Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Behind the Beautiful Scenery

051011:  Our equipment doesn't have hearts or brains, otherwise they would know better than to breakdown a mere month before our summer season starts!  Our little workhorse tractor, whom we dearly love, broke the other day.  "Little Blue" was torn down to her petticoats to find the problem....

It takes three men to drain the fuel tank.  One to hold the hose.  One to hold the funnel.  And one to tell them how to do it right.
David invited (read: begged) my dad, Ross, to join him in this dirty venture.  David said it was necessary for Dad to be here because "he is a tractor encyclopedia."
 You can tell my Dad has years of experience over David.  He's wearing coveralls. 
Seeeee?  Dirty!  I had to wash those clothes!
A tractor actually has four parts:  The front, front, the front, the back, and the back, back.
Four hours later, the tractor in four pieces and probably 400 bolts laying around... this is the source of the problem.  Do you know what this is?  I have learned this broken piece is called a release lever.  It resides on the clutch cover to the pressure plate.  This little broken piece caused all this trouble!  Trust me, a tractor will not "go" without a functional release lever. 
As I took these photos, I couldn't help but notice my dad's hand.  The years of grease and grime from all the hard work were once a way of life.  Now retired, his hands have softened and weakened, but they are still large, still gentle, still needed more than he knows.  Today the grease of an old tractor folded into the lines of my dad's hands and it was welcomed.  Thanks, Dad.  Thanks for everything.

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