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  1. Even riding Shotgun in a gas powered CO-190 hauling Hogs to the Chicago Stockyards in the 1960's, no CB, You saw those Monfort of Colorado trucks flying east and west on I-80. One morning east bound on I-80, getting close to the Big X with I-55, in 1983, maybe '84, must have been a former Monfort driver reliving the Good Old Day's, just chatting up a storm getting guys out of the left lane. I forget exactly how many times he said he had been stopped for speeding. Something around a dozen? Made me wonder if running legal with no stops wouldn't have been faster. But he did pass me like I was tied to a stump.
  2. Neighbor across the road that farmed 320 acres with just a 560 gas, bought a W9 the last year or two he farmed to get more timely on his farming. The W9 hooked right to all his 560 sized equipment, maybe pulled it a tiny bit slower. He still got done combining in January with his IH 203 combine. He could disk & harrow ahead of the planter with the W9, and plant with 560. His Cub Farmall mowed the lawn. And the two 8N Fords just took up shed space. Everything on the farm was half mile rows.
  3. That 9600 was rated 135 pto hp. Same as a 1486. My cousin had an 8600 I think it was. Was his big tractor when he out-grew his 4020. Far as I know it treated him O-K.
  4. The VT-903 in my '79 White RoadBoss only got 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 mpg loaded, about 6 empty, and I doubt it would get 10 Bobtailing! I ran two round trips from Davenport, Ia to Great Dane plant in Brazil, Indiana Thanksgiving weekend of 1983, 285 miles bobtailing, 285 miles empty 45 ft trailer, used just about ALL of my 120 gallon of fuel. The company had a TransStar 2, 8V92TTA, 425 hp, guy that drove it never slept, it finally got the better of him, but he normally got 3 to 3-1/2 mpg with it. They turned it down to 375 hp and it got worse. Even the little Silver 92's, 6V-92 TTA only got 4-5 mpg. But what they saved on fuel they spent on oil.
  5. Mom was a Registered Nurse, she woke up one night, Dad was hunched over on the edge of the bed and was running an electric drill, drilling a hole through the toe nail on his big toe, had an in-grown toe nail that was infected, toe just throbbing! She put the brakes on Dad's method. Took him downstairs and hunted up a paper clip, straightened it out, heated one end to red-orange hot, and just pushed it against the toe nail, it melted/burned it's way in and relieved the pressure. Mom brought him some pills and dressings home from work. In a couple days it was well on the way to being healed. One other bit of advice, save the broken drill bit if you ever replace the rubber bushings in leaf springs. First, they are IMPOSSIBLE to remove, bet most get burned out with a torch, fills the shop up with smoke. Next time grab your worthless broken drill bit, around 3/16" to 1/4" works, the more jagged and uneven the break the better. Chuck it in the drill, just stab the bit into the old bushing, pull the trigger on the drill, in a second it chews it's way through the bushing, works it's way out to the steel sleeve and chews it's way around the inside of the sleeve where the new poly bushing will press in. After 2-3 spins around the sleeve the rubber bushing will fall out, sleeve will be nice and shiny, no rust, no rubber, no soot. From the time you stab the bushing and pull the trigger only takes 3-4 seconds till the bushing falls out.
  6. When I pulled Dad's '51 M with Stan-Hoist loader home, used a 16 ft Corn Pro 12,500# tandem bumper pull trailer with a 2-3 ft beavertail. I knew I needed to reverse one rear wheel so took plenty of tools. First attempt at loading I wasn't even out of Dad's Friend's yard and knew I was too heavy on the hitch. Got to my Brother&sister-in-law's farm 4-5 miles away and released all the chains and backed the tractor back about FOUR INCHES. Dad's buddy told me where a 70 ft long truck scale was in town, next morning SON & I went into town and axled everything out, got weights on the frt axle, drive axle, trailer, and combined weight. Was perfect! Towed like a dream 65-70-75 mph 200 miles home. The M had no rear wheel weights, no fluid, the Stan-Hoist pipe loader is light, if that H has fluid or weights it might actually be heavier than my M was. It's got three sets of rear weights on it now. So yes, reverse one rear wheel, I drove the M onto the trailer so the loader bucket edge hit the front rail, then trip the bucket so it sits upside-down, and back up 5-6 inches.
  7. I "think" the 501 was the only in-line 6 with a little 4 bbl stock.
  8. Speaking of plant tours, was about 1990, or '91. SON is in 4th grade, comes home and asks if I want to be a chaperone for his field trip. Then he says the trip is to the GM Janesville, Wis. Truck Plant. 4 bus loads of 10 year olds to herd through that place. The kids were fine, but Me and another Dad who actually worked for a company that supplied machines to the Janesville plant kept watching every significant assembly step and one of the tour guides would have to come back and chase us up to the rest of the group. They made everything from Suburbans to medium duty 4 door trucks there, 2wd & 4wd. JERRY - That's interesting about your Son. It's neat to take a chunk of steel and cut away everything that ISN'T the part on the print, and then figure out the best quickest and cheapest way to make lots of them. A lot of machine shop owners have told me the same thing, that they got TOO BIG. They can't make chips anymore, they have to be on the phone, visiting customers, buying raw material, trying to find a player or heat-treater that doesn't scrap half the parts. Had shop owners with 5-6 machinists working for them say that and also shop owners with 40 machinists on two shifts. Anyhow, glad he enjoys what he does! My 4-H club leaders all worked for Deere, one was Deere Harvester traffic manager, another was a shop floor supervisor at Harvester, and the third was in Experimental at Harvester. They took our whole club to tour Harvester one day in the morning, then Deere's Silvis Foundry in the afternoon, the foundry that later cast the WFE axle for FARMALL. Harvester had some pretty dark areas but nothing compared to the foundry. By about 1987-'88 My son played soccer where that foundry was, green lawn mowed expanse. The automatic mold making machine, The HERMAN, was moved across the river to Bettendorf to the company I worked for a division of from about 1985 till 1989. The amount of dust and dirt created in an iron or steel sand foundry can not be believed. Even on below zero degree days the workers work with open windows to get rid of the dust/dirt. When I first started at FARMALL, the plant was pretty well lit, but the ceiling was black with dust & dirt dating back to the early 1920's, before IH bought the plant. About 1978 or '79 FARMALL hired a local painting contractor to paint the ceiling white. Took a year or two to complete the job. But what a difference. Before the paint without any lights everything was black, with the white ceiling just the slightest bit of light brightened things up, turn the lights on and it was almost like daylight.
  9. Both of us growing up in northern Illinois, we must have used the same Deere dealer. Only time I remember Dad talking to a Deere salesman was in about summer of 1968, Dad bought the salesman's own #30 pull type combine.
  10. A report I heard on FOX news said the crooks shot the UPS driver. Was his first day with UPS, wasn't supposed to work but was called in to fill in for a no-show. The typical 9mm pistol won't penetrate a typical car door, so the innocent bystanders in the cars could be safe depending on what the crooks had for weapons. That lack of penetrating power of the 9mm is why I don't have one or want one.
  11. I had a sales brochure for that TLB back about 47 years ago. We moved in fall of '72 & early winter 1973 and somehow they didn't make the move. All kinds of good literature. 350/450 era to 56-series.
  12. JERRY - That's a great end to that story about your visit to the East Moline plant. From my desk the last three years at FARMALL I could see all the plant tour groups as they made the jog to go down the stairs into the tunnel to get across the street into the plant. There was a minimum age for people on the tours at Farmall, can't remember how old. And, No cameras. Had a BIG group one day from Japan, wonder how many cameras got snuck into the plant that day. Where SON works he used to have tours go by frequently. He always found time to thank the customers for buying a machine.
  13. Actually Grandpa got us started on IH, local dealer worked with him to get him on an F-20 about 1938. He was a diehard horse farmer. But he had 4 sons to keep busy. Dad bought his H and 50-T baler from that same dealer after WW-2, and his '51 M and my Super H. The H and M both brand new, Super H was used. On used tractors, he would buy what would work from whoever had it on the lot, like the R diesel from a Deere dealer 45 miles from home, and the SM-TA and 450 from a big IH dealer 35 miles away, and bought the 4010 and 1940 JD B at auction, surprisingly about a year apart and only a few miles apart 20 miles away. You talk about dealers you don't like, both of our local Deere dealers were difficult to deal with. At least the one in the town I went to school in I knew the co-op kids working in the parts dept. The other dealer 20 miles away didn't know me and acted like they didn't know Dad, or my grandpa who lived less than a mile away. Hey, the town is a wide spot in the road, a 4-corners with a 40 mph speed limit on the state route. To this day they have NO convenience store or fast food, not even a vending machine with access to the public. The Deere dealer was the only commercial business till they closed 15 yrs ago. Both local IH dealers gone too since about 1970. For close to 10 years there were two IH dealers in my home town. The one that had been around since the 1940's full line, ag trucks, fridges and freezers. And the new one who couldn't keep the place open after about 1975.
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