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  1. ROLLIE - I'm glad you got the steps and made them accessable to the general public. Now that Volks Wagen has bought the last of IH, the trucks, history is going to get cloudy about what once was one of the largest manufacturing companies in the US. My FARMINGTON video #8 included a map, or floor plan of FARMALL, has brief descriptions of what was machined where, shows where the 4100 series tractors were built out on the west end. That sheet alone was worth the price of the DVD, and that one whole CD was about the changes and inovations FARMALL made to build the 5x88 series tractors,
  2. Yes, and the FAST HITCH on a 450 or 560 was not an improvement over the horseshoe drzwbar either! I've thought about a step that clamps onto the diagonal bar that supports the horseshoe on my SH & M. Nothing big, just something between the axle and the drawbar.
  3. ROLLIE - Glad to see your post. What was "Upstairs" from that circular stairway? There was a row of offices for supervisors, formen, and Superintendants along the start assembly line. There was also a small assembly area where the instrument panels were built, 6-8 women did the assembly. I was only up their one time to interview for a forman position the last couple days of the BIG strike of '79 & '80. Upper management decided I was more valuable in my tire/wheel/rim job than supervising fork truck drivers so I didn't get the promotion. The locker rooms were upstairs in the rafters to
  4. That wall was torn down between 2005 and 2010, I think closer to 2005. The captiion of the picture in the Quad-City Times article said FARMALL EMPLOYEES painted the murals. ABSOLUTELY WRONG. A woman was contracted to paint the murals in 1977. Co-worker and I worked in a production control scheduling office in the shop and walked up to a coffee machine a couple days a week. The woman milked that job for the entire summer! Very little traffic other than foot traffic on that aisle. Murals were not really that detailed or big either. Max Armstrong made a video of the return of several FARMALL'
  5. Yes, your probably correct on the teletype or twx address. I think I actually had the first FAX machine at FARMALL compliments of BFG. It was the old style you dialed the fax phone number and put the handset into the saddle. I had people from all over the office come over to use it after word got out I had it. BFG went through lots of headaches to get a special dedicated phone line run into FARMALL's office at BFG's expense and BFG's expense for the monthly phone charges. Now days FAX and emails are something we take for granted WAY too much. DANNY - Neat pictures. The top tw
  6. What are the "new names" of the Kings & Queens in a deck of cards going to be called? There will be no end to this stupidity!
  7. It would be a BUSY day, best to rent a golf cart to tour the grounds.
  8. The place where Mecum was going to have their auction in a week or so was EAST MOLINE, on the grounds of the IH East Moline Plant. The last truck loads of that plant were hauled off summer of 2006. The exposition center Mecum was having their auction in was brand new, I haven't seen it yet, but I think Mecum rented it, I don't think they invested any money in it. All that property is right on the Moline/East Moline border. The old IH East Moline Plant and John Deere Harvester were roughly a MILE apart, the Deere plant was further east. FARMALL PLANT was just across the Moline bord
  9. This is not new news, the transaction was official October of 2018, but McLaughlin Body, formerly of Moline with a satelite plant in East Moline was renting space in the old FARMALL Plant in it's Quad-City Industrial Mall stage of existence. But effective October 2018 McLaughlin Body BOUGHT the last 550,000 square feet of remaining manufacturing space. Those familiar with the plant, that's everything left at the west end of the plant. Until I stumbled onto the story yesterday afternoon I had heard nothing about this. McLaughlin makes cabs, they made cabs for FARMALL, I remember truck
  10. We did both those on our Rt 66 trip in spring 2013. Original plan was to start at the Lake Front, Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, but winter storm Virgil delayed us a day, left Monday morning, not Sunday, and I don't drive downtown Chicago on weekdays, only Saturday & Sunday, so we picked up I-57 in Bolingbrook, Ill. and headed south. The best part was just outside St. Louis to just before Los Angeles. Oklahoma on the old original concrete pavement 16-17 feet wide was GREAT. 65 mph and hardly any traffic. We did 5 national parks total. But Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon are the best. Make
  11. We did both those on our Rt 66 trip in spring 2013. Original plan was to start at the Lake Front, Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, but winter storm Virgil delayed us a day, left Monday morning, not Sunday, and I don't drive downtown Chicago on weekdays, only Saturday & Sunday, so we picked up I-57 in Bolingbrook, Ill. and headed south. The best part was just outside St. Louis to just before Los Angeles. Oklahoma on the old original concrete pavement 16-17 feet wide was GREAT. 65 mph and hardly any traffic. We did 5 national parks total. But Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon are the best. Make
  12. My Cub Cadet TANK has 24-12.00x12's, some style of Carlisle turf tire. Because of the little bit of slippage on every turn they are wearing, edges of the knobs are rounding off. Some sort of a lugged tire will be going on it in another 3-4 years. The wheels are a 4 bolt pattern, so I can't even stick my 26-12.00x12 FIRESTONE 23 degree tires off the 982 on it to try a lugged tire. I ran Firestone 23 degree tires on both my mowing Cubbies and NEVER tore up any grass, no slippage. With the 26-12.00x12's the lug pattern stayed visible in the grass for a day or two. The 23-8.50x12's
  13. I see the "GMC Astro" in them, but I kinda got a Freightliner vibe from them too. I've heard 3-4 news reports about them and not a single one mentioned Osh Kosh Defence. building them.
  14. My first tiny shop, 8 ft x 16 ft 7 ft ceiling only had room for one 4 ft flourescent and a bare 100W bulb, but it taught me to hate flourescent lights. In my new shop, now 25 yrs old I put in standard screw type bulb light fixtures, nine of them in a 24x36 x 8 ft ceiling building, instant on, no flickering, no humming, no buzzing. Cheap replacements, Which are now mostly compact flourescents, more light less electricity. Places where I work around vices, I have several high intensity flood lights, two 60W bulbs, same thing, instant on, and silent, no flickering. And I have several led troub
  15. My thoughts too. Guess it's all what you get used to. I thought 45 ft trailers were long until one day I spotted an extendable trailer stretched out over 80 ft long with some fabricated rafters for a construction project at FARMALL.
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