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  1. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Mules and tractors at cotton gin. Based on the sign on the pickup door-----I would think that picture was snapped at the King and Anderson operation near Clarksdale, Ms (Coahoma County) here in the Mississippi Delta. ****** Farmer 78 has a picture of an old threshing machine posted under topic: What is this? Looks similar to an old J.I. Case thresher I snapped pictures of locally some years ago. Take a look and give them some identification on it. DD
  2. New joke

    Women's logic----- Ray and Bob, two Government maintenance guys, were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. "We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole", said Bob, "But we don't have a ladder." The woman said, "Hand me that wrench out of your toolbox." She loosened a few bolts, then laid the pole down. She then took a tape measure from their toolbox, took a measurement and announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches" and walked away. Ray shook his head and laughed. "Well, ain't that just like a 'Miss-know-it-all' woman?" he said. "We need the height and she gives us the length!" Ray and Bob are still working for the Government. DD
  3. Red Power Round Up 2018

    Worth noting: Herb Willcut from Mississippi State is a recognized authority on old cotton pickers. Seems like somewhere High Cotton has stated that he new Herb Willcutt. I am going to make Herb aware of the dates on the Montgomery show. He may want to come take it in. The picker mounting illustration I posted above came from info provided to me by Herb Willcutt. Wealth of knowledge and good guy to go with it. DD
  4. Red Power Round Up 2018

    TwoStep--- High drum: 20 spindles per bar Low drum: 16 spindles per bar; and don't know how popular, but there were some ultra low drums with 10 spindles per bar (saw one mounted on a 'B' Farmall at the Ms Ag Museum) The high drums were more popular in the taller higher yielding cotton. High drums ran the bull gear drop box axles to elevate the tractor. Don't feel bad------I started to answer you and had to confirm the spindle count on the low drum with my 'cotton pickin' neighbor. Didn't want to put out any "fake news" here. Edit: further research reports some 18 bar high drum and 14 bar low drums based on a 2008 or 2009 thread here on RedPower. Am satisfied that the early one row high drums were 20 spindles. Randy (High Cotton) might need to confirm or correct me on the low drum being 16 spindles??? DD
  5. School Buses we Rode on as Kids

    Don't know if this was Ron Cook's old school bus or not--------------but it's an early 40's IHC 'K' series. (am thinking a K-6??) This old bus was pulled out of the weeds on a farm that I worked on (real estate) several years ago. It spent its last years hauling cotton choppers to and from the field---------and no doubt it was well used by the time it was parked. Don't know what make body this was------------but the side panels were aluminum. The scrap hauler cut the aluminum siding off to be sold separately. Prior to me starting to school----------I do remember seeing a few of the old wooden body buses running locally here. DD DD
  6. Red Power Round Up 2018

    re: mounting cotton picker to tractor The above illustration is of a high drum picker-------looks to be mounting onto an M. Basically the same process for mounting a low drum other than the mounting of the drop housings and tall front wheel fork for the higher clearance. With the picker hung/supported properly when dismounted--------the process was really that big of a job. I haven't seen the schedule------------but it "may be" that Randy is going to give a demonstration on mounting and dismounting a cotton picker to the tractor???? I won't be much help anymore-------but I could loan some wrenches!!!!! When the two row pickers came into play-----------the picker was a direct mount to the self propelled unit. Ya'll have a cotton pickin good time!!!! Delta Dirt Avon, Ms 38723
  7. The Sears Roebuck catalog

    I wuz thinking along the same lines. Have reviewed many an old Sears and Roebuck catalog in the "outhouse library" when down at my grandparents in south Mississippi. And------that wuz when you got your full money's worth from Sears and Roebuck!! Sounds like you had a great day of reminiscing 706-----thanks for rolling my old faded brain back a few years also. DD
  8. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Adolph Ronning was from Montevideo, Minnesota (born at Boyd)------far west of our friend Roger's location. But------it is obvious that there were at least two great mechanical minds that came from the state of Minnesota. Don't know what you might find by 'Googling' ol' Roger------but there is some interesting reading on Adolph Ronning. Well maybe three mechanical minds------isn't Dirt Boyz from Minnesota also??? DD
  9. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Fog, rain and the morning dew don't quite make the rust glisten like Ralph's ice---------but it will just have to do for now. Been along time since I heard the "bark" of a Farmall Regular. I probably won't live long enough to see or hear it either Gary. I do have an advertising DVD made from some black and white (no racial overtones insinuated) movie advertisements produced by IHC back in the mid 20s that show my uncle and one of my dad's friends cultivating cotton here locally. They were using the old "armstrong" power lifts------should have slept good at night. The DVD was sent to me by a friend of Mr. Ronning's daughter up in Minnesota. Ronning invented most of the early Farmall equipment that made the Regulars so popular. He also invented the "Roll-a-Matic" tricycle front end that John Deere hit a home run with. Ronning first offered it to IH----but got laughed at. The next door he knocked on was John Deere. Many thanks to my friends in Minnesota for the DVD--------sorry I don't have the know how to convert to a video link for posting. ****** Those 1943 Blue Ribbon Service pins are really unique. (there were some good guys manufactured in 1943) DD
  10. Life in Alaska

    "rivers are the true Alaskan trails" Good way of thinking about it. I am along the Mississippi River which has historically always been a major navigation/transportation artery for the nation (and still is a major transportation channel with heavy barge traffic). Back in the 1800's-----the Natchez Trace was started as a short cut land route between Nashville, Tn and Natchez, Ms. The route was travelled so much by foot, wagon, and horseback that you can still see the worn down original trail in certain places. The paved Natchez Trace is now a national parkway for automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle traffic------but no horses (even though horses are what developed the original trail). I met two horseback riders from up near Nashville when they passed by me on their way to Natchez back in 2016. They had planned to ride the Natchez Trace------but were not allowed to. They in turn-----travelled the much further old "river route" which brought them by me. One of the riders admitted that their friend Jack Daniels played a major role in planning their trip-------but Jack didn't say anything about horses not being allowed on the Trace!!!! Live and learn. Give us another few years and there will be more regulations. Enjoy the Alaskan frontier while it's available--------and keep us posted along the way. DD
  11. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    ropes (or reins??) And----I see a tall lever on the opposite side of the tractor (opposite the F in Farmall on fuel tank) and some more linkage down around clutch/bell housing area. Maybe a reverse action pull on clutch??? See pto shaft is connected. Lot going on in that picture that "could" go wrong. But-------that is how progress was made. (no pain-----no gain) Thanks to the old timers for bringing us forward. DD
  12. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    quote: "I've wondered how they controlled everything in this situation?" The famous horse Wrangler sez that it wuz much easier to control the horses with a simple command of: Gee; Haww; or Whoaa (to which the tractor never paid any attention). But the vertical exhaust as illustrated on the F-12 is what put his family out of business. (going on to state; if anyone had ever invented a vertical exhaust for mules and horses-----the tractor would not have been invented) ***** That would have to be an interesting set of controls. Both of those are good clear pictures for their time. DD
  13. Life in Alaska

    Along the same lines as my earlier question------does the Iditarod dog sled race follow a recognized trail------or, are they allowed to take cross country short cuts??? All interesting to an old codger from way down south. DD
  14. Life in Alaska

    Question: Is most of the snowmobile riding done on government lands. How do you differentiate gov't lands and private lands?? Needless to say we have little snow and no snowmobiles in Mississippi!! Scenic pictures-----sure looks cold!!! DD
  15. Grain bins are never permanent

    Think I will get the aeration floor pulled-----and go forward from there. The bottom ring is set in concrete which will have to be cut-----but do think I will need a sturdy framework for the door so to keep structure strength in place. I just saw a bin damaged from a windstorm on a farm I was inspecting recently------probably lucky it was empty when storm hit. Did not take roof off-----but put a big crunch in roof and the back side of bin. The strength of the bin is dependent on the circle being complete. Your wood shed looks good-----and you've got firewood on hand in case Mama throws you out of house!!! DD