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  1. I have paid union dues to the Longshoreman's Union, worked at Kenosha, Wi. Municipal Docks for beer money in college, UAW locals at Farmall and East Moline plants, and Teamsters Union, local 15 from Galesburg I think it was, in 1976 at Edward's Readymix, and a Chicago Teamsters local when I peddled packages for UPS in '78. Son works where he has to join the UAW now. When I drove for the trking company in Davenport after I started working steady I approached the Union Steward and asked to join. He talked me out of it, same wages, same benefits, just gave two hours work per month to the Union. I have always believed the union was good, equal pay for equal work. Written work rules, published seniority list, normally benefits too. Unions used to negotiate with the company for better wages and benefits every contract. Son says today the unions seem to just agree to whatever the company gives them, and last contract they lost a Bunch! As long as nobody goes on strike everybody is happy, or at least unwilling to rock the boat. He's either going to bail out of the Union which he can do in a Right to Work State or run for committeeman next election. When a Union Steward or committeeman is more worried about what overtime will cost the company or about what a grievance costs, something is wrong with that union person's priorities. The union at UR is probably what got everybody health insurance, vacation, raises, etc. If they review wages yearly good for them! Reminds me of one of the last year's I was at Farmall. Merit raise time. I get called to the Boss's cubical. I got $0.20/hour, highest in the department. Cost of Living raises were a quarter to 50 cents every three months. I would make a list of questions to ask if you get an interview.
  2. 656Hydro - The 352 in Dad's '67 F-250 was supposed to be tuned up, plugs, points, & condenser, when he picked it up at the dealer in spring of '70. As usual, BIG Ford dealer dropped the ball, Dad had to bring it back, they forgot tune-up. Dad gets a call, they have to keep truck longer than expected. Had to grind the valves on ONE HEAD? Bet it had the problem you described in the 360's. Their fix must have worked, truck never used any oil, just Lots of gas. With a light foot I could get 12 mpg at 55 mph. At 70 mph on Interstate more like 9 mpg. Truck had maybe 20,000 miles when Dad bought it. Had 40,000 on it when he sold it. I drove it as much as Dad did. Truck was a Camper Special, 1st owner had a big slide-in camper for it. The hooks to tie it in were still on the outside of the box. Gas tank under the front of the box on driver's side, not behind seat. And that Twin-I-Beam front end was Murder on tires. What was funny, about 4-5 years after Dad sold the F-250 he bought a '67 Dodge D-100, 225 slant 6, 3 on the tree, to haul home remodeling stuff for the house. The Dodge and Ford were almost the same color, but Dodge wasn't Tu-Tone, and no PS, or PB. Driving that Dodge was like driving the Flintstone's car compared to the F-250. Oh, and that comment about a "351 has all the power of a 302 and mpg of a 460" may have been something I said. But my Buddy that had a 351W and 5-speed ZF in his '92 F-250 told me that about 1999. He got 11-12 mpg with his truck cruising 65, I got 18-19 cruising 72-75 with my '96 PSD. I came This Close to ordering my truck with the 351! To save the $4500- $5000.
  3. The 868 operating hours stated on the listing are probably correct. Look at the condition of the tires, I bet they're factory original. I always had GY Power Torques around and always got Firestone ATF&R for the fwa axles. But the 1984 model year is totally wrong. Wish they stated the tractor serial number. Elwood always painted their axles, wheels, and mounts, driveshafts 2150 red, the wheel is pealing and no red showing, looks like Red oxide primer which Farmall did not use. Must have been an axle bought thru a dealer or direct. The wheels I bought had a 1/4 inch thick flat plate for the center wheel and it bolted to the rim with six welded on lugs offset so you could vary frt tread width. Elwood supplied a dished wheel like that with axles sold direct. Bet it doesn't bring near what it's worth.
  4. Which job is closer to home? Lumber yard or rental yard? I've had jobs with a 10-15 minute commute. Also had jobs with 60 to 75 minute commute. My Wife noticed a big difference in my attitude when I got home after any drive over 25-30 minutes. If I lived too close to work too big a chance I would have to go back after supper, on Sunday afternoons, etc. I always went in Saturday mornings for a couple hours if I was close to work. If I was an hour away I was ready to be home when I got home, and it would need to be a real crisis for me to go in on Saturday or Sunday. Plus it costs a LOT of money to commute 30,000 miles a year.
  5. I have the mowers on my 982 and old #72 both set to mow about 3-1/2" high. They can raise as much as 4-1/2" to 5". The Original with that timed 2-blade 38 inch deck may not be as adjustable. The frame of the tractor may be lower restricting how high you can mow. You could always install larger tires. Those lugged rear tires are probably around 21-1/2" to 22 inches tall, putting a pair of 23-8.50x12's could gain you half an inch. Those frt tires are only 14-1/2" tall. Next size bigger is a 16 inch tall 6.50x8, gains you an inch in the front.
  6. The 351M and 400M were boat anchors too, but with some different parts could run. Mostly cam, carb and exhaust. Guy I worked with at a gas station/truck stop along I-80 weekend nights pumping gas/fuel had a '68 Mustang fastback with a built 428 in it. It loped a L-O-T. Whole car shook.
  7. If you have to get that title from Huntington, Good Luck ! Place is Too big for their own good. The dealer we bought the wife's new car from got our loan thru Huntington over 2 years ago. FORD bought the first car back, irrepairable manufacturing defect, when my insurance company sent proof of insurance to Huntington for the new car, they, Huntington charged me $2200 for one years comprehensive insurance for the car Ford bought back. After a week of phone calls I really thought I was going to have to drive out there to their home bank and express my opinion of their organization in person. I now have the girl's full name and direct phone number responsible for MY car loan. I can "Reach out and Touch her"! Any time I need to.
  8. That was the 352 that was opposite of High Performance. 360 also. Neighbor kid tried to hot rod his '68 or '69 F-250, special 8 lug to 5 lug wheel adapters for his Crager SS wheels, loud dual pipes on his 360 2 bbl, auto trans. I drove Dad's '67 F-250, 352 2bbl and FMX trans, combination Tu-Tone. I knew it was slow and got terrible gas mileage but it beat the heck out of his old '60 Chevy 3/4 ton with 261 Stovebolt 6 and 4-speed with stepside box. Dad sold the F-250 in December 1972 at his farm auction, last thing that sold, guy that worked at IH East Moline bought it, I saw it one day looking for one of the four parking spaces for all 2nd shift to park in, in about Febuary 1977. Still looked pretty good after 10 birthdays.
  9. Your 18.4x34's are probably mounted on 16 inch wide rims. You could squeeze a 20.8x34 tire on them, or it's metric equivalent size. Those are designed for use on an 18x34 inch rim, but alternate sized rims are always the next narrower rim width. There's a 23.1x34 tire also, but those should be on a 20 x 34 inch rim. Squeezing them onto a 16 inch rim is Squeezing them too much. The IH version of those 20 x 34 rims have big heavy cast iron rivited lugs that bolt to the cast center wheels. You could also split your current 16x34 rims and weld in a 4 inch wide steel ring and make them 20x34. The 20.8x34 tires were never real popular, may be hard to find them now days. And hard to find tire sizes seem to cost lots more too. Good Luck!
  10. Some K161's were 2-7/8" bore, others were 2-15/16" bore, all K181's were 2-15/16". The K161 was 2-1/2" stroke, k181 was 2-3/4" stroke. Other than the small bore K161 piston and rings all parts interchange. Even all the engine tins with the serial and spec number interchange. Take the engine apart before you buy any internal engine parts. I was never a fan of the oil bath air cleaner, a dry pleated paper filter off a later model 7 or 8 hp CC should screw right on to the carb. Different carb should be easy to find, get you a good dry type filter and good threads for the float bowl. The soft aluminum float bowl bends when the nut is tightened, have to tighten nut more the next time, then you strip threads. You have to carefully tap the bottom back down before you install the float bowl.
  11. Funny story about a dog and a gooseneck trailer. Our St. Bernard spent 2-3 years with my folks. Dad and the dog formed a real strong friendship. We moved to our house in Wisconsin and got our dog back. About 2 years later Dad hIred a friend with a C-30 4-door dually and a big gooseneck to deliver the Super H. Wife & I were at work, SON at school. Dog was happy Dad showed up. As they got ready to leave, stowing chains, etc, dog jumps on trailer climbs up gooseneck, jumps down into pickup bed, crawls thru sliding back cab window, stretches out in back seat for the 200 mile ride to the dog's old home. Dad had to chain up the dog to keep him from chasing the truck. Every time I started the tractor for the first 2-3 years it was here the Dog would come out of where ever she was sleeping looking for Dad. After 15-20 minutes she would give up looking for Dad and go find a shady spot to nap. Anyhow, great looking Trailer! I think you got one big Enough! After you use it a couple times. Let us know how you like the hyd tail.
  12. I think the shim for the H fits the Farmall 300 & 350.
  13. Dad bought wedges for the H & M and there was a sticker right on them that said "Thin side goes towards front of tractor". The tires still trailed a bit. But not as excessively as stock.
  14. That's referred to as an Original, before model numbers assigned. Probably has a 7 hp Kohler, unless it was replaced then probably an 8 hp used. That model was built from 1960 till 1963. No serial number tag on them. The serial number was stamped in about 1/8 inch tall numbers on right side of transmission case. Numbers from 501 to 65457. That one looks in real good shape. Only Cub Cadet garden tractor to ever use a v-belt drive.
  15. Just had a squadron of planes enroute to OshKosh fly over the house. Had to be 25-30 -planes.