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  1. I wore some of those T-shirts back in my college days. Lol That Peerless engine looks really nice Gary!! Can’t wait to see it in operation again later this summer. Unless you are cancelling the event due to “social distance”. I promise I’ll be the only one pitching bundles into the threshing machine so nobody else will get sick. It’s the least I could do for the team! I finished up my tractor project today. Been side tracked a little also. But what else is new? This power unit was the donor motor. It had been sitting awhile but with a little tinkering, it ran pretty good. It needed to be the right color... And then it fit right in. All done with this IH tractor on a Montana farm. Now I’m ready to start mowing some small fields for hay next month. I believe it is a #16 mounted mower on the A. My time consuming side project was this 24x32’ greenhouse. Still need to finish the ends but it’s covered. Didn’t really need it but it was basically free so why not? Already had tomatoes and peppers planted last night. I think Bigfoot found his way to a Montana farm. Just tracks as usual, no photo or video proof! 🤔😂
  2. Lol, I just work here too! Better that way, when everything goes bad you don’t have to say it was because of you! 🤣😂🤣. I’m curious to see how the barley turns out. I’ve had people look at me funny when I tell them I make hay out of my oats. Then I explain to them I cut it green before it ripens. Lots of people don’t realize you can cut it early.
  3. Good to see your crop is up and doing well Gary! What is different about the hay barley compared to regular barley? Dad had mixed oats and Barley together in his seed and I planted that the first year. The elk wouldn’t touch the barley in the field and I assume it was because of the beards on the heads. So I bought straight oat seed the following year since horse people don’t like barley either.
  4. Oh, and Anson, in regards to your hammock analogy. You may be right, there are usually easier ways to get “it” done but doing it the hard way never hurt you either. Plus it will be an experience you will never forget!! 🧐🤣😂😅
  5. That figures Gary, I think I have a “one up” on you and you had already used your seeder box lid to write on. No body is better then the King! 😀 As far as painting the Super MTA, not a chance. First, she will be a worker and getting dirty job #1. I had to paint the motor because it was stripped when it was dipped for cleaning. A few other odds and ends got painted but overall, that’s it. I like it’s patina and that old tractor earned it. Somebody in another post told me I wouldn’t get the decals to stick because of the rust. Well, I did spend a couple years at an auto body shop in high school and there are ways around that. A good cleaning of just the decal location with CLR and a layer of clear coat sealed the tin. There actually was some paint primer back there also. Then vinyl decals went on the hood. So that should hold them. As for section harrow transportation, I’ve seen a cart that was basically a hanging rack but you still needed to pick up each section to load it. That didn’t seem to be a lot of help but at least you could move it down the road. I don’t think there is really a good solution other then a little elbow grease once in awhile! My project for the day was this power unit motor. Dad said he bought it at an auction and it seemed to run well. The unit had been sitting in the shed for several years. I have an A with a mounted sickle mower that is low on oil pressure and got oil in the radiator last summer. So instead of a rebuild, it will get a transplant. I cleaned the carb and the plugs, swiped a couple plug wires from a dead motor and rigged up a lawn mower gas tank. It took a bit but it smoothed out and ran pretty good! Seemed to have good oil pressure and didn’t knock. All these old IH motors need is a little love and they will right start up! So the transmission and radiator (it leaked) came off and it’s ready for a power wash. It will need a new rear main seal and a few other gaskets. Plus a coat of paint, I don’t mind rust but I draw the line at JD yellow. 😎
  6. Anson, I also have experience with a section harrow or just a “drag” as Dad called it. I have a four section that stays on my field up the hill and then a three section that I pick up with the loader and put on a hay wagon trailer to move to other fields. I’m usually close enough to go get it with the loader but just last week I had a guy ask me to knock down his horse pasture and spread out the “deposits”. I went about 8 miles to his place with the H pulling the trailer. I’m able to yank the drag off the trailer by hand but I had to tear it apart to reload it one section at a time. Wasn’t fun but I got the job done! Gary, I’m still jealous of your Van Brunt drill with galvanized seed hoppers. But one benefit of a wooden hopper is the ability to take notes. Dad wrote down how many knotches to open the meters for different grain under the lid. Very helpful for a city slicker like me just starting out. My oats is up nicely in all three of my fields. I went with organic fertilizer this year and it was provided free of charge from the seed grower! All the free dehydrated grasshoppers I wanted were in the oats. Their oats was so clean I didn’t bother to fan it this year. I wonder if the extra ‘hopper boost will compensate for crop loss to the elk?? And finally I did it, I resurrected another IH tractor on a Montana farm! I took the Super MTA to the field today for a test run pulling a 10’ duck-foot cultivator. Everything worked as advertised and the rebuilt motor has great power! Hard to believe it went from this last fall: To this today: I’m very pleased and she will be in use in the hay fields this summer. I’d say it is my best IH tractor on this Montana farm!
  7. Gary, my aspiration is to up-grade to a grain drill with RUBBER tires but you sure have me over a barrel at this point. A wooden barrel at that! 🤣 I almost pulled the trigger on an IH drill at an auction last fall and passed on a couple JD drills last spring. If one comes up cheap again, it will come home. I had to SLOWLY pull my drill to my first field 5 miles from home. I’m glad nothing rattled off on the way! Today I worked over the 14 acre field with this duckfoot cultivator and drag. I’m “big-timing” it by being able to cut a 12’ swath instead of 8’ with that disk at the other field. We’ve never called our tractors an actual name, just the model. But I think since the W-9 has been lucky enough to appear on your thread a few times, I’ll call this IH tractor on a Montana farm “Mable”. She’s nothing fancy, kinda old but is a hard worker and is always dependable!
  8. Hey that looks familiar Gary! Tell them guys they have their bundle pitching pace off just a tad for that machine! Lol. Hope we get to pitch some bundles this summer. Heres a couple IH tractors on a Montana farm. The Super MTA rebuild is coming along. Have to do a complete rewire and clean out the hydraulic reservoir before I can fire her up. But the weather was nice last week so this was my focus instead. The 16 acre field of sod worked up nicely and the Van Brunt drill faithfully put the oats in the ground Friday before the weather turned on us Saturday. Tomorrow I’ll start on a 14 acre field and then later in the week my 18 acres. Looks like a chance of more snow/rain on Wednesday. I had a nice ham dinner this evening at a neighbor’s place and ate too much. Happy Easter everyone!!
  9. Thanks for the responses. I’d say the best way to get it completely clean is on the bench so off it comes. I don’t know that there are many Farmalls period out here in western Montana. There are a few hiding in the hay/dairy farms up around Flathead Lake but I’d say most don’t get used very much with newer bigger tractors available. I have the most in use around here, I have 11 Farmalls and a few other odd tractors. The amount this tractor is painted is as far as I’m going to go. It will be a user here at the farm and on the hayfields. I like the look of her and the tractor has earned its scars/dings so I’ll keep it that way. New vinyl decals and away we go. The good thing about the weather in Montana is that things don’t just rot away. Maybe some day down the road but not anytime soon for paint. I have a lot of mechanical repairs to make so I’ll get through them first. I don’t know how long she sat but many many years.
  10. I drug home a SMTA project last fall from an auction sale here in Montana. It was complete but stuck and who knows what else. Maybe paid too much ($875) but I HAD to have it. Basically needs everything. It’s interesting that its an early model (serial # 61529DS) but it has Y codes on most of the rear section to include the TA section. The casting code for that is from February 1953. Not much to look at when it came home. I tore the motor down to find out what went wrong. This dropped liner was the major reason of it being parked I’m sure. So I found good tires to get her back on her feet and went through the motor this winter. Here’s my progress so far after putting the motor back in. Needs to be rewired, etc etc. Still many steps to complete before cranking her over. My question is the hydro reservoir and how to clean it out properly. It looks like the fuel tank needs to be removed and two bolts on each side to remove it. Is there an inspection plate to remove to get inside? I removed the drain plug and it was plugged with goop. The pump up front appeared to be in good shape and pumped as I turned the gear by hand. Who knows until I get it all together and running. I’ve had the hoses off and flushed those as well. What’s the best way to clean the reservoir out?
  11. That’s a great story Gary! I agree that your truck should stay original. I also hear you when it comes to dumping money into a “toy”. The guys really enjoyed putting that Cub back into service even though the service will only be 2-3 parades a year. The cost didn’t matter, it was the story and experience behind it that was important. I’m in the process of dumping some money into the Super MTA. But it isn’t going to get a full paint job. The motor had to be stripped so it will be painted when it goes back into the tractor. But that’s it, I figure it has earned its scars, dings and faded paint so it will stay that way. I also plan to use it around the farm so new paint will just get dirty anyways. I need function more then anything. Fortunately, the weather doesn’t rot things away here like at other places.
  12. Wow that’s pretty neat craftsmanship there Sledgehammer! And a lot of work too. Seems like many of our enjoyable hobbies can be a lot of work to do. Last fall I posted about an auction sale I went to with some older friends. I bought my Super MTA and Charlie bought this Cub. Here’s the picture again when we brought them home. So over the winter, another friend in the group (Curt) reworked the Cub as a project to do. The Cub was in pretty rough shape but nothing a few months and way too much money in parts couldn’t fix! Lol. And here’s how it turned out. I donated the two way plow because it didn’t have all the parts to make it functional but it looks good on a parade tractor. Charlie was tickled pink! As a joke, Curt put the for sale sign on the tractor and texted Charlie the picture. 😂 Charlie said he’d have to sell for $6000 just to break even!! Curt parked his Cub on the lawn as well and I thought the flag blowing was pretty neat. These aren’t on a farm but they will be IH tractors in Montana parades this summer!!
  13. Anson, that isn’t my place. The field is a rental on the west side of town on a big ranch. They hadn’t broke that field up in 40 plus years and I drew the lucky straw! It was a bear to plow last fall and a bear to ride over on the first pass. My back is sore today! The sod was like blocks of concrete on the one half of the field. Hopefully the clumps will break up more with the next pass. I don’t know what brand of disk that is. It’s only 8’ wide so it took all day to cover the field. I have a 10’ IH disk but this one is definitely different. I don’t have a wheel disk (yet) and this one was sitting in the weeds near the field. The owners said go ahead and use it. The bearings took grease and I don’t think it’s been used much. Did the job! Gary, steering the Reeves was defiantly a highlight! Hopefully this “social distancing” will be over by the end of summer and I get an invite to the farm again!
  14. That’s great news about Haven!! Headed in the right direction quickly! I did my share of social distancing today. And it was on an IH tractor on a Montana farm!! It was so nice the last two days here that I couldn’t stand it and had to drag this old disk around 16 acres of plowed sod. I burned plenty of fuel, in fact I had to throw some more gas in the W-9 at 4:30! 8 hours of hard pulling is all you will get per tank. It’s too early to plant but I wanted to at least knock apart the sod. The next pass I’ll also pull a drag behind the disk and see what I have then. But as you said Gary, looks like snow/rain all of next week so that will have to wait. Not a bad view from the office chair!
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