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  1. thanks for the close ups of the sweep, must have been on new delivery. yeah, probably a 430 i have a 200, and it has the instrument panel of the 300 same as your sweep. maybe an after market outfit did the sweep conversion. i t looks like that front hyd pump may be part if the package. looks like those chains with the hyd ram lifts and dumps the load. i also have a 5 and 630 with the 12 speed trans, they will do 25 MPH. is the sweep still in use? 😀 CASE should have had JD,s sales people.
  2. I believe that thresher is a Wood Brothers Hummingbird. Looks like a regular grain thresher to me? The Wood Brothers stands out with the round tube that wraps around the outside of the machine from low in the back to high in the front. This takes the tailings up to the top and dumps it back in the cylinder to rethresh. I believe there is a link chain with paddles to carry tailings in the round tube. Here is one running on You tube. I have a "Champion". Believed later this company bought by IHC. I got it from my uncle and he used it to thresh peanuts. However, it looks like a standard grain thresher. Fred
  3. do you have close up pictures of the sweep, what model case, was it running in reverse?, or was the ring gear flipped to make it go forward? nice old cases
  4. a farmall M, is different from a H in front. the M has a dip in the bottom center opening of the grill, it also has a eyebrow just below the center grease fitting, except for the earliest year, or two? how about that headache rack on that arrow truck. it looks like i'ts held on with U bolts. Fred.
  5. Looks like on the hay rake he started with a F -12,or 14 single wheel front end, lengthened the fork, and went from there. on the little mower farmall "B" (earlier post), i found it on farm show magazine, seems he started with a "B" , shortened the torque tube, took the long axles out, used steering from a "C"? (to each his own) happy new year all !!! Fred
  6. Here is the lex today, just put in lady lex cc tx i'm told they just let it settle in the mud.
  7. Mike, My 10-20 tract tractors are like your photo except the clutch towers are more rounded on top or did the first T20s have the clutch towers also? It's possible they are early T20s. They do have the larger driver in the back. The Terratrac is an ATC (American Tractor Company). (I was told it had a pecan tree shaker mounted on it.) It's at another farm so I don't really remember if it has hydraulics or not. It does not have a blade or winch. It looks just like the small military CA-1 Airborne with expanded metal grill and no fancy front. It also has the multi spoke drivers in the back. Unless it's a WWII Clark model CA-1 Airborne. This is the little blade dozer they pushed out of airplanes with a parachute in WWII to start clearing a air field for planes to land. They also had a little trailer to go with them and a little wheeled dirt scraper that was used with it. I've not had this one running tho it is complete. A Mark Rojtman was displaced from Europe where his family built diesel locomotives. He fled to the United States and after WWII he bought up surplus CA-1 Airborne parts and started building the little crawlers for civilian use calling them TerraTrac. Of all things he was impressed with the German Panzer tanks with their maneuverability, performance and torque converter drive. In late 1956, Case merged with Mark Rojtman's company and after a while made him president. Rojtman may have gotten Case in trouble when in 1959 for a product showing, he spent a million or more dollars to move all their new equipment to Nassau along with the dealers and spendy banquets and shows. This was about the time when problems with the Case-o-matic transmission started showing up which Rojtman also apparently took the idea from the Panzer tanks. The directors then voted him off the island and out of Case replacing him with a conservative. IIRC there is a video on the extravaganza, but i can't find it. I believe Cletrac first used the Clark trans-differential. Then several others that used it in some form. The Cletrac HG, their only wheel tractor, the GG, then sold to Avery, then to MM, the crawlers sold to Oliver and Oliver also used it in their offset 44 wheel tractor. from what i gather the case crawlers were liked they had 80 and 100 HP models. Fred
  8. Anson, i have 10 crawlers, but most are not running, i am getting my son interested in the old stuff. i have a TD14, TD6, 2, 10-20 TracTracTors, a cat 60, HiClearance 10, problem w/ one driver, the 2 ton ,(problems), a cletrac "W", oliver 0C3, and a terractrac "25" their smallest, (problems)? CASE later bought this co. ( I believe this is where case got the headlights with the eyebrows on the 30 series; i believe case also got their CEO). the 4 ih's are like you find them. i have driven the W, and the oc3. i'm not used to the way they will swing you around on a sharp turn. fun to drive. fun probably would'n last too long if you had to work with them. the cat 60 came from a sale in the texas panhandle, about 25 miles from the Oklahoma line, I bought a ih early 2 ton truck, had it loaded, but I thought it extended too far over the back of the trailer, so I took something else i bought, meanwhile a friend bought the cat 60, and could't haul it, and asked me if i wanted to trade the truck, so i did. It was a year before i went for the 60, and I didn't familiarize myself with the controls, i put the starting bar in the flywheel hole, and pulled it over a couple of times, then one more time, it hit on 1,2,3,4, it immediately went to wide open and i was trying to slow it down, before i figured it out smoke was coming from the back main area. i never messed with it again. so i don't know how bad it got hurt. I did get it shut down. I guess i was in a hurry, kids i guess had been playing on it. anyway that's my crawler knowledge. course, i did learn to always check the throttle. I do always check the trans. (who ever thought it would start) 😖 this has been years ago. Fred tT
  9. Mike, I like your hillbilly starting helper. I was at the national CAT meet in San Antonio, TX last year and guys had friction roller type engagement starter motors for the open flywheel on their 60 Cats and others. I just think this 2 Ton is an advanced machine for 1921. The Ton series of crawlers, 2, 5 and 10, along with the Caterpillar trademark are from the Holt Company before the merger with C. L. Best in 1925. Although the C. L. Best designs appear to have won out for the most part after the merger. I first used an F12 Farmall, 30+ years ago for Santa. It had genuine chasing lights which I can't find any more. It made the wheels appear to turn. There were a number of 5 and 10 Ton Holts used in my county for breaking the original soil. I myself have no experience with the crawlers like you and Anson. I think its good to recognize innovation wherever it is. IH had a good share. One of the things I think of that IH had, starting with F12 in 1932, an easily changeable single, dual, and wide adjustable front axle. Others didn't have this until the 1950s. Fred
  10. Here is a photo of what the little 2 ton cat should look like. This one has a bucket seat. I've always liked these little cats. Some of the systems are non-conventional, like its crossbar steering system. It steers with clutches and brakes. It has an overhead cam with a semi hemi combustion chamber. The governor is inside the camshaft drive gear. It also has an aspirator air cleaner. The transmission hangs out the back. They were built 1921 to 1928, 25.5 horsepower. They are small enough to haul. Here are some photos of the engine design.
  11. This year Santa was concerned as it was expected to be a wet day, so Santa used his Caterpillar 2 Ton Crawler Tractor to deliver. A Merry Christmas to all Fred
  12. looks a bit top - heavy in more ways than one! 😁
  13. Let me explain. Here is a history quote on Buick that I saw here. https://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/buick-portholes-a-10-minute-history/ In Buick lore, portholes came to be when noted General Motors stylist Ned Nickles designed and installed a set of round fender vents on his personal 1948 Roadmaster. As the story goes, Nickles incorporated small electric lamps (probably neon or similar) wired to the ignition system so they would flash in sequence with the engine. Reportedly, he was inspired by the flashing exhaust pipes on World War II fighter aircraft. No one knew it at the time, but at that moment a Buick styling trademark was born. There is more information at the link above. (Actually, I thought the port holes were from the race cars of the 1940s. ) Here is my thought on the truck with MMs. Here is a REO truck with what I believe is the correct cab but it appears to have an add on sleeper and remove sunvisor, mirror, ect. But if you'll compare the features of the wheel wells and the side molding and the door cut out, they appear to match above MM truck. This REO truck looks like it could have been an old fire engine with a pump thru the front grill. It looks like someone has rigged it up to pull a camping trailer. BTW, I just read that somewhere that the pepsi brand is looked looked upon as republican and the coke brand is democrat.
  14. So coke is democrat, and pepsi is republican ? i really don't like that ford grill, however if it were turned horizontal you might have a buick, except for no exhaust ports. 😀 that MM loaded truck has a Federal look about it ?
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