RDM

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  1. Nice shot. Happy Thanksgiving PSU. Is that wine with a beer chaser?
  2. Interesting tidbit... My 62 Gravely walk behind mower uses the same piston, Delco starter and oil filter as a small block Chevy. They are OEM components not something that just happens to fit.
  3. Can relate to the 400. One of my best friends in HS had a Firebird with the 400 small block. Warped heads were an issue too. The larger bore took away stiffness in the block and made for smaller water jackets. All meant meant too much heat. Think he and his dad replaced the heads a couple of times. They even put in a new short block too before Ohio winters and GM shoddy corrosion techniques of the time prompted the onset of cancer. Believe the 400 was the same block used on the 305, 327 and 350, which were all great engines. Think the difference between the 350 and the 400 in the Firebird of the late 70's was only about 10 hp. Hardly worth it. Across the board, the era from 72 to the early 80's is forgettable wrt performance from the big 3 domestic manufacturers. Of course, as losetoa6 can attest, the 3.8L turbo in the GNX really helped amp up the performance factor again, at least for GM.
  4. Dunno - it happened again. You have two posts numbered 57. haha. Just curious about the oddity of it.
  5. haha - funny video. That snowball is as big as the victim. That sort of experience can be traumatic for a 4 year old. I was expecting to see a snowball about 3x the size clobber the dude in the blue jacket, but alas that was not to be. I hope none of us have to visit the panic room this season, for anything. Hope the lights in the room stay off so there's nary a glimmer of light under the crack at the bottom of the door's threshold. That way from even a long distance off everyone can see the panic room is closed and shall remain so. Hell, if Jebman can stay optimistic from way out in Texas on our chances this year, we gotta muster the same on our end.
  6. Hummm - how do you have two posts, both number 54? Interesting. 10 foot drifts would be great. If we had wind about 20mph stronger in Jan 16 we would have had some 10' drifts around here.
  7. I've heard about 93 from colleagues and neighbors who lived here then. Sadly, I was overseas in 93 and missed that one too.
  8. It was hard to say how much snow we got. They say in our area it was between 12 -18" but it all drifted. On one side of our house it was bare grass. On the other the drifts were several feet hight. It was a challenge even for our dad's Gravely with the snowblower. The night before the storm hit my dad and I were at the local private airport just outside New Carlisle working on an engine rebuild. The official forecast still called for just snow showers the next day. The driving rain was accompanied by a sudden drop in air pressure. So much so our ears were popping. My dad said something was afoot when he noticed how rapidly the pressure in the altimeter of our small plane was dropping. Altimeters work off of air pressure, so if you know your altitude, you can determine the air pressure. There were times we could adjust the altimeter every 2-3 minutes. When my dad saw that he said we need to get going. When we arrived home a few minutes later my dad immediately starting calling the sheriff, his fellow fire fighters and the owner of a small farm implement dealer north of town. He told them all to meet at the firehouse in town where they had a big meeting about an hour later. They all thought our dad was nuts because it was still raining and a little breezy, but nothing major. He told them about the pressure drop and said something special was going on. They all went home, got supplies and the waited for it to hit. The changeover was about 1am and by 6am people were already calling in with lost power, reports of people stranded etc. Everyone used the firehouse as the ops center and went out in the areas outside our town to rescue stranded people in cars with a parade of vehicles. Snowmobiles lead the way to survey the terrain for downed trees, power poles and ID cars encased in the snow so the following entourage didn't run into them and get stuck in the drifts. Next went the a large Case loader with a 12 foot angled blade from the implement dealer with several 4wd Jeeps following. The Case even had chains on and it got stuck a few times. The crews would go out for a few hours and come back with the rescued people. Everyone huddled in the firehouse until someone would offer to take them in. We had a family of 6 who we didn't know before stay at our home for over a week and a farmer who stayed several days. Half the fire department took in someone who they didn't know before. That's what people did then because it's the right thing to do.
  9. Great that you remember it. We were out of school in our area for a full 2 weeks. You know how it is just North of Spfld in latitude (from Rt. 41 North). It gets very flat and there is nothing to stop the wind. Many roads in our area were drifted shut by the 70+mph winds for well over a week until they brought out the snow blowers from Dayton Airport and Wright Patterson AFB. That was a sight to see - airport snow blowers driving down Main street in our little town. The thing that sicks out about the blizzard of 78 was the true flash freeze and the wind, which created white out conditions for 36+ hours. Temps dropped 40+ degrees in a couple hours. Our dad delivered several babies in the back of our town's 4x4 rescue truck.
  10. Cool - Know Young's very well. One of my sister's favorite places. I grew up in New Carlisle. Used to hang out at several spots in Spfld, to include the Upper Valley Mall, which is of course now closed. Glad you got some of the 96 event. I was living in Japan then and missed it. Too bad you missed The BIG One for Ohio, and that was the blizzard of 78. Incredible experience to live through and to this day one for the record books.
  11. haha - rotflmao - but remember, never bring a knife to a gun-fight and I'm deadly out to about 400yds.
  12. First, I see your Airborne patch - so thank you for your service to our country. Second, your mention of MO brought back a memory from my childhood. In 1970 we drove from Ohio to Colorado Springs on I-70. 1200 miles one-way and my dad drove it non-stop with the 6 of us in the Buick Electra 225. Back then, you could rive 90mph in Kansas and nobody cared. On the return trip, there was a big snow and ice storm IVO Kansas City, MO. The snow was 12-18" deep with a crust of ice on top. One of those events where you can walk on top of the crust. A double trailer semi had jackknifed across east bound I-70 just east of KC. Traffic was backed up for miles with post-Christmas traffic going home. A trooper was passing by on the plowed shoulder and my dad finagled the ok to follow him to the front of the line to help (our dad was a volunteer fireman and paramedic for 50+ years). We got up to the head of the backup near the semi and noticed everyone there was walking like they were on pins and needles. As the trooper went to get out of his car he slipped on the glare ice. His feet went about 3 feet in the air and my dad caught him just as he was about to hit the asphalt. Yes, it was crazy slick out. After about 20 mins we noticed the traffic was no longer flowing on the west bound lanes of I-70. Our dad came back to the car and told my older siblings and I to all to pay attention... we were going to see something we'd never forget. A few mins later two double axle snow plows came flying by driving east bound in the west bound lanes of I-70. Don't know how fast they were going but they were hauling. They had their plows raised in the air and as they passed us they angled for the median between the lanes of travel. Snow when flying everywhere as they used their mass as momentum to go through the median to maneuver from the west bound lands over to the east bound lanes of I-70 on the other side of the jackknifed semi in front of us. The trooper was standing next to my dad when it happened and he let out a "wow, it's so cool when they do that" as it was a common practice. He told us it was too far to the next exit and would have taken too long for the plows to go around and come back. The two plows backed up to the semi, hooked up chains to the semi and simply slid it around on the ice to get it pointed in the right direction. The semi driver got in and everyone went on their merry way. The image of those two plows barreling through the median is something I'll never forget. Happy Thanksgiving
  13. Hey 007 - who's snow are you talking about? Ya'll up yonder in NE get more than your fair share. (except last year, you were hurting too). If you are speaking on behalf of us in the MA and trying to protect our measly allocation, appreciate the support. (smile).
  14. Springfield? You used to roam around Springfield, OH? I grew up 11 miles west of there. Spent a LOT of time in Springfield until I moved to NOVA in 85.
  15. Fully agree - Gator blades quickly mince leaves into bits. Stopped picking up leaves years ago. Minced leaves are great for the trees and grass too. The only thing I use my tow behind Cyclone Rake for is to pickup the pesky pine needles, which kill the grass.