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    7130MFD, 1660 Axial, 71 Loadstar, 59 B-110, R160 S160, Cockshutt 40 & 50 "The Merc"

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  1. Actually I am almost finished seeding as of today (99%) when I ran out of seed. Raining today so we needed a little shower to germinate the seeds in the dry spots. Re: one way diskers, I'll still say that the highest yielding crop of wheat I ever grew was planted with a Massey Ferguson 360 disker back in the 1980s. Maybe it was just a good year but that little field hit near 50 bushels per acre as I recall. Of course we did not have wheat midge, fusarium, assorted blights etc. to deal with back then. Now I consider 40 a good crop with the air seeder. Just for something completely different, here is an ad from 1948 for the famous "Radio Flyer" wagon. I don't recall what brand wagon I had as a kid and I literally wore it out to the point it was unrecognizable.
  2. If traffic is not too heavy I'd probably drive it 70 miles if I couldn't get a truck to do it. I pulled my 7721 home behind the magnum and it was about a 35 mile drive. It takes up most of the road but luckily I had almost all gravel roads with light traffic only.
  3. I actually only started seeding a week ago. Had to waste a week or so on last year's flax field. Less said about that, the better. Most guys have been going a couple of weeks and I guess are getting close to done. Only about 120 acres or so to go but it will take a while at my slow speeds. Got some good drone video of seeding and harrowing to post when I get around to it. We have come a ways from the days of seeding with Co-op (Cockshutt) 33 tillers like the one in this Co-op ad from 1948.
  4. You are right Anson and planters are running long days here this past week. Of course my little old 28 foot Bourgault is pretty insignificant working next to the 70 footers all around me. I have not even had time to fly the drone for business or pleasure. (The Merc either!) . Although my nephew did get some video of me at work with the air seeder today. I've got video to edit and upload when time permits but right now I need to get some sleep to be ready for another day in the Magnum. I'll just throw in a 1956 ad for one of our uniquely Canadian cars, the Meteor. No, its not a Mercury although many people confuse the names. The Meteor was just a Ford with grille and chrome changes to make it look a little different. The Mercury was more a "mini Lincoln" I think.
  5. About time I contributed something to this thread. 100 horsepower was a big tractor back in 1963. Just look at these big Minneapolis machines.
  6. JD corn head grease is wonderful stuff. I've used it in the steering gear boxes of some of my leaky old trucks and cars with success. Also used it in the transaxle on a JD lawn tractor years ago and its still working fine. I might try some in the gearbox on my NH 479 haybine as well.
  7. Maybe I should not even comment as I have no experience with "chips" other than the kind you eat. But I can't get over the idea that chipping an engine is short term gain for long term pain. Maybe like a shot of meth to keep yourself awake while driving all hours overtime?
  8. Yes, invented right here in Sask. by George Morris. Interesting timeline of the history here. I figured the latest models they built (HR 36) looked like an improvement but never got to own one. http://www.morris-industries.com/about/history/
  9. Morris sold thousands of rod weeders and I owned a couple. They were ok in low trash situations but fairly high maintenance with expensive boots wearing out as well as the chains inside. I've still got a 30 foot Morris in retired machinery row.
  10. No worries Gary. I've been "AWOL" quite a bit lately. Burning the candle both ends trying to catch up with spring planting etc. Good to see the thread is still active. I have nothing on topic tonight but here is a 1952 ad for our good old Mercury trucks.
  11. I recognize that combine ad. It might even be one I posted here some time ago as it sure looks like the Country Guide style ads. I also have one showing a very small self propelled IH combine with Wisconsin V4 power. This Lincoln welder ad shows one of their welders with a Wisconsin V4 under the hood in 1950. They were a popular choice for portable DC welders as I remember.
  12. If memory serves me only two of the men in that Ag Co-op are still living. https://www.nfb.ca/film/were_here_to_stay/ We used to see a few of these (and newer model) Fordson Majors which were a British import and fairly successful here I think
  13. I have an IH McCormick B 414. It is a "matchbox toy" that I got for Christmas many years ago. I don't know if any of the real ones made it here or not.
  14. Too much rain is as bad as not enough. Just a different set of problems. We have been dealing with too much for the last 7 years or so. After a low snow winter we thought this might be the dry spring we hoped for. The past couple of weeks have set us back to "too wet" again. I took some pictures yesterday showing some of the uneven water distribution on our land.
  15. I know that video and I know some of the guys that were in it as the location is not far from me. Wisconsin engines were the first choice for most of the early swathers sold here. As well as a few small combines such as the Case model A that my dad bought in the late 1940s. I don't think they sold many Field Marshall/Lanz type tractors around here. I do recall seeing a couple at a farm auction about 30 some years ago Here is another brand we never saw many of. A 1953 David Brown Cropmaster.