April 11, 2005

The Trip to Fresno

Here are a few photos from my drive down to Fresno.

First up — I blew out my clutch coming over the Siskiyou Pass and was able to limp into Woodland, CA where an excellent Dodge Dealership was found. Having two days to spend, I rented a car and checked out two local museums. The first one is in Woodland and is the result of two people's personal collections — The Heidrick Ag History Center and The Hays Antique Truck Museum — these two collections are housed in one building and represent a world-class collection of beautifully restored machinery. I took a few photos of some things that caught my eye:

You can get an idea of the quality of restoration with this truck.

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An early snowmobile — this was used to deliver mail for a long time.

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Notice the hooks on the wheel rim — these are for tire chains. You would carry short lengths of chain and clip one on each hook for traction in snow. Very clever idea!

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And finally, two photos of a classic woody…

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The second day I drove down to Sacramento's Old Town and visited the California Rail Museum. I didn't have a tripod with me and my flash was not able to fill the huge interior but if you are into rail and ever in the area, this is a must-see. A building filled with all kinds of locomotives and rail cars.

Finally I arrived in Fresno (I was staying at Jen's parents nearby) and on Sunday, we went out and loaded the press. I was expecting to rent an open trailer but U-Haul would only rent closed trailers one-way. Improvisation was the order of the day. All that could be unbolted was and we managed to get the press into the trailer by using a torch to cut off two pieces. One of them is not needed and the other one is easily welded back on with no loss of strength. Here are some photos of the move:

Here is my crew for the day — going from right to left, we have Jen's Father, Scott who originally bought the press and was running a sweet cider business and then Scott's Father.

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Here is Chester wielding the torch and cutting off the last impediment to getting the press loaded onto the trailer. We had to unbolt and drain the hydraulic cylinder, and cut off the top support for the conveyor plus two unneeded protrusions on the top of the hydraulic cylinder. We were tempted just to nip out a couple inches on the roof of the trailer but I didn't think that would sit well with u-Haul…

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Finally, the Trip Faeries felt that I got off too easy with my mini-vacation in Beautiful Woodland, California so they gave me a nice flat tire in Eugene, OR. I was heading back onto the freeway and picked up this bit of metal in the tire:

Great place for a flat:

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Just a small leak — a pinhole really…

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That tire is going to be hung in the barn for the Goats to play with.

Posted by DaveH at April 11, 2005 04:34 PM | TrackBack