I got to the property early yesterday. I even beat Earl. It was a gorgeous Adirondack morning and I walked around the property a bit, soaking in the sunshine. I took a photo of Casey the Backhoe, poised to start the day. What is that sign above the windshield?
It took me two months of driving this tractor before I realized it had a special Sherman transmission. The pic above is from the internet. It's a steering wheel badge indicating what it is and how to shift it.
This is my badge. I put on my reading glasses and, sure enough, it's a Sherman badge. I thought it was just a really bad washer.
Friend Dick and Deb are here. They're boating friends that we met in Savannah. Deb and Pam were to go antiquing while Dick, who is very handy around all things mechanical, looked at Bessie's transmission to see if it could be unstuck without tearing it apart. It's pouring rain today though, with an inch forecast, so I'm not sure what we're doing at this point.
Dick did notice that Bessie's battery cables are grossly undersized, something that never occurred to me. They're half the size of 12 volt cables, and at 6 volts should be twice the size. I'll have to replace those. Dick may stop at Tractor Supply to see if they have anything on his way up the mountain. Maybe today will be a day spent in Earl's Garage, tinkering, doing guy stuff, and drinking victory beers.