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Music to my ears
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mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:24:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got an old Massey started on Saturday. Had not run in a year. Points filed some, new cable, presto, music.

KellyGa    Posted 02-21-2005 at 07:56:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats gotta feel good :) Being a woman, it may seem unusual, but I do fancy all tractors, new and old, all kinds, love to watch the tractor shows on RFDtv and see them displayed at the fairs. Don't know the finer points, but love to look at them and admire them. Must be the redneck in me, or the farmer, or something, lol.

Patria    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
..or why not?

Maybe just the woman in you..:-)

bob ny    Posted 02-21-2005 at 07:03:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
music to your ears is the last bale of hay of the season dropping off the elevator into the barn or the last section of pipe coming off the silo

mark    Posted 02-21-2005 at 08:52:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
yes indeed, that loud silence that comes when
the elevator is shut off following that last

deadcarp    Posted 02-21-2005 at 01:23:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
it had sat there for 10 years so we started up the b john deere last summer. ran the van alongside, added gas, hooked the jumpers, set the throttle & started cranking - no spark. i pulled the cover off the magneto & cleaned it & the plugs up, still nuthin. finally josh, who couldn't see the dripping gas, was gonna choke it some, pulled the switch and it fired right up! hell i thought that was a choke too. it was the kill switch. boy, to hear that thing run! :)

yes indeed    Posted 02-21-2005 at 05:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Done that before. Had a machine that had a starter button. Cranked for some time whilst forgetting to turn on the key. Checked the fuel, cleaned the sediment bowl, pulled the plugs and changed them. Changed the points. Still no fire.
Gave up for a time to think it over. Came back climbed on and it hit me. One of them DUH moments. I turned the key, then pushed the starter button and it fired right off and purred like a kitten. Idled good too.

Donna from Mo    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:10:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of all the tractors (and I'm no expert) I love to hear the Oliver run, best of all.

mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:16:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Donna,
Olivers are my favorite most times too, with the exception of hearing our old MH fire up, and those Johnnie Poppers that NewGen mentioned below.

New-Gen    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:14:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid our neighbor had an Oliver 88 Diesel on the could tell every time the plunger went in...rrrrrrrrrrNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNnnnnnrrrrrrrNNNNNNNNNrrrrr
It was a little different than the sound on out place....popopopopopPOPOPOPOPOPOPOP POP POP POPpoppop....

Willy-N Ferguson    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:43:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

I just picked up this 1954 Ferguson TO 30 today. It was running so I cheated. The rear end assembley & tires are going on my freinds TO 30 he has since his has a lot of problems. Then I'll have to part out the rest of it. Jims realy attached to his Fergy so since he helps me on a lot of things I am giving it to him. I hope I do better than break even but who know?? The Howard Transmission is the part that makes or breaks the deal. Won,t know till I split it and inspect the gears for wear and chips. The Howard Transmission works but I need to find out how clean it is since you can't get parts for them anymore! Mark H.

mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:49:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice that you can help out a friend like that. I know you aint no stranger to parting out those N Fords. Will all the parts get to Ebay?

Also- Is the Howard transmission built by an English outfit? Do they also build implements by chance?

Willy-N    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:10:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Well thats how I got my Nick Name Willy-N but I haven't parted one for over a year now, got real tire of all the work of cleaning the parts up!! Yes it is a english made transmission and here is a picture of the outside shifter for it. They also made the Tiller but they were sold in the USA. It will work for any tiller because it only slows the ground Speed and leave the PTO speed fast. The other parts will go on EBay soon unless I am contacted by someone who just has to have one. TO 30 parts are hard to find on EBay. Tons of 8N stuff is now listed after I started doing it years ago so I quit. Wife found this tractor for me and made me do another one since she was tired of seeing me have so much fun around home!! Mark H.

mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:13:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
We just got a Howard tiller (Rotovator). It has a 2 speed gearbox.

Willy-N    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:33:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is the brand of Tiller it was made for. Does yours have the gear box to control the PTO Speed? The Howard was used to make the tractor go 3 times as slow but keep the PTO RPMs the same as the engine RPMs in a regular gear at a much faster ground speed. Mark H.

mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:47:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ours tiller has a 2 speed gearbox that controls the tine speed. I wonder if you can get parts for that transmission of yours from Howard, or old NOS parts from a Howard dealer somewhere? There is a real good dealer in Michagan.

Willy-N    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:59:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have heard of lots of people looking for them but no luck parts that is. That is why a good one is worth so much. This tractor was mostly used to move snow so I don't think the Howard saw much use on the orchard it was at. Mark H.

New-Gen    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:35:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good for you..... the sound of any old tractor running is music to my ears...(even when it's not a John Deere) LOL

mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:45:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Newgen, I'm still grinning. Expected more work of it than that. Glad I rebuilt the carb last year. Throttle shaft was wobbly and also the float would stick every time we shut it down.

I know you are prone to J.D. green, but what about those 4 digit Olivers? Several of us here on KL have them.

New-Gen    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:04:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a 1650 Diesel once...have to admit it wasn't a bad tractor....but them old Deeres have been a long time addiction for me....lotsa memories...ya know??

I understand-    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:10:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great Uncle told me Deere was the only outfit in the county that did not repossess equipment during the depression. That would make for some customer loyalty. Dont know about elsewhere, but Deere was the machine in his way of thinking.


MJ in SC    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:30:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Mud,

Wonderful news! Isn't is great when things fo right! Are you getting ready for planting season?

I'm so jealous! I want a tractor SOOOO bad. DH needs a new truck so that will have to come first. Have my eye on an old cub....hoping to work out a barter.

My neighbor is going to plow up the garden plot for me this year. HOPEFULLY, we'll have one of our own next year.

Congrats on getting the old Massey up and running! :0)

mark    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:59:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nah, you don't want a tractor! You want a
Belgian and a sulky plow, you just don't know
it yet.

MJ in SC    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:08:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well mark,

Yes, I do want horses too. That would work just as well. There's a fellow just doen the road that used his mules and plow up to just 2 years ago to plow, plant and help bring ina large harvest of garden veggies each year. I loved to see him working the field with his animals.

Horses are on the want list too!

mark    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:32:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few years ago we were out in the hayfield
with Belle hitched to a buggy. Across the road
one of the big farmers was out combining
their feild. All the sudden it dawned on us that
it had gotten kinda quiet, looked around and
here were 6 bigol' JD combines lined up on
the edge of the field watching us.

Of course a few years before that I turned the
hayfield over one spring with my H. They were
working up their fields for planting at the same
time. Everytime I got stuck they'd sit over there
on them monster tractors of theirs watching til'
I got her out and going again.

mud    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:40:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Say there MJ,
Something about hearing a tractor run, especially under load. That old governor kickin in, and maybe even a straight stack just for grins.
We are tractor poor at the moment. This one is getting ready to leave here so the other one can get healty in time to redo some hay land. Time is running short though, as usual. LOL!
When you get your tractor and plow I bet your garden will get bigger. Easy to just keep plowing sometimes. Good luck this sspring with getting everything ready.

MJ in Sc    Posted 02-20-2005 at 20:14:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

You're right, I remember the sound of a tractor just starting on a cold winter morning and the rain cover flipping as the old tractor warmed up.

I grew up on a farm and the folks that kept us while mom and dad worked outside the farm had a large dairy and hog farm so I've spent many a day on the axle housing to the left or right of the seat of a Farmall H or M seat heading out to the fields. Never got to drive either of those...too young, but spent a great deal of time behind one picking rocks out of the field, stacking bales of hay on the wagon or picking the first two rows of corn that the combine couldn't reach. Guess it got in my blood!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane....and even bigger desire for a tractor of my own! LOL (grin!)

New-Gen    Posted 02-20-2005 at 19:44:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, nothein like the sound of an old Diesel 2 Banger with a straight pipe under load!! JMHO......

midway    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:02:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
bringing up memories.... was a foster child on a farm near Wellsville, Mo., I drove the JD model H, ownwer drove a Minneapolis Moline. He's plowing, I'm harrowing, I come to a wet spot and get stuck. He has to unhook the plow, come over and pull me out. Says "next time you come around here, GUN IT"., so next time I come to that wet spot I GUNNED IT !!!, only thing, when I gunned it the foolish JD died !!! Right in the wet spot again. I had forgotten to switch over from gas to diesel. Talk about being mad ??? LOL

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