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Absent Minded Farmer

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  1. Looking through the IH archive at the WHS, I ran across a couple pics of neatly stacked twine bundles.



    I thought they would look really cool shrunk down, printed out & glued into the doorway of a scale boxcar.

    Not really....

    it looks like a load of mini marshmallows. :lol:





  2. On 2/25/2024 at 3:54 PM, bitty said:

    I'm looking at a few of these tractors for possibly getting one for pulling the barrel train so I don't get any complaints @MTO about the gasoline fumes and engine belching etc on my 782 IH (that I think needs a coil pack currently) . Are they a decent tractor? Who made them to rebadge them for IH ? One is 4x4 the other is two wheel drive. With the rops I can put a canopy on to keep the sunburn to a minimum..... 

    Are they a pile of enough junk that the kids will be mad at me for the barrel train being out of commission? 

    Edit..... Making a new train and considering pool noodles for the edges 😁

    They're made by the company that brought us Pearl Harbor. Good little tractors. I can think of 4 of those still in the area. They've lived a charmed life though.


  3. It's not quite a minute, but it's a good 'un!!

    I've been sitting on it for a while, wanting to get the whole thing copied & cleaned up & it just isn't happening anytime soon.

    Here's what's up....

    (cue small violins)


    The record for this filmstrip is in decent shape, but has an arced scratch that crosses most of the the grooves on side A at near-parallel. If anyone knows of a place I can send the record to, to get repaired, please let me know. There was a place out in.... Seattle (I think?), that would do the job of straightening the grooves, but they seem to have disappeared over the course of the last couple years or they just aren't turning up in a search. It doesn't just need a deep cleaning or to get copied & transferred. Enough of that turns up in my searches & that isn't the only thing needed here. None of those places will touch this job. My only other option would be to send the record off to someone in Rome, Italy to tackle it. Not a fan of that idea. The place on the West Coast was an actual shop & had been there a while. The guy overseas could be legit, could be a scam artist. Don't want to risk one of these records to an unknown individual.

    Or.... if anyone knows of a neurosurgeon with a microscope that would like to earn a few extra bucks....


    On to the feature....

    (I'll even post it first & add the boring bonus Gehl ones after it. ;))









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  4. 10 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

    The fact that you have to tell people that food actually had to be grown is a sad commentary about the state of society. I don’t know what hope for the future there is. 

    I recall my grandma & my dad telling me about the new milk delivery route driver being a bit befuddled after a week on the job. He asked my dad about the origins of milk & dad said it came from a cow. The driver shook his head & told them that there are a couple people on the route that think milk is made somehow at the dairy. Wouldn't have thought anything about it, if it weren't for a water main break near the bottling plant. A few customers inquired if that was going to hinder milk production.

    That would have been mid '40s, so nothing new by far.


  5. 1 hour ago, DT Fan said:

    No point in putting this off any longer. I started some tomatoes and jalapenos today. With the way the weather has been this winter, might be planting radishes and turnips in a month!


    Glad you posted this. I forgot to look for the snowball tomatoes last year until it was to late.

    Not doing that again.


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  6. 18 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

    I never had an air grease gun that could even come close to the power of my cordless ones. If the cordless one can’t grease it, then nothing will. It could be as simple as a bad grease fitting. Have they been replaced? If it’s not that, you might as well take it apart and clean/repair it so it will take grease. 

    How not-big-enough of a grease gun have you tried?







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  7. 17 hours ago, acem said:

    There are various parades all over for various things up to and including Fat Tuesday. 

    Honestly I don't remember which parades these were from.  The articles were all about Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. 

    I just chose pics I found interesting.

    It's not all about drunk women showing their boobies. That's in the French Quarter, mostly Bourbon Street .  Not that boobies are a bad thing.

    The "side street" parades are the ones I would want to see. Seen enough boobs, &c in my lifetime that it's just not interesting. Not pooh-poohing anything.... just got all that out of my system a long time ago.... in a Galaxie far, far away.

    There was a live stream on Tuesday, from Guadalupe, that showed their parade. Great production effort, almost Macy's parade material in some respects. A few of the groups* are huge, too. Must have been around 100 people in some of them. Their instruments they play on the way to the "carpet" aren't much beyond the maracas & conch shells. Their ensembles have music played from a laptop or live musicians behind a pickup with power & speakers. Families are involved. They got the youngsters out & all are having a good time. The costuming of the different groups were outstanding & you could see everyone had their heart into it. There were instances where a few members of the accompanying security detail were also playing an instrument along with them, even though they were still in uniform. I was quite impressed. I watched some of the parade in Trinidad & was unimpressed. Everyone's outfit was a bikini & feathers. The only difference being color. Then, they're followed though the parade by a semi with a sound system on it, with some absolutely horrid music emanating from the speakers.

    So, if the side street parades are anything like Guadalupe, sign me up!

    And yes, I did cleanse my eyes after all that shakin'. Watched a Zydeco Mass live stream from St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Quite enjoyable. 👍


    *Not sure if they refer to them as krewes or not.


    There may be better footage of the Trinidad parade somewhere?? This is the one I watched. ↓↓




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  8. 3 hours ago, acem said:

    Mardi Gras is family friendly when you get away from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Is Bourbon Street ever family friendly?

    Here's some pics of parades in other parts of New Orleans. All gleaned from this years news reports.














    Are those pics from the parades before the big one? That whole town comes alive after Christmas.... or at least used to.


  9. I think we just had flying cows.

    That was an exciting evening & the storm put on a good show. Don't recall the last time the lightning was so clean & white. A few good ground strikes & lots of crawlers. And every *^#%!!! time I went out to get video.... it quit. Doesn't pay to leave my phone set up for taking video as the audio cuts out after about 50 sec recording time & the camera isn't waterproof.


  10. On 2/10/2024 at 7:30 AM, brahamfireman said:

    Shh!!!!! I was going to go look at this Sunday if it's still available to match the 706 LP!!!! 

    Looks like a basket case. Mismatched tires, no TA, clutch rod is a piece of angle iron. Fenders are banged up, no 3 point arms. Biggest problem I see is it's missing the correct LP temp gauge.  Someone made a new right side dash panel and put aftermarket gauges in it, no key switch Left panel is missing light switch and has a bunch of added switches,  I can only imagine the wiring nightmare.....

    No IH emblem on the nose was the non-starter for me. ;)


  11. If you really want to get picky..... use this stuff....


    Make sure your parts are clean & degreased. Those will last a long time with the above coating or similar.


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  12. 7 hours ago, mike newman said:

    Absent minded Famer  has probably forgotten allready......Oh well , happy BD anyway    :)


    I tried forgetting until I remembered.

    Been hiding in the basement for most of the day, working with my trains. Had a short section of track to hand lay & realized the short fuzzy hairs in my hand looked like track spikes last year. Had to peek under my glasses to get the job done. :lol:

    Or it was hair. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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  13. 9 hours ago, 560Dennis said:

    Happy Birthday to you all today !

    Call the fire department before to lite the cake candle s give them a chance to get there.

    Had to cut back on smoking again, just to combat the extra candles.

    Thanks for the b-day wishes!


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  14. 2 hours ago, arizonian said:

    And for the first in the series of a restoration of an antique Great Western wooden manure spreader by Smith Manufacturing, there is always Engels Coach Shop. Engels Coach Shop is located in Joliet, MT.

    Great Western manure spreader

    They have a great channel. Ran across it some time ago, looking for info on rebuilding the wheels on my grain drill.


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