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mike newman

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  1. ...few more pics ..looks like a Hough 30 loading a 4x2 "Thames Trader""...a British Ford product ...some yet to be identified loader..loading a KB6....I think I see ''75A" on theb loader frame...that was a Michigan number????.note the 'grizzly' screen on the back of the KB ..common pratice back then..!! ....another Hough loading an AR with a TD 9 pushing above Mike
  2. Yes.....all the Aussie built trucks that I had were prefixed with ""A""....trucks built after the pictured ones above !! ...it was great for the likes of us down under...huge tariffs imposed on US built products back then....and now, , so with the advent of Ford, IHC, Mack KW etc having manufacturing facilties in Australia.....and with Australia being a huge consumer of all products....we in little NZ could get some good equipment at almost affordable cost..... Mike
  3. how true that is...I have seen that down under here, over the years of agriculture contracting...great old men...arrogant young pricks ...as for the topic..and as @acem implied....heavy cover crops , of legume and straw mix...peas and oats for example, lightly disced in, will work wonders.. Mike
  4. Mac.....reme mber you are of Irish heritage..not Scottish......so quit wingeing about that $400 a/c ...!!!!..That is a steal for that amount of work...asked for or not... ..If your area is anything like our area , down under, blokes of that skill level are getting few and far between....more is the pity....and the machine shops that still exist are not really interested in old equipment....We had a graphic example of that when my lad almost ''drowned '' the old 886....Our mistaken loyalty to the then new Case-IH dealer was a huge blunder....Like a $3000.00 NZ blunder...and we then took the 886 to the ''old bloke '' who had been working on various coloured tractors for many years.....long story , but the issues were fixed and I refuse to ever darken the door of the Case-IH outfit... ...just my thoughts, Mac.... Mike
  5. ......you have to have a good earth...end of story...!!! ..on our big solar powered unit....we have three steel earths... four feet into mother earth....connected in sequence, of course......This is what the NZ manufacturer recommended....and that will light up multi . (usually three wires..) for way north of a mile..running around 8 KVA....makes your eyes water .... ..our smaller units, solar powered will crank out 6 to 8 kva...again three wires for sheep...two for cattle....if earthed correctly ..The mains powered ones here at the Rainbow Station....will throw you off the seven wire fence ..if the inner thigh brushes the top wire...(Top wire and fourth wire down are 'live ' )..these wires would aggregate many miles over the 1500 acres of flats......(ask me how I know...sigh ..) That mains unit can be so vicious, that Fishermen have designated ''fence crossing '' areas to access the main river ....(..Stiles ) Mike
  6. ...you got me there, pede !!! ....Howard_P corrected my initial post in respect of model.... ....Mike
  7. ...I am sure this HD6 was pulling a one way disc plough..(??)....down under......anyway, you don't see many HD6's as dedicated Agricultural tractors.... ...quite a while back Mike
  8. ,,,what we see on TV down under , re Eastern Ky is just horrendous......The water levels are incredible....Tragic ..... What with floods ...fire..America is not all Coke and Skittles.... Mike
  9. Google him Art, you will find it all there....!! <Mike
  10. Indeed !!.....diverter valve set up.....This wasn't like on the high track D5 H set up....just a set up for a cockie with a bunch of trees to log...thus there is not that much going on , when winching...other than winching !! Mike
  11. ...one positive thing about a hydralic driven winch is that your ''running boards'...or 'board' singular, won't have to trashed to fit those ''lever controls''...for an old Carco....There has never been a neat way to place those controls, where (a).....they hook up to the winch body.....and (b)....you can reach them , comfortably.... We grafted a Carco from an old TD9 on to a far later model Fiat /Allis crawler.....and drove the input shaft via a 'specific suited'' hydralic motor....Mounted it very neatly..never drilled the holes with a gas torch, as I have seen some ''fitted'' that way.......did it properly, and the drive mechanism was virtually hidden behind the winch...Chain driven...from a sprocket on the motor to the sprocket on the shortened input PTO shaft....A lot of machining and buggaring around..but it worked a treat.... Mike
  12. ...yeah...the have come and gone......from the old ''K' models to the bigger stuff ..TM with a Detroit in.... Mike
  13. ...something that might interest Gary..!!! ..a not so old (then ) LF195 with an old steam engine, plucked out of the West Coast bush......possibly from one of the dozens of sawmills which preceeded the land clearing ....starting pre 1900.. Mike
  14. E27N Fordson with Perkins P6 TA pulling NZ made 'oneway' discs Circa...early 1960's Mike
  15. ....thanks Mike....(shaking head slowly...) .....Good grief..now if that was the genial music lover , KWRB.....in the command centre..my cup would be overflowing......but seeing those hieroglyphics in the top , upper left, suggests otherwise..... Sometimes I believe the earth is flat...... Mike
  16. ..In respect of ''reins'' and crawler tractors....A family by the name of "Green ' owned a lot of steep hilly country in the area in which I grew up.. Ern Green had an Oliver OC3 with very wide gauge track tracks...and he used the 'reins' to control this machine whilst light discing and the subsequent ''harrowing in '' the new seed ...simply because the country he was working, whilst 'clean' was just so steep.....the rational being ...if the thing tipped over , he (Ern ) wouldn't be underneath it... Made sense...I guess...but the issue as I saw it with the Olivers, was that they were so wide in the gauge..you would really have had to work at it..to turn one over....!!!....a plus was that constant variable speed drive , to the finals, as it ''crabbed '' around the hill sides There were many, many good blokes that died down under, breaking in hill country,...the little four roller track frames on the D2 /TD6 type tractors , took a big toll on rookie operators....turning down hill was to flirt with death...Eventually the Cat D6 9U and the wide gauge TD14 were supreme, in those halcyon days of land development in NZ Mike ....best I can come up with is TD14 on an F1800....from an era before the ''troffic craps'' started the portable weighing scale 's......
  17. Yeah, @dewets..of course I screwed up by calling it "Isuzu""...but soon "Bedford " disappeared to be replaced by "Isuzu" We used a 4x2 Bedford for many years...same issues as you faced ...underpowered, but like all under powered trucks I had..if one was patient, you made the finish line eventually...and that helped the bottom line to get something a bit better...and so on...ad infinitum.. Mike
  18. Aw gee KWRB....thats a tough call...you put me in a very invidious position...given that grotesquely painted Hitachi is now three hours away from here...with petrol running at an all time Socialist high...I am not about to rumble out and take a picture of it.......just yet ''Banning'' me could have an adverse affect on my mental health...you see....and as you might not be partial to the wonders of left wing mediocrity.....banning me would shrink even further my little world...... I will speak to my legal team in respect of a stay of execution..... Mike
  19. Well, Russ,,,,all that sounds like you are going to feel a heck of a lot better about some aspects of your life.....any relief from chronic back pain is a huge benefit.... ..howver, I feel a little uneasy about the pending ''mattress burning ceremony''....is this some ''Salem'' like ritual that has migrated down to Alabama ?? or is it just a closure and cleansing ritual specific to ol' busted up hill billys from thr South ??? ....and the Whiskey....do you use that, as an accelerent , to hasten this pending conflagration ?? We live in such a cultural backwater, down under, unlike you blokes in the US....even a Dodge with ply wood seats would be very welcome in my little world.....sigh BTW...how is your ol' hound ? Mike
  20. ...Yeah.....not for the faint hearted ....I remember seeing these ''machines'' working..years ago..a lot of noise with the ''product'' raining down on the truck deck Mike
  21. Thankyou, Howard _P I have a few to put on the ""Troll for the Site" topic...and as there is zero information on the ''specific's'' of the trucks..I will be guessing at times as there was a proliferation of different models that came into NZ.. Mike
  22. ...scored a few old pictures , from yesteryear, New Zealand...I copied them, very crudely but most can be seen , sort of OK !!! AR174 with an AR or AS 110 in the background...... RF 190 with logs...note the 44 gallon drum up ''topsides'' ..it was a good haul through the Haast Pass for these old petrol ,trucks...between 2 to 3 gallons Imperial to the mile..hence the drum of feul AR 174 4x2 pulling logs (I am unsure if the model designation changes for the 6x4) The owner of those trucks, in that era, is still alive..albeit a very fine old bloke...and a life time, avid IHC enthusiast..both tractors and trucks Mike
  23. .....there are so many old pictures ...held in dusty box's by equally ''old'' blokes, who have long past their days of battling with buggared tracks ...mud...broken winch ropes...broken marriages ...broken dreams etc etc..old blokes now, who would never have fitted in this''modern' safety oriented , over regulated world.... I have crudely copied a few, from another old ,very recently visited , friend...Some of the originals leave a bit to be desired ...so bear with them !!!! RF 190 with TD24 settling down on the low bed...( I think ???...or is it a LF195 ???? ) AR174 with TD6 ''over-loader'' set up Isuzu with TD9 ''over -loader'' set up Mike
  24. ,,,been very wet down under,...thus I went visiting an old friend...running cattle and Red Deer on his hill country farm....He does a lot of deer fencing, on some miserable slope gradients....with this exact set up...except his old Hitachi Excavator... coloured 'purple'' of all colours..is not at all photogenic....so here is a picture for @mader656....It may be of interest to him, although he is well set up with his track machine... I thought it quite innovative...and its great for my old Mate, at 68 yrs...especially for those 10 foot deer posts...... Mike
  25. ......do you want a hand to build up those grousers , on the old Cat,Ray ?? ,......I would accept the Chevrolet as part payment..OK, OK then... ...as full payment... .......as for your splendid old tool box....I would like to make a very pertinent comment ...the man who runs a Caterpillar...does never need the tool selection , compared to the man who runs an International... ...that statement, made on an International Harvester Forum...may be seen as blasphemy by some diehard IH enthusiasts.... .....not with standing that....I do speak with a modest degree of experience, on this matter.... Mike
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