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1 hour ago, int 504 said:

More accurate speedo perhaps.

My original 1953 Harley read up to 120 mph, but the needle went past that mark; and I think it was pretty accurate. I know it felt like you were flying at that speed. Ask the guy in the Cadillac that I finally passed on that 4 mile straight stretch east of Moore, Montana! Young men are "bullet proof" you know!  Gary 😗

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I think a year or 2 ago there was a big old car auction out of Montana, unfortunately I was late to the party again, always on the lookout for a good Vega hatchback body which is a unicorn as they may have been rusty sitting on the new car lot...then missed rusty valleys auction and there was 1 Vega hatch I spied next to an old Opel after the fact

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I can think of several junk yards my friends and I used to visit all around Iowa that are no longer there. This was late 70s up to mid 80s time period. Lots of 50s and 60s stuff. Some neat cars that could have, easily in some cases, been saved. One had a ford coupe about the age of some in my or Gary's picture as well as some 40s era cars. All gone now. 

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I hope you kids here won't be upset with me if I repost one of YOUR photos or repost one I've just put here recently. Other than that, I don't know one darn thing.

This is a photo of Amphibian GPs or Jeeps being floated in the Rogue River at Detroit in 1943.

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I'm assuming this is a WC Allis Chalmers tractor powering this "Go Devil" planter in Texas.

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Not all "Barrel Hood" automobiles were Franklins, but I think this one is? Ca. about 1910, when windshields became the popular accessory.

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A horse pulled cotton harvester in Texas.

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Apparently this Texas cotton harvester is being pulled by a tractor? But I don't know...

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Our late friend Anson Sheldon used to have one of these front wheel drive Moline Universal tractors. This one is pulling a two bottom plow. 

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A 20-40 Case gas tractor on the belt.

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A Huber return flue steam engine is pulling a plow and the likely/apparent owner of the machinery is visiting the outfit in the field with their ca. 1907 IHC Auto(wagon?). It could be the dealer of the equipment or plow, however?

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I think this is a 25 hp M. Rumely steam engine pulling one of their Rumely Ideal threshing machines. The engine has a lot of earmarks of a 20 hp, but It has a third row of spokes in the wide rear wheels, which made me choose 25 hp.

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A 25 hp Reeves cross compound Canadian Special engine is towing a WWI U.S. Army mobile laundry facility.

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This 32 hp Reeves likely has its fire pulled, or it was full of water and they are keeping it high in the glass, as this attitude is slightly dangerous, if ignoring the water level. It is prone to getting the crown sheet red hot, if it isn't covered with water. And that can be deadly for all involved in that immediate area. I'd assume they were trying to keep the fire going as it needs to back itself out of that predicament its front wheels are in.

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A lady friend in Minnesota posted this photo of her family's 30-60 Case gas tractor on Facebook. The Dodge Brother's Touring Car is a ca. 1915 model. These tractors are extremely valuable today.

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Another Minnesota photo. Two Case and three Advance steam engines are at this Fergus Iron Works Company Machine Shop and Foundry. They would have been able to manufacture a limited amount of new castings for tractors and engines of that time period, so they wouldn't have to wait for a telegram to be sent, and a new part shipped for an engine or tractor. Parts departments weren't real prolific in that time period. The machinist and blacksmith were hired to fix machinery for that reason.

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This same "Fergus" (above) goes back to a central Montana connection too. James Fergus, whom Fergus Falls, Minnesota was named for, migrated to Helena, Montana in the 1870s. He later bought a 14,000 acre sheep ranch in northeast central Montana. After his death, and his son Andrew's death, Andrew's wife "sold" around 7,000 of those acres to the Yaeger Brothers in the Great Depression. Actually, Mrs. Fergus didn't realize much of anything from that sale, as the Yaeger Brothers basically signed an agreement to take over her Fergus County Tax Debt on the land. This photo is of Pamelia and James Fergus in 1879.

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A rather neat photo of a Minneapolis straw burner, return flue steam engine all ready to thresh in North Dakota.

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A 15 hp Case straw burner engine is going to pull a threshing machine across a shallow river.

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A likely 1909 Case 25 hp coal burner engine is pulling 10-bottoms of John Deere plows in South Dakota.

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A 15 hp Case is under steam at Fargo, North Dakota's Agricultural College.

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I believe this single cylinder Nichols & Shepard engine is a 25 hp? I can't see the water tanks and the barrel looks too fat for a 20 hp. I'm guessing this crew is stack threshing?

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This Nichols & Shepard single cylinder engine IS a 20 hp.

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42 minutes ago, Old Binder Guy said:

Our late friend Anson Sheldon used to have one of these front wheel drive Moline Universal tractors. This one is pulling a two bottom plow. 

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I have always found these to be interesting. We talked about them in the past but as you have said Gary, why not post it again 😊 The first two pics are ones I took at a local show a couple years ago. 71A8B757-AAB5-4E54-8D0A-340A68454CA0.thumb.jpeg.8618571d7d1fb84e716fda869c01e6af.jpeg657DDA8C-0349-48CF-B44C-4D490AC2DE4F.thumb.jpeg.d427f905216f651e61a4df22a08e371b.jpeg
 

Next is my Great Grandfather. The picture says it was his first tractor. I’m guessing it was shortly after returning from WW1. The picture was taken near Arcola IL1CA144AD-98C4-41F8-81F9-1AA632D54308.thumb.jpeg.49d13b92b4b7d2858a4aaada74748fcf.jpeg
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That pic of the Allis-Chalmers with the planter and go-devil was taken in 1939 by depression era photographer Russell Lee at a farm near Ralls in Crosby county, Texas. Which by the way is where l was born. But not anywhere close to that time frame!!!  lol 

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l have this pic in my "cotton files" too. Not much info about it except it says "A salesman demonstrating a cotton harvester at a farm in Crosby county, Texas in 1929". lt don't say anything about what kind of machine it is or who built it.

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That cotton harvester you posted was called a "sled". They pulled over the cotton and it went between those fingers and was completely stripped, open bolls along with non open bolls and leaves and bark off the plant. Here is a pic of how they used them. Pulled by mules, then the "baskets" just dumped the cotton on the ground. Then crews with pitchforks and wagons came along and picked the cotton off the ground and pitched it into the wagons.

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On 10/17/2023 at 1:26 PM, Old Binder Guy said:

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Not that it is really of much consequence, but that's a Case CC & early galvanized A6 combine. Most certainly not IH, but they would be stuck with each other after a while. :v)

Mike

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Ok.... I doubt this was taken in Montana & it certainly isn't IH.... but I was wondering if anyone could identify the make? Think there's a few pro's on here that might know what this is. ;v)

Mike

P.S. If this pic came out tiny, I'll re-post a larger one in the morning.

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 few days ago, OBG posted a pic of a Moline Universal tractor that was like the one that Anson "Delta Dirt" had. Here are some pics from the Fiber Max Center Museum in Lubbock, Texas. lt is mostly the history of cotton grown on the high plains of Texas but have a lot of other things too.

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They have restored this one.

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l have no idea what kind of tractor this is but l bet that somebody here knows.

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Here is a chuck wagon from the Swenson ranch near Aspermont, Texas.

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They even have a Grumman Ag Cat spray plane hanging from the ceiling.

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The next pics are for Gary...lol 

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Here are some cotton strippers waiting to be restored.

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This is one of the tractors that was in the tractorcade to Washington D.C. in 1979.

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This another tractor that was in the same tractorcade.

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This a set of cotton scales. They were used in field to weigh cotton sacks during picking,also used in the gins and compresses to weigh the finished cotton bales.

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And of course l have to add a pic of a old truck for Gary and Roger!!

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Cant forget sledgehammer either so here are some pics of old tools and anvils.

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These are some old gin stands. They are what actually separate the seed from the fiber. Those signs on the wall were hung on just about every gin in the country advertising what kind of ginning system they had.

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For the toy collectors among us, they a really big collection of all colors and brands.

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On 10/16/2023 at 12:46 PM, hardtail said:

I think a year or 2 ago there was a big old car auction out of Montana, unfortunately I was late to the party again, always on the lookout for a good Vega hatchback body which is a unicorn as they may have been rusty sitting on the new car lot...then missed rusty valleys auction and there was 1 Vega hatch I spied next to an old Opel after the fact

Look at the Facebook group for Cosworth Vegas they were all hatchbacks.

A lot of them were saved and I have seen cars needing a restoration cause they been sitting for 30 years going for less than 2k and they were southern cars

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Twostepn2001, That was a very interesting post you put here with all of the photos of such interesting things. They sure have their tools displayed nicer than I have mine. They have a lot more too.

One thing I was able to help you with is this photo. It's obviously a combination cultivation tractor similar to the Moline in purpose. It is an Emerson-Brantingham tractor and I see that it is a "friction drive" like so many of those specialty cultivation tractors were. Thank you for your magnificent post! What a museum those "cotton pickers" have there in Texas! Gary😁

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20 hours ago, Absent Minded Farmer said:

Ok.... I doubt this was taken in Montana & it certainly isn't IH.... but I was wondering if anyone could identify the make? Think there's a few pro's on here that might know what this is. ;v)

Mike

P.S. If this pic came out tiny, I'll re-post a larger one in the morning.

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Mike, it leaves egg on my face to not be able to identify this steam engine. I'm so sorry. I hope Roger had a name for it. It is possible it is a Canadian engine? I don't know. I've never seen that type of "6-spoke" rear wheels before. I don't recognize the rear bunker or tank design and it appears that the smokestack is just a straight piece of pipe? The three things I mentioned usually give me a clue to the type of engine. But this one has me "buffaloed." Gary🤔

 

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14 hours ago, Tubacase47 said:

Absent Minded Farmer, the tractor pulling the combine is a Case "R", not a CC.

Were they about the same size? Always thought the CC was the runt of the litter.

Mike

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8 minutes ago, Old Binder Guy said:

Mike, it leaves egg on my face to not be able to identify this steam engine. I'm so sorry. I hope Roger had a name for it. It is possible it is a Canadian engine? I don't know. I've never seen that type of "6-spoke" rear wheels before. I don't recognize the rear bunker or tank design and it appears that the smokestack is just a straight piece of pipe? The three things I mentioned usually give me a clue to the type of engine. But this one has me "buffaloed." Gary🤔

 

No worries, Gary! This one has me a bit stumped, too.

Mike

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Gary I was thinking of you yesterday while helping my nephews sift through one of the scrap iron dumps on the "new to them" farm site. Judging by some of the iron there its pretty old. Remnants of a wooden box seed drill and possibly a separator. We found several of these cast iron lumps and wondered if you had an idea what they came from?

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5 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Gary I was thinking of you yesterday while helping my nephews sift through one of the scrap iron dumps on the "new to them" farm site. Judging by some of the iron there its pretty old. Remnants of a wooden box seed drill and possibly a separator. We found several of these cast iron lumps and wondered if you had an idea what they came from?

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Ralph, I'm not much help here lately. I've never seen any "cast iron lumps" like those before. I can't even imagine what they might be used for. The "valley" obviously was an important part. If you ever find out, I'd sure be curious to know what they are. Gary🤔

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Yesterday was 15 hp Case steam up day, to put it away in the shed for the winter. The Reeves has been in the shed for nearly 4 weeks, drained and dried.

The morning steam up required an elbow on the smokestack to draw the smoke. The smoke when exiting the stack went down to the ground at first. The wind, atmospherics, and draft all had an effect. Mike started the fire before going to church. He left this stick here so Paw wouldn't have to climb up and pull the elbow off. I arrived not long after the fire started, but the engine was "sizzling" wanting to build steam. Mike had opened the ash pan cleanout, and left the draft door closed. That gave the fire a positive draft.

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After about 25 psi, I removed the elbow, closed the ash pan door and opened the draft door.

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I had to take her for a spin. I never know when it will be my LAST spin.

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I had to take a photo of Mike's sign on his gate post at the driveway.

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When Mike returned from Church, he took me and the engine for another spin.

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I let Mike back the engine into the shed. He parked it within inches of where I'd have parked it too.

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We always pull the fire before backing in, then it is a matter of the engine wearing down it's pressure so we can open the drain into a hose leading outside.

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The 20 hp Reeves and the 15 hp Case will spend another winter cohabitating together here in the shed. They've never produced a model Reeves or Case, so I guess they are celibate.

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Mike grabbed the end of the hose to wash off some of the oily dirt collected on his IH 300 Utility; an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. He put a brass nozzle on the end and that worked better yet.  The Model TT Truck is watching all of this happen. 

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The Case is at about the same distance from the back wall as the Reeves, beyond the Case. The Case is all washed out and has a fan blowing through the boiler, drying it out too. They'll spend another dry winter inside Mike's shed. Gary😉

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PS: Mike cleared a spot for the 1926 Model T in the shop, so I backed it into it's winter berth last Thursday. We're supposed to get snow and a bunch colder tonight or tomorrow. Everything is safe and sound. 

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