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    Grenfell, SK 80 miles east of Regina
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  1. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Here's a couple of pics for that "Montana Boy". Taken at the Grandview, Manitoba museum.
  2. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I traded the 201 for a Versatile 400. While it was somewhat flimsy, I did thousands of acres of custom swathing with the 400. We could swath faster than the 201 would go on the road. We put a set of tires and rims off an older pull type 65 JD combine on it. It rode a way, way better and would cruise a bit faster on the road. It would spin those big rib tread tires when turning uphill in green stuff!
  3. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    "Ralph, the 175 was an economy swather the next model was the 210 which had a C153 engine. The 210 that I still have has a lot more power for the hay conditioner. The headers on the 175 & 210 were interchangable. I made the 100 mi. trip to Toronto for the farm show today. Ray" To drag this forward, I will add my $.25. My Dad had an old Kilberry SP swather with an equally old V4 engine. Luckily, you could pull it to start it. I can remember my poor old Dad trying to start that thing. He took the engine into Oakshela and had "Doc" DYKE do the valves, but it would still get balky. When he decided to buy a new swather, IH had the 175. There was no way he would even consider it, so he bought a 201 (yes - 201) IH instead. It had a water-cooled IH C-153, I think, or maybe a C-135. The 175 was about $2700 and the 201 was $4200, in about 1962 or 1963. The 201 was of much better construction all around, with the exception of the planetary drive setup. It howled something awful.
  4. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    OBG: I was having supper on Monday night at the old Husky station in Estevan. A trucker came over and sat with me, shooting the breeze. We swapped a few old "trucking" stories. In one story, he mentioned "Eddie's Corner". I perked right up and mentioned that one of the posters on a website I frequented came from Eddie's Corner/Moore. He described an old truck stop there. Small world, sometimes.
  5. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Now they are on the left side......
  6. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Oh boy! This thread is great! Looking at those pics of the two 22-36's pulling the Holt combine make me wonder how much racket and bone rattling that whole outfit would make under a good load. I have a pic of my Dad's old steel-wheeled pre-80 Cockshutt (not sure of the two part number) pulling a binder in 1938. No wonder my Dad wasn't as enthusiastic about running a tractor as I was! I am thinking that he had quite enough in the days of steel. He told me that when he first put rubber tires on one of his Cockshutts, people would stop him on the street and ask how were those rubber tires working out. Dad told me that during harvest, you could hear when the steam tractors had steam up, as the operators would sometimes let a whoop with the whistle, if so equipped. Keep up the great posting! :P
  7. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Boy, there are some great pics and information on this thread. Around my home area we call graders, well, graders, patrols, maintainers. There was an old fellow who used to run a grader for our Rural Municipality, who had some funny ways of saying things. He used to say, "Muhtrol", when referring to his machine, or, "Muhdrawlics", when referring to the hydraulics. Of course, he had the nickname of "Old Muhtrol". As a kid, I remember my Dad, who was the Reeve at the time, fussing over the two graders that were stationed in our home town. One was a Farmall M-based, and the other was a Cockshutt 40 or 50-based. That old Cockshutt one sounded so nice. Of course, I was somewhat biased, as my Dad owned a showroom Co-op E4 back then.
  8. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    OBG: I told the driver to take a load over to Mike's new building to fire the boiler for the infloor heating.....
  9. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Sad indeed that this elevator is gone. The people at Fleming and District worked hard to save and restore it.
  10. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    M diesel: You have just the right amount of snow! A couple of times this winter, I have remarked that living at the edge of a desert would suit me just fine in the winter. If I wanted to look at snow, I could just dial up a pic like this one I took last week in BC. We were heading back east. Note the moon up in the left corner.
  11. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Further to my post of the Roberts Ruston Tractor pic: "Later a chain-track was added to a paraffin-engined tractor. It had been developed by Hornsby's chief engineer (and managing director), David Roberts, and was patented in July 1904. The following year Roberts demonstrated his tractor unofficially to the British Army's Mechanical Transport Committee, and a formal demonstration was staged at Grantham in February 1906, at which the machine outperformed a conventional wheeled tractor." Taken from a Wikipedia article. OBG: you might be right about the gas power.......
  12. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Well, I realize that I'm hardly even skirting the Montana borders with this one, but here goes: This is a Roberts Ruston tractor at the British Army trial around 1905. It was being tested as a gun- and supply-carrier. Looks like a handy little rig.....
  13. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Ralph: Was that sale with the one lungers at Goodeve? I think I recognize the W6 with the tire on backwards. I recall posting a pic of the tractor at Goodeve. We dismantled a 2745 Massey, and it had a 640 Perkins. I have been "out of circulation" for the past three weeks, doing relief work at Sandy Bay. I stayed at Slim's Cabins, south of Sandy Bay. The camp is owned and operated by Jim and Veronique Woods. Very nice people. Jim admitted to knowing the King of Obsolete. Jim took me up in his Cessna 180 for a short jaunt to repair his friend's cabin door locks. Keep up the good work people. I love those old pics and the "conversation" that goes with them. :P
  14. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Good evening fellow Red Power coffee hounds! Regarding the posts about the title of this thread, etc, I have little story that was told to me by a man that was trying to help some of us up out a deep hole we had dug for ourselves. The story goes: Two little boys were offered different opportunities. One little boy was locked in a toy store over the weekend, and was told he could play with any and all of the toys, no problem. The other little boy was locked for the weekend in an old horse barn that was piled high with horse manure. Monday morning, the little boy in the toy store was sitting quietly in the corner, and hadn't touched a thing. "Why on earth would you just sit there the whole weekend and not play with all these beautiful toys?", he was asked. "Well," the little fellow replied, kind of shaky and shy, "I was afraid I might bust something, and then I would catch heck." When the door was opened to the horse barn, to everyone's total surprise, the little guy in there had forked all the manure from one side to the other and was still forking like crazy. "Whoa, whoa, there young fellow!" cried one of the onlookers, "What do you think you can accomplish by forking all this manure around like this?" "Well, mister, isn't it obvious to you? With all this horse manure, there's gotta be a pony in here somewhere!" I can still see the fellow standing up in front of the bunch of us, telling this story in all earnestness. I use the story to pull myself back from the pit of negativity that I sometimes venture too close to the edge of. It has served me well in the 35 years since I first heard it. Okay, I'm going back to dig some more..... :P
  15. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    MB Cat: Love that sprayer. I'll bet you could do reverse wheelies with that one!! This Fall I was helping with harvest, running a 590R Cat. There were four altogether. My boss did a fantastic reverse wheelie with his 590. He had FULL hopper and went to stop, but slid the go stick back into reverse. That was the best one I saw this Fall. I think I might have popped a couple of minor ones, but his took the cake!! I love the stories about the old machines. Keep them coming. I arrived in the farming world when I was 13, learning to drive a showroom Co-op E4, pulling 10 sections of diamond harrows. Then it was Dad's 1950 Mercury 1 ton, then his 660 with a 24' Rollo-Flex deep tillage,an IH 201 swather.