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  1. 58 minutes ago, KWRB said:

    There are so many options for this one. The best one that comes to my mind is this

    "... And tell those lazy fruit farmers NOT TO CUT THE DAMN SHEET METAL on their orchard tractors"


    And don’t cut air filter holes in the hoods on 66 and 86 series!

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  2. A1687A8F-BF75-4C11-81C1-87B833DB9055.jpeg.fdcb7df4ef4f7466f94f6b047c6a0762.jpegAccording to a picture I found in an old gun traders guide I believe the shotgun to be a Stevens model 620 or a variant made by them for some other company or hardware line.  The guide says they were made from 1927 until 1953.  The shape of the receiver extension where the barrel attaches us kind of unique.  

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  3. On 11/29/2021 at 7:39 AM, Diesel Doctor said:

    The Massey's had a third sieve that made them clean the grain really well.


    It was called a triple cascade shoe.  I worked for a neighbor who bought a new 510 in 1968 and we took it to Oklahoma and followed the harvest North back to South Dakota.  My understanding was 68 was the first year for the triple sieve setup and it worked great in ideal conditions, but when the selves were overloaded, too much air would escape out the gaps between the seives and you would get a lot of junk in the tank.

    the 510 was a good reliable machine…..far more so than the 550 I owned later.  Eventually that got replaced with a 1640.  Thought I died and went to heaven!

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  4. My memory of plowing with my grandfathers WD was having the hand clutch snap back into your shin if you hit a rock.  That was their rock protection in lieu of trip beams or a spring hitch disconnect.  Miserable, dirty little thing compared to an M.  They really had a snappy governor though.

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  5. I sold a 555 IH cutter on a consignment auction for $300.  They were the last in the cut and throw line that included the 50, 55, and 550.  As far as parts are concerned I don’t think anything is available any more.  Knives and shear bars are high wear items and if it was never replaced, the spout and cutting chamber floor sheet can get pretty thin.

    One that has been outside will probably have rusted gathering chains and sprockets.

    if you could find one that was used little and stored inside, they are reliable and do a good job.  Good luck.

  6. The M&W governor is cool.  Also I noticed the wheel weight is bolted on a quarter turn off making it hard to put a wrench on the axle adjusting bolts.  I have a 400 my wife’s dad bought new and then put a 450 fast hitch on.  I remember the local IH dealer putting larger belly type fuel tanks in 400’s under some type of factory program.  The original fuel tank was waaay too small.  They are a very handy tractor to have around and I hope your friend is able to get it going.

  7. The 312 in my Dad’s 1957 Ford Fairlane had “Thunderbird Special” decals on the valve covers.  They weren’t FE motors, but called Y blocks.  The FE motor first appeared in 1958 as a 332 cid, 1959 as 352 and then the 390 in 1961.  I think the 390 tri power with three deuces was a factory option in 1963 and was called the M code in the Thunderbird.  My 1964 T Bird has a 390 with single 4 barrel rated at 300 horsepower.  Outside of supercharged 312’s in 1957 thunderbirds, I don’t know of anything different about the Thunderbird FE’s.  Beginning in 1961 there was a high performance 390 that had solid lifters and other special pieces that mainly found their way into police cars.

    I can’t recall any FE’s with “Thunderbird Special “ designation, but someone will probably dispute that.

  8. Not sure if the 1660 works the same as my 2366 or not, but the 23 has to be raised enough going around the end for a whisker switch mounted at the feeder house pivot point on the left side to dis engage the tracker and allow the centering potentiometer to do its thing.  Good Luck.

  9. There are a lot of variables to air drying corn.  Does your bin have a stirring device?, how wet is the corn?, how long do you want to store it and on and on.  With 90% humidity it is going to take a long time to dry it down with air alone.  I have shut the fan off at night on my bins that have stirators.  Don’t shut the stirator off though with wet corn in the bin because it can be very hard to start it again!  Sometimes you can freeze the corn with wintertime air and continue drying in the Spring.  The county extension agents have tables to advise how long corn will keep at various moisture levels.  Good luck.

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  10. 5 hours ago, Craig61019 said:

    What color are the wagons and what are they being pulled by😎

    Ha.  Green Demco’s being towed by a MX 120.  The MX has pretty good brakes.  Thanks for the responses.  Have a safe harvest everyone!

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