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Sharon and I just returned from Seattle this afternoon. I'm not even completely unpacked yet. We went to see our youngest daughter, Mev and Son (in-law) Brad. It was the first time we've gone anywhere out of state since my cancer surgery in Seattle almost 4 years ago. Maybe I'll get something posted one of these days soon? Gary😉

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I finally went out to Silver Creek for the first time in about three weeks. I was under the weather and then went to Seattle. I hadn't been at the shop very long and I had my frequent traveler guest stop in, Tubacase47, AKA: Tom Railsback of Great Falls. 

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After Tom left, I harnessed up in the Cordovox accordion and recorded five songs. One I have to do over, because I mixed another song into the one I was recording. Playing by ear has its disadvantages sometimes! My newest of the two "classic" (quite elderly) Cordovox accordions lives at the shop for now. It's actually right near Tom Railsback in his photo. Gary😉

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Just wondering if any of you guys could tell me what kind of truck this is? Caption just said it was taken near Breckinridge, Texas oilfields in 1932.

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Damn I don't know but looks like they went to the future and stole one of the wheels off the a team van and made a chain sprocket out of it!

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1 hour ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Damn I don't know but looks like they went to the future and stole one of the wheels off the a team van and made a chain sprocket out of it!

Now you know that can't be. That sprocket is a 8 hole pattern and the A-Team van is only a 5 hole....geez....   😁

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Some pics for you gents from Red Power Roundup in Ohio. First two are from a local museum we went through this evening. Local manufacturing to this area. 

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10 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

Some pics for you gents from Red Power Roundup in Ohio. First two are from a local museum we went through this evening. Local manufacturing to this area. 

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I like the "Bomber C"

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2 minutes ago, jeeper61 said:

Sounds like you had a good time at the Round up 

Thank you for Sharing the Photos I enjoyed everyone

Still drooling  🤤

I actually didn’t put that last large group here on purpose. It was an accident. I try to keep stuff here that is normally talked about in this thread. Namely the older stuff. It’s all in the RPRU 2022 thread for anyone to see as well along with many more. 

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7 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I actually didn’t put that last large group here on purpose. It was an accident. I try to keep stuff here that is normally talked about in this thread. Namely the older stuff. It’s all in the RPRU 2022 thread for anyone to see as well along with many more. 

I don't think anyone will object it all appears to be over a half century old 

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1 hour ago, jeeper61 said:

I don't think anyone will object it all appears to be over a half century old 

I was wondering what age qualified a piece for the "Heritage Collection"???

I am a "Rusty & Dusty" fan myself-----but tip my hat to everybody that has rubbed and scrubbed on any piece of farm equipment in order to make them shine as most of these displayed do.  So many of these restorations didn't look this good when new!!!!

May be the next time I go to see the doctor-------that I tell him I came in for a full "restoration"??:rolleyes:

 

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Apparently  this was off a model aa ford truck thought you may be able to confirm this. I've never seen anything like. Auto locking bed and auto dump gate.

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36 minutes ago, mader656 said:

Apparently  this was off a model aa ford truck thought you may be able to confirm this. I've never seen anything like. Auto locking bed and auto dump gate.

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I see that it has a latch at the front. I'm not familiar with this type of mechanical latch and dump mechanism. It sure makes sense that some "thinker" from back at that time could have figured that out.

The "dump" Dad and his brothers had on the Model TT was hand lift or scoop shovel lift. They had to shovel some grain to the rear of the "just off of center" balance then lift the box. I believe it had chains limiting how far it could go up. Uncle Audie is dumping wheat into a Milwaukee RR boxcar at Joan, Montana. Gary😉

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Yesterday, the Montana Steam Engineer's Association met at my good friend Andy Troutwine's place near Clearwater Junction. It's always good to see the OLD friends and the young ones too. I had barely arrived when I saw Tubacase47 (Tom Railsback) sitting inside Andy's Shop. I had to try to take a selfie of the two of us and me in my steam engineer's cap. I'm sorry I barely got you in the photo Tom.

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A lot of Brown Sugar was spread beforehand. Andy had his 20 hp Reeves and 15 hp Case parked for a photo of the engineers later.

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Andy leaning on the front wheel of his original first engine, the 15 hp Case. On Facebook this morning, a friend asked about the missing wheel spoke. The right rear handhole on a Case is a LOOOooooong reach for a short arm. Reaching through two rows of spokes and the added width of the gearing on this side. A spoke removed allowed one to get closer to his work. Hand hole alignment is quite particular. If you have ever witnessed (I have!) a misaligned hand hole gasket blow out because of carelessness, it will break you for good to make sure they are in near perfect alignment.

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While up on the Reeves I had to take a picture of the engineer's station. My favorite place to be on a steam engine.

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Andy's mother, Darlene, put on a heck of a feed. Anyone who went away hungry, it was their own darn fault.

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After chowing down, we spent about an hour and a half in the steam engineers meeting. 

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My steam friend, young Paul Consani from Portland, was in attendance and joined our association, was very prompt at checking the water glasses in the live engines, making sure they didn't present a danger while we were meeting. Paul attends shows all over the USA. He just graduated HS, but has a steam license from Rollag, MN and is planning on attending about three eastern steam shows this summer. One may be Ederville in North Carolina.

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Andy cuts cedar logs on this buzz saw for his shingle mill.

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The shingle mill.

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The upright steam engine that operates his shingle mill.

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My 40+ year steam friend, Dick Tombrink, examines Andy's 12 hp Advance engine he is in the process of restoring. Andy built that operating freelance model engine years ago. It runs real slick too! His nephews all love it.

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MT Matt, you may have noticed this 15 hp Case is missing from St. Regis?

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Andy purchased this 60 hp Case that purportedly has a new Case boiler installed at the factory ca. 1921. He's looking for some parts for it.

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Andy has this sweet running IHC gas engine. I couldn't read the horsepower emblem. I'm guessing 10 hp? Roger will know.

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And the day wouldn't have been complete without a photo of an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm! I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for an IH Farmall Cub. The first thing I ever drove when I was 6 years old. I spent a lot of hours on Dad's 1947 Cub haying.

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Andy and association president Jim Tombrink head out with the Reeves for a spin. After two years of Covid, it was great to make connections again and feel half way normal! 

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Andy's mother is a semi professional photographer and took this photo of the engineer crew present at Andy's place yesterday. Gary😁

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PS: Just to show how much I trust Andy with a steam engine, I've had him operate it at Mike's place about five years in a row now. He is one of the most conscientious steam engineers I've known. (Ooops, there's another IH Tractor on a Montana Farm!)

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On 6/25/2022 at 7:21 AM, Delta Dirt said:

I was wondering what age qualified a piece for the "Heritage Collection"???

I am a "Rusty & Dusty" fan myself-----but tip my hat to everybody that has rubbed and scrubbed on any piece of farm equipment in order to make them shine as most of these displayed do.  So many of these restorations didn't look this good when new!!!!

May be the next time I go to see the doctor-------that I tell him I came in for a full "restoration"??:rolleyes:

 

DD

The Heritage Collection display was composed of machines that had been in the family since new or for a very long time. Here are several from that portion of the display. I really liked this idea personally. All ages of machinery with a common theme. 

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3 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

The Heritage Collection display was composed of machines that had been in the family since new or for a very long time. Here are several from that portion of the display. I really liked this idea personally. All ages of machinery with a common theme. 

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Re: Heritage

Thanks Hammer-----owned since new sure makes one unique nowadays.

May have to have you and the Little Man take my qualified "heritage" (rusty & dusty) pieces out to Grand Island next year.

Should have at least one good load----reckon I better count up:

2 x Farmall Regulars

1 x F-20 

1 x TD-14 with angle blade (1943)

1 x Farmall M (1947 model with bill of sale)

1 x 1600 Loadstar ('62 or '63 model)

 

Hmmmmm--------I come up with approx 53,000 lbs.  Need to shake off a few lbs of rust and dust!  That's a pretty good load for the F-700 watermelon truck!!!!!;)

In reality------I need to get myself to one of the shows.  Ain't gonna happen anytime soon-----but it don't hurt to dream!!!!

Grand Island would be a good place for TubaCase and the Professor to pair up and serenade the crowd with some of their music???

DD

 

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Delta Dirt said:

Re: Heritage

Thanks Hammer-----owned since new sure makes one unique nowadays.

May have to have you and the Little Man take my qualified "heritage" (rusty & dusty) pieces out to Grand Island next year.

Should have at least one good load----reckon I better count up:

2 x Farmall Regulars

1 x F-20 

1 x TD-14 with angle blade (1943)

1 x Farmall M (1947 model with bill of sale)

1 x 1600 Loadstar ('62 or '63 model)

 

Hmmmmm--------I come up with approx 53,000 lbs.  Need to shake off a few lbs of rust and dust!  That's a pretty good load for the F-700 watermelon truck!!!!!;)

In reality------I need to get myself to one of the shows.  Ain't gonna happen anytime soon-----but it don't hurt to dream!!!!

Grand Island would be a good place for TubaCase and the Professor to pair up and serenade the crowd with some of their music???

DD

 

 

 

 

Anson, while that sounds like a great idea to have Tubacase47 and me make music at Grand Island, I don't think he owns a proper engineer's cap? But if Tom can find one, and Roger could find one at a welding shop, I'll bet Roger has the proper tax deductible music instrument, there in Minnesota?  Gary😁 

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41 minutes ago, Delta Dirt said:

Re: Heritage

Thanks Hammer-----owned since new sure makes one unique nowadays.

May have to have you and the Little Man take my qualified "heritage" (rusty & dusty) pieces out to Grand Island next year.

Should have at least one good load----reckon I better count up:

2 x Farmall Regulars

1 x F-20 

1 x TD-14 with angle blade (1943)

1 x Farmall M (1947 model with bill of sale)

1 x 1600 Loadstar ('62 or '63 model)

 

Hmmmmm--------I come up with approx 53,000 lbs.  Need to shake off a few lbs of rust and dust!  That's a pretty good load for the F-700 watermelon truck!!!!!;)

In reality------I need to get myself to one of the shows.  Ain't gonna happen anytime soon-----but it don't hurt to dream!!!!

Grand Island would be a good place for TubaCase and the Professor to pair up and serenade the crowd with some of their music???

DD

 

 

 

 

I’ll let him drive. He likes the pedal pulls a lot. Shameless Dad moment I guess.  He is 5 and was in a class of 5-6 year olds.  He placed 3rd and did his best.  We were all happy.

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Yes Gary, I had been wondering where the Case engine from town went off to after the antique shop moved!  I’m glad it went to a good owner also.  I ran into Andy at an auction sale in Missoula, MT this spring. It was good to see him and It’s good to see Tom is still out and about too!

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And to add a little more red to this topic, I finished the H! 

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I needed to use it on a 9’ haybine, so I plumbed up a hydraulic valve too.

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And now this IH tractor is back to work and covered in dust on a Montana farm!

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