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MT Matt

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  1. Yep, I agree with you and DFP but that would be a political discussion that we can’t have here. Just stating my viewpoint from the inside of the barrel. The whys and hows of what’s going on now is politics. And politics and our best interests don’t usually intersect. That’s as far as I can go with this. Sorry Gary if I’ve over stepped already.
  2. Having been to Afghanistan in 2010-11 with the military, it isn’t surprising as to what is happening. They outlasted the Russians and they out lasted us. It wasn’t really a war we were fighting, there was nothing we were trying to take. We were trying to change an ideology to a “western” model and that was never going to happen. Their thinking runs deeper then the time that our country has been in existence. Much deeper and longer. The same thought process didn’t work in Vietnam either. Some things our military is asked to do is not within its capabilities. You can’t ask 20 yr olds to rebuild a nation, change hearts and minds. They are in the military to win wars and win we can. Our military might is something to behold. But holding them back just prolongs the inevitable. An ideology isn’t a location to capture by might. This is just my opinion and I’m not trying to make this into politics. Our little group lost a man and also had several get hurt. And we were an agriculture development team. We all proudly served under our flag no matter what was asked of us.
  3. Hello Gary, hope all is well. How’s is the crop at Mikes this year? Are you planning to thresh? I’m leaving Saturday for Missouri and my daughter’s wedding the following weekend. Have lots to do in preparation. I wanted to add a little Montana farm IH red, I repainted my A last week for the local county fair. Turned out pretty good for my first time painting. We had six Farmalls in the parade and we took first place. Pretty fun to do after the hard work of cleaning the A up and repainting!
  4. Sorry a day late but Happy 4th of July Gary!! I got to watch fireworks all around the hayfield because I baled until midnight last night! Two fields were ready to go so I stayed until it was done. The LED lights I put on the SMTA really help. Neat to watch all of the display of fireworks from the tractor seat. I’m sure you did your share of night farming also! Earlier in the day, the Old Codger Crew and I drove our tractors in the local parade. I intended to drive the High Boy Cub in the parade. Spent a few nights after field work swapping tires and painting rims to have it ready. Then a cheap Chinese replacement starter decided to die at the starting line so that’s why I drove ol Fat Mable W-9 in the parade, I knew I wouldn’t have any issues with her. And no, I didn’t buy the garbage starter from China. Not my Cub so I had to work with what I had. Yes it is dry here too. The fields are producing half or less then last year. Not good, I’ve sold all of what grass hay I’ve been able to make right from the field. I’ve been at making hay since the middle of June and things aren’t good. Today I cut my first field of oat hay. I don’t know what happened but it is outstanding! Some areas were 4 feet tall! Since the grass hay is pretty much a bust, this field will make up a lot! What a blessing. So I just wanted to check in and show you what a few IH tractors on a Montana farm have been up to lately. Hope all is well with you and the Mrs!
  5. MT Matt

    Drought.

    The map shows western MT as minimal drought but after cutting four fields, production is down 1/2 to 2/3 of last year. One field was 1/3. And I’v ran through 25% of my fields already. Last year I baled my first field yesterday. Oats started to head out 2 days ago so I’d expect to cut that for hay in about 10 days. Didn’t finish cutting until the first week of August last year. Gonna have to step it up this year to get it all cut before it burns up!
  6. No I don’t think so. Must be another implement. He’s almost two hours away but I guess I can’t go too wrong with buying it.
  7. I’m looking at a mower for parts that might be a #24 or 28? I have a 16A but the alignment of the pto and pitman gearboxes are different on this one. It’s a couple hours away so I want to know if the parts will interchange if need be. He only wants $50 for it and it was mounted on a 300. A couple pics he sent me:
  8. I think she is hiding a couple watermelons! Well, sort of hiding them…. ?. Gary, I hope Sharon is doing better. I promised you a picture of the parts yard up by Charlo and I was there last week. Here ya go! Plenty to pick through at this place! We got rain the day before but it snowed on top of the Mission Mtns. I was able to find some parts I needed for this 273 New Holland baler I traded for this spring. I put hay through it yesterday and it seems to work good. After picking up the bales, I started mowing another field but only got half done before rain came. I’ll finish it today after it dries off. But it is always good to use some IH red on a Montana farm!
  9. Ok, a couple more pictures from today. Went near the bison range on a parts run for my balers and haybine. Found these wild water iris.
  10. I got all of the parts off today and the bottom guides aren’t anything special. Kinda wished I hadn’t bought the chamber bottom guide, could have just made it. Live and learn. Good to hear your rebuild is working as it should!
  11. Good to know, I’ll give them a try next time I need something.
  12. Yes I believe those two balers and older had wood guides. The Super series of those had rollers. I have a 68 sitting in the yard covered up. Trouble with tying on one side, I didn’t know much about knotters back when it was parked but might be able to get it fixed now. Don’t really want to though. I’ll take the trailer hitch and the chute off it then let it go. I have the 320 and just traded some hay for a 273. Went through the 273 and it doesn’t seem worn, stuffed some straw into it and it made bales so I’ll take it to the field. Should start cutting at the end of the week and sprint for two months to put all the hay up I can.
  13. Nice setup! Great use for an underground tank. In my former life before becoming a farmer in 2018, I was a project manager for an enviro company. Cleaned up gas stations and petroleum spills. Removed many fuel tanks from the ground, this was in Missouri. The boss had a crazy crew from Kansas City torch open the tanks and clean them out. Same guys did it for the 20 years I worked there and likely still are doing it. Plug the vents with rags, gloves, tape or whatever then back up their truck and hook up the exhaust to inert the tank. Let it run for an hour or so, hit the torch and burn a big square out of the end. Tip the tank a little so the liquids could be bucketed out and then bail off inside to scrape the chunks with a shovel. Load the tank on a trailer or cut it down so they could manage it and off to the recycle yard to collect their check. I don’t remember how much the boss paid them but it wasn’t enough for me to even consider even thinking about it. Crazy SOBs. OSHA would have had a field day writing them tickets but nobody ever bothered em.
  14. It’s a thin bar. I’ve already ordered parts from Messicks. Found the plunger bearings from a place in Iowa. One other was a National Bearing off Amazon, $70 instead of $121. The price difference is unreal if you can just figure out what the bearing number is. They don’t have to come from NH. The dealership parts guy tried to tell me that the cam follower bearing unit had to be replaced because “it’s all one piece”. He didn’t seem impressed when I told him that’s $10 bearing that can be pressed off the stub. Oh well, he didn’t get my money. A friend who is 80 likes the challenge of making things and he’s as good of a machinist as I’ve ever seen. He will be able to make the guide, just need to get the old one out for him to copy. Do you know if EHE just goes off NH list price or give you a better deal? My local dealer is the same price as Messicks but are an hour away. Just as easy for me to have it shipped to me.
  15. I have the HD version of the pto setup. As far as I know from review of the parts diagrams, the plunger setup is only different by a serial number break in the later baler. Besides the pto, are the knotters different? Anything else? I went through the mess at the front of the flywheel when the casting around the clutch dogs crumbled and the pto shaft snapped off. Instead of buying clutch disks, the PO tightened down the springs to lock up the entire system. Well, all **** broke loose from there. I like the baler, did 4600 bales last summer with only one miss when the knot from switching balls got into the twine holder. It will eat hay. Just needs maintenance, and to replace things that haven’t ever been replaced.
  16. Sorry to hear that news Gary but glad Sharon is getting on well! Hope all the best and a speedy recovery back to good health. ???? Neat to see the new graduate include Sharon into the festivities!!
  17. Thanks, we will just build one then!
  18. I live in St Regis, 33 miles from Idaho on I-90. Not too from Thompson Falls, about 1.5 hours south. Most people coming from the west to go to Glacier drive through St Regis as it is the shortest route. Just a little town of about 750 but plenty of traffic in the summer. I graduated high school here, moved to Missouri for 25 years and then moved back home in 2018. I don’t visit any of the parks either but will go with friends who come out. Plenty of wild things to see around here close to the house.
  19. Maybe someone can give me some pointers. Have a NH 320 baler, needed new plunger bearings and guides. The lower right guide as looking in from the rear located at the mouth of the feeder is no longer available from NH. I can’t seem to find any other baler that the part is common to either. One would think the part would be common to the other balers in that series. Guess not, the part # is different between balers. I have a wrecking yard nearby that has many NH balers for parts. But they don’t have a 320. Any ideas? I don’t know that it can be flipped or turned end for end, I haven’t removed that guide yet. It looks worn though. I hate to spend all the money I have on everything else and not fix that part also. Any reason a new guide can’t be made from iron stock? I have a pretty good machinist in town so I’d think we could copy the original. What have anyone else’s experiences been with this?
  20. Back in 2013, I brought my family out to see my father from Missouri. We loaded up in his 24’ RV and off to Glacier we went. Stopped at the front gate, got our pass and asked how the weather was on the pass. She said “seems to be ok.” Off we went and at the bottom there was what appeared to be a parking area for campers but Dad said “don’t worry, keep going! We drove over the pass a couple years ago.” Mmmmm hmmm, I should have known better. Come to find out anything over 21’ isn’t allowed on Going to the Sun and over Logan’s Pass but no stopping now!! Talk about tight and steep. I was driving and for some reason it got real quiet when it started to snow. I thought if it’s this bad of a road going up, how in the world are we going to get down the other side??? It was a full blown blizzard by the time we got to the top and of course the parking lot was empty. I stopped to gather my thoughts and nerve before creeping down the east side. Well it wasn’t nearly as bad on the east side and buses come up from that side to the visitors center at Logan Pass. So we survived. Two things stood out, the snow drift that was still 30’ tall that they cut through to open the road just below the top and the adjacent waterfall that was blowing sideways from the wind coming up the canyon. Two years later we took my truck up the pass on a warm sunny day and it was gorgeous. Dad has since passed on but I’ll never forget that trip with him! ?
  21. I think the access pass is due to COVID and too much traffic. If I understand it right, it is for Going to the Sun Highway not necessarily all of the Park. They want to limit the number of vehicles using the road. That’s the best part of the place in my opinion. The pass is in addition to the normal park pass and is only $2. They pre-sold 75% of the passes two months ago. Then the other 25% are sold two days prior to when you want to use them. I got on line at precisely 8 am two days in a row. At 8:01 am, 145 passes were gone each day and I wasn’t able to get one. So we said the heck with it. I know there are tour trucks you can ride on, maybe that’s what the park wants to get used more. But it’s a three hour drive up to the park and I don’t know every detail. Maybe next time.
  22. I had two cousins from Iowa at the house last week. Couldn’t get an access ticket for Glacier Park so I took them to the bison range. Good trip and the bison are big suckers when only a few feet from the truck!! There were 40-50 in a herd next to the road. Enjoy a little tour of Montana. And a bonus picture over looking Flathead Lake.
  23. I picked up a smooth wheel Dunham packer recently at an auction for $40. Very surprised I got it but it’s missing about 4 wheels. But it would work. Cultipackers have been selling for $300 plus for a simple 6 footer around here. Anyways, I was at a local parts yard last week and asked if he had any wheels and how much. He said $50-75 EACH wheel depending on the size. Sorry, I’ll wait until I run across a better deal. But if he can get that much for them, good on him.
  24. The first thing to try is removing the three nuts below the tank. There should be castle nuts with cotter keys holding the tank on. Take out the cotter keys and see if the nut comes off or the entire bolt comes out of the tank. If one of the bolts comes out from either of the front two, you can wiggle the tank out without removing the steering shaft. Save you time. What’s wrong with the tank? Hole? Need to clean it? If you have no luck with that, there is a clamp on the steering shaft at the u-joint by the gauges. Take out the bolt, I’ve had to wedge a small chisel into the clamp to open it a little so it can be driven back from the front part of the steering shaft. There is a half-moon key in the front shaft, don’t lose it when it comes apart. Have to take the throttle shaft out also. That should just be a cotter key down by the head and likely the same at the throttle. Get in there and take stuff apart, you can do it!! Let us know if you have more questions.
  25. Never too many horses!!
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