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  1. Passing of Bill Cockshutt

    For those that have a soft spot for Cockshutt, Bill passed away this week in London, Ontario. I had found out about 2 weeks ago that he was a resident of a retirement home in London, and that he wasn't doing very well. Friends of ours are also at the same facility and came across Bill (which is how I found out). I was hoping to meet and speak with him and perhaps get a couple books and toys autographed by him, but his health never recovered. Bill was a real piece and link to the past with Cockshutt, and agricultural history in Canada and the US. I've cut/past his obituary here: William Cockshutt COCKSHUTT, William Henry – With heavy hearts we announce the gentle passing of William Henry (Bill) Cockshutt on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, at the age of 89. Bill leaves behind an adoring wife, Helen, his four married sons Tony (Jane), Dean (Connie), Franklin (Upama), Neal (Tania) and their families. He was an attentive husband and wonderful father and grandfather to Roger, Jan, Evan, Lisa, Bailey and April. He is also survived by his three sisters, Janice (Graham, deceased) Kneale, Barbara (Ken) Harper and Bette Ross. Bill was a warm and thoughtful gentleman who treated those around him with respect. He was easily approachable and left a lasting impression on people of being “a great guy”. Bill came from the family that developed Cockshutt Farm Equipment. He worked for the company, and in later years spent his time researching and writing several books about both the company and his family heritage. He found strength, support and companionship through the International Cockshutt Club which evolved from a club into something more like an extended family. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL , 709 Wonderland Road North, London, with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations to the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario ( would be greatly appreciated. For information and online condolences, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com13253486
  2. I just finished and delivered this latest toy this past week. This took nearly 900 hours to complete and I have orders for 3 more.....I'll be busy for a while yet! Instead of posting the pictures to the site, I posting the link to my photobucket, as there are 27 pictures that provide for a detail of this toy. The link is: 496 Disk?sort=3&page=1
  3. My W series collection

    That is a great collection and a fantastic display!!
  4. Hi folks, I know these are not IH red.....but the gold plated 7788 is! When we made the two videos each for the Versatile and Ezee-On, we used the same recorded material. What was changed were the photos of the finished disks in each at the end of the slide show. We did it this way for ease of searching on YouTube by keeping both "titles" separate. Once again, enjoy!
  5. Hi gents - Here is the YouTube video for this disk.........Enjoy! PS: The video clip inserted at the very end of this video is of the very disk that this model was made after for the customer.
  6. Thanks Jerry....and that was not a misprint! Here are the steps,,,,all assuming everything goes perfectly well and everything fits perfectly....which doesn't happen(LOL): Go out and find/photograph a real one; with tape measure, measure off all aspects/pieces and record in project book; go home and plot all measurements to graph paper and convert all measurements to 1/16 scale; cut stock pieces; always have too create jigs and tools to create many other parts (incl moving parts) using mini mill or mini lathe as needed; when soldering being mindful when to plan/use silver or regular solder so parts in other areas don't melt off; always test fit pieces and always build in tolerances that take into consideration the thickness or prime/paint (a big issue); when completed pull apart the toy and do final filing/sanding, clean parts with acetone, and create hangers as needed to hang all individual parts for the prime/paint process; prime with 1 coat and paint with 2 coats; carefully reassemble and touch up nuts/bolts washers with Q-tips with appropriate colors; install hydraulic lines and decals..... Trust me......that was easier written than done!!!!!!! Dwight.
  7. Happy Birthday Tripp

    Thanks to you too Sledgehammer!
  8. Happy Birthday Tripp

    Thanks guys!
  9. Thanks gents....and for sure coming soon!!!
  10. Happy Canada Day to all Canadians

    Here was Canada Day in Delaware Ontario.........we made sure the tractor pulling Mounties was red. I may have had influence!
  11. Hi Alex UK - You have some nice pieces. Have your considered Ebay? I would PM you on a couple pieces that I would be interested in. However, besides shipping, the Canadian dollar is also a big factor compared to the pound! .
  12. 86 series levers

  13. 86 series levers

    A lot of good comments from Gleaner K2, 856 Custom and Reichow7120. I will add one more piece to the discussion: In the early 1970's IH was rolling out the 74 series, as the 66 series was hitting their prime. If you know them (Dad bought a new 674 in 1974 and an awesome tractor), the operator layout is almost the same as the 86 series. If you had a smaller 74 series in the yard and jumped into your 86 series, it was nearly the same operating, so a "seamless" transition. I don't think that was coincidental by IH...nor did it end there as the 74 series carried on as the 84 and after the merger the 95 series, which all in ran for about 25 I guess the design was OK! To me the whole 86 series operator layout is circular with comments made by the above noted gents well said and placed. And yes.......I am more than a little partial to the 86 series......
  14. Ever seen 5288 with dualed 24.5s

    Looks good and interesting story!
  15. Hi folks, Here is #1 of 10 in the 6 furrow configuration, This is a big plow! Enjoy! Plow?sort=3&page=1
  16. IH 66 Series Black Stripe Ignorance

    From what I've read and understand, IH model years and the serial number start date was November 1st of every year. Therefore, looking at the 766 BS for a moment, # 16840 was produced that day as a 1976 model, and the rest onward for the 1976 model year. The BS ones made Oct 31 and prior are 1975 models. 1975 models as we know, were all white panels, except for the very last 1975 model years, which were all black stripes. There are variations as the 1976 BS tractors were made as they started to incorporate 86 series components later in the production run. There are previous posts on here from several members on this site who have these later made BS models. A late 1975 BS and early 1976 BS models did not have the 86 series components built on them yet. Those late 1975 and early 1976 models were essentially 1975 models with a black decal and red panel. Not sure what the daily 66 series production run per model was in the summer and fall of 1975, but if that was known it might be possible to extrapolate when one's late 1975 BS was made with a fairly safe margin of error. I think Dr. Evil might have some insight into this with his knowledge of the 86 series. When I was looking for a BS I was less aware of the variations and unique aspects of the late 1975 versions vs the 1976 models. The location of the serial number plate can be one of those "false positive" things to fully rely on, especially for those with fresh paint jobs as some tractor jockey's "make" their own black stripe....! When it comes to what is a "true black stripe", the serial number references that Long Farms posted is the best way to make that determination. Having an early 1976 BS 766 open station myself, and knowing other 766's in southwestern Ontario with them, for reasons unknown there exists more often than not a number of late 1975 BS and early 1976 BS models in this region. I don't know how IH shipped these tractors at the time, but for some reason IH seemed to ship those 766's this way!
  17. Joy of living in Canada

    That is a good one!!!!!!!
  18. This is a great piece!
  19. Pair of 5088's ready to go back to work. one 2wd one MFWD

  20. Hi Folks, Here's the latest off the bench. This is the prototype of a limited edition of three that I have built. This is made from brass, copper and aluminum and as you will see by the nine photos - the last five in particular - this plow rolls over. All three of these have been sold. At the Sedalia Red Power Round Up, I saw this plow on a Hydro 100 with MFD and quick hitch. It was just an impressive plow and I thought I would build it. On this side of the border, we had a master toy builder that everyone knew of as The Plow Man (Gerry M) as he specialized in building plows. However in his early 80's and a couple of health issues Gerry retired from toy building last year. Gerry's work was amazing and he worked in 1/10 and 1/12 scale. Being a 1/16 builder, and seeing that Gerry never built a two-way plow, I thought I would fill that gap! Given how fast the 155's went, I am building a series of 10 of the 165 two-way. With the big Ontario Toy Show next weekend, I'm looking forward to showing the prototype and enjoying the the day! All the best!