows how to fail a head gasket........bore scoped the cylinders and all is OK ......then cut open the oil filter.....not one speck of metal or carbon (4 oil and filter changes in the 8,000 miles on the new engine) so the bottom end is fine.......plan is to haul the pickup and horse trailer up to Franks Automotive in Fallon and then haul Dolly-the-paint-horse up to Silver Sage Stables just South of Fallon in the horse module in the bunkhouse toyhauler behind the Dollytrolley and then Dollymomma will ride out each day with a whole herd of local cowgirls while I go out to TOP GUN School and teach a few flight tricks that will ruin all of the training that the squids have had so far........ Shucks ........imagine how boring life would be if all RV trips went as .........planed..... Now this is not a real breakdown by a long shot........ no being broke down is .......when the float plane won't crank and the wind is blowing you toward a rocky shore where a BIG Grizzly is pacing back and forth licking his chops.......that story later..... Gotta go now.........several items are yet to be broken today.......cheers..... Drive on..........(Breakdowns.......spice of the RV .....life)