EJ to the rescue

Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:48 pm

Neighbor called wanting to know if I could pull his son's truck out of a wooded field where he was stuck today. I drove my 4wd up to look things over and decided real quick that all i would accomplish with it was getting mine stuck too. The wooded field is a goat pasture that has no grass left, plus we have had only a few days above 20 degrees till recently so the ground was frozen deep. The last 3 days have been in the 50s to 70s, so the top 3 or 4 inches have thawed, resulting in 3 or 4 inches of mud on top of a few inches of frozen ground, and in some areas it has thawed through. Combined with no grass in the field, trees, and a number of rocks sticking out of the ground a foot or so that a dozer couldn't move the field was a real mess.

I headed for home and started moving junk out of the way so i could get EJ out of the shed. For those of you new to the board, EJ is my Dad's Farmall H that some members of the board surprised me with by buying it from the previous owner, restoring it, and giving it to me a couple years ago.
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EJ has been started and run awhile several times this winter, but hasn't been out of the shed since last September, so it took a while to move stuff around. Got him out of the shed and headed up the road. We started through the field paddling through mud up to the rims in places . I broke his flimsy chain 3 times and had to reposition and rehook twice to keep from pulling the truck sideways into trees, but it came out. Once I got him moving and clear of the trees I opened the throttle and didn't stop till both were on solid ground. EJ has 3 sets of wheel weights and some good deep lug tires (irrigation rig tires), or I wouldn't have made it

Being a good hillbilly, I guess it is time to give EJ his spring bath. A couple months early this year though.

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Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:31 am

Nothing better than a good neighbor.

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:35 am

I think your neighbor's son should be giving E.J. his bath. Good workout for E.J. though.

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:57 am

Gary Dotson wrote:I think your neighbor's son should be giving E.J. his bath. Good workout for E.J. though.

:Dito: I agree Gary!
I'm sure E.J. was right at home, pulling!

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:24 am

Cool John :{_}: I love how well my 130 pulls. I can't imagine how much better your H pulls :!:

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:59 am

It doesn't look like it in the photos, but the rear tires have fairly deep lugs. I think it was paddling as much as it was gripping. :o

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:16 pm

I'm surprised the stuck pickup did pull itself out of the mud and run like heck when it saw EJ aproaching with that saw on the front end. :!: :!: :!:

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:20 pm

John,

Great story! I'm glad you were willing to get EJ exercised.

Bill

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:11 pm

I bet EJ enjoyed the workout as much as you did :lol:

Reminds me of a few years ago when we convinced a naive co-worker that a person could use the winch on the front of a truck and hook it to the same trucks rear bumper to pull itself out if it ever got stuck. :roll:

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:47 pm

Reminds me of my Uncle Josh. They said he was so strong he could reach around, grab the back of his belt, and pick himself up. :lol:

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:32 pm

Great story!

Re: EJ to the rescue

Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:48 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Reminds me of my Uncle Josh. They said he was so strong he could reach around, grab the back of his belt, and pick himself up. :lol:
:bellylaugh: :bellylaugh: :bellylaugh:

Re: EJ to the rescue

Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:54 pm

Very nice story and it sounds like you had fun.