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  1. That hole the revision from R2 to R3? My R2s don't have it. Picture shows an R1 under the R2. R2 had a wider arch to fit dual hubs when stacking 4 as you're already aware.
  2. Was able to track down and clarify a bit more history on the tractor this morning. Up until a few weeks ago, it was owned by the North Carolina Forest Service in Elizabethtown. They purchased it in 1983 for $500 from a Federal Surplus sale. The federal government looks to be the original owner, but the location it came from is unknown.
  3. The newest addition to the fleet will require the most work out of any rig I've had thus far. The history I have on it, although brief, is that I was sold new in North Carolina and was used as a municipal tractor in the Elizabethtown, North Carolina area. It mowed ditches most of its life, and the rubber shows it. The right rear tire has an inch or more tread than the left rear due to one side being on pavement and the other in the ditch. After being retired, it has changed hands a few times over the last year or so, and now resides in the midwest. The hydro tests good, but the tractor will need quite a bit of work. The three point is welded on, the exhaust manifold has been cracked and welded, the drawbar has the end torched off, and it has typical leaks around the injector return lines. Will need quite a few parts which will be a learning curve for me, as I don't know much about utility models in general. I'm hoping to lean on some of those here that have worked on these tractors in the past. It's pretty ugly right now, but is likely the rarest tractor I will have the opportunity to own. I just need to track down a 656 demo and will have all model numbers represented. Maybe someone from the NC area will chime in that knows more about the history of this as well. My apologies for the pictures...it's too cold for a wash and won't come out of hibernation until this spring for a better photo op.
  4. Had some luck on parts run for these two rigs too. Will be fun to get everything out together!
  5. 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!
  6. Found this one online a while back too.
  7. Nope, the former owner delivered it. I'd never be able to cut a rig like that loose!
  8. It came out of Michigan and is sitting at a buddy's place in Missouri. Belly tank is complete. Super straight tractor with 6500 hours on the tach.
  9. Down to the last 20 acres of corn. Bins are full; burned enough LP...to the elevator it will go.
  10. https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/csw/grd/d/loretto-ih-cab-for-856/6974265846.html Not sure if you've seen this one or what your budget is. Knight had one, but wanted $1,500 for it not long ago.
  11. For now, everything will be gone through so the tractor is mechanically 100%. I have a number of extras to hang on it as well. As rough as the paint and sheet metal are, I don't intend to paint it for now. While the tractor will never be used heavily in my possession, I do intend to use it and won't have to worry about the first scratch, ding, or dent screwing up a nice paint job. As Brian can attest, this 14 has had a tough life to this point and I kind of like the idea of keeping some scars that lend to its history.
  12. This one was born with a cab, and will have one when complete.
  13. I forgot how rough that hog is. Looking forward to the transformation. The tires will be addressed.
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