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  1. Fred B

    Vintage Ads

    if i'm thinking correctly, that is a 1939 DC it had a higher seating arrangement than later ones' along with wider fenders, and a few other things different. i think i would have liked it better.
  2. Fred B

    South Texas 1086 Mechanic

    Rich, I sent you a private message. Fred
  3. Fred B

    Why can't I find a job?

    maybe he was trying to cover acne scars !!!!!!🤐
  4. Fred B

    Stroud "All-in-One" Tractor

    Last weekend I attended the 2018 ACMOC National Show (Antique Caterpillar* Machine Owners Club) in San Antonio, TX. There was a good number of restored and unrestored Cats and a large self-propelled combine with Holt engine driven by one round wheel and one track. This was at the Holt Caterpillar dealership owned by Peter Holt, a great, great, great, great +/- grandson of Benjamin Holt, the looked upon inventor of the track type propulsion. He is a big collector of all things Holt and Caterpillar. (Holt and Best companies merged to form Caterpillar Company in 1925.) I used this opportunity to take my Stroud "All-in-One" tractor. This Stroud tractor was manufactured in San Antonio, TX in 1920 by Stroud Motor Manufacturing Association, Sam W. Stroud, president. This was a share company and shares were sold throughout south Texas. As far as I can find it is a first row crop tractor. It spent its working life on the north side of San Antonio and was manufactured on the south side of San Antonio. At the show I spoke with a man who lived neighbor to this Stroud in its working life. His father even worked on it. This All-in-One has twin front wheels to go between rows, 64" diameter rear wheels for a 28" crop clearance under axel. Turning brakes, adjustable for row width rear wheels as a row crop tractor would need. Years ago my father, before he passed in 1980, I showed him one of my antique tractor books, he wrote on the cover 'Stroud', and said two brothers that farm north of Robstown, TX had 2 of them. I spoke with a grandson, he could not remember, while I was there he called his sister, she could not remember. He promised he would contact me if anyone of his family remembers anything. I made a note of the movable rear wheels 10 days or so ago on this site. Someone asked if IH saw this Stroud? I do not know, but a F-12 has the exact transmission layout, except the brakes are on the outside of the transmission, where the Stroud's are on the inside of the transmission. The Stroud's run in oil and the brake tightener is made to pull both ends of the band when when braking. A " M " is like this also. The Farmall M has a 5" frame channel just like the Stroud except the channel is reversed. On the M the brake and clutch pedals are swung on a single shaft just like the Stroud All-in-One, where you can operate both brake pedals with one foot, just like on the Stroud. The Stroud is powered by a Climax Model KU engine with a 5x6-1/2" bore and stroke. It is advertised as a four row tractor with hook on features, I'm assuming to tow two 2row planters or cultivators. There are two 4" channels 37" apart protruding from the rear of the tractor with a series of holes drilled in them. It appears like they may have been used for some kind of attaching or lifting device. There are 5 holes in a vertical hitching attaching place on the rear of the tractor that are egg shaped so it appears for towing some kind of hitch implement. I'm attaching a photo for advertisement of the tractor that somewhat explains its manufacture site, although it mentions the factory is not complete. The tractor I have has no serial number that I can find. It has part numbers on all the castings. They all start with SA. I'm guessing San Antonio. At the Cat show someone mentioned the Stroud may have been built at the Lone Star Motor Truck and Tractor Association as apparently this company, also established in 1919, was building standard type tractors, trucks and autos. There is a note that the Stroud Company Manufacturing was not complete. They also were to build autos and trucks and had an idea to build a size smaller to this 16-30 Stroud. I did find on the internet a Stroud Auto owner, it seems like on the east coast. By February 1922 there was a lawsuit with the Stroud Association. Check online for info. To me, this Stroud is a very good design. Why they didn’t make it further , I don’t know. Maybe a problem with timely manufacture or the stocks sold, or not enough sold? I found a newspaper article of stocks sold in the county adjoining mine to the north. I know some of the surnames mentioned. I’ve owned this Stroud for about 4 years. I first saw it in 1983 when a previous owner/member invited the club to his gas up. The wheels were set all the way in (60”) but I noted the fenders could be moved out 7” each side. I noticed a strange cast iron knob on the cannon type hub of the rear wheel center, there is no axel protruding beyond the center hub of the back wheel. I haven’t had it apart, but somehow it is telescoping. I always thought the wheels could move out but didn’t actually try it until I owned it. I have had them out 10” each side to 80” wide. (May go further but I am unsure if they have a stop to keep them from coming completely off.) The area inside the cannon is fed with transmission oil so they move readily by simply jacking up each side, and pull out , ( after turning knob, to release lock pin ) with both hands, to move in, just push with foot and hands. Somewhere there is a photo of an F-12 showing the layout of the transmission. I don't have that but I know I've seen it somewhere. Maybe someone can put it up to compare with the Stroud transmission. This first photo below is from Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors by C. H. Wendel.
  5. Fred B

    A question for electric linemen

    damage one of their poles, or guys, and see what happens, they'll come down on you, with both feet...
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    First tractor to have adj rear axle.

    to my knowledge this Stroud "all-in-one is the only one known it is a true row crop with 28" clearance under back axle, twin front wheels for between rows,adjustable for width back axle, and individual turning brakes. I'll put up more information later
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    First tractor to have adj rear axle.

    If I'm thinking correctly, the JD GP was originally designed as a 3row rowcrop tractor to compete with the Farmall, a 2row tractor. Once John Deere came out with the Model A, they disowned the GP as a rowcrop but continued to build it calling it a standard model. By rotating the rear axle drops they made an orchard tractor out of it. Actually, I believe I have the tractor with first movable rear wheels. It is the Stroud "All-in-One" manufactured in San Antonio, TX in 1920. Here is a photo of one rear wheel moved out 10". Only tools needed is jack and crowbar. Simply jack up one side of tractor, rotate small knob on wheel cannon hub clockwise until stay pin rises to top of cam on knob. Now, stick crowbar under wheel bottom in earth, pull up on crowbar forcing wheel out. As wheel moves out, it will expose inches inscribed on axle. I have moved wheel out as much as 10". I'm afraid to go any further. (I don't have an operator's manual.) When you get where you want wheel, simply rotate knob counter-clockwise until stay pin falls in grooves cut across axle. A John Deere 4020 has grooves much like this. Lower wheel to the ground, do the other side and you're done. To move wheel back in, simply reverse procedure except you can just put your foot on the bottom of wheel and hands on top and force wheel in by pushing. Narrowest wheel setting is 60", widest is 80". Photos below.
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson, I'm sure I have more than a few grease guns, but if I can find one good one when I need it, I'm happy. 😁 I also don't have any elk or deer of any kind . Oh wait, I forgot, I have a Deere cotton picker.
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    Unusual piece from the past

    I understand one of the needs for the articulated front end is this tractor had a turning plow attached to its frame on the RH rear, the drive wheel drove on the land, the RH front wheel stayed in the furrow, so the front frame had to move to the left, to do this.
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    Unusual piece from the past

    turn that little crank, in front of the steering wheel, and it will cause either front wheel to track in the same track as the back wheel, by moving the front end to either side.
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    Unusual piece from the past

    first bend in the middle tractor ! ! ! ??? or tractor bend in middle, with steerable front wheels !!! ???
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    IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson that module mover looks like a neat rig. i'm thinking some years ago i saw that rig in one of the farm magazines. i'll bet it would beat backing up all day long. here too, the round modules must be 85-90 %. a question on that flame weeder, how did your dad rig up the packard distributor, did it run full time, or just to start the flame. any way that must have been a neat trick. Fred
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    What can we determine from this old photo?

    Anson, I notice your dad working on the burner in the first picture. What do you think that device is that's round with a flat portion at the bottom ? It's leaning at an angle against the frame/tool bar of the burner close to the POW. It's at the front brim of your father's hat. just the round part is in the second photo, and there's another on the frame to the left of center That's a nice looking cotton crop. Fred
  14. Fred B

    3 pt question

    i never used fast hitch on 1206,but what Rainman says, sounds correct.
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    3 pt question

    also probably to keep pull links from hitting the tires. that socket for the hairpin is welded, so it would seem factory. to me it seams you would have to loosen the jam nut & maybe hairpin to move pull link in, or out. i think the later ones had a square piece of metal plate bolted in front as a stop to do the same thing.??