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I had a great feeling this morning as I found the email in my inbox from Greg Druffel. When one gets our age, we never know what will happen, or HAS happened, to us old codgers. As long as Anson and I post, you kids know we're still kicking. I was so glad to find out Greg still is also. He may even still peek in here? I don't know?

This photo interested me. It is Walter Hill in his Packard Speedster checking in on his 32 hp Reeves cross compound steam engine pulling a plow breaking sod, and a whole raft of horses doing whatever they're doing. Walter was the son of Jim Hill who owned the Great Northern Railway.

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Speaking of horses, I've posted a photo of this before. But this is the best copy I've come up with yet. 33 horses in harness in each of these five Combined Harvesters cutting grain in the Palouse hills.

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While dealing with livestock, here is a photo of Buellingo Galloway cattle in North Dakota, I can see why they nicknamed them "Oreo" cattle.

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I "borrowed" this catalog cut of a McCormick "Reaper" that I'd call a Binder. I wish I could see what happens to the grain on the exiting side. Whether it is tied with twine, or piled in bunches, as a reaper would do. A real early example of International Harvester Company.

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Here is a Theodore Roosevelt hunting camp in North Dakota in 1908. Camps were set up FOR him. He's bent over at left.

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And I had to put this logging photo here taken in Oregon. Teddy Roosevelt believed in speaking softly and carrying a big stick! That's a BIG STICK in those skidding wheels.

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The Avenue B Grocery Store is Austin, Texas' oldest continuously-operated grocery store, built in 1909, now on its 10th owner. When I was a kid in Lewistown, Montana (my birth town) There were these little old stores scattered around town in just about every neighborhood. Saving a trip to Safeway, if you just needed a few little things.

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These are always such serene photos inside old grocery stores, with an old (Round Oak) potbelly stove, and an old farmer enjoying sitting and relaxing for a change. This one was in Iowa.

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I think I already posted this photo of an 8-16 IHC Mogul tractor pulling a three bottom plow. I sure never thought of them as being in the "Farmall M" power category. I live and learn too!

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Likely brothers are plowing with a "30" (Thirty) Hart Parr tractor.

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Another one for Roger to identify. I know this is a later model of Rumely Oilpull, but that's about all I can tell you. Roger will inform us, I just know! I had a nice visit with him on the phone last night. He was "educating" me on Rumely Oilpull tractors. He just didn't realize I don't have enough "brane" left inside my head to keep that information from just skipping into one ear and out the other one.

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This gentleman on a Fordson tractor HAS to be in England. Great Britain had a Fordson Factory and kept this design going for years. Many look the same, other than having rubber tires in later years.

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These are two ladies with Fordson tractors plowing in England during WWII, when the men were fighting a war. These ladies were helping feed the nation.

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Ladies on tractors are nothing new! This is a dear friend of mine sitting on her father's 10-20 McCormick-Deering tractor. In later years, she could start and drive just about anything on their farm too. Her dad preferred her for helping with his farm work too (and she had two brothers!). (She was just a tiny bit too young here, but she's getting the idea!)

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Her father wasn't upset with her when the front bolster broke off on their IH Farmall Super C. She'd hit a badger hole under the hay windrow she was bucking with the tractor. They had a neighbor come with his Farmhand to lift the tractor and get it back into operation. I don't know if it was a broken shaft, or just bolts for the front axle? I'm betting it was just the four bolts?

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This is a lady cultivating with her IHC Farmall B. The Farmall B was scarce in central Montana. I never saw one until I moved to the Flathead Valley. 

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Older, but no lady on it, a McCormick-Deering IHC Farmall Regular. My dad had them and Anson's dad was a factory representative for them. This tractor industrialized row crop farming.

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I recently borrowed this photo from Facebook. This gentleman driving the 1938 IHC Farmall F-20 on rubber, I believe his father bought it new? Likely one or more of you IH guys will recognize him and his Farmall?

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This was an "Antique" tractor meet in Kathryn, North Dakota. I know you kids call these "Antiques." But I used to sit on them when they were brand new, in the dealership's showrooms. So they are JUST old.

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A nicely restored (or painted, at least?) IH Farmall H. Maybe Tom Railsback knows what that is sitting at the left? It's not yet an IH tractor!

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This is a 1952 magazine cover with boys learning about an IH Farmall H.

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My Facebook friend and author, Sam Moore, posted this photo of a 1939 International TD-18 TracTracTor performing a power test at Nebraska. A couple of McCormick-Deering 15-30s or 22-36s are set up with "power eating" devices of some kind? And that steam engine on behind must be full of water, and it may have some braking device too. Ol' "know it all" entered into a discussion that Sam was having with another gentleman about the steam engine. I'm unable to identify it as to brand. (Maybe Roger can?). If I were to guess, I'd call it a 25 hp double cylinder M. Rumely. The gentleman was telling Sam how he'd heard the valves were removed and reinstalled to cause the steam engine to compress air, putting that strain on the TD-18. I assured Sam that THIS steam engine wasn't doing that... Not without a motor (engine proper) on it. But I also told him, you don't have to remove and reinstall the valves to cause it to compress air, when being pulled. The reverse lever does that, and they will compress air into the boiler. I figured "hardtail" would like this photo!

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I remember seeing an Electrall IH PTO power generator in Bourke Motor in my young years. I think REA had pretty much killed the sales of them? I don't know? But I never saw more than that one. 

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Speaking of Bourke Motor & Implement Company, this is a subtle reminder of the two years I spent as an International Harvester, Allis-Chalmers, Farmhand and Hesston parts man. And that ashtray. I had quit smoking but Johnny Bourke kept the ashtrays dirty.

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Another subtle reminder of being an International Harvester parts man. How I remember climbing the faces of those bins for parts. Whether putting new stock away, or removing parts for customers.

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This is the 1953 IH TD-18A I farmed with for several years. I built that (yet unpainted, just primed) cab for it. But that John Deere chisel plow was the only piece of JD equipment on our farm. Another IH Tractor on a Montana Farm!

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Well, except for one of these pedal tractors for little girls (obviously!) and boys. When Dad negotiated on the chisel plow above, he made the dealer throw in one of these early John Deere pedal tractors. Nephews, Randy and Ralph, plus son Mike wore that thing out, pedaling it around the farm yard. Son Mike even had the audacity to take it into Granddad Joe's shop, borrow a can of IH red spray paint and paint it RED! He wanted a "Farmall" and not an extension of the Rumely Oilpull (two cylinder poppin' Johnny) tractors. I'll bet Mike wishes he still had that junker of a little tractor today, though? I'll bet it'd go back to green?!!

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Mike does still have this IH Farmall tractor though! And that McCormick-Deering IHC Service Truck from "Uncle Roger" Byrne! It doesn't seem possible that little Jacob is graduated from HS... 1130133192_JakeTractorandHeatherTruck1.jpg.a46fb61d41bbb24b4ffe9770012d6ddc.jpg

The 15 hp Case steam engine powering the buzz saw, for demonstration, a few years ago on our threshing day.

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Michaelle, Heather, me, Jacob and Mike pose with the wood consuming machines.

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I recently took these photos of Mike's IH Farmall M, "Toot" belted to the buzz saw. While Toot is an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm, he's also the lifeblood of the Reeves and Case steam engines. Mike often fires up Toot to saw up firewood, to replace the big dent we put in the woodpile, when steaming.  Gary?

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Professor-----I can see that ya'll are going to have quite a recording session.  No doubt some big numbers coming.

I forgot to mention that Wrangler plays a horn also.  You might want to have Tuba Case sit in with you and Wrangler on this session.

I am not musically inclined enuff to know what type of horn it is------but it is big and loud (like Tuba's)  Strong enuff to blow his tail up when he "honks" it!!!!! (Whh-oonnkkkk!!)??

 

 

DD

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34 minutes ago, Delta Dirt said:

Professor-----I can see that ya'll are going to have quite a recording session.  No doubt some big numbers coming.

I forgot to mention that Wrangler plays a horn also.  You might want to have Tuba Case sit in with you and Wrangler on this session.

I am not musically inclined enuff to know what type of horn it is------but it is big and loud (like Tuba's)  Strong enuff to blow his tail up when he "honks" it!!!!! (Whh-oonnkkkk!!)??

 

 

DD

Anson, Tubacase47 had his tuba with him last Thursday when he visited me at Silver Creek. If we'd only known! This is an older "file photo" of Tubacase47 with the Case steam engine.

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However if Wrangler wants to toot his horn on a day when Tom (Tubacase47) is having dialysis, I could likely join Wrangler? I used to play a double B flat Sousaphone in HS, that is just a bent tuba invented by John Philip Sousa, to be used more comfortably during marching in parades. As a matter of fact, you may be able to put Wrangler's tail through the bent part of a Sousaphone, using a Kruper? Then add some hames and a collar to hold it in place and free him from playing that tuba. I'm assuming you can find a Kruper somewhere there in the Delta, Anson?

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This is what I look like as a "tubacase" double.

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Anson, I'm sure Wrangler got his idea from this "Ram?" Have Wrangler let me know when he's ready to toot his horn!  Gary?

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PS: I don't know how quality of a "band" we'll have with just two or three tubas (Whh-oonnkkkking!!)??

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Professor----

Neither me nor Wrangler know much about a kruper (cruper)????  Wrangler sez he is 21 years old and never worn one------don't see "fixing something that ain't broke"!!!

Do you and TubaCase  wear one when playing in your band???

If so----------------------no wonder the bluz music never made it out there to the wild west!!!!!???

 

DD

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2 hours ago, Old Binder Guy said:

Anson, Have you found a Kruper yet? Gary?

Following up on the crupper-----

Looking on google I see several videos on using a crupper.

As stated earlier-----neither me nor Wrangler know much about a "crupper".---------so I looked it up to see what I might learn.

I had been under the impression that the crupper was used for decorative purposes in "setting the tail upward in a cocked position".  Evidentally this use is partially true in that it fastens the saddle to the rear of the horse (and under the tail) so to keep the saddle from working forward in rougth terrain.

Ironically------I saw several warnings that a crupper pulling against the tail could break the tail and injure the horses back.  

I am sure some of the real cowboys on here can shed more light on the subject.  But------wanted to pass this bit of knowledge on to Gary and Tuba--------sure wouldn't want them to break their tail while performing on the bandstand. 

OUCH!!!!!!!?

 

DD

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Anson, I just knew you were going to Google Kruper (Crupper) and spoil my dad's joke, right here in front of everyone. The horses tail does go through it. However I was intending to have that piece of leather hold a Double B Flat Sousaphone on Wrangler's rear end with the help of a collar and hames. That way he could play Sousaphone for Tom's and my Tuba band. The kruper (crupper) is the black leather piece with an explanation tag, between the cowbell and the wooden level.

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Dad always kept this Kruper (Crupper) handy in the shop at the ranch. If someone came along that didn't know what a Kruper (Crupper) was, dad would show it to them, say, "Any horses @$$ should know that!" Then break out in his belly laugh with all of his teeth showing in that wide open mouth!

And as my friend Paul Harvey (Aurandt - his surname) used to say, ending his commentary segment: Now You Know.......... The Rest Of The Story! (I sure miss him!)

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Paul had lost his voice for a few weeks. I sent him a get well wish and told him I'd been listening to his radio broadcasts ever since I first heard his news doing field work, hearing him on a tractor radio, mounted on Dad's WD9 McCormick in the mid-1950s. 

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PS: Paul Harvey's first Radio Job was at radio station KGVO in Missoula, Montana. After some time on the radio, the station manager called Paul into his office. This (idiot) manager told Paul Harvey to find another line of work. He wasn't cut out for radio! I've often wondered if Paul ever had any communication with that former manager, after Paul worked for his success and was able to travel to speaking engagements and to his home in his own private Lear jet?

This was the WD-9, MacDonald cab and the radio inside the window.

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"Any horse's a$$ should know that"

I am betting that your dad and Paul Harvey would agree that your thread here on RedPower is:  the Rest of the Story!!!

-------commenting that at least one of those old codgers always learns something from the Professor's little one room school house broadcasting out of ButterMilk Curve, Montana.

 

I did learn the real purpose of the crupper today (stabilizing a loose saddle)------sorry to screw your dad's joke up.  That's a good-un.?

 

edit:  sure would like to hear Paul Harvey's views on the state of affairs of our country nowadays.  Lots of changes and he ain't been gone very long.

DD

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Paul Harvey (Aurandt) also did another thing in Montana. He flew into to Butte, America for a speaking engagement in town. My good friend Terry Bass was news director for Radio Station KOPR in Butte. He arranged for Paul Harvey to deliver his weekend noontime news at the bottom of the Kelley Copper Mine Saturday, June 3, 1963. Friend Terry is out of the photo running tape recorder, and took the photo. Paul did something he'd never done before. He delivered his news one mile below the surface that day!

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And I can't help but post this copy of Paul Harvey's "So God Made A Farmer."        Gary?

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PS: And the Meadow Lark is the Montana State Bird.

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Here's  hoping "all y'all" have a great 4th of July. There's not going to be much of a celebration here in Montana with all of the heat we're having. Every day we hover in the high 90s. Mike and Randy were going to fire their Reeves steam engine. They halted that idea. We've been over 100° a few times too. I've never seen this early and persistent of hot temperatures. We always got a few 100° days when piling bales as a kid, it seems. But we've had hot for so long now that the non-irrigated crops are not looking good in Montana. I wish I had my dad to sit down for an hour and discuss the Dirty Thirties with him. I heard a lot, but I KNOW there was more to hear than I remember hearing.

I especially want us to remember why we celebrate the 4th of July. It is our nation's Independence Day afterall. I do fear how we're no longer independent from China and what will transpire due to that someday. I'm an old duffer now, but I fear for my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. China isn't going to just walk away. I remember when we were shipping all of America's scrap iron over there 15 years ago and sooner. Are they going to build knives, forks and spoons to sell through Walmart? They assembled some huge ships for their navy. Those Commies have plans. I hate to leave my friends here on a downer, but it is time America wakes up. And someone nodding off into La La Land in our Whitehouse scares the He11 out of me too. At least we no longer have those awful Twitter tweets to endure! Gary?

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PS: I almost forgot about an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. Mike on the 1935 Farmall F-12.

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In case a few of you don’t see the Red Power pics in the other thread I’ll add some here.  Plenty of watermelon smuggling vehicles on display. You might store a few inside the pipes on that first one....?

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...some  neat  machines on those  pics, Todd......although, I imagine the purists like Roger Byrne , and others here, would be less than excited   looking at that old  KB, with  those, to my eye, ghastly twin "funnels" hanging off it.......

Every trip I have made to the USA,the "patriotism''  has been a real eye opener....Maybe its because of the good folk I have been around ....and their respective   "neighbourhoods :""......But the last picture of that "unencumbered  "    , beautifully restored  International    Harvester Trac Tractor, with the operator  and his US flag  ......to me...somehow embodies    what is  great about the United States.....

""Freedom ""

...Gary's    thoughts above, on another "power broker "" in these  troubled time's is very pertinent....I like his anology re the  domestic US  firearms owner's..... but  I trust and fervently hope that somehow, the soiled mess  that is US leadership, will prevail....

Mike

...I also like TD9   crawlers...:)

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17 hours ago, mike newman said:

...some  neat  machines on those  pics, Todd......although, I imagine the purists like Roger Byrne , and others here, would be less than excited   looking at that old  KB, with  those, to my eye, ghastly twin "funnels" hanging off it.......

l agree. Lots of fantastic pics of nice equipment from everybody at the RPRU. But l just can't get enthused over using what looks like sewer pipe for exhaust stacks on that one truck. Then again l'm sure lots of folks don't care for my favorite kind of tractors, the LP fueled ones. l guess it all comes out in the wash.

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Well, I'll never be able to make that load of watermelon.  Every time I try, something goes wrong.  We have a heavy black clay soil, not necessarily good for melons.  We went into the year with about a 7" deficit on rain and I was having to water melons with city water.  I don't think they like it.  We finally did get some rain.  I couldn't keep up with the weeds.  I believe weeds were so great that the blooms couldn't get pollen.  Next year I'm going to do like a fisherman and just go to the store and get a wheelbarrow full of melons and then plant them again among the vines, and then have the grandkids come out and I'll show them how I can grow melons.   

We finally wound up as of today with 7" over our norm regarding the rain and right now we are supposed to be getting another 7 or so inches in the next 6-7 days.  Here's a photo.  

 

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Here's a shot of the milo (grain sorghum).  We're a little late this year.  Didn't think it would come up, it was so dry at planting time.  Finally did plant, finally came up to a stand, finally got a bunch of rain.  Still a little wet to harvest.  Has to be 14% moisture to not get docked, it's testing 20%  Maybe we'll get it cut.  Looks real good if we can get it out.

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1 hour ago, Fred B said:

Well, I'll never be able to make that load of watermelon.  Every time I try, something goes wrong.  We have a heavy black clay soil, not necessarily good for melons.  We went into the year with about a 7" deficit on rain and I was having to water melons with city water.  I don't think they like it.  We finally did get some rain.  I couldn't keep up with the weeds.  I believe weeds were so great that the blooms couldn't get pollen.  Next year I'm going to do like a fisherman and just go to the store and get a wheelbarrow full of melons and then plant them again among the vines, and then have the grandkids come out and I'll show them how I can grow melons.   

We finally wound up as of today with 7" over our norm regarding the rain and right now we are supposed to be getting another 7 or so inches in the next 6-7 days.  Here's a photo.  

 

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Wow, Fred. If we could just get a quarter inch of rain, we'd be tickled pink. A half inch would have us dancing in the streets. Things are really bad in much of Montana, North and South Dakota. I haven't heard about Wyoming and lower Idaho? Gary?

 

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 Wow, Fred. If we could just get a quarter inch of rain, we'd be tickled pink. A half inch would have us dancing in the streets. Things are really bad in much of Montana, North and South Dakota. I haven't heard about Wyoming and lower Idaho? Gary?

Sorry about the upper post. I don't know what the heck button I hit?

 

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Sorry a day late but Happy 4th of July Gary!!  I got to watch fireworks all around the hayfield because I baled until midnight last night!

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Two fields were ready to go so I stayed until it was done. The LED lights I put on the SMTA really help. Neat to watch all of the display of fireworks from the tractor seat. I’m sure you did your share of night farming also!

Earlier in the day, the Old Codger Crew and I drove our tractors in the local parade.

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I intended to drive the High Boy Cub in the parade.

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Spent a few nights after field work swapping tires and painting rims to have it ready.  Then a cheap Chinese replacement starter decided to die at the starting line so that’s why I drove ol Fat Mable W-9 in the parade, I knew I wouldn’t have any issues with her.  And no, I didn’t buy the garbage starter from China.  Not my Cub so I had to work with what I had.

Yes it is dry here too. The fields are producing half or less then last year. Not good, I’ve sold all of what grass hay I’ve been able to make right from the field.  I’ve been at making hay since the middle of June and things aren’t good.

Today I cut my first field of oat hay. I don’t know what happened but it is outstanding!

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Some areas were 4 feet tall!  Since the grass hay is pretty much a bust, this field will make up a lot!  What a blessing.

So I just wanted to check in and show you what a few IH tractors on a Montana farm have been up to lately. Hope all is well with you and the Mrs!

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.....this picture, for Gary,  I wanted to include it ...in the other T20 pics, posted   recently...but due to my mess of photos, I couldn't    locate it ........:blush:

The plough   is a #8......spruced it up ages ago......Good Fun..

That is another old IH  enthusiast  at the controls......

Mike

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On 7/4/2021 at 11:00 AM, twostepn2001 said:

l agree. Lots of fantastic pics of nice equipment from everybody at the RPRU. But l just can't get enthused over using what looks like sewer pipe for exhaust stacks on that one truck. Then again l'm sure lots of folks don't care for my favorite kind of tractors, the LP fueled ones. l guess it all comes out in the wash.

Here are a few of my LP shots that would actually upload or not be upside down. 

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