I had that open question of what to do about the cost of the starter rebuild, namely should it be charged against the Cost-O-Meter, or just be considered an ongoing maintenance cost? Well, I got my answer. Ever since my cousin, Bill, reminded me that the quarters I welded into the Pony’s oil pan should be included in the C-O-M, I’ve kind of considered him the unofficial blog accountant. As you can tell from his reminder, he’s a real stickler. He weighed in on this recent matter and said that I should consider the starter rebuild cost maintenance. Cool, so we’re still shy of $4,000 on the old C-O-M.
I did spend a few dollars on hardware, however, when I converted my side panel attachment system to “quick release.” But I’ll tell you, it was money well spent. The side panels are usually held on by seven screws with washers and nuts behind the panels. There’s a lot of stuff that one needs to get at behind those panels (battery, cables, fuel shut-off, steering box), and it’s a pain in the ass to remove all those screws every time you want to get inside there. My attachment process only involves three attachment points all accessible from the exterior of the tractor. I put together a little YouTube video demonstrating for other Pony owners how they can make the conversion, and it’s included below. When you play it you’ll be able to see the neat, new system.
Although my acting certainly won’t earn me any Academy nominations, credit to son, Andrew, for the seamless videography. And from that credit you have likely deduced that Andy was her for a visit, and on that you would be correct. We had a barrel of fun canoeing out on the local lake, trying out new beers in the local brew pubs, and grilling anything and everything out on the grill (since he does not have access to that in NYC). And, he always enjoys taking the Pony out for a spin (or two) on the “back 40,” so following are a couple of photos taken during one of those rides.
The only mishap occurred during the second ride, which I guess is my fault; we ran out of gas. That Pony is a gas hog!
Other Pony News
A few weeks back I got a rather cryptic note into the blog simply asking me for the length of a Pony. I went down to the garage, put a tape to the Pony and sent the dude the measurement (105 inches). Then a week later I got an email from the same guy, Len Sharp, and it turns out he was fixing to bid on a Pony and wanted to make sure it fit on his trailer. Turns out his was the winning bid and he sent the photo below of his prize.
Man, if my Pony had looked that good when I bought it, it would have cut 3 years off the restoration time. Anyway, congrats Len, and good luck with your restoration.
Finally, in non-Pony news my Mom (Carol) will have her 93rd birthday next week, so I’d like to take this opportunity send out love from The Princess and me and our wishes for many, many more happy birthdays. Thanks for reading.