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  1. MT Matt

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Twostepn, scroll back about 15-20 pages or so and you will see a few steaming ladies who were draped all over the arms of Gary this summer. Maybe the trip to see the big Case engine make its debut? Apparently Gary is The Godfather of steam engines and quite the ladies man! I’m sure Gary won’t mind reposting the picture.
  2. MT Matt

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, I’m presently in balmy St. Louis, Missouri at my daughter’ home. It’s 15 degrees. No snow on the ground, over an inch of rain yesterday with thunderstorms. The weather can turn on a dime down here. Can’t wait to get back to the mountains. Also, nice engineer hat. I’m glad to see the feud is still alive! Dots vs stripes. 🤣
  3. MT Matt

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, was the change to the boiler just to strengthen that specific area? My knowledge is very limited but was that because of being near the firebox area and more prone to weaken over time? Or a different reason which caused failures?
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Roger, basically what you are showing in your picture is the tractor component without the boiler correct?
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Thanks for the info gentlemen.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Delta, I’d say she aged very nicely!! Good that you’re looking out for her! 😳🤣 Professor, Ive never heard of a Milwaukee brand binder. Was there a connection with McCormick Deering?
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    A couple snow pictures from yesterday. 🎅🏻🤶🏻🎄
  8. MT Matt

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Merry Christmas to all from the west side of Montana. We finally got snow for Christmas!
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Neat picture! Funny that there was plenty of horsepower but no large implements to go with the horsepower to cover more ground back then. But the farmers made do and figured out how to splice implements together to get the large jobs done. This is a schematic for pulling two Van Brunt/JD grain drills. So evidently the companies didn’t want to build a bigger implement per say, just rig more together.
  10. MT Matt

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    There are a few types of rollover plows. Some roll like a barrel so it looks like two plows on top of each other. Some setups had one plow for each wheel. One would be dropped in going one direction while the other side was up. When you turned around, the other side was dropped in. This is what I bought for my Cub. Basically left and right hand plows that mount on the tractor. McCormick had another type that I’d like to have some day. It was a #39 “tumble bug” plow. It rolled forward at the end of the field when you turned around. It was a two bottom and for an M sized tractor. If you search on YouTube for McCormick #39, there are a few videos of one.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Neat tomahawk Gary! Even neater that it is family made. So the “wide-load” Cub sold for $900. I have a friend who sort of wanted it and I told him I’d buy the cultivator off it if he bought it. But it went for a little more then he wanted to give. So I just thought the tractor just went off to Neverland like any other auction. Not so. Lol. There is a group of “coffee shop” retired guys who meet at a local restaurant on a daily basis. Dad was a part of this group and so I was adopted into the group when I moved home. The auction was a main topic lately and most of the group went to preview the auction. I went to the 10 am “coffee session” today before going to the auction site to pick up what I bought. I found out that a different member bought the Cub and he also wanted the bin of Cub parts that contained the two-way plow I bought. So I outbid him for that, which was kind of funny in itself since none of us knew we were bidding against each other. If it would have been a regular auction, we all would have worked together on it. So I helped roll the Cub onto his trailer and it is safely home in St. Regis now. Just not at my farm. I don’t think Curt really wants the cultivator setup and I might be able to trade him my two-way plow for it, we will discuss that more eventually. He just wanted the Cub because he had one in the past, sold it and wanted another to fix up for the enjoyment of it. And that is the story of an IH tractor on a Montana farm!
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Lol. Good eye Gary! I couldn’t figure out why that data plate didn’t match the other Cub data plates I have seen. I thought maybe because it was an early plate it was a little different. Nope, just me not seeing what I saw. Haha. Dont let anyone tell you your eyes are slipping. Maybe I should start wearing glasses! I wish I could ask Dad to see if he knew your brother Bill. Lots of things I wish I could ask him. One other thing about that sale, they also have a two way plow for the Cub plus some other Cub things tossed in big tote on a pallet. I’d say that will go cheap and maybe find my farm. If nothing else, the plow set-up could be used on my Cub.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Sorry I can’t add to the welding theme. If I weld I’m pleased if the two items stick together when I’m done. I ran across something today that was interesting and an IH tractor on a Montana farm. There is a nearby nursery going out of business after 60 years and they are selling all of their equipment. A friend of mine wanted to preview the sale and asked me to tag along. Surprisingly there is very little old equipment but there was one gem in the lot I thought. There was a 1947 Cub there, serial #718. It was the first tractor on their farm. It was setup for cultivation, VERY wide cultivation. I didn’t get to ask for what specific crop. I’m not sure if the pins on the front axel were used or if just the clamps to slide the front wheels out that far. Or even if those are standard axels to get that much reach. You can see how far out the normal pin holes were. A wide stance is an understatement! Each rear axel has extensions also. They look factory made but are they IH? It might be a kit as the right extension is longer then the left but the left side is set out the same distance from the transmission with the additional gear box in the next picture. This was also unique. This is a hi/low gear I was told by the head maintenance guy who had been there 30 years. Flip the lever to change the speed. The normal Cub gear shifter was in the usual place. So I guess this gave it 2x the speed choices. I’d like to know what the “B” meant on the plate. I think J meant the type of clutch plate installed but maybe I can find those things out. I just thought I’d share this interesting tractor. Maybe if it went cheap enough I’d think about bidding on it but I already have a Cub here on the farm. I’m more interested in a cultipacker they had. I’ll keep an eye on the price and report back of what it goes for if anyone is interested. They also had IH 966 high crop and 100 hydro tractors. I didn’t think to take a picture of those. The rest of their fleet was green.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! My children flew in this afternoon from Missouri so I’ll be having turkey on Saturday instead. Delta Dirt, I’m not the same person as Dia480. I’m over on the west side of Montana.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Funny but so true Gary! We saw many, many instances like that. Very hard to change a mindset. Especially when they didn’t work for it and have some skin in the game. It was free and if they waited long enough, more free would show up. And then they sold it and went back to the old way.