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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2012, 01:26:54 AM »
I had a vacuum oil drainer that I use on my truck & car, it came in handy for getting every last drop of oil.


both diesels one is just a little older design, check out the license plate....

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« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2012, 02:20:49 PM »
OVB, we have not heard from you in a while.  How is the project coming along?

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« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2012, 09:37:23 PM »
Been letting the surgeon practise on me, I had my right rotator cuff repaired on the 25 of june, 4 more weeks with my arm in a sling then 3 more months of physio, so no camping fishing or working on the Lister  >:(

Looks like it will be spring before I get anything useful or fun done,  they had me on light duty prior to the repair but this is cruel and unusual punishment with the weather being what it is here..... :laugh:
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« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2012, 06:49:55 PM »
Got up & around today so decided to tackle the fuel tank as it was leaking from the shutoff valve, an old piece of junk that was handy I guess, got a proper replacement and will strip/paint it.
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« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2018, 04:13:04 PM »
This thread is ancient but I want people to know that I'm still kicking.

My right hip started to fail soon after the 2012 post to the point where I had it replaced in 2016.
But I kept all my tools and stuff, and a few weeks ago I bought a house in the country, the place has a large heated workshop/garage roughly 30' x 48',and I vaguely remember seeing a small bungalow there as well.

The closest neighbour is 1/2 a kilometer away so running the Lister shouldn't be an issue.I got a generator and frame fabbed up before I got my titanium/ceramic hip installed so there shouldn't be much to do.
Can't wait.
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« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2018, 09:24:25 PM »
Hey OVB

Greetings from another former colony

Congratulations on surviving, persevering & overcoming

I like your description of a rural property with a large shed & the possibility of a bungalow in some corner.  I have something analogous to that here in NZ along with a couple of "project" CSs and the odd gen head

Good luck, Mike

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« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2018, 10:37:13 PM »
Hey Mike,
It's good to hear that my doppleganger exists in one of my most favourite countries.
My niece spent a year or so in New Zealand....I begged her to take me along....thankfully she has good sense to go with her looks and declined!
Looking forward to posting some photos with all the toys in their proper (spacious) environs.
I met a New Zealander up here some time ago and asked how long he was staying. "For good" said he....I said "you left Paradise to come to this frozen armpit of a Country?" He smiled and said " I was chasing a Canadian Girl" The poor bastard....
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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2018, 11:38:15 PM »
Yep, chasing girls to far-flung corners is a Kiwi male tradition - two of my kids have met their partners in Scotland by some odd chance - but they tend to return home when they start having children, or their children reach school age

The piece of New Zealand I am playing with is in the Bay of Plenty - a piece with cheap rural land but the most sunshine hours in the country - so I follow all the "solar" conversations with interest

I just have to wear the employment yoke for a few more years then the plan is to retire to the sunshine and put my toys to use

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« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2018, 03:03:12 AM »
If I was well enough to move,  New Zealand is my top pick.  One of the saner countries, and beautiful.

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« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2018, 04:06:06 AM »
Thanks Bruce

You and a billion others I suspect

Sadly, three decades of neo-liberal politics and four decades of privatisation and five decades of increasingly-powerful farmer-lobby and business-interest groups have left NZ as a painted facade of what it used to be strung out to cover what it now is:

We have increasingly conservative mainstream political views and an almost complete dismantling of the once-universal public health, welfare and housing schemes

Privatisation of the delivery of essential services such as power, water, energy, internet has created a bunch of semi-monopolies where energy supply companies and their ilk answer solely to their shareholders and what were once "services" and "rights" for ordinary Kiwis have become unaffordable luxuries for those at the bottom while those at the top are creaming it

The bell-curve of wealth distribution which was short, fat, and symmetrical 50 years ago is now enormously wide with no distinction between the squeezed-to-death middle-class working poor and genuine poor who, together, make up the big, wide, horizon-to-horizon "foot" of the bell.  There's nothing where the "middle class" used to be, and there's a very narrow but exceedingly tall uber-wealthy 1% who own everything

The "capture" of government by farming and business lobbies has allowed developers to price land and housing out of the reach of ordinary folks (a professional couple with two good incomes will struggle to buy a house in any of our major cities) and has allowed farmers to privatise the profits of 100 years of "free" provision of infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water and waste-disposal (just dump it in the river); while the costs (housing & rental subsidies for working families, environmental clean-ups, a resurgence of third-world diseases such as Rheumatic Fever & Typhoid among the poor and homeless) are absorbed by the public purse

Despite living in an agrarian paradise, fresh produce (fruit, veges, dairy products, meat) are more expensive here than they are in the countries on the other side of the globe to which we export them; and the children of the poor are suffering an epidemic of rickets, type-two diabetes, chronic obesity and rotten teeth living on a diet of processed crap and McDonalds

Our once-pristine rivers (when i was a youth I tramped all over our hills, never owned a water-bottle and never hesitated to drink out of any stream) are down to about 5% "drinkable", 40% "swimmable" and the rest are only "wadeable" if you want to risk skin ailments

 The folks who got rich pouring factory shit and farm effluent run-off into those rivers have long since retired to mansions around Queenstown where they share the pristine Southern Alpine environment with the American and European billionaries who helicopter in from time to time to their mansions.  Meanwhile the folks who clean the toilets and mow the lawns of these mansions live in housing "schemes" subsidised by BOTH national and local government (the cost of subsidy is too high for just one branch of government to bear because of all the millions property developers have taken out of the local economy) - because housing is so expensive there that working folks were sleeping in their cars or moving elsewhere to the point that squillionaires couldn't get anyone to clean their helicopters or wash their windows

Despite all this it's still a pretty good place to live . . . in that there isn't much corruption, our cops don't carry guns, you can still see green stuff when you look out the windows and I still leave my house unlocked and my cars in the driveway with the keys in them

But our "clean green" image is just that - an image - and we do genuinely have poor and homeless folks who live in cars and whose kids are malnourised . . .

I don't have a vocabulary adequate to describe just how wrong it is for a country with the best natural resources in the world to have kids who are hungry and who go to school with cold bare, feet

Just my $0.02, as they say

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« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2018, 08:54:10 AM »

Boy, you sure paint a rosy picture of the place!  :(
Maybe I'll cancel my trip in Nov. Still amazed they have to import me there to do what apparently others there can't.

That said, much if not most of what you say could apply to a Lot of other places as well which are supposedly 1st world.

Things I have found with NZ are there is basicaly no one there except on a Friday afternoon heading out of Auckland when every registered Vehicle  for 50 KM around must all take tot eh road at one heading north out the bridge.  How the Fk do you get a 6 Lane traffic jam  in a place with so few people and such good roads?

The people that are there in Auckland at least are about 90% literally Asians or Indians.  The amount of Kiwis, white or native is incredibly low.
Last time I was in Auckland I set my go pro up and just filmed people walking up the street to show I was not making up how many Foreigners are there.  It's like you have completely lost your culture other than displays for the tourists.

I don't think many Americans would like it there. They would have a heart attack  and jump on the first plane out when they had to pay $7-8  for a gallon of " gas".  Many of them want to invade countries now when they have to pay $4 a gallon and think it's against their god given rights.  ::)

If I were in NZ I'd like to set up somewhere there was thermal activity and Sink a bore and have 24/7 free heating and steam to drive a turbine for my own power use.  I'm sure something like that would be illegal though because anything that takes money out of the Corporates and Gubbermints pocket anywhere in the free world is. Then again, Every Hotel/ Motel in Rotorua has hot tubs with endless running hot spring water.

Still seems a very pretty and spectacular place and Diesel engines seem cheap and plentiful so not all bad.

I had a look at RE prices around Auckland.  Some NICE places there and the prices seem pretty reasonable to me but then again, I live in Sydney where a million bux for a house is average. 
Have a look at what places go for where I live.  Several of those are in my street or round the corner literally.
https://www.realestate.com.au/buy/in-grasmere,+nsw+2570/list-1
Even the shit hole suburb I lived in before I moved is well over a Million bucks for a freestanding home.   that said they are knocking every free standing home over to build Duplexes, town houses and units and pack more people in like sardines.

The are engineering unreal social problem from the get go just like in so many other places but here we don't learn from other countries mistakes, we copy and bust a gut to build on them and make them even worse!

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« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2018, 04:16:49 PM »
Thanks for your insights, Mike.  I'm saddened to read that wealth and "democratic" capitalism has run it's usual course there as well.  I should have realized that the same inherent forces would affect everywhere, not just the US.  Here it seems that as people feel the pressure of declining real income,  they get angry and want to dump on everyone below them, economically, or who are different in any way. 

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« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2018, 03:14:27 AM »
G'day Bruce

I probably shouldn't have dumped that rant on you, but what the hell - I guess you caught me at a "get it all out" moment

Yes, sadly an inevitable result of our current "system" and the first-world's obsession with "growth"

Over 150 years ago it was recognised that Capital is merely Frozen Labour - the more capital amasses, the less the "labour" classes are able to enjoy the fruits of their labour . . . .

Never mind.  Thoughtful people are always welcome here, Bruce

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« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2018, 04:11:29 AM »
Thanks Mike,
I did some more online reading about the current socio-economic situation there in NZ.  You pegged it concisely.  So sad after the big improvements there between the wars and after WWII. There is only a short window after a world war where social improvements can be made, apparently.





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« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2018, 04:42:40 AM »
Yep.  Dead right

Between the wars (slowing in the depression) we began infrastructure build alongside social change . . .

(Perhaps the best example of this is that Arnold Nordmeyer who was deeply involved with our first major national infrastructure project, our first big hydro-electric scheme, was later a Minister in the first Labour Government and was the author of our National Social Welfare scheme)

In the two decades after WW11, and benefiting from work done between the wars, we had a period of modest prosperity where a working-man's wages were enough to buy him and his wife a modest house and to allow her to stay home and bring up children (a whole heap of stereotypes there - but that was the thinking of the day)  Government provided a lot of State Housing and a lot of employment, and there were no tycoons - not even any millionaires

In following decades, recognising that private enterprise could do things more efficiently, and mistaking efficiency for progress, successive governments (left and right) dismantled big government enterprises and "bought" those services off private enterprise which did what it always does in the absence of good regulations - took advantage

Perhaps the best example is electricity reticulation:  Recognising that electricity=progress, government put poles and lines to far-flung corners where there were never going to be enough consumers to pay for them; but where there were farms and households who would benefit from them.  Now, only 60 years after the most remote regions were "connected", the monopolist lines companies are telling folks at the ends of these lines "Sorry, you guys don't spend enough for us to justify keeping your lines maintained.  Either you pay for them directly or we'll leave them to rot and you can build solar or micro-hydro . . . "

Perhaps it's progress?

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