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    Pushing drawbar pin out of a 600Q

    Yes, sand and dirt can cause problems. Company I worked at in Bettendorf, Iowa and helped move to Moline built automobile scrap shredders, think of a HUGE hammer mill feed grinder 9 ft wide and 7 feet in diameter and you feed crushed whole 1960's vintage cars into it and 20 seconds later the largest piece out of the shredder would be softball sized. We had an air powered Enerpac porta-power, made 9000 psi oil and we had it rebuilt several times, could NOT get the rated 10,000 psi. We would use 3-4 50T short rams to push the spiders off. I bought gallons cans of anti-sieze to assemble and disassemble those rotors. The shafts were 15, or 16, or 20 inches in diameter. The bore of the spiders were 15.002"-15.003", or 16.002"-16.003", or 20.003"-20.004". We bought special " Stress-Proof steel bar, 2 inch, or 2-3/4", or 5" by 1-1/2" wall tubing to make Big tierods out of, we cranked those up around 8000-9000 ft/# of torque, 3000# hoist lifting the assembly off the ground with a 4 ft long home-made wrench. We had a customer send in two old rotors, we hired Millwrights to cut the spiders off so we could re-machine the shafts and assemble new spiders on the shaft. Took a long hard day to burn the old spiders off, our rotor guy could have pushed them apart in two days tops. We did take a couple rotors apart that we had a small scratch or scuff on the shaft turn into a huge gouge an inch wide and over a half inch deep. Spider got cut in two and the mound of shaft metal ground down. ANYHOW, I would think that hitch pin should come out easier next time than it did this last time.

    Best vehicle to pull 5k light weight camper

    Guy on another website bragged how Toyota put a whole new frame under his 6-8 year old Tundra for Free. Thing he couldn't or wouldn't answer was how much damaged stuff resulting from the frame replacement was still under his truck with the new frame. Couple other posters were Toyota techs and said that two techs could replace the frame in less than 8 hours, but you might want to spend some time under the truck making sure everything is tight. My 23 year old F250 was my daily driver for 10 years and my big snow cruiser for 5-6 years beyond that. I doubt Ford would replace the frame, but it doesn't need one. I never considered a Toyota even for a second a year ago when I bought my Ram 1500.

    Tire rant

    Yep, Firestone and Bridgestone are the same company now. The Winterforce looks exactly like the Blizzak but the rubber is just a bit harder, gives up a bit of traction on ice, but snow traction is comparable to a Blizzak, and tread lift is double what a Blizzak is. First set of Blizzaks we had were a used set off a friend's Saturn put on Son's 88 Mustang GT. They were several sizes smaller but the Mustang went from worse than TERRIBLE on snowy roads to reasonably drivable. Day SON got his license, his 16th B-day in middle of December Wife took him to the DOT and got his license, they come home, Wife drives her car to work, SON makes it down the road the other way maybe half a mile and spins the Mustang. Can't believe he kept it out of the ditch! Anyhow, by the time I got home that night HE had made the deal on the used Blizzaks. They were bald by spring but that wasn't the tire's fault.

    1086 FWA

    86-series production started in September '76, I started in the shop at Farmall Friday October 11, 1976 into a wildcat strike, pushed a broom all day!. Got bumped to 2nd shift end of November, and laid off in Febuary '77 for six weeks. Started back at Farmall in a production control center in early March '77 and was laid off again in Oct. '77 till Jan 3rd, 1979. Assembly worked both 1st and 2nd shift, 175 tractors total per day, highest daily rate during the whole time I worked there from the start of 86 series production till the Oct. '77 layoff. Elwood FWA was well in place by time I came back in '79. Ed may be right that the Coleman axle was used close to two years, but not into 1979 for sure. I have never seen an 86-series tractor with a Coleman axle under it, whether on the assembly lines at Farmall or in a field or machinery lot, and not even a picture. I've seen quite a few 66 and even a couple 56 series tractors with Elwoods. I made a comment on here 10+ years ago about how hard Elwood worked to take care of Farmall and I got an email from the lady at Trac-4 about how much she and Don Jones appreciated my comments, even got a phone call from Rick King who was their shop manager, plus was Police Chief of Elwood, Wish I could ask them when they started shipping axles to Farmall. My buddy that passed Elwood off to me started at Farmall about April of '77, I took over Elwood about May or early June. I had better advance visibility of when FWA tractors were being built with my tire reports. Any demand for 12.4x24 R1 tires were FWA tractors needing an axle, t-case, driveshaft, and a pair of wheels.

    1086 FWA

    They may have built a few, but VERY few. Like ten or less. There was one Coleman axle I used to see by Recieving & Shipping but that was long after the switch to Elwood, I think Shipping was hoping to ship it to Broadview Parts warehouse.


    It's on MAV-TV on Direct TV, channel 214. Watched another good show last night, Full Custom Garage, Ian made some tasteful changes to a 1955 R-190 semi-tractor converting it into a pickup.

    The wisdom of Johnny Carson

    I liked Leno. He used his wealth to buy stuff he liked, mostly neat old cars. Guys on late night TV now all suck! Every single one of the over-inflated egotistical dumbys.

    Tire rant

    Both my AWD or 4wd vehicles have all season or conventional tires. Wife's Ford Edge has Firestone Destination LE-2's, my second set actually, first set was on the 2003 Mountaineer. Wife made it uphill in 5-6 inches of snow with a half inch of ice under it earlier this week. Took a second run at the upward slope but was surprising. Truck has GY Wrangler SR-A tires, like a 275-40R-20, made it up the slope Wednesday in an inch or two of snow in 2WD. I was really surprised at that! In no way is either of those tires in the same league as a WinterForce or Blizzak, but they both seem to get a better bite than all season tires of years ago. Back when I was driving a 4wd pickup to work daily year round I always had all terrain tires on them, and normally with any snow needed 4wd to get onto the road, lock hubs, shift T-case to 4-Hi, and I'd stop just off to the side of road by driveway, or at stopsign mile and a half away and unlock frt hubs for the 60-70 mile drive to work. Wife had 2wd cars most of those years, had to clear driveway with tractor for her. Her first AWD stopped that in 2003. But getting up onto the road in morning was always the hardest part of my commute except for a handful of trips to or from work. My first 4wd pickup came on brand new Hercules conventional snow tires, looked like a Firestone Town & Country. It was a beast in snow. Wife and I went ditch banging first good snow we had it, finally found a 2-3 foot deep drift, pushed snow with the front bumper up to the middle crossbar of the grill before I spun out, backed up, drove down into the ditch away from drift and Wife decided time to go home. Put new Firestone Town & Country's on the back of the '88 Mustang GT in place of the GY Gatorbacks, GY dealer wanted to sell me a Z speed rated all season tire for $350 each! He obviously wasn't listening to me. But the Firestone's really made that car sure footed on snowy roads. Think they were F-78-14's, and 225-60-15's were stock. I had studded snow tires on my first car winter of '73/'74. Once the studs wore they really weren't much better than a non-studded tire.

    “Reversed” loader tractors

    The '51 M out in the shop here almost became a reversed leader tractor right after Dad bought the Stan-Hoist loader. Simple flip of the differential, but that would have made putting the 2M-E picker on take an extra day or two. I guess we could have modified the picker to work in reverse and take 4 rows instead of 2. As we got a little more concrete poured for feed floors having a loader tractor that could slog thru belly deep mud and manure became less of a need. Farm has way over 100 yards of concrete more than when we farmed the place. Most of the concrete we had needed a small skid steer to clean. And they were a few years off in the future. Dad priced a Danco front end loader for the Cub Cadet. Cost of the loader alone would have bought a nice M in 1963.

    Tire rant

    My Father-in-law was a rural mail carrier for several years, used his 2wd GMC pickup with 6.2L diesel. Averaged 14 mpg on his route, but hated chaining up in winter. A WinterForce tire would have been the answer for him. He traded trucks, got a 4wd Ranger SuperCab. No more chains but got about 10 mpg summer and 8 mpg winter.

    1086 FWA

    Yep, Elwood was used on 86-series built and shipped from Farmall. If you called Elwood and ordered an axle for field or dealer installed you got the exact same axle. Elwood was a very small company, they wanted a monthly or weekly shipment of axles they could count on. If a certain area had lots of rain during corn chopping time they could get orders for a dozen axles to ship in one day. We restricted Elwood build to two per day. Only time we built 2 per day for two weeks was a month after 786 production started, built 10 786's a day, two being AWD. Most months we only built 6-8 Elwood tractors a month. IH was really pushing the 2+2, we were building 42 per day. Elwood wanted part of that market segment.

    Tire rant

    Pictures show plenty of siping, small narrow slots in the tread surface. Thing with most really good winter tires is a very soft rubber thread, like a very soft pencil eraser which results in very short tread life but great traction. Best combination I've seen for winter snow traction with not so shockingly good ice traction and reasonable cost is the Firestone WinterForce tire. Had a pair on the drive wheels of my FWD Volvo S40, they were new the winter we had 100 inches of snow, 2007/2008, they would go thru snow that drug on the bottom of the car, so 5-6 inches deep. MY 4WD F250 would handle deep snow better because of much more ground clearance but did not have the traction even in 4wd the Winterforce tires had. A Bridgestone Blizzak has more traction but costs more, wears faster. I got 50,000 miles on my Winterforce tires, Blizzaks are bald around 20,000.


    We discussed this CO LoadStar a couple years ago when Stacy started the project, then nothing happened for years, but He's Finishing it! The IH has V8 was replaced with a built Duramax before the break to do can paint & bodywork. Thought you guys would like to know.

    Cub Cadet Model 70 w/ k181

    Not quite NO modification, I had to egg-shape the bolt holes on the starter-generator bracket bolt holes when I put a 10 hp in my #72. I put a 14 hp in that same 72 about 10 years ago. Used the flywheel, backing plate, and blower housing from my 12 hp Kohler and put the 14 hp parts on the 12 hp. 14 hp gains rpm instantly, and the 12 hp was a slug.

    WM Hobensack's

    A guy fairly well known on the Cub Cadet side of IH named William DeTurk collected quite a few old dealer decals. He also had an original, or 1961 to 1963 vintage CC that had an M&W 9-speed gearbox on it, an over-under-direct drive. Only about 50 ever made IIRC, guy that owns says he sold the last 9-speed he had for $7500. Been lots of pictures and comments on the 9-speed the last week on