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  1. 33 points
  2. While I love all my IH tractors on the farm, this one is my favorite. Her name is Bobbi Ann and she has been with us for 27 years. And yes all of our tractors have names, and they are all girls. How about y'all? Which one on your farm is your favorite IH?
    33 points
  3. Dad went to a tractor reduction auction at friend's in Kansas in 1996. He had heard there was a low hour 806 there, and our original 806 had many hours on it. First purchase was an 806 Wheatland that "was going too cheap". Then he got the Farmall 806 he wanted. He called me that evening wondering if I was interested in a 1456 for $6000. It didn't bring that in the sale so it was pulled. Well, yeah. Trucking added $1200 per tractor. This is what arrived a few weeks later after trucking was arranged. Truck driver said he got lots of thumbs up while coming cross country. Understandable. I still have the 1456 and Wheatland. My brother has the Farmall 806.
    31 points
  4. Been in the family since new. 1978, 1086, 20.8’s and 4275hrs
    25 points
  5. Spent 3 days last week over the Shipshewana IN at the Midwest winter nationals tractor pulling. I wandered around the pits Thursday and took pics of most of the red tractors I cam across. The tractors in the pits were constantly changing as classes changed. Sure were some awful nice tractors. If ya got any questions ask. Mine is the black tractor named Ruthless.
    24 points
  6. And throwing the negatives away... This little buttercup came into my life 2 months ago. Just the boost I needed. May I introduce Miss Vivi. (I call her Gizmo which ****** off my gdaughter and stepdaughter) But I couldn't care less. My first great grandchild. Unexpectedly conceived into a volatile household. My quest is to diffuse the dysfunctional parents and gmother and get the mother and child safely residing in this house. I'm up for it. We'll see if the competition is. What a beautiful child!!!
    24 points
  7. When Billy Graham was 87 he told his chauffer, "you know I have never driven a limo, would you mind"? Not at all sir. So Billy gets behind the wheel and heads down the road. It wasn't long before he drives through a speed trap set up by a young trooper on his first day on the job. The trooper has no trouble pulling over the limo and taps on the glass. When he sees who is driving he says "I'm very sorry sir, please carry on" After his shift he tells his supervisor that he stopped a very important person today for going 70 in a 55, was it ok that he did not ticket him. Was it the Governor asked the super? No, more important than that. The President? No, more important than that. Well who then son? It must must have been Jesus because he had Billy Graham for a chauffer........😉 😄
    23 points
  8. Does 1/2 scale count.....🙂
    22 points
  9. Lots of great tractors! I love it! Many of you have said it's hard to choose just one, I kinda have the same thing, depends on what your doing. I have all but one of my dads tractors which is special as well, including the only one he bought new (Genie) one of our 1486's. Really love Genie, Jamie, Lulu, Ethel, Cruella, Ruthie, Priscilla, Joanie, Scotti Ann, Terri Lynn, Holly Jo and Patsy but Bobbi Ann is still the favorite.
    20 points
  10. I saw some many odd things in my parts career. One of the oddest things happened one day when a guy came to the counter and handed me a couple steel balls and wanted 8 like it. I kept a large selection of steel balls from IH ranging from 1/16" up to 1". These were an odd size. I asked what he was working on. Out of his pocket he pulls out the inner and outer races of a ball bearing. The bearing went out, balls fell out and he thought he could put new balls back in it. Now that's a real man I kept a box of those flip clips on the counter. I ordered them from CIH as they were made in the USA and boy did they have a strong ring. For fun when I put them in the box I would open them all up. Farmers like to play with things by the counter when waiting. I can't tell you how many times I would hear OUCH. Cheap entertainment.
    20 points
  11. Built a entrance a couple of weeks ago. Got to install it today.
    20 points
  12. Even though I’m retired now and this tractor is now a trailer queen, not the same tractor but the one we farmed with in the early 70s was and will always be the best tractor ever owned. I ran the snot out of it back in the day and loved every minute of it.
    19 points
  13. Doesn’t have a name but by far my favorite on our farm. 1967 1256. My grandfather and great uncle bought new in 69. S/N 7559. It’ll be the next one to be restored.
    19 points
  14. A true shade tree mechanic brings his shade with him... lol. Did aittle trading and will bring home this 72 1310 sometime. Has a 345 and 5speed. Was bought new by an AC dealer.
    19 points
  15. Our daughter Charleigh was baptized today, it was a very special day for us here. My wife grew up in an episcopal church, and I rather like it, i grew up in a Congregational church, also nice but I kinda like this better. We are going to try to be better about regular attendance going forward. we wanted to do it sooner but we’re waiting to get all the grandparents in the same state. seen here with my wife and i and her Godparents, Greg has been so excited all this time referring to himself as “The Godfather” (he is a fan) during the sermon the minister talked about the movie, and the final scene of the simultaneous baptism and ordered hits, about the contrasting lives and how they couldn’t truly be lived together, one must be given up before the other could be lived. It was a paradoxical sort of message, in any event I think Greg might be attending more too, if we are going to review more cult classics😂 had a nice lunch at my folks house afterwards, was fairly low key.
    19 points
  16. Very tough question… The 1466 grand dad bought new My dads pride and joy, his 1206 The pullers. I do like BS open station 10’s So many choices!
    18 points
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  19. My favorite machine overall is my 666 diesel, known as "Lucy". My favorite tractor that sees active farm use is my 1206. Referred to as "The 12" . I love this idea for a thread!
    18 points
  20. Just finished this old Y-Block. managed to squeeze 400 HP out of it
    17 points
  21. To answer your first question: We will probably just fuel our tractors (and maybe our trucks) out of the bulk tanks we all have at our farms. We will plow or blow snow with our trucks, our tractors, our Cub Cadets, and if it gets bad enough, with our bulldozers. Not just our roads and drives either. We'll make sure our neighbors can get out, and if they can't, we'll take them what they need. Out here, we take care of each other. And to answer the questions you didn't ask - if the electricity goes out for an extended time, like it used to all the time in East TN in the winter, we'll heat and cook with our wood stoves, or with the gas from our wells and local utilities. We'll open canned food from the basement or pantry, we'll pull some meat from our calf out of the freezer, or we'll just eat pinto beans and cornbread for days on end if we have to. And in addition to that, we'll go to work. Half the people on here you're talking to work for local utilities or county road depts, or law enforcement, or they serve on rural fire departments and rescue squads. Son, these folks ARE the emergency services where they live. And if you need help, we'll help you too. Because that's what we do. Even though we don't agree with you, we'll still help you when the time comes. Now one other thing. Respectfully - you've stated what you believe about electric vehicles. The folks on here have mostly disagreed (respectfully, for the most part) and told you their perspective. We all know where you stand, and why. You should know where we stand, and our reasons why. Now when I was coming up, I was taught that it was fine to respectfully disagree with someone about an issue. But once you both know where each other stands, to continue to bring up an issue on which you know you disagree is considered rude. And un-neighborly. I just wanted to let you know how we might perceive this (continually bringing up the EV thing), because I'm sure you don't intentionally mean to be rude and un-neighborly in our little community here.
    17 points
  22. So I've wanted one since I first saw them in a magazine back in 4th grade. Colt started production again recently and I picked up a new one. It's the only one I've ever held. Shoot it or not?
    17 points
  23. Mine was 17 years old when I got it. 76 now. Maybe not as efficient anymore but still works.
    17 points
  24. No favorites other than whatever is running at the time getting the job done. They all bring the same smile to my face.
    16 points
  25. No favorites here. They all just get slightly different love and respect for the things they do slightly better than the others. Even if it’s just as simple as one has bigger tires or is set narrower than the other. Deeper snow or mud, you take the 14 on 20.8’ over the one on 18.4’s, etc. No names either, other than the “New 10” (newest to us….better than ten years ago….with 1500 hr) (making it the “newest” tractor hour wise actually) Practically new…76 style. Oh and we do have “The Maxwell”, third one of the same name, as Maxxum was read off the hood by a guy that worked for us for a long time that had a slight bit of difficulty with reading comprehension.
    16 points
  26. We had been busy up till last week with farm stuff and getting Ruthless ready to go to the Midwest Winter Nationals. With that over I have my next project in the shop. 1973 966 factory nf. Pretty straight but it has a lot of hours on it. Getting it cleaned up and did some repairs on the wiring yesterday. Got some tax paperwork and corn to haul but I will keep working on it as much as I can this week. This is my happy place!
    16 points
  27. Let's test this pc on its photo sharing capabilities.... Direct from MY Hinsdale photo file.....the IH 1266. (in COLOR too!!!)
    16 points
  28. To make 2023 a fun and enjoyable experience, I thought maybe I would bring this idea back. To start off week one, how about the International/ Farmall 140. Here's mine:
    16 points
  29. got low hours kinda but they sure look to be the tires it came from Rock Island with. The first set of radials I saw was a brand new 1086 we sold new back n the late summer of 1979 and I remember that farmer saying how unbelieveable those radials were to plow with and that tractor looks as good today as it did the day he picked it up at our the dealership
    15 points
  30. I've never named any of ours, my favorite IH is hard to narrow down, probably my 856 because a 407 just sounds awesome.
    15 points
  31. posting for a friend
    15 points
  32. Was back at my home town blacksmith/welding shop this morning to get some steel for a project and they were pounding out bat wing blades with the forge and trip hammer (both line shaft powered). I knew several of you would appreciate it so I snapped a couple quick photos.
    15 points
  33. Trying to see if my youtube video works. Opening up a path through the home meadow to get to the county road with the old 966 and dozer blade
    15 points
  34. Couple I might order
    15 points
  35. I am so ready to kick 2022 in the rear and send it down the road! See if 2023 is a better one. I first want to say that that this Community of great people has helped me through some tough times and for that I am eternally grateful. I know this post may sound like I am whining or feeling sorry for myself. That is not my intention at all. I just wanted to share some things that I have mostly kept to myself and now I am ready to vent and move on! Springtime started with much optimism and excitement for me as I took over operations of the family farm from my father. Then shortly after Easter, the skies went dark. Dad had a mild stroke that left him lacking in dexterity in his right arm. We were thankful it was not worse and his recovery was going well. But, I was now alone to complete the spring fieldwork. Stress started to build. A few days after Dad's stroke, my wife of seven years abruptly moved out and filed for divorce. (Long story. Great woman with mental issues she refuses to deal with.) So, add heartbreak to my mental health. Then said goodbye to a co worker who passed the first of the year. Great guy. Still miss him.... Tragedy struck my brother in law next. A severe shoulder injury that caused permanent nerve damage. Led to him losing his job and now pursuing disability. He is a hands on guy, so he was depressed. Spent time with him as often as I can. My parents contacted covid and we nearly lost Dad. Amazing he survived. However, his right arm suffered and he had to start over to regain dexterity..... Fall brought the unexpected death of both of my Mother's sisters in 2 days. Mom was ill and missed both funerals. Then we lost a second co worker to a heart attack early one morning. Another cold funeral on a hill.... Dad and I decided to hire the neighbors to harvest our crops and haul them to town. That was a hard decision, but made me relax with that stress gone! So, so long and good riddance to 2022. With hope and optimism, I will ring in 2023 this evening. Join with me tonight to welcome in 2023. It has got to be better! 😁 Thanks everybody! I needed this. Happy new year!
    15 points
  36. ....I always liked the old Nash for the heavy work ......repowered it with a Dodge six engine,.....but for weekend hunting and opossuming forays into the back country ...the old 1928 Chevrolet with its powerfull four cylinder OHV and the Rugby gear box fitted behind the original three speed Chev box, was unequalled in its ability to scramble through rivers and with its 23 inch wheels with Farmal Cub tractor tyres fitted (wired ) over the original tyres..it was almost unstopable.....Great feature was the detachable cab.... This business of running on the rural roads , came to an expensive halt , when I was stopped by a ''troffic crap '' (traffic Cop )...whereupon the pictured dog (on both trucks.)..lept out and bit the cop severely on his leg....suffice to say..it did not end well for me...''Pooch'' was fine though, no infection from the Cop's leg........... I imported the F 100 from Australia....brand new....It seemed a bit more versatile than the early, pictured, American pickups it seemed better on rainy days..bit more comfortable................................................. Mike
    14 points
  37. Hard to call a favorite but If I had to it would be my 966. First big tractor I bought. When the bank went after me during some drought years, I was forced to sell my spring calving herd, all my haying machinery including a 656 Hydro and a SH. I refused to sell my 966 and found other ways to come up with the money to get them off my azz. When I recently bought my 1486 from a friend who has since passed away, I thought I would sell the "9" to help pay for it. Wife wouldn't let me, she has fond memories of listening to the straight pipe sing while I had it out in the hay field when we were first married. My SM probably comes in next because it is the tractor that all three of my boys learned to drive with. Just been a damn good old tractor and although doesn't get used that much anymore it is always willing. Here, youngest is helping me move hay home and singing at the top of his lungs and driving all over the place😄 Another 656 hydro is next with 1486 in a near tie. Current usin tractors. And here is the current stable of the three, 966, 1486, 656 (should get one including the SM and another M, oh and a 656 gear) All daily using tractors, each have there place, hate to get along without any of em.
    14 points
  38. We thought @MTO was a bot, turns out just a grumpy old man with a strange, unnatural love of rusty minivans
    14 points
  39. I plow with a 1466 and a number 560 IH plow. 6 14s with a on land hitch. Haven’t seen another around this way. Last picture is of my buddy’s 1206 my 1466 and my other buddy’s Oliver 2255 behind me. We plow 176 acres that day had a great turn out for plow day
    14 points
  40. Made this blade a little bigger and a quick attach for a customer’s wheel loader. It weighs a few pounds more than when he brought it to me.
    14 points
  41. ....Cape Palliser lighthouse New Zealand Mike
    14 points
  42. Could one of our esteemed members here be moonlighting as a model🤔. 😄
    14 points
  43. ...just came down to the Station head quarters for generator petrol and a bit more tucker.......and to check Red Power etc etc Picture of my ''domicile'' until Easter (April )...as the ''toll gate'' boss !! One of several Accommodation houses built in 1896 ...spaced at about 15 mile intervals thru the 'back country' in the days when sheep and cattle were walked from Nelson area to the Christchurch markets...about 200 miles away..... This one is 25 miles from the nearest ''tar top ''....and the old droving '' road'' is opned to the public for several months..untill the snow arrives..... There is a toll to pay to go through.... Mike
    14 points
  44. Dad said everyone wants to move to the country, ok fine but you better have the equipment to get yourself out. I’ve got a mile and a half to keep open, I keep the ditches mowed and never push snow to the west or north of roadways because of prevailing northwest wind. I will go out in my field with dozer blade and plow windrows of snow parallel to road a couple hundred feet away from road to hopefully get snow to catch in windrow. Lined up the snow fighting equipment this morning, had to shuffle a couple of tractors around this morning to get one in shop to work on anyway, thought I’d get a quick pic.
    13 points
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