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  1. Allis tag

    Diverse is good AND bad. Diversity cushions the fluctuations in differing industries, like when ag equipment sales are soft maybe trucks or construction will be up. But when you lose money in all your diverse businesses, eventually your boat is going to sink. When Allis only made a profit on continuing operations of $45,000 in 1985, their boat sunk. Their ag implement business could no longer support all their little pet businesses. Biggest difference between IH and Allis was IH was a market leader in most of the industries they made equipment for, if not #1, then #2. Allis was #3 at best and typically #4-#5 which means they were a pretty small player in those industries. I've done several hours of reading up on Allis since my last post. Allis has a facinating Wikipedia page. Has the biggest bibliography I've seen on any Wikipedia topic. Allis bought all their divergent product lines at close-out prices after they got in financial problems. My last employer did the exact same thing on a smaller scale and finally had to prune things, Allis and my last employer ended up with Dozens of factories scattered all over the country. ALL needing infusions of CASH to spruce up the product line and stimulate sales. I never saw where Allis built jet engines, maybe it was a spin-off of their steam turbine division. Actually, the nuclear reactor business actually kinda fits them. Company I worked for had a Nuclear Stamp, one business unit made extremely high pressure piston pumps used as back-up cooling pumps for reactors, same pumps also homogonized milk. There was a great sounding book just on Allis construction equipment but the Buy it Now price of $128 seemed a little steep. Think I'll see if my library can get it.
  2. Dana Loesch

    Scary thing I saw about Monday or Tuesday, some Other news channel, CNN, MSNBC, stuck a microphone in front of a 16-17 year old survivor of the Florida shooting, at first I thought how well spoken he was about the ordeal, then his tone changed, and then said, "If people don't change the laws NOW, We will when we are in charge." It's like his generation is going to revolt agaiinst the will of the majority? He better learn how the Democracy works! Thought I keep having is WHY do these nut cases think shooting up a school accomplishes anything? I had about a dozen buddys in high school who ran trap lines every morning before school in fall & winter. I bet every one of them had a 410 or 12 ga in the trunks of their cars, or behind the seats of their trucks. They carried them when running their traps, and had to drive to school without going home. They would NEVER have thought to bring their shotgun into school.
  3. Allis tag

    What other contruction equipment did they make besides dozers of all sizes, and that tiny little road grader? Did they make an endloader? I know they made a huge 6-cylinder diesel truck engine nick-named the " Purple Monster", we had a great discussion here about it 5-6 years ago. Siemans ended up with their electrical business. Supplier I dealt with from around Philly visited them every time he came to Milwaukee to visit me. Allis was into lots of things besides ag equipment, but I don't think they were more diversified than IH. IH was on an entirely different scale than AC.
  4. Pull type combines

    Every summer a couple days before the oats were ready to combine we would get a big thunderstorm, would blow down the best yielding areas of oats and one year soaked up one low spot in one field, had standing water in one area. Dad comes along with the Super M-TA and #25 Deere combine, I'm following behind with the H and wagon to unload into, The M-TA spins to a stop. I unhook from the wagon, chain up to the M-TA and we both spin and dig ruts in that wet spot trying to get thru. In about 100 feet it was dry, we stopped, unhooked, next round same thing, for about 3-4 rounds. Normally we hooked the wagon along side the combine to unload on the go, but had to get well beyond the wet spot several passes before hooking the wagon on. With problems pulling a little combine I can imagine the problems with soft ground on a BIG pull-type.
  5. Allis tag

    CH Wendell wrote 150 Years of IHC and it does an excellent job of showing how diverse IH was, how many of the small niche products they made for certain specialty crops, etc. Some implements they only built a few hundred in 20+ years. My buddy I went to tractor shows with grew up on Allis tractors, and let me flip thru his copy of C.H. Wendell's The Allis Chalmers Story. They built huge stationary engines, steam engines, lots and lots of power generation/distribution equipment, one-off stuff. Building all those WC, WD, and WD-45's just allowed them to do some fun projects!
  6. Turning my 886 into a puller

    I saw a gas Super M beat a hard running NA Deere 4000 by about 50 feet one afternoon. I think the Super M had more cubic inches than the Deere did!
  7. I Don't Understand

    The maintenance dept used Hydro Cub Cadets to pull Big trash hoppers on steel casters around the plant, they had quik-couplers on the back of the tractors, used thin guage steel 4 ft x 8 ft sheets as bottom floor and sides, and half sheets, 4 ft x 4 ft as front & backs, reinforced with angle iron, matching kwik-couplers front and back, everything from paper coffee cups to hardwood pallets and cardboard boxes ended up in them, filled to heaping capacity, depending on distance to unload, one or two loaded hoppers pulled, one for short distance, two for long hauls, 3 emptys were typical. Same Cub Cadets plowed snow, mowed the grass around the office and parking lots. I knew the Fork Truck garage manager pretty well, he said the early gear drive CC's had frequent clutch/brake problems, Hydros did not. Machine repair also used CC's to pull their tool boxes around the plant. As you guys know, they can weigh 1000-2000#. They also used CC's to pull lube oil wagons around to the different machine tools when they serviced them. They carried 100 gallons of new oil and 100 gallon used oil. Few Cub Farmalls were used too. Keep in mind these Cub Cadets ran 8 and 16 hours per day! Along with the fancy gas tank vent the Cubbies had front bumpers and the footrests were extended forward as front fenders over the front wheels, rear fenders also extended behind the tires, those guys ran rain or shine. They put the canvas "Cabs" on the tractors used to move snow. If a garden tractor could survive a year of use at Farmall, it would stand anything a farm could do to it over ten years. I know they used Cubbies at East Moline Plant and probably at all the other plants too.
  8. Learning alot, but want more info

    Yes, The FARMALL TAP was a popular hang-out for workers. The place suffered the same fate as Farmall. The story I heard about the 706/806 series start-up was the design of oil circulation in the rearend casting REALLY pushed the limits of automated casting mold making technology available in 1963. Thin wall steel conduit was used for oil flow paths inside casting walls. Keeping those conduits in position while you poured 2700 degree molten iron into the molds took a while to perfect the process, That's where the 50-60% scrap rate was. Most castings were able to be reworked and within a month or so the amount of scrappage dropped significantly. I have seen many Nose-to-Nose confrontations on shop floors. Most at Farmall were in the small Foreman and General Foreman offices located in every dept. The offices were just big enough for a desk, a file cabinent, and 2-3 chairs. Once you got over "Across the Street" into the upper managers offices the discussions got much more heated. I was in the Manager of Material Procurement and Distribution when an Assembly Superintendant told him He thought it was "Time for a new Tire Buyer". The Superintendant always tried to stir things up, cause drama, I had caught him screaming about being out of tires when I had been in the plant between Midnight and 2 AM finding the tires he needed scattered all over his department, most of them 20 feet from his office door. I made him look like an idiot to my Boss's Boss's Boss. There were two UAW locals at Farmall, #1309 for assembly and production personel, and #1310 for skilled trades, tool makers, machine repair, electricians, millrights. Like all places that employ people, about 5% do anything and everything possible to keep production going, 20% try really really hard to keep things going. About 50% are your typical good employees, then 20% are the ones that do as little as possible, and the last 5% try to do anything but work all day every day. I've been in plants that employ 3500, and about 650, and about 500, and about 300, 150, and 15. Those percentages are accurate in all cases. One Huge advantage a Union gives a company is a reliable source of trained manpower. One place I worked, Not an IH plant, we had 3 unions, one guy in one dept. wandered around all over the plant 8 hours a day, even in the front offices, I think he even worked over-time so he could wander around at Time and a Half. I liked working a little over-time too, 4 to 16-20 hours a week. One job I had I got paid straight time for actual hours worked. I worked 3000 to 3200 hours a year.
  9. Increased the herd

    Guy I bought my 982 from had a 782, really nice tractor, he borrowed a pair of 26-12.00x12 Firestones and came to the First Cub Cadet Plow Day at Roanoak, Ill back in March 2001. I used that plow day as an excuse to buy my 23-8.50's. I was really impressed with the increased grip over the 6x12 GY Pizza-Cutter turf tires it had on before. My 982 had a Carlisle R-1 lugged tire on it when I bought it. I took it to a plow day about 2003 or '04, and they just didn't grip like the Firestones. The Firestones cost a little more but they're worth it.
  10. Increased the herd

    Are those 23-10.50x12 Firestones on the back of the 782? I have 26-12.00x12's on my 982 and 23-8.50x12's on my #72 with a K321 Kohler in it. Firestones are my favorite tire on the back of a Cub Cadet or a Farmall.
  11. Stupid question about 88 series seats...

    The 86-series and I'll assume the 06, 56, & 66 series all used Sears Manufacturing seats from Davenport. The 88-series as in the 5x88, 3088,3288,3488, & 3688 used Grammar Seats from Germany. It started out being a BIG cost savings, and as the start of the new production started they actually cost more than the Sears seat, the exchange rate between US Dollar and Deutsche Mark had changed that much. I wasn't around but I assume they switched back to Sears as soon as they could.
  12. I Don't Understand

    SOMEBODY took REAL good care of that 1450 until real recently. The owner took real good care of it. Bet it doesn't take much to get it running. I'm not a big fan of the QuietLine series of tractors but many people are. The rubber mounted engine is what I didn't care for. I'm not sure what else people can do to spread the word about restoring garden tractors. There's entire episodes of Classic Tractor Fever about garden tractors, several magazines about collecting Cub Cadets in particular and garden tractors in general, Hank Will Jr. and Ken Updike have written books on Cub Cadets, Todd Markle writes a large article about Cub Cadets in every Red Power. There were over a hundred Cub Cadets at RPRU in Des Moines this summer. Couple good friends had their tractors and quarter scale CC implements on display. Couple buddies made a hobby of driving all over Iowa looking for yellow&white paint peeking out from behind barns, sheds, trees, grain bins, buying them and hauling them home. American Pickers with a much more focused collectable they were looking for.
  13. NY Auction

    I like that 826, the Excel diamond cab was always my favorite. Some interesting modifications to the Super M. The white paint on the raised part of the hood for the guages and steering shaft. Never seen an alternator mounted out beyond the governor before. I would have mounted the headlights further forward up on the grill. Nice to see this vintage IH iron bring good money at auction.
  14. Letter Series at Work

    But some here think the fact the letter series, W and Farmalls, did not incorporate a 3-point hitch into their design relegates them to the scrap heap today, makes them incapable of doing useful work today. Dad used the Fast Hitch on our 450 frequently, had a 6 ft blade, 4F-43 fully mounted 4-14 plow for a couple years, rear gang on the cultivator, and a 5 ft IH BushHog that was built like a battleship we chopped corn stalks with a couple years. 450 flew thru the field in 4th gear! We had no problem finding things to do with the Super H to put on 250 hours every year, Bet the M got about that many hours most years too. The only tractor we had with a 3-point was the 4010 which we did not use at all, used the rockshaft to raise/lower left side of the front mount cultivator, lower draft arms just got in the way, but the draft bar seals leaked like ALL Deere's did.
  15. Truck titling - are there any options?

    Wow! How heavy of plates did you have on your 1 ton? I had 8000# plates on my F-250, and just transferred them to my new Ram 1500. My F-250 is rated 8600# gross, bet I was over-loaded a time or two. Ram 1500 is rated 6900#. Wisconsin only offers 4500#, A license, 6000# B, 8000# C, 10,000# D, etc. Coworker about 20 years ago went fishing in Canada. Used his K2500 Suburban with a Wisconsin B license on it. All loaded up for a weeks fishing, food, beer, tackle, boat in tow, State cop stopped him for Over-Weight on his license. Cop told him he should have registered it as a car, no weight limit. Wasn't the only problem they had, Customs found his handgun under the seat at the border.
  16. Super MD Questions.

    I wouldn't worry too much about a new clutch. Those old letter series tractors had the smoothest engaging clutches ever made in them. 30 years ago you could get Cera-Metallic 4-pad clutches like the newer IH's, 86-series were built with, they were kinda grabby. Both my '51 M and '54 Super H still have the factory installed clutches in them, 64 and 67 years old! M has been the loader tractor since new, Super H only the last 22-23 years. They don't get run a lot now days but they used to run every day years ago. Both still have plenty of adjustment left and don't slip. A Super MD should do a fine job running a small square baler. My only advice, be consistent in size of your windrows. Big or small doesn't matter, just be consistent. I got spoiled raking for the neighbor's 55-T engine driven baler, you could vary tractor speed with the throttle and baler speed stayed consistent, even stop with the engine clutch. Then one day we borrowed his new #37 baler and ran it with the Super H. I ran in 2nd gear baling all day over the 20 acres, every windrow was one round, two passes of a 7 ft rake, consistent! Never a problem over-loading the baler.
  17. More big stuff (yellow)

    I've seen bearings that big in rotary tables on machine tools. I'm surprised at all the hardware in the bottom of the boxes.
  18. 2+2 from concept to the field

    Dept. 80, the far west building where they built up the front half of the 2+2's and married the frt & back, was designed to build eight tractors in an eight hour shift, times two shifts, 16 per day, 80 per week, round numbers, 3200 per year, roughly 200 working days per year. They kept upping the schedule, Kimco with the axles really complained, pushed the increase out farther than Farmall wanted, but eventually we got 42 tractors per day, 21 per shift. Then once every dealer had a 3388, 3588, and 3788 on their lot the new orders STOPPED! My Dad was delivering fuel and fertilizer in northern Illinois, south-western Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa, he drove past lots of IH dealers and kept telling me he couldn't understand why we were building so many, they were all sitting on dealer's lots, not in farmer's yards. He seldom saw one running in a field.
  19. Canadian Pile Up

    I remember seeing that before, but think this is a longer version than I saw before. Thought that kept going thru my mind was, "NEW Olympic Sport, Curling with City Buses!"
  20. Anyone Recognize These Women?

    Best Buy.
  21. When AM was all we had

    It used to really tick Dad off, He'd have the good Automatic tractor radio tuned to WGN or a local station, WGEN out of Geneseo, and the next time he'd turn it on it would be tuned to WLS. There was another so-so rock station in Davenport, KSTT, 1170, but I had to listen to WLS. Got my first FM radio in '74, in my car. I didn't run any of Dad's tractors with radios anymore, BTO I worked for didn't have a single tractor radio until they were std equip. in cabs, think his 4230 Deere was the first. About 1983 I'm setting in line waiting to unload at Hy-Vee Foods warehouse in Chariton, Iowa, and the KW next to me has a decal on the door, "Official WLS Larry LuJack Cheap Stupid Animal Story Mobile Unit" so just for the heck of it I switched my AM/FM/Cassette deck over to AM on the way home and a couple more days, then went back to the cb or tape deck.
  22. Rear engine '77 Loadstar

    Been too many years and too many miles, probably was a FleetStar. I was always amazed that tiny quarter-inch diameter fuel line and that tiny 2 bbl Holley carb could feed the beast 20 gallons of gas an hour!
  23. Case 94 vs IH 50 Series

    The first time I saw a red 94 series at a CIH dealer I was on the way to deliver some freight with My little old FleetStar and 45 ft trailer. I made a point of coming home the same way, pulled right into the dealers lot and looked it over for a couple minutes. Only thing changed was the decals and paint color. THAT was not a good day.
  24. Something You Were Always Told As Kid

    Never had Grandpa tell me that but Dad told mme that a lot! Something else he said lots was "Sit back, your blocking my mirror"! I always figured if I was riding Shotgun the passenger side mirror was mine.
  25. Cheap building, 1969

    I never poured footings or floors for one of those but poured concrete for Butler buildings many times. Biggest was me and another driver poured over 100 yards one morning INSIDE a huge Butler building. Backed in from south end, 4 lanes, left our chutes at the job site, even having to take the long way back to the plant to avoid the 9 ft railroad bridge right next to the plant, it was only a half mile to the job. Building had concrete sidewalls 6-8 ft tall, then steel walls on top of that, floor was 6 inches thick, wire mesh and rebar both, with plastic vapor barrier, had pink board insulation outside of footings. Was for storing sacked commercial hog feed at a local feedmill. Would have 5-6 semi-loads of feed in it all the time. Lots and lots of heavy fork truck traffic. The end we didn't drive into/out of was the truck dock closest to the road. Brother-in-law's Dad poured footings for a Butler machine shed just a couple months before I started at Farmall. I was the first truck pouring the footings. He was building a $20,000 building and was worried about me driving down more that two rows of corn!