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This week's featured tractor is the 450 (four-fiddy for our friend Bitty). Let's see your examples. 

 I will start with the 450 that my Grandfather, Vernon Gorsh, purchased new in 1958. My cousin recently sent this photo of Grandpa on the 450 in July of 1962.  Not certain of the model of combine he is pulling.  My Aunt and Uncle purchased the tractor from Grandpa when he retired from farming.  My Aunt and my cousin have promised me that tractor.  My Uncle just will not let go of it!

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1 hour ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

This week's featured tractor is the 450 (four-fiddy for our friend Bitty). Let's see your examples. 

 I will start with the 450 that my Grandfather, Vernon Gorsh, purchased new in 1958. My cousin recently sent this photo of Grandpa on the 450 in July of 1962.  Not certain of the model of combine he is pulling.  My Aunt and Uncle purchased the tractor from Grandpa when he retired from farming.  My Aunt and my cousin have promised me that tractor.  My Uncle just will not let go of it!

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I can sympathize with your uncle 😁 

Top picture is a screenshot from on here , second one is me at Nick Graves picking up the first one I got since the childhood one sold in 89 

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I have four currently. Puller, LP, gas and a diesel is the last one I got. First pictures is the one we sold ☹️ wish I had bought it . Last picture is one Todd sent me from a show, if anyone finds a good Wheatland one very reasonable price in excellent condition Todd likes them and he would be interested in adopting it 

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Here’s my 450  it’s a 58 I have been working on this for a few years just finally got it together enough to run it at a few pulls this fall I hope to bring it to a few plow days this spring still have a few oil leaks to fix want to get them all fixed before painting it up. The second 450 is my girlfriend’s she said she wanted a tractor  so when asked if she wanted a little one like a Super C  she said no a regular sized tractor like an M so I found another 450 a couple hrs away the guy was building a puller out of it. We dyno’ed them both last fall hers pulled 52-54 Hp mine pulled 64 Hp I was happy with it now I may have to freshen her motor up at some time to liven it up some more. I have some 16.9’s to put on mine this spring last fall even with 9 wheel weights on each side it spun right out pulling the stone  I’m hoping a little more rubber on the ground can help over the 15.5’s that are on it 

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2 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

Does scale matter? l have two 450's...one gas with a front mounted 4 row cultivator and one LP.  🙂

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Power adjust wheels even . Ours had them back in the day otherwise I would probably not have a draw towards them. All mine need work and or restoration 

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4 hours ago, bitty said:

Power adjust wheels even . Ours had them back in the day otherwise I would probably not have a draw towards them. All mine need work and or restoration 

Nice I have 6 different 450 toys and just ordered the red power 2023 show 450 to add to the batch 

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46 minutes ago, forwhldrv said:

Nice I have 6 different 450 toys and just ordered the red power 2023 show 450 to add to the batch 

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I saw that toy order sheet and thought it was something I should probably get 

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39 minutes ago, ih886/1066 said:

grew u on a 350 in late 50's early 60's. what's with the eyes on the grills and none on the wheats?

The holes are for the truss rods that go to the cultivators. You can see  them on the toy pictured above.

Mike

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Not a gasser fan, but I could sure enjoy a gas 450 n/f with the fast hitch, one heck of a lot more than that local 966 n/f with the red IH cab I got a year ago. That cab ruin's the whole tractor for me. I used it last year to rake some hay and thought never again. There was a 450 gasser around here from '84-'90 and dad traded it off for a 1063 cornhead. I hated to see it go.

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Heard a couple videos of the 450’s pulling this is me on my my girlfriends 450 I think this was 14k 

 

this was me on my 450 at another pull it was in 3rd gear just playing 

this was a little more weight on the boat around 14 I think 

this was my girlfriend pulling her tractor this spring a few days after she bought it 

 

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12 hours ago, mijohn said:

I believe the combine is a massy harris clipper 50. they used the same elevator to fill and empty the grain tank. 

I wondered if it might be. I crawled all over an old Clipper that sat next the garage when I was young.

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On 3/9/2023 at 10:17 AM, IH Forever said:

Is that a pull on asphalt?  I've never seen that before.

No it was a stone dust clay mix. It tends to get some waves in it as the pull goes on we scrape it flat and roll it every so often. Usually by the end of the night we will pull on whatever’s there just trying to eliminate the last couple tractors after a long day. It is getting the load moving and keeping it moving through tough spots that develop in the track after each pull. Sorry thought you had asked me about the stone boat pull that does look like asphalt 

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