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  1. Nice collection Troy! My favorite job on the farm is plowing. Is the Oliver hard to steer with all steel? Rough ride?
  2. Great report Gary. There is so much history with Montana that is very interesting. There is even a good deal of history with my little town of St Regis. But I don’t have the photos to go along with it like you have. Many old photos are scattered around in local establishments all the way up to Lookout Pass. The Fire of 1910, Milwaukee Railroad, gold mines, early logging, saw mills and the tree nursery at Haugan. I think there was a great flood once and we are also on the Mullin Trail, we have a statue of John Mullin here in town. I think that “road” started in Fort Benton and was the first wagon supply trail west to Washington. Reportedly the old highway west out of town that used to be the only road up the pass was the Mullin Trail. It’s nickname is Camel’s Hump Road due to its shape. When I-90 was built, it bypassed this stretch.
  3. You know, I seemed to be locked out a few weeks ago also. No new posts came through and I couldn’t post. Then one day there were a bunch of new posts and I was back on line. I don’t know what happened.
  4. Take the picture and do as you please with it Gary. I too love seeing the Mission Mtns every time I’m up that way. Only Glacier Park has views that rival in my opinion. Actually going to the place (Post Creek Supply) for guards was closer then Missoula. Saved me about 20 miles. There is a road north out of St Regis (MT-135) that goes to Paradise (an actual place, lol), then along the Flathead River on MT-200 to the Bison Range and to Charlo/Ronan area. I avoid Missoula if possible. Post Creek had everything in stock, the dealership in Missoula didn’t last time I was there. Plus it’s a Mom & Pop type place, has some new equipment, used stuff and a boneyard. They had some U-joints on hand for my haybine last summer to get me going the same day so they’ve earned my business. The dealership didn’t carry them. Yes, agriculture is big business in that area. Lots of hay is made around that part of the valley.
  5. Nice pics Gary, I was wondering where you’ve been! Lol. Seeing old farming pics is always interesting to me. I think that Farmall is really a SMDTA. You can see the TA linkages below the starter. I’d bet that family would love to still have that tractor if it got away. Worth some money! Ive been replacing the guards and sickle sections on my New Holland haybine the last few days. I had to get more guards from a supply outfit northeast of me near the National Bison Range yesterday. I swear the scenery pictures I take are just on my IPhone. But they come out really nice sometimes. This is a shot of the Mission Mtns near Charlo, MT. A friend rode with me and he showed me a back road to the place. There are numerous shallow ponds in that area. I think it’s called Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge.
  6. Gary, I look forward to meeting you some day. Looks like the snow is much closer to your elevation then mine. Your view is very nice also! This was only my second time turkey hunting but to be fair, these birds aren’t super spooky. They are around the neighbors place a lot so they see people often. The birds came out every afternoon when I was working their field up. I couldn’t call him in (I’m not much good at it) so I maneuvered around for almost two hours while he followed a hen through the woods. I finally cut them off and he walked to about 25 yards from me. Dad’s 12 gauge did the rest! 🦃🍗
  7. Nice tractors Troy! Good to see appreciation for them from younger fellows. I have an Oliver 60 also but it’s on rubber. Unfortunately, no side panels or front screens. It does have brand new rear tires so that’s a plus. Glad to hear your checkup was clear Gary. I was almost going to be coming through Helena tomorrow and could have dropped those plow shares off with you. But my friend decided that he didn’t want to go to an auction in Fairfield so the trip was canceled. I’ll get them to you at some point. This picture has very little to do with IH tractors but it’s a Montana farm and Sheep Mtn is in the background. A friend of mine wanted to know how much snow we had yet so I was at a friends ranch a few miles away and took a picture from his yard. Not a bad view! And to brag a little, at 47 years of age I shot my first turkey Tuesday morning! I got him in the woods between my two fields of oats. His crop was full of oat seed so he had been on one of the fields.
  8. Gary, I think I can help you out with some shares. I have two IH shares taking up space that should bolt right on. They don’t look like they’ve seen much use. I don’t need them, I have a JD plow 2 bottom as a spare and it has new shares. If you come to Missoula, I’m just a little bit further west and you can have them. As far as adding a bottom to an older plow, I’d think it would be hard to do. The lift arm for the tail wheel needs to line up fairly straight with the front piece or the rod will eventually bend. Newer plows can be changed because they have a beam to mount to usually. The neighbor has a IH 70 that has been converted down to a 3 bottom from a 4. The main beam just sticks out the back. Also, I think there are two places to mount the tail wheel lifting rod depending on the number of bottoms. Glad to see you got your oats in the ground! I like your Van Brunt, a little wider then mine and much newer. But mine got the job done. I went to the field this morning to check it as we got a shot of rain last night. The field is turning green! This is the difference in three days of growth and a shot of rain. The right side went in on Good Friday. I didn’t have time to get it all in before that evening and then it rained most of the next day. I got the left side planted the following Monday. It’s smoother because I put fertilizer on the left side last week since it wasn’t out of the ground yet and I then pulled the drag over it to incorporate the fertilizer. I’m interested to see if there is much of a difference in growth between the two sides. There is about 50 lbs per acre of fertilizer on the left side. These trails were made this morning by the elk. They inspected the growth also. Must not be enough yet!! 😄
  9. A great day indeed Gary! Nothing like the smell of fresh dirt and a tractor working. I wish I had a wheeled disk like yours. I finished my spring planting yesterday also. A total of 32 acres of oats in the ground on two fields just in time for rain today. I have a pair of army pants that should have been tossed for being so dirty but they are so durable. So in the washer they went! I can totally sympathize with you about fueling, replacing batteries, starting and moving several things just to get to the one piece that you need. Why is it the one thing you need is always the furthest back in the shed? In the afternoon I decided it was time to get some potatoes and onions in the ground. The tiller was taking too long so I sped up the process with a bigger tool!
  10. Delta, what you describe about “breaking the crust” is exactly how my soil reacts. It’s seems really soft until one pass is made and then it dries quickly and firms up. I need to find a good hydraulic controlled field cultivator, I have an old one that has large steel wheels but isn’t wide enough to cover my wheel tracks. As far as wildlife, I have plenty. The elk herd is back. I counted 14 this week. So that will likely go up to 20-24 when they have calves this spring. They were down here at the house two nights ago eating grass. They walked through my freshly worked field after I left at 10 pm. There is a flock of 10 or so turkeys also. Here are two toms showing off. This field is about three miles to the east, on the far side of Red Hill. So all the critters hang out in the woods between the two fields. The east field was one that Dad rented when I was in high school. It hadn’t been worked for many years and is about 15 acres. I disked it down last week and found these laying on the field hiding in the grass. Rare to find a matched set of elk sheds. They have three points, hard to see in the picture. I’m just glad I didn’t stick a tine into a tire. 😳 Once I got the field disked down, I plowed it under. I had to disk it to smooth out a bad plowing job previously done. I guess who did it didn’t know to go around and around with a plow. They went back and forth, creating double dead furrows on about 1/3 of the field. But that’s another story!! Anyways, my Case plow and the 560 handled the job. So once I finish planting my field, I’ll head back over to this field and work it up to put oats in also. The soil is mostly clay there. And when I’m done, the deer and elk will have plenty to eat!
  11. Getting stuck isn’t much fun. I pull a 12’ disk with the 560 but is isn’t a wheel disk. I do have hydraulics to adjust how much it cuts so I can straighten it out when I hit a wet spot. But.... sometimes it doesn’t matter. I started drilling today, just an old Van Brunt 6’ drill but it works. The H pulls it nicely on my hills. Have about 5 acres to go. The majority of the field was really good as far as firmness, soil size and being level. There was one spot of clay that was pretty wet but it was planted anyways. If I wait too long on the majority that is sandy, it will get too dry and then push ridges with the tires. So I’ll guess I just have to deal with the wet spots. Here’s another IH tractor on a Montana farm.
  12. I have a farming question for you Gary. I’ve been working my field in preparation for plant oats. It’s a long 18 acre field and on one half, most of the soil is sandy clay. It worked up very nicely and the moisture content seemed just right. This is looking to that end from the center of the field. On the west half, there are areas that are mostly clay. They are located on the hill tops and were the slowest to dry. It made disking very difficult and time consuming. I had to pick a downhill line to make the first pass and then after a couple of passes, it would become dry enough to move around on. I came close to getting stuck several times. You can see the wet, dark areas on the hilltop that are clay. My question for you is this. I’m sure when working large fields in your days of farming, you came across several soil types which had different moisture content. Did you work around areas and go back later when it was drier? Or did you spend the extra time and work the wet areas to be able to plant? What was your plan of attack? If my field was different shaped, maybe I could just plant half of it and work the wetter half later but the access points are where I’d plant first. And since I was able to muddle my way through in the wet areas, I’ll just go ahead and drill my oats in tomorrow, as long as it doesn’t start raining! Cross my fingers. And to keep with your topic theme, here is my 560 Farmall pulling a four section drag which is an IH tractor on a Montana farm!
  13. Beautiful wood plane Professor. Piece of art!
  14. Gary, you asked what was the deal with the rear wheel center on that M picking corn. Was there more information with that picture? I wonder if that wasn’t a very early Australian built M. Google shows pictures of Australia built Ms with solid cast rear centers. There is also a short page about the Geelong, Australia factory history and one of the drawings has a rear center like that. I don’t know if early Ms built in Australia were badged M or AM from the start. From the article, IH started in Geelong in 1948. Finally, what Americans picked corn in shorts? Look at the two guys on the left side of the picture. I’m likely all wrong about the picture but that’s my best guess.
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