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  1. We owned a 1979 International Michigan Special 5000 Paystar, 855, Spicer trans, 2 speed rear, 4 axels under a 18 foot "Sugar Beet" box. It Became a Michigan Special "Silage" truck, Weighed 28,000 empty, Manufacture in The thumb of Michigan, "Thumb Truck Company" installed the Steel box and Cylinders on the Chassis. That Many axels made it difficult to turn on a muddy headland when loaded with corn silage, only rear axle lifted. We purchased the truck in 1990 at a consignment sale in the Michigan Thumb area, 15 trucks in the line up, $12,000. was the average price of the Sugar Beet trucks. 1992 we purchased another "Sugar Beet Michigan special " International 1850B cab over, 466, Allison, 18 foot steel box, 4 axels on the ground. Michigan Special's are extra heavy Duty, I know our trucks are Triple Framed, with a over built front axel and rims , rear leaf springs. I know there is more info about these "Michigan Special" trucks, I don't know all of the specs. Jim Droscha
  2. When I read your post I see Ten thousand RPM's, Perhaps your Tach cable or your Tach drive is the problem. That Tach drive cable will slide into the back of most Speedometer or non tractor tach gauges, you might find it fits a bicycle speedometer. You need to find out if your cable is spinning freely. Isn't your tach driven from the front of the engine? Remove the unit see if it spins freely. My 2 cents, Jim Droscha
  3. Interesting M, I noticed in the fourth & fifth picture the Key stock in the rear wheel, wedging it into the axel, looks to be an adjustment bolt, I haven't seen before. Was a Farmer near us when I was a young kid with a 300, was complaining to my Dad what a tough time he had replacing and setting the ignition points, on the 300, The oil filter housing and the Hydraulic pump steel lines were close to the distributer cap, He purchased a Distributer just like you have pictured, He remarked one day to my Dad, Look at that Distributer!!! You can stand up like a "Man" and change the points & condenser, Just like a Man stands & Pee's,..... Not get in a sitting position, like a woman to Pee, and change the points in that old style of "Distributer"...... as a kid, I never forgot that visual image of a man squatting to pee when changing points on an old "M" distributor. Thanks for the memories!!! Jim Droscha
  4. Welcome to "Red Power", You obviously joined this site for the knowledge, You also will enjoy the "Different" personality's, and a tremendous amount of "Humor"!! We had a poly floor on our 1020 head, (recently sold the head) a few rocks can scare that plastic and the beans will bunch, feeding into the fingers on the auger. But our "Poly floor" wasn't new, had been exposed to the sunshine for many years, setting on a dealers lot before we purchased it. We replaced our 1020 floor with steel, purchased from "Shoup", The head worked like new. My 2 cents, Jim Droscha We live in Charlotte, Michigan, 3 miles from "Janson" farm equipment. Our IH Dealer
  5. My Grandfather was born in 1896 on the family farm, Oldest of eleven children, His job as a teen was to tend a "Rotary Cement Mixer". The company he hired with "Poured dairy barn gutters". The Milking barn improvements in this part of Michigan was growing fast. Many barn basements were modified to increase milk production, Another company installed the track over head to carry the "Manure Trolley" to the outside manure storage area. One job he spoke about was keeping the Gas powered engine in "tip top shape", The mixing unit was always out side next to the sand pile & portland bags of cement. He also maintained the Wheel barrow road in and out of the barn, Mostly wide flat boards, material left over from the new dairy barn construction. His main job was shoveling the sand and gravel & Hauling barrels of water to the mixer, at the end of the day, the inside of the mixer was cleaned, washed and oiled. I never saw the mixer he used, I know he talked about the mixer rolling on its own wheels from farm to farm, a large Roof was attached to the frame of the mixer, you would not have to work in the hot sun or pouring rain, the frame of the mixer also carried the gas cans & engine oil, many shovels & concrete forms. Thanks for posting the photos, Jim Droscha
  6. Yes a VERY soft core, you should plan on wrapping High moisture bales, your feed will be a better quality. The bale can not be packed tight enough to keep pockets of air out of the core, The sudan grass will start molding within 48 hours, It's just the style of the baler. I have shared some information about our "Gehl" balers in past threads, I see your experiencing the same problems other producers have had. Our 1450 would make, and survive the sudan grass baling, if we kept the bale size to 4X4, belt Lacing wasn't pressured as much, chain problems might be easier. The flat belts age are not helping, you could easily spend $1800.00 dollars on belts, The Gehl wasn't made to handle the type of damp material we want to make with it. We made the decision to Purchase a New Holland BR7060 crop cutter, Continuous Bale Belts, No seams, A crowding drum that will feed anything, and you can produce a 1 ton solid Haylage bale. There are older models of this style of balers that Larger producers have traded in and dealers have them setting on there lots. My opinion is to Rent one of these style of balers, find out what works good for your operation. We use a 886 German Diesel at 4.5 mph baling oatlage, Tractor & Baler complement each other, Just enough horse power to make a bale, not enough horsepower to bust parts and plug the Baler, we also net wrap everything, this will keep the Sudan grass bales tighter, don't be frugal on the net wrap, at least 3 wraps per bale. My 2 cents, Jim Droscha
  7. There was a few in Mid-Michigan, We had a one for a cutting season, I don't recall the model number, It looked similar to the one you have pictured. Chain's bolted to Bar's, Bars do the packing, the material tumbles around inside the chamber till its full. Any bales made with a fixed chambered baler, stored outside and not covered with plastic, didn't weather at all. those type of fixed chamber balers disappeared 15 years ago. from our area. That style of baler will bale about anything you want, you may have trouble moving the bale with a spear, forklift forks will do the best job. good luck on your purchase. Jim Droscha
  8. We Have a 3488, also have other hydro tractors, the basic tractor is a 966 hydro with different styles of cabs, many improvements in cab comfort & hydraulics. Several 186 hydro's in our farming community, most are used for cutting hay & baling. All the tractors are fetching big dollars. One will come your way! Jim Droscha
  9. YouTube has a Video Linked to "My Classic Tractor" About "Silver Kings" The story is about the "Plymouth Tractor" built in Plymouth Ohio and the "Chrysler Corporation" won a lawsuit, Making the Company to change there name to "Silver King". We have Relatives with "Plymouth & Silver King tractors" They are members of the "Silver King Tractor Club" The Silver King newsletter has a Classified Parts section with many tractors for sale. Also Continental engine parts. Purchase the tractor, Have fun with it!! Jim Droscha
  10. "Beautiful Pictures" Thanks!! Jim Droscha
  11. "Cooter" is wearing the brown pants leaning on the recycle container, From "Charlotte Michigan", His Beautiful Wife & 3 children are also there, Drove the their 1986 "Ford" Pickup, with Camper in the Pickup Box. Making a Family Vacation in the "Bad Lands" of South Dakota, Already Visited the "Corn Palace", Headed to MT Rushmore, "RedPower" was the main interest. Thanks for Posting the Picture. Jim Droscha
  12. I used a friends Goose neck cow trailer and he had a white Nylon Ball cover stuck in side his trailer hitch, about the thickness of 1/16 to 3/16, fits about 2/3 thirds of the top of the ball, He said he has always used them, he never had grease on anything. I slide one on our Goose neck hitch before I used his trailer, after several hundred miles, I returned his trailer, unhooked the trailer and the cover still looked New!! I haven't looked for this item on line, He must order them from a trailer company. Jim Droscha
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    He is making a "point".........Period.
  14. Welcome, Great bunch of Folks on this site!!! We have a 340 Diesel and a 504 Diesel on our farm, These Engines can be expensive to repair, ****Don't use" Either" to start your tractor***, This engine will start with glow plugs, The same Style of glow plugs as a 460, 560, 656 Diesel tractors, If your 504 diesel has trouble starting, Review other "Glow Plug Topics" on this "RedPower Site" Have fun with your new purchase, Restore that little "Beast", Most folks have never seen a 4 Cylinder Diesel Engine in a 504, Your Tractor will be an attention Getter at tractor shows!!! Jim Droscha
  15. We also Had a Twin to yours, Great Machines!! Our Investment to the Head was installing a "SCH" cutter bar, Investment will cost about $1400.00 dollars, Our worn 14 foot cutter bar needed guards, they looked good, but the Cast iron wear points on the guards had seen a lot of material over the years. Ours was a 225 Slant six,, "Leaning Tower Of Power" Engine, My Dad was over 80 years old, he said he could sit in the air conditioned cab all day long, He could see the crop easily. Jim Droscha
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