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  1. As already mentioned, this to me also looks like a cotton crop, with also a cotton gin in the background.I too that is a shifting gang cultivator. Looks like maybe less than 1/2 inch of rain on the ground. And there have been hoe hands "blocking cotton" (or thinning), maybe cutting out 6" of hoe width of plants if too thick. Years ago when planting gin run (as it came from the gin) seed, you didn't know what the germination was, so it was planted thick, with the intention of coming back and thinning it. You can see where the soil has been disturbed from walking and chopping hoe divits in the row. The area looks like the city of Taft area in San Patricio County, South Texas, with the black clay soil and no trees or elevations and can see from one side of the county to the other. (Texas tall tale 😁). Anyway, Taft was served by L. A. Cage with Cage Implement Company. Had about 7 or 8 outlets in the area. At that time the worlds largest IH dealer, which took delivery (according to C. H. Wendel) of Farmall No. 1 #QC-501, the first production tractor. According to Wendel 22 tractors built in 1923 were not included in the production numbers. Tractor #QC-503 (the one Case IH has today) was the first delivered to a user (quoting Wendel). I've read while #QC-501 was in transit to Taft, Texas, QC-503 was being delivered to the user in Iowa. What happened to #QC-502? Is the one in Gary's photo a production tractor, or one of the 22 pre production tractors of 1923? I've read where many of the early Farmalls were tested and sold in Texas. There is at least one story of one being tested near Corpus Christi. All of the early Farmalls in Wendel's book have Farmall stenciled on the fuel tank. Most of the ones used in South Texas had that open style wheel so that the clay dirt would not stick to the tire. That looks like a Mexican American operator. The hoe hands didn't like walking on plowed ground. Also the cultivator would throw dirt back to the plants after the hoes drug it away. Anson, I'm not sure what you are referring to with the "basket type funnel"? but I see what looks like a rod coming down from the front of the cultivator, then flattened at the bottom and going back up again. I don't know what this is. Could be to hold trash down on the ground to get it covered. That must have been a heavy rig. It stated they had power lifts on experimental tractors in 1920-21. This tractor looks like it does not have apower lift . Does anyone know of anymore info on the first Farmall? Gary thanks for the great photos and stories. There are numbers down at the bottom of Gary's picture. I am not familiar with them. Does anyone know what they mean or to look up an explanation for the photo?
  2. isn't that dodge COE made from the front of their van?, similar to today's large chevy trucks.
  3. and so as not to waste anything you can utilize the seat this way . . . ummmmmmmm
  4. Fred B

    Pulling surflex

    i don't know which method, or tool might be best, of course the Hoeme, or later Graham-Hoeme chisel plow would be another way to go. for conservation tillage, i would think the chisel plow with overlapping heel sweeps and chisel points would be a good set-up. with enough trash the chisel plow will choke up, that's where maybe you would want the one-way disc.
  5. Fred B

    Pulling surflex

    the one-way disc appears to have been invented by Henry Krause to use as a conservation tool to stop wind erosion, by leaving more residue on the surface. type in one-way disc ,click on images, then click on the one with the L CASE pulling the krause decaled tool, read article. krause now owned by Kuhn. i believe the 806 pulling 2 plows is old binder guy on this site. the JD surflex is their way of meaning the plow will flex to follow the ground contour.
  6. nice tractors, Danny, how about some photos of the red barns.
  7. i sure do like those case cabs, i had a 2390, and 2594, the controls fit like a glove, and if the AC went out you could tarp strap the door and vertical hinge side window completely open, and finish your work. i noticed your cab interior from a previous post looks almost like new.
  8. go to the store and buy 2 grade eight bolts, with self locking nuts bolt 3 links of store bought chain on each side if tractor frame. hook tie down chain onto this.
  9. i guess it's been 35 years or so ago, when i in a boat towed my younger brother over a portion of my field where a normally dry creek goes through it, he was on water skies. 🙂 normally this area makes the best sorghum.
  10. if you chain at the front wheels you take a chance on breaking the vertical steering shaft, it will break at the bottom just above the big area where the bushing is, don't have'ta ask how i know.😫 i keep used seed sacks to protect paint
  11. those two grumpys had an international travelall .😂 i can't remember what they stunk the travelall up with? look at those square windows, with flat glass,the roof was actually about as wide as the body.
  12. ihere's all the truth in the old saying if you want it done right, do it yourself. it least you know to blame.😖
  13. thanks, i was always trying to get Bethlehem out of it
  14. if in the future you'll want to remove those rims, you'll find if the nuts are on the outside the process will be much easier . but you'll want to cut some of that thread off. i would leave only 3/8 " exposed. a heavier nut would be better also. Does anyone know what that vertical spelling is on the front bolster? and what does it stand for (mean)?
  15. too bad they haven't come up with a better set up over the years. although they now have frame less glass doors.
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