Took the Quaker Road loop after dark. It was warmer and more humid last night, but still great to get out.
A mouse ruined our lawn tractor. We had been using a 15 year old MTD mower for our lawn – a little beat but the engine was strong and everything worked well mechanically. Over the winter, at least one mouse decided to build a nest in the engine compartment. I thought I had cleared everything out, but recently the engine just stopped.
After tearing it apart, I was amazed at where I found stuffing. Basically, the whole works had been insulated with some carpeting that I had stored in the shed, and couldn’t help but overheat eventually. The damage was a broken rod in the engine (that’s as far as we got), and figured the repair bill would be higher than what the tractor was worth. I ended up giving it away to an old guy who tears them down for parts.
The prices for new ones were pretty sobering, so I put two of my friends, both retired guys, on the hunt. These guys love doing stuff like this and within two days I had a 20 year old Massey Furgeson 20 hp garden tractor with a hydraulically powered 48″ deck. This beast is a tank!
I paid $250 for it and will probably put $300 into it to get it running and looking good. So far I’ve made some carburator adjustments, but it will need to be rebuilt this winter; and some cosmetic improvements. Last night I buffed out the paint since it had been sitting outside and oxidized. It really made a difference.
I told Red that this is going to be my retirement tractor. You know…whenever a guy retires, he goes out and buys “his last mower”, and gets a really good one because it has to last forever…
To add insult to injury, I pulled down my panniers from the shelf in the garage and discovered that another mouse had feasted upon a pack of dehydrated spaghetti. I don’t think he liked it because not much was gone.
Life in the country.
Distance: 9.8 miles 2010: 635.3