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About cgage

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  • Birthday 02/06/1991

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    Upper Peninsula Michigan
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    Old tractors. Currently: 1947 Farmall Super A Industrial, 1950 Farmall M, 1944 Farmall H, 1936 Farmall F-20, 1952 Allis WD, 1944 Allis B, 1948 Oliver 70

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  1. cast iron prep

    We tried oven cleaner as someone recommended it as a degreaser and it does definitely have an affect on paint. We used it in an attempt to degrease my grandpa's John Deere 50 around a power steering pump leak and it turned the JD green to bright yellow. Not sure if it would have been ready for new paint at that point but it does definitely affect the paint. On the tractors I have done I usually just do sand blaster and then wire wheel for the more stubborn stuff to prep my cast parts. The sheet metal quality is what really makes a tractor pop, there is only so much you can do with cast without going to ridiculous measures.
  2. M engine sludge

    My Super A got hydraulic fluid in the engine oil when I switched the touch control over to hydraulic fluid and the pump seal started leaking. When I found out what was happening I drained it and it was amazing all the crap that came out after running it with hydraulic fluid in the engine oil! Not something I did on purpose but it seemed to be a pretty good cleaning agent.
  3. Letter Series at Work

    Will have to find my other pics. For letter series my wife has an M and an H and I have a Super A Industrial. I got the Super A when I was a kid and it raked a lot of hay and hauled a lot of bale wagons and now has a plow on it to help out with snow plowing duties. The M and H "work" by pulling our church floats in parades and going to play at shows though they will help out of the family farm when they go back for visits. Really can't say they don't have uses anymore; they are great helpers with haying and if I hooked up a remote on the belly pump hydraulics they could still run the haybine or most other equipment. I agree they are one of the greatest tractor series ever and after finally owning and M and H and driving them I see why they sold so well in their day; compared to most tractors of that time they are comfortable, easy to run, and have great power for their weight.
  4. allis 190 narrow front?

    That is a crazy amount for a front end though I'm sure it is quite rare. The narrow fronts were pretty well gone by that era. We never had a newer allis like the 190 or even D series so never used the power director but it seems similar in concept to the twin clutch system on my WD which I like; it works good. I use my WD to blow snow and having the hand clutch to control speed works great. Maybe not as great in all situations as true independent pto but at least on the WD it was awesome in its day and for snow blowing I like having the hand clutch to feather to creep into deep stuff.
  5. 20 Most Important Red Tractors

    M-TA for intro of the torque amplifier. Maybe the WD-40, thought it was said to be one of the earliest diesel wheeled tractors. I have also always thought the Super A and C touch control hydraulic system was important in its time; not many tractors had multiple position live hydraulics in 1947
  6. Farmall H correct police

    Yeah I put new oil pressure and temperature gauges on her M that looked like pretty good re-print faces but after getting them I wasn't quite as impressed with the level of quality. Will have to try another brand for the H but a lot of these replacement parts are China re-pops and that is about the quality you get.
  7. Farmall H correct police

    Hopefully one day a shop will be on the list! I have an extended two car garage and for the winter I did manage to get all my tractors inside (7 of them), including having a bay available for my Allis WD with the snowblower. My wife calls it playing tractor tetris whenever I put them away!
  8. Farmall H correct police

    One year later I thought I would come back and give an update on the story of this H as a couple people asked about the restoration. I picked away at my wife's H over this last summer and finally got it painted in September after fixing some rear end seals and the various prep work it required and after being delayed by working on also redoing the body on my truck. Here is the H after result. This was about two days after paint and the first time I got it fired up after getting it all back together. It was sitting in the drive running when my wife got home and she made it priority number one to finally drive her H again, this time with it finally pretty! This is how I stored it for the winter; I have to finish up the details this next spring like paint and re-install fenders, put on the new front tires, decals, gauges, and install the new alternator and wiring I have sitting on the shelf for it and finally change that stupid steering wheel. Then it will be ready to go to shows again, this time looking a bit nicer. To add to the story I talked about before, this past March (2017) I found a good deal and finally got her an M...ALSO! She was super excited the first day she got to drive her M even though it wasn't very far as it barely ran when I got it after years of the previous owner taking pretty much no interest in it. I gave it very well deserved carb rebuild and total ignition service and valve adjustment and it runs absolutely awesome. Someone had done a partial paint job on it and switched it to 12 volt. I got it running good, put on a different pair of back tires as the ones it came with were rotting through the sidewall, and finished up the paint then flipped the wheel centers so it would fit on trailers easier. We took it to a few shows and the fourth of July parade for our church and it did great. She was very happy driving her M in a tractor show parade! Once I bought her the M I capped off the summer by finding a tri-axle equipment trailer because she insisted that the H and M now have to go to a show TOGETHER! So, I had to upgrade as it would have folded my old double axle homemade trailer up like a twig to put both on there. I have hauled the M and my Allis B on the new trailer end to end and it worked great so putting the fronts of the H and M side by side should fit just fine and be ready for the show circuit next summer! So after buying the wife an old raggedy H to fix up for her own I ended up with an H, an M, and a new equipment trailer. Guess if I am going to be spending a bunch of money on the wife I can't complain that her wish list consists of old Farmalls!
  9. They haven't always been redone over the years. If it got a rebuild a farmer may well just have thrown in a set of rings and bearings and went back to work rather than spend the money on a new head and pistons. I had to take the head off my wife's H that still has the original two fuel manifold and it still has the kerosene or distillate head (front what I can tell) though I believe there is a casting number on it that should denote which head it is, I just don't happen to know the part number castings. It does still have the original flat top pistons and bore as well and it runs well on gasoline. As a farmer if it still ran good on gas and had enough power for the job you were doing it probably wouldn't have been worth the upgrade cost. It does smoke a little bit so it could stand to have another set of rings or a new piston kit (or valves done) probably but for what I use it at shows and parades it does just fine; figured I will leave it as an original.
  10. Hand (crank) starting the H and 4-Series

    I have hand started my wife's H a few times just to see if I could do it or while I was working on it before paint when I had the charging system off. It is a distributor ignition but I just turn on ignition, little throttle and flip it over from the crank facing down and roll over compression like any of my hand start tractors. Usually a flip or two and it is running. Nothing special. In summer I don't use any choke, winter I flip it with the choke until it starts then adjust to keep it running. That seems to be individual to each tractor so that is just knowing your machine how much choke it likes; it seems most of these old tractors have their own personality. They aren't hard engines to crank when tuned right, even mine with a distributor starts easy with the crank.
  11. Farmall O-2

    That is awesome! I have always thought about making a "W-2" from an A or a C. Looks like it would be a fun project.
  12. Super c won’t turn over.

    I agree with the ground. The original location grounded to the gas tank was not ideal. Get a good cable that his longer and clean up a spot and ground right to the starter mounting bolt.
  13. 15.5 or 14.9s on a M

    I put a set of 15.5's on my wife's M. They pucker out a bit but I do like the look of them. 13.6 or 14.9 would probably fit the rim better but I got a great deal on a good used set of 15.5's so that is what went on with what new tire prices are at. Especially since the most it does is some fun pulls then just shows and parades.
  14. 94-06 Dodge Ram 2wd to 4wd conversion

    To get a clean one it seems like it would be easier to find a 4x4 with rusty body and just do the body work or do it the other way around and do a body swap. I redid pretty much the whole body on my 97 K1500 this summer and I have a lot less into that project (including some mechanical work that had to be done) than I would into buying two trucks and building my own front suspension, steering, frame mounts, transmission mounts, new driveshafts, shifters, wiring, and finding a new transmission or swapping housings. I get crazy projects in my head that I want to make work so I understand that part but I would agree it seems to have a lot of pitfalls. I would say it would only be reasonable if you wanted to make the truck all custom or set it up with the axle you want for off road but it is a lot of work just to get a daily driver with a clean body. Body work or swapping body parts is much easier.
  15. Why 501?

    Does anyone know why IH started the serial numbers of many of the tractor series with 501? Was it really planned to make up to 500 prototypes or does anyone know of another reason? Just was always curious why specifically that number for the first serial of a series.