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  1. I know very little, other than it's too late to seed grain. Some photos to post, mostly from Facebook. This first photo was from the pipe organ I played for about three hours last Sunday at the Helena First Christian Church. I'm not a member there, but a member found out I could (and would) play their pipe organ up in their 1885 church balcony for their Sunday Open House for the church and Family Promise. My late brother Bill and his family belonged to this church, so I "sort of did it for him!" I hope he was listening. One lady said she hadn't heard the organ since 1969. This IH device might be a salt and pepper shaker? A Montana chuck wagon. I can't tell if the coffee is ready or not. That's the best type of coffee though. Hard times here, mother and daughter heat water on the coal or wood stove then wash in pans on the table. A milkman in the 1940s or 1950s delivering a dairy's bottled milk to a residence in winter. And here I thought milk came from the store! In May of 1922, 78-year-old Robert T. Lincoln, Abraham's son, is being helped up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for its dedication. A Westinghouse "milk bottle" boiler steam engine. Nome, North Dakota. The Northern Pacific depot, rail cars and the locomotive and box cars at the elevator at right. But what I am wondering is; what brand of return flue steam traction engine is that above the depot, on the edge of town? I'm guessing either a Huber or a Minneapolis. I don't see that smokestack top for a spark arrestor like that on Avery engines, I don't think. What do you think Roger? A west coast logging Mallet Compound steam locomotive. These engines were popular there. Two ladies are going for a ride in a horse cart pulled by a Lawson Motor Wheel in 1902. It appears the husband brought home a 1903 Cadillac Model A with a tonneau on the back, with their older daughter sitting on that rear seat. Maybe it is the dealer and not the husband? An early Buick speedster in snow, parked by the cast iron crank type of gasolene pump. American Underslung claimed their 1907 model was the first "American Sports Car." I'm guessing this is a REO speedster. A Facebook friend of mine sent me this photo of her grandfather driving his White steam car in 1952. He also had a 20 hp Reeves steam engine like Mike and Randy's. I owned a 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria. When these 1956 Crown victoria glass tops came out, I lusted over them. This one is "loaded!" Roger likely knows what this 1922 hard rubber tire truck is, that had chains to the front end on this steep hill. Possibly it was a safety feature if the truck stalled on the hill. It's a Shorpy. A nice photo of a Marion Steam Shovel loading a White Motors dump truck. A Facebook Meme of a Detroit Diesel engine. A five-horse team pulls this plow and harrow. Mules pulling a Kafir harvester, what ever that is! Here's one I forgot about, thinking Lindeman built the first John Deere Crawler. This is a DX-24, model D experimental from 1930, one of 50 built. I think this is a McCormick-Deering Farmall F-30 with a cultivator cultivating some kind of row crop. An early un-styled John Deere "farmall" is harvesting corn, I'm pretty sure. I may have posted this stretched, double flywheel John Deere already. My mind isn't what it used to be. I know NOT what the score is here. I thought this IH Farmall Super A made a unique fire engine. The old tired Van Brunt drill and Mike's 1944 IH Farmall M, Toot. We seeded Mike's crop on Friday. I'm on his Farmall M, Toot; an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. My five & 1/2 year old scar from my palate flap the Otolaryngologist cut to install into my palate, where they removed my stage 4, Adenocarcinoma tumor. I just had my 5-1/2 year final exam on Thursday. They found a lump near my larynx so I go in for a CT Scan with contrast on the 22nd, and with my annual chest (lung) X-ray. I just leave this stuff in God's hands. I'm too old to worry anymore. Randy and Mike were shuffling seed into the cups as we seeded Mike's threshing crop. Since I'm not wearing an "offensive cap" I had to take a selfie too. In February Randy and Mike cut the two inch main steam line to their Reeves to remove the governor. Reeves was too cheap to install a union in the line. The Reeves governor removed and ready to send to a friend in Butte, America for a rebuild. This is an excellent view of why the governor didn't work for us, likely didn't for the Mehmke's, and likely not for the McKamey Brothers who originally owned it. I'd welded up the old spool with phosphor bronze. But our rebuilder wasn't satisfied with my weld job and decided to build a new spool. The governor was delivered to me on Thursday. On Friday, I had the piece of the main steam line clamped in a pipe vise to thread this end for a union. The governor is sitting on the floor. The white glove on the vise? It's just like me to slip and "punch" the vise. Mike threaded the 2" Schedule 80 pipe on the left, from the steam dome. We had to shorten the pipe from the steam dome about 1/2" and so doing the holes of the governor flange aligned up perfectly! I'm going to shorten, thread, and add a union in the lubricator 1/4" pipe when I go out the next time. This old girl should really perform well from now on after we get the length of the spool rod adjusted correctly. Gary😁
  2. My heart aches for anyone who has a vintage tractor, original or restored, that something like this happens. Doesn't matter what brand of tractor. Gary😪
  3. Mike, it looked like there was a coyote falling into ACME Canyon. Right? Gary😁
  4. Troy Dairy, Wowwie! What a fabulous museum. I went to the Boeing museum south of Seattle years ago. Imagine the foresight, "jawboning" and money it took to build museums like this. Thanks so much for posting. $20 is cheap for a day like that! I'm so glad you got to do it, take photos and share them here! Gary😉
  5. twostepn2001, Those stories were in the books I have of We Pointed Them North. I knew several of his and Mary's daughters and sons. My mom's sister Ann dated Ted (Teddy Blue Jr.) Abbott when she was a student at Fergus County High School in Lewistown. Grandson Darrell Abbott is still a friend of mine. Notice the "double letters" in that name! Thanks for posting. This is one of his more famous photos, sharing booze and hats with Calamity Jane at the saloon in Gilt Edge. An early photo with cattle superimposed in this studio photo. A Teddy Blue Portrait. An old Teddy Blue Abbott. Gary😉
  6. I don't know the speed of it. If I heard it, I've forgotten. But it was to battle Hitler's jets. It maybe couldn't outrun them, but it had a fighting chance for a little while when encountering a jet, I'd bet? Gary😉
  7. Hardtail, close. It is a Seafire FR-47 Supermarine. It is a spitfire with a (single) (I forget which. Halifax? Lancaster?) bomber engine that almost doubled the horsepower of a spitfire. It rings a bell at over 1,400 horsepower. It had counter-rotating propellers so it wouldn't "flip over" the plane when revving the engine on the ground. Counter-rotating propellers sure kill that monstrous "horsepower sound" to more of a prop whisper. They were developed near the end of WWII, as a counter to Hitler's Jets he was sending to England across the channel. It was still in the crate when Jim bought it. I believe it is still the only operating Seafire. Jim invented the "Flow Meter" so he has "bucks." he had thirty semi-trucks haul stones from Texas to build his personal Stonehenge. At the time I lived up in the Flathead country of Montana, he had the only certified airworthy WWI JNI or "Jenny" biplane. Jim had many military aircraft in his hangar. I can't locate many of them. I may have lost them when my computer crashed. I do have this one of his P-51 Mustang, the US aircraft that allowed daylight bombing over Germany. The nighttime bombing was earlier done to help from being spotted. But the German aircraft could take down plenty of our bombers. After the new US P-51 hit the war, we had a plane that could outrun and outmaneuver the German aircraft. That brought on daylight bombing over German cities and industrial sights. My cousin told me of his B-17 he was a bombardier in, being in on the huge bombing raid over the German Schweinfurt bearing factory. Without bearings, it was hard for Germany to build aircraft, tanks, and vehicles. Jim also had this US Air Force Jet. The Federal Government tried to take it away from him. But failed. It was left in Vietnam. The Vietnam Communists sold it to another island government over there somewhere (CRS). This government advertised it for sale. Jim got wind of it and bought the plane and returned it to the USA. After he had court ordered ownership of it he was able to fly it. I saw him do a level flight into a Kalispell air show, then aim it very straight up into the air for a ways, then levelled out. I don't know the specs or nomenclature of this little jet but it is a feisty little gem. Gary😁
  8. I sure don't know anything, so I'll post some photos, mostly from Facebook. This was yesterday in our yard. He wasn't hiding eggs either. He was looking for God's Resurrected Lamb, I'll bet. I took this photo on my desk. Us Oldsters may understand it, but likely not many youngsters. In my early years at the Glengarry one-room school, this is how we wrote penmanship before ball point pens. That lever on the side of the pen squashed a rubber bulb inside. When you released the lever, the bulb sucked in ink from the ink bottle. Nephew Randy's neighbor in Helena asked him if he wanted this before he threw them away when cleaning out his garage. Randy grabbed them for his uncle! Taps and dies. But that antique tool box is in great shape too. Some old vehicle or tractor should have this tool box. I may have already posted this photo. But someone just posted it on Facebook this morning. So I grabbed it again. It sure reminds me of my childhood when in Lewistown. A woman operating a boring mill during WWI A boneyard of B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers arranged for scrapping after WWII. They might lower the National Debt with them if they still existed. They don't sell cheap anymore. A local millionaire's P-51 Mustang WWII fighter plane just sold to another millionaire for $6,000,000, and he flew it away. A woman and a man assemble an R28 Double Wasp F42 Corsair engine at the Vought Factory in Stratford, Connecticut, 1943. Inspectors inspecting Buick-built Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp Radials. They were used in the B-24 Liberator bombers, the C-47, Catalina, Wildcat, TBD Devastator, and more airplanes during WWII. Jackie Moggridge, a WWII transport pilot. She was the youngest at 15 when she got her license. She logged over 1,500 hours and was proficient in 38 different military aircraft. Henry Leland poses with one of his 1905 Cadillac fully enclosed "Osceola" coupes. A ca 1904 Model C Ford being driven by a lady at the train depot. Purportedly the first wrecker built in America. It was built by Ernest HOLMES of Chatanooga, Tennessee. He called this a "Cadillac Truck." Charles Dragstedt's first car, a 1913 Cadillac, at his home in Butte, Montana. Caterpillars Equipment building runways in the Pacific Islands during WWII. Two women and a man with their Cook Car, or maybe portable bunk house. A farm family is eating in their cabin in hard times. But I'll bet that rifle is loaded! A horse team is pulling a hay loader. Notice the two girls watching the men. Four McCormick-Deering Combine Harvesters pulled by McCormick-Deering tractors. A homemade tractor on the Stollsteimer Farm in 1920. A Case cross motor tractor with extended controls is pulling a small grader blading snow. Likely a Fordson power unit with crawler tracks has a small road grader mounted on it. Father of the "motor grader?" The Johnny Popper guys on Facebook went bonkers over this unusual John Deere tractor. Is it a General Purpose? The flywheel looks non typical. A McCormick Deering WK(?)-40 pulling a plow. I don't know whether it was a Kerosene model or a plain gasoline model. A 25 hp Minneapolis engine through a bridge in Roger's state of Minnesota. The Minneapolis steam engine and threshing machine were new, and being delivered. The engineer was killed in 1905 IH near Bemidji, A special built "offside" Farmall M doing some kind of row crop harvesting I can't identify. Here is a Farmall H that looks "ridden hard and put away (left out?) wet. But it just appears someone borrowed the radiator? the rest of it appears to be there. Maybe a WWII steel wheel, no starting system and battery? Another row crop IH Farmall Cub tractor seeding. A Case combine pulled by a Case tractor. Barefoot children picking cotton in Texas farm in 1913. Gary 😉😮😁
  9. Tubacase 47, Amen to you, my friend. You said we'd trip over 1000 pages by Easter. I think we did that and more! Thanks for always keeping track of the "odometer" for the past 17 years this nonsense has been boiling over. Gary
  10. Happy Easter to you all. (all ya'all) and especially Resurrection Sunday! Gary😔
  11. The Massey Harris 21 combine is equipped with "Bomber tires" which was a very common after market upgrade around 1948 to 1950. War surplus wheels and tires. They replaced the skinny little tires the combine came with similar to a single on a 123 SP McCormick combine, or like a Farmall Cub or Farmall A. I wonder if that maintenance shop has anything to do with the late 1940s "Harvest Brigade" of Massey Harris 21 combines? My FIL's and my old 21 had Harvest Brigade decals on them (and skinny tires). The first Massey Harris 21 used to be mine. The black & white photos are my father in-law's Massey Harris 21. Gary😉
  12. Slightly related... I remember when I was a young boy and the Caterpillar DW20 was the scraper puller, this sped up what Caterpillar crawlers had been doing in lighter construction projects. There was a farmer somewhere here in Montana who had bought a used DW 20 Cat to farm with. As I remember, it probably didn't work out due its transmission gearing setup. I don't know, but they could have even been automatic transmissions. The trial was short lived is all I remember. But at that time it seemed like he had the farming world by the tail for a few days anyway. Caterpillar had also built this unit termed the "666" (what a devil of a name?) that was purportedly the most powerful unit they built for pulling scrapers. Gary😉 PS: No matter what Cat built for the front of a scraper, it still took a Caterpillar crawler or two pushing on the back in heavy loading. The first "job" I remember wanting as about a 3 year old was operating a "pusher Cat"! I never did do that though!
  13. Iowaboy1965, Actually here in Helena, Montana, we actually prefer the IHC AutoWagon to the Model T! Gary😁
  14. Iowaboy1965, While I am a male man, I'm not a mailman! So far, I've never crashed a Model T Ford. I wasn't driving or drinking! However had I been driving, this vehicle maybe wouldn't look like it does. Gary😉
  15. twostepn2001, I'll bite! A "worm"? Your grandson-in-law dug holes by hand like an angle worm? Gary🤔
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