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  1. For you guys that go on multiple days... what would you say is normally the single best day to be there? As I said above, my dad and I are planning on going Friday... that was the day we went 2 years ago, and it seemed to be a good day to be there. Figured it gave everyone a day to get there and set up, but was before many would be leaving. But, even after only one day, there was a lot of crops picked and ground worked (I do know they roll it and work it again, though.) Anyway, figuring on Friday, but we are flexible (unfortunately, a one day trip is the only option), just wanted to hear opinions on Thursday. Either way, in my opinion, HCOP is the greatest tractor show out there, and I know that I will already be looking forward to 2021 by the time we are headed home next week!
  2. "Just like a library burning to the ground".... what an eloquent way to state what is such a truth in life. No matter how much we try to soak in from those older and wiser than us, there is still so much lost when they pass. I have several books by Mr. Wendel, as well, I can only imagine how many hundreds of times I leafed through the pages of "150 Years of International Harvester"
  3. 2000 Sandwich, IL 2002 Penfield, IL 2004 (?) Mt. Pleasant, IA 2006 Mansfield, OH 2008 Columbia, MO 2009 Madison, WI 2010 LaPorte, IN 2011 Albert Lea, MN 2012 DuQuoin, IL 2013 Lima, OH I was on a bit of a hot streak there for a while, but have really fallen off the last few years... I really need to get back, I have enjoyed each and every one, and also enjoy trying to see a few local sights along the way
  4. Several years ago, there was a clown here running for county board. One of the things he was running on was that the "urban" parts of the county (his words... that was a joke in itself) were paying an unreasonable amount of property taxes, and that farmland owners needed to contribute more. I don't know how the figures actually worked out, but my thought was "what do our taxes pay for?" Biggest chunk by far is schools, rest goes for roads, police, fire, library, county administration, etc. Now take 400 acres of farm ground vs. 400 acres of subdivision... which will put more kids in the school? More cars on the road? More potential need for a policeman, ambulance, or firetruck? More calls from angry residents complaining that THEIR road is snowplowed by 5:30 am? I think, if anything, the farm owners are contributing much more than their fair share. Unfortunately, that 400 acres of subdivision also holds many more votes than 400 acres of farm ground.
  5. Used to be that nearly every town around here had a local, independent lumberyard; they're all gone now. Off the top of my head, I can't even think of the nearest one now. Much like a lot of other places, I suppose. We do have a Home Depot, Lowe's, and 2 Menards within about 25- 30 minutes from home, though, so I guess we're better off than some places, but I miss the quality and convenience of the locals.
  6. I'm a day late, but thank you for the birthday wishes! I've always felt that I was very fortunate to have been born on the 4th of July... I think it's about the best possible day for a birthday... no school as a kid, no work as an adult, fireworks, cookouts, and sharing a birthday with our country... Couldn't ask for more!
  7. Ooof... that's a depressing thought, and I sure hope you're wrong! I haven't been able to attend for the last couple years, and unfortunately, that trend is continuing this year. I have attended several RPRU'shows over the years, however in IL, IA, WI, MO, IN, and OH and have enjoyed each of them immensely. Also usually try to take advantage of a little local sightseeing of some sort along the way. Hopefully there is a long, bright future still ahead for RPRU
  8. Lots of places you can take a leak in your front yard, but there is only one house that was your great grandparents. Family farms and family history are very important, and once that farm is gone, it's probably for good. I'm in a spot about like you, Sledgehammer... in IL, and a little too close to suburbia for my tastes, but I hope the only way they ever drag me off this place is with a hearse
  9. I have a Case 580D backhoe and had a problem last fall with, I believe, bad biodiesel. Got rid of the fuel, changed filters, ran some diesel treatment through it, and eventually seemedto work through the problem... until this spring. Kind of had the same issues... loss of power, it would idle way down and die. I limped it back up to the buildings by running a few yards, it would die... let it sit a few minutes, start it back up, lather, rinse, repeat. Pulled the filters again, they look good. Took off the check valve on top of the stanadyne pump, and sure enough, there was some crud in there. Cleaned it out and hoped I was home free when it fired right up and seemed to run good, but that only lasted a few minutes. Idled down and cut out again. It will fire right back up, but die about as quick as it started unless you let it sit for a bit. Sitting seems to allow it to run a little longer, but not by much. Any more ideas or will the pump likely need a rebuild? Thanks for any help.
  10. Red Collector

    Vintage ?

    My guess would be mid- 60's
  11. Ha! That was my first thought, too... I didn't figure #1 on the list was too bad of a chore til I moved on to the second line!
  12. Just a personal opinion; of course the decision is yours, but in that picture, anyway, the paint doesn't look too bad. Would a good washing and waxing dress her up enough? I think nice old originals are kind of cool
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