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  1. I had my one and only corn shelling experience when I was 10 or so. My grandfather loaded my brother and I up to help one of his neighbors. The crib was the only thing standing on the farm, and the rest of the 5 acres looked like what you described above. While the adults were running the sheller, my brother and I had the job of flattening all of the rats we could with shovels. It was a live session of whack-a-mole. To this day I've never seen so many rodents. None of my grandparent's cribs ever had an issue for the reasons you mentioned. Thinking back...taping pant legs may have been a
  2. When my grandparents began their farming careers, all crops were grown for feed for cattle and hogs; very little went to market. Corn was picked and oats were put in the overhead bins, both for feed purposes. They had no grain bins until self propelled combines came along years later. Later in their careers as technology advanced, livestock left, and cash cropping became the new normal, making many of these cribs obsolete. Soybeans were stored in some of the overhead bins, but unloading was much more cumbersome than grain bins. Cribs themselves come in all shapes and sizes. The one here
  3. Thanks all for the kind words. No special talents required outside of patience and repetition. I made the arches by drafting them in an old AutoCAD program and had them laser cut by an online company. I agree with many of your sentiments and would have loved to have had the real structure at home. My lifetime only consists of three days working in real cribs my grandfathers had, both of which are long gone. It was a sad day to see this one go. It really didn't need much outside of a roof; everything else was square and solid yet. I appreciate all of your stories; thanks for sharing!
  4. 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. Everyth
  5. No 14 around to move this today, so a cat 3 quick hitch on the 1026 did the trick. Everything works, just need to track down a parts plow for some coulters.
  6. I've had my eye out for awhile looking for a decent 710 or 720 onland hitch or trailer type plow, but they never seen to be anywhere close or in my price range. I drug this home from an estate sale today 30 miles from home for 210 bucks. The price was right, and it doesn't need too much work to head to the field. It would be nice to track down the coulters and brackets for them. Hydraulics are decent, wear parts aren't too terrible, cylinders are good and don't leak. Hope to put it to work behind a 1456. 6x16s should give it a nice workout. You guys that post plowing pictures and videos
  7. March is a nice month to turn wrenches and some dirt down there. Sadly, we ran out of time to get any fieldwork in this last visit. The tractor is more or less done outside of a cab kit, windshield wiper and motor, fan, and a few knickknacks. I need to decide whether or not to bring it back this spring, or wait and share a truck ride when the 1256 is done.
  8. A big thanks to Brian for his fab work on the lines. Everything is plumbed, wired, and functional. Ready to log an all nighter now with the tanks and new lights.
  9. Power washed decades worth of grit, grease, and grime today and hung the top plates. Plumb the lines ttomorrow and hang with any luck.
  10. One from my grandfather.
  11. Beautiful truck! I am not sure I am ready to wet sand, but have had good luck with Meguiars on my vehicles as well. May pick up some polish and see what that will do with the buffing wheel. I appreciate the ideas and feedback!
  12. Yeah, they are. These (and the rest of the tractor) will never look as nice as #20!. Been thinking about you and trying to keep everything somewhat original. Working on these while the tractor is torn down for some rear end work and rewiring to avoid a future shed fire.
  13. Thanks for the comments all, I did think they turned out well. I was hoping for a way to work smarter, but it sounds like there is no replacement for elbow grease.
  14. These hoods started in poor shape, having sat on a stuck tractor outside for 8 plus years near a bunch of pine trees in northern Minnesota. I am not a paint or body guy, and spent quite a few hours buffing by hand to get the big pieces, and then followed up with a buffing wheel to finish them up. I don't know that I can push them much further, as I don't want to burn through the paint. They will end up back on the '69 1456 they were pulled from. After all this, I was curious what you folks use as far as products or methods to bring old paint back. I'd like to think there is an easier
  15. I'm probably one of the weird ones that pulls fenders to put these old cabs back on. It probably makes a difference that I don't make a living getting in and out of one every day. I picked this one up to put on my 1967 model 1256.
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