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  1. 1 hour ago, IH Forever said:

    I don't remember it, but my Grandpa talked about having a MH44.  I kind of remember him saying it had a Plymouth motor and how it would go quite fast down the road.  Can anyone shed some light on that for me?  Was this some type of a conversion?

    The gas 44’s had a 4 cylinder continental ohv motor.  The combines of the same era had Chrysler flathead sixes so it is not inconceivable that someone might have put one in a 44.  A six is a smoother, higher reving motor than a four so could probably move down the road pretty good.  I put a 235 Chevy motor in a f30 once….that could move pretty good too!

  2. Grandfather had a MH 44.  A 1950 model.  As Dad had an M when I was growing up there was always good natured kidding between Grandpa and me about the merits of both tractors.  When Grandpas will was opened after he passed there was a bill of sale for the 44 to me.  I still have it, but I still like the M’s better!

  3. My dad had an m&w 291 s&p kit put in his 706 gas back in the day.  Required boring the block so I cannot imagine a way to easily convert it back to a 263 without going back to a standard block.  It made 94 horsepower on the dyno which was the same as a stock 806.  Burned six gallons an hour though of 21 cent gas.  You couldn’t make it through a long morning or afternoon without refueling, but it held together and got a lot of work done!

  4. The suggestion of a large wire concave in position 3 could be so as not to over thresh or skin the barley.  If you want to sell the barley for malting they would rather have some awns attached than have the kernels injured.  Nothing wrong with mixing types of concaves to do the job.  One of the beauties of the rotary design IMO.  Good luck.

  5. 1 hour ago, Farmall Doctor said:

    Why?? There has been a 656D here since 1967, and until the internet came along I had no idea that they were hard to start! Even my old worn out 706 starts easily no matter how long it sits. And the 560 is the same…. 

    I have to agree.  As long as the pump, injectors, glow plugs, starter and batteries are in good shape these engines are good starters even if the engine itself is in marginal shape.  Mind you I wouldn’t buy a rebuildable tractor on your budget, I wouldn’t pass on a 560, 656 or 706 with the glow plug engine if it shows good care.  Good luck.

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  6. Grandpa had this tool made years ago by our local German blacksmith to pry sheeting boards and flooring from joists and studs without splitting them.  I think the lever came from some type of IH McCormick implement by the part number stamped on the handle.


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  7. 19 minutes ago, jeeper61 said:

    That Thunderbird looks newer than 59 hard to tell if the tail lights are round 

    I’m thinking 1958 based on the side trim.  The “square” birds were made from 1958-1960 with minor changes.

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  8. After my 13 year old border collie “Harvey” died last February, I started watching the adoptable animals page on the website of a local animal shelter.  I was intrigued by a three year old Australian shepherd and filled out the on line forms on a Friday night.  The following Monday I got a call with a “few” more questions.  One was do you have a heated kennel and I told the lady no, we live on a farm and my herding type dogs have always been in our  36x52 barn in a sheltered corner with straw bales and a tarp cover.  She said well, without a heated kennel we can’t allow you to adopt.  She also said a farm is a very dangerous place for a dog.  Some time later I found a farmer near by advertising border collie/Aussie cross pups and was able to come home with one.  The farmer told us that three had left earlier that day to some other farmers who had the same experience with shelters. I always thought a farm was the best place for a dog….unlimited space to exercise and for herding type dogs most importantly a job to do.  I agree about the whole “puppy” thing.  At 9 months now, “Molly” is showing no signs of slowing down.  Good luck finding your next best friend!

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