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  1. Better not try the "three step"--------or you might be "layed away on the runway" Two-Step!!!!!! Reminds me of the "Good old Days": of one of our 4-H club trips to the Mid-South Fair in Memphis. (sometime in '50's). My dad always sent Leotis (big 18--20 yr old black boy from here on the farm) along with the ass't county agent to help with the care of the cows, etc. Leotis had been there for a couple of days when us 4H boys arrived. Leotis wanted to talk with me in private no sooner than I arrived on the scene------saying "Mistuh Brothers'-----you got any extra money with you? I'ze sho nuff wants to go out on out on da runway tonight!!!!" (mid-way????-----runway-----highway------some kind of way!!!!!) I took up a light collection from the boys and a great time wuz had by all. (we found the way) Leotis Stanford-----where are you???? Come to see me----you need to meet Wrangler the horse!!! DD
  2. "Elvis" (the Green Diamond engine) has left the arena!!!! Went to the scrap yard this morning. DD
  3. Thanks Owen for your identification and comments on the Impco system. I have used some Impco products before------but never have seen that setup. Thanks DD
  4. Not familiar with the Fords other than 8N--9N. But we ran L-P on 8N-9N plus Farmall Ms and trucks. Still have a F-700 truck and 3 Ms on L-P. Just offering a quick observation on your L-P set up------ am wondering if it is plumbed correctly??? As a general rule: L-P requires a hotter spark plug and slightly advanced timing than gasoline engines. Also in colder weather (in Mississippi)-------we would sometime give them a shot of either and/or shut liquid off and open the vapor line to carb. Once cranked and begins to warm up-------slightly open liquid as you close off the vapor and try to run on liquid. I note your setup has two vaporizers hooked in tandem----also am unsure of how the rest of the lines are being fed to carb??? Am working from cell phone-----not very good with illustrative drawing from cell phone-----but have marked several points with colored dots on your picture. I never have seen a dual vaporizer used----makes me wonder what was going on here. The 2 RED dots indicate the Vaporizers. The vaporizer acts as both a conversion point from liquid to vapor and a pressure regulator-----cutting high pressure liquid (100---200 psi) from the tank to low pressure (2---3 psi??) Vapor for intake to the carb/throttle. The engine actually runs off of low pressure vapor. Straight liquid will flood it as will high pressure vapor. The pipe nipple connecting the two vaporizers together should be the point of Exit for vapor passing through a large low pressure hose going to the carb. The engine will actually pull a vacuum and suck the low pressure vapor through the intake hose (outlet from vaporizer). Vaporization is made possible by heat from engine coolant passing through the backside chamber of the vaporizer unit. I am presuming the Green dot illustrates the high pressure feed from the tank. And the small Blue dot illustrates a vacuum line for cracking the vaporizer valve for venting purposes when 1st starting. The small button (point where the one pressure feed line is attached) is a primer button that when pressed inward gives a shot of raw gas for starting purposes. Hard to explain without a diagram to work from. Give me a couple of days and I will snap a picture of one of the set ups on my Ms or F-700. Vaporizers are rated for different HP ranges------but the basic layout are all the same. Might be nothing wrong other than your connections------or possibly the original vaporizer went bad and someone is trying to cure the problem with the second vaporizer??? Have you ever seen this engine running-------As-Is???? Do you know any background on past L-P repairs??? Don't be scared of L-P------its very simple once you understand it. I doubt this being a factory set up----do you see any evidence of a factory L-P or gasoline fuel tank??? Sure is a nice looking lift----gotta git it up and running . Have you seen it running in this configuration?? In the meantime------check the vaporizers over closely. Most will have inlet or outlet on the different ports. DD
  5. ????----judging by the elongated hole in this old F-30's drawbar-----musta been at least one that did it's share of pulling. Don't remember ever driving the F- 30 myself-------but they had a good strong reputation here in the Delta. Just snapped the picture of the well worn drawbar this afternoon while reviewing my rust & dust yard. Drawbar looks to his have been rebuilt at least once------evidence of some years of scarcity during WWII. I remember the F-30 coughing a rod out of the side of the block sometime in early 1950's. Still got the rear end and rails. F-20 in background DD
  6. Back down to the speed of tracks--- Don't know if this 1st picture has been posted here or not-----going back to wet spring of 1973: side view of improvised 3 pt hitch on my TD-14. She wuz slow-----but faster than sitting on rubber tired tractor at the shed. 'Ol Mama" would walk along on top of the crust pulling 8 rows of hippers on top of the seep water spots. There were seep water areas across the field that water would be seeping up and into the hipper tracks on the return round. Mainline Ms River in background of both pictures------that's my 3 yr old son Reb riding "shotgun" with me. (we lost Reb a couple of yrs ago) No substitute for tracks when you need them. (FLOTATION + TRACTION) ******* It surprised me that the CAT Challengers (rubber tracks) were never that popular across the Delta area. We see alot of JD rubber tracks------but very few CATs here. Who has the scoop on a comparison???? DD
  7. Professor----- Appreciate the Mike Tyler report-----now I feel like I have sorta 'bout half way met him!!!!! He fits in our "old codger" age range alright-----I will be 79 on the 26th and readily recognize the big 4 hole Roadmaster Buick like ya'll were touring in. Uhhhhhh------seems like I got my first speeding ticket @ age 14 in the folk's big blue Roadmaster. First auto that I had seen with A/C. Don't remember the A/C running but about 3 days at a time. Car itself ran up to high mileage. Well----------somebody needed to loosen it up. Mama didn't drive fast and Daddy didn't drive it that often. DD
  8. I keep trying to get my hands on the handle of the fork---------looks great!!!!!!! DD
  9. I keep admiring Matt's paint job on his Super M. The red air cleaner cap must really help the GPS sensor. I never have noted any straighter rows on any of the older planting rigs before------falling right in line with the newer 12 row GPS units. Thumbs up!!! (where did the thumbs up emoticon go?) DD
  10. Those ol' Detroits just keep on turning. 30 yrs of sitting in weather and the fan is still spinning on the 453 here on my ditcher tractor-------uhhhh, uhhhhhh wait a minute------believe that must be the Detroit in the truck I am hearing??? But-----the 453 Detroit fan is still spinning. And-------my TD14 parts tractor jumped on the lowboy also. I've been trying to haul a little off each winter. And-----now the "I've" in the equation is completely stalled out. Farm tenant needs parking area-----and they have been caught up on the farm. So------we have hauled off several big loads recently-------if I ain't restored 'em by now------it ain't gonna happen!!! Maybe so on next time 'round. Sure will miss my "rust and dust"-------some of us been friends for near 'bout 79 years. Some has several more years seniority on the old codger here. That's a second load on the black truck in the back ground. Am thinking I paid $700 for this TD-14 back in the '70s----have forgotten why it wasn't running; but the rails and undercarriage were in near new shape. Used a few transmission parts but never used any off the undercarriage of this one. Seems like I bought up 2 more back during the day for 200--$350 each. Big eight wheeler coming down the track--------- Your true loving daddy ain't coming back!!!!!!!! I'm ---- moving on------Moving On------moving oon!!!!!! Funny how the great Hank Snow could make a fortune out of two words (Moving On). And------I hadn't made a dime outta my common logic quote of: "I am not moving too slow--------the world is just spinning too damm fast"!! Proof again in keeping your statements simple. DD
  11. TwoStep I thought you would have taught me "all I need to know" about Windows pro 10 by now. Need to send a business e-mail tomorrow morning. Damm------ I hate to turn the " new fangled *******" on-----one more argument with frustration. Need to find me a computer coach. Keep me posted on how you get along with your new set up. I strongly suspect that I am fighting some flaw/glitch in the computer itself????? DD
  12. TwoStep I thought you would have taught me "all I need to know" about Windows pro 10 by now. Need to send a business e-mail tomorrow morning. Damm------ I hate to turn the " new fangled *******" on-----one more argument with frustration. Need to find me a computer coach. Keep me posted on how you get along with your new set up. I strongly suspect that I am fighting some flaw/glitch in the computer itself????? DD
  13. Two-Step--- Good luck on the new computer and windows 10 pro. New laptop running 10 pro last summer---------just can't get the hang of 10 pro. Seems like it is always coming up in a different mode. DD
  14. Thanks Hiller. And------ a thanks to all of the Vets (not just my Marine buddies, but from all branches of service)----especially those that donated their name to the wall. I was no hero----(USMCR--1962-1968)------never activated. But we were ready. Here 60 years later, your series of pictures posted really hits a spot deep inside me tonight. I can see a resemblance to my life in all of the pictures-------but, particularly so for the last two. Faded but not gone. ONCE A MARINE-----ALWAYS A MARINE!!!!! Stand up AMERICA------STAND UP!!!!!! DD
  15. Troops-----just checking in with ya'll.. Been being accused as a "robot" and could not get back on site trying to act as human. May be some truth to some of those accusations that have been thrown my way????? Just been in scan/observe mode------but I wuz able to sneak in tonight without the robot questionnaire coming on screen!!! Here goes on one more try to post. DD
  16. Thinking about Texas elevators.......not joking. Where was Billie Sol Estess located?? ******* Had never seen wood plank structure of elevator. Sure looks simple and STROONNNNGGG!! great picture Gary------but we didn't intend for you to flip the elevator on its side just to get us a pitcher!!! DD
  17. "PARITY" Hey Ray-----I remember the word Parity. Unfortunate that we haven't seen the meaning of it in years!!! Our local 4-H Club leader promoted myself and another of my 4 H buddies to do a presentation on PARITY when I was maybe 10 years old. It was quite popular amongst all of the county's lunch clubs (Lions, Kiwanis, etc.......), at the time (1953+/_)-----wish I had a copy of some of the script ; let alone a bushel or so of crop to sell at "Parity"!!! Everyone is happy with today's high market prices-----while waiting on the costs to hit us in the a$$. But I am sure today's market still trails PARITY by quite a bit. Maybe today's time could be better explained "Rarity, disbelief, unheard of, a cheap shirt from WalMart, where will tomorrow morning be?? etc, etc............." DD
  18. Avon, Ms 38723 12 miles south of Greenville, Ms along the Mississippi River and state Hwy 1. 150 miles south of Memphis,--------65 miles north of Vicksburg, Ms
  19. Sorry----Tn Hilbilly just called my attention to your posts showing interest in my Green Diamond engine. Farm tenant just hauled two loads to scrap yard this past week. I rode over to shop yard this afternoon-----the Green Diamond is still available. Local scrap yard is paying $0.10/lb. I am no longer able to separate transmission, etc----will need to sell as a unit (engine,clutch-pto, transmission). Estimated weight by me is 850---1,000 lb-----@ $0.10;------Call it $100. Will load for you------no shipping. Sorry again-----boys I have gotten decrepid. Attn: Farmall Fan -----not trying to make a sale here. Just hoping somebody can make use of the rare old engine before it meets it fate with the crusher. Thanks for the wake up notice Hillbilly. DD
  20. Thanks for calling my attention to the Green Diamond engine Hillbilly. Will check today and get back with them. ***** Also see this fellow calling himself MYaeger?????-------uhhhhh----sounds sorta like the Kid. Glad to see you posting Mike------hang close by for us. We can sure use some help wrestling with the Professor sometimes. DD
  21. I need to read more on Custer's expedition. Wuz trying to convert the picture posted to horsepower, number plows pulled, steam horsepower, etc........ as we were discussing a few days ago. That's an impressive picture------never realized there were that many involved. DD
  22. Finney--- I am also still confused on steam horsepower????? My CASE 2090 is rated at 108 pto HP--------and just coughs and backs away from the 14 plow picture. Gary or Roger--- how many plows would a D8 Caterpillar pull?? Are the plows plowing 2" or 8" deep; gumbo/clay or sandy loam??? (is there some standard) Belt hp vs drawbar hp??? Were there any Steamers ever tested in the Nebraska tests?? DD
  23. Fred---- I never was a fast hitch fan either. And-----as far as I remember never operated a Roll-o-Matic front end. The folks that had them always seemed well pleased with them over in these parts. In this area-----with the tricycle front end-----seems like the single front was the most popular with the M's etc. edit: maybe not most "most popular"-------but most "desired" The old M's were run in however condition-----even with one wheel remaining on the otherwise "dual" tricycle arrangement. DD
  24. Seems like it might have been Zumbro (??) Mn. They sent me an advertising video tape that had my dad's two Regulars plowing cotton in it. Correct on spelling: magic for magic and Deere for Derre. (Can't make edit work right now) DD
  25. Ronning developed most all of the early implements during the Farmall Regular days. He developed the "roll-o-matic" tricycle front end that J-D had. Interesting----Ronning carried the roll o magic to Harvester. Harvester turned him down-------he left Harvester's office and caught the train to Derre's office. The rest is history. This too came from a Farm Collector magazine from several years ago. Ronning was from a small town in Minnesoto-----not too far west of Roger. I was able to make contact with his daughter at the time of the publication. Nice people. DD
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