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  1. Is there any such thing as really seeing it? With all the debris in the air and the cloud and all. Maybe a periscope with a camera you push up out of your underground bunker. Other wise like the guys hiding under the quad track using everything to hang on. Back in 16 a wildfire of 100,000 acres no more than 4 or 5 miles away 2 water drainages with 500 to 1000 foot differences in elevation. So could get on a ridge and look across and see nothing because of all the smoke. 😉 But I was back and forth in and out of the hospital with gallbladder surgery and major complications. So I may have missed a day when the wind was right to take smoke away.
  2. Good that you could make the good by party it sounds like. I can only think of one guy that was grown before I can remember still in the hood out here. A few that where in high school when I first remember them. But I am one of the old guys all of a sudden. Just 3 or 4 years ago thought I could do things. Was a real test to get down on the floor and plug the mic for the church pulpit in this morning that another group moved but did not plug in. But you don't try your done.
  3. Put Apitong in a stock trailer in 95 or so, still real good today . The original pine that came with a Oklahoma built trailer lasted 20 years with lots of weak spots and, patches the last 2 or 3 years. Just to give a comparison, it was used more in the first 20 but cleaned and cared for better to always stored outside.
  4. I have been around a small Kubota 20 hp hydro ( B8200 I think )had foot control but most of us could add a handle for hand control. Britty and Finney type ability could move the control most anywhere on tractor.
  5. Dump rakes where used here on wild oats in good years. Cut and rake leave in the field for grazing. I guess old times thought a dump rake was harder tear up than a bar rake. Any dump rake used in my time had a rope trip, nobody rode on it. One hard head old guy shocked hay until the last guy refused to bring a baler and wait for hay to be pitched in by hand.
  6. Buck fever is one of those things, you learn to control it or miss. Nephew did 8 years maybe more ( should of could stayed, but Pres Billy was cutting everything in the military and the girl friend ) in the Marines. Was on the west coast shooting team so better than many, but deer where safe most of the time. Since he has matured and hunts more does much better. As well as still shooting pistils comparatively.
  7. ray54

    Td-9 help

    It should roll to load with stuck steering clutches. Just that it will only go straight forward and back. If you can get it in neutral it should roll to load even with a stuck master clutch.
  8. A Cat D6 on rubber tires. Dealer in the southeast ( Florida I think) built them for sugar cane harvesting. Cat was in on the engineering. Wheels are tandem drive from Cat 12 motor grader. Steered with the crawler steer clutches, so will spin around almost like a skid steer. Never a production machine but several hundred maybe as many as 600 built. This picture is a D6 9u serial number, produced from 49 to 58. They continued to build them with D6 B model into the 60's . They pulled wagon with the cane from field to processing mostly. But did have a lite duty dozer to pile the sugar cane. Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club magazine did a piece on them.
  9. Land line no caller Id so we answer most of the time. I practice my very poor acting skills. So does my wife if she is feeling like, she has got a bit of info out of some. But we did get them ticked off on a Friday. They called 20 times or so from then to Sunday. But then got kind of quit for several months. Still not every day like it had been 6 months or more latter.
  10. Sound like the goings on in this part of the world. After wino's dried up the spring that had never failed in 200 years on this ranch, needed a water line run across a creek about 1% of your stream. The Fish and Wildlife biology division would not return a phone call or email. But it is where every idot out for ride in the country could see it. Finally a 30 year veteran of the patrol division said get it done quick before the rainy season here. Only God or a billionaires money could get a bigger job like yours done. May the stars line up for you, and only good luck.
  11. Yes there are brake locks on the pedal linkage. Petal should move 3 or 4 inches. Been a long time since I have been on a TD9, but I want to say by the petal. But my AC and Cat both are behind your heel under the seat so look there too. Start by looking if brake bands are rusted to drum. Next would be that master clutch could be rusted to fly wheel. Will the engine turn over. Newer low use tracks can rust up, but that would be way down the list. I move bigger track tractors with a 40 hp wheel tractor in my yard. Had a Cat D6 that I could not. Hooked another D6 on still only slide it a bit. In 6 to 8 months of sitting brake band rusted to drum. Loosen that rolled with wheel tractor.
  12. All what you have done before. Combine miss haps where never that many. I knew 2 people that turned a combine over, a IH 141 and IH 403. Both lived to tell the tail, the one to get run over and killed 40 years latter by IH TD9 crawler farm tractor he had coast started for 40 years. I have never run a IH with 4 way leveler. But a old Massey Harris 90 to JD 95H to many Gleaner MH2's and finally a JD 6622. Other than opening up a field never really saw a need for 4 way level. Nor 4 wheel drive. You need to out think the hill. What is the easiest way to the top. Where this machine is trying to get higher and spinning, I would look the whole of field over and see if possible to cut that back and forth on the couture. Much handier to have little bits and pieces on the ridge top or at the bottom. But with camera angles and not seeing the whole area to be cut this maybe the best choice. But my preferred way. Running out of level and still leaning never bothered me if I did not have turn around when that steep. With soil conditions here the JD 6622 would out climb the others hands down, also the least likely to slide. I believe due to being the widest set wheels, and weighing more. The wildest ride was trying to back up hill and having header to high and slamming down on it. I thought it was going to end over end, but it did not. The next was loosing the hydraulic drive belts, coming down off a hill top. Was a L shaped ridge coming strait down the hog back. Lost all control but brakes which are exhalent on the Gleaner MH series. Well the turning brakes on each wheel the parking not so much. I lived I learned always come off at a angle brake it into the hill no drama. Also you drive it you watch things like hydro belt tightens. A week point on a MH2, the pin is small and wears arm leans. The owner provides parts (or drives it himself) or I go home. Yes in hill top land with unfarmed middle of hillsides I did slide out of the field. No biggy until we had hooked a D6 up to back axle and I slipped in the wild oats and slapped the tail of machine with my hand and it moves down the hill another foot. Owner was on hand and drove it out himself, with the help of the D6. Not much grain left with the winos buying and planting grape all over. Good time would do it again.
  13. If you don't find anybody for the whole thing. But my luck is they will be hide if and when I would need them.
  14. A thank you for taking interesting pictures and sharing them. An you also have a eye to spot things from the road out in the fields and get a good picture.
  15. I cannot say much about Holt combines in rice. Nobody has talked about it, but would think they tried it. A quick look says 1912 was the beginning of comical rice farming in California. Also the about the time Holt had the idea of building a "endless chain" to carry his steam traction engine rather than wheels. There has been a saving of several pieces of the original steam crawler and hand making the rest. The Professor and I have discussed it with pictures on his "IH tractors on a Montana farm" thread on this board. I believe this one of a kind machine has been stored here in Paso Robles for about 5 to 10 years after the passing of the builder. Has been driven down main street in the Pioneer Parade 2nd Saturday in Oct yearly during that time, except for a time out for the whole parade last year. Holt for what ever reason was more worried about working on peat soils in the Sacramento Valley of California. I am out of my area of knowledge, but I don't think peat soils and rice go together. I think peat soils stay very wet but are still hard to get standing water on. And I think rice needs to be in standing water at times. Someone that knows correct me. As for the Mississippi delta Anson has talked of using a tracked IH to open wet ground for planting. Would a tracked tractor not been able to pull a combine better as well for a rice harvest? World War 1 created great demand for wheat and dry beans which spurred the production of those crops in California as the most important up until early 1920's. Then farming was back to a more normal in Europe. Prices decreased world wide for those transportable crops. So I am sure Holt focused his efforts at those crops at that time. Holt had financial troubles at this time as he had ramped up production with contacts for crawler tractors in Europe to be used in the war effort, which where reneged on with the ending of the war. By 1925 this forced the joining of Holt and Best Tractor company which was to become Caterpillar Company. Both Holt and Best had the same banker. The Holt /JD 36 was capable of 20 to 40 ton of wheat or barley in 10 to 12 hour work day. As much as I know nothing was really changed during its years of production in the teens until the 1950's when JD introducing the JD95. A JD 95 had to have a good day to not let a "old 36" keep up or even out cut it. The Harris pull combines where very similar in design and capacity to the Holt 36. My dad always told me the first Harris "pusher" ( the local term for self propelled) was the same basic combine just a different frame and axles to be self driving.
  16. Yes a Harris was popular back in the day of pull combines. A lot of the 88 self propelled as well. Some of the 98's as well, but dealer gave up selling equipment and just did welding shop and heavy hardware before the end of Harris Harvester Co.
  17. The Holt 36 that became the JD 36 combine was only spike tooth cylinder until the end of production in the late 1950's. My dad never let me run the his sidehill JD 36 as for the damage from picking up a rock. If he had to straighten or fix cylinder teeth it was his own fault. His was update with Hanson auto level and a air cylinder to control head from on his D6 Cat that pulled it all.
  18. Well they also need to be with ? the roots down.?
  19. Thanks, keep them coming. ?Kind of like here but you seem green in every season, rather than a week or 2 like here.
  20. I will give a ? on the buddy seat. Not like the high dollar ones but if you have some padding under there should sit just fine. That is what I sit on on my old junk. I grew up getting stabbed by springs on old rusted out seats. So 3 or 4 inches of foam rubber is a treat to me.
  21. I need passenger side door hinges. I guess I better say right hand side, since this a international outfit. An some go the other way around.
  22. I can get you a picture of it in John Deere green after Caterpillar left the farm equipment business to concentrate on dirt moving equipment. I even have a header for it.
  23. Having free money would really making farming in this "next year will be better" country a lot easier. Had the uncles name wrong it is Drury James. But he came to California in 1849 with the Blackburn brothers Daniel and James. I believe they had all the properties before the Civil War ended. But was not coming up with info as easy as I wished so stopped hunting. But did find winter of 1868 - 69 was when Frank and Jesse where rumored to be here.
  24. Good try on the moon pictures. Last year we had high smoke for days here in California. None real close all the really big ones where over 100 miles away. Cameras did not like something and never got the full effect of how red the sun was. Tried 3 different cameras and the cheapest did best.
  25. The James boys where rumored to have hidden out here in California for better than a year in the middle of there robbing career. The only solid fact is their uncle Jury James was the cofounder of El Paso De Robles ( Pass of the Oaks), or today known as Paso Robles Calif. The uncle was a pardoner in several Spanish Land grant ranches and they could of easily fit in as another ranch hand. But no evidence that's says they where here for sure.
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