Posted by The tractor vet on January 20, 2014 at 08:54:36 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: Re: snow days posted by wile E on January 20, 2014 at 01:42:37:
Only THREE FOOT DRIFTS , that is nothingin 77-78 i was going thru drifts with my pick up that were a foot above the bubble gum machine setting on the roof rack on top for a 73 Ford F250 and we had several roads that had drifts as deep as 30 feet deep and those county roads required something a little more substantial to DIG them out as these drifts were in places a mile long . Took two Cat 992 and a half dozen 988 a couple 475 Michigan loaders a week to dig them out . And this was just in my little corner . I was the one WITH a pick up that opened up about eight miles of a state highway so we could get a young girl out of her home to the hospital . To get to her home my buddy and i carved a path across open fields thru three ft. yards on hedge row and once i had him in there i went ahead and busted out the drifts on the state highway . If hitting the drifts at 35-40 MPh did not get the job done just back out and get a better run for it . I had to beat my way thru one drift five times to make thru as it was over a quarter mile long and seven to eight feet deep. At the North end of that drift was a state bear and a state truck setting there looking at this drift as the state truck could not get thru . I called the bear on the C B and told him to get the state truck out of my road as i was coming thru that drift as there was another 4x4 coming up behind me with a young girl that needed to get to the hospital . He told me that all i was going to do was get stuck . I Backed down over the hill and got a decent run on it and hit it at about 45 and went in about 3-400 feet before i felt the truck start to spin and went into rev. and backed out . when ya hit the drift everything went into white out mode as you could not see a thing . Ya did not have to even steer as you were in a slot car track . The wind was blowing at about 40 MPH and it was way below 0 . When i was out of the cut and the wind blew away the snow i could see how far i made it and i was impressed . IF 45 was good then 55 will be better so back down the hill past tower road and back into drive and foot on the floor and hit the drift again going further into it and when the truck started to hoop slam it into rev. and back out and stop and look when the snow cleared . This is working real well , we'll hit it harder so back down past tower road and again drive floor board the old Ford and the 428 S/CJ that i stuffed into that truck did her thing and this time i was running well over 65 when i dropped the plow instant white out could not see a thing and this time there was no hopping jumping spinning as i was still moving . Something told me to stop and i slamed on the brakes and slid to a stop and when the snow cleared my plow was withing a foot of the side of the bears car. and i was setting window to window with Mr. Smokey E Bear . He and i roll down our windows and the first thing out of his mouth was Give this boy two gallon of yellow paint and two DOT stickers for his door , just how many more drift can you bust thru ?? and about that time her come Mikey screaming past with the girl her parents in a red blur headed to town . The rest of the morning myself the bear and the lone state truck worked on getting atleast a lane and a half opened all but where the lone semi that was buried almost to the tips of his exhaust stacks . we were able to bypass that area till we could get bigger equipment in to DIG that out and that took two 988 Cats six hours of digging to get to it . 77 Myself and Mikey worked non stop for over 92 hours . We cut paths thru field to get milk trucks in hauled in grocery fuel oil Coal people water what ever it took . we did not wait for the Gov. as the locals all chipped in . We set up a command point at the little gas station and between the C B's and phone lines that was all that was needed and when the Gov did respond they were a bigger problem as we had to go a rescue them as they were getting stuck and stranded . Mikey and i had to go rescue the crew from a tank retriever that got stuck in a snow drift on a back road . They were trying to get a path thru to a farm that needed toget there milk hauled out . Got the crew out and instead of trying to open the road we cut a path thru the field where the snow was only a foot or two deep then back on to the road and back thru a couple more fields wright up to the barn and milk house .
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