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HELLO MRS CLEAVER, THEODORE.

GEE, MRS CLEAVER ... THAT CERTAINLY IS A LOVELY DRESS.

WHY THANK YOU, EDDIE. YOU ARE ALWAYS SO KIND.

BEAVER, PLEASE TELL WALLY THAT EDDIE IS HERE.

WALLY ... EDDIE IS HERE!

I MEANT GO GET HIM, BEAVER.

HEY EDDIE ... WHAT'S UP?

SAY, CLYDE, HOW ABOUT WE GO OVER TO RIALTO?

THEY'RE SHOWING "THE BEAST WITH 12 LEGS." WE CAN EVEN BRING THE SQUIRT ALONG.

DON'T YOU REMEMBER LAST TIME WE SAW A MOVIE LIKE THAT YOU GOT SO SCARED YOU THREW UP?

I WASN'T SCARED, I JUST DIDN'T FELL WELL. I THINK I GOT SOME BAD POPCORN.

BESIDES, I'M SUPPOSED TO HELP BEAVER AND LARRY BUILD SOAPBOX RACERS FOR THE MOOSE LODGE DERBY.

RACERS? HEY ... I'M AN EXPERT ON THAT STUFF. I TELL YOU WHAT--YOU HELP BEAVER WITH HIS AND I'LL HELP LARRY.

AND JUST TO MAKE IT INTERESTING, LET'S SAY THE LOSER HAS TO DRESS UP LIKE A CHICKEN AND WALK UP AND DOWN THE STREET FOR AN HOUR.

CHICKEN? ARE YOU CRAZY?

WHAT'S A MATTER, ACE? AFRAID OF A LITTLE COMPETITION? ARE YOU CHICKEN? CLUCK, CLUCK.

WELL, OK, EDDIE, IF IT'S THAT BIG A DEAL TO YOU.

ALL RIGHT! LET ME GET MY STUFF AND I'LL SHOW YOU LOSERS WHAT BUILDING A RACER IS ALL ABOUT.

GEE, WALLY ... EDDIE SURE IS A CREEP.

YEAH. LET'S HOPE HE'S JUST BRAGGING AS USUAL. I DON'T WANT TO DRESS UP LIKE A CHICKEN.

A BIT LATER IN THE CLEAVER'S GARAGE ...

OKAY WE'RE READY TO BEGIN.

SO ARE WE, EDDIE/

WHAT'S UP, BEAV?

HI, LARRY ... NOTHING MUCH.

IT SAYS HERE IN THE MANUAL THAT THE WHEELS SHOULD BE 14 INCHES HIGH WITH RUBBER AT LEAST 1/2 INCH THICK.

WHAT DO THOSE NIMRODS KNOW?

I USE THESE BIGGER WHEELS THAT AREN'T SO THICK. THEY'RE MUCH FASTER.

I DON'T KNOW, EDDIE. I THINK YOU SHOULD BE DOING WHAT THE MANUAL SAYS.

HEY, BEAVER! HELP ME FIND GRADE 4 BOLTS. THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS WE'RE SUPPOSED TO USE FOR THE STEERING LINKAGE.

YOU GUYS BELONG IN GRADE 4.

THESE BOLTS WILL WORK JUST FINE FOR THE LINKAGE.

SAY, EDDIE ... YOU WANT TO USE SOME OF THIS GREASE ON YOUR RACER'S AXLES.

THE MANUAL SAYS THIS IS THE BEST STUFF OT KEEP THE WHEELS TURNING SMOOTHLY.

NO WAY! SOME OF THE GUYS AT THE SERVICE STATION TOLD ME THIS IS THE STUFF TO USE.

THOSE GUYS ALWAYS KNOW BETTER THAN YOUR BOOK EXPERTS.

HOURS LATER ...

I GUESS THAT DOES IT FOR US, EDDIE.

YEAH, WALLY ...

AT LEAST YOU TRIED. HEH HEH!

WE'LL SEE YOU GUYS TOMORROW AT THE RACE.

YEAH ... YOU GUYS CAN PRACTICE TONIGHT WALKING LIKE CHICKENS.

CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK

THE BIG DAY OF THE RACE DAWNS ...

... AND THE SOAPBOX RACERS LINE UP AT THE STARTING LINE ...

I'M GOING TO CHECK THE WHEELS ONCE MORE, BEAVER.

OKAY, WALLY.

THE MANUAL SAYS WE SHOULD CHECK THE WHEEL LUGS ... THEY'RE TIGHT.

HEY, EDDIE, AREN'T YOU GOING TO DO THE CHECKS AND SERVICES IN THE MANUAL?

NOT RIGHT THIS MINUTE ...

... WE REALLY HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN WORRY ABOUT WHAT THAT STUPID MANUAL SAYS.

DRIVERS ... READY ... SET ...

GO ...

SEE YA, BEAV!

SPRANG

SKREEEEE KURNCH

THE BEAV WON!

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, EDDIE?

YEAH, YEAH ...

LATER THAT DAY IN FRONT OF THE CLEAVER HOUSE ...

CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK

I HAD SERGEANT IN THE ARMY NAMED HALF-MAST ... HE ALWAYS TOLD US WE COULD SAVE OURSELVES LOTS OF TROUBLE JUST BY DOING WHAT THE TECHNICAL MANUAL SAID.

YEAH, DAD, AND YOU DON'T END UP DRESSED LIKE A CHICKEN.

BUT EDDIE SURE MAKES A GOOD CHICKEN.

CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK
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Title Annotation:military supplies; Periodic Maintanence by Technical Manual
Publication:PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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