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  1. I have heard a lot of the head issues with these tractors happen with the little valves that switch combustion chambers. Now that we have good quality heavy duty batteries they didn't have at the time would it be possible to switch it to a good 12V deep cycle battery and just start one on diesel? Might also have to beef up the starter but I don't think they were that high compression of a diesel that they should be impossible to start on diesel if you got one to spin?
  2. Thanks for the info, sounds like I am hoping the diesel can be saved because it sounds like you do need a lot of parts for the swap. I am thinking if I have to go to gas I will use the MD flywheel and starter and make up some mounts and fan spacer and mod the hood. Sounds like the least work or at least the option that requires the least amount of parts from a donor tractor. Thanks for all the help. Hopefully I can just save the diesel (or find a way to get a Cummins in it!)
  3. If I could find one for a decent price and figure out how to get it in there, that would be a sweet swap. I may keep that in mind and keep an eye out for one.
  4. I am going to pick up an MD, early next week. It is in "restorable" condition. Supposedly complete but the engine is seized hard; owner says it drug the back tires and wouldn't come loose. My hope is that it can be broken loose, honed, and be brought back to life. However, if the head turns out to be bad that will probably be tough to do without a huge bank account. So, if the engine ends up being a loss will a regular M engine bolt into an MD or do they have a different bell housing? I would hate to have the engine be bad and end up pretty much having to find another whole M worth of parts to swap the motor. Another option would be do the 2-71 GM swap but I'm not sure what all that takes and those engines probably aren't much easier to find than the IH diesel.
  5. I also now have a few Allis's in my collection, I grew up on a WD and now have one of my own and I agree they are a good tractor. I always thought they were comfortable and had nice features. I have quite a bit of respect for Allis equipment. I sure hope you were sarcastic about getting a 9N instead; I drove one of those for the first time this past week moving wagons and raking hay and the WD is so far superior its not even funny. Now having driven one I would say only get a 9N if you need to go really slow and like being very uncomfortable.
  6. Yep the Eagle Mine, it certainly won't cover all the jobs as they are already up and running and mostly staffed but like you say something is better than nothing. I'm not sure the total employment numbers but they are doing well; from what I hear pretty much paying for the operation with the extra minerals they find so the main Ni/Cu deposits that are the main target are mostly profit. Last time I heard they estimated it at a 10, up to 15 year project. May have gone down as they have gotten into the deposits. I know they were pursuing more ground adjacent to the mine to expand but were hitting some legal road blocks.
  7. It depends on the area. Where I grew up in the Eastern UP there is a nice black topsoil and a lot of thick clay; always lots of fun when it gets wet, the mud/clay will slick over a tractor tire nicely. A lot of other areas, especially towards the central UP where I live now there is a lot of sand. My last house I rented was in "Sands Township" which was well named; my lawn was pretty much dune grass! Area where we live now more in the woods is a lot nicer. Some areas are pretty much just solid rock in places, hence the reason our main industry is hard rock mining.
  8. Yeah, Cleveland Cliffs is looking to close it by the end of the year. I actually live about 4 miles from the Empire. We will take a bit of a hit to our local economy but luckily another mine recently opened in the area though you are right as the new one is not an iron mine.
  9. Interesting to see someone asking about lot of people aren't sure if we are even a part of the US! I was born in raised in the UP and on a farm for that matter. The main farming areas are in the Eastern UP and south-central. There is some corn and other crops but most of our farming up here is livestock and hay. There used to be quite a few dairy farms in the Eastern UP where I grew up (my dad being one of them) though most have gone to beef in that area as my parents did. There are still some dairy farms around though as there is Jilberts Dairy in Marquette that buys around the UP. The farm I grew up on is about 500 acres and is beef cattle and hay. We have some in our area that also do sheep and hogs as well as beef as well as quite a few that raise and/or board horses. As also said above our main industries have been and are mining and timber. There are a few old underground mines that you can still visit and do an underground tour. There is an iron mine near Iron Mountain MI and two copper mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula (aka the "copper country") that you can do underground tours: the Quincy Mine in Hancock and the Delaware Mine. And yes, while you are up there you can stop and get a drink at the Gay bar! We do have a few farm equipment dealers but a our biggest dealers (CAT, Komatsu, John Deere, and Case) are mainly construction, logging, and mining equipment. We definitely have a short growing season with plenty of cold and snow. With the cold winter last year we got our first permanent snow just before Halloween and the last ice was on the lake into June. Luckily this winter was pretty mild but we did get about a foot of snow one weekend the end of April and had a nice solid dusting that covered the lawn one morning in mid-May. My furnace will still kick on some nights lately to keep the house above 65 at night. (Hence the reason we are hay and livestock!)
  10. I have a 1947 Super A Industrial. I will try to get some pics up. I currently use it to plow snow; it got a cheap paint job and restoration about 15 years ago before I found out it was an Industrial and rare. It has some seal leaks now so I hope to get the plow on another of my tractors and give it a well deserved retirement and proper restoration and paint job. I always liked it for raking hay in the tight fields because it has the foot throttle.
  11. Thanks for that link; that is by far the best price I have seen. Most new pumps are about $450. I may go that route with my Super A soon. I patched up the pump on mine but the shaft was worn and I had to speedy sleeve it and hone out the housing best I could so it is still kinda leaky.
  12. From what I can see you do indeed have a 1937.
  13. I have heard the old JD's foul plugs unless they are worked and blown out every now and then but that is true for all old tractors. My Super A has the same plugs I put in it 11 years ago when it was restored and it still has the magneto since I use it to plow snow and give it a decent workout.
  14. That should be a cheap one to pick up! With H's selling for $40,000 the sky is the limit here.
  15. I think the closest Deere ever came to a demonstrator series was the patio garden tractors trying to get new customers but they could be bought that way so really more of a "special edition" than for demonstrations. Kinda the same idea though; grab attention and bring in new customers to a tractor line.