DOCTOR EVIL

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  1. Hope my flags annoyed my deere neighbours

    I love the frt weights! Back in the 1990's when SON and I were racing gas R/C cars & trucks hot and heavy one of our buddy's we competed against the hardest was super-glueing weights all over the front of his truck to allow turning under power. I made up a couple suitcase weights from 1/4 inch scrap steel about an inch by 1-1/2 inch. Quick spray of red paint and when he was away from his pit those two weights appeared on his front bumper! He knew exactly who did it. Your Mom's golf cart looks neat!
  2. Who Still has Silos Around the Yard.

    Month ago we went to my Brother-in-law's farm. The 16 x 40 concrete stave silo that was last filled sometime in the middle 1960's is still standing, looks in good shape actually. My Brother-in-law and Nephew might even decide to fill it again since they started feeding cattle again, got a Cow and her calf, and a steer. If it was me I'd feed them ground earcorn but his picker was scrapped about 50+ years ago. He still has the tractor the picker was mounted on. I'd get a New Idea 2-row pull picker and open up the fields with his combine. The last time they filled that silo it was a whole neighborhood project. Neighbor a mile north brought his 560 and chopper and a chopper wagon or two, Dad took the M down to run the blower. Brother-in-law's Dad had a 630, 720, and WD-45. Think he hauled in with the WD. Not so sure this "Retro-Ag" thing will catch on. Sounds like a lot of work.
  3. Towing Farmall M?

    I Flat towed my M to Red Power Round Up in Madison in 2009. Ran it about 5-6 miles to a parking lot on the edge of town, hooked it up and towed it on back roads right up to the show grounds. Wasn't bad on the way to the show, but absolutely amazed that I had no irrate motorists flipping me off towing the whole way home. Only went 15-20 mph on 30-35 mph streets. I had SMV emblem, and stop lights and turn signals mounted on the back of the tractor. Tow bar complete with safety chain. My tow truck is bigger than yours, F-250 4wd diesel, but any half ton should flat tow an M fine. I towed it 200 miles home back in 2006 on a tandem trailer with the same truck, sometimes 70-75 mph. Local hardware store rents 12,500# bumper pull Corn Pro trailers to haul the skid steers they rent.
  4. One of each series

    He needs a Super M too.
  5. greenie weenie quadtrac question

    I remember that nonsense they said about the largest casting made. What a bunch of bull! Years ago I visited what was Cincinati Milacron's foundry, called Cast-Fab Technologies. They had a huge pit you could park 3-4 semi's in that were used to pour cast machine base castings. I bet they weighted more than the whole Deeere tractor weighs! Anyhow, that foundry was closed and all assets auctioned off exactly a year ago. Elyria and Hodge Foundry took over all their work. Hodge uses pit mold forming, meaning molds are assembled in huge sand filled pits, castings up to 200,000 pounds are poured, left to cool and solidify a week or two, then the sand is dug out and casting removed. Their big pit would hold All the Quad-Trac clones Deere makes in a day, maybe two days. Don't really know for sure, nobody can tell me how many they build a day, week, month. Deere spent a L-O-T of money on their foundry in Waterloo 30 years ago, afterwards it was state of the art back then, they farmed all their work out to dozens of iron foundries while they rebuilt their foundry, then brought it all the work back in-house. I've been away from gray and ductile iron foundries for a long time, I hope they have updated things 2-3 times since then. Back around 1983 I delivered a load of blasting shot to Cat's big foundry in Morton, Illinois. They had engine blocks the size of my semi-tractor sitting around waiting their turn for a little more grinding to ship to Lafeyette, Indiana. I really doubt Deere can make anything that big.
  6. Pictures can be decieving but it sure looks nicer than $13,000. And have agree on the 4586 too, if it ran and moved it was worth more than $7000. I've never seen a loader on an Allis G, quite the little loader, self leveling bucket and all.
  7. Medium Duty + Goosneck or Day Cab + Lowboy?

    Get what you need to haul your tractor and equipment, and your hay. 3/4 or 1 ton truck and a gooseneck. Getting a single axle and a flat bed trailer of some type gets into too much red tape. And forget about trying to drive occasionally and make money. Company I drove for had over a dozen guys spotting trailers all over the Quad-Cities and struggled to break even. Plus they had 8-10 guys in company owned trucks either day tripping 5-6 days a week or driving long haul out for 2-3 weeks at a time. Then they had 25-30 owner-operators leased on, and they more often than not made LESS than I did day tripping from Davenport, Iowa to Chicago five times a week. Look at a truck/trailer as a convenience to do Your work. Use lack of insurance as an excuse to get out of loaning truck/trailer to friends & neighbors. No matter how big or how new a truck/trailer you buy, it will be too little, broke down, or busy doing something else when a paying job comes up.
  8. greenie weenie quadtrac question

    It starts with a Quad, then comes a combine, or in this case a six pak of combines, then the seeding equipment, then the smaller tractors. This isn't the first time we've heard of red tractors burning less fuel than green tractors here on this forum. The best way to see used red equipment on the lot of a green dealer is when Deere starts paying a bounty on trade-ins.
  9. greenie weenie quadtrac question

    Deere made 1.524 BILLION, with a B, Dollars in Profit in 2016. Yes, they probably only spend a Million Bucks a month on R&D. Which isn't even a drop in the bucket. NET Sales for 2016 was 26.664 BILLION DOLLARS in 2016. Good companies should invest 1 to 2% of sales back into new product developement depending on the industry they serve. I couldn't find any comments in year end or quarterly reports about Deere's engineering expenses, but a Million Bucks seems like a lot, but really really isn't. And I doubt Deere spends anywhere close to 1% of sales on R&D. Companies like Apple should spend 7% of sales on R&D according to one source I saw. And sadly, Deere did work on a rotary combine back in the 1950's, maybe early '60's, but couldn't get it to work. So about 1977 New Holland put a rotary in the market, '78 IH did too, not sure when Gleaner, et all followed. So many many more things I could say about Johnny Deere. And not any of them complimentary.
  10. 80s Ford truck powertrain question.

    I'd have to check my 1987 Helms manuals to be sure but I think the BW 1345 t-case was only used on half tons, 3/4 and 1 tons used BW 1356. My '87 F-150 had NP-435 & 1345, friends '88 F-250 diesel had the S5-420 ZF. I think the trans was different between 2wd & 4wd. Not a fan of the NP-435 at all. ZF 5-spd is the best shifting manual trans I've ever had the pleasure of using, durable too. I've put 50% more miles on my ZF than I put on both my NP-435's COMBINED and both NP-435's had issues and ZF still shifts like new. I'd definitly lean towards putting the ZF-5 spd and heavier t-case in a 1-ton.
  11. Even NASCAR likes 1206s

    Son and I went to a couple World Ford Challenges at that race complex, drag strip and 1-1/2 mile paved oval. Easy to get to off I-80, lots and lots of parking. Just a couple miles south of "The Iron Bridge". After two years the WFC moved to St. Louis Speedway in Madison, Ill. Went there a couple years too. Can be to Joliet in about 3 hours, more like 6-7 to St. Louis. Remember leaving St. Louis one night about 6 PM. Son says, "You get tired I'll drive". Yeah, right, he fell asleep in 10 minutes. Had to wake him up when we got home. I tried sleeping, couldn't, showered, changed clothes and went to work. Was a l-o-n-g day!
  12. Question for overseas folks on your metric sockets

    In the 1960's we pretty much ignorred it, they taught us about it, millimeters, meters, kilometers, etc, but it wasn't until the 1970's when the panic hit that only the US of A and two small third world countries still officially used the inch, foot, yard, mile measuring system. 40-45 years later and we still have trouble switching from metric to imperial system.
  13. Sept/Oct 1975

    BIBS! Dad always wore bibs. Guess he liked all the pockets. I wore them till I started school. Nobody wore bibs to school. Wish we had taken more farm action shots back then.
  14. '88 2275

    I remember Mr. Goodwrench complaining in 1982 that the radiators in 2-3 year old trucks were falling apart. Real good chance that truck has had at least one or two radiators already.
  15. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    No, I don't think so. My guess is the WD-9 was pulling the R sliding the tires. A Good Super M would outpull the R Dad had. No matter what you were pulling you were half a gear or more slower than a comparable IH. I don't think they put tires that big on an R anyhow, I'd guess it's an 80. I still cringe when I hear those 2-cylinder tractors running, especially diesels. And why do some guys think putting a straight pipe on them is cool. They must be totally deaf. Idiots! Yes, both my Farmalls have 2-1/2 inch by 2 ft long stainless steel straight pipes, and for idling around at Zero load they are fine but I still couldn't hear them over a 2 cylinder Deere unless the Deere was shut off. If either of my Farmalls went to a plow day it would have one of Bermuda Ken's stainless steel oem mufflers on it. And if something came up quick I have Stanley mufflers for both of them now that I hate.
  16. IH 544 special/2544

    I had a brochure of the F460 vintage too. Mine had the F340 in it too. Those mowing tractors would have been great with the hydro transmission. Just put Cub Cadet decals on it!
  17. Anyone else working on theirs?

    Ouch! on the No insurance. My brother-in-law had 40 acres of beans he got 100% loss on 3-4 years ago. He has two old 6620 combines, one for beans, other for corn. He'd make several rounds when he had time, get most of a tank of beans. Couple days and he had them all combined. The beans he got plus the check he made out O-K. Cousin did the same thing 20-25 years ago, got 90% loss and the beans still went 15 BPA.
  18. Mileage mystery

    Diesel tanks used to be Terne plated, a 10 to 20% tin, balance lead coating. But in 2012 they made tanks with 50-50 tin-Zinc, which is O-K for gasoline, Very bad for diesel. But the gov't wanted the lead out. Now today, Terne coated sheet is Stainless steel with tin electro-plate. Which would be great for fuel tanks. I haven't shopped for a fuel tank since about 2005 or 2006, not sure what they're making them from now. Far as telling IF and What plating is inside a fuel tank, With the tank as empty as you can get it light up the inside with a flashlight, lead has more of a solid gray color, zinc more of a bright silver color, and depending on how thick it was plated and how it was plated can have a mottled appearance. When I bought the replacement fuel tank for my truck I asked the guy behind the parts counter 3-4 times Was He sure it was a diesel tank. He said it was.
  19. Mileage mystery

    TOMH - You did exactly what I did. Those PSD's are so consistent on mpg all things being equal. My truck is 3.55 gears so I get 18-1/2 to 19 mpg. Depends how much I draft semi's. When I replaced my back fuel tank years ago because it rusted out where it sat on the skid plate I figured the new thank would hold less fuel. My Ford store made me a good deal on the new tank, and it was the exact same 20-1/4 gallons as the old tank. I keep expecting the new tank to start leaking, it's twice as old as the original tank was when it started leaking. Supposedly the Bronco tank adds lots of extra gallons, but diesel tanks have a different plating inside the tank than gas tanks, and Bronco tanks are all gas tanks. The zinc in gas tanks are death to diesel injectors. I think we will find something totally unrelated to the engine causing the mpg change on this truck. A dragging brake, or something similar.
  20. Professional restoration

    I 've always been impressed with Pilot Knob Restorations in Galena, Il. They always had an ad in the magazine but I couldn't find it in the last two issues. They have been discussed here a couple times. I have had no personal dealings with them, just going by comments here. phone 815-777-0826. I would NOT recommend the guy who repainted Dad's M. Supposedly it was not his Show Tractor level of work, but still cost about what Dad paid for the tractor brand new in 1951. It's a "Five Foot Paint Job", closer than that the runs & sags and defects in the cheap decals are too apparent.
  21. Hydro 86

    There's a big oil to air cooler up in front of the radiator, but no place where the transmission & final drive oil could get contaminated with water. Must be condensation.
  22. Does IH 901 paint come in a spray can

    I had a Cub Cadet I was restoring that needed 901 white for the hood & wheels. My favorite automotive paint store didn't have a recipe for it so we had to pick out the white we wanted from about 10,000 shades in their white color book. It wasn't truely correct, but looks nice. It's the white the hood stripes were painted on 2005 Ford Mustang GT's. Your choice of color may vary. A quart of base coat/clear coat color paint cost almost as much as the Cub Cadet cost back in 1963! Then there was the clear coat and hardener. I painted the wheels 935. From a distance even in bright sunlight you can't tell the difference in the shade of white.
  23. Mileage mystery

    I think it's just the way your gas gage is registering. Your really more than half empty at 180 miles, could probably get 12 gallons in. An electrical engineer that worked for Ford designing gages used to post frequently on The Diesel Stop forum. He explained how sales wanted the gages to read. Basically made them warning lights. Oil presure and temp gages most inaccurate followed by fuel gage, then volts. My '96 F-250 has dual fuel tanks. Manual says 34 gallon capacity, 16 gal rear, 18 gallon front. I have put over 40 gallon in many times. 20-1/4 rear and 24-1/4 front. When I top up the tanks I can drive 100 miles Before the needle comes down to the full mark. Then depending on if it's frt or rear tank, another 300 to 350 miles I have to switch to other tank. SO, That's whats going on, your over-filling the tank.
  24. Quest is over, 6*88 2+2 showed up

    When we first moved into this house 20+ years ago every fall I'd get to fall to sleep to the sounds of a DT-466 screaming in a 3588 chisel plowing a couple nights in a row. Neighbor's tenant was ALL red, still is. Back then M, 300, 706, 966, 1486, and 3588. Had a New Holland combine back then, now has 1666, and still has the 1466 & MX-200 & MX-210, CIH995 utility. Nothing brought a smile to my face like that DT-466 SCREAMING in the distance. Keep us posted if you get it fixed and find something to do with it. Sounds like a great project!
  25. 414 on 3088

    Assemblers at Farmall did it on the Prototype 3088. Think the D-358 ended up in the 5288 protorype. Not one of Farmall's prouder days.