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  1. About 30 miles from where I live.......a recluse, by the name of "John Smith ' lived......with his only interest in life being aircraft.......He died a few months ago, and although he lived alone, with no telephone, and grass growing up to the house windows, there are 'relatives '' who are over seeing the disposal of several aircraft......... New Zealand 's Air Force had , at WW2's end, had 30 (thirty ) Mustang P51 D's..plus MK 16 Mosquito's...plus P40 Kittyhawks....and a few short years after WW 2 ended, about seven..... the Govt Stores Board offered the Mustangs ..and the other aircraft , for sale...on behalf of the NZ Royal Air Force.... Believe or not , most were scrapped , by one outfit...but John Smith was able to buy one P51......one DH Mosquito Mk 16 with 100 hours only on the airframe......and two P40 kittyhawks.......He had a slew of other aircraft related items......a large shed crammed full of what are now.....absolute treasures.....including , it is thought two Merlin engines, still in crates..... The P51 has had the wings cut off east and west of the undercarriage.......this to tow the aircraft to Smith's place......but all the original spares and parts that he got probably make it one of the most complete examples of its kind......anywhere.... John Smith was very particular to whom was allowed in the shed to view these treasures......Because my long gone Dad was a Mosquito pilot in WW2....and in 1950, at the start of the Korean War...promptly re enlisted in the Air Force...and thus ''retrained ' on P51 Mustang's and Vampire jets........that was ,for me personally, the "key ' to getting a look in that shed......once because John Smith wanted to know, via Dad's log books , if he had flown the P51 that he brought.......(Dad , had not ,,,,,,,)...and another time when Dad's navigator, who had flown on 45 missions sitting beside Dad in Mosquito's........came out from England to visit us...thus we went to see the aircraft... One of the enduring memories of the local folk, near John's shed.....was the howl of the Merlins when he used to "run them up"' .....in bygone years......The price of aviation gas in later years, precluded that exciting event...... The family wants a cool one million dollars (NZ) for the Mustang.......otherwise.....I don't know .....I guess it could be exported in a heartbeat ............for that sort of money Because of the Mosquito's age...although stored inside for 60 odd years, plus.....it might be staying at a local museum.......and full size replica Mosquito's have been built in New Zealand for over seas interest......the World War two glue used in the wooden airframe would be a worry , on John Smiths aircraft !!! Anyone interested in more detail can look up, on the net....."John Smiths aircraft collection....." Mike
    10 points
  2. Some years back RPF members Twostepn2001 and John A . Notified me of a well used 806 LP not far from them in Texas , for sale. unbeknown to them it was what I was looking for ,a Texas cotton girl , to their surprise I bought it and brought it home to Central Valley California and being I was a cotton farmer in the sixties To end of nineties , I set out to restore Her Into my Tex- Cal cotton Girl. today I received twostepn2001’s Seal of approval . He let me have the key with a Texas cotton bale keychain. He is making sure she retains Her Texas cotton heritage! Lol thank you so much for a very thoughtful gift I will cherish Along with your friendship . few pic tony
    8 points
  3. As tired as I am of all the BS going on with covid restrictions, face masks, and such There are a few perks. Banker lady in town doesn't want me in the lobby so give her a call and she comes out to the curb and takes my deposits (and brings back receipt), never get out of pickup. Vet clinic brings vaccine out to my pickup. Got a empty weight on new truck/trailer combo. Brought scale ticket out to truck. Was able to renew my CHP online in less than five minutes instead of driving the 3 hours to North Platte. Only negative is I wasn't able to park the big truck in front of State Patrol building, walk in and chat up the very nice looking receptionist and make the Troopers all look out of their office doors and give me dirty looks when I make her giggle. ? If common sense and free thought is ever allowed to rear it's ugly head again in this fine country I will have to get my entertainment somewhere else. I 'spose could use the exercise too..........................................?
    7 points
  4. As the title says, the 1st 706 German has been found. Its now owned by fellow friend and Red Power member Tim Malin @TimsIHtractors. Earlier this spring he bought a 706 German from a jockey in Oklahoma. Just because he had always wanted a 706 German. Didnt run, needed TLC, has a westendorf loader. But the price was right and delivery to SW Wisconsin was possible. Until last week Tim hadn't done much with it, as he was busy custom manure hauling at home, and helped for a couple months on a custom harvest crew in the south. Always on the move. Last week he finally had time to sit down for a minute or 2 and started tinkering on the 706. He was talking to a friend, Marc Johnson, about german diesel things and serial number came up. Marc sent him pics of a local tractor with a funny tag. So Tim checked his. Low and behold.... Serial number 37237. The first production 706 with a german 310 diesel. Tim was out of this world with happiness. He has since got it running and driving on its own has fuel issues yet. Someday it may find a 234 hung on it. Enough talk onto some pics. 1 and 2: As it look when he got it. 3: A paragraph from one of Ken Updike's books. 4: Serial Tag 5: Running and Moving. Tim may chime in later on. But I told him I'd share his story for him.
    5 points
  5. Some scenes from a movie called "War Lover". l've never watched it but after seeing this clip l may have to see if l can find it. They said it has Steve McQueen in it.
    5 points
  6. It look simple , till we started . cut old bolts till blue in the face . Walk around with magnet picking up pieces of bolts . Lol have a whole bolt bin devoted to this project and still not enough. but it’s fun ! Went through book and ordered every bolt on baler tony
    5 points
  7. You should probably come have my Kettle Fried Chicken instead of that fast food crap.
    4 points
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  9. Mike it’s going good and thanks for asking. Finishing up installing the electrical system and all new fuel lines this week. I will post an in depth update once I have all the basic “rustoration’ completed. My ‘“to do” list keeps growing and I have a bunch more that needs to be done but man it’s looking good and running great. Stay tuned.
    4 points
  10. Another batch of small parts back from painter. i am waiting on him to finish two more batches that I took to him , then baler goes. i reversed the rims to see if I can get her down enough to fit in his paint room. think I have , I hope ! been taking parts off baler to make it easier for him but it’s still going to require a snake to get to all ! Lol tony
    4 points
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  12. I know we have more than just a few pulling fans on this board. This Saturday (Aug 29th) night I'm going to make my first pass on the tractor I built a the pull in Mt Pleasant, PA. There are definitely traces of several famous IH Super Stocks incorporated into the design. This is a bonafide 806 all the way thru. We're running a D361 (on alcohol), 806 rearend and Binder Lite sheetmetal by the late Ted Dibble. I've read so many good stories on here over the years about the early years of pulling. This tractor is supposed to be a salute to the guys who started the sport and paved the way for things to have to grown to where it is today. I'm not expecting much the first time out, but we'll see if we cant find something to grow from. At the very least, we'll look good. ?
    3 points
  13. Beautiful pic and beautiful dog. Losing a pet simply SUCKS! I`ll take a chewing puppy over pooped diapers any day.
    3 points
  14. Finished inspecting and ready for the long move this morning.
    3 points
  15. 12 Guy---- The pipe is a slick finish inside and out. Real similar to a smooth finish plastic tarp or plastic/poly wrapping material that you see on wraps on pallets for commercial shipping. Not very thick-----does not handle much pressure. Very important to lay out along top point in field in a level to slightly downhill run. As you can see-------it does not have to be on a straight line. The lasers are used to identify elvations----some laser land formed fields having a small permanent levee located where the pipe needs to be strung out. Laying out and picking up the pipe is done is done with a roller on the rear of a tractor. Picking up is the reverse process ( similar to retrieval of wire fencing). It for the most part is not reused. Just not practical to ever get the previous holes lined up on this year's holes. Probably could be done on a small scale field-------but not on larger operation I have some real good pictures of watering corn. Will see if I can find them and post them here. DD
    3 points
  16. Let sleeping Dodges lie We don’t need no stinkin Dodges
    3 points
  17. If it was used for a septic tank/field drain, are you sure you want to find it???
    3 points
  18. Maybe my new face mask will help me in the "Great Water Melon" search. We have a controversy going on over our State flag here in Mississippi. I am proud of Mississippi and the old flag. It's all part of our history. The Civil War is long over but still part of our history. I thought I might kill two birds with one stone with a statement of where I stand with my flag logo added to my virus mask. And I had not even thought about the benefit of being able to sneak around unrecognizable. Thanks Professor. ****** Picture of our tenant's soybean crop from this afternoon. Leaves starting to mature and plant drying down---very colorfull to an old codger like me. Heavy pod set. Shot looking down the poly pipe lay out for furrow irrigation. Dual poly pipe lay out allows for faster irrigation. Pipe is laid out at high point in field-----dual pipe let's water run down hill in both directions at same time. Mainline Missisippi River Levee can barely be seen in far right of picture. Furrow irrigation is by far the most preferred means of irrigation here in the Delta where topography is suitable. (water don't run uphill) The introduction of the flexible poly pipe is what made it feasible. Uhhh-----if any of ya'll thought you heard an earthquake late this afternoon----it wasn't. I managed to stumble and bust my butt while walking down the pipe path inspecting the beans. Hard lick-----know I will be sore tomorrow----but didn't break anything.. Once I got up-------first thing I did was look around and make sure nobody saw me!!!!? I never realized that Delta Dirt felt so much like concrete-------OUCH!!!!!!!! DD
    3 points
  19. Just got home from a trip north for work, a bit isolated headed north idiots cycling up the dalton , this is a major trucking highway and mostly dirt. Not to mention the bears crossing the Yukon a bit of fall color is startingto show they were flying one of Lorenzo’s gadgets
    3 points
  20. My step son recently got a 3D printer. He got it mainly to make game pieces for online games for himself and some friends. And then after printing them, he paints them by hand. And since he was born and raised in a small west Texas town, he also has some interest in ag, especially growing cotton. So l was kind of excited when he said he would print some stuff for me, like miniature cotton bales and electric transformers. Some of you guys know that l'm working on building a 1/64th scale cotton gin display. l posted a pic of some real bales to show what they look like. lt started out as just a simple thing with just the gin building but it started growing and now it has progressed into a whole complex of buildings. The gin plant, office building with scales, cotton seed storage building, burr storage building, a truck maintenance shop and the manager's home. And now he has talked me into putting interior lights in the gin and office. He has downloaded a CAD program to make the files that work with the 3D printer, so now l'm gathering pictures of gin interiors and the equipment inside like stands, dryers, fans and blowers so he he can try to design them for printing. So like l said, it has turned into a major but fun project for us to work on. And l thought l would post a couple of pics of the gin trucks and decals l made for the trailers.
    2 points
  21. I heard on the radio that today is National Dog Day. Because of that I thought I'd mention our St. Bernard we had to put down a few weeks ago. I've attached my favorite picture of her, she and my son were much younger in this picture. She was a loveable thing but I did see her get defensive once. A neighbor had a black lab that would stray and occasionally come to our place. The lab was friendly but scared my young daughter. My daughter was swinging and saw the lab come running out of the grove towards her, my daughter screamed. I never saw Roxie run so fast, she must have thought the lab was hurting my daughter because she sprinted over and pinned the lab to the ground. My kids are already talking about a puppy....I'm not sure I'm ready to go back to chewing on everything. Anyway, happy dog day!
    2 points
  22. I heard on the radio in the shop one weekend afternoon that a B-17 of the Confederate Air Force was going to be at the Moline airport in about an hour, Wife wasn't interested in seeing it so I jumped in my pickup, took the shortcut down to John Deere Road on the north side of the Rock River, took the ramp onto I-74 south bound, and about in the middle of the Rock River bridge the B-17 flys over my truck about as high over the bridge as THAT B-17 was. I park up next to the fence at the airport. Right where they park the B-17, facing away from me, my frt bumper maybe 15-20 feet from the tail of the plane. I wanted to see it taxi out to the runway and takeoff, when they started all 4 engines bet I had 1000 oil splotches on my windshield!
    2 points
  23. I’ve always wondered if they all start out as brain surgeons, but as test results come back the teacher pulls them aside and asks” have you considered the fun in working on colons?”” just how my mind works I guess ?‍♂️
    2 points
  24. The first tractor I ever drove is out in my shop, Dad's '51 M. I did see the '39 H we fixed up to "Be mine", was sitting on the south side of Hillsdale, Illinois, east side of the road. Not sure how it got there, Dad traded it to Rischel Implement in Cambridge, Ill 26 miles away. After growing up on red tractors, and running several old green tractors, I don't know why anybody ever bought a second green tractor!
    2 points
  25. If you need weight....cut some plywood to fit in the rectangular frame and lay a couple wheel weights/big rocks/concrete blocks, etc on it. Just be careful with the disk in the air.. turn slow and don't hit big bumps fast!
    2 points
  26. They all suck. We’re all so dependent on our phones these days it’s pathetic. I remember the days when somehow I got along with out one but now I’m never without it . A necessary evil I guess no matter what brand you choose.
    2 points
  27. Every day is dog day for this little girl . Seven weeks old in this photo. now seven months old.
    2 points
  28. Looks nice and clean. Getting it to cut will be the only problem from my experience. 3pt disks just don’t have a lot of weight to get them into the ground. With that said, I’ve used one a lot and they are handy to have around for small projects. I’m no help on the model #
    2 points
  29. I’m betting it was a Volkswagen beatle or hippie bus! What’s worse, stinking like old hippies or stinking like a backed up septic tank???
    2 points
  30. If it was used for a septic tank I would think that would make it rust.
    2 points
  31. Easier to get into medical school than vet school.
    2 points
  32. well that septic area has been decommissioned for decades now LOL early 1990s
    2 points
  33. ALL THAT IS LEFT IS TO PAINT OUTSIDE. STAIN/VARNISH INSIDE. THEN WAIT FOR HUNTING SEASON.
    2 points
  34. Anson, the ones got here for Tony came from Texas. l got them probably 3 or 4 years ago. But l can't remember who it was or where here in Texas. l tried later to order some more but apparently they went out business. l did a search and found some at "Little Bales Of Cotton" in Leland. Miss. but never ordered any. Last time l checked they don't show the small ones anymore. ln the meantime, my step son got a 3D printer and printed out some bales better suited for Booger Creek's operation....lol
    2 points
  35. Have 30.5x32 rice and canes and Mudhog with rice and canes and there is not many places you can not go. Steel tracks are a huge pain unless you are set up with way to move between fields.
    2 points
  36. I needed to replace a tire on a laser screed. It was a carlisle "trac chief". I should demand that they change the name to "trac noble indigenous tribal leader" to fit with the current ridiculousness.
    2 points
  37. I used to like a little KFC now and then, before it became KFC. It was kind of a rare treat but somewhere alone the line they changed the cooking oil or something. If I eat it now I get as loose as a cow on fresh pasture.
    2 points
  38. Stupidity at it's finest. Do they think you are licking someone else's fingers? Another Demdemic moment!
    2 points
  39. Like everything in physics and then engineering, design is always a comprise where profit for the mfg is normally the winner. For old car buff; wasn't the model T Ford transmission a planetary design? Nothing new in engineering!
    2 points
  40. Period video devoted to IH tractors on which we can see the French factory of Saint Dizier with assembly line and dispatch of the tractors until the arrival at the farm to replace the TITAN
    2 points
  41. Will the carpet match the drapes?
    2 points
  42. Would you expect anything less the way this years been?
    1 point
  43. if its totally insulated you will get plenty hot in there with a buddy type heater or maybe you plan to hunt in short sleeves and tennis shoes then yes it will be fine - we have no insulation and at 12 degrees with 25mph wind, roof vents open it still was 60 degrees in ours with the buddy heater on low - my cousin has a 12x12 on a transmission tower fully insulated etc.....he hunts in short sleeves and no heater until it gets below 50 the green house effect is crazy on these things - kind of like a tractor cab - he rarely even turns on his heater he says
    1 point
  44. Worked a little bit the last couple days. started off with lug removal from a set of 42 inch wheels to put them on the 66's for the big cane. Took 2 widetread drawbars to make the narrow one for the big cane. 66 inch steel and 42 inch rubber tire canes had longer drawbars to make sure they went out back past the edge of the tire. extended the length then narrowed it down
    1 point
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