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  1. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!"
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The IH build sheets would have the original buyer of the tractor if it was an order out for a specific person, would even include their phone number, because that information would carry over all the way to the shipping paperwork that went with the tractor, so when it was signed for at the dealer, the dealer also had the name and phone number to call to let the buyer know his tractor was in. I had access to the orders on-line and saw several orders that way. A tractor for dealer stock would not have any of that info. All those records would have moved down towards the shipping department, far west end of the plant. 59 years worth of tractor production, 1926 to 1985, would have been many many bankers boxes of paper. I don't know if the line set ticket and the inspection sheet was kept too or not. Could have been several pieces of paper to hang onto. The most important thing to FARMALL was the invoice sent to the branch and region so they got paid. I forget what year it was, late 1960's maybe, but in the fall crops were good, prices high, local Deere dealer was notified he could only get so many tractors. He had 40-50 names of guys wanting a new tractor and was only supposed to get 10 or something like that. Then the hog and cattle markets tanked, grain prices tanked too. When the first new tractor came in the first 25 guys on the list passed on it. When the next couple new tractors came in they sat on the lot a long time before they sold.
  15. There's been several frequent posters here say parts for the tractor are really hard to find. It was made by Komatsu, the gas engine is a Mazda, and the diesel is a Nissan, engine parts not so hard to find.
  16. I got caught in a sleet storm east of Des Moines running east bound on I-80, there's a rest area at the 218 mile marker I think, heard the report of the first car in the median, slowed from 62 to 55, around 220 mile marker slowed to 40-45, guy with a 45,000# load of drywall in his trailer slowed behind me, we pulled into the rest area, he hollered at me to pull forward a little, his trailer was sliding sideways towards a big culvert. Then he crawled up into his bunk to sleep. I got out of my little FleetStar, soon as I touched the pavement my feet went out from under me, flat on my back under my truck, pull myself out, walk on the grass up to the building, call the wife, let her know I won't be home when she goes to work. Sitting still on the entrance to that rest area I got hit FOUR times, once by a Volkswagen Rabbit, two guys jumped out, pushed it uphill sideways and pulled further into the rest area, they bounced off my trailer tires, no damage. A conversion van slid on the ice, scuffed the trailer a bit, they backed up across the road and parked. Then a truck ran thru the rest stop, 18-wheeler, the pavement must have thawed out, but the rest area was icy. I'm resting my head on the armrest on the driver's door, this semi side-swipes me at about 30 mph, scrapes the heck out of the trailer, bends the rim on the outside bead of the outside left rear tractor tire, ripped the mirror off the driver's door, and broke the frt wheel bearing oil lube cover off, I'm fine, truck is getting beat up, not sure it will finish the trip. I get out, walk all the way to the far end of the rest area, the SOB that hit me must have flown on thru! I go back, sit in my truck, run the engine, heat the cab up. A truck ahead of me on the left side of the entrance into the rest area trys to leave, slides downhill Jack-knifes against another truck on the right side, the entrance is blocked. An hour later, we're talking 4 - 4:30 AM now, a Consolidated Food Services truck comes flying into the rest area, gets off the clear pavement onto the glare ice, sees the side of the truck blocking the driveway, jumps on all the brakes he has, the right side of his loaded 10-wheeler hits the semi-load of drywall, 80,000# gross, square on the rear of the trailer, he shoves the semi into the back of my trailer, then he pirouette around to the right and hits my trailer hard enough to push me forward 10-12 feet with ME standing on the brakes, on ice. It's about run-up, final a state trooper shows up. Then a wrecker. The driver of the load of drywall shows up, the food truck hit his truck hard enough he flew from his bunk over the driver's seat, got below the steering wheel, and as he woke up, realized he was tangled up in the pedals. Had to climb over the doghouse, and exit the passenger door. I think he headed towards Iowa City hooked to a wrecker. I know the food service truck did. I called my Boss, told him all the events of the night, and damage to truck & trailer. Said I'd try to limp it home. Trooper wasn't real happy with me trying to get home, but then I reminded him that NOW wasn't a good time to make me even MORE P-O'd with Iowa, their DOT and State Troopers. I just wanted to get home. I told the Boss to find somebody else to run to Des Moines that evening when I got back home. That worked well, he called about 4 PM, said the truck was all ready to go. And I left town about 5 PM. For a time not only the road thru the rest area was iced up, but cars/trucks stopped on the right lane of the actual interstate, and on the shoulder, then the first salt truck went by, 15 minutes later cars, pickups, semis flying by 65 mph.
  17. Ha-Ha.... 2100-2200 rpm 7th gear with the 4010. I had had enough "plowing corn" for one year, either '69 or '70. Did the back 20 in a bit over 1-1/2 hours. You have to look a L-O-N-G ways ahead of the cultivator running that fast. You get a bit off the row just STOP. Neighbor next door was cultivating the first time west of me about a quarter mile. I was making 4 rounds to his one. The day that fall Dad picked that 20 he didn't say a thing all day until we're walking to the house after chores, and he says, "Say, what's different about that field we picked today, makes no difference which way I drive it's smooth as a baby's butt?" He knew I cultivated that field, but wasn't sure what I did different. My Buddy that farms over 1000 acres now used to brag up the LILLISTON cultivators they cultivated with back from about 1970 onward. It used rotary hoe wheels set at angles and tilted to throw dirt and really stir up dirt next to the row. He was real used to cultivating at 10 mph. Now days he sprays weeds faster than that. Heck, he sprayed weeds faster than that in 1970! They had a big Hagie high clearance sprayer way back then, mostly for their potatoes, but used it on corn & beans too.
  18. Guess I should have checked Hank Will's book before I posted. My #72 had a fairly new K181 in it when I bought it. It struggled to mow with a 38" deck, and barely ran the QA-36 snow blower. Running that hard caused short life expectancy. The small hp tractors were not selling well because they wore out soon and couldn't run the attachments people wanted. But my "Cheapy rebuild" of a K241 ran 1400 hours of the same style usage. I doubt the K321 in it now ever wears out. Has the forged Alcoa conn rod Dave Kirk talks about in his Killer Kohler build article, has a Clevite 77 bearing insert, and a K361 cam. And the Zero turn does all the mowing. To be honest, I haven't run a Cub Cadet tractor in over 4 years.
  19. If I remember correctly, the model 86 was the lowest production CC made. I wouldn't say they are "rare" but unlike a 129, not everybody has or has had one. An 86 would be a good blade tractor.
  20. Son bought a brand new '14 about New Years Eve of '14, took several months before he got that "Contaminated DEF warning" message the first time. First time the service manager cleared the code, flashed the computer or something sitting in the parking lot and all was good for a couple months. Second time it happened they got SON's truck into the shop the next day. He only put 20 miles a day on it going to/from work. They asked if he was using Mopar Def, He said "Of Course NOT, I use Peak DEF in the 5 gallon box from Blain's Farm & Fleet, they have a whole pallet on the floor in the oil area. They sell more DEF than all the truck stops around there combined." They didn't like that answer. About 5-6 weeks later the message comes back, he drives the truck to his dealer. Service Mgr says, "Can't get you in for a week or two, my diesel tech is on vacation." Son said, "Well give me a loaner." Which they really didn't want to do since they didn't sell him the truck. The Turbo Diesel Register and other Cummins forums had hundreds of posts about the Contaminated DEF warning message on them. Using MOPAR DEF did not prevent getting the message. Anyhow, about 2 days later Son's truck was deleted, chipped, new 5 inch exhaust installed. No more Def problems. ANYHOW, that is sure one pretty RAM pickup. Looks a LOT like my '18 RAM 1500. Your dealer will get the problem straightened out. You just need to take it back a couple times.
  21. Well, just setting aside a day to go, just hope the Wife, aka Navigator decides to come along. Her and the kid entertained themselves for four hours while We/I toured all three buildings at Oscar's Dreamworld. Seeing Farmall Land is a must see this summer!
  22. SON's '18 Mustang GT makes 460 hp, redline at 7500 rpm, 6 spd manual. My '88 Mustang GT made 225 hp, redline around 5000-5200, 5 spd. Fastest I pushed it was 90 one night. I was impressed how much better behaved it was at 90 than at 70. SON takes sweeping curves on Interstates at 3 digit speeds. You really loose track of how fast it really is. Yes, if something happened, things would get nasty quick!
  23. I did something like 110 oil changes in my '96 F250 7.3L. Used the same pivoting strap wrench for every single one except the last one. The filter had been on over 3 years, wasn't driving the truck much, took my car everywhere. It would not come off, think it was a Motorcraft FL-1995. Pounded my biggest screw driver into it, just ripped the steel outer jacket off, shredded the filter media. I pulled everything off so just the threaded base plate left. Put the chisel in my pneumatic impact hammer, gave the plate a few bursts, then a few more, then a longer burst and it moved, then another long burst and it came loose. Yes, I oiled the seal ring, almost 4 years before then. Had a problem getting the little tiny filter off the Kawasaki engine in the zero turn last summer. I went into Farm & Fleet and O'Reilly's and got 3-4 filter wrenches or pliers I thought might work. Then it came right off. Tried to get one of those stamped cup sockets to remove the filter on the truck. F&F didn't have one even close to fitting it.


    Lots of trucks from my era of driving. Company I drove for had several IH S2200's with 238 Detroits and 10-speeds. Used in town local delivery of truck load freight for Farmall. They had a couple S2200's with 6V92TTA's, 307 hp and 9-speeds, my buddy drove one. Normally got between 5&6 mpg, while the RoadBoss 2's with 903's and 6 spd Spicers were getting 4 mpg in the same use, mostly running from Davenport to Chicago. Couple trucks had 290 Cummins and 10-speeds, very tired older trucks. Mostly did local delivery. They had two White Commanders, tilt cab version of the RoadBoss, 350 Cummins and 10-speeds, and several TransStar's with same engine/transmissions. They all got better mpg than the 903 powered trucks but not quite as good as the V6 Detroits. Company had one TransStar with 8V92TTA & 9 speed, 475 hp. I did my first runs in that truck. It took a while to get there but it would run right up to 75 mph, and about 3-3/4 mpg normally. Have to compare engine and transmission both in a truck with it's usage. Like my tire and rim loads to FARMALL, full 45 ft trailer was 104 16x38 rims or wheels and around 16,000# gross with pallets. Tires like 18.4x38 6 & 8 ply were 18,000 to 20,000#. My little 903 powered RoadBoss would run right up against the governor, 2500 rpm & 67 mph and 4 mpg. The Silver 92 powered S2200's would creep up to 70 and about 5 to 5-1/4 mpg. Only a couple tractors had any aero improvements at all, all 13-1/2 ft tall and 8 ft wide trailers. They caught a LOT of wind.


    What's REALLY sad is Navistar made both the 6.0 and 6.4. I did see a ranking of best pickup diesel engines years ago. The 5.9 & 6.7 Cummins were lumped together as #1, the 7.3L PSD was #2, 6.0L was #3, and 6.4L once deleted was #4. That left the 6.5, 6.6, 6.2, etc GM's fighting for last place. Think this article was before the 6.7L ALL Ford engine was in production. It sure had it's share of problems at first.
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