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George 2

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  1. The Dexta was a 35 HP tractor about the size of the MF35 with the 3 cyl diesel engine. It changed up in a complete revamp to the Ford 2000 and 3000 series in 1965. The Major was a 50 HP tractor that was changed to the Super Major, then the Power Major and finally a complete revamp into the Ford 5000 in 1965. There were lots of Dextas and various Major series in the area I grew up in. That is why I always said the IH B450 would have sold well in our area as they were a direct competitor to the Major series. Ford and Nuffield dominated the 50 HP market in the early 1960's in my area. There was not a 50 HP Farmall (450 or 460) to be seen anywhere in that area.
  2. One of my favorite singers. Still going at 83. He did a concert in Calgary for the Canada day celebrations on July1.
  3. The lone 580 survivor with 354 Perkins diesel is owned by three Maryland Cockshutt collectors.
  4. CCIL did not operate in eastern Canada. That is why I am not familiar with them. It appears they operated primarily in Manitoba , Saskatchewan, and Alberta. My first encounter with a CCIL machine was when I visited Saskatchewan in 1970.
  5. That is interesting, and I don't know why. To me the Cockshutt 40 and 50 would have been a good match for Australia since they were similar to the IH Super AWD6 in size and power level. If I encounter Bill Cockshutt on the summer antique show circuit, I will ask him. That is a big if as he is about 88 now.
  6. The M prototype with styling similar to the Oliver 88 was produced in late 1938. This is the unit in the picture directly above your M tractor. IH had a meeting in late 1938 and it was decided that the Oliver 88 styled M and H were going to be too expensive to manufacture profitably. That is why Raymond Lowey the famed architect was called in the to do the restyling to a less costly version. That was done and there was a lot less sheet metal on the production tractors. Notice also that the 8 spoked rear wheels on the prototype were reduced to 6 spokes. It wasn't until 1956 that they went back to 8 spoked wheels.
  7. There were thousands of the smaller B414's sold in eastern Canada, BC, and the USA. The big B450 was only sold in the southeastern USA and only included the Farmall model. The standard B450 was not sold in Canada although a few came here with their owners when they immigrated to Canada.
  8. Ralph: They were in the east. We had them in Ontario and Quebec but I think it was the smaller model. I remember as a kid seeing them at the plowing match on our farm in 1953. IH had tractors that would have competed with them price wise but they were never imported into Canada. Certainly the Farmall 450, 460, and 560 were not competitive price wise. The B450 was competitive price wise with the Ford Super Major, Nuffield 4/60, and the David Brown but was never imported into Canada.
  9. To OBG and others who have or had pneumonia: This disease is deadly for older people. Just look at what happened to Merle Haggard. I am 70 and had it last spring in late April. I had three bouts of it before finally getting rid of it with the more expensive antibiotics. In July I got the Prevnar 13 shot and in September I got the Pneumovax shot. So far so good this spring. Just make sure you get these two shots after you are clear of pneumonia. They are apparently effective on about 95 % of the pneumonia strains. They also told me to get a update shot in about 5 years with some new additional strains protection. Good luck but take this disease very seriously. It is a killer.
  10. $64,900 makes sense for a 7130 2 wd equipped without 3 point hitch as they were out west . Here in the east the 7130 with 3 point and 2 wd retailed for $68,000 to $69,000 depending on how many aux valves they had. The 7120 was $8000 cheaper in the $60,000 range and the 7110 was $4000 cheaper than the 7120 and sold for $56,000. I bought a new 7110 that year with 2 valves and I paid $54,900 for it. Two years later it got traded on a 7120 with 3 valves at $61,000. They were all 3 point tractors and 3 point was about a $4000 option. Mine were all 2wd tractors. MFD was another $8000 -$9000 option on them all
  11. Not meant to be picky but you are a little bit early. That picture is from 1965 or early 1966 as it looks to be wintertime in the background. I still think the white face 656 had some of the best styling IH ever had.
  12. Yes, it is a big longshot. After I bought my 7120 Magnum, I met up with one of the dealers clerical employees. She knew how to use the warranty lists and it was for another tractor I was looking at. Then I had her type in my 7120 serial number, the next one after and the one before it. To my surprise the one after it was sold at a neighboring dealer 30 miles away. The one before it was located in California. I also remember in the IH days when some dealers would order a bunch of consecutive serial numbers in order to get the volume discount. In particular I remember 4 different 1086's with consecutive serial numbers at a dealer about 80 miles from me. I was looking at buying a new 1086 at the time and discovered the s/n's by accident when I looked down underneath. Other than those I have only seen one other bunch of consecutive serial numbers and those were on 84 series tractors at the introduction showing.
  13. M-F also stands for MacLean - Fogg a manufacturer of shouldered cap screws ( like the ones on the hood of Farmall 706 and later tractors) Massey used them and I thought the M-F stamped on the heads was for Massey Ferguson. However, one day about 10 years ago I learned the truth about what the M-F stood for.
  14. The Macdonald who bought out the Kilberry's was originally from Nova Scotia and he had been a Vice President at Cockshutt Farm Equipment before moving to Winnipeg. There is a Mac Don advertising flyer that has this info on it. I got a copy last fall.
  15. Something I found interesting. The Macdonalds who ran Macdonald Bros Aircraft limited in Winnipeg are NOT related to the Macdonalds who build the draper grain heads under the Mac Don name and also in Winnipeg. Just a useless bit of information.
  16. I think you might add "pulls the whole plant out, muddy roots, stones and all". That is how white beans were harvested here 35 to 40 years ago. Hence the need for a good stone picker.
  17. Ralph: The reason there were and still are a lot of rock pickers in my area is that it is prime white bean and soybean land. However, it has a lot of glacial till in the soil in a strip parallel to Lake Huron for about 50 miles stretching from Hwy 9 in the north to Hwy 83 in the south. That strip extends from about 10 miles inland to about 30 miles inland. So rock pickers are a must and especially in the early days when white beans were pulled with a bean puller. From what I saw, I think the old Anderson was about the first in the area back in the late 1950s to about 1970. The early ones were ground driven. The Crown and other copies of it made their debut in about 1970 with JF Farm Machinery of Exeter selling a lot of them. The early Crowns were ground drive also and the later ones in the late 1970's to 1980's were hydraulic drive. One of my neighbors has a Crown ground drive and I used it many years ago before I bought my own hydraulic drive version. What an improvement with hydraulic drive. Before I bought mine I looked at a bunch of old PTO drive Anderson's that were priced at scrap value. From what I knew about problems with broken PTO shafts, it didn't surprise me. As far as your pictures go, the picture of the WD9 brings back memories of about 50 years ago when I first visited this area. I was from small dairy country and I was amazed at the numbers of big old standards that were around in this area. There was even a W9 parked in a driveway on the main street in the town I first lived in in 1974. The locals told me they were old custom thresher tractors and some were brought in from Saskatchewan. There are some connections to Saskatchewan implement dealers to this very day in this area. That is why you see old prairie tractors with no 3 point at both Bryans Farm Supply in Puslinch and Teeswater Agro Parts in Teeswater, Ontario. Very few were ordered that way here originally. The reason was that McKee snowblowers and others were starting to be used and they were all rear mounted. Then International came out with their own model 80 snowblower and they sold a lot of them. Other small welding shops all started to make them in the late 1960's and they all needed 3 point hitch.
  18. The biggest problem with the Anderson picker is that if you hit a solid rock that jammed the machine you would bust the PTO shaft usually unless your PTO clutches slipped easily. I have seen a 560, a 706 and a JD 3020 all with busted PTO shafts from use with an Anderson. That is the reason at least in my area that farmers got rid of them and bought the Crowns with hydraulic drive. The Degelman is now the picker of choice.
  19. Exactly the same as mine also. Good old picker.
  20. That is an excellent picture of a picker I have never seen. I have a Crown rock picker with a hydraulic drive reel and a Crown windrower. I often wondered how you dug the big ones out other than with a backhoe and a loader. Thanks for enlightening me. I understand Crown is gone and someone else took over their business. They were very popular here especially with the guys who grew white beans back then. And when they started growing soybean back around 1980 used ones became very expensive,
  21. That is the 1971 version of the brochure with both tractors. The one I have is the 1970 version with just the 7020 in it. The 7520 wasn't released until 1971.
  22. When I worked at Deere in 1970, we made a field trip to the Williston, ND and Wolf Point, MT areas to settle some lawsuits. When I was at Williston the dealer sold two model 5020's. They were in stock. He also had a 7020 in stock but remarked there was little interest in it by his customers and he was thinking of transferring it out. And the lawsuits got settled but it was an inefficient way to sort out what was just a shipping error. .
  23. And the top picture shows why I traded off my 1086 back in 1978. That range shift lever that stuck out to trip you every time you got on the tractor!! You would have thought IH's own engineers would have encountered this problem during testing and had it changed before it hit production.
  24. Those JD combines were a Zweibrucken, Germany product. JD had a combine plant there back when I worked for them.
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