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  1. Farmall H 2 way hydraulics

    Another valve that converts your 1-way hydraulic to 2-way is a Cross Convert-a valve. I put one on my Stage II Super H about 35 years ago. The nice thing about it you can change from 1-way to 2-way or back in about 2 minutes by installing a bypass plug into the valve. They're available around here at Blain's Farm & Fleet for $130. You'll need a few hoses and pipe fittings to install it. Input and output ports are 3/4" NPT, work ports to/from are 1/2" npt.
  2. White 1200. 4x4

    Oh WOW! We gotta get back out there. We drove east then north up thru Utah from the Grand Canyon, drove thru Moab to I-70 then east to Denver and I-80. We missed 3/4ths of Utah and Wife and I agreed it was the one state we want to see more of. Didn't see the Salt Flats or Salt Lake City. We wasted over half a day driving down to Roswell, then had to fly low to get to LA. Saw General Sherman, largest living thing on the planet, A Sequoia tree 350 ft tall. Saw lots of fields of fruits and berrys in Californing. Oklahoma was the best state for driving old Rt. 66 pavement. They have a couple hundred miles of the original 1920 vintage pavement and bridges, fly along 65 mph legally. What amazed me was the number of east bound piggy-back trains running along I-40. About every 15 minutes another one goes by, hundreds of containers on each.
  3. first time diabetic nice to meet you

    I was just declared Type 2 about mid-May. Had three all morning sessions with an RN and a dietitian. Got my first blood test coming up in 2 weeks. My blood sugar always tests in the proper range. I always hated diet sodas, and liked a couple beers with friends, so now I have one diet soda a day, drink lots of water, and some sugar free juices and lemonade. We always bought a big bag of snack size Snickers for halloween and Nov. 1'st I'd eat 5-6 a day till they were gone. 23 years in this house and never had a Trick or Treater. Wife used to bake cookies and other sweet things. Between what my cardiologist wants me to eat and my General Practitioner says I can eat I was pretty hungry most of the summer but I'm getting used to my new diet. I always was a BIG meat and potatoe eater which I can still eat. My heart problems came from me eating a half a pound of bacon or sausage for breakfast with a big omlet or plate full of scrambled eggs. I used to make/drink a pitcher of Kool-aide every day during hot spells in summer. That Stopped!
  4. White 1200. 4x4

    Wife and I were thru Flagstaff on our Rt 66 trip 5-6 years ago. Our route paralleled I-40 real close in Arizona, some cases the Historic 1920's route was a service road of I-40. Took 12 days to drive 5500 miles, saw parts of 5 national parks. We've been looking for an excuse to go back. Won't make the mistake of going all the way to LA again! Looks like 89A goes thru some great territory! Wife & I love sight-seeing on roads like that!
  5. A video for those people scared of heights

    BTO I worked for had 4 Harvestore silos, an old 16×40, and another 16×60, and two 20x60's. We were chopping haylage one afternoon, He sent me up the empty one to open the fill door so we could fill it the next day, then told me before I started up the ladder I could close the other one we filled and he'd start evening chores. The two silos were 6 ft apart, maybe 5 ft, I looked LONG and hard at saving a few steps by jumping to the other silo. I figured my foot would slip on the slick glass surface and no way could I get a grip on the other silo. So I climbed down and back up. Now he has a catwalk between those three silos.
  6. Poor UPS service

    The fall of 1978 before UPS set up their Christmas routes I ran 17 (seventeen) different routes in 17 consecutive days. All routes I had run before. They did do right by me at Christmas, gave me a route with several miles of housing developments and businesses along a busy road north of my home town that I had hauled readmix for lots of the houses the two summers about 2 years before. Also had the in-town north of the RR tracks of my home town, plus one block downtown each side of main street. Some places, businesses, never get packages, some are daily pickup&delivery stops, then some people you deliver to their houses 3-4 days a week! One guy in Rock Island ran a business out of his house, was a delivery stop 2-3 times a week and a pickup stop every day, picking up the box I delivered in the morning. There were a couple routes I didn't run at that terminal, like the route my folks were on. But since I was the only new hire that knew where Hooppole, Illinois was, I always got that route. That same route had Atkinson, Annawan, and some Geneseo rural routes, one small truck, 250+ miles a day and about 60 stops and 125 packages, and about a third of the area served by that terminal. The downtown Moline route that also delivered & picked up Farmall used a truck twice as big, was filled completely full and first stop, the JC Penney store my wife worked at was stacked on the cab floor. One day I delivered over 600 packages and picked up over 1200 on that route, Desaulners printers shipped three skids of Deere price book revisions. Also places like Deere's big parts warehouse filled a couple semi-trailers a day. We had two drivers on days spotting trailers all day. That terminal back then was one of the smallest terminals in Illinois that made money, mostly because of Deere and IH. Been a lot of companies that used to try to deliver packages, Railroad Express Agency, USPS was loosing it's butt on packages years ago until the volume picked up due to on-line ordering, still loosing money on letters. DHL just about went belly-up 3-4 years ago and reorganized, but before that their trucks looked like escapees from the junkyard. And Roadway Package Service started in 1985 and merged to become FedEx Ground in 2000. But UPS is STILL UPS. They may not be perfect, but 99.9% of the time they do O-K. I'm really surprised Amazon thinks they can deliver packages better than UPS, I can't wait till I get my first delivery from a drone!
  7. Poor UPS service

    Upper midwest, Chicago area has major automated distribution hubs for UPS, JASS1660 would know them all. North-east also, but remember, every UPS Red pkg goes to Memphis. I'm still extremely sckeptical that the damage is intentional. Every repeat damage situation I have had with UPS was poor packaging. I Really hate to spend one red cent more for packaging than necessary, but sometimes that extra piece of styrofoam, or bubble wrap makes all the difference. I had a hot water heater, copper tank around 4-5 quarts with two flared pipe fittings, one 3-4 inches long on top, other 5-6 inches long out side and the ceramic heating element inside. Shipper put them in Big box layered in egg crates, 6 or 8 to a layer, side fitting almost punctured other tanks, repeated rejections. Finally fixed it with individual boxes inside big box instead of egg crates. That part shipped UPS 50% of the time, LTL truck 50%, Both had damaged parts. I still think a call to the UPS saleman, set up a tour of your closest hub would be a good first step to fixing your problem. When I was peddaling packages in my little brown truck, I delivered a case of 20 or 24 four foot flourescent light tubes to a high school. The box "Jingled", the janitor signed for the box, I suggested he reject it but he said the shipper had an agreement with UPS on the reimbursement for broken tubes and freight cost on replacement shipments until 24 good workable lights had been delivered. There was only 6 or 8 good tubes in that first box, I doubt UPS would eat that expense for long. I suspect UPS's margins are still thin, 1978, the year I worked for UPS was a contract year. UPS wined and dined us Big time, terminal manager always gave us a talk. He said that if "Every UPS employee company wide stayed on the clock 15 minutes longer per day UPS would operate in the RED." Gas was 65 to 70 cents/gallon, top pay for package car drivers was around $8.35/hr, My Dad was making about $9.00/hr delivering fuel via 18-wheelers to FS terminals all over eastern Iowa and NW Illinois. But the Teamster Master Freight Contract required Teamsters to make $9.29/hour.
  8. Ih gas v8 into 706

    Wow, what exactly started all those failures on the 7.3L PSD? Most of those things have nothing to do with each other. like glow plugs and turbo, and injectors, but the under valve cover wire harnesses run to both glow plugs and injectors. My '96 7.3 has 300,000 miles and has had one set of glow plugs, no injectors or injector o-rings, turbo is fine, pulls like new still. I wore out two 300-6's, a carb'd and EFI version, gutless wonders only useful in a light duty EMPTY pickup. My 300-6's got 12-14 mpg, 7.3L gets 18-19 mpg and tows more that the 6's could pull on three trailer loads To be honest, sounds like a repair shop had a bunch of new old stock 7.3L parts on the shelf and got rid of a bunch of slow moving inventory into your truck.
  9. Project truck for someone.

    Gas in-line 6 I bet. Wasn't there a 372? and 401?, smaller versions of the RD 450.
  10. Poor UPS service

    I really doubt it's union labor intentionally damaging your shipments. There was an episode of Modern Marvels I saw a couple years ago about package delivery that showed how a package moved thru a UPS hub. Might be something to contact your UPS salesman and request a tour of the closest big hub. A small terminal like I drove out of would be boring. At my last job I had a stamping supplier in the Philadelphia area that shipped parts in collapsable fiberglas pallet boxes, which are just about indestructable. But our Supplier Partner LTL trucking company managed to destroy several of them over about 2-3 years. I called the local terminal manager and had a "Come to Reality" conversation that I couldn't take ALL of his freight from my company away, but this nice long half way across the country haul would disappear next time they damaged a single pallet box. It turned out it was the mad-men non-union fork truck drivers transfering freight late at night from one trailer to another that damaged my stuff. My local terminal manager tossed his infuence around and demanded my freight NOT be transfered, that it had to be delivered to me on the same trailer it was picked up with. Never had a problem after that in 3 years. I had planned on using a contract truckload carrier with a regular Philly to Milwakee run to deliver my stuff if the LTL carrier screwed up again. The company I drove for was truckload carrier but they would never refuse anything from a single pallet to a single box.
  11. What to do with old tires ???

    $4/tire probably a fair price now. 11 years ago SON and Dad had two small pickup loads, S-10 and short box F-150 heaped full of car/pickup and front tractor tires recycled for $3/each. Was July, 19, 2005 a tire recycling plant in rural Watertown, WI caught on fire. I live about 30 miles west and worked 30 miles east of there. Saw the smoke for 3-4 days, took five days total to put out, 106 fire departments helped, 920 firemen. Yeah, don't burn them.
  12. Spit and quit on M

    It's amazing how used to electronic fuel injection we have become. Intake air temp, coolant temp, O2 sensors in the exhaust, automatic enrichment at cold start-up, knock sensors, All the bad habits cold carburated engines had have been cured so today's EFI engines start and can immediately take off and never stumble or misfire. I bet if I went out in the shop and started my M it would try to start on about the second revolution, but would cough and sputter and probably die twice, maybe 3 times and it would take 3-4 minutes of running with full choke until it would idle with no choke. Would take ten minutes until it would take off in gear without coughing & sputtering. Lotta cast iron in that engine to warm up. It really helps to COMPLETELY cover the grill, block off as much cold air from going thru the radiator as possible. But watch the temp guage, if you work it a little for more than 5-10 minutes it will get really warm. I've read the topics here where guys have ducted hot air into their air cleaners to prevent carb freeze-up. A shroud around the muffler/exhaust pipe with a hose or tube running back to the air cleaner inlet accomplishes the same thing the heat riser on old car/ truck V-8 engines had with the flexible tube running from the intake snorkle to the exhaust manifold. There was also an exhaust passage from one cylinder head into the intake manifold running under the carb and into the other exh. manifold, there was a thermostatic spring on a flapper valve at the outlet of one exh. manifold to make sure hot exhaust gases flowed properly. Your M has something similar, exhaust gasses heat a hot spot on the intake manifold but as GT&T said, as M became Super M, then 400-450 less heat added in return for cooler denser fuel-air mixture for more HP. Finally the 6-cylinder engines got heat risers similar to what a in-line 6 cylinder pickup engine would have. But I bet 90% of them are rusted solid by now. True story about cold weather driving! My Buddy at Farmall and I went from Moline to visit Elwood Mfg. one Saturday in January. Was about 10 below zero when we left Moline. We were in my '78 F-150 with 300-6 & 4-speed. I run up to 65 mph, national speed limit was 55 back then. I get up around Joliet and pull off of I-80 and when I pull up to stop sign at end of exit ramp the engine idles up at 2000-2400 rpm, still on the fast idle cam on the automatic choke, running way rich, getting about 7-8 mpg, not my normal 14-15. So, when I get home that night I plan on making some changes. I make a cover to keep the blast of below zero air off the thermostatic coil of the automatic choke, let some of the hot air off the exh. manifold circulate around it but not over-heat the carb in summer and cause vapor-loc. I also made a couple shields that kept air going thru the grill directed thru the radiator, both sides and bottom, normal radiator support worked on top. Also made a fan shroud, my truck just had a 4-blade fan bolted to the watetpump pulley, no thermostatic fan clutch, and the fan just hung out in the open. Fan shroud kept it cooler in summer. And I bought some black vinyl, or Naugahyde and some Velcro tape and measured up a winterfront and destroyed the wife's sewing machine sewing up double layers of vinyl making the winterfront. I did put a tank type block heater on it too, truck sat outside 24-7-365. Anyhow, truck would warm up sooner in winter, not over-heat in summer, the heater worked better. After a little practice I knew how far to open the winterfront to keep from running truck too hot or cold. I bought a factory-made winterfront for my '87 F-150, and of course I have one for my F-250 PSD. My wife's 2015 Edge has electrically operated computer controlled shutters like old 1950's & '60's vintage diesel trucks had, (shutter-stats?) to control under-hood temps year round and improve mpg by reducing wind resistance of the grill. Hey, in my opinion it's a $250 solution to a $10 problem. Had a guy at work about 1994 ask me why I had that "Thing" over the grill of my truck. I explained it all, his responce was, "I thought the grill did all that." Week or two later we had a cold spell, 25 to 30 Below at night, 20 below daytime highs. After 3-4 days I hear him talking about his Wife's minivan froze up the pvc valve and blew it out of the grommet in the valve cover and leaked over 2 quarts of oil out of the engine. The oily mess on the garage floor caused him to check under the hood. I shook my head and walked away. I've been a fan of Ice Road Truckers since season one, episode one, Huge Rowland's book describes the modifications they make to their trucks to keep them running reliably in 50 below temps where their lives depend on them. I've actually considered making some of those mods to my trucks.
  13. Project truck for someone.

    It's even a tandem!
  14. White 1200. 4x4

    PAUL - You driving that back home? That rear bumper looks exactly like the factory bumper on my '87 F-150. Little bubbling paint on the rear lower corner of the front fender exactly where Dad's '67 F-250 rusted out by 1971! Amazing how fast cars/trucks used to rust out. Nice looking old Binder! You don't see one that nice any more.
  15. IH Radio Conversion

    Bet I have the exact same radio! It was my BIG present on my 14th birthday, Mounted it on the '39 H then about 8 weeks later moved it to the Super H where it still lives. The original guts gave up on mine too years ago. I found a Sony AM/FM/cassette deck radio with a 50 watt booster and pair of co-axial speakers on clearance about 10-15 years ago for $50. I had to extend the length of the enclosure and get creative to squeeze the speakers in, and add a muffin fan to cool the amplifier so it wouldn't cut out anymore, but it works better now with a solid state electronicly tuned reciever than the Tenna ever did. Still the best tractor radios were the BIG square box Automatic radios. That's what Dad had, and several neighbors, they were the radios you could hear a mile away when you could barely hear the tractor. Yep, my Tractor was a WLS Larry LuJack Mobile Unit for his Dumb Animal Story of the Day.