Month: April 2007

DON CAMPBELL AND THE OWNER OF THE MICHIGAN 675 LOADER STANDING UNDER IT.

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DON CAMPBELL AND THE OWNER OF THE MICHIGAN 675 LOADER STANDING UNDER IT.

DON CAMPBELL AND THE OWNER OF THE MICHIGAN 675 LOADER STANDING UNDER IT.

LATEST VIDEO – Yesterday we posted a cool video of this monster loader under the ( video ) section in the Monster machine catagory. It shows mw climbing all over it and me driving Deb’s car up by the bucket and under the rear of the loader.
I have a bunch more pics to add to the (Michigan Machines ) section .
MOREL MUSHROOMS -The mushrooms are popping up and so are the mushroom hunters. We only like the early dark ones Yesterday we brought home two quarts of the nicest small to medium sized early dark ones, umm !! Deb and I cleaned them, dipped them in egg , and cracker crumbs and deep fried them to a golden brown . They were so crunchy and tasty !! UMM GOOD !! We popped most of them in the freezer on a cookie sheet and once they set up we bagged them for future enjoyment. (:>).
We should get a couple more quarts more mid week as the weather looks very good . We will eat a few of them too and freeze and bag up the rest . Even eating healthy and losing weight, a person can eat a few deep fried moral mushrooms occasionally .
LAWN WORK – I will leave today at noon .
TEREX TITAN MODEL – I worked on the truck this morning , I got more right side railings done and the cooling unit on the right side .
The above picture was Russ and i under the engines and Russ was telling me how they rebuilt the motors. I thought this was a pretty cool picture Deb took too.

MICHIGAN 675 LOADER VIDEO ( BIG JOHN )

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MICHIGAN 675 LOADER VIDEO ( BIG JOHN )

MICHIGAN 675 LOADER VIDEO ( BIG JOHN )

Here is the next cool picture of the monster Michigan 675 Loader. Deb took this picture of Russ and I as he was telling me some of the history of this mighty old machine. It was almost like it had a personality of it’s own. People often nickname their machines and the name sticks to the machine for it’s whole life.
If you go to the video section and go to ( monster machines ) you will see the video Deb just added to the video section. It is the longest video so far , but I wanted it to all be hooked together from the time I climbed the first ladder to the top to the end when I was driving Deb’s car out from under it .
As I climbed all over the machine , I noticed all the bolts, pins, boxes, housings, etc. that I will be cutting out in the near future for the very detailed model of it. It’s much more than just a machine to me, it’s a future work of art that will transform on my workbench. It’s hours and weeks of a labor of love slowly seeing a miniature monster machine start to appear from a pile of flat pieces of steel and a little wire welder.
We have a lot more pictures to add of the Michigan 675 loader .
The picture below shows me in the drivers seat and tells all our visit yesterday with Russ, who owns it and how much it is for sale for. Hope you all like the video, you may want to get a bag of popcorn as it is longer than any other of my videos. ha,ha.

Don Campbell checks out the view from the drivers seat of a Michigan 675 monster loader

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Don Campbell checks out the view from the drivers seat of a Michigan 675 monster loader

Don Campbell checks out the view from the drivers seat of a Michigan 675 monster loader

Deb and I had a fun little mini adventure Fri. night and all day Sat.
We stopped several places and ended up taking 152 pictures and 15 short movie clips.
Sat. we enjoyed a few hours with Russ, the owner of this very cool old loader and I climbed all over it getting pictures from all angles to help me get the details in the upcoming model.
We could not start it as the 8 batteries were removed last fall and will be charged and put back in the machine in May.
Russ said he has sold it and bought it back now three times over many years. He still really enjoys this old machine. This last time he bought it, he went through both engines and he said they are in perfect condition. Russ said there are only two of these rare 675 loaders still running in the world.
We heard many stories about this machine yesterday including the fact Russ worked at the Michigan Equipment building where the proto-type 675 was designed and assembled for the first time. He saw the very first one as it rolled out of the building.
The big loader is for sale again and I thought it would look awesome in my front yard as a lawn ornament . I was wondering if I had enough money to actually buy it myself as a unique toy .
But once Russ told me the asking price , and I saw the look in Deb’s face, and I think it was, “a definate NO !!! ” , ha,ha.
Russ is asking $250,000 for this low hour, excellent running Michigan 675 Monster Loader. Also you get 8 extra tires mounted on extra rims too.
This awesome 24 yard bucket loader with side by side ,twin Cummins 1,270h.p. held the worlds record for the largest loader for many years. It has tires that are over 10 feet tall. Only 14 of these 675’s were ever built .
It has a operating weight of 190 tons.
I was very excited to get to fianlly see one in person and explore it .
Now that’s my idea of the perfect Sat. , LOL !!
We made a couple other interesting stops along the way and took pics there too. We will work on putting many of the Michigan Loader pics under the (Michigan Machines ) section soon . We will also get the movie clips put together of me climbing on it and driving Deb’s car under it and trying to drive Deb’s car in the bucket. ha, ha, ha. That was funny, Russ had a big fork lift that used to load container ships and he said we could lift deb’s car sideways and actually set in all the way in the bucket. I looked over at Deb and saw the look on her face, it was another ( DEFINATE NO !!!! ). ha,ha.
This week I’ll also post more pics of are other fun stops.
This Sunday morning I want to thank God for giving me the talent to make models . It is my hobby of model building that has got us to these fun places and get to meet these nice people. I do not just want to see the machines, I want to know the people who own them and operate them. I like the personal side too.
Have a nice Sunday with the ones you love.

Don Campbell visits Edmore Potato Country

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Don Campbell visits Edmore Potato Country

Don Campbell visits Edmore Potato Country

Here is a picture Deb took of me checking out a couple Mc Cormick Tractors parked at Sackett Farm Machinery in Mc Bride , Michigan.
Today we will continue our drive to see the machine I plan to build as a model in the next several weeks.
Terex Titan Progress- I got several more railings welded around the top edge of the truck. I also got the right side fender welded in place. The right side platform over the right fender is now also welded in place.
Pizza Sams of Alma – Deb and I figured our calories for the day and saved enough to get a small Pizza Sam’s Pizza last night as we passed through Alma, Mi. We used to get a large, double crust pizza, fries, onion rings, a bread basket , and a picture of pop. Now that we are losing weight, we are aware of portion control . It tasted GREAT !!!
It’s great to have a laptop computer in the motel.
Have a nice Sat.