Santa (aka Nevin) brought the tractor home last night complete with newly built bucket from plate steel, four new cylinders, all new hydraulic hoses and fittings and battery cables. The new battery was a Christmas present from my brother (thanks, Dave!). Nevin also fixed the leaky rear seal and added weight by filling the tires. BUT...sadly for Ralph, the tractor was delivered right around dark and the next morning greeted us with rain. There is no way Ralph is going to start scratching earth or pushing over trees with the virgin bucket until it is properly sheathed with at bare minimum, several coats of primer. He was twitching about getting paint on the bucket so he drove it down to his buddy's garage about a mile away where they're drying it off and getting ready to etch, primer and paint the bare metal just so he can go out and stab it in the compost pile.
2 weeks ago