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George 2

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  1. Gulf is correct, and Gulf was bought by Petro Canada (Pierre Trudeau oil company).
  2. The C135 was standard on the 91 combine. The Wisconsin VG4D air cooled engine was a factory option. Out of many 91 combines I have seen , there was only 1 with the wisconsin engine. It wqs a cheaper engine but was subject to plugging the fins with dust and dealers knew that.
  3. Massey also had unfunded pension liabilities problem in the 1980's. Instead they setup the combines group to fail from lack of funding. The emplyees of Massey Combines never got a cent of pension when Massey Combines failed in 1986. They tried suing VARITY (the parent company) but VARITY slithered out without paying a nickel. Conrad Black eventually got his come uppance in Chicago (and did time in Florida), but Victor A. Rice (VARITY) got off scott free.
  4. B47 baler was the British version of the 47 baler and built at Doncaster, England. The differences included additional protective shielding as required by British law.
  5. Loadstar: The old Massey Harris 333, 444, 555 etc were made in Racine. WI (old JI Case plowworks plant). The newer TO35, MF50, 65, 85, 88 and the 1100 series were all made at Ferguson Park in Detroit. Ferguson Park was closed in the early 1980's. I took a tour through that plant in December 1967.
  6. 664CDN: Ryan's told me it is an 8020 and they got it down in Arkansas about 15 years ago. Deere stopped production of the 8020 about 1967 - 1968. When I worked for Deere in 1970, they were selling the Wagner WA-14 and WA-17 models. I remember going thru the spec book at Welland and asking about them. They were made I think in Oregon (or Washington) by the Wagner Iron Works. I think I have a brochere for them in my collection somewhere but I would have to spend some time looking.
  7. Those old Super 92's were made on King Street West in Toronto. That area sure looks different today with atll the redevelopment. Packed in like sardines! Greed!
  8. Is it possible for someone who is computer literate on this forum to make A554's excellent advertizments larger on the screen? They are very interesting.
  9. Loadstar: I just tried to register once again to canadian antique tractor but their confirmation code letters baffle me. They are saying i am incorrect but there are some of what appear to be just dots in there and it says I am wrong each time. Is that a way of keeping us out? I use these confirmation codes on other websites and never have troublem with them. Perplexing.
  10. The 86 series and to some extent the 88 series tractors weren't what the public wanted. IH the inovator had lost this skill during the 86 series period. The sad part is IH had 3 point hitch designs dating back during the M and Super M days. Just look at a BM and Super BMD and see the three point hitch which they should have offered here. Also the 8 speed transmission on the British M's but not on the US M frames. Later on they had powershift transmissions in the crawlers by 1960. Why weren't these successful designs incorporated into the wheel tractors by 1965 - 1970 to match Deere. And their 86 series cab which was first designed in 1967. They had 9 years to get it right but messed it up and this cab was never right until modified to fit the Magnum. All of these events smell of complacency, arrogance, and general lack of competitiveness. It was all right when times were good but downright disaster when the ill fated grain export ban that Jimmy Carter imposed occurred.
  11. Ken: Don't hold back on us. What is unique about Brook's 5288? Did it have some experimental parts?
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