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  1. Right before the "Shop" closed I was taken a break between rides
    4 points
  2. brought this one home yesterday. 1950 model. was parked in the shed in the middle 1990's the guy said. told me his son wants all this junk gone. ok i will take it then. another w6 to the collection must be 8 or 9 now.
    3 points
  3. For polka dot cotton....would every other boll be colored or every so many plants? Striped cotton would need to be a hybrid I’d think. I could drop the low boy and haul some stuff down for ole buddy Anson. Tony would be out of the way a touch and they might not let an old Detroit powered non-emission rig in Cali at all but I could get ahold of the bandit and maybe he could run blocker for me. All this truckin talk is making me hungry, is better go have a Diablo sandwich and a DrPepper....
    3 points
  4. l've seen a lot of controversies in my life, (i.e. what kind of oil to use or IH v.s. JD) but never one so hotly debated as the "polka dots vs. stripes" engineer caps.....lol
    3 points
  5. OBG talk about coincidence!!! l was born about a mile from where that DeBolt gin was in Ralls, Texas. lt was later torn down and they built a cotton compress on that location. When gins started using high density presses the compresses were phased out and now the buildings are used for cotton storage. You can see stack for the boiler room in one building. We lived about a mile from there and you could hear whistle blow at 7:00am, at 12:00 noon for lunch and at 7:00pm for quitting time. And several times a day you could hear the whistles blow and the engine "chugging" on the steam trains that hauled the cotton off to the Texas coast for transport. This pic was taken in 1950, about 3 years before l was born.
    3 points
  6. Does that mean that Delta Dirt or Tony Ramos would have to develop a new type of cotton that grows with stripes or polka dots? lf they could grow it we can gin it at Booger Creek.....😎 And you can haul it with your cabover KW.
    3 points
  7. Sometime late last night on the western channel following Gunsmoke, "Wild West Chronicles" was featuring a show on Charles Russell (western artist) from Montana. I was familiar with Russell since We have discussed Charles Russell right here on the old codgers classroom------thanks to the Professor. Channel 364 on our satelite (Direct TV)------ I fully expected Bat Masterson to interview the Professor but they missed him-------hopefully next time???? DD
    3 points
  8. TwoStep, I hate to break it to Gary, BUT in 1894 the engineer would NOT have been wearing one of those Poky-Dot caps. The Kromer cap didn't come about until 1903 and even then, they were first made with blue & white striped material. Even today, you can buy blue/white striped caps and solid color caps from Komer along with the ones Gary wears. The paragraph below is from the Kromer Company's own history page. Please also note that both George and Ida are pictured in NON Poky-Dot hats! "One semi-famous railroader took time off to play semi-pro and professional baseball. George "Stormy" Kromer was an engineer for the Chicago and North Western. Kromer made a habit of wearing his baseball cap while at the controls of his engine, but it just wasn't quite what he needed while on the job. Kromer came home one day and lamented his discomfort to to his wife, Ida. The Kromers put their heads together and came up the design of what we now call the railroad engineer's cap. Ida Kromer, an expert seamstress, assembled George's new cap with what she had at hand: blue and white pinstripe pillow ticking. Their efforts were a hit. The cap became very popular among railroaders, and ultimately resulted in the beginning of a business that still exists today." George and Ida Kromer
    2 points
  9. l found this pic while l was prowling through the archives of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene,Texas. l found this pic of a old cotton gin in central Texas taken in 1894. Caption says taken on the "southeast side. Malone's gin showing seed house & boiler room." My question is what kind of hat would you wear operating a steam engine running a cotton gin? Would it be stripedy one or a polka dotty kind? Inquiring minds wants to know.....
    2 points
  10. Now I actually started a thread on this tractor over at the IHCUBCADET site 16 years ago about this time of year. Here we are all these years later and the job is done. I've been so thankful for all the positive comments and support that I have gotten from everyone in the community here and look forward to sharing it with you at the next Red Power or other shows this coming season. I had no idea when I started this project that it was going to take this long. It was way harder to balance work/life/finances than I anticipated without compromising what I wanted. This took way longer that it ever should have and should have been complete years ago. Since I started I have lost two aunts that will never get to see the dream I had as a child, come true. As disappointing as that maybe, life moves on and I'm very blessed to still have my folks, uncle and the youngest of my 3 aunts still with me. I'm hoping to unveil the tractor during the family Thanksgiving and be able to give back a piece of there past. My wife and daughters are over the moon that the project is complete and can't wait to see it at the shows and be able to travel around with it. We are very thankful for everyone's encouraging words and wise wisdom over the years of this project. You guys have been very patient and didn't want to leave you on the hook any longer. The timing didn't work out quite the way I had hoped but that's ok. Hope you enjoy!
    2 points
  11. I also have a 504, mainly use it for tractor rides. Mine is a 66 model. Here are a few pics. I also did a little different paint scheme and flat tops with 4 lights.
    2 points
  12. 2019 was a year of unexpecteds as it relates to reducing the space I have left in my shed for more tractors. In early January, I found a Craigslist ad for a 1456 up in Minnesota that hadn't run for years. It was stuck, had brake issues, the water pump was out, oil cooler was shot, and a whole other list of unknowns. I was in need of some parts for some other tractors, but didn't need much more than cosmetics. I sent the link to a buddy who parts tractors and he ended up getting a deal put together on it. After he towed it home, without a terrible amount of work, he had the engine running, albeit not all that well. Time is money, and he decided he could make more by continuing the plan to part it out versus all of the shop time and additional investment it would take to make it a good runner again. I was happy with that, since I needed parts from it. Right before he was going to start tearing it down, he sent me a picture of the serial tag shown below, 15th one off the line. Long story made short, I'm thankful for the good relationship we have. He agreed to sell it to me so I could save it versus knocking it in the head as was the plan. I'm embarrassed to say these are the only pictures I have of the tractor. It's an original long bar axle, fender delete from what I can tell. The axles have been torched unfortunately. The injection pump has been rebuilt, new water pump, new oil cooler, and brakes repaired. The TA holds and it now runs through all gears. I've been gather sheet metal for it, but still need to tear into the rear end to replace axles and check everything else out. It was partially rewired at some point in time, so that's a plus. It still has a long way to go, but I'm happy considering all I was originally trying to do was track down some parts. Fast forward to July. More Craigslist browsing leads to an ad for a 1256 in Texas that hasn't moved since the original owner passed away five or so years ago. His estate is selling the land underneath the tractor, and it has 2 weeks to be moved out so the sale can close. Sounds like a scam right? I sure thought so, but had to look into it. Call the guy and talk to him, and he ends up being a straight shooter. Tells me the tractor was his father-in-laws pride and joy, but it doesn't currently run. They want $2k for it. Enter in the 1456 whisperer, Long Farms. With his help, the deal is done and trucking is arranged. Brian shows up and gets the tractor running and driving with hot batteries and some determination. It turns out everything seems to function, the TA holds, and off we go. It's keeping my 1456 gold demo company right now down there awaiting some TLC, but that's just fine. Many thanks to Brian; I wouldn't have this without him. Photos courtesy of Long Farms. 1967 model 1256 sold new in Taylor, Texas. 52 years later, I am the second owner. 2019 was a great year!
    1 point
  13. My 1950 Farmall M out of the barn for the first time in 16 years, not running but it was when it was parked up. So a good water blast full service, new coolant, new fuel, new battery and crossed fingers. On the positive side it turns over fine with the crank handle, and has some compression. I am thinking it will probably start ok as long as the mag fires out a spark.
    1 point
  14. Hello everyone I created a topic few years ago but lot of pics disappeared... here it is: I still restore the tractor... I need more time to work on it and few parts were hard to arrive here because I didn't work with the good guy... But now I have almost all parts I need.
    1 point
  15. I started this project many years ago but, it got set on the far back burner! Now that I'm getting into my 80s it's time to finish it. So hear are some pics that will be in a running progress report. This started about 10-12 years ago with a worn out 47 H and proceeded with a engine from a 1962 Chevy ll 4 Cyl. engine and a power glide transmission. Today I hope to prime the oil system with a drill running the oil pump. When I pulled the harmonic balancer off years ago, I didn't notice that there wasn't a bolt holding it on the crankshaft. Now Iwas going to put it back on and I see that the crankshaft is not drilled and tapped for a bolt ! How is one going to put it back on? You're not supposed to hammer on it . I made my own frame rails out of 2x4x1/4" tubing and welded them to a 3/4" plate bolted to the transmission housing. More pics to follow.
    1 point
  16. So I found this plow in some woods we cleared at work and boss let me have it to go with all my farmalls. Upon research I found out the model and I know its oil bath lift. Everything seems to be good and there and moving freely except tires, rims reworked, the oil bath lift on land axle is missing fill plug which isn't huge problem, but it has a spring on it dangling and I don't know where it goes. If anyone has one and can share insight and pictures that show how it supposed to be that would be great. Research only found parts book but doesn't have the greatest breakdown on where parts goes and of course how its works. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    1 point
  17. Excellent job! You really brought that back from the dead! Probably nicer than when it was new.
    1 point
  18. Wow that looks great. Good job!
    1 point
  19. So now that the engine is sitting in rails what are your opinions on motor mounts? Solid or on rubber? Here is a pic of where they will fasten on the block. The tail shaft has a single mount and is easy to do, I have a new one for it.
    1 point
  20. I have a old IH 2 bottom 16" plow. I need to replace the shares on it but cannot find the plow model numbers anywhere on it. Where is the common location for the numbers to be found ? The only thing that I have found on the shares is the origin , where they was made. The shares that are currently on the plow, are made in Italy and have metric bolts holding them onto the plows.
    1 point
  21. Post a picture of the plow as starters. Then get the part number off of a moldboard. That will help to determine it needs a blacksmith, Super Chief, or Plow Chief share. Get that information to Mike at Duffield Equipment LLC in Williamsport, MD. (717)552-1951. He is my 'go to' plow man.
    1 point
  22. With all the bearings and bushings in, some assembly can begin!
    1 point
  23. Thanks guys, I am doing well, I amm going home for the weekend today.
    1 point
  24. More progress made as it rained and snowed all day. Got the engine in place. Had to drill out torque converter bolt holes as the new bolts are 7/16" and 1/4" too long. Cut the bolts off on the lathe with a mini grinder.
    1 point
  25. ..picture taken on "Bendigo Station " Lower South Island......those are Merino sheep.... on a cold frosty morning looking out over to themountains.... Mike
    1 point
  26. Enjoy while it lasts, one of these days my Snow Checked new sled shall arrive. If history repeats, most of North America will be void of snow until I give up and sell it.
    1 point
  27. Here are some more project pics.
    1 point
  28. Just sold the complete FE loader to a guy who is restoring a BM. Apparently his loader is exactly the same, except it has seen better days. So its good to see it will continue to be used 😃
    1 point
  29. Warm water in the river sends up a mist in the cool morning air.
    1 point
  30. Wife drives through Ted Turner's Fawn Lake Ranch on the way to see one her patients. She snapped this today.
    1 point
  31. I am a gallon in right now and have not touched the wheels or hubs. Thanking two gallons will catch it. Maybe a gallon and three quarts but that would probably cost more than two gallons. Do some research on that paint. Red is a hard keeper and I regret saving money in the past. Looks good thanks for sharing.
    1 point
  32. https://www.tptools.com/SEYMOUR-High-Temp-Cast-Blast-Restoration-Paint-12-oz,6694.html?b=s*seymour+cast+blast+restoration+paint%2c+12+oz A restoration pro told me about this cast blast and I tried it and really like it compared to other high temp black paints.
    1 point
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  34. Got quite a bit done with 25 hours of work over a six day period. Sorted out the electrical issues in the back end. One turn signal wasn’t even wired. The rest of it was a combination old hack-job repairs and wiring that was just plain worn out and crumbling. Spent three days under the truck just scraping off loose paint and rust. Then, prepped, primed, and painted. Glad to be done with that. I also re-installed several items that I tracked down that had been previously removed. Cleaned out the compartments, inventoried all the equipment and put it back as it was when she was in service. Gave the truck a good wash and proceeded to compound the rest of the body. I was able to bring the paint back to a good shine, but dang if I ever want to do that again! That’s a big vehicle to do by hand.
    1 point
  35. Spent about four hours with the truck and some Meguiar’s ultimate compound recently. I was able to bring back a good deal of shine to the cab, hood, and fenders. I’ve been driving it to and from work (about 30 miles round trip) at least once a month since spring and she’s been running well. I’ve been piecing its equipment inventory back together and reinstalling various items as well. Gonna be crawling underneath pretty soon to knock off the loose paint, bust some rusty areas, and repaint. I have a bit of electrical work to do with the lights on the rear as well. After that, it’ll be about time to tuck her back in for winter.
    1 point
  36. A cotton Polkadotty one in the boiler room! If Roger and Anson can't take the heat, they need to exit the boiler room with their striped Choo Choo caps. Gary! 😁😉
    0 points
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