Willie B

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About Willie B

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  • Birthday 09/13/1956

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    Mount Tabor VT
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    Too many to do justice to any. All involve working with my hands.

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  1. Willie B

    Three Point 385

    Nothing obvious wrong with linkage, I'm guessing a valve internal messed up.
  2. Willie B

    TD- 61 Garrett On rubber tires

    Very seriously cool machine! a Skid Steer Before there were skid steers. I've always imagined the conversation between Pinky, and the Brain, the cartoon laboratory mice: "What're we gonna do tonight Brain?" "The same thing we do every night, Pinky! Design a little tractor with no way to steer! When they've all driven off cliffs, WE CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!! Willie
  3. Willie B

    Three Point 385

    Thank you. I'll study, and figure out if the defect is tractor or operator. This tractor was on its way home when a phone call to Tractor Dan P who knows all history of all IH tractors, revealed it had been in a pond. After a renegotiation of purchase price, I launched into a project. John and Jessie Akin at Reeds Farm Machinery in Claremont NH took it on. At one point few bolts were still in place. Near total teardown, and reassembly, everything works well except the three point hitch. I want to let the back blade to a halfway position and stop it. The older tractor does so well, but it is busy splitting wood.
  4. Willie B

    Three Point 385

    My B275 three point hitch stops moving when I place the control lever in mid position. My back blade can be up, down, or in the middle. My 385 is up, or down. I can change the speed with which it moves, but it goes all the way up, or all the way down. Am I using it wrong, or can I stop it part way? I've never had a user's manual. Could one be had? Willie
  5. Willie B

    Three Point 385

    My B275 three point hitch stops moving when I place the control lever in mid position. My back blade can be up, down, or in the middle. My 385 is up, or down. I can change the speed with which it moves, but it goes all the way up, or all the way down. Am I using it wrong, or can I stop it part way? I've never had a user's manual. Could one be had? Willie
  6. Willie B

    Three Point 385

    My B275 three point hitch stops moving when I place the control lever in mid position. My back blade can be up, down, or in the middle. My 385 is up, or down. I can change the speed with which it moves, but it goes all the way up, or all the way down. Am I using it wrong, or can I stop it part way? I've never had a user's manual. Could one be had? Willie
  7. Willie B

    Free TD-9 Crawler Loader

    I'm considering moving to Nevada. I figure I could ship cheaper to Nevada than a 9 ton crawler to VT. Yes, I want it!
  8. The earlier series 1414, and 2414 were B414 farm tractors with modifications. 3414 I couldn't say.
  9. Willie B

    125E

    As I see it you now can spend $8000 to make it useful. They are great machines, but those equipped with Drott Skid Shovels were especially versatile. Skid shovels would give a dozer blade some competition, and still load. My friends in the excavation business had through the years maybe 12 175 loaders. The one 150 they had, they did the excavation here when I built my house in 1979. Now, they still use two TD7E dozers. One has 27000 hours mostly idling, it has had numerous partial undercarriages, but the original seat. These days, John, the one eyed nephew uses it for spreading topsoil. He'll put an inch of soil on your lawn without scalping. I have a close cousin the TD7G, I've spent enough to be a bit embarrassed to say. I did look seriously at one of the 175c loaders they sold. It had a broken/welded/welded/welded.........crossmember. I backed away, wanting my life to be more simple. Willie
  10. Willie B

    T340 Pad Replacement

    T340 is not a big machine.
  11. Willie B

    Lost my sister this afternoon

    Been there. Losing a sibling shouldn't happen until you both are very old. Siblings are the absolute, they are supposed to always be there. I regret your loss.
  12. Willie B

    T340 Pad Replacement

    I put a large nut over the head, and weld it in place. Then I can use a wrench. I've had some success sticking six gobs of weld on the corners, and beating an impact socket on.
  13. Willie B

    Guns

    vt fireman 85 will tell you I'm crazy. VT has a new law soon to take effect. A seizure law: Any person deemed by a judge to be a risk of gun violence is subject to seizure. I believe someday a liberal judge will declare that ALL gun owners are a risk. I consider most VT citizens to be conservatives who would support gun rights. Because most of us believe Vermont's government to be a stacked deck, we don't play. I consider VT's legislature to be the most liberal in the USA. Less than 10% of Vermont's legislators were born here. They do not, nor do they want to represent the people. They only want to represent THEIR people. The rest of us can live with their rules, or leave.
  14. Willie B

    TD8G??? serial number

    Could you get a picture?
  15. Willie B

    TD8G??? serial number

    Pictures would make several of us better able to answer. I'd expect to see no Cummins engines earlier than 1987. I believe Dresta was not involved for a number of years later. The absolute authority on the subject is Reggie Lusier at Winmill Equipment in Rutland VT. His memory of minute details of these machines is astounding!