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  1. I finally got this project done in my basement. The rounded shelf end caps were out of my old IH dealer. I got them for free when they remodeled their store. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
    55 points
  2. I saved a little life, so far, with the help of a friend this morning. But that life did a lot of his own saving first. It's beginning to become a running joke in our FD that we are in the business of saving cats. We even successfully performed TWO "cat stuck in a tree" calls in the last year or two. This morning I had a hand in my fourth cat rescue. It was a ripping monster fire at an old country church that had been converted into residences. By the time we got there, it was blowing out most of the sides. There was no saving it. One of the residents only escaped narrowly with the help of a passerby. About an hour in, we had it controlled enough to force some exterior doors to hit some fire inside. So I'm in with two guys from my company, and I hear over all the noise this high pitched squeal. I thought it was in the nozzle and my buddy points at the floor. Up to his chest in water is a miserable looking cat just sitting there, that has been in this building throughout the ordeal, waiting by the door. He was in too rough of shape to challenge me so I picked him up and handed him off. Colleague handed him off to the ambulance on scene. The paramedics gave him oxygen and laid him on the seat of the ambulance. I'm told he just laid there and cried and twitched. I just called the vet and he's alive. It's so remarkable that something survived that, between the fire, things collapsing, the smoke and then all the cold and the water. Vet says his temperature was 88 when they got him. I'm told that's very low. It must have been lower when I got him. It was below freezing and we were putting water on it all night long. I don't like cats generally, but this little guy fought so hard for his life, it's impossible not to admire. The situation, to put it nicely, at that residence wasn't good. I think there's a decent chance he doesn't get claimed or owners can't/won't pay for his care. I just called the vet and instructed them that he's not to want for any care whatever. He fought hard enough already, I refuse to let him die on account of human whim. I might end up taking in another freeloader, but I don't really have a choice as I see it. Rural volunteer firefighting so often means failure. We often can't save structures, lives or property because we start from behind so to speak. It feels really good to save SOMETHING. I know some of you guys are firefighters, so I wanted to share.
    37 points
  3. On Oct. 7 our son who works for us was injured when his truck fell on him while he was repairing a leaking fitting on the air bags. He was able to get his phone and called. momma and I set a new speed record getting to him. He was taken to the Med center then flown to Vanderbilt. Seven cracked ribs in his back and six cracked vertebra and spleen was bleeding. He stayed 4 days and was released. No lifting over 10lbs. he went home would not come here. Momma cooked breakfast for him every day and friends brought him dinner and supper. I went to feed his cows but the guy who runs the feedlot we work for fed for him every day until he was able to get around. I contacted everyone we had projects going on for and explained what happened, every last one of them said no problem even though I knew some of them were in a bind to get them finished the projects affected their living. A girl who has been a helper on the pipeline for the last 6 years called my wife on Wednesday after the accident and said her job was ending that day and she was heading home and would be here Friday to work until our son was better. Her father who was sons welder foreman and used to work for me and her brother and uncle came by every evening to help. The Dairy who we do a lot of work for offered to send 2 of his hands for a week to help out even though I know he is short handed. The guy who owns the diesel shop we do a lot of work for offered to come and get his truck and fix it. The guy who owns the factories we work for called and said I can send people, money or what ever you need. In about 2 weeks he was able to come back to the shop and work from a chair at the tables. For the last couple of weeks he is getting around better and his helper (she) watches over him not letting him do something stupid. Momma has decided she will be here as long as she wants to. As some of you know we lost our youngest son to cancer when he was 2-1/2 years old in 1992 and you can imagine how momma took this. Friends of hers called and texted ever day numerous times and that really helped. So yes there are still a lot of good people in this world, they go about doing their jobs every day but when the need arises they step up to the task and then disappear back to their world as if nothing happened. They don't do it for the notoriety or chest thumping, they do it because they think its the right thing to do. Both sons and family were here for supper yesterday, made us very happy.
    36 points
  4. It’s that time of year that can be stressful for some. If any of you want to talk, I am available no matter day or night. Life can get stressful in so many different ways. Maybe your crops didn’t make what you hoped, or your boss is a jerk, whatever. Talk to someone. Your life matters!! 402-389-2007 anytime
    25 points
  5. Been plowing off and on the last couple evenings. Weather sure has been nice.
    23 points
  6. Since Mom's passing I find myself with no commitment today, decided to take a swing at the 'traditional' dinner. Her turkey was always to die for, very moist. Don't think she did anything to black magic just cooked it in a bag. Since I had a 6 lb. chicken in the freezer, no turkey but hey it's close! Since I didn't want to be working on this for a week just stayed with the classics. Mashed taters, green been casserole meat and stuffing, oh, and gravy. Things turned out well!
    20 points
  7. Most of you know I enjoy blacksmithing. A few weeks ago I found something at a sale that I have wanted for several years. A Swage Block. First, as I bought it. All cleaned up. It is #2 in this catalog I have from 1915. Bathroom scale says 128lbs. After some Internet research I decided on a metal stand vs wood. Started with 2x2” angle to hold the block. Stand was notched to enable use on its edges. Legs were but from 1x1.5”bar I had laying around. Angle cut the ends a few degrees for more stability. Next came bracing and a shelf for it to rest on while using the edges. 3” channel and 1.25” box tube were used for that. The tray underneath for the block to rest on while on edge is 5” channel iron. That’s where it sits currently. I need to finish welding the pieces in. It will see more bracing and some flat steel under the feet to tie it together more and so it can easily be moved with a 2 wheel dolly. Might even make a rack for tongs or hammers on the side. Not sure yet.
    19 points
  8. For those of you that will be out on the roads, I wish you safe travels.
    19 points
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  10. It's been slow going in ta 3rd gear. Only 275 acres left for the year. For next year I'm going to add two more chisel points to get my spacing down to 11". Now it's 7 points at 15".
    19 points
  11. Always feels good to see these rows of corn but then a day or 2 go by and I wish a had some more. Finished mine all up monday afternoon. Gerty the bigfoot gleaner did me a very good job on corn and beans. I know its small compared to most of y'alls but gets me through.
    19 points
  12. Tomorrow, we start the project to build a shop We are excited. Grandson Calvin wanted to run the grader.
    19 points
  13. November 17th in my Ag Sales Class down here at West Texas A&M I did a sales presentation (or pitch) with the Case IH 2150 Early Riser Planter. The Ag equipment sales side of things I have been interested in since I found IH films back in 2014-2015. Who knows, Ag Sales might be a future career. The project started in September when we could pick a product of our choice. I chose the Early Riser because I already knew some about it since IH first introduced the Early Riser in 1980 and the Cyclo Air in 1971. There was a CaseIH dealer east of Amarillo where I spoke with a salesman so that was fun and he helped me some through the project. We had assignments to turn in over the ensuing weeks. To get ready for the presentation I brought in my CaseIH 2000 series brochure from 2020 and an IH Early Riser foldout brochure from 1984 (which came out of the FarmallLand USA Museum). In my collection I didn’t really have a full brochure of the Cyclo Air planter so I went to eBay and bought the brochure you see below, from 1976. I thought these two older brochure would be great visuals to show the reliability of air power in planters. Of course I spent more time in the 2020 brochure since I was selling a 2150. For the actual presentation we had one person as a “customer” that was actually a sales rep in the industry (equipment for my group). When I asked about his operation after sitting down at the table he made up the scenario of just taking over the farm and didn’t know anything about planters. My plan turned out even better than I hoped during the presentation because I used my older brochures to talk about where the 2000 series planters originated from and how accurate they are in seed placement and population. Then of course I talked about all features and benefits of the 2150. We could present for 5-6 minutes but could go up to 10 which is probably what I did. I had a lot of fun with it! Anyhow, since you all here speak this language I thought some may find it interesting.
    18 points
  14. I was putting my pickup back together and it was starting to get dark. I was irritated because it gets dark so early. I looked west to see how much time I had left and saw this sunset. Sometimes I get in too much of a hurry...
    18 points
  15. Cody vol fire dept band making Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture it's own. 😳😉😂
    18 points
  16. Rainbow Station produces huge amounts of honey..both from their own properties as well as hundreds of bee hives around the country side.....mountain bush honey and a ''manuka' blend from the Marlborough Sounds, where they own another huge area of regenerating bush ..manuka and 'kanuka'...a similar tree but with quite different quality honey There are many ''musell farms '' down there....green lip mussells which grow on ''laterals ' suspended on a heavy rope...with big mussell bouys holding the whole shooting box above the water...There is constant mussell barges rumbling up and down the Sounds..night and day , harvesting these shell fish...The average barge holds 90 tons of mussells...which goes up into big processing factories, at the local, small ports I am not involved with the honey, but was sent down to this property..to put in yet more willow stakes for river protection.... a total waste of time . in my opinion but good to get down there for a few days..The little 11 ton Hyundai was barged down...and four of us went down in the small 23 foot boat with a Honda four stroke 225 hp hanging off the stern..... The power is from hydro set up...and the old house on the site..one of several goes back over 100 yrs old..in fact it used to be the local Post Office..when all the hills were clean and dairy cows and sheep were farmed down in the Sounds...now the ubiquitous''monterey pine'' from California is just everywhere...Untill recently..it was just a bloody weed...albeit a big weed....now it is ''saving the Planet''.......sigh Some of the pics are dark....found some dust stuff on the camera lens..... mail boat...a days work to get around all the farms etc by sea paradise bay random pic of the sounds view from the veranda of the old homestead early morning tea on the veranda..three daughters and self..on the 80th bd random pic from top ridge poor pic of mussell raft leopard seal...sunning himself freight barge mussell barge unloading place for Hyundai 11 ton excavator realignment of a creek..putting in willow poles barge with 8x4 stock truck and trailer..pickup from farms ..heading back to port barge coming in early morning with two excavators onboard..one for us Mike
    18 points
  17. It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’d like to introduce my grandson…. Kaiser David Hodson the proud papa is David A Hodson JR known as Cougarcub400
    18 points
  18. Neighbor passed away a few years back, his wife stayed in the house as long as she could, just got to be too much for her to keep up. The man was a tractor/dozer "collector" . Most everything was in some sort of repair state. Anyhow, the out buildings all collapsed, she sells, and tells me I have 3 days to save what I can get to. More than likely, new owners will have scrap company come in and clean up. Freezing cold, I try to look through all that rubble, no IH goodies, Massey, case, lots of caterpillars and fords. I was able to get to 3 Ford's, a 600, a Fordson super major, Fordson major, (in 2 pieces mind you ), grader, Alice HD7, Ford Cabover, caterpillar D-7, and a case that I would like to figure out it's model and year of make. Perhaps someone here can assist me on that one. Pics, we all like em, so here's a list of what I hauled Mark
    17 points
  19. Took advantage of the 50 degree day and moved a bunch of diesels to the shop before the cold weather sets in. I'm in the process of putting lights up and had to snap this picture while on the scaffolding. Closest is the 856 custom. Needs 3 point arms, tach, fuel and temp guage. Needs the steering valve looked at, gets hard to steer at idle. Also going to slide the rear wheels out. 28" on center is just too close.... Next is my 806 standard. Needs a bunch of fuel leaks fixed, oil leaks, new seat. Bunch of lost motion in all the steering pivots need welded up. New front tires and rims. Also needs a better exhaust pipe. 3394 needs a seal in front right planetary. Radio hooked up, oil change, new hydraulic couplers. Dad's 806 with the cab is getting a bunch of smalls painted and cab interior work. Under the plastic is a Super M-TA diesel. It's owned by the guy I bought this farm site from, he wanted to leave it there to work on it over the winter. Stuffed full and it's not even December.
    16 points
  20. Corn harvest is hard work!
    16 points
  21. ...typical NZ seascape...taken on the way to the "water farm '' belonging to the Rainbow Station Mike
    16 points
  22. Started to combine for dry corn today. We have purchased a second combine, a 2388 to run along with the 2366 , both have around 2800 separator hours. This was from our servicing dealer and it was just up-timed. We have been getting poor weather lately including as we wrapped up filling both carts and the combines are full also. Parked in the shed now @GeorgeB230's is the 2366 😁 We also got two of the Magnums back and sent another two out for work to get them ready for the partial equipment sale next spring. We have a more nimble line of tractors for doing more things like hay in the works for the future needs . One in the middle of the bottom picture was professionally painted , I did the steiger and the euro on the right Oops I added a few more pictures and they are a different order now
    15 points
  23. We finally got the cranes put in over the weekend , we had them done this summer and finally got time to install them . I have to order the small beam to go across the top from upright to upright from our steel supplier this morning . I am super happy how they turned out 👍 if your wondering what I did for the base , there is a 3ft hole 7 ft deep , I beam frame welded to the 4ft square 1 1/4” plate . We did the first pour of cement 12” from the top and then did our foam ,in floor heat , rebar 18” on center and 7” of cement . I’m very confident it will be there for a hundred plus years 😊 Danny
    15 points
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  25. Update: meet Sparky, as I call him. The vets named him Fireball. He was hypothermic and his whiskers are singed. He had fleas and probably worms. But he's eating and drinking and today the vet says he was ready for discharge. He's a funny little cat. Very affectionate. He's all vaccinated now. Current cat is not a fan yet. We'll see how this plays out. The vet himself had expressed interest in adopting him, so if my little b-word-cat doesn't leave him alone I'm going to let them take him. He doesn't need that in his life.
    14 points
  26. We do thanksgiving on Friday, I decided with the fried Turkey we needed fried sweet potatoes, so far i am getting good reports from the kitchen, I am doing 5 gallons of potatoes. had to bust out the Coleman lantern to finish up, got Waylon cranking, cold beer . Been a good afternoon, not much small talk as it’s cold out.
    14 points
  27. Always liked a open station 1566 but Id have to throw a 5 inch wide and four foot tall chrome pipe on it first thing if it was in my shed. Everybody says ya cant never seem to find the right gear and I wonder could these folks ever find the right gear on a M or a H or many other tractors for that sake. Couldnt pass this one up had to post the 1566 with no cab or roll bar
    14 points
  28. Gentlemen meet Paisley, 4 year old Heeler. She belonged to Justin, a good friend and neighbor of mine who passed away at a too young age. When he passed we agreed to adopt Paisley but she went to a friend in town. The friend called me today and said Paisley was not getting along with her dogs, they were picking on her. Would I still be interested in taking her. 45 minutes later and Paisley is now a part of our family. She is a sweet dog and I hope she accepts us as we accept her. She has picked a spot behind me as I work at the desk. A quick shot of Justin on a hunting trip to New Zealand And one corner of his trophy room. He was a special kind of guy and I hope Paisley can be as happy here as she was with Justin. The missus and me are honored to care his best friend.
    14 points
  29. I'm not as photogenic as some on here but I take a few when I think about it. Some pictures from 5th cutting hay harvest and the crops. Everything ran good. Only problem I had was the reverser cylinder blew the end off on the 2588 cutting beans. Found out that you loose LOTS of hydraulic oil in a hurry. Thankfully the dealership had one and i put it on and back in business. I replaced the top elevator panels before harvest and that's a poor mans scaffolding I came up with. Lol! Worked good for me. And that's the way you plug holes in a Westfield when you don't have tape handy
    14 points
  30. Sorry to bring this up from the dead, but I always like to finish off the story for anyone in the future who comes across this post So, new turbo is in, boost gauge and EGT all of it for the first time, I hook up to our 70' heavy harrow which is likely a bit much for the tractor but I don't have it set aggressively more of a hard tickle being I'm just moving straw around after combining. Anyway make sure it's nice and warmed up, get moving and put it in the ground and zero issues! Seems happy as a clam pulling that harrow around. The new digital EGT and water gauges I installed are really nice and I find I'm watching them all the time bombing around. EGT temps on normal flat'ish land was sitting between 930-980F the entire time, temp gauge 180-190F, boost gauge was around 10PSI (not sure how much I trust the gauge though) but still it was nice! Everything ran just sweet, pulled really nice, wasn't lugging at all. RPM was set for right around 2550-2600RPM. There was a couple times I had to pull the harrow up a bit of a hill and the highest I ever saw the EGT get to was 1050F and the boost was up around 14PSI, RPMs dropped a little bit down to 2400+ but it just chugged up the hill and kept going. I put on about 30 hours harrowing and zero issues Really would've been nice to have all these gauges working with the OEM stock turbo, I know this one is supposed to produce less exhaust temps but I'm impressed it's staying below 1000F most the time on a warm fall day. I think the operators manual for my elevation normal temp should be 1150+ or something like that? So it seems quite a bit cooler versus OEM, and plenty of power. So thanks again to everyone that helped with this and all the thoughts and ideas, the old 4386 is back in the rotation!
    14 points
  31. This picture says it all. Really any series of all the pickups I liked. My goal is to get at least one of every body style platform of Chevy or gmc . Well on the way there but sold one so will have to acquire a 70 through 72 body. If I had money I would have a Late IH, 77 or last year of that and a 85 Ford and a 89 to 93 dodge 1/2 ton.
    14 points
  32. Ive struged in the winters to keep fencing. On a whim i applied to run a state snowplow. Got the job...start next week...will be the first full winter ive worked in years.
    13 points
  33. 13 points
  34. .....Absent Minded Farmer ??? Uhmmm !!!! ....In 1928.....I was..to coin a phrase , still swinging around in "'Dadsbag"" (*)....and the release point came early in 1942..(this by mathmatical deduction....) thus there is no valid claim to being that ''sheep herder'' depicted on that American Thresherman magazine...... My journey through life has been littered with incidents best left untold...and even on the ''School of Hard Knocks '' honours board , where my name might have been , there would be a short notation...''Could have done better ''..or some similar condescending epitaph... ..thus , now as just a grotesque parody of the young man I once was...it is highly doubtful that my visage will ever grace the cover of a magazine ...... further more, as I slip seamlessly into senility....(along it would seem , with some of my Red Power friends...... ) ...things like the ''finish line '' must loom ever closer.... Anyway, '' Mike the AMF '' I enclose a photo of my "Rumpelstiltskin ' like visage...thus confirming the diminishing years ( now 80 )...and the resultant fossil look captured a few days gone..on a very warm spring day on the adjacent Molesworth Station ...always a picture of sartorial elegance..very little blubber......Levi's /black woollen singlet/ Canadian made braces and my old battered American made Stetson...which despite its well used appearance , keeps NZ's severe UV rays at bay ...plus it doubles as a ''rain ' hat......and, by the way, I still drink (black) billy tea..in copious quantities Thankyou, AMF, for you flattering comments Mike *..apologies to the Bagdad city Fathers
    13 points
  35. This morning. Weighed 245 before dressing. 10pts Good mature deer which is what brother and I were looking for.
    13 points
  36. First buck for the youngest grandson of a friend of mine. A friends son was out caking bulls when he saw this buck and called his dad, told him he better come and get it. "Not without the grandkids" so he called school, drove into town and brought them out for the "hunt". His hands are not small by any means, this buck has mass.
    13 points
  37. I don't know what the big deal is with SAE vs metric. They all cross thread the same 🤷‍♂️
    12 points
  38. Pic of the baby boy with our other hooligan. Brantleigh is our rescue pup lab mix; she looks like a lab, but super short. Pic from May 2021 about a week or 2 after we got Oakley.
    12 points
  39. one of our pups; blue heeler about 11 months in this pic from Feb of this year.
    12 points
  40. Saturday, Iowa Chapter 5 held our annual fall meeting at the Knights of Columbus hall in Cascade, IA. The Bruns family hosted the event and drove in several IH machines for display. It was chilly, overcast, and a few lazy snowflakes were drifting down. Despite the weather, the Bruns family was upbeat and happy to have their equipment there on display. I volunteered to help them shuttle the tractors home 2 miles to the farm. Had the pleasure of operating the M with the Detroit Diesel conversion! It ran good...
    12 points
  41. Dad and daughter watching for mom.
    12 points
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