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Went to the state fair today. Most things are the same from year to year. I myself like to visit the 4H and the FFA tractors. My wife likes to check out the photography at both of those places as well the main photography area for the fair. And of course the fabric and threads area in the varied industries building. We stream lined it as we're not big crowd people but still wanna see stuff. Main thing we noticed in photos and tractor restorations, exhibitors were down in numbers big time. On the plus side, the quality in tractor restorations was up. The last few years some of them didn't look to hot. But this year they were good.

First stop, the 4H building. Some good pictures but one really stood out. Took a picture to share it here. Then outside for tractors and equipment. Everything looked nice, but the old Oliver combine just had the cool factor for me. The little Ford lawnmower was roped off so it was difficult to get a good picture.

Next stop was the FFA building. Looked at the pictures and saw a little girl that must've hit her head. Paramedics wrapped her head and she'll be fine. Then outside for tractors. Some odd ones out here for sure. The last tractor is a SMTA and a guy looking at it, his voice sounded familiar to me. So I stopped to talk. I recognized his face but no name. He called me by my first name. I was shocked. He bought a SM on a consignment sale in Colo, Iowa a few years ago. Was leaving the next day on vacation but didn't want his tractor to set there unattended for a week. I offered to just drive it, he said ok. We checked some fliuds, I stopped for some gas and headed for Marshalltown. Was a fun day for me. He's also a SMTA nut and has a rare one, so we had plenty to talk about. And no his rare one is NOT for sale. His dad bought it new so he said it'll never leave. And I can definitely respect that. I do have the ok to stop and see it again and get the serial number.

We were next to the Iowa arts and crafts building so we looked inside.

Then we headed to the fabric and threads area. Lots of nice things in there. Including my wife's hand knitted teddy bear. It netted her a red ribbon. Just for fun I'm including a picture of what got the blue ribbon and the presidents award.

After that we walked up the long hill to the photography building. You have to be judged in before you get to exhibit. My wife got one photo in and it was considered HONORABLE MENTION. She also took a picture of the statistics poster. Lots of pictures submitted but not many actually were displayed. 

One last stop, the chainsaw carver guys finished products. Cool stuff here to.

My wife wears a fit bit. We made just shy of 6000 steps on the pedometer. 

That was our day at the fair. Hope you all enjoyed the visual tour.

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That Oliver combine was done by a kid at the school my kids go to (Unity Christian). My daughter knew about it but didn’t tell me! That :)$!?( girl!  My grandpa had a 7600 Oliver. 

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Better hide the key from me on that 504 😏 that little grey devil look pretty good all spruced up too. Very good work on all of them. Thanks for the share

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Thanks for the tour Waylon.I'm most likely not gonna make it so nice to see what's there! Looks like still a fair amount of tractors displayed. I can just barely remember it but dad had an ollie combine that he traded off on a new uni harvestor in the early 70s. Dont recall what model the ollie was but uni was a 707 maybe? Had a perkins in it that i always liked the sound of.

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9 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

That Oliver combine was done by a kid at the school my kids go to (Unity Christian). My daughter knew about it but didn’t tell me! That :)$!?( girl!  My grandpa had a 7600 Oliver. 

Bet it didn't need a heater in the cab, with the engine right behind the seat.

Lots of eye candy there.  Love that 1750 FWA.  Also the 450s and the 706 German.

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I wonder if IH copied Oliver on the wrap around seats? I like them, but would not put one on my M. Nice photos thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for the pics. Definitely some great looking iron there. Since they got rid of the tractor pull, the group I went with doesn't go anymore.

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I concur with you, Waylon.  Tractor entries were way down, but very well done. Wonder if the ag economy slowing down has reduced the number of entries with parents keeping an eye on expenses?

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I was there yesterday watching the auctioneers competition, and went and looked at the tractors too. I was particularly impressed with the 650 LP (I'd never seen one of those before), and that Oliver 1850 because they painted it the lighter shade of green (Meadow Green, I think?) as opposed to the darker one. 

What'd you think of that Allis C? Was it just my eyes, or was the color a shade or two off? 

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Was told yesterday will be tractor pulls again starting in '20 or'21?

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2 minutes ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Was told yesterday will be tractor pulls again starting in '20 or'21?

Supposedly they're building a track up in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds. 

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Well....i hope they do but im confused.....wont that be even closer to the houses that complained about noise in first place? And looks like more grandstands .....even tho there are already grandstands......sorry derailing the topic.

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I took a few pictures last Friday of the 1750 FWA. I thought it was interesting, never seen anything like it. I’m still confused as to how you control it and match the speed to the transmission.

 

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Good looking bunch of tractors! The IH flarebox was done by a local kid. He came over to my place to get pics, locations and dimensions of the decals of dads original wagon so he could get it spruced up correctly. 

The MH 44 was a group of local kids. 

Front assist on the the Oliver is operated by hydraulics. It has a pressure gauge. I believe theres an amount of wheel to ground slippage involved also. Run the lever up to where you have around 90psi. If it starts pulling hard i suppose you watch the gauge and shift up or down to keep it around 90. Heres a poc frpm a 4020 that had one at a local show last year.

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I think part of the reason for fewer tractors is that Titan tire cut back on the amount of tires that they donated. The free tires would be quite an incentive to get kids interested. Wished they had been available when my son was involved.

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The sad part is that abuse of Titan's generosity by a few,  cost everyone the gift of tires.  I remember hearing that one family built a lean-to to house all the free tires they received from Titan.  Most of them mounted on dual rims. To be mounted on other tractors later.... I am also sure that folks from Titan also saw tires on Craigslist that kids received and never completed the project.....

Now,  1 receipiant from each chapter is eligible for a set of tires.

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1 hour ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Well....i hope they do but im confused.....wont that be even closer to the houses that complained about noise in first place? And looks like more grandstands .....even tho there are already grandstands......sorry derailing the topic.

It's all about revenue.  The concerts make more money than the other events like tractor pulls do.  With the addition of a new track/ grandstand,  they can have the best of both worlds. 

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1 hour ago, Roossinck said:

I was there yesterday watching the auctioneers competition, and went and looked at the tractors too. I was particularly impressed with the 650 LP (I'd never seen one of those before), and that Oliver 1850 because they painted it the lighter shade of green (Meadow Green, I think?) as opposed to the darker one. 

What'd you think of that Allis C? Was it just my eyes, or was the color a shade or two off? 

Well, it doesn't look like Persian Orange 1but does look like a darn nice paint job. I'm far from the correct police, paint most of my stuff with Rust-Oleum  rattle cans.

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And I'm the last guy to be judging (and in re-reading my post, it totally comes across like I was) either. I think the thing that made it stick in my mind was because the other one was in my line of sight when I was looking at it and the difference was pretty massive. I do agree that the paint job was a nice one!

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The Levy hydraulic assist FWD was also available to go under an '06 IH . Have seen one under an 806 and one under a 1206. Both are owned by a member on here. That white Levy dust shield on the Oliver 1750 is one of the hardest items to find on the planet. It fit the Oliver and Cockshutt models. The Deere and IH kits from Levy did not have that front cover.  

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2 hours ago, Dan Robinson said:

Good looking bunch of tractors! The IH flarebox was done by a local kid. He came over to my place to get pics, locations and dimensions of the decals of dads original wagon so he could get it spruced up correctly. 

The MH 44 was a group of local kids. 

Front assist on the the Oliver is operated by hydraulics. It has a pressure gauge. I believe theres an amount of wheel to ground slippage involved also. Run the lever up to where you have around 90psi. If it starts pulling hard i suppose you watch the gauge and shift up or down to keep it around 90. Heres a poc frpm a 4020 that had one at a local show last year.

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It has a separate hydraulic pump under the dust cover and I saw the pressure gauge but the Oliver was missing the decals you show in your picture. Thanks for the explanation.

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22 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

That Oliver combine was done by a kid at the school my kids go to (Unity Christian). My daughter knew about it but didn’t tell me! That :)$!?( girl!  My grandpa had a 7600 Oliver. 

They did a great job in my opinion.

 

13 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Thanks for the tour Waylon

Your welcome.

 

10 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

Wonder if the ag economy slowing down has reduced the number of entries with parents keeping an eye on expenses?

That's kinda what we thought cause it was way down numbers wise. And I'm sure the lack of free tires hurt to. Glad you snapped a picture of the hay rake. We were gonna get one on the way out but forgot. Another CRS moment.

 

8 hours ago, Dan Robinson said:

The IH flarebox was done by a local kid. He came over to my place to get pics, locations and dimensions of the decals of dads original wagon so he could get it spruced up correctly. 

He did a great job also. And I can relate. Some friends of mine restored one of those wagons to. They made a couple trips to my place to look at my original as well.

 

9 hours ago, Roossinck said:

particularly impressed with the 650 LP (I'd never seen one of those before)

Same here, it really got my attention to. This one, the 706 German, and the SMTA were my favorites. But all were nicely done.

Glad all you guys enjoyed the tour 👍.

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The photos were great.

Thank you for collecting and posting.

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Thanks for sharing. I have no interest in the state fair(too many people in one spot) but glad you posted pics so i didnt miss out. Very nice equipment!

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I can't read off pic. What are these brackets for on the M?

Thanks for the pictures, they are great!

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