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  1. Planters Equipment would have been the I-H dealer in Cleveland at that time. Case and J-D had a strong presence in Cleveland through private dealers also-----and M-F was a company store operation. L-P became popular here in the Delta in the very early '50s for farm use due to it not being quite as vulnerable to the siphon hose. Clean burning fuel and longer engine life was just a plus factor that got thrown in after the fact. I can remember my dad buying L-P for $.03/gallon in transport lots in the very early 1950's. I think that basically paid the freight from Eldorado, Arkansas-----where the refineries otherwise burned it off at the time. ******* Lots of L-P burners out in west Texas also. (my name is Anson-----why I commented on picking up a discount on the Ford located in Anson, Texas) DD
  2. TwoStep--- May be that I could get a special discount on the Ford 6000 LP located at Anson, Texas??? I would say that tractor is somewhat rare---------even though not that desireable (in my mind)??? Used to see an ocassional 6000 diesel over this way back in the 60's------but don't ever remember ever seeing a LP 6000. LP was a popular fuel here in the Delta for years. DD
  3. quote: "are any of us real sure" That's a good one Mikem!!!! ****** Reminded me of an ongoing "family conflict" on a land transaction I was working on a number of years ago. All parties were real close friends of mine. A nephew was sorta trying to nudge the adopted son out of the farm picture. Nephew made the statement to me that the adopted son was not really a member of the X family. I immediately replied that the adopted son was probably the only one with certified and recorded papers at the courthouse stating that he was a member of the X family---------and that it may be that all others would need to take a DNA test to prove their bloodlines!!! (Hmmmm-----sorta brought that conversation to a close) ******* So--------I will say that "reportedly", I am from English descent on both sides of my family tree. Father's side settled in New England in early 1600's----------mother's side into Georgia or southeastern coastal area at an unknown date (maybe exiled from England??)------they were in south Mississippi by 1801. Reckon-----I must still be sorta of a half-breed; with folks fighting on both sides of the Civil War. Proud to be a Mississipian------with some scrap iron and Delta Dirt running in my blood. I am just me------no control over my ancestors; and for damm sure no control over children, grandchildren, etc.!!! DD
  4. Thanks for the reminder and acknowledgement of such a great accomplishment TwoStep. "One huge step for man------one GIANT STEP FOR MANKIND" -------that might not be the exact wording???? And-----------we were fortunate enough to watch it on black and white TV!!!! In today's high tech and fast moving world-----I reckon landing and walking on the Moon is "old hat". Sure impressed the he!l out of me. DD
  5. Squares-----from which bloom forms Yellow Blooms-----1st day Red Bloom-----2nd day; then dries and falls off to form: small Boll; boll will continue to grow and produce cotton lint interwined with seed (known as seed cotton) at plant maturity. Predominantly, bolls will form 4 locks (segments)------while some form 5 locks (similar to kernal rows on corn on a large ear------or additional beans in a soybean pod) Hammer & Son Farms will have cotton to pick sometime this fall-----looks good. ******* Cotton picker pulls the fluffed seed cotton from the dried locks (hull/husks) of the mature plant. The cotton gin then separates the lint, seed and trash. Cotton stripper strips fluffed seed cotton (including most dried locks/hulls, leaves, limbs, etc from the stalk. DD
  6. Even the tires look good on the old moving van truck. Might be enough room to load an AutoWagon in the rear???--------and we could take our time motoring down the highway. We could change the sign on the moving van to read: "Two old codgers------and an Old Truck" Nobody would suspect what we were hauling. ******** Always wanted one of the old hub caps with the triple diamond design on them. DD
  7. Colorful photos Fred B. Good looking Milo and I see some good looking Cotton behind the grain cart. You boys down in south Texas are always considerably ahead of us timewise up here in the Delta. Early corn is beginning to mature here now. Soybeans and corn look good. We have several Mexican truckers that sometimes haul grain for our farm tenant that have told me about working their way north from the Valley-----including hauling Milo in the Robstown area. Keep on rolling---------looks good. DD
  8. Been thinking along the lines of the accumulator tank also--------mounting it directly in front of the valve;-----so to get the "dump effect" when the valve is cracked/opened. I've got a 30 lb freon tank that I might try---------would be light enough to move around with the whistle. Who knows the psi rating on a freon tank------I have seen them used for portable air tanks. DD
  9. Looking on Lowe's site-------I see various shop vacs with air flows in 115----150 CFM-------and sealed pressure ranges of 46-----50 psi. Pressure is approximately what I feel like mine is blowing. Roger told me several years ago that I needed a high volume most likely in the 50+/- psi range. All of my research is via the "redneck method" (trial and error)---------damm sure don't have any scientific or mathmatical equations to work from!!!! Would think requirements vary based on design/size of the whistle?? Will post up the results once the test is performed. 'Course----------I do have access to a high volume/high pressure source from the L-P tank on the F700 watermelon truck. Lots of air horns have been blown off of propane in the past. Al Gore somewhat frowned on the idea though. DD
  10. Don't know how much pressure is created with the leaf blower/shop vac. I have a shop vac that puts out a tremendous volume------and seems like decent pressure. I use it to blow out shop floor------(not near as often as needed). Also have a gas driven (back pack) Stihl blower with misting attachment (for mosquitos)-------high volume, but not much pressure. "One of these days"--------I am gonna try the shop vac blower on the whistle. Would take very little effort to try it as a direct connection. If it would blow the "whustle"---------maybe I would clean up the shop on a more regular basis. If using on a regular basis-------would need to devise a relief valve or pressure switch so that valve to whistle could be opened/closed. Piping from my air compressor is just 3/8". Compressor is old------not pumping the volume that it once did. That's a neat set up you've got on your whistles. ******* What year model do you figure the moving van truck is???? Neat old truck. DD
  11. I believe the Austraila seeding picture is what the old timers called: "hitting the bull in the a$$ with a big axe!!!" ******* Somewhere in googling air whistles------I saw mention of utilizing a leaf blower for a high volume air supply on a larger whistle. Might be worth toying with Hammer---------seems that you would need a relief valve for when the valve is closed on the whistle. One of these days????--------I will get back to tinkering on my "whustle" project-------maybe use the combination blower motor off of my shop vac. Sure wouldn't take much to test air supply. WHOOOOO-------Whooo---------whoo!! DD
  12. Popular in the rice fields also------- DD
  13. Extremely relaxing video posted posted by ART---------relating to Charlie Russell's art. and-- Extremely interesting video on the "20 mule team" wagons posted by Kevin. Those wagons are much larger than I ever imagined------and I see they had a brakeman on each wagon. Never have seen a mule "jump the chain" before. These were empty wagons------wonder what the old wagons weighed when loaded??? DD
  14. Somebody will come along with better details------been along time since I adjusted clutch on my old TD-14. (should be same as TD-9) You will need to: 1. remove the circular floor plate section for access to clutch 2. rotate clutch until you see a small lock lug (with cap screw)-----remove cap screw and lug 3. rotate the clutch plate clockwise until the clutch lever requires a slight effort to lock over center--------the clutch plate hub is threaded-------in effect you will be screwing it forward. (may need to apply some penetrating oil to the threaded hub threads) As long as you can snap the clutch lever forward and back from the seat-----you will not be too tight. 4. reinstall lock lug------and you should be good to go Hoping this gives you some help------it is nothing complicated. I would not continue to operate with clutch slipping------or you will be looking at more serious repairs. Good luck--- DD
  15. Well-------we are back on another good subject (wagon trains, bull whackers and mule skinners). Looking at the pictures and thinking about the steep grades. (if you go uphill-----most likely you are gonna go down the otherside. Wagon brakes------did they operate brakes on more than the lead wagon???? If so-------how did they activate them??? Maybe some sort of inertia device??? Just wundering again------it can be dangerous when an old red-neck starts wundering!! DD