Weekend before last we helped Tom move some of the last stuff from Woodland back to Paso Robles. Hamer helped move with his truck, Willie helped with his truck and a borrowed detachable, Tom's pickup and gooseneck and us. MikeMc came with us and he was going to borrow a trailer. His trailer fell through, so we decided to have him pull my trailer and Tom had me drive his Peterbilt and trailer, so we had five trucks all together this weekend. Daron from California City also rode along with us.
Tom had me drive over to Paso Robles to get his truck Thursday after work and bring it back to Bakersfield. Daron met me at Mom's Friday morning at 6:30 am. We drove to Mike's house (he already had gotten my trailer Thursday night) and picked him up. Then we drove to Harris Ranch for breakfast. They were overhauling their kitchen, so it took about two and a half hours to get breakfast. Luckily we weren't in any hurry. We finally left there and arrived in Woodland about 2:30 pm.
Willie, Hamer and Tom were at Wallace's loading the Best round wheeler on Willie's truck and Hunter's Best 75 and land leveler on Hamer's truck. They had us go over there to help them. Tom drove the 75 and loaded it off the dirt over the back. Even with things relatively level it really rared up. Of course all the fuel ran to the back of the tank and it would starve out just as it was ready to break over, so it took a couple of tries to figure out we needed more fuel. I had to run to Best Ranch to get the fuel, because none of us had thought to bring any over to Wallace's. I came back, we fueled it up and Tom finally got it up on the trailer.
Then, we fired up a D8H that was sitting there and used it to pull the round wheeler over and onto Willie's trailer. That sure is a sweet D8, especially with the big root rake on it.
Tom, Daron and I moved over to Best Ranch and got ready to load Mike and me. We put a dead Best 60 with a huge Wilamette winch on the front of Tom's truck with Tom's Best 60 101A on the back.
By that time Mike had arrived and we prepared to load the Diesel 70 on Mike's truck. It was dead so we needed to use the D6D chained to one track frame and Tom's turbocharged RD6 chained to the other to pull it up. We started it up the ramp and got most of the way up when the chain broke to the D6D. Luckily the RD6 was able to hold it where it was while we rehooked.
We rehooked and pulled some more. Just as it was about to break over to the flat, the truck started sliding forward. Mike had to jump in the truck and hold the brakes and we still slid it forward some, but it finally did break over. Tom said that the Diesel 70 weighs about 33,000 pounds so we put a small D2 sized scraper on the back.
After we finished loading and visiting we went to Baker's Square in West Sacramento for dinner and on to a cleanup and bed. We left at 6:30 am, had a good breakfast about an hour down the road and arrived at the museum in Paso Robles around 1:00 pm. We unloaded 101A at the museum, since the parade is next weekend where they drive the Cats down the street. The rest of the tractors went to Tom's house.
At Tom's we used his beautiful D4D with the cab to pull the dead Best 60 off. No problems there, it was an easy unload. Then, we jockeyed the trucks around, unloaded the little scraper and got ready to do the Diesel 70. Where we unloaded it is a slight incline descending to pretty steep drop off into a ravine. We tried to put the truck across the slope so that the tractor would pull pretty level, but it still had a little bit of an incline toward the back of the truck. Tom said that one brake worked on the 70, so he should be able to stop it without any problem.
He had me drive his D4D and gently pull the 70 to the back of the trailer. Everything worked good so far, so I eased it to the point that it would tip down the ramp. When it broke over, it rolled pretty quick toward me. I goosed the throttle to stay ahead of him. Then looked back, and he was still gaining on me.
I threw the throttle wide open and hung on. He was still gaining, so I looked around to figure if I could turn uphill. The 60 was right in the way. I looked downhill, but decided that when I turned, I would slow down, and he was only about a foot and a half behind me at that point. I briefly considered shifting into second, but there was no time.
This whole time Tom was standing up, facing backward wedging his foot on the brake as hard as he could. He got within about a foot of the back of the D4D and finally started slowing down. Everything came to a stop and the tractors hadn't quite touched.
After that, Tom had to use his D4D to pull my Suburban out, since I left it stuck on the side of the hill the previous Thursday when I tried to drive where I shouldn't have.
Mike, Daron and I ran down to the freeway and stopped at Good Ol' Burgers for a cheeseburger, then came home.
Thanks for all your help Tom, Willie, Hamer, Mike and Daron and for letting us participate and play with your toys.