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  1. My apologies for starting out with John Deere tractors this post. I've never seen one of these. Must be from corn country? My friend Sam Moore posted this picture on Facebook. Pulling on the lug to get the hitch pin holes align. This is a 1941 John Deere M-X experimental diesel tractor. In order to keep it under wraps, they painted them battleship gray, where they went to work in the fields, testing them. I'd think the neighboring farmers would have known it wasn't a Rumely Oilpull, so it must be a John Deere diesel? It was the forerunner of the Model D Diesel. My guess is that by 1941, it got some back burner treatment due to WWII? I don't know. This is a Farmall H and Farmall 560 posing for someone's camera. Here is an IH Farmall tractor pulling a John Deere 12A combine, in several photos. This one has what (?) an L-150 or L-140? IH truck hauling the grain away from that green combine. I think I'm looking at a Farmall M pulling some kind of a chopper making silage, and that might be a L-170 IH truck? A threshing photo with a Farmall pulling a John Deere (what?) corn wagon, under the spout of that McCormick Deering threshing machine. I may have already posted this photo of farmers helping out a neighbor who has had a heart attack, some health problems or died? Farmers are notorious for coming to neighbors to help out is sad situations. I don't know if it is as prolific as it was when I was a kid growing up or not? I've been away from farming too long. Back then, doing farm work with their tractors or combines was pretty common. These neighbors were at least using Farmalls to do the job of plowing. I thought this was an unusual looking "hay stacker" on this steel wheel IH Farmall H. They're baling hay. This was a shipment of IHC manure spreaders arriving in Roger's country. I wonder if their dealer would stand behind the equipment they sold? I may have seen one of these exactly like this and I may not have? A McCormick Deering 10-20 with a track attachment. These next two are likely Type A, Type B, or Type C IHC Mogul tractors with screen cooled radiators. This one even has the dinner bell attached. All the wife has to do is ride Dobbin, or drive the Model T to the field, ring the dinner bell and hollar "Chow's On!" I don't know one thing about this IHC tractor, other than it was built in 1912. Knowing Roger, he will have my answer. Nobody on Facebook came up with it though. This is a view of the McCormick Auto-Mower. Now, it wouldn't be fair to put all of these photos here and not put some IH Tractors on a Montana Farm! This was a couple years ago after we'd pulled the steam engines outside, and Mike was putting the equipment back inside the shed. Gary😉
  2. Ralph, That's a great old photo from Shropy! I noticed the 1940 Ford Sedan before I noticed the cropland too! We left home on Tuesday morning early for Missoula. We got home this afternoon, just before Sharon's eye checkup appointment. I had my annual CT scan, a dental appoint with an Odontologist for my missing teeth from my tumor operation 14 months ago, then had my 6 month checkup appointment with my Otolaryngologist. I'm still a cancer survivor! Praise The Lord... we stayed an extra day, as this is likely our last trip out of town until spring? I even went to see the movie Downton Abbey with Sharon last night, since she'd watched all of the episodes on TV. I'm 1/4 English, but sadly, I only understood about half or less, of what was being said. I suppose our British Empire friends here may have that same problem with our movies for them, without subtitles? Our little great granddaughter, Haven, is back in the hospital again. She was breathing 130 breaths per minute. They're planning on doing her heart surgery to repair her two holes real soon, as it is now affecting her liver. We'd accept any prayers from those of you who pray! God bless you, Gary😔
  3. Ray, I'm envious that you got to see the late Don Hunter's Holt crawler in a parade yesterday. I've watched all sorts of videos of it, but that's certainly not the same. It sounds like a parade where some of Tom Madden's Caterpillars (Holts & Bests) may have been there as well? I'll post a photo so people will know what we're talking about. Don built this crawler from nearly scratch. He had the crankshaft with flywheels to start with. He fabricated the rest. But does that make it a "restoration" or a "replica"? We had birthday cake and ice cream with son Mike (Farmall Kid) yesterday afternoon for his 54th birthday. I had to get a photo of him with his family too. Gary😉
  4. I'd love to find one of these power takeoff pulleys in some junk pile, Todd! I'd hate to think of what one would bring on ebay?!! Gary
  5. Sledgehammer, I'm too inept with technology to know how you knew it is Mike's (Farmall Kid's) Birthday today, but I'll thank you for him. Gary😉
  6. Somewhere in a box or a trunk at the Silver Creek shop or shed is a 1953 Iron Men Album magazine. I remember the cover had a lady with a "MoPar" auto of that vintage at a mailbox that was a steam engine mailbox. As I remember she was holding an Iron Men Album. This was the first IMA I ever received. In that issue was an advertisement for a "Zumbro Valley Threshing Bee." (Roger couldn't have been much more than a first grader at that time?) This is a late example of an Iron Men Album that was started by the late Rev. Elmer Ritzman, an old steam man from his childhood. I think he started the magazine in about 1947 as the Farm Album? This one was when Ritzman had passed away. The magazine soon passed away as well. I used to send in photos and short articles about steam starting in 1959. This was the first photo and caption I ever sent in. I was petrified to think other people would be looking at my poor writing skills. (obviously, I don't care what people think of my writing skills any longer! After all, I did start this thread on Red Power Magazine's website. In my defense, they took much liberty with what I sent in to Iron Men Album. (I do know how to spell my surname.) Of all of the steam shows going on then, this was the one that took my eye. There was also the Old Settlers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; the National Thresher's Association reunion at originator of this first reunion, LeRoy Blaker's farm at Alvordton, Ohio; and Zumbro Valley, Minnesota. Little would I realize that 57 years later, I'd be at the farm where that early show was held. I was staying with Roger and DeeAnn at their "Bed & Breakfast" when Roger loaded me up in his Ford pickup and we headed out of town. When I saw a sign about the Zumbro River, we headed to the Budinski farm and former showgrounds of that show I lusted to attend as a 10 year old boy. Bud Budinski's son in-law, Ron Trelstad had that 20 hp Port Huron engine steamed up for me, as Roger had requested (unbeknownst to me!). While Bud's three brothers were then deceased, I still got to meet Bud and reminisce. This is Roger's photo of the four Budinski brothers who put on the show I lusted over. Edward, Robert (Bud), Albert, and Lewis. Actually, I never attended an out of state steam show until August 1958. I'd attended several of Walter F. Mehmke's "Threshing Bees" in the mid 1950's and 1960's. They were held between Great Falls and Belt, Montana. And I attended nearly every Mehmke Plow Day after Walter's son Carl started that in the late 1980's. Again, I thank you Roger Byrne for introducing me to that showground I wanted to attend as a kid, and still get to meet Bud Budinski. Gary😉
  7. That cotton ginning is interesting information. A lot I don't understand, but I have cotton in my navel from wearing tee shirts and I use a cotton ball occasionally. I'd look funny without my cotton shorts. And nearly all of my OTC pain medications come with cotton on them. I hate wasting that. I feel like I should have a container to put that in and ship it down to Anson for re-ginning about once a year. Probably as a "back haul" on that IHC AutoWagon that delivers my watermelons from that Delta Dirt? Troy, Thank you so much for posting about Bud Budinski's and Ron Trellstad's annual steamup. It's so good to see the pictures of Bud. Please give him my regards... Tell him I said "hello"! I took this of Bud and Roger with the 28 hp Canadian Special Minneapolis. And Ron, Bud and Roger with the 22 hp Advance you operate. Ron's son did take this one of Ron, me, Bud and Roger with the Minneapolis. And I think Ron took this picture of Roger and I on the 20 hp Port Huron simple engine, they'd steamed up for me that day we visited Bud. Gary😀 PS: Strangely, Roger did NOT say anything about my polkadot cap... 🙄
  8. Well, We're getting snowed on again tonight. We're supposed to get 8 - 10" through tomorrow noon. I went to the shop at Silver Creek today and it tried to rain much of the afternoon, but never really got the job done until I got home tonight, when the rain was white. Mike had done some rearranging of his shop since I was last there. Randy is leaving his 1945 IH Farmall A "Aimee" at the shop again this winter. And Mike put the Model T Coupe back where it lives, beside his 1957 Chevy, for the winter. He brought the IH 300 Utility from the shed to the shop, where it lives for the winter. I thought those were interesting chain tighteners he put on it. He used to use bungee cords, but one would often break in winter. Before he put the 300 Utility in the shop, he also put the Peerless upright steam engine back in the shop, after it set out all summer (and got used to grind corn for Pam's chickens, too!). He left the bay open, other than the roll around wood rack, ahead of Aimee. Just in case he wants to put something in to work on it, and park his pickup in there in bad weather. I didn't accomplish a lot today, but I sure keep busy out there. And there are always IH Tractors on a Montana Farm there. Gary😀
  9. The baby is slowly gaining a little weight in ounces, and her breathing is some better. All necessary for the upcoming open heart surgery. Modern medicine is such a miracle. (even if they learned by trial and error.) God is in control of her life, just as he was with me in July 2018, another modern medicine miracle. On another note, my mother would have been 106 years old today. Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom! I'll be seeing you again, one of these days. Gary😊
  10. Well, I portrayed putting steam engines away a week ago, Saturday. I've been pretty idle on the computer since. Our little great granddaughter has spent most of her three week life in the hospital. She has two holes in her heart, one of which allows liquids into her lungs, so her breathing was running 125 breaths per minute. They got her home again on Friday evening. She can't get operated on until she gains some weight, so it's hopefully put off until November. They are giving her a high calorie formula that costs $40 apiece, trying to boost her weight, that she sheds by her 75 breaths per minute now. I'm not asking for any sympathy at all, as I believe in my heart that God is in complete control. But, that's where my heart and mind have been. They had her on an I-V in Spokane's Sacred Heart Medical Center for infants and children. She will have a feeding tube in for some time yet. It's how she's fed at home, with special equipment. Her hands are wrapped so she can't grab the tube. Our oldest daughter (Grandma Mimi) was staying at our granddaughter's home to take care of our great grandson, Colt, since his parents were sleeping at the hospital. He's 22 months old, and I can only imagine what is going through his mind, with his home upside down. Our daughter is holding her little Haven before she went back to the hospital the first time. Haven has been back twice. Enough of that. How about some IH and McCormick stuff from Facebook? An IHC 10-20 Titan pulling a McCormick combine! A nicely restored McCormick Reaper at a show, beside a binder. My McCormick Reaper is still in a pile at Silver Creek. I'd love to see it restored, but I don't think I'm going to be the one doing it. Hopefully, someone, someday will appreciate it. The wooden patterns are up in the rafters in Mike's shed. This is a 10-20 McCormick crawler tractor someone posted on Facebook. A Facebook friend sent me this photo of two TD-35 McCormick Deering TracTracTors they bought at the (sort of a) museum where he works. This is an British photo I think? It says, "The First Doncaster Farmall (M) Being Delivered." That must be an IH KB-8 truck that is delivering it? I'm not a golfer. I have clubs - mostly wooden shafts - but don't golf. Maybe you farmers who golf can explain this Farmall H? I guess it's for a golf course? This Farmall M was on a Montana site on Facebook. Someone did a nice job of it. This one was popular on a rural site on Facebook. They were trying to guess what the operator was looking at! It certainly wasn't that M&W throttle. This D-2 IH pickup sure has a nice front end for pre-WWII. I miss that triple diamond emblem they used to use. From diamonds to blue ribbons, IHC had things going for them back then. The Blue Ribbon Program must have been huge for IH? It was a complete rebuilding program for IH tractors. During WWII, they took in your IH tractor into the shop, checked it from "head to toe" and replaced any parts that needed replacing. They used "Genuine IHC Parts," then repainted them to look like the new ones that were so hard to obtain. This is my 1943 McCormick Deering Blue Ribbon Service lapel pin. I bought it at a show in Great Falls, because Anson and I were born that year. This looks like a cheap sign that someone has protected under glass, put out by IH in a little later time. Our TD-40 TracTracTor was completely rebuilt during WWII, for a logger. It was painted IH Red, like the new ones. It was worn out again in the woods and traded to Bourke Motor & Implement in Lewistown, Montana. Uncle Audie bought it as is in 1950. He completely rebuilt it again, from crank to pto, including building up the grouters, turning the pins and bushings and new sprockets. Then he hauled it to Bourke Motor and had Johnny repaint it red again. This is that finished product. It set this way from 1951 until 2013, being red. This was summer 2013 after I'd plowed with it and Mike's 5-disk plow, breaking up the "oats ground" we thresh with steam. Mike took this photo of me after painting it back to gray in November 2013. It is a July 1936 model, just squeaking under the "red paint" line at IHC, when they went from gray paint to red paint. Gary😀 Afterall, this TD-40 is an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm!
  11. Today being Sunday reminds me of about 1969 or so. We always stopped at a little truck stop restaurant after church to get a hamburger. (I remember when I was a kid, a hamburger, potato chips and pickles was .35 cents in the 1950's.) This one Sunday, we went into the rear dining room of Jewell's Cafe and sat down. The usual waitress brought a tray with four glasses of ice water, silverware wrapped up in a napkin and menus. Sharon opened her menu and looked at it, then slammed her menu down. She skidded her chair out and said, "Come on... We're going... I'll NEVER pay a dollar for a hamburger." OBG😯
  12. What is the person doing with that "Delta Dirt" Anson? Is he digging a channel or hauling the dirt to another project? And Yes, the W-9 has a 5 speed transmission. MT Matt, your W-9 looks like $400 well spent. It's always nice to have a backup. Especially when it's an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm! iowaboy1965, A sad story about your grandpa's "Model T collection." I've heard a lot of sad stories about Model T's over the decades. I'm not a fisherman, but I can sure talk about "the big ones that got away." Eric V Bielke, Too bad Henry Ford couldn't have seen how catchy his Model T looked in baby blue paint! It jumps out at you much faster than all black does. Gary😉
  13. This could have been Roger's beautiful 1911 Open Runabout's new caretaker, IF...... He'd only been born rich instead of good looking. Gary😥
  14. I haven't had a cold or the flu for 8 years. I take over the counter Zinc from the Walmart vitaman department. If I'm going to be around people outside the house, I take two that morning. I don't take flu shots anymore. I used to. OBG😉
  15. Owen Aaland! Thanks for rattling my cage!!! I would have forgotten all about the introduction of Henry Ford's latest automobile to surpass his others in sales. As a matter of fact the only automobile to outsell the Model T Ford was the Volkswagen beetle. Prior to the Model T, the Fords were good cars, but not what Henry was after for a finished product. This is a 1908 Model S Ford I'm driving and giving Roger Byrne a ride in. After S, comes T, right? Before the release to the public of the Model T, Henry Ford sent out literature advertising the coming Model T. Some of Henry's Model T literature was sent to dealerships in April 1908. The dealers "sat on them" fearing they'd never sell the earlier cars they had in stock. Henry Ford had this Touring Car he took friends on a hunting trip in September 1908, prior to the release of the Model T, on October 1, 1908. While it came out in 1908, Ford called this his 1909 Model T Ford. And new car releases came every year about this time, up until a few years back, when they can come out anytime the company wants them to, for the next year. The first Model T Fords were remarkably different from the 1908 Model S Roger and I are in, above. The Model S had two blocks of two cylinders, for their four cylinder engine. Their cylinder heads were enbloc, or non removable heads. Their open flywheels and transmissions were exposed to dust and dirt. They had an integral water pump in front of the radiator. They had two levers and two pedals for brakes and transmission. If I remember right, I had this Model S up to about 30 mph! The new Model T Fords came with their four cylinders cast into one block and had a removable head. Their flywheels had magnets on them for their "run in oil" magnetos. They started out with the similar two pedal, two lever transmission and parking brake, for the first 2,500 cars built. The extra lever was the reverse gear. After #2500, (April 1909) they dropped the gear driven water pump and six blade fan. At that time they went to a three pedal, one lever configuration. Reverse gear was now the middle pedal. The biggest innovation of the Model T was a left hand drive. Henry helped immensely, setting that trend for US automobiles. In April 1909 Henry entered two Model T racers in a Seattle to New York race. Remember there were only wagon trails at that time. Ford won the race. This is a foreign (right hand drive) 1909 Model T Tourabout, stuck in mud. It is equipped with an optional top and windshield. It is Australia, I think? This is a 1909 Model T Tourabout (no rear doors) at Frost, Minnesota, Roger's state. It is equipped with an optional top and windshield. But Moore,(Eddies Corner) Montana was not to be outdone by Minnesota! Afterall, they knew Sharon and I would graduate there and would one day be one. This 1909 Tourabout was at the Moore Milwaukee Railroad Depot. People apparently weren't as wealthy as the Minnesotans at this time. The Model T is a standard model without windshield or top. This is Model T Ford # 220 at the Piquette Ford Plant, today a museum. This is an early Model T Ford in a museum, with the two lever, two pedal arrangement. The long hood red car is a six cylinder Model K Ford. Henry hated them, but his investors insisted he build a "classy" automobile for the upper class. It was a bone of contention between Henry and his investors. Notice this Model T didn't have a windshield, but had an optional roll down wind screen. This is the engine used in the first 2,500 Model T Fords. It has the gear driven water pump, plus plenty of items changed after #2,500. This is the six blade, gear driven fan utilized on the first 2,500 Model T's. This is the two pedal, two lever arrangement, plus the instrument panel. This is another two lever, two pedal Model T cockpit. This is the two pedal arrangement with the transmission of the first 2,500 Model T Fords. This is the 5th oldest Model T Ford extant. It is #577. Notice it's roll down windscreen, in place of the optional brass frame windshield, with two support braces. This 1909 Model T is in black! Up until 1913, colors could be had, besides black. Then everything was black until 1926, when colors could be had again. This is a two lever, two pedal Model T Touring car. It has the optional top and brass frame windshield. This 1909 Factory photo has the brass windshield and all weather top. This 1909 Model T is a three pedal, one lever model. A real rarity in the 1909 model was this enclosed coupe. People had been riding in the fresh air for years, whether in buggies or in early open roadsters or touring cars. People were leary of riding in a "glass coffin." This is a late Model T. It is a 1910 model! It used to be about 50 miles from me, at Deer Lodge, Montana. It is a very rare Town Car. Gary😀
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