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1 hour ago, Old Binder Guy said:

My heart aches for anyone who has a vintage tractor, original or restored, that something like this happens. Doesn't matter what brand of tractor. Gary😪

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I think somebody got a little too thin on the block boring out their big John!

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On 4/8/2024 at 2:29 PM, Old Binder Guy said:

My heart aches for anyone who has a vintage tractor, original or restored, that something like this happens. Doesn't matter what brand of tractor. Gary😪

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Ouch!!!  If I’m seeing that right, looks like the crank split. 

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On 4/8/2024 at 3:29 PM, Old Binder Guy said:

My heart aches for anyone who has a vintage tractor, original or restored, that something like this happens. Doesn't matter what brand of tractor. Gary😪

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Too much power on the starter!

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I know very little, other than it's too late to seed grain. Some photos to post, mostly from Facebook.

This first photo was from the pipe organ I played for about three hours last Sunday at the Helena First Christian Church. I'm not a member there, but a member found out I could (and would) play their pipe organ up in their 1885 church balcony for their Sunday Open House for the church and Family Promise. My late brother Bill and his family belonged to this church, so I "sort of did it for him!" I hope he was listening. One lady said she hadn't heard the organ since 1969.

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This IH device might be a salt and pepper shaker?

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A Montana chuck wagon. I can't tell if the coffee is ready or not. That's the best type of coffee though.

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Hard times here, mother and daughter heat water on the coal or wood stove then wash in pans on the table.

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A milkman in the 1940s or 1950s delivering a dairy's bottled milk to a residence in winter. And here I thought milk came from the store!

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In May of 1922, 78-year-old Robert T. Lincoln, Abraham's son, is being helped up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for its dedication.

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A Westinghouse "milk bottle" boiler steam engine.

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Nome, North Dakota. The Northern Pacific depot, rail cars and the locomotive and box cars at the elevator at right. But what I am wondering is; what brand of return flue steam traction engine is that above the depot, on the edge of town? I'm guessing either a Huber or a Minneapolis. I don't see that smokestack top for a spark arrestor like that on Avery engines, I don't think. What do you think Roger?

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A west coast logging Mallet Compound steam locomotive. These engines were popular there.

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Two ladies are going for a ride in a horse cart pulled by a Lawson Motor Wheel in 1902.

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It appears the husband brought home a 1903 Cadillac Model A with a tonneau on the back, with their older daughter sitting on that rear seat. Maybe it is the dealer and not the husband? 

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An early Buick speedster in snow, parked by the cast iron crank type of gasolene pump.

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American Underslung claimed their 1907  model was the first "American Sports Car."

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I'm guessing this is a REO speedster.

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A Facebook friend of mine sent me this photo of her grandfather driving his White steam car in 1952. He also had a 20 hp Reeves steam engine like Mike and Randy's.

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I owned a 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria. When these 1956 Crown victoria glass tops came out, I lusted over them. This one is "loaded!"

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Roger likely knows what this 1922 hard rubber tire truck is, that had chains to the front end on this steep hill. Possibly it was a safety feature if the truck stalled on the hill. It's a Shorpy.

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A nice photo of a Marion Steam Shovel loading a White Motors dump truck.

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A Facebook Meme of a Detroit Diesel engine.

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A five-horse team pulls this plow and harrow.

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Mules pulling a Kafir harvester, what ever that is!

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Here's one I forgot about, thinking Lindeman built the first John Deere Crawler. This is a DX-24, model D experimental from 1930, one of 50 built.

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I think this is a McCormick-Deering Farmall F-30 with a cultivator cultivating some kind of row crop.

 

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An early un-styled John Deere "farmall" is harvesting corn, I'm pretty sure.

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I may have posted this stretched, double flywheel John Deere already. My mind isn't what it used to be. I know NOT what the score is here.

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I thought this IH Farmall Super A made a unique fire engine.

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The old tired Van Brunt drill and Mike's 1944 IH Farmall M, Toot.

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We seeded Mike's crop on Friday. I'm on his Farmall M, Toot; an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm.

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My five & 1/2 year old scar from my palate flap the Otolaryngologist cut to install into my palate, where they removed my stage 4, Adenocarcinoma tumor. I just had my 5-1/2 year final exam on Thursday. They found a lump near my larynx so I go in for a CT Scan with contrast on the 22nd, and with my annual chest (lung) X-ray. I just leave this stuff in God's hands. I'm too old to worry anymore.

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Randy and Mike were shuffling seed into the cups as we seeded Mike's threshing crop.

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Since I'm not wearing an "offensive cap" I had to take a selfie too.

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In February Randy and Mike cut the two inch main steam line to their Reeves to remove the governor. Reeves was too cheap to install a union in the line.

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The Reeves governor removed and ready to send to a friend in Butte, America for a rebuild.

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This is an excellent view of why the governor didn't work for us, likely didn't for the Mehmke's, and likely not for the McKamey Brothers who originally owned it.

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I'd welded up the old spool with phosphor bronze. But our rebuilder wasn't satisfied with my weld job and decided to build a new spool. 

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The governor was delivered to me on Thursday. On Friday, I had the piece of the main steam line clamped in a pipe vise to thread this end for a union. The governor is sitting on the floor. The white glove on the vise? It's just like me to slip and "punch" the vise. 

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Mike threaded the 2" Schedule 80 pipe on the left, from the steam dome.

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We had to shorten the pipe from the steam dome about 1/2" and so doing the holes of the governor flange aligned up perfectly! I'm going to shorten, thread, and add a union in the lubricator 1/4" pipe when I go out the next time. This old girl should really perform well from now on after we get the length of the spool rod adjusted correctly. Gary😁

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Quite the goings-on you have out there, Professor!

You'll be happy to know I met someone else today who knows where Eddy's Corner is.  I had a six month checkup with my oncologist. When I was checking out after the appointment I was talking with the receptionist who it turns out grew up in Lewistown. She said she and her friends would run in to Eddy’s Corner to the cafe if they were hungry late at night while out gallivanting around doing what young girls do in Lewistown MT.  She was excited to talk to someone who knew of Eddy’s Corner (even though I’ve only been there once).  And the oncologist gave me a clean bill of health, next appointment is in six months.  I’m trying to push it back about 6-8 weeks so it doesn’t end up in the middle of harvest here again.  And I left with a one month supply of the pills that keep me healthy.  I hope you’re sitting down before you look at the price tag. 

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14 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

Quite the goings-on you have out there, Professor!

You'll be happy to know I met someone else today who knows where Eddy's Corner is.  I had a six month checkup with my oncologist. When I was checking out after the appointment I was talking with the receptionist who it turns out grew up in Lewistown. She said she and her friends would run in to Eddy’s Corner to the cafe if they were hungry late at night while out gallivanting around doing what young girls do in Lewistown MT.  She was excited to talk to someone who knew of Eddy’s Corner (even though I’ve only been there once).  And the oncologist gave me a clean bill of health, next appointment is in six months.  I’m trying to push it back about 6-8 weeks so it doesn’t end up in the middle of harvest here again.  And I left with a one month supply of the pills that keep me healthy.  I hope you’re sitting down before you look at the price tag. 

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ihrondiesel, I'm so glad you found a lady who was familiar with my birth town as well as the place where my "girlfriend" went to work in 1958 at age 14 for .50¢ an hour and drove her little Nash to work. She's still my girlfriend and my wife. 61 years this coming Saturday. Her parents' 1960 Galaxy is sort of blocking out Sharon's Nash.

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I'm hoping you're not having to write a check for that medication. My late brother Bill used to take a medication called Thelidomide that his oncologist prescribed. This was about 20 or more years ago and it was $1,4XX a month Thelidomide was pulled from the market by the US Food and Drug Administration, because it was earlier used for expectant mothers, but caused deformaties. I hope your spendy medication keeps you as a survivor. And I hope to stay a survivor after the 22nd's CT scan. Gary😉

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Congratulations on 61 years together with your bride Gary!  And pray for a good result of the upcoming scan. Great to see you and the boys were able to get some grain in the ground. You’ve been busy lately!

I spoke with Tom Railsback last week, good to catch up with him. I also texted with Andy about an auction that was coming up. Not sure if he bought a 1912 tractor on steel or not.

I spent the day on my W-6 working up a patch about the size of your oat field. The piece of the field had been taken over by moles and weeds. So after many, many passes with a disk to break up the sod, I was able to plant some oats and grass.

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Whenever I use my -6, I think of the picture of your Mrs as a young girl on a WD-6 you’ve posted many times on here. May you two have many more years together. 

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Happy anniversary a bit early Gary! Hope it's a happy one!!

Mike

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10 hours ago, MT Matt said:

Congratulations on 61 years together with your bride Gary!  And pray for a good result of the upcoming scan. Great to see you and the boys were able to get some grain in the ground. You’ve been busy lately!

I spoke with Tom Railsback last week, good to catch up with him. I also texted with Andy about an auction that was coming up. Not sure if he bought a 1912 tractor on steel or not.

I spent the day on my W-6 working up a patch about the size of your oat field. The piece of the field had been taken over by moles and weeds. So after many, many passes with a disk to break up the sod, I was able to plant some oats and grass.

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Whenever I use my -6, I think of the picture of your Mrs as a young girl on a WD-6 you’ve posted many times on here. May you two have many more years together. 

MT Matt, Your -6 is a sharp looking tractor, I sure admire the way you still used the vintage of IH equipment I grew up with.

It's your fault you have to see these photos again of my wife. Gary😁😉

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On 4/17/2024 at 6:52 PM, ray54 said:

Congratulations Gray and Mrs Gary.  Praying for a good outcome of the scans.

ray54, All prayers are immensely appreciated! Thank you!  

Our youngest daughter had a double mastectomy about two months ago and we just learned last night that our oldest grandson, Maverik has Leukemia. Our loving God still allows trials and tribulations on this earth to see how we react and handle them. He wants us to accept His Son as Lord and Savior for a painless eternity with Him. This life on earth is just temporary. Like a steam vapor! Eternity is forever.  Gary😔

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That's some tough news and I'm sure troublesome but your last statement guarantees a wonderful outcome no matter what we face on earth 🙏

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keeping your family in prayer

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An old truckin' buddy sent me a couple pics last week from the late 80's and early 90's. Robert Heath lnc. was a old trucking company based in Lubbock,Texas, started sometime in the 40's. They hauled a lot of boxed beef from the panhandle of Texas out west to California. Then produce back to Texas. They also had the only RCC (Texas Railroad Commission) permit to haul beer intrastate in Texas. So if beer got hauled within Texas state lines, Heath hauled it.

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Furrs Cafeterias had stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. They had their own fleet of Petes that supplied all the restraunts. Driving for them was one of the top dog driving jobs at the time. Good pay, good benefits, assigned truck and home most nights and weekends.

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Sad to say that either company don't exist anymore. Heath got bought out by a big corporation in Dallas. And when Roy Furr died, his kids sold both the chain of grocery stores and the cafeterias. Anyway, after my buddy sent the pics, l decided to draw my version of a Furrs Pete.

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Just a FYI for everyone, Gary is not ignoring you or his thread, he got hit by a bad Virus.   No, not COVID, but an Internet issue that has his computer all jammed up and has him knocked out of commission until he can get things straightened out.  I'm guessing once he gets back on line, he'll have a bunch of stuff to post.

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Thx Roger I know he's had occasional challenges before, hope he gets it sorted out soon.

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just got back on line my self ... att dump us without warning

went and bit the bullet and got Starlink ...set it up this am and its working great for the Keweenaw :D hope to hear from Gary soon

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