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  1. Guys... My dad and his brothers had IHC Regulars and F-20s. I remember them, but I never drove one. I'm no authority with the McCormick-Deering Farmall Regular. I have the 150 Years of International Harvester by my facebook friend CH Wendell. But I'm not going to take time to look up what I'm posting here. You guys kick tires (or steel wheels) with these, as you know as much or WAY more than me. This does show the steerable mounted cultivator and it's works. This is another advertisement I have for Regular tractors. I could have conceivably gotten them from Ralph too! The first Regular. A Regular White Demonstrator at a fair. These are mounted cultivator Regulars. This IS Ralph's photo, showing photographers taking photos of a Regular in Saskatchewan. A Cotton country Regular. A wide front axle Regular picking up hay. A Regular pulling a hay loader with a narrow front end. A Regular pulling a Russell Jr. road grader. A Regular pulling a binder. The Farmall Regular assembly line at IHC. A Regular at a factory outlet in Australia. A Regular with open driver wheels. It appears to be a prototype, or early tractor. Farmall is painted and not decals. Another early painted Farmall Regular, instead of decals. A Regular with a "batteryless" Bosch headlight, and numbers at the bottom. Just a Regular and I don't know what it is doing in the field? But it has numbers at the bottom. Have fun analyzing these fine old Farmall Regulars. Gary😀
  2. I just noticed where you cranked that Regular. Gary😮
  3. Well, it's Saturday. The day before Father's Day. This was sinking on page 3, and I don't know one darn thing, other than these photos from Facebook. Starting with this ca. 1937 D-Model IH truck with the CocaCola six pack in the back. It must have been a parade truck for a bottling works in Grand Forks, North Dakota, judging from the "babes" in the six pack? Were Coke six pack 25 cents then? I remember still being able to buy a bottle of Coke for a nickel. I'm going to guess this IHC tractor pulling a plow is a 30-60 IHC Titan, and if I'm wrong, I have a friend in Minnesota who'll correct me! Here is an 8-16 IHC Mogul with a steering device (not GPS) pulling a four disk plow. Here are three men with a fairly new 10-20 Titan, similar to Roger's. He can explain the different shapes of rear fenders, if he wants to. Here's an 10-20 IHC Titan pulling a binder in a grain field. I posted a very similar photo of a 15-30 McCormick-Deering tractor turning a threshing machine a while back. It may have been this same photo with the guy drinking water (?) out of an old crock jug? I got this in a different place on Facebook and it could well be the same photo? The last photo is of a possible experimental or prototype IHC Farmall Regular with a front mounted cultivator. I call it that due to the "IHC" on the fuel tank. Gary😉
  4. I found this youtube video on Facebook taken by drone at Forest City, Iowa last weekend. The Minneapolis steam engine above is a 30 hp double cylinder, double countershaft steam engine. It's pretty new in Roger's and my friend, Jerred Ruble's fantastic steam engine collection there. The Tyler Brothers near Eddies Corner (Moore) Montana bought this engine at a sawmill in Kalispell, Montana in about 1956. This is a picture of three engines; the 32 hp Reeves my dad and his brothers farmed with at left. The 32 hp Reeves the Tylers farmed with and the 30 hp Minneapolis from Kalispell. I skipped school in 1958 to watch this Minneapolis plowing at Tyler's farm. Earl Tyler and Alva Stevens are operating it. This is a picture of this same Minneapolis plowing at Forest City, Iowa last weekend. This is a stopped photo of the engine. This water tank on the front of the engine was a late addition to the engine. In the 1970's, I was on a hunting trip up Cottonwood Creek, about 10 miles from our farm. I came to an old sawmill site and the tank was setting there in the weeds. The owner's farm was closeby and gave the Tyler's the tank. Earl Tyler and I loaded it and hauled it to their place, where Max Tyler built the irons to mount the tank. It needs a new skin, due to bullet holes, but it's more than they had! This engine is one of two remaining. There's another like it at Crosby, North Dakota. Gary😉
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    Prayers for your family Mader and your father. I'm pleased he is a believer. Cancer really is terrible. I'm a survivor, but also a believer. I'm not ready to leave my family. I know your father isn't ready either. But I'm ready, should God require my life. May your father find peace and strength here on earth through the love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. When I had my tumor and a good size chunk of my skull removed a year ago, I told every doctor, nurse, aid and custodian, "God is in control" and He is. May God comfort your hearts and your fathers. I am so sorry for you. Gary
  6. Maybe Roger can help us out, 2stepn2001? First of all, there were lots of portable steam engine I never knew about. Many of them were built from 1870-1900. Some came to Montana, but a small number compared to the eastern USA. Montana had many more traction engines. Engines such as above may have been used in Montana's western mountains back then, but I grew up in central Montana, which is more "flatland" and small mountains, compared to over here in Western Montana where I now live. Very few old mills or mines have any steam equipment left. WWII was likely responsible for much of that? Now back to the engine above, I'm thinking it is very likely a European built engine. Germany built engines this style, but I'm betting it was made in England? Then looking at the countryside here, this likely isn't Ireland or England. It could be Australia or New Zealand? Like I say, Maybe Roger can help us? Sorry... I'll bet I could operate it though! I'm anxious to hear from Roger.... Gary😯
  7. Sledgehammer, thank you! While I remember WWII and certain aspects of it, I really remember when the WWII survivors in our neighborhood came home after the war. It was like new people moving into our neighborhood, and my parents introducing them to me. Several were my older cousins, from Dad's older sisters families. They paid for what freedom we still have today. I figure that's the least I can do. Gary😔
  8. I'm just putting a bunch of photos of D-Day, June 6,1944 on. I probably don't know any more about them than you do. Since that was 75 years ago today, I guess we weren't very old, Anson, were we? My wife was born 7 days later on the 13th. You all know I talk with photos. I actually wave my hands with my 1/4 Italian blood, but you guys can't see that. The aircraft markings for the invasion, so the Allies would recognize OUR planes, as shown on the P-38 Lightening. The Canadian forces going ashore. Neutralizing Nazi pillboxes and taking prisoners. There were 14,000 Allied deaths on 6 Jun 44. And I couldn't resist putting this last one on. This was the largest military invasion ever done. One last photo, from yesterday. A 97 year old Greatest Generation soldier who parachuted into Normandy on June 6th 1944, parachuted in again yesterday with some help. I don't know whether they jumped out of Miss Montana, the C-47 out of Missoula, Montana or not? She was in the sky yesterday and will be up there today. Gary😔
  9. Anson, I understand that "OLD Ranch hand" theory. I hurt last night from being on my back underneath, crawling out and trying to make my knees work again, climbing up etc. It was an Ibuprofen night. Other than some greasing, oiling and wood, the Reeves is ready to fire. Here are three photos I got off of Facebook last evening. A C-model IHC semi truck tractor with "sleeper" cab hauling a Case Road Roller. When I saw the frontal photo, I gasped, but then after seeing the two others, I settled down. Gary😉
  10. Yes, MT Matt, Elk LOVE oats! Ours is looking real good and we're supposed to get moisture dumped on us this weekend, so they ought to look real good next week, after some sunshine again. Our last two days have been in the 80's. I was busy closing all valves, etc. on the Reeves today and got it filled with water. Getting closer to firing it. Gary😀
  11. Roger just called me a few hours ago. So I have things to say. First, Anson talks to and gets answers from Wrangler. Wrangler can probably tell us what kind of blue jeans I'm wearing now. I used to wear Levis before they slithered into the swamp. And Wrangler couldn't likely say "Levis" anyway. That Green Diamond engine would really make a peppy lawn tractor. But you'll likely have to air up the front tires too, Roger? Maybe you'd better find a hard rubber tire, similar to what's on your IHC AutoWagon or Shovel Nose? Roger and I discussed the C-47 airplane from Johnson Flying Service at Missoula Montana that was one of the dozen or US war bird airplanes that made it to Europe for the commemoration of WWII D-Day at Normandy. I had him confused, calling it a DC-3. He said, "That doesn't sound right." Then a light came on in my head and I remembered it's military designation during WWII. This is a painting of a C-47 preparing to haul 10 tons across the Atlantic during the war. They were the planes flown into Berlin for the Berlin airlift, when the Communists shut us (U.S.) out after Germany fell. This is a C-47 with the soldiers mounting their parachutes during WWII. This was a C-47 of the South Dakota National Guard dropping hay to livestock during a devastating winter snowstorm in 1952. This is my first photo with a DC-3 (civilian C-47) I think I was about four or five at the latest. But I'd one day fly in DC-3's too. I took some local flights around Montana. The "biggie" was when 12 of us Lewistown, Montana National Guardsmen flew to Fort Ord, California. We went through Denver, and rode a DC-3 on that leg. My ears ached for a couple of days afterward, as they aren't pressurized and we stopped at every "milk stop" on that leg. This was my big brother Bill(y). We'd been in Billings (130 miles by highway) and he wanted to fly home, so my uncle took Bill to the airport after Dad had given him the money and we'd headed back to Lewistown in the old Studebaker. Bill was five years older than me, so he'd have been about 9 or 10. I wish I could remember what this cost? It seems like it was around $11 or $12? This is a DC-3 at an US airport in the late 1930's. Nice D-Model IHC Van too. I've posted these before, but this is a friend's D-Model IH van from Polson, Montana, parked (staged) with a B-17 at Kalispell, Montana. I can't remember if I forgot or just neglected to remember to post about moving the steam engines out of the shed 15 days ago. The engines do take up some room in Mike's shed, but that was the plan when we built the shed about 14 years ago. We wanted these two adversarial engines to cohabitate each winter in their spots. To those who don't understand the "adversarial" part, Reeves and Case were like IH and John Deere in the steam age. They were both popular plowing engines, that broke a lot of prairie in the western half of the US and Canada. This selfie is of me on the TD-40 pulling Mike on the Reeves out of the shed. I always irritate Mike when I keep taking pictures as we're trying to get work done. He takes the bull by the horns and I always find a short moment for a photo. Maybe after I'm gone, he'll find the photos and appreciate the fact they exist?!! Just about done and we hadn't gotten rained on yet. But the skies looked ready to dump rain anytime, looking to the west, behind us. Another selfie of me on the TD-40 TracTracTor pulling the Reeves up behind the Case. That portion of the job completed. The Case and the Reeves parked outside. The TD40 outside while Mike was dragging the gravel in the shed, mostly empty. And the other stuff that needed put back into the shed. Mike dragging the gravel, then he raked the humps. Mike backing in the TD-40 McCormick-Deering. The Model TT Ford, the TD-40 and the Farmall F-14 in their place. There's lots more stuff in there now. I was out at Silver Creek last Wednesday and Thursday. Hand hole plates and gaskets went into the boilers, plugs back in, petcocks closed, valves closed, etc., etc. This is a hand hole plate and the red "Rainbow Rubber" gasket I cut out. I cut out eleven of them with tin snips and got a slight blister from the snips. This is where the hand hole plates are installed in the boilers. They are called hand holes, as you can reach inside the boiler through these holes to pull out the scale that builds inside of boilers. I also went and checked out the oats to see how it was coming along in its growth. Mike owns this Appleton feed grinder, mounted outside his shed. This shows the F-12 belted to it a couple years ago. Mike uses the grinder to make feed for Pam's chickens. Mike was given this upright steam engine (motor) a couple of years ago. He fixed it up as it had problems with a bent crankshaft from being tipped over on concrete at its former location, the Helena Vo Tech. It got shoved back into a corner and they needed the room, so one of them, who knew Mike brought it out and gave it to him. Mike also removed a ragged plywood, stacked pulley and we had this pulley to install on the crankshaft. I prettied the engine up some with some of my "steam brass." Mike would like to try the steam engine powering the feed grinder above with this Peerless engine. Consequently, Mike wants to use his and Randy's Reeves to power the engine. On Thursday, I spent much or most of the afternoon piping the valve with the 90 degree union fitting, that's shown open in the upper center of the picture. There was a union on the bottom, where it mounted onto the "ejector" (on the top of the water tank), and the union above the rusty pipe Tee above the new valve. I measured and measured. There had been a street elbow where that Tee is. I didn't want to have to pry pipe around with a crowbar to align those unions. More luck than skill, I placed the piece into the opening it left, I finger tightened the upper union, than placed it down onto the "ejector." I was able to finger tighten that one as well. I don't do piping "perfect" consistently, without some re-doing. I was kind of proud of this old guy. This photo shows the piping on the left side of the engine. I put all of the pipe, elbows, unions and valves on this engine except for the huge long exhaust pipes from the engine (motor) to the smokestack. There is a whole bunch of piping under the operators deck that doesn't show. These are the exhaust pipes aimed up the smokestack. A steam boiler couldn't keep up enough steam without this procedure. The steam forced up the smokestack draws the heat from the firebox through the boiler tubes or flues. There is water all around these tubes and the steam pressure as well. When this two cylinder motor is running slowly, it sounds like a steam locomotive, with its "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..." Each one of those words are the four positions or quartering of the pistons in the cylinder and connecting rods extending to the crankshaft. Steam is valved into the engine, the piston blows to the opposite end, on the other side of the piston is the exhaust forced out, and the steam being valved into the opposite end of the cylinder. It produces the exhaust sound of a four cylinder engine with those quarters. (picture a Model T engine) The "ejector" is a brass piece with the large hose connected to it. That hose can be put into a water tank wagon, or a creek for water. Turning on a valve mounted on the top nipple turns steam into it, and it sucks water up the hose and into the tanks filling them. This is an ejector. It's just a jet of steam into the top and water is drawn into the inner cavity and flows into the tank below, and the tank is piped to the other tanks on this engine. Here is lesser piping from the right injector on the right side of the boiler barrel. This is more piping on the left side, under the platform, feeding the two injectors (that inject water into the boiler under steam pressure). Sorry for the poor quality photo from my old cell phone. This is the injector piping on the right side of the platform to the right injector. This is the operator's deck showing the piping to and from both injectors; one on the left and one on the right. The smaller 3/4" injector is mounted high on the left and the 1" larger injector is mounted on the right, just above the platform. This is an injector. They have always been quite mystical to those who don't run steam engines. The top nipple is the live steam pipe. Let's say 150 psi. steam pressure enters when the steam valve is opened... The next nipple down is the water intake pipe. It comes from the engine's water tank(s), by pipe or rubber hose. The bottom nipple is the water exhaust. It pushes water out through a check valve, between here and the boiler entry pipe. This cutaway of an injector shows the jets inside of an injector. The steam jet blows into the jets and it creates a suction in the larger open area, where that brings water into that cavity. The valve "flopper" at upper left closes and the 150 psi puts steam through that check valve and into the boiler, against that 150 psi. They are bordering on "magic." (When they're working right.) They can bring out four letter words, to some people, when they don't work. I know Roger has to be bored out of his mind over this post?? If I could draw people, I could do cartoons, but I can't. But my method of telling a story is posting photos to "show" what I'm trying to say. I'm sorry admin, for all of the "paper" I've used up on this post. Gary🙄 PS: There were several IH Tractors on a Montana Farm in this post.
  12. Anson, one of the first photos I posted on this thread, a few years back, was this one of Dad's 125 SPVC McCormick combine shows a galvanized tin extension dad had on it too, to get it above the dust, somewhat. Nephew Ralphie was sitting on Dad's new Cub Cadet in this cropped photo. (I think he's 59 years old now?) I always hated a tail wind, bringing the chaff around to the front of the combine. I didn't mind a side wind. A head wind could be tolerated. Uncle Audie showed me how to sit on the hopper and steer the combine & raise & lower the header with my feet! Gary😀
  13. Anson, when my dad was building buck rakes (bullrakes) and Farmhands mounted on trucks, he always went and found 10-20 or 15-30 radiators to mount on them. They had a large capacity for coolant, but you still had to blow them out about daily, due to the working conditions with hay. The problems I had running a 125 SP combine was the air intake to the radiator, that curved piece. I learned from uncle Audie how to undo the chaff sucked against it. He'd throw the combine drive lever out of gear, push in the ignition button and the chaff would fall off. Then he'd pull out the ignition button and re-engage the combine drive. The momentum of the rotating works, winding down would restart the engine! A 123 combine here to show the kids here what the air intake was. The rounded piece behind the grain hopper. The 403 combine we had came with a tall air intake and an extra spacer included. That still gathered chaff easily. Later I bought a rotary air intake. That was much better, as it was continually releasing chaff. Gary😉
  14. That makes a nice little windmill, mikem! That fan looks alot like the ones that were on my TD-18A crawlers. If not the same, they would have made nice windmills. Gary😉
  15. Anson, your pants problem is probably the same problem for mine not staying up. I lost mine farming too. I hate to ace me or you out of a nice Green Diamond watch fob, but have you thought of putting that Green Diamond engine in that AC tractor? You'd likely have to air up the front tires a little more? But, you're talking of taking the Green Diamond and hauling it in for scrap, and that AC is setting there, needing an engine. Just a thought! Gary😮
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