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  1. The 504 should have 3 point hitch. A 3 bottom 3 point like a model 420 plow or something similar should be a good match. I know where there is a 420 for sale and could find out more details. It is in east central IL.
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    Tractor show

    We all know about things getting cancelled. Upon checking earlier today I found out that the shows in Pinckenyville, IL, Pontiac, IL, and Mt. Pleasant, IA have all been cancelled for this year. That means the only tractor activity for the year was a nice tractor ride/drive about two weeks ago. Now to figure out where to go and when so the locks are not changed when I get home.
  3. Congratulations of the effort and results. It looks great!
  4. Mel, Here is how I painted mine. It has what someone referred to a 'corn rods' to turn down corn stalks for better flow through the bottoms. I hope to get it to RPRU 2020 in Huron, SD next week.
  5. Heading out Thursday morning and hope to be there by early Friday morning with what I am bringing for a display. Let's all hope and pray for good weather. For me the last time around at that same location was one of the better shows for me.
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    New shop

    Please re-think your 10 foot height!!!!! I have been strapped with a 10 foot overhead door for nearly 30 years. Once the roof is on there is no way to change the door height without lots of $$$$.
  7. I have some extras. PM me and hope I can find your message.
  8. The plow looks like a #8. There seem to be many of them around.
  9. The last decal is applied. I have some extra decals if someone needs one.
  10. A simple, fast solution is a piece of cardboard underneath the stands. That is an age old trick in warehouses when loading trailers with the removable ramp as well.
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    Old disk plow

    A check of embossed numbers on the parts is the best starting place. That is how I identified some horse drawn era implements that turned out to be from three different manufacturers, McCormick, John Deere-Hoover, and Oliver.
  12. Joel, I completely understand about the 4 row implements and the bigger tractors. That is a main reason I stayed with the smaller tractors. Even some of the 2 row and small point fast hitch implements. Thanks for the compliment. On the hydraulic cylinders remember that many of the buyers when those tractors and implements were new were a result of the depression. Every dollar saved was a dollar not having to be earned. A few feet of row not cultivated never added up to the necessity of two cylinders.
  13. A good hydraulic cylinder shop can rebuild the fast hitch cylinder, your first picture. There is one in my area so I may be fortunate. The leaking hydraulic oil into the engine is a seal problem which is easily addressed. Good luck with the project. From the rest of your pictures you are deep into it.
  14. Two decals on the rear section and one each on the front sections (not shown) were added and the project is complete. For me bringing an implement back to life (and preserving its history with a tractor of the same era) is as or more rewarding than the tractor itself. Maybe it is because one sees so little of it. Fortunately the cultivator was complete, sans the one fast hitch bracket when purchased, as parts hunting may have been an exercise in futility. Now it’s time to hit the corn field and see if they work. On second thought corn is shoulder high so maybe next year.
  15. Now just follow the color. Assemble all of the red (and silver) parts, then all of the blue parts, and finally all of the black parts. Notice the bar that goes from the right front section back and over the rear axle. Per the book there are three ways to raise the front sections. With my cultivator the fronts are raised via this bar being attached to an arm fastened to the fast hitch arms at the rear of the tractor. That results in simultaneous lift for both front and rear sections. One alternative is hydraulic cylinders attached in the torque tube area of the tractor to raise each front section independently. To achieve sufficient height for the front when loading for any transporting to shows, etc. the back hole in that bracket was used.
  16. Then it is on to the right front section. Ditto the procedure for the rear section: take apart, clean, paint, and assemble. It worked great to use the left front section as a ‘pattern’ when assembling the right front section, and then vice versa. Again all new fasteners were used. For my eyes the few silver parts add a degree of ‘attractiveness’ to the implement. I also understand the view of the purists who prefer complete originality.
  17. Assembly is easiest when inserting the main rear frame part into the fast hitch prongs on the tractor. All new fasteners were used. Notice that the silver springs were red from the factory. If I don’t provide an address maybe the correct police cannot find me.
  18. Once taken apart the volume of parts is significantly reduced. My preferred method of parts cleaning is a 40 grit flap disc on a 4 1/2 inch grinder (This keeps most of the dirt outside.), followed by all parts going through a sand blasting cabinet. Then hang parts on a painting rack, wipe them down with a wax and grease remover, and finally brush paint with 2 coats of CaseIH Buff Primer, followed by 2 coats of finish color paint: CaseIH 2150 Red, CaseIH Gloss Black, or Tallman's International Blue. Flood's Penetrol is added to the final coat of finish paint. For ease and timeliness selected parts were spray painted with a silver paint.
  19. Now it was time to tackle the cultivators; patiently they have been waiting their turn for that same 8 years. It seemed best to make this a three phase project with the rear being the first phase. As purchased the cultivator was mostly complete; new shovels were purchased and a fast hitch arm bracket was fabricated.
  20. Well, with a lot of time and money the tractor part of the project was finished. Front tires were switched from 15 to 16 inch. With a full set of cultivators on the tractor my thought was that the 16 inch would better carry the extra weight. Conventional rear rims were switched to power shift rear rims that were galvanized prior to mounting new 12.4 x 36 tires with two sets of split wheel weights. The tractor walks uphill so maybe 13.6 x 36 rear tires would have leveled it up. All the usual mechanical and cosmetic issues were addressed for a complete restoration. You may notice the custom made seat riser for the deluxe seat. This idea came from a seasoned IH collector and makes for a more comfortable driving tractor with better leg room and gets away from the feeling that you are driving a utility tractor with its tunnel type vision.
  21. Over eight years ago a 1958 Farmall 340 tractor with TA out and a non-running gas engine followed me home from 300 miles to the north. About the same time nearly complete No. 266 cultivators followed me home from 600 miles to the east. We all know the drill: with a little time and money we can get it looking better.
  22. On tools soak them in a solution of muriatic acid. Use a plastic container and soak them outside due to the fumes. Oh, and don't breathe the fumes.
  23. Yes, like so many other things in life, everything seems to be relative anymore.
  24. What a drastic difference in age and technology in the two tractors in the first picture. Just think of the gains in technology in that time period.
  25. You are not alone on making mistakes. I made a similar mistake on my 340 with 12.4 x 36. I should have went with 13.6 x 36. With the 12.4 x 36 on the rear and 6.00 x 16 on the front she noticeably walks uphill.
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