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Fetching a Reid DC


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Old 01-13-2018, 03:41:51 PM
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Finally taking time to post some pics of the retrieval of a Reid model DC.
These pics are from January 2017 of the initial prep trip. I learned not to post prep pics until the actual retrieval is DONE! That didn't happen until July. Bill Klein
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More prep pics from January 2017
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1 more January pic and some of July retrieval. Thought we had waited until things were dry enough but I was wrong! Had to enlist the neighboring landowner's tractor to pull the trailer, couldn't go back up the slope - had to go downhill about 400 yards to get to the lane. The old tractor would stall occasionally and have to be jumpstarted. It was also too light in the front end to carry the trailer when loaded so one of my crew and myself would ride on the front axle to keep it down! (wish I had taken a picture of that!). I also brought out an eccentric power and a wood separator tank with the skidsteer which would belly out and/or slide sideways into the mud which required bringing the tractor back in to pull me to firmer footing. All in all it was a day to remember
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And some more from July including a visit to the DC's birthplace on the way home. Thank you to the gate guard at Electralloy in Oil City - current occupant of the former Reid factory buildings along Oil Creek. The gooseneck trailer is bringing home a small eccentric power and a nice wood seperator tank. Bill Klein
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Another nice engine for your collection Bill ! Your comments brought back memories regarding working in the MUD. Back in my house moving days I can remember driving the loaded rig onto a new lot in the springtime and the dolly wheels would hit a soft spot in the mud and sink out of sight. The shovels and jacks would come out and we would have to crawl under there and jack her up and lay cribbing under the tires to run on. With every crib block we had, we could only go about 40 ft. Then stop and move all the cribbing forward. We used to slide the house off the foundation on greased wood beams. Sometimes when we tried to get her sliding, if the house was really heavy, she would not move. We had an International Loadstar truck with a 10ft fixed lifting boom on the back of it. We would start the truck up,,,,pull on the house until the front end of the truck would lift off the ground about 3 feet, and then shut the truck down. Two or three guys would then climb up on the bumper and bounce on the truck and the house would break free and slide on the beam. Just like you guys did standing on the front of that tractor. Usually once we broke the friction, the house would slide right off the foundation with no problems. It looks like you had some good help fetching this engine. You can't put a price on that.
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