Fred B

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  1. i wonder if it had a cotton picker on it at one time? it looks like the front wheel is on backwards. have to look along time to find one that nice.
  2. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    could that steam engine be likened to a double acting hyd valve and cyl. yall did a good job of explaining the operating system though.
  3. I'm Sure This Will Impress The Suburban Weekend Warrior

    I'm impressed with those wheels with all the bolts, it looks like their made of real plastic.
  4. if i'm thinking correctly that oliver on the sled is oliver in green color and tag only that is an A4T1600 engineered and built by Minneapolis Moline with MM components, both companies owned by White.
  5. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson-- we worked late ahead of a 1+ " rain, ( stopped us for about 5 days) and finished sorghum, it's up nice, now spraying burndown, and appling Prowl for cotton , having some trouble with roundup resistant pigweed. i would think those Nawthn guys are aware that when wearing cotton, you can see how good it looks!!!
  6. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Anson -- today the water is used to clean the spindles , both jd & ih sell their own special blend, it's quite expensive i just use dishwash soap from the dollar store, i have good luck with it. about a quart per 275 gals, cap. of tank. John Rust said when he hand picked cot w/ dew still on it, the lint tended cling to his hand. maybe it helps, anyway it's free as the spindles are not going to dry off before they hit the row. maybe that's how wet cotton tee shirts work? rust
  7. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    regarding tanks over hood on cotton picker, i too believe they are for water to wipe /wash trash off spindle. although there may be 2 schools of thought on that John Rust thought the moistened spindle helped attract the lint to the spindle, although at the time i believe he was using a much smaller, straight spindle with no barbs. the F 20 pictured behind the cotton trailer is probably an ex experimental picker mount, that they just left the water tank on. earlier in this thread there was a regular by an old house with the same tank. notice the picker dumping cotton has a strange fan, and piping set up, i believe it may be experimental also. that doesn't appear to be an every day harvest scene, ( how many guys does it take to run single row picker) Anson could that be on the Hopson Plantation? you were asking earlier on specs on the F 20 mounted picker in front of cages hardwere at taft tx. i noticed apparently to lift unit on the left of operator there is a pack of 4-5 balance springs i believe hooked to that lever and the unit rockshaft.
  8. Vintage Ads

    that CASE 930 shown was the first comfort king, with operator position high, seat forward, and fuel tank behind, and the last to use chain drive, first used in 1929, built in a standard, or wheatland model only. i believe 64 was same year the 930 was changed to a gear drive, 8 speed row crop, also available as wheatland, with set back front axle, and big fenders.
  9. Power steering on a Super WD9

    Here's an idea for a homemade power steering on a tractor using a draglink type steering. Just use a standard double acting hydraulic valve, remove handle, and I show a 5/8 inch bolt to pull the spool. Use your judgment. Of course, this is for a working tractor. The reason I show a second shaft at the bottom is to keep the drag link from rotating. I also added a set screw lug on the front side in case something was to go wrong, you would not lose steering. Use your own pump and reservoir. Use orifices on the valve to regulate speed. I believe the rest is pretty much self-explanatory.
  10. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    it looks like there are 4 tractor brands represented on that building the plow bottoms are massey harris. i never did fully understand that situation it seems like case,s son in law " wallis" was heading up an offshoot part of the company, manufacturing the wallis tractor then wallis sold to M-H, and also sold the case name? then J I Case had to buy the Case name back ? any one have a better view on this? I've been told back in the day some would use those angle iron cleats on the farmall to drive on cotton stalks to chop them up. maybe they would get sharp after using them a while?
  11. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I forgot the most important part about the air curtain sunshade cab. And that is it's mounted on the tractor above the operator as if it were an umbrella. I'm hoping someone out there has seen one or used one and can report back on its effectiveness. It sounds a little pie in the sky. Thanks
  12. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Here is a photo of an almost identical experimental 1937, almost identical to the one Two Steppin posted earlier. Can't see how they raise or lower the unit, but I see there is a long lever extending up by the driver's right arm. It appears that the harvested cotton goes from bottom to top on a flat belt with paddles (my thought) to convey the cotton to the top. And then drops onto flat belt going over to the container sacks. Here is another almost identical but you can see the container sacks on the left hand front. It says it has a hand wheel with a screw to raise and lower the picking unit just to the right of the operator. Also believe 1937-38. Here is a photo of the back of the picking unit showing the flat belt method (my thought) to convey the cotton. Believe 1937-38. Here is a photo of the IH picker picking the cotton that is clamped between 2x4s at a Hinsdale demonstration which says 1945 but my thinking that may be later than that. Anyway, I can see the operator doesn't need a sunshade because he is picking cotton under a tent . Believe bleachers are to the right of the operator. Here is a photo that they are calling an engineering photo of an experimental pneumatic spindle cotton picker. It is my thinking that this is all wrong except for the pneumatic part. I'm thinking this is a cotton duster. Note the white residue at various places on the tractor. Anyone else have any ideas? Note: I found these by googling 'experimental cotton picker'. There are many other photos there including one with a double row experimental picker on a Farmall Regular. Anson, I like your dad’s idea on keeping the driver cool. Looks like it was adjustable for height. The fan idea reminds me of a sunshade/cab from the middle 50s. I’ve never seen one, but saw it advertised in a farm magazine. Can’t find a picture of it and I’ve forgotten the name of the company that built it. It had kinda the same idea. Let’s say take a cook pot lid but make it fiberglass about 4ft in diameter. Where the knob is in the center you would have about a 15” hole. You would mount a regular electric blade fan in the hole. Now put a diverter underneath the fan so that the air would flow to the underside (hug) of the sunshade. The lip of the sunshade is turned downward and forced the air straight down. So theoretically, the driver can reach his hand out to the lip and disrupt a curtain of air coming down from the top in 360 degrees around the operator. This would keep out dust and bugs as the fan was drawing clean? air from the top. It may have had some holes in the diverter to let some air come through for the operator. Has anyone ever seen one of these or used one? In about 1956 my dad bought a farmhand spreader box to mount on a trailer chassis. When they delivered the box it needed assembling. This was our job. When they unloaded all the loose parts to one side, with it was a yellow rod and piece of pipe with a flatiron welded to the pipe with a bunch of slotted holes in it. We couldn’t find a place for it on the spreader. I believe it’s still out there in the old shop in the rafters. Some years later we learned it was the stand for one of those air curtain cabs. We mounted the spreader on a David Bradley trailer chassis and used it to spread cotton burrs which worked real well, except we found out a couple years later that there was weed seed in those cotton burrs that we didn’t have, so that ended the spreading of cotton burrs. We lived about ¼ mile downwind from the gin and they burned the cotton burrs. That was a mess. Luckily some years later before a bunch of youngsters took over the management of the gin and promptly spent it broke, the government made them quit burning the burrs. Here's one more photo (below) with what appears to be basically a Farmall Regular running backward.
  13. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    That is a middle run F-20 (note the weights on the front wheels) with an experimental cotton picker about 1937. The picking unit is on the rear. I believe this photo is from the collection in the Wisconsin Historical Society of their IH collection. Other photos can be seen at photo no. 24579, 49923. There is also a photo of an F20 with a water tank on the top, as in an earlier photo on this thread. Also, the photo of the IH single row picker picking cotton clamped between 2x4s. I believe this machine used no pneumatics. It appears to have used flat belts to move cotton probably to a sack or basket mounted in the sheet metal pockets in front of this machine maybe even including a rider. I'm assuming it being experimental, they didn't use a permanent cotton container. Also, to keep in mind, there may be parts missing from this machine as it sits there. There are other photos of similar machines to this on that site, although I don't believe you can totally trust their captions as they don't always appear to be correct. This photo shows this machine parked in front of the Cage hardware company in Taft, TX (about 40 miles north of me). L. A. Cage was a big time operator. At one time he was the largest IH dealer in the world. In San Patricio and Nueces County, TX, he had, that I know of, IH stores in Taft, Corpus Christi, Sinton, Bishop, Tx. He also had a company that drilled oil wells, sold insurance, lumber, autos, trucks, tires, appliances and servce, furniture, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, groceries, hardware, blacksmithing and mortuarys. The L. A. Cage IH store in Taft sold the first Farmall QC501. All of this information above is mostly from what I have read (I'm not that old), although locally there are many newspaper articles and photos of L. A. Cages businesses. My dad did business (and I accompanied him) with both the Taft and Corpus Christi stores. I was at the liquidation sale in the very building in this photo. This was probably late 1960s. I remember I bought a new prop for a wind charger complete with brake drum. It had copper sheeting wrapped and nailed on the leading edge of the prop.
  14. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    I found that photo of the cotton picker picking a row of cotton clamped between 2x4s. It's in the Wisconsin Historical Society site. Look up the McCormick Collection and then Hinsdale Experimental Farm and it's in the first set of photos. It's photo number 60322 with a 1945 date. May be you can just type that in. But there are many other photos worth looking at of that 1945? new equipment introduction They are saying 1945, however I'm wondering if it isn't more like 1947 as it has the introduction of the Farmall Cub and the TD 24 crawler. Also in one photo, there is a Farmall C which I understand came out in 1947? however there are photos of the Farmall B. The reason I think the bleacher site is the one from the Hinsdale farm is those tent poles are on the outside of the tent. It appears the canvas is held up with cables from the outside. Also exactly behind that Farmall H tractor appears to be a pit with something black in it (charred wood?). I'm thinking that H is sitting right near where that big barn was that they burned. It appears there is some other debris behind the Farmall H. In that photo of the dancers, that is the Kilgore Rangerettes from Kilgore, Texas.
  15. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, I've never seen a sugar beet harvester but I believe that Farmall H is on the site of the Hinsdale farm, site of the introduction of the new 4, 5, 660 tractors or the complete 1958 lineup. See the bleachers and metal poles behind the steering wheel of the Farmall H. I believe that to be the tent poles from that introduction event or maybe they had a permanent bleacher and poles set up from previous events. Something is a little strange about that H, it appears to be an early model with the pipe seat support, yet it has a early 50s model double acting hydraulic ram. There are several photos on the Wisconsin Historical Society site of previous equipment introduction on this old Hinsdale farm site with the striped tent. I remember flipping through the photos on the society's site seeing the introductions of the Farmall Cub, the store pylon, and the 1955 numbered series. I'm thinking in the two "60" series photos below the camera was in the bleacher area. Also I remember seeing a photo of probably in 1947 with the introduction of the single row cotton picker they had a single row of mature cotton with the stalks clamped between 2x4s in front of the bleachers that they picked for demonstration, they also picked a row of corn.
  16. Your opinions - 3 point on a C

    use the one pictured, then have a welding shop put mounts for a standard 8" stroke hyd ram from drawbar area to one lift arm on rockshaft. look up speeco 3pt hitch they make the one for H & M. you will need the valve for remote ram.welding shop should know to mount top of ram so full stroke will lift high enough. could also use a ram on each side.
  17. Ether (starting fluid) sickness?

    the problem with using ether on tires, is its like a chopping hoe, they don't come with instructions .
  18. IH 68 front mount cultivator

    was at a sale 25+ years ago, 2, nice # 68 4 row cults came up i held up 5 fingers, auctioneer , said you want the other one? i bought 2 for 10.00.
  19. 504 , no ta.

    is the ta meant to be a full time working gear (speed) or just a part time get through a tough spot speed? will it hurt it to use it as a full time speed
  20. Punishment for hired man? Color choice.............

    how bout let him get on hiway full speed with loaded trailing wagon and forced to do a panic stop .....actually, maybe they won't go very fast...
  21. School Buses we Rode on as Kids

    I remember for at least part of my first school year I rode a bus (don't know the year but it was the 1941-1947 body) pointed front Chevrolet, it had foot starter and little trigger just below gear shift knob that you pulled up to get reverse (4 speed). One of the local farmer's wife drove it. It had bench seats full length of the bus along each wall and then two down the center back to back. (4 rows) You would be swaying back and forth at stops and starts. We didn't know it at the time, but I think we invented the wave. The windows were normal opening but full length glass that dropped down in the walls. To keep the kids in, on the outside bottom half of each window there was a 3 horizontal rod set up hinged on the bottom rod and (in an emergency) you could thump or kick them at the top and they would hinge open from the top down. I don't think it had a rear door. Later there were two 72 passenger K Series Internationals, and two 1950 GMC 72 passenger. Superior bodies. Later my route got a new 54 Chevy with Bluebird body. Maybe 54 passenger? Once in the late 50s at night our school caught fire. It burned down four rooms. The thought was that there were some rags in a janitor's closet that combined with cleaning chemical, combusted. It so happens our bus driver was the janitor. Anyway, the morning of the fire he drove our bus like crazy around the route telling everyone there would be no school that day. (think Paul Revere) He apparently drove into a hole somewhere and busted a rear spring that morning. (empty bus) It stuck up through the floor. The bus was leaning badly. It was not until much later years that I thought about the driver seemed a little sheepish when he stopped to tell us about the school burning. Maybe he was at fault on two counts. (My dad was a school trustee). In my senior year our school treated us to a trip to a foreign country. (Monterrey, Mexico. ) Our VoAg teacher drove that 54 Chevy 6 to Monterrey. Most of the time he held it on 70mph. Had no problems with it on the trip. One of the coaches rigged up an auto radio with alligator clips. so we had music A note on that foot starter , in 1950 my dad bought a new 3/4 ton GMC , it had foot starter, and as time went on and it got harder to start, we boys learned to operate the starter and gas pedal at the same time with the right foot to get it warmed up. I believe it was a Buick 6 engine.
  22. Cub Cadet 'Rideall' TM

    All the walking at tractor shows was slowing me down so I decided to modify this 127 Cub Cadet to a 'Rideall' TM for two people to ride. I had already put a bench seat for two people on one earlier but I didn't like reaching to the center to steer. My idea is to move the steering column to the left and widen the cadet with two 7" spacer spools on rear axle. This caused me to have to widen the front axle, 4" each side. I still haven't got it finished but thought I would put some pictures. I'm having to rebuild the steering gear. After I started building this thing, I realized International had built a 660 tractor with a left hand mounted operator station for use with Johnson scraper, shown below.
  23. Cub Cadet 'Rideall' TM

    Mostly got the Rideall finished. I also posted this on Coffee Shop so check over there for more photos and info. I first just moved the steering box to the left and thought it would work. But the drag link rubbed the front tire on left hand turn. So I added 4" to each side of the front axle. It still rubbed. So I turned the steering box 1/4 turn and put the arm to the top and a link to the right hand side. Works good. I opted for a bench seat instead of the buckets. I wanted to use the wide tractor grip tires on the back but I had to move the splash panels in about 1,1/2" to clear the tire cleats. It worked out good. I just need to get working on that ignition system. See previous comments on this post. Happy New Year!
  24. Cub Cadet "Rideall" TM

    I needed a buggy to ride around the tractor shows so I started working on this cub cadet for a two passenger "Rideall" TM. Actually I've worked on it off and on since September 2015. Finally got it mostly finished. I did take it to the Temple, TX tractor show this year in October. But like an unruly child it refused to run when I got to the show. Still havent't got it fixed. I think it's a bad condenser. Still want to try to put the muffler underneath. Also, this cadet did not come with headlight but I would like to add some. Photos below. I started this thread on Cub Cadets board so check over there for some more information and photos.
  25. "I`ll be honest with you"

    one of the local auctioneers one day told the crowd, you know to tell when a auctioneer is lying,.... when his lips are moving. the funny thing, in his case much of the time, it was true.