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  • Birthday 12/01/1990

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  1. Yep, and the hay I cut Wednesday still ain't dry! Been cool up in the hills these past few mornings, I had 49 on Monday along with a good dose of hope for fall. But alas, it ain't to be. Couple those 100 degree days with a week-long visit from the in-laws, and I'm screwed eight ways to Sunday. Got another field to cut next week, so I guess I'll sweat it out and let the in-laws have the ac. Maybe it'll dry faster than this last go round? Mac
  2. Adjusted for inflation, that comes out to about $17k which is about half of what a new, basic, Chevy costs today. Times sure have changed, haven't they? Mac
  3. I can't help but wonder how the devil they ever got that engine out of there? Would've taken a lot of muscle and horse-power to set it back up and then haul it out of river, besides fixing the bridge back. I remember my grandad calling those scuffle feet or scuffle hoes; they ran about 1/4" under the ground and cut the little white rooted weeds off before they sprouted. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to run one. My favorite thing to do when I still had a team was pull the disk and harrows. Were it not for the high price of feed I'd consider finding another team strictly to disk, harrow, and haul hay with. Thanks for another good post, Gary. Mac
  4. I really like that old 460 hooked to the spud digger. Looks like it's done some work in it's life, too. Reckon that's original paint? Sure looks it. Regardless, I far and away prefer tractors in their "working clothes" over restored trailer queens. Mac
  5. Here's a couple things for you to check. One: did you torque the head to the appropriate value, and did you do so in stages? Two: did you run it for about 20 to 30 minutes afterwards and then re-torque? Three: as @axial_al said, are the headbolts bottoming out in the block and not holding tightly? Four: did you check sleeve protrusion and make sure a sleeve isn't proud of the block causing the gasket not to seal. And as a side note, some of those gaskets are directional and so if installed upside down, won't seal right. If you are sure that all those are correct, then you need to drop the oil pan, pressurize the cooling system, and try to pinpoint where it's leaking. The C169's aren't really known for cracking blocks or heads unless stored over winter with water in them, so there may be another issue. I can't remember off the top of my head, but I'm pretty sure the sleeves are dry and so a cracked sleeve oughten to leak. I'm sure someone with more knowledge will correct me if I'm mistaken. Mac
  6. My brother and I have already figured out what'll happen after the old man croaks. We'll load the cows up the day after the funeral, call an auctioneer for the land and machinery, and then after we pay all Daddy's debts off we'll treat each other to lunch with what's left. If little brother wants the house, then he's already said he'd buy me out of it, and if he does then so be it. Pa doesn't have a lot now and never did, and we have no illusions of a grand inheritance. On the flip side, my wife's grandfather died last year. The three of the four siblings are squabbling over the land, cattle, etc, while putting pressure on their elderly mother to change her will to suit each of them. When she and I started dating, her grandfather had one of the finest farms in this county; it's run down beyond recognition now. Papaw always said that this old land was only good for one thing, and that was turning neighbors and families against each other. As I've gotten older, I can see he was right. Mrs. Mac and I bought our own farm when we got married; we've paid for it, and no one else has helped us out, either. We both have been blessed with good off-farm jobs, and are careful on our spending. We each drive decent, if not newer, vehicles and most of the machines are paid for. I can proudly say that we got everything that we own by our own sweat and the good graces of the bank. The only wrench in the mechanism is, we don't have any children and likely never will. So when we are in our "short rows" we'll likely sell the farm and move to town. Or rather, she probably will, as I have every intention of leaving my little old farmhouse feet first. Mac
  7. Looks like a 27V, someone correct me if I'm wrong. Good mowers and easy to work on if needed. Mac
  8. Probably true, but I was talking about the Super H in my earlier posts. A c169 is a c169, whether in a Super H or a 300. Now the gearing may be slightly different, and the hydraulics different too, and the lack of torque amplifier and independent pto does make a difference. At the end of the day, a SH with a c169 ought to hang right with a 300 with a c169 hooked to the same plow or disk. However, my 300 has been updated with 175 sleeves and pistons. Will it walk off from a c169? No clue. Will it hang with a 350? Probably. I do know it pulls my 9' JD disk just fine, and 3 14" bottoms don't bother it in the least. Can a c169 in a Super H handle either of those? Again, no clue. Honestly though, the OP didn't ask for my opinion on all the above. He just wanted to know what to look for when buying a Super H, and hopefully I gave him and others some pertinent information. Mac
  9. That's the biggest part of it, I think. I went looking for a couple old 15" tires for the drill the other day, took quite a while to find a matching set and still had to give $25/ea for them. Seems like the mom and pop shops will keep a few used tires around, but the bigger outfits dispose of them as soon as they can so they can give you the "nope, no used ones but I got a dozen brand new ones that size" excuse. Mac
  10. Yes, t/a makes a heck of a difference, and so does lpto. But, funnily enough a guy could get a 300 with transmission driven pto, no t/a and no hydraulics. I've seen a couple that were bare, on full steel and with magnetos. Pretty much a Super H with a bigger engine and different tinwork. And, I know a lot of guys all over the country that have rebuilt their H and Super H engines to c169 and even c175 specs. That poor H sounds sick to me... I've run a two basket tedder on a B John Deere in our hills, an H ought to walk the dog with one. That's the way to do it! Most guys I've seen have done similar things to theirs and seem to be happy with them. The weights really make a difference, I need to get a set for the 300 sometime. Mac
  11. That's fair, and completely true. But let's be honest, most Super H's have been upgraded in the past 70ish years. Every one I see for sale around here has been bored out to at least 169 ci and had 3 point and at least one if not more remotes fitted. Other than live pto, there isn't a lot of difference between the two. Mac
  12. A 3 rib works better in the dirt, but can tear up sod if you aren't careful. Mine all have 3 rib fronts except for the Cub. It has road tread tires and doesn't turn for beans. For strictly making hay I'd go with either 4 rib or implement tires. They'll slide but won't tear up the ground. If you're having trouble turning, unlatch your brakes and use them to help if you aren't already. I had he!! turning my 300 until I took the wide front off and replaced with a narrow. That's also something to consider. Then it won't really matter what you put up front. Mac
  13. Very nice old 80! I have a #76 that I saved from the scrapper, belonged to the wife's grandfather. Unfortunately the unloading auger got hauled off, but hopefully I can get it home and rig up something to get it going. If not, I'll part it out and try to help someone else save theirs. I'd be very interested to know how you went about getting the parts to restore your 80? Seems like there aren't many places a man can find parts for the old pull-type combines anymore. Mac
  14. I thought I was the only one who did that! Glad to see I'm not alone. The 300 doesn't have the power the 400 does, but boy will it fly down the road! Mac
  15. I can't tell you a darn thing about it, other than I'd like to have it! That's a pretty interesting power unit to be sure, looks like it has a Farmall Cub gearbox on it? Not something you see every day. Mac
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