“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Monday, November 30, 2015

These people make me feel like a poseur.

noun, plural poseurs  [poh-zurz; French paw-zœr] (Show IPA)
1.
a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his / her own.





My wife and I like to watch this show.   It's about people who make their livings by delivering supplies and materials to individuals who live "way out there."  I'm talking off grid with a vengeance.

This is reality television, so you expect there to be a lot of unreality and outright chicanery in the program, but I don't get the feeling that's prevalent here. I'm sure the producers set up some situations for drama, but the skills demonstrated are real.

There's an Alaskan bush pilot, a father and son team who use dog sleds to haul freight, an old man and his wife who deliver cargo to the middle of nowhere via snowmobile, and a fellow who uses a jet boat to bring everything from propane to food to lumber out to off griders along Hell's Canyon on the Snake river in Idaho. There's also a couple of old timers who use a horse pack train to bring things out to those that need them in the bush.

They're all interesting people.  My wife likes the old couple with the snowmobiles best. She remarked pointedly the other evening that when something happens to them, the husband never snarls at the wife. I chose to turn a blind eye to this observation as I have been known to be guilty of being snappy if I get angry when things are going wrong.

But the really interesting people are the folks they deliver cargo and supplies to.  I mean, I live in the middle of a dense forest and I live a fairly secluded life up on this mountain. But these people......

They're living totally off grid.  It's a great show for survivalists and preppers, because you see how people are actually walking the walk and talking the talk. What equipment they have, how they feed themselves, everything about a true off grid life in the honest to God way out there.  I told my wife we can't hold a candle to these homesteaders in the show and that's true.

Even better, while some of the people living in these completely isolated and wilderness areas are middle aged, a lot of them are older than I am. Many of them have really nice homes out in the forest or up on the slopes of the Hell's Canyon, all the amenities, complete comfort. They just have them configured for an existence where help may be 100 miles away along a sled  trail!

My wife says we can't do something like that because it's already hard to keep this place up, and it would be impossible for us in those extremes. But the people in the show are doing it and they don't look to be in a lot better shape than we are.

The grass is always greener, I guess.



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Catching up on my reading. Storm coming (another one.)


 Another storm is coming .  It's been just one after the other this Fall. If this weather is any indication of what winter will be , it's going to be rough.

I got the sled out yesterday and gave it a good going over. I may be hauling supplies up the mountain on it again this winter. Sometimes, if the snow or ice comes and then it doesn't warm up, you can be up here for weeks. Three weeks without leaving the mountain top after an ice storm is my record.

Winter storms mean a lot of work.



 Sometimes we can get up the old forest service road to the gate. Then it's not so bad.  But if the storm is bad enough, we can't get up that far. The cure is to park a vehicle down on the hard surface road before the storm. Then, you get into town when the roads are plowed and get what you need. It's a 3 mile jaunt back to the house towing the sled, much of it uphill.  I don't do it unless I have to.

Winter is coming.


This storm is rain and wind. More trees down, no doubt. But the one's you really have to worry about are the big snow and ice storms. Then you lose power. I went out to fire up the generator this morning, just to run it on a dummy load. The battery is dead. Since it fired up ok last month, either the battery has gone bad, or I need new connecting wires.One of the one's I have on there needs to be replaced. It's on the list of things to do.






This is the magazine on Big Foot I mentioned in an earlier post.  It's one of a series Newsweek has put out on everything from Off Grid Living to rock bands. They cost $10.00 but they're very well done and the photography is excellent. It's an interesting subject.

Once upon a time (twenty years ago) I bought every issue of Handloader.   It was good, basic information. What new powders and bullets were out, useful load information on common cartridges, and interesting advertisements.

But over the years, it morphed into a sort of forum for wildcat cartridges. A wildcat cartridge is one that some guy invents out in his barn or workshop, then convinces a gun manufacturer to make a gun to fit it.

Some of them take off and become common cartridges used by many. Most of them don't. I knew a fellow who worked one up, the .45 Rowland, and I guess it's still around but it never took off. Unless the new cartridge fills a need some other cartridge isn't already chambered for, it's going to become an obscure part of handloading history.

This month I bought the magazine because it has a interesting article on low power loads for old military rifles. Full powered loads for those rifles were intended to give you killing power out to 900 yards. The trade off is brutal recoil.  The rifles were designed for young men in their prime, not older shooters. I might give some of these loads a try, although from reading the article it's really more trouble than it's worth.


This reloading annual comes out every December. I have them going back for many years.  It's a worthwhile magazine for keeping you up to speed on new products and procedures in the reloading area.

If you keep them in chronological order, it's also a fine reference for past years.  I've gone back and ordered something I saw in this magazine years later, when I developed a need for it.

I like just browsing through the magazine and seeing what new equipment is out there. Particularly with the old cartridges I reload for, it's nice to have a complete set of gauge and dedicated tools for the particular round, but often you will be missing a component because no one has produced it yet. It's always a joy to find that at last someone has turned out the very piece you've been yearning for. I'm always seeing useful bits and pieces in this publication.







I got the new Military Surplus magazine, and this is a particularly interesting issue.  It focuses primarily on Cold War era weapons. There's a well written article on Century International Arms new Cetme based G-3.  I own both a Cetme and a G3  from the early 1990's.  Mine are excellent shooters once you get used to having the charging handle up on the front of the weapon.  I have both Cetme mags and G3 mags, but this new version appears to have been built for G3 mags only. Those are cheap and easy to find, while original Cetme mags are pretty rare now.   There's a good article in here on the Makarov and also on the Star B. I own several Makarovs, and  I've always wanted a Star B. I never bought one, but now a bunch of nice guns have just come into the country at a reasonable price so I am going to buy one or two. AIM has the best I have seen recently, in terms of condition and price.



  December's Emergency Essentials catalog is out.

They're a very useful company for bulk food, freeze dried food, and all the little bits and pieces that I can't seem to find anywhere else. For instance, I've bought the special wrenches you need to open food storage pails from them. Also got  number ten can lids, and all manner of small but necessary items that are not exciting but are in the"for want of a nail" category.  Their prices are good, the products as advertised.

If you need some things for your larder, such as freeze dried meats, fruits, etc this is a good place to shop. They have a wide variety, in different sized containers, and the prices are reasonable.












I took my G1898 Mauser out yesterday and did some shooting with Turkish 8mm Mauser ammo. I wore my old shooting jacket so the recoil wasn't as punishing at it might have been, though the Turkish ammo is hot.

It came into the country in the early 1990's, You got the full case of 1200 rounds (wooden case). The wooden case held spam cans, and they had the ammo in cloth bandoleers, on stripper clips. That was a great buy and I got four cases, as I remember. Cost was about $100 a case at the time. I probably should look up the actual price and numbers of cases I got, on my spreadsheets to be accurate, but that's a good ball park figure and I'm not feeling very energetic today.






Friday, November 27, 2015

I get by with a little help from my friends! (any Beatles fans out there?)


  With the help of the Ferret Fairy, and some good advice and guidance from friends, my truck is up and running!  Only cost me a couple of bucks for a little roll of wire, eight dollars for a wire stripping tool, and a few dollars more for a cheap soldering iron and some solder.

If I had been forced to have it towed to the shop, they wouldn't have fixed it for me anyhow because they won't bypass the "idiot proofing" switch.  So I was in a bind, but now I am all ship shape.

Many thanks to those who took the time to look up diagrams for me, and to help me figure out what to do.  I am no auto mechanic and I know I was not the most apt tyro you've worked with, but I sure do appreciate the help.




We went into town today but didn't buy much.  Took my wife's Jeep because I didn't want to push my luck with the truck. The next time I take it out on the road I want her and the jeep here, in case I wind up by the side of the road. But the truck does seem to be running well.




Got a good magazine , one of the Newsweek Special magazines that has the slick paper and costs ten bucks. It's all about "Big Foot."  Don't know if I believe or not. I am more inclined to believe when I am out here at night by myself.  Once I've read it I'll mail it on to my brother in Oregon. He says he saw a Big Foot. But he and my other brother had been boozing around a campfire for half a day before Big Foot appeared, so some question his credibility. Not to his face, though



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Identifying the neutral clutch safety switch.


This is the neutral clutch safety switch on the F250 (1987) from the video the fellow did on bypassing the switch. It is clearly a switch that takes only one fuse, and it's just below the emergency brake release handle.


I can find nothing even remotely similar on my truck.

However, using a diagram I located what I think is the clutch safety switch.  It is not on the left side of the floorboard, but the far right. It has four fuse slots, and four wires. Two are red, two are green.

this white plug connects to the black plug below.


The black plug is mounted on a rod that connects to a piston on the brake column, which depresses when you push the clutch in. This switch seems to match the diagram below although it's not exact.






truck.


My plan is to go ahead tomorrow and try putting a fuse in first the white plug, and if that doesn't work then see if it will fit in the black one. I am fumbling my way here , but I don't want to have the truck hauled down to the shop I go to on a wrecker just to ask them to identify the switch to me. I already know they won't help me bypass it.

Passing the Word.




I got this information from a friend who sends me a lot of good material.  If you have ever wanted an M1911, or wanted more of them, this looks promising: The quote below is from the original source.

"The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a system where the U.S. Government has been selling off their stock of aging firearms to the American public in an effort to promote the shooting sports and marksmanship training. They are best known as the prime source for M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines, but thanks to a bill signed today by President Obama the CMP may shortly begin to sell off the U.S. Government’s stock of 1911 handguns. These firearms saw combat from WWI through Desert Storm, and you can bet your butt I’ll be waiting in line to snap one up.
From the NRA press release:
Rounding out the list of pro-gun provisions is section 1087, which restores authorization to the Secretary of Defense to transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program surplus M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols for sale to the public. The component of the CMP that dispenses the pistols would be required to obtain a federal firearms license and abide by all requirements of the Gun Control Act pertaining to licensed sales and transfers. Currently, the military has some 100,000 such pistols that it no longer needs and that are being stored as taxpayer expense. These historically-significant firearms can now be transferred to law-abiding owners at a net gain to the government’s heavily-indebted balance sheet.
This is the greatest thing. It’s like an early Christmas present from Barack Obama himself.
original source:

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/11/foghorn/breaking-obamau-s-army-1911s/"





"Rounding out the list of pro-gun provisions is section 1087, which restores authorization to the Secretary of Defense to transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program surplus M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols for sale to the public. The component of the CMP that dispenses the pistols would be required to obtain a federal firearms license and abide by all requirements of the Gun Control Act pertaining to licensed sales and transfers. Currently, the military has some 100,000 such pistols that it no longer needs and that are being stored as taxpayer expense. These historically-significant firearms can now be transferred to law-abiding owners at a net gain to the government’s heavily-indebted balance sheet."

The above is an extract from an NRA Institute of Legislative Action news release.


The information below is from the actual appropriations bill signed into law.

SEC. 1087. TRANSFER OF SURPLUS FIREARMS TO CORPORATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF RIFLE PRACTICE AND FIREARMS SAFETY. (a) AUTHORIZATION OF TRANSFER OF SURPLUS FIREARMS TO CORPORATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF RIFLE PRACTICE AND FIRE- ARMS SAFETY.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Section 40728 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

S. 1356—288 ‘‘(h) AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary may transfer to the corporation, in accordance with the procedure prescribed in this subchapter, surplus caliber .45 M1911/ M1911A1 pistols and spare parts and related accessories for those pistols that, on the date of the enactment of this subsection, are under the control of the Secretary and are surplus to the requirements of the Department of the Army, and such material as may be recovered by the Secretary pursuant to section 40728A(a) of this title. The Secretary shall determine a reasonable schedule for the transfer of such surplus pistols. ‘‘(2) The Secretary may not transfer more than 10,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols to the corporation during any year and may only transfer such pistols as long as pistols described in paragraph (1) remain available for transfer.’’. (2) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Such title is further amended— (A) in section 40728A— (i) by striking ‘‘rifles’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘surplus firearms’’; and (ii) in subsection (a), by striking ‘‘section 40731(a)’’ and inserting ‘‘section 40732(a)’’; (B) in section 40729(a)— (i) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘‘section 40728(a)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsections (a) and (h) of section 40728’’; (ii) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘40728(a)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsections (a) and (h) of section 40728’’; and (iii) in paragraph (4), by inserting ‘‘and caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 surplus pistols’’ after ‘‘caliber .30 and caliber .22 rimfire rifles’’; (C) in section 40732— (i) by striking ‘‘caliber .22 rimfire and caliber .30 surplus rifles’’ both places it appears and inserting ‘‘surplus caliber .22 rimfire rifles, caliber .30 surplus rifles, and caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 surplus pistols’’; and (ii) in subsection (b), by striking ‘‘is over 18 years of age’’ and inserting ‘‘is legally of age’’; and (D) in section 40733— (i) by striking ‘‘Section 922(a)(1)-(3) and (5)’’ and inserting ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subsection (b), section 922(a)(1)-(3) and (5)’’; and (ii) by adding at the end the following new subsection: ‘‘(b) EXCEPTION.—With respect to firearms other than caliber .22 rimfire and caliber .30 rifles, the corporation shall obtain a license as a dealer in firearms and abide by all requirements imposed on persons licensed under chapter 44 of title 18, including maintaining acquisition and disposition records, and conducting background checks.’’. (b) PILOT PROGRAM.— (1) ONE-YEAR AUTHORITY.—The Secretary of the Army may carry out a one-year pilot program under which the Secretary may transfer to the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety not more than 10,000 firearms described in paragraph (2). 

(2) FIREARMS DESCRIBED.—The firearms described in this paragraph are surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols and spare parts and related accessories for those pistols that, on the date of the enactment of this section, are under the control of the Secretary and are surplus to the requirements of the Department of the Army. (3) TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS.—Transfers of surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols from the Army to the Corporation under the pilot program shall be made in accordance with subchapter II of chapter 407 of title 36, United States Code. (4) REPORTS TO CONGRESS.— (A) INTERIM REPORT.—Not later than 90 days after the Secretary initiates the pilot program under this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to Congress an interim report on the pilot program. (B) FINAL REPORT.—Not later than 15 days after the Secretary completes the pilot program under this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a final report on the pilot program. (C) CONTENTS OF REPORT.—Each report required by this subsection shall include, for the period covered by the report— (i) the number of firearms described in subsection (a)(2) transferred under the pilot program; and (ii) information on any crimes committed using firearms transferred under the pilot program. (c) LIMITATION ON TRANSFER OF SURPLUS CALIBER .45 M1911/ M1911A1 PISTOLS.—The Secretary may not transfer firearms described in subsection (b)(2) under subchapter II of chapter 407 of title 36, United States Code, until the date that is 60 days after the date of the submittal of the final report required under subsection (b)(4)(B). 



This looks like the easiest way.

I got some good videos and advice about the accursed neutral safety switch on my F250. Matt sent me this one, it looks best because there's no wire stripping.  So if I can find a 20 amp winged fuse I am going to try it today. If I can't , I will go into town tomorrow and get some. I need several bags of chicken feed anyway.

Diagram of the clutch safety switch on a 1987 F250



video on how he bypassed switch with no wire cutting or splicing

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My friend Captain Crunch needs a wife. Can any of you ladies out there help him out?


A Cold Wind from the North


A cold wind has been blowing in from the North all day.  This morning I went out and everything was frozen over.  Had to bust up the ice on the water troughs with a hammer.  The sun is out, but it never warmed up past 40 degrees. The dogs and I were going to walk down and get the mail, but I decided to pass for today. Might not have gotten back up the mountain, the cold just saps the energy from you.

Spent most of the day in my easy chair.  We have a new system worked out here now that the wife is home. I have a set of head phones with a long wire on them. So I sit in the easy chair and listen to the satellite radio while she lays on the couch under a blanket and watches her favorite shows on TV. We can spend time together and still do what we both want to do.  I can hack about an hour of QVC and women's clothing for the sake of "togetherness" and that's about it. She can watch one "Survivorman" and then she's ready for a change.

We have so much food we bought for the holidays that today I couldn't shut the freezer on the refrigerator. I don't know why we did that, we didn't really need anything and the kids aren't coming home for Thanksgiving. But we both agree it makes us feel more festive to have a lot of fresh food.Much of it is things we would never ordinarily buy, like pies.  It does make it feel more like a holiday season time though.



I am normally a frugal person.  Part of it is due to my life's experience, where money was often in short supply. Part of it is being Scotch Irish.  But even so, we spent lavishly and didn't count the cost. I even tried to buy several cases of canned chicken at a big box store a few days ago. They said they could not sell me the chicken in the case. They said they would have to take all the cans out and scan them individually. I pointed out that I had brought them a can to scan. The clerk got the manager. She said they couldn't sell the chicken in the case. She did not know why. I told them to keep it.


In a few minutes I'll go out and feed the chickens.  Then I'll turn on the security lights on the outbuildings, and turn the heat on in the shop, the enclosed portion of the barn, and the apartment.


Later, after dark, I'll feed the dogs and cats (again.)  I have to feed them before the chickens come down from their roosts in the morning, and after the chickens go to roost at night. No way to keep them off the animal food otherwise, though the greedy birds eat 80 pounds of corn a week in winter.

For the most part, I keep chickens as a reserve source of eggs and meat.

The dogs eat the eggs now, since I'm not much on eggs. That is largely why they tend to obesity I suppose, but since my chickens are free range there's not a lot I can do about it.

The dogs aren't complaining, at any rate.



So, it's been a very calm, relaxing day with no aggravations or worries. I hope the holiday season stays calm and without worry, for all of us.












Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The mountains are really nice at night with a full moon.


I was out late last night.  Not something I do often.  I went to a meeting with some people south of here, in the flatlands. It was about mutual support between groups in hard times. The second one of these I've attended in the last few months. It was supposed to last an hour, from six til seven. I got out of there at nine.  Then I had to drive home. Nothing accomplished. Same old thing, a would be empire builder not looking to build mutually beneficial ties, but rather to absorb and command others. I pass.

Driving home at night was nice though. In winter, the air is really clear here. There are no artificial lights along the roads, so you get to see the sky as you drive. It was really cold, about 20 above, but all in all I enjoyed the drive more than I did the meeting, and that's a fact. I wonder why so many survivalists are tin pot dictators at heart?  Even back thirty years ago, when I was just getting started and looking to learn from others, it was always one Alpha male with a massive ego, and a lot of followers. It doesn't seem to have changed, except there's less emphasis on resisting government oppression and more on surviving a total collapse.


  Back in the 80's and 90's,  most of the threat clearly came from the federal government.  Younger people don't remember Waco and Ruby Ridge, and there wasn't much interest in the Bundy Ranch a year or so back other than by the organized militias.  Now we have so much pressure from terrorism , both inside and outside what's left of the borders, that people tend to forget . Even with Obama squatting in the White House. Even with the thugs of Black Lives Matter running amok. I guess things look so bad most people are just skipping the interlude and preparing for the end game.


For those of you who used to follow Sol's blog before she vanished, it turns out she had a really bad automobile accident and is just getting back to where she can write. She's had a really rough year. I hope the next one is better for her and for the rest of us as well.

The idiot Turks have shot down a Russian fighter. The guy was in their airspace for less than 30 seconds. Both pilots got out, but the "fighters backed by Obama " which actually means Al Qaida affiliates shot them in their parachutes. Given the fate of the Jordanian pilot who was captured alive by Islamic Terrorists, they may be better off.  The Russians tried to pull them out but one rescue helicopter was shot up and a Russian Marine aboard was killed.  Never trust a Turk is an expression that goes back to the battle of Lepanto and probably before.  I wonder if there will be a dust off between Russia and the Turks that will drag NATO in?

Putin could take out their air defense system by snapping his fingers. I think he'd be justified in doing so. But what would NATO do? And why would we be fighting our most important ally against Islam, over some moronic Turkish AD site commanders actions?

What a world.



Amanda Blackburn


I don't know if you have been following this, but it's been front page news here for several days. Until, that is, the police caught the killers. Then it just faded away.

Amanda Blackburn was the wife of a preacher. Probably not germane other than that he trusted God to take care of his family. No guns, no training, no basic precautions.

So not long ago he went out for an early morning work out at the gym. He left the door unlocked.

While he was gone, these three came callings.






It was a pretty typical home invasion. Except that while the gang went to use her credit cards to get money, they left her alone with the third gang member. She was pregnant, but that didn't bother him. He raped her, then shot her in the head. She died.

These guys all had gang associations, long rap sheets, but they were out of jail.  

Black Lives Matter. I guess. Apparently others don't matter so much.

Her husband says he forgives the killers.  There is much I do not understand about religion. I try to, but it makes no sense to me in some respects and this is one of them.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Further up into the mountains


We spent most of Saturday and Sunday up to the Northeast.  Higher into the mountains.  Even at our lower elevations, the ridge lines and mountain tops were covered in frost all day long.  In the North Carolina Blue Ridge it was colder.  Not many people on the roads, even though Thanksgiving is coming up. We stayed off the bigger roads and just used small mountain two lanes. They don't get much traffic at the best of times and right now, with the cold, we hardly saw anyone.



It's 18 degrees outside right now, at about 0630. It will go on getting colder for another two or three hours, then start to warm up though it's not expected to get over 45 degrees today.

I have to run over to another county tonight to see some folks, and I'm not looking forward to that. It will be after dark before I even leave here, and I'm not much for being away from home after dark. Sometimes you just have to match other peoples schedules, though.



One reason we went so far up into the mountains is to get to some of the real general stores that are left.

Not the touristy ones, but the stores in very isolated communities that carry everything you need to get through the winter here.

There are three of these within half a days drive of my place.  If you went back to 1888, and walked into a general store, you would find everything from food, to clothing, to hardware, to guns and on. That's how these place are.

Once a year at least, we make the trip. Usually just before first snow, but we went a little early this year.





The people up in these isolated hollows are not particularly friendly. Most of them are elderly. Some of them have never seen the sea or been to Atlanta or any other big city.

They don't want anything to do with the outside world. To get along with them, you need to not ask stupid questions, or try to make small talk.

They don't depend on tourist money, or even want tourists around. The best thing to do is just be polite. The stores are an excellent source of hard to find , need to have items. I'm not loquacious myself so I get along with the people up there pretty well.  These would be really bad places to have an Obama sticker on your vehicle or to try to engage in political talk about "gun control" or the like. I have Confederate flag bumper stickers on my vehicle, and NRA stickers, so generally my wife and I are about as welcome as outsiders can be on our trips.

Yesterday we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants out in the woods at a cross roads in North Carolina. They have a great breakfast buffet. Eggs, bacon, ham, biscuits, gravy. Not fancy, but good. Good coffee.  Quiet place, the way I like a restaurant to be.

We did all our necessary shopping for specialty items, and ended up at the El Cheapo grocery store where we filled up the last little bit of space in the Cherokee with food supplies. If you put the back seat down and use the Cherokee like a truck, you can cram a lot in there.  It was a weekend well spent.




We are keeping my wife's insurance once she retires. Obama Care is not a joke anymore, it's a disaster.


Homesick Snow Bird

HOMESICK SNOWBIRD

In Vero Beach, Florida the other day, there was a bumper sticker on a parked car that read:  "I miss Chicago.
Someone broke the window, stole the radio, shot out the tires, added an Obama bumper sticker and left a note that read:
"Hope this helps."






Friday, November 20, 2015

Do it yourself auto repairs.



I take care of my equipment.  Doesn't really matter what it is. From firearms to hand tools, I try very hard to keep everything in good shape.

I am completely unconcerned about style or fashion.  Typically, I drive a vehicle about 16 years before it gets so worn out I can't keep it running.  Unless, of course, my wife wrecks the vehicle. She has accounted for three passenger cars in the last ten years.  When my son first went out on his own, he proved beyond doubt that if you drive your car and never check the oil, you will blow the engine.
But still, I do try.

The F250 is actually my favorite vehicle right now. We have a Jeep Cherokee and a Jeep Commander, but the F250 is essential for living here.  You can't haul wood, kerosene, hay, furniture, garbage, feed,  lumber, construction supplies , etc. without a truck.

As I mentioned earlier, the F250 is down right now.  The clutch safety switch, a big Achille's Heel in these vehicles, has crapped out again.  The switch itself doesn't cost much, but as far as I can tell the switch is mounted on a piston attached to the clutch stem. To pull it and replace it would be a tough job, since Ford designed the  truck to make it impossible to work on things under the dashboard unless you are a contortionist or a midget.

And why bother. I already had it replaced at the shop a few months ago, and now it doesn't work again.

So, I went to the internet.

I googled "replacing Ford diesel 1988 F250 clutch safety switch."

That took me to truck forums. I looked for a video but the closest I could find was a guy replacing the switch on a 1999 Ranger. Didn't match up.

So I went to the threads.  I found a really good one. The fellow was having the same problem I am, on the exact same year and model.  He started to tell how to by pass the switch, which is what I really want to do.

But before he could elaborate, some other guy came on and started preaching about how it was not good to bypass the switch. This drew a horde of others who pointed out that these switches didn't exist much before 1985 and people had managed OK without them. Then the critic reverted to  troll and basically the whole thing turned into an insult fest before the thread moderator closed it. I never did get the info on how to bypass the switch.

What I need is exact details, step by step, of how to do it. So I searched again.  I found another thread.

This time, there were several suggestions. One  guy said if you bought an ignition safety switch off an automatic version of the vehicle, and just replaced the original switch, you would be good. He said it is the same switch for both the manual and the automatic, except the automatic comes already "crossed" at the factory and it will bypass the switch on the manual. Sounds plausible, but I am having trouble deciding I want to replace the switch since pulling the old one looks like a real pain in the derriere. Even if I could find the safety switch off a 1988 diesel F250 Lariat somewhere.

Another guy said to just snip the wires on the safety switch , strip a bit off the wires, then braid them together, put a wire nut on them, and you would be good to go. The problem is, he said "there are three wires on the safety switch, two red/blue ones and a gray/green one.  Strip them all back, braid them together, and you will be good." I crawled onto the floor board, wire strippers in hand. On my truck, there are the two red/blue ones, but there's no gray/green one. Instead, there  are two lime green wires. I suspect one of them is the one I want and one is the cruise control, but I am only guessing.

I could have the truck hauled to the Ford dealer in the next county, but they won't bypass the switch like I want. They will want to replace the switch and I will be going  through this same BS in a month or so if previous experience is any guide. As I mentioned earlier, the only local garage won't work on the safety switch because they make more money putting air in rich peoples' BMW tires now.

The really frustrating thing is that according to all accounts, if you know what wires to do what to, it's a fifteen minute evolution and costs nothing. I have looked on line and a repair manual for the F250 diesel 1988 Lariat XL runs over 100 dollars for a used one that is all beat up and torn. You'd think there would be a pdf file of the book for free, but if there is, I can't tell it. And on reflection, I doubt the manual would tell you how to bypass a clutch safety switch anyhow.

I am pondering what to do.  Anyone who has any ideas, don't hesitate to let me know. I got some good suggestions on the last post but my problem is in trying to implement them.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

This about sums it up.

Drink the Kool Aid. Or, today, it's "Eat the Candy."


Thanks to Michael who sent the link to this visual aid on the "refugee" problem.


  • Indiana has used the state police to turn away "Syrian" immigrants scheduled for resettlement there. The feds took them to Connecticut where they were welcomed with open arms. Somebody in Connecticut has not heard about how the Somali "resettlement" in Minnesota has worked out for them.


  • Al Jazeera is launching vitriolic attacks on the Republicans in particular and Americans in general for even considering slowing the "resettlement" program. Al Jazeera is owned by Qatar. Number of immigrants resettled in Qatar?  Zero.


  • CBS, ABC, and NBC evening news are all saying we should not only continue with "Syrian" resettlement but expand it. The Mayor of New York went on national television and lauded the President and his plan to bring in more of these wolves in sheeps clothing. This while New York goes on high alert, anticipating the possibility of ISIL attacks on Thanksgiving.





So, let's let Moslems in the country in such numbers that we can't possibly vet them or keep an eye on them.  Why does this sound vaguely familiar?




Some people in government and the media need to do a little remedial research on past events. History does repeat itself if you are stupid enough to make the same mistakes over and over again.









Published on Nov 17, 2015
"During the recent match between Turkey vs Greece. more than 40,000 Turkish fans booed the moment of silence to the victim of Paris terror attack and shouted "Allah u Akbar, Long Live Islamic State" in support of ISIS (Islamic State)."



“But what I'm not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning, or whatever other slogans they come up with that have no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people, and to protect people in the region who are getting killed, and to protect our allies and people like France. I'm too busy for that.”  (President Obama in Turkey)

Translation:  "I have no strategy"