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  1. .....well, specifically down at the Rainbow Station.. I have had a great run down here...developement work with the Komatsu "dozer and the Hyundia excavator.....drilling pasture or crops with the big green tractor and the Kiwi made drill..."Duncan " made, in fact after leaving the Caterpillar shop ,,,some time in the early 1960's I actually worked for the firm of P and D Duncan....making agricultural implements....a good experience in respect of ''life's endeavours' which lay ahead... Well, at the moment the Hyundai is getting a bit of R and M.....plus a major water blast and general Starling excrement removal......this from me... (not the starling excrement...).but it seems I have sunk to a new low, in so much I when I got the long hard look from the Farm Manager , after he said the new "Weed Wiper " would just suit ol' Mike.......sigh.....and to add insult to injury, I had to bring one of our Yamaha's to pull the damn thing.... The block showing the mass of yellow "Ragwort " is the block of about 65 acres that we stumped and windrowed a couple of years gone.......and these weeds have appeared after this period of 27 years from planting to maturity........so the ''weed wiper '' has two heavy 'pipe shaped '' felts wrapped around small , perforated stainless pipes....fed with a low pressue pump. controled from the quad bike "command centre"....(!!)....Tordon is the chemical....and the wiper is set so it clears the clover and rye grass etc.....but hammers the weeds.Maybe some of you blokes use this sort of thing.....however , I don't believe "Big Budd Guy"' or "Sandhiller "' would set forth on this 'device'....and don't ask why a chopper or large boom truck wasn't used.....Although there are several local areas of thistle......Scotch, Californian and Nodding thistle that is ideal for the weed wiper to sort out....... Mike
  2. So we have another “what is it” thread. These came with some other stuff at a sale. Obviously they are lenses to something. Railroad lantern? Buggy lights? 4.5” diameter, blue, orange, and green. A stop light would not have had blue. Some colored signal system is all I could think of???
  3. I started another hammer the other day. This one is going to be a rounding hammer which has two faces. One face is flat and the other is convex. The convex face is used against the corner of the anvil to stretch metal. I’ve got the body about where I want it. Just need to grind the faces, heat treat, temper, and fit the handle. Flattened top and bottom first. Next was to upset (mushroom) the faces slightly. Third was to drift the eye. After that was to use the guillotine tool to set in the fullers. Once those were deep enough I used a cross peen to stretch the sides slightly. Added my touch mark after that to get to where it is now. It was 98° inside the shop with the forge running. I used the striking anvil I recently made. It has the guillotine tool in the Hardy hole with a 6lb hammer next to it in the pic I was using.
  4. Local Farm Bureau young leader group put on their annual tractor drive today. I aged out of this group but have been on all but one of these drives over the years. Entry fees support scholarships. Going 40 miles today. All colors represented. I will add pics as we go.
  5. As all of you know I like old GM trucks. 54-72 mainly and I really zone in on the 67-72. It's also no secret my bread and butter is hauling scrap tires from the tire shops to a tire recycler. Matter of fact in a few days, June 30th, 2020 will be 22 years of it. So I've seen my fair share of old tires. Well awhile back on one of my internet browsing\shopping times I found this old 72 GMC. At first I wrote it off. But for some reason I kept finding it back. It's a 6500 series truck. 366 engine, 5&4 double transmission truck, that's a twin screw and is a air brakes chassis as well. So I called on it and we made a deal. And it's a good thing I made my move when I did cause my trucker friend admitted they told him when he was there to pick it up the very next day after I agreed to buy it another person came in to purchase it. Also during my initial phone call with the salesman I asked if they had any other interest in it. They had one or two others but when they looked inside and saw two sticks they walked away. Anyway I got to lay eyes on it in the flesh for the first time Wednesday afternoon June 17th cause it was out in Michigan and I wasn't driving that far to look at a truck. Pictures would have to do. Only they didn't do it justice. It was better in person than the pictures showed. I was impressed. It has a little cancer but very easily repaired. Also during our initial once over while it was still on the trailer the tire guy in me noticed a neat old tire on it. Anybody ever see a Union 76 tire before? I don't remember ever seeing one in my almost 22 years of hauling them around. After getting it unloaded my trucker friend that hauls for me and I gave it another once over. We discovered it's been stretched a little. 72 inches to be exact. Nicely done to. Whoever did it fabricated a couple nice cross members. So I got to wondering what the original wheelbase was and if the glove box sticker was still there. It was and in good shape. And the answer is 149 inches. Another thing I noticed while looking at that tag, the front springs are rated for 14,000 pounds. And here's where another surprise was hiding under the seat. I had no idea it was there cause it didn't show in the extra pictures I asked for cause as stated, I wasn't driving to Michigan to look at a truck. So to tie this all together, I got a pretty cool old truck, it came with a neat old tire for someone like me, and what was sleeping under the passenger seat was just a unexpected bonus that will fit in right here as well.
  6. Some of you might remember the above post by nepowesheikfarmalls a week or so ago? Well this guy had a few other goodies that Aaron shared with me. One we went and looked at today. A 1970 Chevrolet C50. It's definitely a parts truck. It's no doubt seen better days and past being used as a complete unit. Long story short, I don't need much off it to get my money's worth. Found another truck to take pictures of. A 1960 Chevrolet C60 with a grinder mixer of sorts on it. Get a load of the Detroit engine that powered the mixer. And he shared with me that he knew that they drove it from Pennsylvania to Iowa some 60 years ago. So I'm sharing pictures of it as well as my new to me C50. Aaron took some other pictures of stuff and we took pictures of a TALL old corn crib. So prepare for a managery of pictures. Only thing he mentioned today was a couple old Oliver's hiding in the trees. No pictures of those.
  7. I like to plant a fair amount of sweet corn each year. We freeze most of it for enjoyment later on and give some away on the ear to friends and neighbors. It’s been wet here this spring so I finally was able to get the sweet corn planted yesterday. Here are some pics. I didn’t know the wife was taking them. Some have little man (3) watching. He was my stake man marking the rows after I planted them. The green planter and I go back to the days when I worked in corn research. After I left they ended up selling that planter. I knew it did a spectacular job so I purchased it.
  8. Friend of mine knows about this tractor but has questions. What does the F-S-Y stand for. S I'm sure is ta with live pto and Y is 12 gpm pump. But we can't figure out the F. It looks like a high crop but the tag doesn't state as such. He's thinking cotton stripper. Can anyone shed some light on this please and thank you.
  9. Friday morning my wife decided she wanted a push lawnmower to get into places I couldn't get with the other mower. I of course had no issues with that. And considering the rebates on everything at Menards and the fact we've needed a few things the last while we'd racked up ALMOST $100 bucks on a rebate card. And if we theoretically applied the 11% off on it it made for a pretty cheap mower. She wanted self propelled and electric start if possible. That meant only one option, a Lawnboy. Only one left in stock so we headed to town. In the 20 minutes it took us to get there it got sold. We couldn't find it so we asked for help. The employee knew what we were talking about and where it was. But as stated we soon discovered it was gone. About the same time I noticed he had a mask on, now mandatory there, made with John Deere fabric. He obviously noticed my IH t-shirt and suddenly had an attitude. We were done so he left us. Here's where the real fun began cause we had to choose something else. Had no idea their were so many options, front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, and some didn't have side discharge, only a bag system and we wanted no part of that. Funniest thing we saw on several of the mowers was NO OIL CHANGE NECESSARY. Got a big chuckle out of that one. We ended up with a red Craftsman rear wheel drive. She put it through the paces on Saturday and was pleased with its performance. Was ready to play some more today till last night's 1.5 inches of rain. We did notice to its assembled in the USA with global parts. Kinda liked that to.
  10. At least that's what I've heard people call them. Have another friend that calls them STINKY OR SMELLY ones. Regardless of what you call them and whether or not you do or don't like them this one is pretty cool. I myself am more of a 26-56 series guy but I do like this one. I spotted it out of the corner of my eye, figured out who owned it, and got permission to have a look cause I knew it would make some good eye candy here. Enjoy??! Not sure what the fenders are from? And I noticed a pedal\lever by the park lock. Is that a foot pedal for the gas?
  11. Had some fun today. Set up a mini truck show. And here's what they are. On the left is a 1970 Chevy C60 Custom Cab. 427 engine, 5 speed transmission with 3 speed rear ends. It's considered a 15 speed truck. It's a twin screw truck with air brakes and has a 24 foot Omaha Standard box. That baby would've made quite a cob truck back in the day with that big box. My guess, you'd have to shell at least 2000 bushel to fill it. In the middle is a 1972 Chevy C60 Custom Cab. 427 engine, 5 speed transmission, and a Eaton 2 speed rear end. It's also a air brakes and air tag truck. On its back is a 19.5 foot Crysteel box. And on the right is a 1969 Chevy C60. 366 engine, hydraulic brakes, and is a twin screw truck. On its back is a 18.5 foot Steffens box. First one of those I've ever seen. Now your probably thinking I forgot the transmission. But I didn't. Can you say ALLISON AUTOMATIC? Yupper, it came from the factory that way. It's got what's called a retarder pedal in the place of the clutch pedal. It will need some attention eventually. It's a red cab but the hood is yellow and the left door is green with a black bumper. With the damage on the right fender and the school bus parts I'm ASSUMING it's been in a little fender bender at some point. But considering this is the first one of these I've seen with a Allison automatic transmission I chased it down. The auction representative I talked with after the fact said he'd never seen another like it. Someday I'll find a rare 71 to go with these. I honestly was hoping to move the 72 forward for a more balanced look and move the plow and tractor parts but I simply ran out of time. Hope you enjoy the mini show? Thinking my normal summer activities will be nixed. Guess I'll have some mini shows myself from time to time. Stay tuned.
  12. Tuesday morning when I left I assumed it would be another boring day on the road. Parts were and others were definitely not boring. The first part was boring cause I travel that 62.5 miles to the tire disposal plant almost every day. Other than a Canadian goose that got scmucked it was the same old same old. Headed east on Interstate 80. And other than people handing food to the truckers at the big Super Coop east of Des Moines, Iowa, which I thought was awesome, there wasn't much to see. Their were times I couldn't see any one out the windshield or in my rearview mirrors it was that quiet out there. Hardly any law enforcement out there as well. I was on 80 all the way to the Quad Cities. As I was nearing my exit to go north on 61 I figured I had to be fairly close to what use to be the Farmall Plant where many of our red beauties came to life. Then as I rounded the cloverleaf and was merging onto 61 a red Ford pickup passed me. The licence plate was FBA 826 and I immediately thought that should be on my vehicle. When I reached my destination I swapped out the trailers and headed in to see the guys. This is where I heard truckers weren't being served cause they couldn't get their rigs though the drive through. I'm home every night so it didn't affect me but I thought that was a load of bull schmit. Then on my way home I had some fun. Stopped at a salvage yard to check on a 71-826 he had. I'd seen it one other time I was there and I'd been by a few other times but it was always raining. That day the sun was shining so I wheeled in and asked a few questions. First was the 826. He sold it about 2 weeks ago. And that was fine. Didn't really need another one but the 69's and the 71's are harder to come by cause so few made. Then I asked if I could walk the yard. And he gladly obliged. And last I asked about a green one that was south of his building for picture purposes only. It was a 4000 hour factory L.P. 4020 with a rod through the block. It to got sold to a guy that's gonna put a diesel engine in it. The front of it might show in the 826 pictures I'm gonna post. Wednesday was short and quiet. Thursday was more of the same. Went to pick up a customer trailer. The licence was outdated and some minor maintenance was needed. Just some hub oil was needed so nothing major just ate up some time. My second run required some extra work to. The landing gear had settled about 6 inches even tho we had blocks under it. I could get the rear frame under it just not the fifth wheel plate. So I got a work out as did the landing gear cranking it up, putting more blocks under, and more cranking to get it high enough to get under it. And Friday I returned a call as requested by a customer out in eastern Iowa. He was full of good news. He informed me the nose of my trailer was currently 12-18 inches from the ground. He wondered if I put blocks under it and of course I did. That's a must if the ground is iffy. He basically wanted me to know what I was getting into when I go next and not to come late in the day cause we've got a trailer to jack up and he wants to be prepared with a load of gravel and a skid loader so hopefully we can prevent it from happening again. I also had an epiphany last week. I remembered where there was a sheller mounted on a truck. Wrong kind of truck and wrong kind of cylinder. I knew that from being around it years ago. However if it's on a truck it just might have those truck specific parts I might need down the road someday. And finally here are the pictures from my salvage yard crawl. The first ones are of the 826 that got sold a few weeks ago now. The rest were current as of about a week ago. He had no orange ones. A few Ford. And some red ones but mostly green stuff. Please don't crucify me for posting green tractors on this red sight. I only picked the odd ones. Plus I know a few guys on here like their kool aid flavored both ways. The 240 has engine problems. Runs but needs the crank ground. He said $1800. Then a 3010 wheatie and assuming a 3010 utility of sorts. The 630 L.P. looks different. A Rock Island built Super M. I like the serial number on the SMTA, 79682 in case you can't read it. I took pictures of the 2020 utility cause my uncle has one. They are twin sticks. No markings on the Orange loader tractor and didn't look at the serial number tag. And lastly a 234. Don't know anything about the rest cause I didn't ask. As stated, I stopped to check on the 826. And I figured I'd s snap a few pictures to post here while I was looking around.
  13. Anybody out seeding or doing field work yet? Spring is a little ways away here yet and some field pics would be a good pick me up.
  14. Helped shell this baby out several times some 35-40 years ago. Biggest crib I remember from back then. 4 cribs measuring 8 feet wide and 48 feet long under one roof. If memory serves me correctly I think I remember between 2500 and 3000 per crib plus whatever they put on top. It didn't take long to shell the first one cause you didn't get much of what was stored overhead. However the second and third took a lot longer cause you got the overhead stored stuff to come down. We normally shelled two completely out and started on the third before we called it a day making day 2 just a little shorter and easier. We took the full cast and crew to this job like many others. The sheller, two corn trucks, two cob trucks, and I'm pretty sure we had our husk wagon built by then. When I stopped by just a few days ago for these pictures I was surprised how kind mother nature has been to it. Honestly it wouldn't take much to have it ready to use. Looked like almost all the tunnel planks were present and accounted for. A few boards are missing from the entry points which were missing last time we emptied it, a few more in the peaks of both sides, more on the south end than the north,and the covers APPEAR to be gone. They might be in the grass but I didn't trespass, probably could've considered I know the owners etc but I didn't. It did bring back another hot memory from one time when we were emptying it. I went up above to shovel off the area between the cribs. I thought I was gonna suffocate cause their was no air up there. One more fun fact about this thing, my grandpa knew the dad of the two brothers that farmed there and used it. He admitted it cost $100,000 to build it and that was middle to late 1970's I think. The second biggest crib we shelled was 7 miles northeast of this one. It was 90-100 feet long and basically several round wire cribs together. We'd set up and shell half of it, spin everything around and set up on the other end to shell the other half. No pictures of this one. It was out in a field and I'm pretty sure it's not standing anymore.
  15. Lets see your feeding setups, whether it's tractors, trucks, horses, whatever.
  16. Are GREAT. And I have one. He's been here twice this winter for small rescues. Thursday was one of those days. 99% of the time I'm loaded at home. It's just how it works. So I've got weight for traction. But not Thursday. Empty trailer, 8 drive tires on ice, and my two steer tires had settled in. I wasn't going anywhere on my own. So I called my neighbor twice but no answer. Tried my wife's cousin but same results. I could see my neighbor out feeding his cows and plowing a couple neighbors out. So we went and tracked him down. He'd forgot his phone but would be right up. His heavy tractor got me right out and I headed east to Maquoketa, Iowa. We needed that blue rope there to as the trailer had settled in and the ground was froze. It was interesting to watch the pull guy go from easy does it to more aggressive to get me out. But we did win. Back to my neighbor. I help him normally 1 day a year when he's cutting silage. Last year was 3 episodes with the wet weather but it is what it is. Anyway when we're done he always says send me a bill. I always say no cause I might need help to. In reality I probably owe him cause I think he's done me more good than the other way around. Here's some pictures of Thursday's escapades.
  17. Thought I would share my 2020 calendar with you. One of my daughters gave it to me for Christmas. Sorry a few pics are fuzzy, I am not always steady with my phone camera. Enjoy
  18. Monday proved to be a Monday. After the weekend wet snow parking lots were slick. The first malfunction, I spun out going up the hill to the loaded lot. So I put it in reverse and made it the second time. Malfunction #2 happened a few minutes later, hooked up to my empty trailer and same situation. I can backup but can't go forward. After three tries and sliding sideways which got me close to the next trailer I called for reinforcements. A Cat end loader did the trick. I lost a nonessential reflector but that's minor compared to what 2nd shift can do. My tow unit driver said the same thing. He asked if we damaged the truck, I said nope. Good he said that's the important thing. As we looked at the trailer he also said no big deal on the trailers, 2nd shift does worse than that all the time. Tuesday was more eventful but no damage. Found a 67 or 68 Chevy C60. Definitely a parts unit. 366 with a 4 speed transmission. Electric two speed. Light duty axles. However it's a air brakes chassis. I've only seen one other truck set up similar to this only it's got a 327 under the hood. I should let that guy know about this truck in case he needs or wants some spare parts. Then I stopped at a friend's house and had a pleasant surprise. In his shop was a 756 Custom. They are around but not something you see on a regular basis. He was working on it for someone he knew. Minor things tho. Typical single hydraulic outlet tractor. However it did have a dual pto unit.
  19. A friend of mine picked up this 1940 H on Saturday. M & W power governor, brake lock, and throttle. Most of us have seen most of these items. But check out the steering wheel. Can't say I've ever laid eyes on one of those. He claimed it's got some type of internal clutch that makes steering easier.
  20. Monday was a interesting day. Wasn't all that productive but you'll have that. Long story short I ended up at the shop for a couple minor things. In the parking lot, this old GMC Astro 95. It's been setting in a grove the last 30 years or so. Sounds like the transmission is going in a different truck. And somebody wants the tires off the back axle. Can't imagine they'd be any good if their that old. By the way, the shop guy said it had the BIG GREEN MONSTER in it with turbo. I'm assuming he meant a turbo'd 318 Detroit Diesel. He also said it had a unique air box. Sounded like the remainder could be bought pretty cheap. However I've got enough projects. Had to share the pictures anyway. Tuesday followed suit with Monday. As the picture shows, somebody had a bad day not long ago and ruined a really good tire. Theirs a scrap yard not far away. Probably hazards of the job. Check out the landscaping in the pictures. Some genious did it without asking. I went in and asked the shop owner what the plan was. He said they'd been waiting for me to see it. He also told me to drive over it which I did after removing the cement pieces. Then about 25 miles from home something went BOOM. Yupper, a trailer tire let go. I knew which one it was without looking. Didn't think we were quite to that point but STUFF HAPPENS. So I limped it to the closest shop. I normally do my own but late in the afternoon and the possibility of rusty nuts I opted for help. These guys were GREAT. They found out I was a junk tire guy and we were suddenly playing 20 QUESTIONS. So I gave them stacking lessons which they sincerely appreciated. They weren't getting much of a load the way they were doing it. They thanked me for the information and help and I headed for home. And today, Wednesday, was auction day. The big Colo, Iowa sale was today. Left home with the truck, stopped by the sale for a little more than a hour and moved on. There were a few collectable items but nothing I had to have cause I've already got them. I snapped two pictures while there. The red truck was really nice but not for sale. Somebody bought it somewhere and stopped by the sale. The orange one, well it was a bit crusty and rusty. I stumbled onto 3 friends and visited with them a few minutes. Told them I was leaving to go make money instead of spending it. It's been a interesting week thus far. Hope it continues.
  21. Is at it again. Nothing surprises me with the night shift anymore. And today was no different. Got to Des Moines, Iowa Wednesday morning after surviving the wind to find what is shown in the pictures. More mayhem. ? The first trailer appears to have been hit with a loader. It actually broke the light. I remember when we got that trailer and had the lift gate removed, I was wondering how long before the lights were damaged in their current location? They lasted about a year there. Part of the fix will be moving them to a safer location. Of course not all the expense will be ours. ? And the second picture, that's a 425 65 R 22.5 otherwise known as a super single stuck between the tandems. We think they ran over it and it somehow flipped itself up and ended up between the axles. ? Pretty sure it's gonna take some power equipment to get that out of there. And the next question, will the 4 tires actually on the trailer be ok or will they be damaged cause they were skidding or sliding instead of turning? Hopefully that question will be answered Monday morning.
  22. My day started by pulling 8 tires out of my personal inventory. Next I began rounding up all my extra trailer rims. 19 came out of my storage trailer and 2 were already outside. The 19 had to be handled twice to get them on the ground. Of course something else was in the way. One got put back. It was a ball seat rim and I needed hub pilot for today's activities. Then I began sorting and matching up. Ones with decent paint were reserved for outside positions. And the ones with not much paint were reserved for inside positions. The majority of them were 5 hand hole which I like better myself. The first set were all 5 hand hole and the second set was 4 and 4. 5 on the outside and 4 on the inside. Also after mounting The first 8 I raided my inventory for another 8 tires for the last 8 rims. And ironically I have two of each left for a single axle puppy trailer. They should've been mounted today to. However after handling basically 40 rims, 13 stem removals 3 had already been removed, 16 stem hole inspections, some of course which needed attention, 16 valve stem installations, and 16 tire mounts, my body was COMPLAINING, and rather LOUDLY I might add. So I called it a day. It actually began complaining on the 14th mount but I dug DEEP to finish 15 & 16. The other 4 will just have to get done in the morning. As well as raid my inventory for a couple other trailers that need attention in the tire department as well. I'll also say a little prayer tonight all 16 I mounted today are up in the morning. You just never know with used tires. They were all take offs per say, and I did clean the rims and use new stems but stranger things have happened. I forgot to take a picture, but I have a bead blaster. Days like today that thing is worth it's weight in gold.
  23. Our house isn't very friendly for old people and pets. We have three entrances and all of them have steps. We also have two senior pets. Jasmine is now 14.25. And Milo is around 10. But he hasn't had a good life. He's been rehomed 3 times now. His first owner obviously didn't train him well. His second owner admitted to kicking him in the butt a lot so his back hips aren't the best. So we have a ramp out our south door leading to their kennel so they don't have to use the steps. As you will see in the pictures the old ramp had lived it's life. So we built a new one this afternoon. A little longer and a little wider. Milo's first trip down his new ramp went perfect as it's not near as steep as the old one. We built it on our flatbed trailer which served as a nice work bench. My knees don't work like they use to or we would've built it where it needed to be. And like we figured, after putting it together we couldn't carry it ourselves. So my skidloader got fired up to do the job. I told my wife we have machines to help us, we will use them.
  24. Saturday was a fun day. Went on the local tractor ride. NEPOWESHEICKCOFARMALLS came up and joined the party. We decided to ride 756's. His looks pretty good considering last winter he laid it on its side. I drove the one that's considered the wife's, her dad bought it new. That ones pretty special at our house. 37 tractors total, including my relatives we had 6 tractors there, 5 red ones and one 8N Ford. Wife's grandpa bought it new. It's got the underdrive, direct, and overdrive transmission. Kinda fun to drive. Here's some pictures of our tour of northeast Marshall county Iowa. Sprinkles were on the horizon and when we got close to my house we turned towards home. And the last half dozen miles or so, we turned the horses loose ?. Hopefully SHEICK will add some pictures to. We looked at his best (back)? side most of the day. His camera was getting plenty of use as well. Enjoy the pictures, hopefully they tell a little about what we got to see.
  25. Getting ready for silage time. We have the wagons ready, but our tractors all need a bath yet. Thought some pictures would be fun, so here you are. Three series of 14's.
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