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Unread 04-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #46
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Nice thread Mike and I think the honey bee farming is pretty cool. I've used around 60# of honey in the past two years making mead. I had a nice visit with a honey farmer in northern IL last fall, interesting process.

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Unread 04-15-2012, 11:39 PM   #47
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California bees have solariums?? I think it is a good thing to be too busy at work these days. Congrats, Mike. I hope the bee venture is very succesful. You doing anything bigger than personal bees? Commercial stuff too? You gonna spin the honey? What about Nitadoulas (sp)?
For now, no commercial pollination for me. I service my clients who have hives they have purchased from me in their backyards. I have a number of my own hives where I bottle and sell the honey the bees produce locally at my wife's store and I fabricate and sell bee hive stands. Part of my service for my customer base is to extract and bottle the honey out their hives. It is as good as it gets too...you can see more here: http://www.thebeeranchers.com/

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Nice thread Mike and I think the honey bee farming is pretty cool. I've used around 60# of honey in the past two years making mead. I had a nice visit with a honey farmer in northern IL last fall, interesting process.
Mead is on my bucket list of things to make. Perhaps I will send you some of my honey and, in return, you can send me some Mead you have made with it. A couple of pals and I made home made Grappa last night...fire water, but not bad at all...
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Unread 04-15-2012, 11:41 PM   #48
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I want to try some of the mead, so start a project on a day I can come by and have some ready!!!
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Unread 04-15-2012, 11:44 PM   #49
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I want to try some of the mead, so start a project on a day I can come by and have some ready!!!
well, as of now the best I can offer is a cold, frosty beer...
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Unread 04-16-2012, 03:14 PM   #50
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Did you get stung moving those hives?
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Unread 04-16-2012, 11:41 PM   #51
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Did you get stung moving those hives?
us beekeepers never get stung!
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Unread 04-17-2012, 06:47 AM   #52
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us beekeepers never get stung!
Beekeepers are the toughest men alive!
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Unread 04-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #53
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I used a red scotch brite to roughen up the bare metal and sprayed 2 coats of Dupli-Color Professional primer sealer, sanding with 400 grit paper in between coats the other day. Today I had time to spray on 2 coats of SEM trim black paint, again sanding with 400 grit in between. There were a couple of runs but, hey, it's a tire carrier and most of it is powder coated anyway. For my purposes now, it will do until that one day when I take the plunge and start the full frame off. Feel free to tell me where I went wrong or how I could do it better next time.



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Unread 04-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #54
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I did end up finding some black end caps and they are in the mail as we speak. Next up, Vanco hydro boost...
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Unread 04-19-2012, 03:47 PM   #55
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The bonus part of this tire carrier is the fact that you can always attach the carrier to the front bumper and knock down trees with it! Looks perfect Mike.
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Unread 04-20-2012, 08:22 AM   #56
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Fine job on the carrier add on Mike! If you hadn't mentioned the runs we'd have never know it.
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Unread 04-20-2012, 10:36 AM   #57
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I've always admired your CJ. I'm interested in what you use for rattle canning the hood. I need a new paint job.
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Unread 04-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #58
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I've always admired your CJ. I'm interested in what you use for rattle canning the hood. I need a new paint job.
Stay tuned, I will let you know.

One last picture of the tire carrier mounted:



and swung open:



now, full disclosure, I can't open the back window with this setup but I don't mind as the top is off most of the year anyway.

I just rec'd this package from UPS:



I hopefully will have time this weekend to start in on this.
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Unread 04-21-2012, 08:23 AM   #59
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Is that hydro-boost???
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Unread 04-21-2012, 09:27 AM   #60
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Is that hydro-boost???
Yup, from Vanco Power Brake. This upgrade has been on my bucket list for ahwile now, I was just waiting for the original master cylinder to go and it finally has and I have my first teenage driver so I want better brakes then OEM. I hope to get it in this weekend in between lacrosse, 4H, work, shuttling kids to the far ends of the Earth, etc...
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