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  1. 31 points
    Yesterday I came home to find that my son in law had power washed a few of my tractors and put them on display! He brought his C-141 automatic over for a service and decided it needed to be cleaned up, so while he had the power washer out he cleaned up a few more. I have to say not knowing this was going to happen and coming home to see it did put a smile on my face! Since I know you guys like pictures as much as me, here you go.
  2. 27 points
    Our garden is now heading into its 3rd season. Creating a usable garden space here in the New England mountains is an extreme challenge involving a lot of extra work in comparison to most areas of the country. The entire region was once covered by ice over a mile thick. When the glaciers departed, the mountains were destroyed and tremendous rock waste fields left behind. We all joke about having rocks and stones in the soil. Here, it's a little (seriously little) soil.. in with the rocks. Over the last several years we cleared an area of forest. 3+ years ago we had an excavator come in to clear the ground surface and make it somewhat level. After that we added 14+ yards of loam, all by hand, tractors and small trailers, load by load, moved a couple hundred feet from the driveway to the garden. Since then we've been picking out rocks sticks etc using an 856 tractor with the ripper or by hand. @Handy Don and I have texted more than once about the possibilities involving the use of a single tooth ripper in our garden area to pop out the rocks sticks roots etc as they rise every year from the frost. In the future I would like to be able to use a rototiller but for now there's too many rocks and sticks. It seems the ripper is a feasible solution for the time being. This weekend we used my heavier 1974 C160-8 Cinnamon Horse for the ripper work. Wanting to be conservative at the beginning, I started poking into the soil about 2" and immediately realized that could be a little deeper. I tried a 4" cut. That was the ticket. I worked back n forth at many angles. Started at the fence all the way around. Pulled every which way but loose. We learned that the pulled materials really have a tendency to stack up towards the middle of the area, logically. We also learned that we could likely use 2 ripper teeth. Maybe 3 (??) 3 might be too much. (With only one tooth there were multiple occasions where the tractor was "high centered" on rocks.) Some of those rocks were pulled out. At least 2 or 3 are too big.
  3. 24 points
    Finally completed my C-175 restoration tonight, when it’s light out I’ll take it outside for some better pictures. I’m super happy with the way it turned out and really have to thank my brother for all his help! I will be bringing it to the show as it is this year’s featured tractor.
  4. 21 points
    Only a few days to go before this years UK Wheel Horse round up. Not enough drivers to get to the arena, so I've added a spec lift to my GT14... Easy to fit and remove - does a great job - though might need a few lbs on the front end.
  5. 21 points
    In honor of all those who died defending our Country.
  6. 21 points
    Having cookout later w/family. Decided to pull a few tractors out as part of Memorial Day display w/flags.
  7. 21 points
    Got the sheet metal painted yesterday for my C-175 restoration.After much preparation we were finally ready to paint. We have a little thing worked out, he sprays, I sand!! He will not paint until the primer is sanded perfectly, so I sand and sand! I think on the hood alone I sanded over two hours. I really have to thank my brother for this, without him this restoration would not turn out the way it’s going to. We (by that I mean he!) will paint the black on the hood next weekend. I’d like to use gloss, he wants semi gloss, but the proper color is satin. I’ll probably go with his recommendation. By the way this is Rustoleum Sunrise Red which he hates spraying but I can’t really afford to go with a two stage PPG paint. I’d love to but it’s EXPENSIVE. Anyway I’m super happy with the results!
  8. 20 points
    Got one side panel, foot rest, fender pan and the seat mounted up today. New double bulb taillights as well. I’m getting closer! New drive belt should be in today, then I can install that and put the right side panel and foot rest on. Sorry the pictures are cloudy, I need a new phone case!!
  9. 19 points
    My son made part of his deck into a sun room, so I repurposed the deck boards into a trailer floor for my horse and bucket hauler. Then gave it a coat of a kerosene/used motor oil mixture.
  10. 19 points
    I put one of Denny Clarke’s fantastic Lawn Rangers to work the last couple of days trying to smooth out a wet ditch that I have rutted up when I’ve been mowing it. This little thing is a beast. @dclarke
  11. 19 points
    Picked this B-80 up this morning. It's definitely in need of some TLC. I haven't been doing any resurrections for a LONG while (10 years + ?) and somehow now ended up with 2 in a month. IDK Pressure washed, removed mouse houses, oil change and got the engine running. Then spent most of the time sorting out the wiring and components to start from the key switch,
  12. 19 points
    Nice day here in Maine to bring out 6 tractors to soak up some sun. Then take the old pickup for a ride and run through the gears. Have a great weekend all.
  13. 18 points
    My boots are on and my crayons are sharp! I’m ready to roll! 5AM tomorrow is wheels up for me.
  14. 18 points
    I post a lot of pics of my Amish neighbor farming with his seven Belgium horses. Today was barley harvest day for the big corporate farmer. His operation always draws a crowd. Several of us watched for a couple hours as dozens of rabbits and a few deer escaped. One deer kept coming back to an area that had been cut. When she left the field alone, we assumed her new fawn had been hit by the machine. After they finished, I rode to the other end of the field and saw this hen with 10-12 poults. I herded them out of the field into the woods as a big planter was all ready replanting the field with soybeans. Look close and see a few of the poults about as big as a sparrow.. On the way back home as I passed the area that the doe kept returning to, there stood the doe and her fawn. It must have been laying in a depression allowing the combine to pass over its head. Quoting Mr. Frank Harvey " And now you know the rest of the story".
  15. 18 points
    Some time ago, I saw an ad with a trailer full of Sears rear attachments, 3 pt garden plow, 3pt disc, 3pt rear blade, 3pt spike tooth harrow $125, 2 hour drive. Nothing too exciting. But then I saw this sleeve hitch Earth Excavator in the pile and immediately messaged him. I've had my eye out for one of these for quite a while. Went to pick it up and we talked probable an hour. Then he handed me $25 back, said gas money for driving so far. Fast forward, we've been doing a major addition at one of my sons' houses, and it was time to do some drainage dirt work around the new attached garage/shop. His soil is fairly hard black dirt, it works best with a little moisture, but not to wet. It rained 1.7" Monday, so Saturday I hauled the C160 and this Earth Excavator over. Rolled over with the 4 rippers down. i hades several ripper passes, they work fairly well. Sometimes it was a little hard to get the ripper to bite in. This would be nice on a 3point where you could adjust the center link to vary the ripper tooth bite angle. I was dragging material to build a pile in the corner of the yard I would make about 2-3 drag/dumps in front of my pile. The hydraulic lift sure worked nice to feather the rippers or box blade full of material up as it loaded up. Then I would turn around and use the back to push it onto the pile in the corner. My C160 has tire chains, 132lbs of wheel weight, fluid filled rear times and me on it, so plenty of traction. Worked about an hour, lifted it up and it fell back down! My lift cable snapped on the implement end right at the end of the swedge. The cable is about 5 years old and has been used very little. Maybe 5-6 hours of other rear implement use. This Earth Excavator is heavy and the rippers in use do add a pull/stretching load on the cable. I wonder what these cable/ are rated for? So I'll get another cable and try again. I need to pay attention to when I'm pushing backwards to make sure that's not somehow putting a bend/kink in the cable right at the clevis. I though I took more pictures, but I guess I was having too much fun. So more pictures when I resume this project.
  16. 18 points
    Spreading some #57 crushed riverstone in prayer garden for my girlfriend. Also putting it a few other places in yard. Started with 1 ton of stone. The 953 pulled all that weight without too much trouble. Front end was a little light when I was loaded full & going uphill into backyard. Probably gotta get at least another ton tomorrow.
  17. 17 points
    There is a guy who has been bringing WWII half tracks to this show the last couple of years. Last year he brought one with a 50cal machine gun mounted on the back. This year he brought one with a different tool to show off. After dark he did a nice 60min demo for the crowd. With the light tipped at about 30 degrees and then rotating it round & round. In order for this demo to happen, the authorities had to be inform ahead of time. This guy owns around 40 of these half tracks. each set up in a different configuration. Looking forward to seeing what he brings next year. Off to the right in the above picture you may also notice a steam engine doing a spark show, his sparks are going about 30ft high.
  18. 17 points
    Eighty years ago. On this day in 1944, more than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy—D-Day. The day of the invasion of occupied France had been postponed repeatedly since May, mostly because of bad weather and the enormous tactical obstacles involved. Finally, despite less than ideal weather conditions—or perhaps because of them—General Eisenhower decided on June 5 to set the next day as D-Day, the launch of the largest amphibious operation in history. Ike knew that the Germans would be expecting postponements beyond the sixth, precisely because weather conditions were still poor. Among those Germans confident that an Allied invasion could not be pulled off on the sixth was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was still debating tactics with Field Marshal Karl Rundstedt. Rundstedt was convinced that the Allies would come in at the narrowest point of the Channel, between Calais and Dieppe; Rommel, following Hitler’s intuition, believed it would be Normandy. Rommel’s greatest fear was that German air inferiority would prevent an adequate defense on the ground; it was his plan to meet the Allies on the coast—before the Allies had a chance to come ashore. Rommel began constructing underwater obstacles and minefields, and set off for Germany to demand from Hitler personally more panzer divisions in the area. Bad weather and an order to conserve fuel grounded much of the German air force on June 5; consequently, its reconnaissance flights were spotty. That night, more than 1,000 British bombers unleashed a massive assault on German gun batteries on the coast. At the same time, an Allied armada headed for the Normandy beaches in Operation Neptune, an attempt to capture the port at Cherbourg. But that was not all. In order to deceive the Germans, phony operations were run; dummy parachutists and radar-jamming devices were dropped into strategically key areas so as to make German radar screens believe there was an Allied convoy already on the move. One dummy parachute drop succeeded in drawing an entire German infantry regiment away from its position just six miles from the actual Normandy landing beaches. All this effort was to scatter the German defenses and make way for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy.
  19. 17 points
    Show time next week , well kind of any way. I will have a chance to do some practice runs as well as have the tractor teched to ensure that it is with in the rules. Given this fact I figured that I best get the finishing touches on it. The final required piece was the fire extinguisher. held it up in several locations & finally settled on this one. Easy to get to with little to no operating interference.
  20. 17 points
    Several weeks ago I had a friend with a small excavator dig down on the south side of our basement. I had him go all the way to the footer so I could check things out. I didn't think the issue was that far down but I wanted to take advantage of the excavator while it was here. The problem if water. It's not bad per say but any water intrusion isn't good. When we first moved in I was pretty sure it stemmed from the only window down there. Apparently it was an afterthought done after the basement walls were done. The previous (and original) owner said it was an egress window. Nope. Meets none of the requirements for a code egress window. He tried to put the window in after the fact and did a s%&t job. You can see why I thought it was the culprit. You can see the before and after of what I did in 2020. Keep in mind these are I.C.E. Block walls. Similar to ICF wall but some differences. Steel structure walls encapsulated with polystyrene. I had to find and order a custom sized well and cover. The fix didn't work. So here we are, digging again. Weather was a real issue in getting on this after it was dug. I needed 2 days of dry. I finally got it. Grayshield Acrylic Foundation coating as a 'primer' then Tarco BG700 60 mil membrane. IT'S BACKFILL TIME!! At this point I feel really good that it's truly fixed but I can't be certain for a while. In any case I'm having a blast pushing the dirt. I've got it about 1/2 way right now and it gives me a place to stand as I coat and cover the top half. I have a weight box with about 100# of rock on the back in the winter. Knowing how aggressive the rubber 'chains' are in the dirt I decided to remove it to take it a bit easier (that's not a comment I make often when I refer to these tractors) and it's doing just fine.
  21. 16 points
    I asked my daughter who likes to paint if she would paint the white letters on my dash panel.. She surprised me with it on father's day!
  22. 16 points
    Picked this up super cheap over the weekend. Went through the fuel and cleaned out the ethanol oysters, changed fuel lines and filter. I'm chasing electrical gremlins though. I can't get power to the solenoid to start it. I have to jump the solenoid to start it. The wiring is all cobbled together. Looks like it sat and the mice got in it and then someone tried to rig it up. I'm thinking it might be a bad pto interlock switch. I'll have to keep chasing the gremlins.
  23. 16 points
    Look what's followed me home today. Another Wheel Horse C120, this one from 1975.
  24. 16 points
    6-4-1924 Cecil Elwood Pond was born Today would have been Cecil Pond’s 100th birthday. Cecil Pond was an American businessman, inventor, and entrepreneur. He was the co-founder of Wheel Horse Products Co. Inc., and was the primary inventor of the modern American Garden Tractor and riding mower. Pond was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Elmer and Ann Marie Pond. He graduated from South Bend's former Washington-Clay High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1946, Pond returned to South Bend and in June of that year, married Betty Alber Pond. Mr. & Ms. Pond were the parents of three children: son Gary Pond, and two daughters, Linda, and Constance. 1946 saw the beginnings of Pond's manufacturing future. Pond joined his father Elmer, who at the time was building two-wheel lawn tractors from angle iron, surplus automotive parts in his garage. At first, the Ponds' company was simply called Pond Tractor Company; however, since Elmer’s brother Harold owned a similarly-named company "Wheel Horse" was chosen, and the name stayed with the company even after its acquisition by Toro. In the late forties, military veterans returning from World War II began moving to the vast new suburbs then transforming the American landscape. Their suburban homes had larger lots that demanded more attention—and the Ponds' riding garden tractors found many ready buyers as a result. In 1954, Pond introduced his first four-wheel lawn tractor, an event which altered substantially the lawn care manufacturing business. By 1957, his Wheel Horse Products Company recorded sales over $1 million (US $11,158,291.81 in 2024 dollars.) for the first time. Just two years later, the company's sales more than doubled, to $4.5 million. In 1975, Pond sold Wheel Horse Products to American Motors Corporation. At the time of the sale, Pond oversaw over 500 workers at his plant and over 3,000 dealers were selling the brand. Cecil Pond passed away December 30, 2011.
  25. 16 points
    I pick this one up from @Darb1964 about three weeks ago. It is ruff but That’s what makes it good when you have parts. So I have two in the works now a 1057 and this 1067. I like to keep busy with these fine tractors. Looks to be some one sprayed the hood and over the decals some what. I have some GOOF Of it worked well to get some of the paint off without ruining the decals. I hope you enjoy the picks.
  26. 16 points
    Shaw Du-All Galesburg, Kansas, is probably one of the least likely places you would choose to locate a manufacturing facility. Though it was served by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Rail Road this southeastern Ks community was sparsely populated and had on access for shipping by navigable waterway. Its population was 205 in 1922 and the surrounding Neosho County had only 1900 people in 1900 when Stanley Shaw was beginning to manufacture his tractors. As a boy growing up on his family’s farm near Galesburg Shaw built his first little tractor at the tender age of nine. It had no engine, which shouldn’t be surprising in 1890, but it was a sign of things to come. When he was fourteen, he built a working steam engine using two bicycle air pumps and a well-pump. By 1902 Shaw had built his own gasoline engine using the cylinder of a well pump, plumbing check valves and various scrap heap parts found on the farm. Having developed mechanical skills Shaw began repairing and selling watches when he was twenty-two. He sold and repaired watches in the front, while he built gasoline engines in the back. Before long he was manufacturing and selling air-cooled and water-cooled engines in various sizes for home, farm and boating applications. With the success of his motorized bicycle Shaw became the first motorized vehicle owner in the region in 1903. In 1905, Shaw patented his air-cooled 2 ½ horse power engine that converted his bicycle into a motorbike. Orders for the conversion engines were brisk with over 13,000 sold at $53 each from 1905 to 1917. Business was good, in 1911 Shaw was outgrowing his little factory. He purchased the Kokomo Motorcycle Co. of Kokomo, Ind., that same year to expand his product line and a new factory was built. Kokomo produced a 300cc side valve motorcycle which was rather underpowered. Shaw transferred the production to Galesburg and enlarged the engine capacity to ca. 400 cc to overcome its lack of power. Between 1912 and 1920 about 240 of these Kokomo/Shaw motorcycles were sold. Shaw Manufacturing introduced the Shawmobile in 1908. It was a six-foot-long open motor car powered by the company’s single-cylinder 2.5-liter engine. The automobile was said to go 25 mph seating two people for only $150. Following World War One dozens of manufacturers including Shaw began manufacturing kits to convert Ford Model T cars into farm tractors. This led to Shaw’s development of its own garden tractors beginning in 1924. The Shaw Du-All Model T-25 was successful in the garden and the marketplace. The demand for tractors exceeded Shaw’s ability to build its own engines and Briggs & Straton was chosen to meet the need. The T-25 and its big brother the T-45 were built for nearly a decade. They also developed a riding lawnmower Around 1933 a larger walk-behind garden tractor, the Model D was introduced offering horsepower ranging from 2 to 5 Brigs & Stratton engines. Production was so brisk that Shaw was receiving a boxcar load of engines each week. The Model D served as the basis for the 1938 introduction of the first riding tractor, the RD. The Shaw Du-All was “the tractor of 100 uses,” During World War II the Shaw built aircraft and machine gun parts to support the war effort. Shaw had many opportunities to relocate the company from Galesburg but he flatly refused. He was as loyal to Galesburg and his employees as they were to him, and he often made financial contributions to Galesburg schools, the city water department and religious institutions and gave generous employee bonuses during good years. Stanley Shaw operated the company until 1962, when, at age 81, he sold the business to Bush Hog of Selma, AL. One of the more unusual aspects of the sales agreement was that production must remain in Galesburg, Bush-Hog continued production there until 1972. The three-day Galesburg Days celebration honoring a century since Shaw Industries began was held July 4, 2003, and included Shaw family members and former employees who shared experiences and memories of Stanley Shaw and the Shaw factory. A large selection of Shaw-built equipment owned by collectors from across America were on display, and a Shaw swap meet was held. The names of a few natives of Galesburg who all worked at Shaw may ring a bell. Glen Heilman, founder of Gard’n Mast’r garden tractors, his brother-in -law Harold Pond who was the man behind Speedex garden tractors, and Harold’s brother Elmer and son Cecil Pond who gave birth to Wheel Horse.
  27. 15 points
    I didn't make much of the show this year... medical appointments. Made an appearance on Friday with four including the first show with the Amigo. Dan camped and had four horses there. Little bit of what I got. @Achto get pics if the spotlight?
  28. 15 points
    The “Man on Tractor” logo In 1936 International Harvester hired a famous artist Raymond Loewy to redesign the letter series of their tractors. The result was so good that the management asked Loewy to also rethink the main badge. And this is how the famous “Man on Tractor” logo appeared: Loewy sketched it on a menu while riding on the train from Chicago to New York. However, it took some time for the company to change the official visual identity of the International Harvester, and the logo was introduced in 1946. The main part of the new logo consisted of two letters — the uppercase “H” in a massive bold sans-serif, drawn in black, and the lowercase “I” with square shapes, executed in red and placed over the “H”. The dot above the “I” was replaced by the square, which made the whole logo look masculine and strong. As for the “International Harvester” inscription, set under the emblem, it was written in all capitals of a simple and neat sans-serif typeface, in black. The letters were slightly narrowed and looked very modest, giving all attention to the black and red monogram in the center of the badge. The iconic “Man On Tractor” emblem was kept even after the acquisition of the brand by Navistar in 1986
  29. 15 points
    My young buddy Jay and I ventured to the Place up North for a nice C-160 that Bob had for sale two years ago. Jay did five tours installing phone wires and maintaining. He was also communication from the big air base we all try to forget about and outside the wire way up on mountain top for the Few and the Proud. It was a great day listening to Bob and Jay discussing Navy things . Bob is cool people.Jsy is also and he suffered a disability from a vaccine given by the military. The C 160 continues to serve. Jay was going down the road and here was a Zero turn Ferris with a sixty inch deck. Free sign on it It started and moved so Jay called a friend nearby and drove the machine to his house to later trailer it home. The mower did not engage and all Jay had to do was repair the wires around the electric clutch and she chooches. So that is my little story mostly about people who deserve good fortune from life. Here's to Bob and Jay
  30. 15 points
    Morning, Countdown to show is on!! Yesterday I got a FB message for an ad of mine that had been up for a year. Gentleman inquired about a 42" plow, weights and chains and would I pull it off the tractor in ad. He made a good $$$ offer and I said sure... Then he shows up and is looking around and asked about a 10 cu ft cart I had and would I sell it. Again we came up with a fair price to both of us and off it went---except that he was going to tow it home behind his Subaru. I asked where he lived and hes less than 2 miles away. I told him Id throw it in my pickup and drop it off. Got to his house and its a nice little ranch he just bought and has a nice rough sawn lumber workshop out back. He then invites me in and shows me the Charger 10 hes working on. Says he owned it then sold it when he moved away then found it wrecked / bought it back when he returned. Long story longer it got a Predator 13 conversion as original motor was too tired / burning lots of oil. I got him some good used parts for the original snow blow and 36" gear drive mow deck. Plus now hes interested in my C120 auto as a pure mowing machine and leaving his Charger as a snow plow, snow blow, yard tow rig. His name is Don and he's in his mid 60s... ex machine shop guy. I told him about here and the show. Plus about redoyourhorse--he wants decals Hopefully he joins... just a super nice guy.
  31. 15 points
    Pulled out the gang to clean them up a bit and Changed the oil in one. Since I had them out figured I would clime the Electrical pole and get a Birds Eye pic…lol JK 😝 Looking forward to the big show coming up !
  32. 15 points
    Well guys this tractor seems to be the go to worker this year. I picked it up two years ago for a nephew, but the Kohler Magnum 14 is just such a torque monster. I started to take down some pasture with the 48 inch deck. With freshly sharpened blades it did a nice job mowing as high as possible and moderating the throttle it mowed real decent in second gear low range. The tractor has a thousand plus hours on it and the only real issue it had was a bad ignition switch. I see no difference in the tractor to a 416 as far as the carriage and wheels go. I have a preference for the Kohler over the Onan as well. This machine was steering pretty stiff as well so I used some old oil as well as grease to see what could happen. I am down to my last deck drive belt and not sure what length it takes. Thinking a 101 or 102 but not sure. She has nicer original paint but a few rub marks on the hood and hood decals. Bought it from Derek in Fountain City IN at a fair price. That's the news from Deploraville Ohio
  33. 15 points
    This little Tom Thumb Engine caught my eye. Then I saw the owners name on the sign..Glen Kennell. Turns out this was my cousin that I hadn't seen for 70 years. What a great surprise. Mr Eric Johnson
  34. 15 points
    Throttle and choke knobs broke on my B-80. Ordered some reproduction ones, in the mean time I made up some from some copper tee’s with a wood dowel fit into the bull of the tee’s. slotted the dowel to match the levers, and contact cemented them in place. I’ll see how they hold up. But they look pretty cool, if you ask me.
  35. 14 points
    Taking this RJ to the Big Show. Cleaned her up and put some rear hub caps in for bling!
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  38. 14 points
    Got ready for the Memorial Day Parade!!! Only one flat tire... not bad for this rig...!!! All set for 15 little riders... including one wheelchair...
  39. 14 points
    Was Cruising the spring steam show today. The spring show is a throttled back version of the show in the fall but none the less I did get a few pics. General Lee was there again and I noticed it had the shows cast autographed on the sun visor. Some Wheel Horses lever steers Wheel Horses
  40. 13 points
    Most of you guys know the story and history of the 1976 B-80 I purchased new and converted to a C-160. In a nutshell the new K-341 that I installed around 1980 had at least a zillion on it and was very tired. A short time ago I purchased a fresh 341 rebuild and installed it. All was right with the world. Until my wife was mowing a few weeks ago. Something happened and it sounded like it was running out of fuel. She limped it back to the garage and I found the engine was seriously overheating. I shut it down and drained the oil. I checked for anything externally for anything that would cause the overheating and there was nothing. Cooled down I fired it up again. It sounded great.......until it started warming up. It started knocking pretty bad. To me it sounded like a valve issue not the rod. I parked it in the barn and pondered what I wanted to do. BTW, I drove it to the barn with the fuel shut off. As I sat there waiting for the fuel to run out the noise came back. Now I needed to ponder. We definitely need two mowing machines and the same for snow removal. The 854 doesn't count because the sickle bar stays on that. I browsed Craigslist looking for an engine or ????? That's when I came across the 96 314H with only 121 hours. I did a thread on it. It had only been used to push snow and there had never been a belt on the PTO. I paid top dollar for it but it looked and ran like a brand new machine and I knew what it was worth. # of seats solved. So....now what will happen to my beloved 76? Way too much history to get rid of it. Same for just letting it sit in the barn. Then it came to me. It was the tractor that I mounted the blower on in the winter. Now it's not needed for that. Why not come full circle and make it a B-80 again? Why not make it the year around blade machine and put the blower on the 2005 Classic in the winter? I'm liking that idea. So I posted a wanted ad for an 8hp engine. I'm not rushed to get a second tractor like I was earlier and I think the idea is kinda cool. Stay tuned for further installments. All plans subject to change on a moments notice.
  41. 13 points
    Found this one fairly close to the house. Four hour round trip. Purchased the tractor, 6 old implements, roller, cickle bar only I think it’s for a farm all, no shaker box, dozer blade, 6 tire chains but I do not think any of them are a pair, a gas can, mower deck parts, and a push single row planter and a partridge in a pear tree. The owner had taken some of it apart 3 hrs ago to restore it but stopped. It had been inside til then but out in the weather for last 3 hrs. I spent this afternoon getting the critter stuff out of the motor fins. It has very little compression turning the flywheel by hand and I think the exhaust valve is stuck open. I have looked thru all the parts and I believe most of it is in the boxes. I put some mystery oil in the plug hole this afternoon. The engine oil is very clean. I have not tried to evaluate the transmission yet. Any suggestions are welcomed and thanks in advance.
  42. 13 points
    One year it was so sweltering hot, in the mid to upper 90s with high humidity and 0 wind. We needed the rain to try and wash away some of that old man BO mixed with exhaust fumes that was stuck on everything! LOL
  43. 13 points
    Getting show ready for Pennsylvania.
  44. 13 points
    The cemetery at my church is over 200 years old and we have patriots from the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War One, World War two, and the Korean Conflict buried there. A few years ago the United Daughters of the Confederacy began placing their flags (Stars and Bars, not the battle flag) alongside the American flag. That started some interesting conversations, the conclusion was that though the confederacy did not prevail in war, the people who gave their lives for their cause were as patriotic as any fallen soldier from any other war. Though this is an American Holiday, on this Memorial Day we also honor all who were at the side of American military members and gave their lives to defend our way of life. If you know a surviving family member who's loved one gave their life for us, please take a moment to thank them for their loss.
  45. 13 points
    These pictures were taken Friday. I was cycling them through the garage for blade sharpening, greasing, and some other minor maintenance, and thought I'd line them up to get some sun and fresh air.... The GT-1848 at right and the 416-H at far left are still wearing the "prototype" 3-D printed bezels that were done in white or silver... hopefully the daughter's BF will find some time soon to print me some more black ones. He just started a new job earlier this year and is quite busy - I wish he had just sold me the 3-D printer. May need to buy one myself. The "517-H" Frankentractor doesn't even have the headlights installed yet. I still have a set of NOS OEM bezels squirreled away that I'll probably put on that one - it's looking pretty nice. Drives great with the swept front axle, steering reduction, and the motion pedal I fabbed for it. I do still have a non-running B-100 out behind the barn but all the tires are flat and I didn't feel like dragging it out to join the others. Have a Great Memorial Day, all! Remember those who sacrificed all.
  46. 13 points
    Took Mrs K, to visit her fathers grave and place the soldier flag bearer that she painted.
  47. 13 points
    Hello everyone! Thanks for accepting me as a member in this wonderful community. New here and have four Wheel Horse tractors. One 314-A, two 310-8s, and one 212-5. The 314-A did run until it sat over the winter. The battery gave up and trash in the fuel tank was terrible. Before I can do anything with it, I’ll need to clean out the tank and replace the fuel lines. I already have a new fuel shutoff and grommet for it. Just waiting on the fuel line. Of my two 310-8s, one of them is in need of a wiring harness or at least I need to find a wiring diagram to make my own harness before I can even continue with it. I got it from a guy who had a stroke and afterwards, he thought he needed to cut up the wiring on his Horse. Of course, it stopped running after that. I didn’t know any of that before I purchased it but his loss is my gain, I guess. The other 310-8 I use all of the time. The 212-5 worked years ago but needed a lot of time, effort and some money that I couldn’t put into it at the time. Now that I’m a member here, I will be asking for advice on certain issues with my Horses. In the past, I’ve looked on here and noticed how everyone here wants to help others that need it. There’s no one making harsh statements to someone for something they innocently said on here or done to their tractor, no matter how silly it might sound. In nearly every fb group (music, auto, etc.) that I’ve been in, there’s always people that do their best to try and make people look and feel stupid or ignorant. I’ve left most of those because I just don’t need all of the negativity. This is a community I can feel good about being a part of. Thanks again.
  48. 13 points
    Nothing like fresh dairy air. Only improvement on the smell of cow manure is to mix it with the smell of diesel exhaust. Those 2 smells mixed together always remind me of my youth. People often complain about the smells coming from a farm, they rarely complain about going to the store & finding the food that they want.
  49. 13 points
    Can't say "No" if your not given the opportunity. What happens when you say I'm not going to buy any more tractors??? For some odd reason things still keep showing up at your door. Today I found this little gem in my yard when I got home from work. Even though it has a Techy, it's still pretty cool looking. NOW, what the heck am I going to do with it???
  50. 13 points
    Today’s letter is “P” planning and patience yielded perfection Planet Jr walk-behind garden tractor Company founder S.L. Allen had a variety of interests including astronomy, winter sports and agriculture. As a young man he worked on a farm owned by his father and developed many labor-saving devices to reduce the drudgery of seeding and weeding. In 1868, after winning his first two patents for the No. 1 and No. 2 Planet Jr. seed drills, Allen launched his own company, S.L. Allen & Co., Philadelphia. The Planet Jr. line got its name from Allen’s interest in astronomy. Allen was a prolific inventor and good businessman being awarded more than 300 patents. Within 13 years his Planet Jr. became a leader in human powered farm and garden implements here and abroad. The Planet Jr. line was displayed at the Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and the 1889 International Exposition in Paris. Their target market was the “one-horse farmer,” at that time the U.S. had between 6 and 7 million farms and 40% of the total U.S. population lived on farms. Also in 1889, Allen won a patent for the Flexible Flyer sled. Motivated by a life-long passion for winter sports and the desire to avoid seasonal factory layoffs, Allen expanded his product line. The rights to manufacture this sled have changed hands a few times since then but you can still buy a Flexible Flyer today! Although S.L. Allen & Co. started in the wheel hoe business (human-powered and horse drawn wheeled weeding and seeding equipment) and the Planet Jr. walk behind garden tractor, first introduced in 1930, was a natural extension. It featured a small gasoline engine, two large spiked steel wheels placed so the tractor could straddle a row of plants and a detachable toolbar for cultivating tools. Planet Jr. wasn’t the only walk-behind cultivating tractor, but it became the most popular along the Atlantic coast and the Great Lakes area, where small family farms and large vegetable farms were abundant. Successive models of the Planet Jr. tractor added a wide variety of implements including fertilizer hoppers and seeders to their liner. My father used a Planet Jr. walk-behind tractor like the one pictured below until 1957, I was too young to operate it because of its size but remember it well.
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