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  1. Zeke has not done very well in pedal pulls, he was always frustrated and sad when he didn't get close to the other kids. The last month and a half he has been pedaling his 1256 pedal tractor up a hill on our farm and doing 50 to 100 squats every few days. He learned that hard work pays off. Today at farmfest he did a full pull, along with 10 others , then the 10 pulled again with more weight, zeke full pulled again, then the last 3 pulled again and zeke got 2nd place. He was shocked, nothing but smiles at our place tonight, this trophy means more than all mine put together
    50 points
  2. My 11 year old who has cerebral palsy is always grumpy towards night time, he never wants hugs or snuggle time once he decides to go to sleep. Normall he dose not like the dogs we get, in fact we went through 4 dogs that we got rid of because he didn't like the,. We just bought a new dog, half German sheperd amd half great pyrenees and these 2 just clicked right away, even snuggling for night time. He has been smiling more and being way more happy since we got it. This dog was a Godsend for him.
    47 points
  3. Brad lived in California and was a lifelong environmentalist. He was sick of the world; of Covid-19, Brexit, Russian belligerence, China, global warming, ethnic tensions, and the rest of the disturbing stories that occupy media headlines. Brad drove his car into his garage and then sealed every doorway and window as best he could. He got back into his car and wound down all the windows, selected his favorite radio station, started the car and revved it to a slow idle. Two days later, a worried neighbor peered through his garage window and saw him in the car. She notified the emergency services and they broke in, pulling Brad from the car. A little sip of water and, surprisingly, he was in perfect condition, but his Tesla had a dead battery. Sad sad sad ?
    44 points
  4. My new bumper sticker on all of our trucks.
    43 points
  5. 3088,3488,3688,5488,6588
    42 points
  6. Why I am an American I don't normally type long winded stories in the MPT but this one is worth telling. I am dealing with a customer today that has an obvious middle European accent. His is a very nice old man and we were having an entertaining conversation. I asked him if he was from Belgium or southern Netherlands. He said he was from Belgium but has been in the USA since 1961 and is a US citizen now. I asked him what brought him to America. His eyes welled up and he said "This is going to be a long story, if I can tell it". He said when he was 8 years old the Nazis took over Belgium. They came to his farm and killed his father and older brothers. His mother grabbed him and they ran into the woods and hid from the Nazis. The Nazis burned their farm to the ground. He said the Nazis also killed all of their neighbors in all of the farms near by. He and his mother scavenged for food, and he said they would eat anything because they were starving. He is a short man, about 5'4" tall. He said his father and brothers were all tall but he was short because most of his childhood he didn't have any food. He said everywhere they went there were rotting bodies of the people the Nazis killed. This went on for a very long time. He said death was everywhere, the Nazis treated people in rural areas very badly. He said after what felt like an eternity of living like a rat, he and his mother were hiding in a burned out farm building. He went out looking for something to eat and was suddenly surrounded by US troops. He did not speak a word of English but remembers a huge man walking up and saying "Hey blondie. Where's your papa?" He didn't understand anything but "papa" at the time. He made the slash across the throat motion to tell them his papa was dead. He said the man then asked "Where's your momma?" He pointed at where his mother was hiding. He said the Americans gathered them up and put them in a truck with other people and gave them some water and crackers. He said he thought the truck was taking them to be shot. He said when the truck stopped they were at an American military base. They all got off of the truck and were taken to a medical tent where they were cleaned up, checked out and given clean clothes. Then they were taken to another tent and fed the first full meal they had eaten in years. He said it was amazing, you could eat as much as you wanted. That night they were given clean beds to sleep in for the first time in years. He said the Americans were wonderful people and everyone treated them very well. He told his mother the Americans are great people and some day he will be an American too. My eyes were welled up, his eyes were welled up and I gave him a big hug.
    42 points
  7. This site was created for IH collectors and enthusiasts. Our forum is not a platform for political opinions and discussions. Any and all of these posts will be removed. Dennis Miesner Owner
    41 points
  8. Finally got the little Farmall 100 finished up. Turned out pretty well.
    39 points
  9. On December 28th, 2019, I finally was able to bring back a 1256 to the farm. The 1256 that dad had was sold in 1986 and is currently being used locally. Lots of memories on the fender of a 1256. Dad knew of this 1256 so after a few years was able to get it bought. I am now the 3rd owner. The tractor sat for a long time - some figure 25 years+. Most would say it was not worth saving but a 1256 was on my bucket list and this made it even more of a challenge, yet appreciate the final project even more. Every piece of tin and parts were removed and glass beaded. Dad ppp(glass beading) and the boys did a lot of work - the boys found me a lot of IH bolts last spring. The tractor was complete by 12/28/20 but the dealer decals have been stuck in shipping. So I wanted to post my 2020 project since today is the last day of 2020. My wife and I were just discussing how media is saying how terrible 2020 was...the 1256 project made our 2020 fly by. @Long Farms thank you very much for answering Q’s & sending numerous photos. @DirtBoyz07 wow...she purrs...great job on the injectors and pump & help there. There are many others that shared photos of tire sizes back in January, answered questions on RPF, sent bolts that I couldn’t find or parts, shared their history of this particular tractor, etc. This 1256 won’t be doing anymore work & will sit beside the 544...the other tractor we had before the 1986 auction. Thanks again for all of those that contributed & have a great 2021.
    37 points
  10. Here's what happens when you teach your daughter to shoot, she becomes a US Marine and an Expert Rifleman! Semper-Fidelis!
    36 points
  11. Thought I would share some pictures from the past week from southern Ohio
    35 points
  12. I have been dealing with death lately. The one that hurts the most is the loss of my lifelong best friend to esophageal cancer. I am helping his wife navigate life without her soulmate. Horses, cattle, some equipment and tools. What direction does she want her life to take now. There is a lot to do. Praying for guidance and good judgement in giving her sound advice Just have not felt like posting much. Still don't really. But just like the seasons, with death comes the promise of new life. Last night wife and I welcomed our first grandbaby. A beautiful healthy boy. (Momma's doing great) With restrictions, we could not get in to see him last night so had to drive back home. We were able to hold him today. I would like to introduce to all my RPF friends, Cason Jay who came into this world at 7# 7ozs and 20 1/2". The Lord took George home but sent Cason in return. Life renewed. The circle continues. My family is truly blessed. I am healing. Thank you.
    34 points
  13. Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:36:27 - 0500 A Marine stands guard while a brave young child dies. “Every now and then, in the middle of the constant barrage of crap that’s just pissing us all off these days, we come across a story, a feat, an event that just makes us stop in our tracks. This was one for me. “Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps as ... he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had lowered his immune system and he developed a fungus infection that attacked his brain. Two weeks ago, as he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, the Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. They presented Cody with Marine navigator wings and named him an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps. “For one Marine, that wasn't enough ... so that night, before Cody Green passed away, he took it upon himself to stand guard at Cody's hospital door all night long, 8 hours straight. “Nowhere on the face of this planet is there a country so blessed as we to have men and women such as this.
    34 points
  14. was spent working on this....needs to be glued up yet and a finish put on it
    33 points
  15. Linda's FB post from May 1: 40 years ago, Bill and I bought the farm. Literally. (Not figuratively, yet, by the grace of God.) We raised our kids here. Started over after our dairy barn (the one in this photo) burned to the ground. Survived cancer, a nearly fatal chopper accident, and various other injuries and illnesses. We've had some profitable years and some years when, in effect, Bill paid thousands of dollars for the privilege of working 70 hour weeks in all weathers to produce food for other people. (There's no minimum "living wage" for the farm owner when costs skyrocket and milk income plummets.) We've provided employment for 97 people over the years (yep, I counted), from teenagers to octogenarians, most notably our past herdsmen, Jack Randall, Mark Lowe, and Glenn White, and a support team of part-timers who handled a vast variety of essential chores. We've been blessed with great neighbors, too, and great relationships with local merchants, landowners, and service providers. Along the way, Bill developed a registered Holstein herd to be proud of. Since he phased out of the dairying end of the business a couple of years back, his cows have taken their excellent genetics to other farms, some becoming foundation animals for young farmers. Seems unlikely that we'll be around for a second 40 years, but God willing we'll keep plugging along a few more. Besides what she mentioned, I spent 8 or 9 years as county Farm Bureau president, much time in our milk coops' Leadership Group, chair of our church trustees and parsonage committees, and Linda worked 34 years for NY Dept of Labor, starting in the mail room and ending as a manager, besides keeping the most accurate set of farm books anyone could have. We have made a great team.
    33 points
  16. I found this forum on the evening of Dec 31, 2017. Wife was working night shift as an RN at the local nursing home and I was on the internet looking for something when I came across the RPF. I browsed around and what I saw interested me so I decided to join. It took awhile before I was brave enough to post. But I read. Since those humble beginnings I have become (or was) fairly active. Through this forum I have gained considerable knowledge and made what I consider close and valued friendships. People from all over this great country of ours and the world for that matter. I have cultivated these friendships because these people share my morals, ideals, beliefs and concerns. It is easy to be comfortable around people that feel the way I do. But it is also healthy to be around those of differing opinions. That is how we grow, how we learn. I am curious why the Meisner's started this site. I would think, to give people who love International tractors a place to gather and discuss. A very noble and I am sure at times thankless endeavor. My question and I mean this with all sincerity, do you know who your members are? The amount of knowledge and love for the IH Company is very apparent. I think all of us on here have an interest in red tractors as a common denominator. But it is also a very diverse community of people with varying backgrounds. Complex individuals. People who are driven to succeed, to take chances, gamble on themselves. Not afraid to fail and pick themselves up and start all over again. Are not used to taking no for an answer. They are willing to do the hard work and sacrifice to keep this country safe and humming along. A little rough around the edges at times but that is the world we live in. Make no apologies. Not satisfied to sit back and put their future and future generations in the hands of just anyone. When they see something wrong, they call it out. Are also loyal to a fault. If you earn their trust and respect they have your back no matter what. No quitters here. I also think most on here have a well founded interest in the direction the country is going, whether they agree or disagree. They will discuss it when they get together. That is what leaders of a community do. I will admit my world is pretty small but this forum expands it exponentially. I have learned so much from the interaction with people from all over in the Coffee Shop. I wonder if you know how important the platform you (used to) provide us with is? It is a treasure trove. Lifetimes of experience and knowledge. In a lot of cases the only record as I am sure it is not all contained in books. I don't want to get into "this is your site, you can do whatever you want with it". I think we deserve more than that. I am humbly asking you to open the Coffee Shop back up. We need a place we can respectfully educate, entertain, sometimes vent but a place we feel like we can go to be amongst friends. Thank you for your time, Jeff
    32 points
  17. My Uncles recently invested in a MX200 (roughly 20 years old but only 6000ish hours and has been well taken care of). Yesterday I helped my grandpa get up into the buddy seat for the first time to ride along for some soybean planting ... before i knew it my uncle had him behind the wheel! Born in 1931, he helped his dad farm with horses until they bought their first tractors in the 40s. Needless to say he's seen a lot of change in his lifetime. I got some pretty good video... if anyone is interested in watching. Most of it is taken with my drone. Don't pay attention to the colour of the drill ...
    32 points
  18. 2/27/21 Hot Rodders for Robin Memorial car show in Easton , Ca. Held its second annual car show. Covid did not seem to be on people’s minds much , it was a sold out event. my very first time showing my IH pickup along with my 1206. Only tractor amoung 500 cars pickups and Motorcycles Happy to say we brought home a top five plaque ! very rewarding day , Danny Anderson aka Dirt Boyzs surprised me on Friday and been keeping me company through weekend few pictures tony
    32 points
  19. I broke down and had the old boy and the trailer wheels professionally polished yesterday , still need to buff and wax the white . I have owned this truck for ten years now and it’s a really nice truck and never gets run in the winter , well one time in all these years and washed top to bottom when it got home . It’s a 1998 , 379 , 470 hp series 60 Detroit and a super ten tranny . Danny
    32 points
  20. I took delivery of my late uncle Warren's 186 . 2350 loader skid loader q-tach, reman engine has 25 hours on it. Needs rear rims, I will try to Long Farm treat the wedge lock hubs with a glorious amount of iron hanging off . Hoping to add a set of duals for batwing mowing . Needs a cab or lots of cab refurbishing . Also want to add a second two remotes I have laying around to make it 4 rem and add a joystick at the same time for an independent loader valve. I have a sway block drawbar support but will need to get the correct lower links to convert that. It came with the new knees for the front axle. Also a repaint in it's future This is all a while down the road as it's a back burner project for now
    31 points
  21. I sure enjoy the fact she loves farm chores! Bought some feeder heifers today an had to move some calves around. She called me asked if I was stopping to get her for chores so she could help build a pen an move the new calves. After we got that done we had to fill water tub an she went an grabbed these 2 buckets an filled ( half full) by herself an said “ Look Pap! I have buckets like you!” She fills my heart
    31 points
  22. Here is my good friends 1206 that I finally got painted this summer , it’s been on the work list for 10 plus years , you know how it goes , everyone else’s stuff before this one , but it was worth the wait . It’s retired and we just use it for tractor pulling and it runs very good ?? Danny
    31 points
  23. Since they were clean I snapped a pic.
    30 points
  24. Last year on the 4th we decided to park a row of tractors along the road hoping to brighten at least one persons day during the whole covid mess. We didn't tell anyone, we just parked them there for the day. The word must have spread around quickly, because we had steady lookers all day. Our best guess was around 80ish strange to our road pickups that road past. So this year the boys and I decided we would make this an annual tradition at our farm. This year our tractors were out yesterday, today and will be tomorrow. They all go in the shed at night. (The boys say we sleep inside so those girls do too.) This year every tractor sports a pair of American flags, with our big flag flying on top of our boot arch. Here are some pictures of getting them all out and standing along the road and a couple cool flag shots as well. Happy 4th Y'all! Let's remember why this country is what is!
    30 points
  25. Random pics of Red Power as we get started on spring field work.
    30 points
  26. The boys and I just finished up this project. The only way to make snow look good is to put some red in it! Here are a few pictures for y'all. Only allowed to drive with socks, so the one picture is of the boys helping each other with their boots.
    30 points
  27. Bought this 856 3 years ago and wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it. It had a Westendorff loader on it that I immediately got rid of. came with wide front and 18.4x 34 rears. Tach shows 6xxx hours on a working tach but seller said it had rolled over. So thinking it has over 16000 hours. It has an IH turbo and manifold off a TD 15 dozer we think. It dynos out at 135. Spring of 2018 I plowed 300 acres with a 5/16 510 plow and it pulled like a new tractor and only used 1 quart of oil and used 5.6 gallon of fuel per hour. Had a few oil leaks that we fixed before painting. Local dealer put in the front engine seal for me and he said that engine has been apart more than once. I had the 30.5 combine tires with some stubble damage on rims.Next we found 10 bolt hubs off a 4366 and a heavy duty narrow front. Front tires are 11Lx15 8 ply. Back in October I took it to young guy starting out in the paint business and let him work his magic. I did all the smaall stuff but he did a fine job for his first red tractor. The first question you will ask is am I going to pull with it? NO! It is going to shows and be paraded. I have a restored 7 shank 55 chisel I'm going to work it some with and maybe pull my 770 6/16 pull plow land hitch some. I still have to figure out how to make a bracket to mount 1/2 weights inside rear tires. I don't want to use any fluids.
    30 points
  28. Left to right: 856, 1256, and 1026 Goldy 856 by itself. Purchased unrestored from original owner. He said tach has rolled over once so it has just over 16,000 hours on it. Motor has been overhauled several times. Don't know about the rest of it but I plowed 300 acres with it 2 years ago and it used 1 quart of oil and runs like a scalded rabbit. Pulls 140 on the dyno. jerry
    30 points
  29. as I was coming off the meadows this summer. I always can't wait to start haying,............. and really can't wait to finish😄 When I take a pic of my 1486, I always think of Marla from A League of Their Own way out there in center field🤣
    29 points
  30. 5/28/21 A young man that Mel and I met at Santa Margarita Ranch tractor show near Paso Robles , Ca. when he was 7 ,completed a O4 orchard this year at age 16 ,competing in the Delo tractor project for high school students . He logged 700 hours in one year on this old girl . Engine had spun all the rod bearings he fabricated some of tin work and , some of sheet metal missing , painted it himself in back yard . Josh on a TD 14 teaching his girl friend how to drive crawlers . Pictures today at a private getogether and dig in the Central Coast of Cali . Mel and I with Josh , we are very proud of him . He is a forum member here but between the 04 , girlfriend and school he does not post much . congratulations Josh tony
    29 points
  31. got the 450 out for some exercise this afternoon. we are both old but still have our original parts, and getting the job done. the serial # of the 450 is 1957 same year i was born so thats kinda neat. i am the only one around here that does his farming with no cab, just some dirt sweat and beers. planting barley for more beer!
    29 points
  32. While working on cleaning out old pictures from my phone, I came across a bunch from a project I built years back, I had more free time on my hands then, and put this together over the course of three years. I've always marveled at the architecture and character of older buildings, and decided to replicate a crib that was built in 1943 if memory serves. It sat on a family friend's farmstead. His father built cribs as a side business, and this was the one he built for himself. Shortly after I started my project, the original was demolished. The entire farmstead is gone today. Everything is scaled appropriately, with the only major deviation being my toy elevator being used in place of the internal bucket line employed in the real McCoy. I put 500 hours into the model, which still resides here as a reminder of simpler times. The first few photos below are of the real crib, then my rendition of it. Plenty more on the phone if anyone is curious about a missing detail or different angle. Thanks for looking.
    29 points
  33. I know some of these have been shared by me before probably, but here are some farm pictures just for fun. I really enjoy pictures and honestly don't take near enough. I like all the farm pictures that are shared here of all the classic IH machines. So here is a little bit of our farm simply for viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
    29 points
  34. I am really tired of all the junk going on. Here are some random pictures from our farm. Enjoy all the INTERNATIONALS and just smile, even if only for a minute. I have 20 pictures to share, so will have to load more than once.
    29 points
  35. Forget, for a moment, politics, social unrest, and the virus. Remember that God's hand is still on the controls causing the sun to rise and set like clockwork every day. Here is last night's sunset from our perspective. Keith-
    29 points
  36. And here is what it looks like now:
    29 points
  37. Took the 806 in the local parade yesterday and will be going to the county fair this weekend. Everything got a new coat of paint and put on new 11L15 front tires. Got the original fender radio working and listened to it during the parade route yesterday.
    28 points
  38. I have been at this self employed thing almost a 2 years now and haven't had a sign out by the road yet. My Wife thought it was time and surprised me with this one on Fathers Day. I finally had a chance to put it up tonight. Now I can tell customers to look for the sign instead of look for all the equipment setting around when they drop stuff off. I look back on summer of '19 when I took the chance and went out on my own and how scary it was to now scheduling work a month or better out because there is just so much of it. Phone is ringing all the time. Im tempted to hire someone but not sure I want to go there. Already out growing my shop and my truck but they will both have to do for the time being. So far its been a good ride. I haven't had much time to take many pictures lately but here are a few since everyone likes pictures.
    28 points
  39. Happy Easter, Hope everyone has a joyful blessed day celebrating Jesus victory over death.
    28 points
  40. BJ, I believe that I speak on behalf of all the members of Red Power Forum when I say “THANK YOU!!!!” Your behind the scenes work may often go unnoticed, but it is certainly appreciated!!! Thank you for all that you do BJ!!!
    28 points
  41. Got to meet our newest grandson in person last week for the first time. Here's a pic of our first handshake. He was delivered a month before his due date via C-section. Our middle daughter turned 40 last September, and this little guy was a delightful surprise for all of us. Grandma's having a ball getting to look after him once in a while so momma can do a few things around the house. In some states, he could have been "terminated" due to his inconvenient timing. No other comment necessary.
    28 points
  42. I have our IH friends IH cab over about ready to head over to Austria . Herbert Startzinger bought this last fall down in Missouri and had it delivered to my shop . Today I had a guy and his crew come out and polish the aluminum. I have some final cleaning and it should be ready to head back to IL for the shipper to fumigate it and then off to Baltimore to the ship . Danny
    28 points
  43. My youngest called me this morning when we were both out caking cows and said we need to get together and watch the finals like in the old ddays. Called the wife and she said she had tomorrow off. I texted the "boys" and said the truck is parked for the night, I ain't runnin' Chance brought his young bride over, we cracked the cap on a handle of Crown, ate smokies and applesauce and popcorn and watched round six. kept politics, the state of the nation and anything anywheres near stressfull off bounds. Quality family time! It added years back to my life. Damn, why don't we do it more. Tomorrow back to the same old sh!t but tonight I thank the Lord for the blessings in my life. Those who will **** with my life, bring it on, I am ready. I know what I have to lose and you don't have enough to take it from me.
    28 points
  44. Don't know why but I do. They have their faults but I still like them
    28 points
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