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  1. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Thanks for that schooling on parts numbers mikem. "I ordered a box of paper clips and received a steam locomotive!" The old partsman at Bourke Motor when I was a boy was Alvin E. Lewis. He was good with remembering parts numbers. He was always kind to me. I was very young and was killing time at Bourke's waiting for my ride home. I fell in love with a very tiny ball pein hammer they had in their tool bin assortment. There were pliers, tape measures, wrenches, etc. But I loved that hammer. I asked if I could charge it to my dad? Alvin did that. I never caught heck for doing that. I have it hanging on the wall of Mike's shop with a tag, stating that it was my first new tool. And there was a "house cleaning" of old obsolete parts at Bourke Motor when I was about 12 or 13. The stuff for 15-30 McCormick-Deering tractors and Regulars, etc. was being pulled from parts and hauled to their warehouse to gather more dust. There were two paper tube, pull apart containers that Alvin brought out and GAVE to me, as he knew I had a use for them. They were two brand new brass & glass drip oilers, that were in the parts bins for Model M 1-1/2 hp IHC and McCormick-Deering gas engines. They proudly hail atop Mike and Randy's 20 hp Reeves today. A matched pair for the crossheads. Now, mikem, I almost forgot... Alvin E. Lewis. He ordered something like a box of sickle sections (I don't remember what?) and a few weeks later, a semi pulled up to Bourke Motor with a stripped header for a 181 IH combine to be unloaded. I wasn't privy to the butt chewing Alvin must have gotten from one of the Bourke brothers. Obviously he was one number off on the parts he'd ordered. This is our Red Power friend Tubacase47 or Tom Railsback of Great Falls, Montana. He came to visit me at Silver Creek a few years back, at the shop. He'd just bought another tuba. I think he has around a dozen of them. I collect tools. Tom collects tractors and tubas! And since I played a double B flat Sousaphone in high school, I kind of understand what may circulate in Tom's head, regarding tubas. Well, I found this on Facebook this morning and couldn't resist posting it. I'm not picking on you, alone, Tom. I'm picking on both of us! Gary🙂
  2. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Thank you from Old Binder Guy as well, George. I was only an IH partsman for two years. If a farmer "asked what time it was, I could tell him what time it was. But I didn't know how to build the clock" as far as IH parts numbers went. I'm glad you know the inner workings of it. I wasn't schooled on IH parts. I was just hired, told to get behind the counter with a pen and paper, and sell parts. I went to work about this time of year. There were lines of farmers needing haying machine parts. It was kind of like learning how to blow up a rubber life raft and a "Mae West" (that ought to confuse the youngsters, Anson!??!) after being dropped into the ocean by parachute. Gary😀
  3. Old Binder Guy

    May I tip my cap to these rescuers

    Praise God this harrowing experience is over for those boys. Lots of heroism for their rescuers. Praise the Lord. OBG
  4. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, I was a partsman 44 years ago. There are gentlemen on this forum who know a heck of a lot more than I do about what all of that meant. I know earlier designations during the McCormick-Deering era were generally a shorter number with a D or a DA. The DA probably was an upgrade? The R-91 parts numbers were always six digits, I believe? I can't remember any of the parts numbers anymore. On second thought, the TD-40's WD-9's and early Farmall M's (maybe more) used a fat oil filter: 376 376 R-91. That's about all I know anymore. There were variants of the same parts number. For example, if that early oil filter was a brown heavy paper like material with "accordion" folds in it, it may have been a "XXXXX D" number. The later ones were red plastic like top and bottom with the slick white paper with holes in it and IH on it. They were the 376 376 R-91 (92 or 93?). If someone had come up with a better oil filter before IH folded, it may have been a 376 376 R-92. I remember the sleeves and pistons of a TD-40 were cast iron and would fit into the block holes of your TD-14. Same dimensions. However your TD-14 likely had an aluminum alloy piston in their sleeves. It seems like the ones we had in stock were XXX XXX R-93, or R-94 or R-95. The newer tractors being sold, and the trucks, pickups & Scouts were using XXX XXX C-1 and C-91 parts numbers. If I remember right, some of those newer parts had 7 digits and the C-91, or X XXX XXX C-91 (92 or 93?) Now old Carl Magnusson, I worked with, owned his own IHC store in North Dakota. He sold it and moved to Montana and just became Bourke Motor & Implement's partsman. By the time I started there, he'd bought into the business. Carl knew darn near every parts number of the older tractors, balers, combines etc. and their bin location, without ever looking up anything but the price (which was changing regularly by 1974 when I started. I remember him telling me, if I want antifreeze I should buy what stock we needed on the farm, as "It's going up to $5.00 a gallon.") Now, Anson, I doubt you're a darn bit smarter about R-91 than you were, because I'm not a bit smarter. Actually, I'm quite a bit less smart than I was back then. And you and I seem to age about the same speed? But I still remember having oatmeal for breakfast! How's that for duration?!! I doubt this first F-30 "duckbill" tractor ever made it to a Montana farm, but I guess it could have? The F-30 had the same engines as the 15-30, I understand. I'm not real bright about these tractors either. I do know a little bit about the Farmall F-12 though. Ours has this Bourke Motor & Implement sticker on it. Ordinarily, I'd have taken solvent and removed modern stickers, similar to this. But since I'd worked there, I left them on it. Johnny Bourke "fixed it up" or basically got it running well and painted it. He used it to display with his new IH tractors and implements at the Central Montana Fair. And the whole tractor. It grew up on a Montana Farm. It was sold to a rancher in eastern Montana by Johnny's father, Fred Bourke. Johnny knew about the F-12 from visiting the farm. That gentleman's son came in to Bourke Motor one day and was wanting to buy a new IH swather. John and he worked it into the trade deal. And this F-12 again lives as an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. Gary😉
  5. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Ray... So you are telling me you have a "snap on tool" to make her a him? Gary😮
  6. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, It's true thieves love a neat, organized shop. A place for everything and everything in its place. But they also hate getting shot at, and chewed up by a German Shepard! And if I were driving in, I'd chase and shoot as well. But on the flip side of that tool coin, are all of the tools I've lost over the years. No thief is going to get them. (Neither am I). They are LOST. However, the last harvest on the Lewistown homestead, Mike and I were camped in a camper at Eddies Corner. While we were in eating, my main tool box got lifted from the back of my pickup. I can't tell you what all was in that tool box, but when I started out as a body man in 1962, I bought a Snap On 1/4" socket set in a red tin box. They got that, those miserable thieves. I kept a well equipped tool box in each combine and locked them in the cabs each night. So I wasn't "toolless," just my 1/4" socket set was gone. I have since found a Snap On green tin box and bought a new 1/4" ratchet. But the rest of the tools in the box are Craftsman. But, what the heck... with my health headed where it's going, I may not even be able to wear out those guaranteed Craftsman sockets and extensions? Thank Goodness, I left my 3/8" set of Snap On sockets at home in the shop that time at Eddies Corner. I'd have cried crocodile tears over that one. I remembered I'd taken this photo of my newer Snap On socket wrench ratchets. These socket wrench ratchets are a little older. One is a male ratchet and the other is a female. (Its a good thing we don't have to explain the "genders" of these ratchets to farm boys! However the female ratchet with the Model T Ford Valve Seat Reamer says she is transgender and wants to become a male ratchet.) Here's a corn shredder being turned by an IHC Farmall Regular on some more eastern farm. Gary😉
  7. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I haven't kept track of what I've $pent on the tool wall(s) in Mike's shop, Fred B? Several hundred dollars, I'd expect? But I've been at it for some time too. Like Anson, I'm OLD. Gary😀
  8. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Fred B, I tried to post my clamp vise whatever when this subject started. I found a good photo I could crop down to show mine. It is identical to the one you found on eBay. It's in the center of this cropped photo. Gary😉
  9. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, You were paying attention in class, regarding the engine brakes and slowing it down. If necessary, full reverse and add some, or more, steam. Thanks for your post Roger. I've been washing windows. But I've been watching a P-51 and a B-17 flying the patch too. That stirs my innermost being to the utmost. Almost like a steam engine or Model T! Gary😀
  10. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, I never did things like that in high school.... ahem..... Well, at least I never did THAT! Speaking of your OLD boraxo soap of the early days, we have Boraxo soap in Mike's shop bathroom. I use some of those modern things like Gojo, but I still use the boraxo machine on the wall. That rough old grit sure cleans out finger prints. The old can is just for looks. And today, I took some photos of that John Wayne "Pilgrim" brand toilet paper for you. Your friend may have walked down the hall sideways from using this paper too? I don't know?? You can hardly read the rough and tough part anymore. I could barely read where it said: "It's Rough, It's Tough. And it don't take crap off of nobody," anymore. And, Last but not least. Happy Independence Day to all of us celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow. I took this today of the 1925 Model TT Ford in Mike's shop. This was a muddy 4th of July Parade in my birth town of Lewistown, in central Montana ca. 1910. Roger... Is that a barrel hood Franklin with the flag? Here's the flood on Main Street in Lewistown, 4th of July 1920. 4th of July parade in Lewistown in 1940. Fred Bourke driving the front new Farmall M, and another M and an H following. These Farmalls likely ended up as IH Tractors on a Montana Farm? That Farmall H above in the parade could very well be setting inside Mike's shed? I don't know the serial number of this one in the parade photo above? Annie, below, is an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm, for sure, and FBH-681, or the 181st one built. I think this was 1974? Daughter Michaelle and son Mike in the Lewistown 4th of July Parade. Gary😉
  11. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Thank you for your prayers Fred. I really appreciate that. I took some fresh photos of saw clamps or vises, and saw sets today at the shop. Here are a couple of larger saw sets, for buzz saws, or larger, I'd guess? I don't know for sure. I've been looking for a suitable saw vise for these two saws I ordered from North Dakota. So far I haven't been able to find one. Gary😮
  12. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, do you have anyone you'd like to have use this toilet paper? I've had a few people (employers & supervisors) irritate me in life who it'd be fun to watch them use this? While I have that mean streak, I'm also kind enough I'd leave my green can of Bag Balm on the back of the toilet tank for their usage. Gary😉
  13. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, Would you please PM me your source for Sears & Roebuck catalogs? I'm running out and face using corn cobs soon, If I can't get more? I do have a roll of "John Wayne" brown toilet paper, but I'm not in any hurry to use it. It states on it: "It's Rough. It's Tough. And It Don't Take Crap Off Of Nobody." I swore I had a photo of it. Those corn cobs, I don't have enough to last too long. This isn't corn country here in Montana. I have a few in this little pink "thunder mug" and some others in the shop restroom. Gary😉
  14. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    jbar, The 1256 had a "swamp cooler" atop the cab. A blower inside, and the motor threw the water onto a foam rubber inside the top piece. That orange jug was the water supply to that swamp cooler. Gary😉
  15. Old Binder Guy

    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Todd, I have a half dozen of those different types of saw holders, for setting teeth and filing them. I don't know if I have one that uses a piece like yours though? This is likely the only photo I have of one. I'll have to look the rest of mine over. There are a multitude of styles of saw vises. This is a poor photo. However below the saws, much lower is a vise type thing that may be closer related to your piece, Todd? I tell you what, since I can't positively identify your piece maybe you'd try this one of mine? Anson, I have gotten more news and a date for surgery. My Missoula Otolaryngologist (ENT) turned me over to one of the leading Otolaryngologists in the world, who is at the University of Washington Medical Center. We had to book three weeks into the housing unit there. My surgery will last 12 hours and I'll be in the hospital for a week. I have to stick around town a few days after that. The procedure involves removing the 1-1/2" X 1" tumor that has grown through the bone of my left palate, into my left sinus. They will cut the bone out with the tumor. Then they will take skin, flesh and blood vessels from a forearm. They will graft it over the (Just what I needed. Another hole in my head. And, you don't suppose I'm going to have to "shave" my palate?? 😮) hole in my palate. Then after that is secured, they will go in through the back of my neck, below the skull, to tie in the blood vessels from the graft into the permanent ones. Surgery date is July 24th, 5:30 AM. I can't get in any sooner, as my Otolaryngologist will be in Switzerland over the 4th and the next week, teaching them his techniques. He's world renowned in this field. I'm naturally concerned as I'm not ready to leave my family. But I'm not scared. My God is in control. I know where I'm going to spend eternity, if I go. So either way, it is a "Win-win" situation. Ironically, our kids will be in Seattle for other things that week, before I go into surgery. So we're going to have sort of a family reunion with most all there. AND, I get to see my great grandson on the way through Spokane, going to Seattle! We have a daughter, and son in-law, and a grandson in Seattle. Sharon is the one I'm most concerned about. She had a heart attack the 27th of January and her 8th mini stroke on Mother's Day. But we stay prayed up and she seems real strong. The Dr. said he thought my tumor could only be benign, as the one I had removed 25 years ago in Kalispell. Kind of being able to throw away the word, "malignant" has put a smile back on our faces. We'll get through this. I'll still take any prayers you friends have to offer! They can't hurt, and do help! Thanks for all of your concern. Gary😉