• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

What did YOU do today?


CamTheHedgehog

Well-Known Member
ASE Certified Tech
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Jul 24, 2023
Messages
303
Reaction score
431
Points
63
Location
Charlotte, NC
Vehicle Year
2003
Make / Model
Ranger Edge
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
Torsion Bar Max Crank (Pre-2008)
Tire Size
265/75/16
My credo
Professional Dingus At Work
One last thought, there’s usually only two or three or four well drillers in any area. Talk to a couple of them, you may even find the driller who installed your well if it’s only 20 years old. The guys who have been working in the area for a while will probably know what’s going on with the wells where your house was built. It’s like any other institutional knowledge, it’s gained over time from working in the area.
I can confirm this. Our well was acting up recently, our house was built in 2007, my family is the second owner. We dusted off the well data plate, called the number, and lo and behold the company is still alive and well, and came out and fixed it. Turns out it was a bad pressure switch.
 


JoshT

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
V8 Engine Swap
TRS Banner 2012-2015
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
3,958
Reaction score
1,901
Points
113
Location
Macon/Fort Valley, GA
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
V8
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
All understood, just one follow up point regarding surging and then needing a filter. It’s actually the opposite.

Right now, the soil around the well is the “filter.“ As the water flows through the ground, if there are any small particles carried with it, they get filtered out by the soil. Over time, the soil becomes less porous, and the flow is reduced. But it’s something you will never notice until it reaches a restriction point for your use.

----

One last thought, there’s usually only two or three or four well drillers in any area. Talk to a couple of them, you may even find the driller who installed your well if it’s only 20 years old. The guys who have been working in the area for a while will probably know what’s going on with the wells where your house was built. It’s like any other institutional knowledge, it’s gained over time from working in the area.
I get it. Wasn't thinking about it that way, but I do understand. Very familiar with the concept of the ground being a natural filte. Basically surging would be backflushing the filter. Same idea as cleaning a reusable air filter.

I know who drilled my well, they left an information label right on the top. I also know that this was a branch of their operation and they've been gone from the area for many years, possibly with the whole company being closed or sold and name changed by now. Posted a query on the local Facebook group asking for a company. Within the first few hours I had around 15 referrals to the same company. Out of 33 total replies, 25 were for this company, 6 were between me and this company, one was for a different company, and one was jibberish.

Can you provide details on that car show? I may run out if it’s not too far.
Battle of Byron. Not just a car show, it's a whole festival for the community. Here's the site, battleofbyron.com, and it looks like there is a photo gallery showing some of last year's events.

Honestly, it's probably not big enough to be worth the trip down for the car show, but there are some nice cars in the area if they show up. I've never actually made it to the festival myself, been meaning to for years, but something always seems to get in the way.

If you decide to make the trip down it looks like there is also a Cars and Cures Bronco VS Jeep Day a few exits further down the interstate on the same day. Sounds like this might be the second annual occourance for this one. I didn't even know about it last year, it just popped up in a facebook feed the other day. Might be worth making the trip if you can hit both. :dunno:


What were the damages? If you don’t mind me asking? How much?
More than I hoped and less than I feared. About $1430. Almost $1000 of that was the pump, but I'm telling myself that it is a better quality pump than I could/would have purchased for half the price. Was $160/hr labor for 1.5 hours, that part was definitely worth the price. Without the truck, winch, and specialty tools, I'd have been working on it all day, if not two.
 

Rick W

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
TRS Event Participant
TRS 25th Anniversary
Joined
May 15, 2020
Messages
2,513
Reaction score
4,132
Points
113
Age
69
Location
Atlanta
Vehicle Year
1997 1987
Make / Model
Ranger XLT x2
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0 & 2.9
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
97 stock, 3” on 87
Total Drop
N/A
Tire Size
235/75-15
My credo
Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely
TOWING SAFETY:

I found this, and I thought it was worth posting for everybody. It’s a good reinforcement for the guys who already know, and it’s a very important wake up to anybody who doesn’t know. If there’s a better spot to post it for everybody, please let me know, and I’ll move it, or move it for me.

This little video is a great little snapshot of what happens if you don’t have your trailer loaded properly. I’ve always gone by the rule that 60% of the weight should be in front of the axle, or the center point of multiple axles (20% on the tongue). It’s actually very easy to check if you have a little common sense. Literally pick up on the tongue of the trailer and guesstimate the weight, and then pick up on the back of the trailer. Even if you have to do this with a 2 x 4 as a lever, you should be able to tell that the tongue is noticeably heavier than the tail.


One thing I really don’t like about this video, is the way the models are mounted on the treadmill: the center of the front of the vehicle is the attachment point for the experiment. In real life, the nose of the tow vehicle would be flipping around just about as much as the back of the vehicle and the trailer, and it would go out of control much more quickly, much more tragically.

Let me also throw another thought out there before somebody comes crashing down on me about my crazy trailer designs. On most trailers, the axle, or the center point of multiple axles, is basically the pivot point of a seesaw like when we were kids. The crazy stuff I build, I usually have the axle(s) set further back. With the axles further back, like a tractor trailer, tracking is not really an issue. The issue would be tongue weight. When I build my crazy trailers, I also make sure the truck I pull them with can handle the resulting tongue weight.

When I was very young, I had a little tiny trailer loaded with firewood, pulling it behind a Pinto squire station wagon (I loved that thing). It was loaded wrong, and it went into a sway like this as I was going down a hill. I realized after the first couple wiggles, that it was only going to get worse, and I just locked it up. The Lord was looking out for me, because I dumped a little firewood, but actually didn’t damage anything.

I’ve seen the aftermath of this several times in person, not pretty, and a couple of the guys working for me over the years had accidents like this.

I know I sound like a preacher all the time, but I do believe this is one of the things that should be preached, not just referred to. It’s such an easily avoidable tragedy.
 
Last edited:

scotts90ranger

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
Joined
Feb 28, 2001
Messages
8,161
Reaction score
4,565
Points
113
Location
Dayton Oregon
Vehicle Year
1990, 1997
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3 Turbo
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6
Tire Size
35"
They probably did use a better pump than the HD special like I used. That's not too bad for a cost, doing everything myself I'm pretty sure it still cost almost $1k with home depot and lowes parts but I just had low pressure for a few days (sand wore out the impeller) then had my brother and a friend come out on a Saturday mid December and fix it up, me and my friend were half done by the time my brother showed up, I should have had a couple pipe wrenches handy and unscrewed the schedule 80 PVC and just re used it but with the poly pipe it'll be super easy next time it needs a pump, won't even have to take the roof of the pump house off...

Today so far other than work I used some aluminum carpet tacks (don't ask why aluminum, it's the first ones I found in the garage sale drawer organizers...) to hold the velcro to the front door frame for the magnetic screen deal since it's getting to be the season... might go hose off the '90 Ranger from the wheeling adventures...
 

97RangerXLT

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
TRS 25th Anniversary
Joined
Sep 18, 2007
Messages
6,830
Reaction score
4,037
Points
113
Location
Fishers, IN
Vehicle Year
1997
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2"
Tire Size
31"
Mowed the lawn and used my newly acquired bodyshop materials and fixed the bumper on my Buick.

Before:
20231107_094126.jpg



A
20240422_190529.jpg
fter:
 

lil_Blue_Ford

Well-Known Member
TRS Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
V8 Engine Swap
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
8,422
Reaction score
6,328
Points
113
Location
Butler, PA, USSA
Vehicle Year
95
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.9L
Transmission
Manual

scotts90ranger

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
Joined
Feb 28, 2001
Messages
8,161
Reaction score
4,565
Points
113
Location
Dayton Oregon
Vehicle Year
1990, 1997
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3 Turbo
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6
Tire Size
35"
A heat gun and a harbor freight soldering iron type plastic welder would look better, but that is DEFINITELY way less work :)
 

Rick W

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
TRS Event Participant
TRS 25th Anniversary
Joined
May 15, 2020
Messages
2,513
Reaction score
4,132
Points
113
Age
69
Location
Atlanta
Vehicle Year
1997 1987
Make / Model
Ranger XLT x2
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0 & 2.9
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
97 stock, 3” on 87
Total Drop
N/A
Tire Size
235/75-15
My credo
Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely
A heat gun and a harbor freight soldering iron type plastic welder would look better, but that is DEFINITELY way less work :)
You know, I love Rustoleum. If you paint the roof a couple different colors of Rustoleum, nobody will notice the bumper.

IMG_8358.jpeg
 

sgtsandman

Aircraft Fuel Tank Diver
TRS Forum Moderator
U.S. Military - Active
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Ham Radio Operator
GMRS Radio License
TRS 25th Anniversary
Joined
Mar 11, 2017
Messages
13,003
Reaction score
12,927
Points
113
Location
Aliquippa, PA
Vehicle Year
2011/2019
Make / Model
Ranger XLT/FX4
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC/2.3 Ecoboost
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
Pre-2008 lift/Stock
Tire Size
31X10.5R15/265/65R17
TOWING SAFETY:

I found this, and I thought it was worth posting for everybody. It’s a good reinforcement for the guys who already know, and it’s a very important wake up to anybody who doesn’t know. If there’s a better spot to post it for everybody, please let me know, and I’ll move it, or move it for me.

This little video is a great little snapshot of what happens if you don’t have your trailer loaded properly. I’ve always gone by the rule that 60% of the weight should be in front of the axle, or the center point of multiple axles (20% on the tongue). It’s actually very easy to check if you have a little common sense. Literally pick up on the tongue of the trailer and guesstimate the weight, and then pick up on the back of the trailer. Even if you have to do this with a 2 x 4 as a lever, you should be able to tell that the tongue is noticeably heavier than the tail.


One thing I really don’t like about this video, is the way the models are mounted on the treadmill: the center of the front of the vehicle is the attachment point for the experiment. In real life, the nose of the tow vehicle would be flipping around just about as much as the back of the vehicle and the trailer, and it would go out of control much more quickly, much more tragically.

Let me also throw another thought out there before somebody comes crashing down on me about my crazy trailer designs. On most trailers, the axle, or the center point of multiple axles, is basically the pivot point of a seesaw like when we were kids. The crazy stuff I build, I usually have the axle(s) set further back. With the axles further back, like a tractor trailer, tracking is not really an issue. The issue would be tongue weight. When I build my crazy trailers, I also make sure the truck I pull them with can handle the resulting tongue weight.

When I was very young, I had a little tiny trailer loaded with firewood, pulling it behind a Pinto squire station wagon (I loved that thing). It was loaded wrong, and it went into a sway like this as I was going down a hill. I realized after the first couple wiggles, that it was only going to get worse, and I just locked it up. The Lord was looking out for me, because I dumped a little firewood, but actually didn’t damage anything.

I’ve seen the aftermath of this several times in person, not pretty, and a couple of the guys working for me over the years had accidents like this.

I know I sound like a preacher all the time, but I do believe this is one of the things that should be preached, not just referred to. It’s such an easily avoidable tragedy.
I believe that video has been posted in the towing and plowing section, but I could mistaken.

The reminder is not a bad thing though. People are terrible about loading a trailer and ontaining a proper center of balance and tongue weight.

As far as the tongue weight, 20% is a bit heavy but not catistrophic if the right tow vehicle is being used. 10% - 15% is the rule of thumb for the standard trailer.

The 10% - 15% rule was a real pain in the butt when I was rebuilding the utility trailer but I managed to get it. I also took great pains to make sure the camping equipment was properly configured to maintain that. Since certain things must be in a specific spot, I made a diagram and put it in the tongue box where it is easy to reference so I don't screw it up. So, until the coolers get loaded, it might be a bit tongue heavy but it will never to too bad and it will never be too light. Places to get ice aren't that far away and travel speeds are only 35 mph. So, risk is all but eliminated.

Knowing the trailer weight is very important and I used a scale under the tongue jack quite a bit while configuring the load in order to get the center of balance right.

Once I get the tray for the ramp section built and when I reconfigure the spare tire mounts, that work will have to start all over again. The tray is also going perform as a skid plate. So it is going to be heavy and the center of balance is probably going to shift.
 

Sharky

Active Member
Joined
Sep 26, 2020
Messages
193
Reaction score
154
Points
43
Location
PA
Vehicle Year
2020
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
I voted (y)
 

Robertmangrum.rm

Wannabe Overlander
Supporting Member
RBV's on Boost
VAGABOND
TRS Event Participant
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Mar 8, 2021
Messages
1,312
Reaction score
1,659
Points
113
Age
48
Location
Tennessee
Vehicle Year
2020
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2.5 level kit with rear add a leaf appox. 1.5
Tire Size
305/70r17
My credo
Buy it, build it, and drive it like you stole it
Never heard of them or this AVR event. Tried a google search and struck out as well. Got any more information or details. Not saying I'm going to do it, but would be interested in checking

It's a Facebook/Instagram and who knows ows what else group called Georgia Expeditions. It owned and operated by a fellow Ranger owner named David Yates. He used to have a brick and motor store but closed shop in 2020. Last year he brought back his Adventure Vehicle Roundup. Last fall it was held at the Georgia Bushcraft campground. This year he had it in Ellijay at White Pine Farms or something. It's an awesome show with some great classes and give aways. Always cool people with some cool rigs. He will have a fall event later. I may try and check it out if it don't interfere with the 25th anniversary TRS Roundup
 

Roert42

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Apr 24, 2020
Messages
4,843
Reaction score
5,088
Points
113
Location
Kintersville, PA
Vehicle Year
2011
Make / Model
Ranger XLT
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
@Rick W

Funny you talk about all the well guys knowing each other ect.
When I needed my pump replaced a few years go, pump seized. I called the name on cast well head cap. Guy said he was busy on a big job a few towns, then gave me the name of another local guy. Called the other guy, came over and fixed the pump. At the end, he asked me how I heard to call him.
Told him the whole story.
He thought it was funny, he they didn’t work together too much, but he ran into him into the beer store a week ago. Said that was probably the only reason he referred him since they just ran into each other recently.

then he went on to tell me the other guys whole life story and about all his sons.

Small world.
 

Rick W

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
TRS Event Participant
TRS 25th Anniversary
Joined
May 15, 2020
Messages
2,513
Reaction score
4,132
Points
113
Age
69
Location
Atlanta
Vehicle Year
1997 1987
Make / Model
Ranger XLT x2
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0 & 2.9
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
97 stock, 3” on 87
Total Drop
N/A
Tire Size
235/75-15
My credo
Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely
I went by Goodwill, hunting a desk chair or barstool or something I can use for a seat on top of the casket in front of the grille. No luck, but I saw ideas.

They had about 30 of these things, and I could’ve gotten them all for about $20

.
IMG_1717.jpeg
IMG_1718.jpeg


Think of the curved back on a kids school chair, except these things are like 36 inches wide. They’re very well-built and they’re immaculate. Rare for me that I didn’t just grab them, I don’t have a vision for them, but if something pops in my head, I’ll go back. I don’t think they’ll move very quickly.
 
Last edited:

DRanger024

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
Solid Axle Swap
Ham Radio Operator
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Aug 16, 2007
Messages
856
Reaction score
487
Points
63
Location
Dale, WI
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ranger
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
Solid Axle Swap 4x4
Total Lift
6-7” front maybe 3” rear
Total Drop
0
Tire Size
33x12.50-15
Tested out for my General class ham license. Passed using HamStudy but still thinking about buying and reading through the books. Not bad as a reference for the future either in my opinion.
 

Roert42

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Apr 24, 2020
Messages
4,843
Reaction score
5,088
Points
113
Location
Kintersville, PA
Vehicle Year
2011
Make / Model
Ranger XLT
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Changed a couple seal on the transmission of my fathers F150. Was leaking enough they wouldn’t pass the inspection and he couldn’t get anyone to do it because Automatic transmissions are black magic voodoo.

Wasn’t that bad.

Worst part was refilling the pan with oil. Doesn’t have a dip stick, so you fill it from a port in the side next to the cat.
You have to check the level from the same port, while it’s running, next to the cat
 
Last edited:

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Member & Vendor Upgrades

For a small yearly donation, you can support this forum and receive a 'Supporting Member' banner, or become a 'Supporting Vendor' and promote your products here. Click the banner to find out how.

Latest posts

Truck of The Month


Mudtruggy
May Truck of The Month

Recently Featured

Want to see your truck here? Share your photos and details in the forum.

Follow TRS On Instagram

TRS Events

25th Anniversary Sponsors

Check Out The TRS Store


Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Sponsored Ad


Amazon Deals

Top