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Drove my First Farmall H


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 ran across of a video recently of a guy starting a 1939 John Deere A for the first time in 8 years. Anyways, I browse through some of his videos and then I realize he was from Missouri. Turns out he's only about 30 miles from me. I sent him a message through youtube and then I found myself at this place. He's a Massey Harris guy as that what he used on the farm growing up. But he has two Farmall Hs, a couple of John Deeres, a few Allis Chalmers, a few Olivers and a lot of other interesting things. He has a Fordson with a trip plow sitting next to his drive way as you pull up.

Anyways, I drove his 1940 Farmall H. He has to clean the gas tank so he has a pony tank on it now. He made a couple of small videos of me driving it, and I put both together to make one, small video. Here is is:

 


Enjoy the video, though it isn't very long.
 

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The first tractor I ever drove is out in my shop, Dad's '51 M.  I did see the '39 H we fixed up to "Be mine", was sitting on the south side of Hillsdale, Illinois, east side of the road. Not sure how it got there, Dad traded it to Rischel Implement in Cambridge, Ill 26 miles away.

After growing up on red tractors, and running several old green tractors, I don't know why anybody ever bought a second green tractor!

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21 hours ago, DOCTOR EVIL said:

The first tractor I ever drove is out in my shop, Dad's '51 M.  I did see the '39 H we fixed up to "Be mine", was sitting on the south side of Hillsdale, Illinois, east side of the road. Not sure how it got there, Dad traded it to Rischel Implement in Cambridge, Ill 26 miles away.

After growing up on red tractors, and running several old green tractors, I don't know why anybody ever bought a second green tractor!

I ended up trading a couple of 460's i had for parts for a  'B' John Deere. I put it on the extra hay rake just for kicks, everyone took a spin on it and decided the old red 'H' was a much nicer ride.

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Really??   Had both a B & a 400, and would take the nice cushion on the B over the hard and bouncy pan seat on the 400 any day.    Must be different "rear ends"!   One thing--I got rid of the rear back cushion on the B, and replaced it with a strip of round baler belting.   Gives a little more depth on the seat, which fits my 6' better.  Was cheaper too.

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That's true!   My first tractor driving was an H. Both Grandparents had H's and was the first tractor I was allowed to go out on by myself.

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18 hours ago, from H to 80 said:

I ended up trading a couple of 460's i had for parts for a  'B' John Deere. I put it on the extra hay rake just for kicks, everyone took a spin on it and decided the old red 'H' was a much nicer ride.

Having raked hay with both the '39 H and a '40 B, would definitely agree the H wins,  H had elec start, lights, and most importantly, RADIO, 5 mph 4th gear plus 16 mph road gear. B was Armstrong EVERYTHING, 4-1/2 mph 4th  road gear in the 4-speed,  reverse seemed about 7 or 8 mph, and no lights, or radio.  But the Super H with the Fast 4th was best. Amazing what a difference 15 years of development made.  The B was bought for doing one job, and ONLY one job, haul 2-3 loads of manure out of the "hog house", mostly fall pigs. The driveway was long and narrow, needed a tractor/spreader less than 6 ft wide, plus had to hand pitch the manure. Final solution was to stop raising fall pigs and let the hog house sit empty! Unfortunately, skid steer loaders would have been another good solution, but they were about ten years in the future. Dad even priced a Danco loader for the Cub Cadet to clean that hog house. 

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Heres the first tractor I ever rode on at 4 years old my grandpa gave me a ride on. Im 56 now. Now its my grandsons tractor hes 9 years old . 1951 H in family since new .1943125597_MarkyandRyanonH.thumb.JPG.266d01be45642b57cb474855dc1be275.JPG

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I wish I did not have Vertigo, I miss driven those high sitting farmalls.

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Good find ,I enjoyed the experience with you, make some more videos about it if you get it .

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4 hours ago, lightninboy said:

 I have never driven a two-cylinder John Deere by myself, so that could be thrilling to do.

My first experience on a 2 cylinder was a Deere R diesel, just a couple days after my 10th birthday, disking 20 acres of old corn stalks to get ready for sowing oats.  UNDER-WHELMING was a better descriptive word than THRILLING.  I ran the thing for 4-5 hours, and my ears rang for 5-6 hours after I stopped.  You suppose that has something to do with my tinnitus?  Never had ringing ears that bad from a 4 cylinder FARMALL.  I see chrome straight pipes becoming more and more popular on 2 cylinder tractors.  I really can't understand why.

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24 minutes ago, DOCTOR EVIL said:

I see chrome straight pipes becoming more and more popular on 2 cylinder tractors.  I really can't understand why.

Because the fools who drive them have never worked with them in the field for 4-5hrs. They are parade queens and maybe the occasional trip down the track with a sled. 
 If they do go to a plow day then they wear hearing protection or will wish they had someday. 

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         The first tractor I ever drove was not an H, but the first tractor I ever owned was an H. I bought it to plow my long driveway 30 years ago, It came with a snowplow off a IH Scout. The first time I ever drove an H was when I bought it. Drove it to my Dads farm about 20 miles, the plow and frame on the back of a pickup. Once I got to Dads I spent the rest of the day hauling silage wagons with it as Pops was chopping corn. Funny thing about the plow was the guy bought it because it was an International, he couldnt figure out how it attached to the tractor...I welded up a frame and used it to plow my drive  until a couple of years ago when I bought a Kubota RTV1100C with a plow. I used the H for a log skidder when I owned my  woodlot and sawmill. I dont use the H much these days but I did just buy a 2 14 Little Genius plow. The H has never been restored or worked on much. I wont sell it I have way too many happy memories. I suppose my Kids will have to figure out what to do with it when I am gone.

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First tractor I ever drove was my Grandpa's Allis Chalmers D15, but the first Farmall I ever drove was indeed an H. Been thinking I would like to have an H to go along with my M and Super M, but haven't found the right deal on one yet

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Here's the first H my dad drove as a kid, He's 70 now. It's a 1940 his dad, my grandpa, owned.  It had been sitting about 25 years, outside the last 6. Got it back this summer, surprised my dad with it. I traded an original Ford Model T jack I had for it. Had it running in about half an hour, runs good. Not going to restore it, but going to fix everything so it can be used again. Have a like new set of 12.4-38's that I don't have a use for, so I might as well put them on it. Have a spare rim in stock, so that works out good. It didn't get a spot inside the barn for now, but under the firewood lean-to is better than outside. Hauled it home the 2.5 miles with the 826 on a beautiful late summer day. 

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