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  1. I would weld a strap of 5/8 x 4" flat on bottom, between the wishbone sockets. My dad, with tongue in cheek, was a big proponent of taking the best feature of each tractor and incorporate all them into one tractor. Of course then you would have a fight as to best feature. check out most after market adjustable front axles, as to how they are built. I f the threads are bad, on the balljoints, grind the first 1 or 2 off.
  2. I beleive the current JD combines are centerlined? I'm thinking the #55 JD's first commerical machine the 55 was centerlined, they had it right, and didn't know it.😗
  3. You see above how the old 800 Case axle is built, the pivot cross tube is welded on top of the axle tube. the IH has a hole through the center of the axle tube, with the pivot tube welded in it, I guess the IH engineers are asking themselves, I wonder why it always breakes at the pivot! Case will break also if you run them off in a hole!
  4. Milo harvest, South Texas, 2021. Started cutting grain sorghum July 17, we're about 25 days late from normal. Turning out real good. 2388 combine with 30' header ,and 7150 Magnum with 700 bu Caldwell Cart. Going well except ground still spongy some places. Got combine stuck once, and cart twice, not too bad though. 275 case IH pull-out tractor.
  5. My thinking is they make one thing better and two things worse! 🤔
  6. Yeah, I remember the first one my dad brought home from the corpus IH place, dad stoped, at my brother w/ the farmall M and they installed it. We allways had the 4 cornered umberllas and had to tie the corneres down with baling wire.
  7. Here's a grainy newspaper photo of me operating the rope wick that my brother and I made, some years ago. The annual county crop tour bus stopped by to watch it work. It's mounted on a 560 and it takes 8 rows. Later on I widened it to take 12 rows. It seemed to do a good job but every once in a while you would come to a patch of solid Johnson Grass and the wicks would get dry, so I rigged up a bicycle pump on the fender and when that would happen, I would reach over and give a few pumps of air into the boom and they would start dripping. I can't remember ever having dead spots of cotton because they got drips of Roundup on them and this was before Roundup ready cotton. So we never had a problem with killing the cotton plants that I can remember. Apparently at least Johnson grass likes to be rubbed a little bit with the wicks, contaning the Roundup, in fact, some were saying that waxy plants should be serrated a little to make the Roundup enter. As far as the little weed wiper goes, of course the trick would be not to rub your keeper plants. Anyway, on that little handheld rope wick you would take the knob off the handle and the Roundup is stored in the handle, and then applied with a kind of brushing motion and it seemed to work. But it still means walking around all those plants. One of the problems I had with the hoe is they didn't come with instructions. 😁
  8. On those watermelons, I bought a whole packet of seed at Tractor Supply, so I really wasn't going commercial. 😆 I know about planting in plastic mulch. Some years ago I went to a sale in Premont, TX where they sold a water wheel transplanter. It may have been home built. Premont is about 70 miles SW of me. They plant irrigated watermelons on plastic mulch. They use this waterwheel for transplanting seedlings. The metal wheel was about 3' in diameter and is open on one side. It has cleats welded around the outside of the wheel. These cleats punch holes in the plastic mulch causing a divot in the seed bed. The water has some fertilizer mixed with it. It is kept at a minimum in the bottom of the trough like wheel so that when the punched hole rotates and comes up the backside the water does not run out. Then a rider on the back hand punches with his finger a seedling down in the hole so that the roots are imbedded in the mud. So the plant of course grows off well and no need to weed. But of course I just planted a packet. I guess I could have used my rope wick that I made years ago on the weeds, but I forgot that I had it. Anson that sure is a nice piece of precision equipment you made there for those fan nozzles. It looks like your red neck ag machines could be quite a hit with the melon grower. I know there are multi row commercial machines made for that purpose. Gary, what kind of melons are those on the auto wagon? I am not familiar with those ribs on them. Here we have cantaloupe, but they are somewhat smaller. Here are a couple links to commercial transplanters: https://www.berryhilldrip.com/1670-Series-II-Water-Wheel-Transplanter-Planter.html https://barndoorag.com/greenleaf-weed-thief-handheld-wick-herbicide-applicator-wt1/?_vsrefdom=adwords&gclid=CjwKCAjw55-HBhAHEiwARMCszsQS738MjD3WB130-V1X7FmsR9zSrEsWeOvhpZWgtuEJqr7FryOg1BoCrPUQAvD_BwE ******************* Someone asked about the rain. This week we have had a little over 13". They are saying we are a little more than 2" away from our yearly average of 31". Rockport, TX, about 70 miles north of us, had a little over 18" this week. We're not used to these kind of rains. Here is a shot of our cotton, these are 38" row width, hopefully ready by mid August. We're a little later this year.
  9. Well, I'll never be able to make that load of watermelon. Every time I try, something goes wrong. We have a heavy black clay soil, not necessarily good for melons. We went into the year with about a 7" deficit on rain and I was having to water melons with city water. I don't think they like it. We finally did get some rain. I couldn't keep up with the weeds. I believe weeds were so great that the blooms couldn't get pollen. Next year I'm going to do like a fisherman and just go to the store and get a wheelbarrow full of melons and then plant them again among the vines, and then have the grandkids come out and I'll show them how I can grow melons. We finally wound up as of today with 7" over our norm regarding the rain and right now we are supposed to be getting another 7 or so inches in the next 6-7 days. Here's a photo. Here's a shot of the milo (grain sorghum). We're a little late this year. Didn't think it would come up, it was so dry at planting time. Finally did plant, finally came up to a stand, finally got a bunch of rain. Still a little wet to harvest. Has to be 14% moisture to not get docked, it's testing 20% Maybe we'll get it cut. Looks real good if we can get it out.
  10. Was the H,M, SH, SM, offered from the factory, with power steering? Is that a from the factory power steering on the SH ?
  11. 3 pt hitch control lever extension so you don't have to reach behind the seat, on 88 series!?
  12. Gary, Sorry to hear about Sharon. We'll keep thinking of ya'll. Hope she does OK. I'm in agreement on the Hart Parr with the hay baler. If I remember correctly, Hart Parr was the first tractor with independent PTO. Actually, it was just a fluke as I believe the other companies already had a PTO but Hart Parr put a PTO on their then current design. And the only way they could think to do it was to take power off the front (RH side of the crank shaft) of the engine or behind the starting crank, and of course with a clutch, gave it independent PTO. Thanks for all the photos.
  13. seems like someone said make sure return line from injectors back to tank is open. good luck.
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