Monday, June 26, 2017

Immaculate Contraptions

From the last 2000 or so years, the stand out winner must be:-

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And runner up, but a long way behind:-

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Third place getter:-

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Highly commended

Also rans:-

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gravedodger said...

Very entertaining Adolf, puzzled by your Highly commended, gloriously affectionate with the last item. We bought one of those with our first farm as 'Plant', right hand flywwheel shields removed and five v belts drove an irrigation pump very mobile for stream pumping.
Also was pressed into service as a hayrake tractor for night lucerne harvesting, we made up to 10 000 small bales some years, swmbo Pilot in command.On finishing one night around midnight she made an observation that we could have been stopped by the drizzle.
"Drizzle" that was in fact a stream of oil droplets from the right hand bearing that was fed by a oil reservoir and scavenger sump pump system. Her hair face and clothes were oil covered.
It led to a crankshaft bearing recon and when Harrison the mechanic handed the old girl back I asked How long before we would need to do it again, he laconically replied Check the taper shims at 10 000 hours and it should see us out'!!!!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...



Ray said...

Fair call but I think the printing press should have at least got an honourable mention.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


Quite right.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


There you go.

homepaddock said...

I'd add the washing machine - freeing women from laundry at home made it much easier for them to do paid work.