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#1 Case IH boy

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:24 PM

Hello everyone! I just got my photos home and I'm excited to share them with you guys.

Farming in Hamilton County, Iowa has always been a tradition in my family since they came over from Sweden in 1869. Today, we're all very proud of our farming heritage and the machines that help us do the job. My brother's senior year we started a traditon that I plan on keeping. For his senior pictures, my dad, grandpa, and brother took a picture with an I-4 Interantional that my brother had restored. Since then, many people have commented on the picture when they saw it in our home, and thought it was a neat photo.

With this being my senior year in high school I decided to do the same, but with an extra special meaning. Two years ago, I pulled Grandpa's first farm tractor, a 1952 Farmall "M" out of the weeds to restore as a FFA project. He bought this tractor in 1958 from his childhood neighbor, Palmer Nelson on his retirement auction. While my grandpa shared his equipment with his father, this tractor was the first piece of equipment grandpa bought himself. For years this tractor had the tough job of plowing and culivating the thick, black soil on his farm. Years later it had a loader put on it for cow chores and occasionally taking trash out to the burn pile. It wasn't until the "M" was nearly 50 years old before it wasn't used daily on the farm.

When I asked grandpa if I could restore his "M", I asked why it was parked where it was, and his explanation was, "Thats where it died". He was pretty sure he had blown a head gasket. It turned out later that it was dumping oil into the #3 piston. But thats a whole other story. ;) It was pretty special to see the look on his face when I had it finished, and to see him drive it for the first time in a few years.
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So, you guessed it. I had pictures taken with the family "M". And I hope to cherish these memories, the farming tradition, and this tractor with future generations.
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Hope you enjoy the pictures, sorry they're so small..

Calvin Carlson
Tractors I've restored: 1929 McCormick 10-20, 1951 Farmall Super C, 1961 Farmall 560, 1951 International TD-6 crawler,
1967 Farmall 1256, 1952 Farmall M, 1957 Farmall 350D, 1955 International 400 Standard
Grandpa's Tractors: Farmall A, 3 B's, BN, 10-20 Titan, C, I-4, F-20, 460U, 560, 806 D, 1586, WK-40, 240U, M, SMTA, 10-20, 15-30, 22-36, I-12, F14, Farmall regular, I-9, Cub Cadet 71, Cub Cadet 129, and Cub Cadet 682. IH truck collection: 1915 IH Model EX truck, 1948 KB-1, 1300D Fire/rescue truck and a IH dump truck with a DT-466. Largest known original IH pedal tractor collection, consisting of tractors new and old.
Dad's Tractors: 7110, Magnum 305, MX 285, STX500HD, 2588 combine.

Looking for Farmall 560: Serial Number 4897 and/or 4898

#2 ole three bottom

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:37 PM

Very Cool Calvin!!! A couple very good pictures to cherish always.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:41 PM

Agreed on the cool factor Cal. :)

While tractors are neat to deal with, it's the people around them that make them what they are.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:44 PM

Well done!
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In the shed: '42 "H", '45 "H", '49 "M" & some GREEN stuff too. Oh, get over it.....they're all old and still run!

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:40 PM

Very interesting story!

I want to hear about the restoration, what you discovered, what surprises jumped up and bit you on the nose, etc.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:13 PM

job well done

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:46 PM

Well done Calvin, that is a great looking M. Thou I have long past the high school days (only 10 years :D ) I to have a family Farmall (1946 H) that is in need of a makeover. This tractor was bought new in 47 it was the second tractor ever ran on our farm. My grandfather could have sold that tractor time and time again, but he always told them not as long as I'm alive. An the same goes for me, I will have it do for the Lima, Ohio RPRU.

Great story too ;)

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 11:25 PM

Fantastic pictures and story! Your family must be proud of you. If you need a family in the west coast,let me know, would love to have a young man in the family with your red power history values. Tony

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 05:26 AM

GOOD LOOKING TRACTOR AND A GOOD STORY TO GO WITH IT. I'VE GOT A 1466 THAT WAS MY FATHER IN LAWS THAT I AM REALLY WANTING TO RESTORE. DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY THAT ONE IS THE SPECIAL ONE TO ME OUT OF ALL THE ONES HE HAD BUT IT IS. COOL THAT YOUR GRANDPA WAS STILL HERE TO ENJOY THIS WITH YOU. I'D SAY HE'S PROUD.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:56 AM

Very interesting story!

I want to hear about the restoration, what you discovered, what surprises jumped up and bit you on the nose, etc.


If you have a couple minutes, I made a video of this restoration too.
Not a whole lot of mechanical work, but lots of cosmetic stuff.


Thanks everyone for the comments! I look forward to completing another restoration this summer and sharing my story once again. :)

Calvin
Tractors I've restored: 1929 McCormick 10-20, 1951 Farmall Super C, 1961 Farmall 560, 1951 International TD-6 crawler,
1967 Farmall 1256, 1952 Farmall M, 1957 Farmall 350D, 1955 International 400 Standard
Grandpa's Tractors: Farmall A, 3 B's, BN, 10-20 Titan, C, I-4, F-20, 460U, 560, 806 D, 1586, WK-40, 240U, M, SMTA, 10-20, 15-30, 22-36, I-12, F14, Farmall regular, I-9, Cub Cadet 71, Cub Cadet 129, and Cub Cadet 682. IH truck collection: 1915 IH Model EX truck, 1948 KB-1, 1300D Fire/rescue truck and a IH dump truck with a DT-466. Largest known original IH pedal tractor collection, consisting of tractors new and old.
Dad's Tractors: 7110, Magnum 305, MX 285, STX500HD, 2588 combine.

Looking for Farmall 560: Serial Number 4897 and/or 4898



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