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Professional strength?!

I’ve mentioned in these pages before that I am an inveterate reader. I read books and magazines like a normal person. I also read elevator permits, cereal boxes, and the backs of menus. I read fine print. 
You would be amazed at the obscure things I learn. 
Today I had occasion to do some maintenance on one of my trucks. I rolled over while bleeding a wheel cylinder and came face to face with the brake fluid bottle. 
Professional Strength. 
Interesting marketing phrase, that. Who stops for a living? Are my stops more important if I’m being paid to make them? 
Why would I prefer professional strength? My stops are arguably more important to me when I’m driving my family around. Can I get personal strength brake fluid? Or perhaps a Family Size? 
Does no one else notice these things?

Rain on my parade

We made it to the MAFAA muster in Lynnfield today.  Each year they award a Hard Luck Trophy as needed to the poor soul who broke down on the way to the show.  No one received it this year; my repairs held.  The weather forecast worsened throughout the day yesterday, and by this morning things were gray and wet.

Participant turnout was OK, but the rain kept most of the crowd away.  The windshield wipers worked, the roof didn’t leak, and we had a good time.  Beth is now sold on electronic sirens because she can make lots of funky noises with the little knob.  She’ll come around as she ages, I’m sure.



Cats, kids, and fire engines again

Cat-ching up on some more photos.

5/22 – Chai claims the newest basket in the house.  It’s even cooler than a cardboard box!


6/9 – The best place to be on a hot day is stretched out on a cool floor.


6/8 – We stumbled across this old Revere ladder on the ramp at the Point of Pines firehouse.  It’s a ‘sweetheart grille’ Seagrave, and if memory serves it dates from 1938.  I believe the union is planning to restore it.


Beth insisted on posing with it.  The late afternoon sun makes for a poor expression, though.


Just trying to be a bit artsy.  This Seagrave is old enough that it still has a manual rotation crank.  Elevation and extension are hydraulic, if primitive.  I’d sure love to see this one restored.

Old Iron (P365 – June 11)


I spent most of the day today getting ready for tomorrow’s Lynnfield Muster.  The Mack hasn’t been anywhere in about 18 months, so she needed some mechanical TLC.  As with all things involving antique trucks, a few simple projects proved more expensive and more time consuming than planned.  They’re still not all done, and I didn’t have time for much cosmetic work, but we’ll be there bright and early in the morning.