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I believe one has to be a little bit nuts to do this kind of stuff. However, on the other hand, it makes good economic sense.That sounds like a big project.
First it is a lot cheaper method to get the same results. IE equipment that does big stuff with dirt ditches and rock.
Secondly, there is no depreciation of the value of the equipment in your shed.
Third, you know exactly how things function and can make your own repairs.
You will never need a smart assed geek to get your heavy equipment running with laptop.
And then there is the pride of knowing the asset you revived from scrap has purpose. And a new long life
There is something masculine about not throwing away a perfectly good machine because you can fix it with heavy tools instead of a printed circuit board. Sometimes with nothing more that the proper application of kinetic energy to the exact required point. ( that translates to hitting it properly and expertly with a hammer.)
When digging a ditch the dirt doesn't care if it is done with a shovel, an old tractor, or a brand new one with digital read outs on the instruments. Neither does the pipe you buried care to bring water to the cabin. The only thing that matters is to the operator who did it with piles of money for a digital controlled machine, or made it work using the physics and mechanics of basic machine design.
I prefer the latter.
Next time your new Chevy quits, the new age "mechanics" will trade out computer cards until it runs and charge you for the guesswork. Meanwhile, guys like M1west or and Mali2fus will think on the physics, turn a screw or bend a spring to bring the old Malibu back to life.
For the record I drive a 1995 Cummins diesel pickup. Manual transmissions. Or a 2002 Jeep Cherokee in line six. Don't want a new one.
I don't need fancy electronic navigational tools. I'm a Cherokee Indian and can find my way just reading the signs.
You know like "Milwaukie turn right next exit."