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  1. Son came home from college for the X-mas holidays one time with a blown-up 460 Ford engine out of an Econoline Ford van. One afternoon we attacked it with air impact tools, see how fast it could come apart. There were a few bolts that twisted off but it came apart in 20-30 minutes. Biggest problem was the exh manifold bolts twisting off, hammer beat the manifolds off the broken bolts, vice-grip got a couple out but 4-5 twisted off in the head. Welding a good hex nut onto the broken off part in the head proved to work best, actually ARC welding. I bought a 5# box of 1/16th inch 6013 years ago, seemed to work best. Really heated the daylights out of the broken bolt.
  2. PETERSON MFG. Plainfield, Illinois made dual wheels. They also stocked a few oddball sized rims in enough quantity I called them from time to time if I was having trouble getting something in time from my normal suppliers. The 4 u-bolts stretches out the distance holding the dual wheel perpendicular to the axle, should be a significantly stronger hub. The home improvements done to the cab are interesting. Inside the cab marker lights don't seem like that great an idea because of glare. But I can see keeping the cab. SMV emblems were designed by I think the University of Ohio Ag dept. In 1965. It was quickly promoted by Successful Farming Magazine and became recommended and eventually required by most DOT's on equipment used on public roads that cannot exceed 25 mph. Dad bought one in summer 1965, for the back of our Heider auger wagon because I started running to town for hog feed 2-3 times a week all summer and Saturdays in spring & fall. I bet it was still on the augerwagon at Dad's auction in December 1972. Both my tractors have SMV emblems on them. What is sad, I doubt any driver's ed course teaches anything about them, all these kids checking the phones when driving don't even realize the orange/red triangle means slow moving machine. Also, technically, it's illegal to have an SMV emblem on something going faster than 25 mph. Anyhow, that is a much cleaner 1466 than what you usually see. Knowing the history and having run it before is a bonus.
  3. I have to agree with Randy Hall, our old '39 Farmall H was a kerosene tractor that one by one all the kerosene parts were removed as it was always run on gasoline, like the exh manifold cover, shutters, small gasoline tank. Probably the hardest we ran it was mowing hay with 7 ft sickle mower, or raking hay. Tried grinding ground ear corn ONE time with the Knoedler burr mill, I threw the first scoop in the Harvest Handler 16 ft elevator, paused, watched it go up the elevator and drop into the grinder, governor threw the engine WIDE OPEN, it slowed a little, more ears dropped in, it slowed more, and in about 3-4 seconds it got REAL quiet except for the noise of the elevator and auger that ran the ground earcorn out to the walk-in feeder. Engine died from the BIG over-load of trying to run the grinder. H probably made 20-22 hp, grinder needed 30+. Dad didn't say a word, just unhooked the PTO, started the H, went and got the M, hooked up the pto and I went back to grinding. The '40 JD B was a kerosene tractor too, but most of the Kerosene parts were still there and worked. But it was always filled with gasoline in the BIG tank, shutters always run wide open even though it was a thermo-siphon system. It didn't run worth a dang hot or cold, gasoline or kerosene. The extra cost of kerosene, crankcase oil dilution, risk of mixing kerosene and gasoline, just a whole lot of un-necessary expense. I wanted to start my new kerosene heater out on kerosene, not diesel fuel. With tax, 10 gallon was $52.00. Gasoline would have been around $16.

    830ck case

    On the larger models LIKE 730,830,1030 it's COMFORT KING
  5. Our local FOX channel had a three hour NASCAR show from 2 PM to 5 PM today. I had no idea what it was when I changed the channel to watch. BEST NASCAR RACE EVER, Richmond County Raceway in Virginia from Feb. 28, 1986. 34 YEARS AGO. Dale Sr lead over 300-350 of the 400 laps, little half mile oval, not much banking, only one or two pieces of ARMCO barrier around the outside of the track, one on the inside. Was Davey Allison's rookie season! Darrell Waltrip got a lap down early, lap 2 I think, wasn't till lap 390 of 400 he was on Earnhardt's back bumper, about 2 laps from the checkered flag Darrel tapped Dale's back fender, got Dale loose, passed him and Dale returned the favor and they BOTH ended up in the wall between turn 3&4 with just 1-1/4 laps, just under 3/4 mile of racing to go. Top 5-6 cars all caught up in the carnage, Kyle Petty won from 7th place. You just don't see racing like THAT anymore. They didn't have all the fancy technology, in-car camera's, tire wear sensors, no team spotters on top of the grandstands, But every crew chief had a 2-way radio to his driver! I'd GLADLY give up all the tv gadgets for the REAL RACING on the track!
  6. Yep, last weekend was supposed to be the start of the Formula 1 race season, Grand Prix of Australia, had the DVR all programmed, fast forwarded thru free practice 1 & 2, and watched something on soccor, and something on college football, and while fast forwarding thru free practice 3 Wife found something on Google about ALL F-1 racing is cancelled till May 1st, Dutch GP. We can watch play by play coverage of football games played 10-20 years ago but when the premiere racing class in the world cancels the first four races of the season the talking heads on TV can't mention it?
  7. My brother-in-law farms several farms, has about 5-6 miles of road bank to keep mowed, uses an 850 Deere which also is a Yanmar. Probably his most used tractor most years.
  8. BTO with the new 756 across the road cultivated with a IH 6 row frt mounted cultivator, 756 handled it fine. TP is EXACTLY right, 4 & 8 row is your only option for cultivating behind an 8 row planter, but one thing I didn't see is what row width your 8 row planter is. A 36 or 38 inch row cultivator probably has 4 sweeps per row, a 30 inch probably only 3, will be lighter and pull easier. I know the bigger frt mounted cultivators had outboard catering support wheels, not sure if they were available on an 8-row, would take a LOT of weight off the tractor. I never cultivated with a rear mount cultivator, that might be a possible option.
  9. The 5 mph 4th gear in the '39 H was too slow, but running 1300-1400 rpm in the 6-1/2 mph 4th gear in the Super H, about 5-1/2 mph was great. Typically used the rubber-tired David Bradley 4-bar rake on hay. Took about 4-1/2 hours to rake 20 acres, maybe a bit less, typically raked two swaths into one windrow. When raking straw I'd hook the steel high wheeled New Idea 4-bar rake to the tractor, that rake had a rear hitch to pull another rake, raked two 7 ft swaths into one windrow then roll another 14 ft swath into the windrow on the pass back across the field. Made short work of 20 acres. Was snooping on Kuhn's website the other day, a 2-basket rotary rake they recommend 40 pto hp. Might have to step up to an M to run that.
  10. The McCormick Works was in Chicago. Depends on what exactly the plant made as to what it was called. The McCormick Works Plant was located at the intersection of Blue Island Avenue and Western Ave. Chicago. It was the main plant building reapers at the time McCormick bought the other three companies in 1904 and formed IH. After the merger the company built more buildings and formed "The Tractor Works" on the McCormick Works property. The plant covered 147.1 acres. It was closed sometime in the 1950's. I've been to the IH West Pullman, Illinois plant, think it was originally built by William Deering before the merger. Canton Plant was right across the street to the south of the big city park in Downtown Canton. Businesses surrounded the park except on the south. Park covered the whole block. Buddy of mine worked there, twice actually. His Dad was Captain of the plant guard force. Buddy was steel buyer there for quite a few years. The Canton Plant had 40 acres down right next to the Illinois River where they unloaded all the barges of steel he ordered. You could walk from one side of that 40 acres to the other side just by walking on pallets of steel, never touching the ground. Wife and I drove down to Canton in January of '79 I think it was, mostly to check out the IH plant I just started dealing with when I was Interworks buyer/scheduler at FARMALL. The East Moline plant was my biggest problem, and I worked there for six weeks, the Canton plant was a close 2nd as far as problems went. ANYHOW, IH blue paint, the blue I saw on IH plows and cultivators was a pretty dark blue. I'd almost call it a Navy blue.
  11. I used my 982 to mow my 2.3 acres up till 5 years ago. Took 4 hours every mow, could set my watch by that. With my 72 with 38 inch deck was 6 hours. But every time I mowed with the 982 I felt like a time bomb was ticking, stock Onan B48G engine. Got a new Cub Cadet TANK ZTR mower, 54 inch deck 27 hp Kawasaki, verses 50 inch deck on 982 and 20 hp Onan. First time I mowed with the tank I found I had lots of tree pruning to do, never had a ROPS before, but first mow was 2-1/2 hours. Last summer I mowed a couple times around 2 hours flat. If I rent a stump grinder for a couple hours I know I can get down to 1-1/2 hours. The cut from new mower deck is so much better than any CC garden tractor deck I've ever had, yep, wish I'm made the switch to a zero turn 20 years ago. A Cub Cadet is way too small for me to move snow. I use my Super H with chains weights and loader mounted snow blade. I put a blade on my 70 and 72 several years ago, mostly for clearing small snows, an inch or less. Took as long or longer than using the Farmall. I need to do some work on my home-made sleeve hitch for my #72, so I can go to Cub Cadet plow days again. Pulling my 10" Ohio Steel Fabricating plow for an hour is enough fun for me, then "Bench Plow" with my buddy's and lead-up and go home.
  12. I've been following the new Bronco too. Last I read on-line was a 7 speed manual was still an option with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6, about 350 hp. A buddy sent me a couple pictures of two pilot build Bronco's he found somewhere on-line, were on the line in the plant it looked like. My Wife drove a 5-speed Mustang GT for 9 years, but she put her foot down, only automatics now. Son's '18 Mustang GT has a 6 spd manual, it's CRAZY the technology they've put in manual trans now day's, automatic rpm matching on down-shifts, an anti-stall feature when taking off in inclines. I just wish SOMEBODY put a manual trans in a pickup still.
  13. My Cousin's youngest boy was about 6 yrs old, Dad, Me and SON went to the county fair one day. Watched the pedal tractor pull. Cousin's son made a pretty good pull, can to a stop, backed up about a foot and took off forward again pulling the sled forward another 6-8 inches. Dad and I looked at each other, "Yep, no doubt who his Dad is!"
  14. Son's been putting 600 miles a week on my old '96 F250 7.3PSD the last month. Fuel just isn't cheap enough yet to make that affordable. It's going to get replaced with a Toyota to commute 110 miles/day to/from work. The Ole Ford has 314,000 miles, No sign of giving up yet. IF you could put the miles on fast enought, they would make half a million miles easy.
  15. I joined a "Special" 7.3L Godzilla FB page. The hot-rod tuners are working on all kinds of stuff for them. There has been a recall on them already, the first 1000 engines are supposed to be replaced, they have piston oil cooling tubes running parallel to the crankshaft, and below the bottom ends of the cylinders, and supposedly the tube is in the way of the conn rods on some engines, they run, but make a noise. This 7.3L sounds like a lot more truck engine than anything Ford has made since the 401, 477, and 534 gas V-8's. Guys are looking for new wrecked trucks to get them and install in their Mustangs.
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