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  1. 8 points
    My mom called me Bob Ellison at birth and it just stuck. Every where I go people call me that and I've just learned to except it. I sometimes wish I was called Bill Gates or Bob Gates.
  2. 7 points
    My favorite is definitely my 701 !
  3. 6 points
    I want to thank Terry Dennis for making several sets of Wheel Horse logo decals to be applied on some new Chrome (12 inch which is actually a 10 inch cap on a 12 inch wheel) ) and Stainless (8 inch) hubcaps I have (given to me by a good friend) that we thought would look better with the Wheel Horse logo on them like the original old style hubcaps. The true test of this special project will be in time as the caps get older and the UV rays, wear and tear work on the hubcaps. But I think for now they will be very good on a show type tractor. I worked on the Special Chrome Hubcap Decal Project today. Brought in hubcaps and warmed up in house. Cut out a single horsehead decal and cut back edges to about 1/4 inch from each side of the decal. Cut out newspaper to find center block. Did this at first and then decided placing a black dot in center with a Sharpie is the best way to locate decal in center. Decal is 3 inches wide and 3 1/4 long so keep that reference when applying. I slowly applied the first decal on an 8 inch stainless steel hubcap. The arc of the cap resulted in a couple small buddle lines that I could not smooth out. I was more careful to slowly smooth the decal sticky surface with white paper cover on the next three -almost perfect! All in all I think this looks great. Now the real test will be how long they last on a tractor, UV rays in Sun, etc. Several points. 1. Find center and use a black Sharpie dot to be decal locator. You could also use a pencil on reverse of decal to locate center to match up if that gives you assistance in matching centers. 2. The 8 inch hubcap has more of an arc than the 12 inch due to the difference in size and when applying decal on 8 inch make sure to go slower when laying down the decal and pressing the back of the white cover paper (which is sticky) . I cut decal paper backer edges to within 1/4 inch of decal. 3.I had one decal where the black dots on the wheel came off when the white backer paper was removed. This may indicate the need to supply extra black dots with a decal set in case that happens.
  4. 5 points
    My user name is the last five letters of my last name........reversed. It was the first email handle I ever used. Quirky for sure, but unique.........IMO. I won't (refuse to) discuss my local nickname .......
  5. 5 points
    Mine is pretty easy I own a 1984 El Camino SS Choo Choo and am the care taker off a 1972 Commando 800 among others. I am like Steve on a Stick . Modern stuff drives me crazy. I wear wind up watches , the Elgin I am wearing was made in 1957 , I do not own a cell phone. I have a laptop only because it was cheaper than a desk top and I am too dang dumb to figure out how to transfer files from one computer to another. We only have one TV and finally got HD cable this summer. Love music from the 50s and 60s. Don't like the new pickups they sit too high off the ground (all are build for 4 wheel drive) .
  6. 5 points
    My family owns a old Allis Chalmers Ag dealership and my uncle started a Heating and Cooling business in the mid 80’s . I started working summers with him along working at the store and living/working on our dairy farm. In 96 I went into the HVAC trade full time but had to stop at our store everyday . So I like big orange tractors and installed my share of air conditioners . So mine has a double meaning.
  7. 4 points
    Loaded up my (3) B80 4 speeds... One in bed is a runner, one at front of trailer was a runner till a few months ago... needs TLC. Back one is parts carcass... Gary @Retierd Wrencher in Springfield MA. Will be proud new owner tomorrow after work... Glad to see them go to a good home where they have a chance to work on. Tony
  8. 4 points
    I can agree with these new trucks being too high off the ground...my company truck is a 2013 Ran 2500 4x4...nice truck but I hate having to load tools in and out of it every day...my old 81 F250 is much easier to work out of, cheaper/easier to work on, and looks better too. Mom always told me I was born about thirty years too late, I have always had an interest in classic vehicles, tractors, music, TV shows, I can't stand any of this new stuff. I do own a smartphone...for one reason only...and that's to get on RedSquare and chat with y'all lol...otherwise I'd be more than happy with my company issued flip phone
  9. 4 points
    Mine is just because I really like the Ruger Oldarmy cap and ball revolver. Simple as that, great gun btw. Always dug black powder guns.
  10. 4 points
    Always nice to see em go where they will be loved and brought back into service!
  11. 4 points
    Well, it happened some years ago. You see, I am the poster child for hating change and technology. I think it was all about cell phones, and I liked the one I had...it was and is still just a cell phone...that is all it does. My wife called me a dinosaur and my friend Tom went one more step and called me Stevasaurus. Needless to say, it stuck. I still live in the 60's, I still use my "reel to reel" "8 track player" "cassettes". I have a VCR on 3 TV's. I still use Windows 97 and DOS 6.2. When I go to the doctor's office, I pull a magazine off the rack and read it while waiting. And while we are at it...what was ever wrong with regular "Fig Newtons"??? Why do we have to have "Strawberry Newtons".?? At least Farm & Fleet still carries Chunkys...but like dinosaurs...they are getting harder to find. My 2014 Silverado has electric windows and I hate em...takes me 8 or 9 tries to set the window where I want it. I could not buy that truck with crank windows. I was a lineman for the phone company for over 10 years before getting into splicing back in the 70's...today, I would be an Outside Plant Technician...same job. How stupid is that?? When someone asks me if I text...I just get this real funny look and say "What?" Well, anyway, that's how I got the name, and that is just Swell.
  12. 3 points
    Inspired by the latest pictures from @Al C. and those who showed interest in my 875 “Iron Horse” thread, I’m starting a thread that can house pictures and backstories or your horses that have been with you for a long time. Maybe it is a tractor that a parent or grandparent bought new and you now have. Maybe it is a tractor that you bought new and never relinquished. Maybe like @Racinbob it is tractor that you bought then sold then bought back. Also remember that it isn’t just tractors from the 1950’s and 60’s that fit this thread. I hate to tell you guys this but a 2000 model xi is already nearly an antique! I love looking at the vintage photos and so dig into your archives and see what you have... like this one here—Dad and I on the 875 (circa 1978). It is amazing how just sitting on that tractor and starting it takes me back to relive a lifetime of memories with it and the ones that I love...
  13. 3 points
    11-13-1898 Elmer Pond was born Wheel Horse started in Elmer Pond's garage in 1946. Mr. Pond started building two-wheel garden tractors using surplus parts. Within ten years, his business had become very successful and began to build a full line of lawn and garden tractors, in addition to riding lawn mowers. This is a story that starts out way before the brand name "Pond" or "Wheel Horse." It starts out with the name "Shaw." Elmer Pond and his associates, Glen Hielman and Harold Pond worked for many years for Shaw making tractors. These tractors were produced out of motorcycle and automotive parts and were made for the bigger gardens and small orchards. After a while the three men decided to build their own tractor and go into business for themselves. Harold Pond had worked for Shaw since the 1920’s and decided that he would make a tractor known as the Speedx Model "B," and Pond garden tractor in 1938, which would be one of the first four-, wheeled garden tractors. Glen Hielman would make the "Garden Master" in 1952. After World War II, Elmer Pond took the advantage, as did the other two men, to make a smaller lawn tractor that could do the work of a garden tractor and a lawn tractor. People who had a small garden didn’t need or want a big tractor for the small jobs they had to do, so they depended on these men for their garden needs. Another reason smaller garden tractors became very popular was that these tractors were rather inexpensive, so even the typical family could own one of these tractor and maintain it for a low cost. Many of these tractors were made from small air-cooled engines, drive systems, axles, wheels, tires, and other various parts that could be found. The framework was made from pieces of angle or channel iron. Elmer Pond started production in 1946 in his two-car garage in South Bend, Indiana. These tractors were made from crude parts that could be found. He produced a two-wheeled tractor that was self-propelled, which was sold under the Pond name. Pond made these for nine years, known as the "Walk- Away's " because the design of the tractor. After the first year of production Pond decided to make a four- wheel tractor. This tractor was made from crude parts such as a model "A" transmission, an 8.3 Wisconsin engine, Tiller steering, and much channel iron. The tractor was known as the Ride-Away Senior and was mainly for garden use. This model of the Senior was designed without a hood for easy serviceability. In 1948, Major changes occurred to the business and the tractors. Cecil Pond, Elmer Pond’s son, joined his father to make a partnership that would last for a long time. The tractor they created gained a fiberglass hood, and a Ross steering gear. The Ride-Away Sr. was produced for another seven years with small variations. In 1955, Pond started to make three different tractors, including the Walk-Away, Ride-Away Sr., and introducing the Ride-Away Jr. This new tractor would have a 2.5 HP Briggs and Stratton, or a 3.6 HP Clinton engine that would satisfy the needs of the typical house hold. The small tractor had a unique engine mount located between the driver’s legs and a belt driven transmission, "Variable speed." Pond made it so that you could put many different attachments on these tractors by welding brackets on them or making simple attachments that sold under their names. By the end of 1957, Pond had exceeded $1,000,000 dollars in sales. During the next years, a change would happen to the tractors; they would stop producing the Sr. after the first year of selling the little Jr.'s. They also changed the steering wheel on the smaller tractors from cast-iron to a larger diameter steering wheel. A new model was produced in 1958, which included a three-speed transmission. This transmission is called the Uni-Drive transmission that Elmer Pond designed in 60 days. The Rj-58 was the name of the model and it included one of the following engines: the Clinton B-1290 was used along with the Kohler k-90 were used to drive the small tractor. The Rj-35 had a Clinton B-1200 was used to drive the belts to the gearbox to move the tractor. They also put a Briggs 2.5 HP engine, which made the model of the tractor the RJ-25. The attachments remained the same for the RJ series. From 1956-1957 wheel horse changed the color of the wheels. They changed them from black into an almond color. The demand for these little tractors grew so much by the end of 1959 that they couldn’t keep up with production. But, they still made over 4,500,000 dollars. In 1960 there were significant style changes. However, the engine location immediately in front of the operator and the 12-inch wheels stayed the same. Two models of tractors were introduced this year: the model 400, with a four-horse power Kohler engine and the model 550, with a 5.5 horse power Lauson engine. These two models were known as the "Suburban" tractors. During this year the company obtained property on 515 W. Ireland Road. South Bend, Indiana. This plant was constructed in 1961 and occupied in July and August concluding of the 1961 production year. These two successful models continued until the next year known as the 401, 551,701. This was the first year for the front mounted engine tractor. Wheel Horse made the 701 with a 7-horse power Kohler engine. A change in transmission from two side plates and a piece of cast to two pieces of molded cast that went together instead of three. All models remained the same from 1961 to 1962 with all having the front mounted engine. The models were called the 502, 552, and the 702 the hood was a major appearance change. In 1961 they had an aluminum gas tank and a unique hood shape with a slotted grill. Also this year Wheel Horse produced the 32R and 32E, which were named Lawn Ranger, and they were made for lawn care only and removal of snow. In 1963 all five models remained the same as in 1962. The new product introductions for 1963 were the model 953 tractor and the model RM 483 48-inch mower. The garden tractor had a 9.6 horse power engine and 15-inch wheels with 27-inch tires. The model 953 unit was the first of the "large frame" garden tractors offered by Wheel Horse. In 1964, an 8-horse power Kohler engine replaced the 7-hp engine in the model 854. The model 953 was updated to the model 1054. At the beginning of the model year Wheel Horse acquired the REO product line from Motor Wheel Co. This product line consisted of walk behind rotary power mowers and walk behind snow throwers. Walk behind tillers and a rear-engine-riding mower also acquired but were closed out and never put into production. Sales volume in this year exceeded 11 million dollars. 1965 was the first year for the infinite speed shift system to the industry. A Stundstrand hydrogear unit was added to the Wheel Horse "Uni-Drive" transaxle. Tractors using the automatic shift were called "Wheel-a-Matic" tractors. The new "Wheel-a-Matic" models were the 875 and the 1075. Other products introduced in 1965 included a new 42-inch rotary mower attachment, a "REO-Matic" rear engine riding mower designed by Wheel Horse, and a completely revised line of REO power lawn mowers. The 1966 model products were unchanged from 1965 except for the addition of a 12 horsepower, automatic shift garden tractor and a 36-inch tiller (RT-366). The large frame model 1054A tractor was dropped from the line. Sales volume in this year reached 19 million dollars. 1967 saw the emergence of the "six speed" tractors. A Hi-Lo range was added the "Uni-Drive" transaxle to obtain six speeds forward and two reverse speeds. The new six speed tractors were the 867, 1067, and the1267. The Lawn Ranger models L-107 and the L-157; "Short Frame" models 607, 657, 877; and "Long Frame" models 1057, 1077, and 1277 were also in the 1967 line. In 1968 Wheel Horse began the model naming process, Commando (3 speed), Raider (6 speed), Charger (automatic), and the Electro (Automatic with electric clutch). They also had full-length footrest; and "B" section drive belts were added to the long frame tractors. Also in 1968 there was a "500" special tractor that was sold to dealers in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio in a promotional event tied into the Indianapolis 500-mile race. In 1969 they initiated more new products than any other year in Wheel Horse history. Wheel Horse’s first 14 horsepower tractor called the GT-14 was at the top of the line. It was a large frame tractor with 27x 9.50-15-rear tires. A new series of tractors using vertical shaft engines and a new vertical input transaxle was introduced. The spring of 1969 saw the opening of a new plant in Geel, Belgium called Amnor N. V. Wheel Horse lawn tractors are known for their standardization across the years. In the 1986, Wheel Horse was purchased by Toro. Toro continued to build lawn tractors using the Wheel Horse name until 2007.
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    I still am wearing shoes (Red Wings) that were purchased before 1990.
  16. 3 points
    I bet Terry can make 'em. http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/profile/74-vinylguy/
  17. 3 points
    Squonk.....................it all makes perfect cents, sense, since now!! Sorry...can't help myself. Chunkys rule....give a like if you remember what a Chunky is.
  18. 3 points
    I picked squonk because nobody would know what a squonk was or did or looked like without wkipiedia. Also midwesterners prounounce it skonk guys from the high roller areas pronounce it skunk and @elcamino/wheelhorse Calls me what ever he wants to And Steve I like Chunky's too and get them at Tractor Supply and Kinney's Drugs.
  19. 3 points
    Kohler powered 1963 603 at Pioneer Power show.
  20. 3 points
    How do you do that? AKA...cut & paste.
  21. 3 points
    Retired Wrencher, Here is the last picture I have of the 857 at Olivebridge, NY taken in the late 1970's. The boy driving is my oldest son Ken. He is the little blond guy sitting in the trailer in the first picture. His younger brother Garrett is sitting in the front of the trailer with no shirt and a big smile. The others are neighbor children. You might notice that the 857 has a different hood. A few years before this picture was taken my father-in-law parked the tractor in the back of his property where he was working. This was on a hill. and evidently the tractor was not in gear nor was the parking brake set because the tractor started rolling down the hill. It stopped when it crashed into the corner of the pump house resulting in damage to the house and a bent hood and air cleaner. He repaired the pump house and put on a new air cleaner and hood. That is how the tractor is operating today. Eric
  22. 3 points
    Jack, Thank you for asking. I am not a photographer. That picture is just shear luck. The pictures were taken on my father-in-laws land in Olivebridge NY. The large lake is Ashoken reservoir at the base of the Catskil Mountains. 1st picture, my brother Don is on the tractor and my son Ken (now 52) is first in the trailer. His friend Eric (now deceased) is behind him. 2nd picture, my father-in-law, Charles Vik, is on the tractor (died 1986), my son Ken with the two Davis children (neighbors) in the trailer. When my father-in-law died the land was sold and I gave the 857 to my parents who lived on a lake (Swartswood Lake) in NW New Jersey. When they passed away I kept the land in NJ as a summer home and used the tractor for mowing and general maintenance until 2 years ago when I rebuilt an abused 414-8 for my CT house. I moved my Commado 800 from my CT home over to my summer house in NJ and gave the 857 to a nice neighbor who always liked and appreciated the old WH 857. The neighbor keeps it in his garage and uses it for mowing and maintenance (hauling rocks and wood). The tractor is unrestored, still looks good (for 50 years old) and was well maintained by my dad and me and I know my neighbor is likewise taking good care of it. It is so bullet proof that I expect it will still be chugging on when we are gone.
  23. 3 points
    The family "857" purchased new in 1967 (I think) in Olivebridge N.Y.. It worked faithfully with us till 2 years ago when I rebuilt a 414/8. The 857 soldiers on with my neighbor. It is always a joy to hear that K-181s chugging along. Wonderful memories. 1st picture - July 1969 2nd picture - September 1971
  24. 2 points
    My son is a police officer and on the pistol team for Oklahoma City. I go with them to the shoots and they all call me daddy don. So it stuck with me.
  25. 2 points
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