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  1. Would that be because the late 403's had a square back? Dad bought a used 403 that was a late model that the square back and I think the 560 motor because he didn't want to deal with another 706 gasser that might drop a valve like his tractor did. He bought a 706 gas because he wasn't ready for diesel yet but when it dropped a valve at 800 hours he traded for an 856 diesel the next spring. That was all before anyone had figured out the low ash oil needed in the gas models.
  2. I had heard many years ago that the concrete idea came about because the old cases had more rubber in them or were actually made of rubber (think 40's and 50's, when batteries were used more instead of the crank on the front end!). Since then the technology supposedly has removed that problem with plastic cases. But I may be wrong. Won't be the first and certainly not the last.
  3. Out West in Idaho they haul tree length logs, semi style with a detachable trailer. After unloading, the trailer is loaded on the back of the tractor and hauled back to the timber where it is off loaded from the tractor, hooked back up to the tractor and the entire outfit reloaded. When I worked in the timber up on the Continental Divide between Idaho and Montana, that timber went to stud mills. There aren't many of those left but I still see a few trucks on the road when I'm out West in Idaho.
  4. Dad bought a new '59 Custom, 223-6, 3 on the tree 4 door, medium green color. It went in the garage, the '59 Chevy wouldn't. He took family on vacation to the Rockies in Wyoming into Idaho and got pretty upset when a Beetle passed him on a hairpin turn in the Togwatee Pass in Wyoming. Bought a V8 when he traded in '65. And the first smaller body Fairlane's came out in '62. My first car was one and it had a 144 cu.in. 6 with a 3 on the tree. Was kind of gutless but with the 15" mud and snow tires that came with it, it would plow a lot of snow in 1st or 2nd gear!
  5. Another factor leading to more SP combines was the decrease in livestock on farms. We ground a lot of ear corn for the milk cows and fat cattle during the 60's and 70's when I was growing up. But when the milk cows went down the road and dad fed less cattle, the combine reduced the need for ear corn and he didn't want to hire a sheller anymore to shell the ear corn. Like was said, used combines became more available.
  6. Great story! I have neighbor's in their 80's that are physically having some trouble getting some maintenance things and since I'm retired, I help them every chance I can. Mowing the large yard, moving snow now this winter (hasn't snowed yet but that's coming), keeping his cars running, etc. He offers to pay me but I just tell him that we'll square some time that I too busy right now. I remember when an older gentleman helped me out years ago when I was job hunting and now it's my turn to repay.
  7. If you can find an abstract it is rich with history. We bought the house next door to us to make into my wife's childcare center and the abstract has as exhibit #1 President Grant's granting the homestead of the 160 in 1866 when the town of Norfolk was homesteaded by 26 German families that moved from Ixonia, Wisconsin to start fresh.
  8. Merry Christmas to you also. Daughters in twin cities and Winona mentioned it had snowed up your way. I was in the cities just 2 weeks ago over the weekend and didn't enjoy the traffic on a Tuesday morning with snow, icy roads and traffic moving 10-50 miles per hour. My normal drive out of Minneapolis is usually 45-60 minutes but was closer to 90 that day. Rather enjoy living in the sticks here in Nebraska. And yes that is a good looking H!
  9. Maybe by applying a brake to one side like a TD6, etc.
  10. Probably afraid to open it up because they have never been there, day in and day out like some of us have. I ran an old Allis WD on a 2 bottom pull type a couple of years while growing up while Dad pulled 4-16's mounted with the 706. Sometimes he let me run the 706 while he went and milked the cows just so we could keep the plow going. And we ran both of them wide open!
  11. My prayers are with you and your dear wife. We have 3 healthy children, 2 of which are married. Son and wife lost a little girl at 33 weeks, lived for 35 minutes. Preemy, abnormal growth (leg missing, etc.) that the Lord took home early. They are now expecting another child which is now about 35 weeks along and seems all OK, but the mother is just nervous as can be. The married daughter lost a son at about 3.5 months, later adopted two adorable Chinese children that they love as their own. She never was able to conceive easily, having to fight tooth and nail for the son they lost. So, I have grandchildren in heaven waiting for me!! Best wishes to you as you go through this tough time together.
  12. The controls are very similar to my '53 TD6. The T bar with the leaf on it is pushed down to make a mechanical connection to the starter button. The choke of course has the "C" on it. I find that the single 12v battery can start it in fair weather but then mine sets in a garage all winter at the farm 50 miles from me and doesn't see snow. The generator keeps it well charged. And the key is either on or off regardless of ignition type, magneto or distributor.
  13. I have a '96 dually, 5 speed, 2wd with 240,000 miles, that I have agreed to sell to an acquaintance for $7500. No rust, fair rubber and never had engine touched except the killer dowel pin that has been fixed. I added an exhaust brake and a pyrometer, otherwise it is stock.
  14. Dad had a '51 JD B on the hammermill. If you happen to slug the mill with a little too much shell corn the belt would get to slapping so bad it often times threw the belt off. When he got the WD, that smooth 4 cylinder power was a treat and made the grinding easier.
  15. Early Ford 4X4's had a divorced in them like about mid to late 60's maybe into the early 70's before full time four wheel drive came about.
  16. Dad bought a new 1967 Ford F-100 and when reading the owners manual it mentioned and displayed operating and maintenance instructions. I believe it was around 240 to 250 cubic inches as a 6 cylinder. I also remember reading that they were found in "P" series trucks which were probably panel delivery vans.
  17. I'd like to offer you 2 fella's an opportunity to get together in Nebraska in 2023 at the RPRU in Grand Island. The chapter #12 worked on more plans today to offer all IH interested folks to enjoy. Slowly it comes together. More info will be available on the web after January 1, 2022.
  18. I remember the early Dodges coming out with the diesel and know of 1 or 2 in the neighborhood. Low power was the main comment, about like a 198 Chrysler/Nissan used in the 1976 Scouts, one of which I still own. My Scout came with the auto transmission with a locking rearend (which sure wasn't used!) but still runs good.
  19. I hadn't been a combine in 40 years and that was a 203 2 row. My friend asked me to help him with corn harvest this fall and put in me in an early 1460 with a 6 row head. Wow was that an experience. When I left the farm many years ago I had run a 4 row for a neighbor but Dad and his cousin still used a 2MH mounted on a 560 diesel. So this was quite a treat! Later in the season the head lost a row (gear box quit) and I ended up with an 883 8 row head. That was really something. The only challenge came from the fact he used a 6 row planter without GPS so sometimes I had to slow down a little when the rows got a little wide or narrow. But this 71 year farm kid sure enjoyed it.
  20. I don't see Custom either because Dad had one as his first "Diesel" after a long line of gas burners.
  21. I have an older Rand McNally RV GPS model that have been real good for my work. I made the mistake of setting it for shortest route when pulling a new 40' fifth wheel camper from the factory and it took me right into the heart of Chicago. When I was held up at a train crossing I changed to fastest route and it got me out of that mess and back on to good highways! Another time I had to go from Chippewa Falls, WI to Idaho for my uncles funeral and it took my mother and I through Minneapolis on a Sunday morning in July with many highway construction detours like there was nothing bothering. I couldn't believe it. It has been a good investment although I still look at a state supplied map to get an overall look at the entire route I want to travel.
  22. I have seen breakaway switch contacts weld together but otherwise look fine.
  23. Dave M - if there are no brackets on the opposite side of the table to mount to the tractor, you will make your own or stake it down and belt it up that way. I learned my sawing skills from my father on a stake down which was replaced by a front mount. The brackets were bolted to the frame and adjustable in width to fit different tractors, hence Dad's JD B, Allis WD, and IH Super M. Each took a different belt (which I have kept because I now own the front mount saw) and I now use a 3 point mounted one on my 460 Utility with fast hitch/3 point adapters. They all are dangerous as many have pointed out,, but any powered saw is - it's just a matter of not forcing the wood through a dull blade and watching every moment everyone that is helping or is near the saw. In 60 years of being around buzz saws, never more than a broken rear window on the '53 Chevy pickup that my brother and I were tossing the blocks into. When staking the saw down, stake the saw before attaching the belt, even a few days before you intend to use it. Determine the forces exerted on the frame from tightening the belt and angling the stakes to hold the saw in place.
  24. That looks like a standard belly pump commonly used on M's and older SM's until the live setup came to the US in the 1952 models. I have seen the belly pump used as an extra reservoir on M's with the M&W pump.
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