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Dingus Milktoast

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And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 27, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
Up in Woodland is the superb Fred Heidrick Antique Tractor and Ag Collection, the Hays Antique Truck Collection see at http://www.aghistory.org/

I've been in there a few times over the years and anyone interested in old trucks or tractors driving up i-5 out of Sacramento through the town of Woodland, you can't miss it, on the right as you come into Woodland out past the Sacramento airport, just past the Walgreens warehouse. Its backed right up to the freeway, take the first woodland exit, right at the stop sign, left at the light, left into the museum parking lot.

So the reason I even bother to mention it....

I was in Ft Lee VA this week on business. As me and my colleagues drove to our destination I glanced out the window and saw the Keystone Tractor Works museum.

I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO VISIT!!!1111111
http://www.keystonetractorworks.com/virginia-museum/

I shoulda MADE time. Sometimes I hit on all cylinders when traveling, and get to see some unusual things. More often its like this... ah but if I had the time, the stories I could tell!

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

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And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
I learned to drive on a 1933 Case tractor my pop rebuilt, hand cranked and giant wheel clutch.

I'm very fond of tractors, as a result.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2012 - 02:00pm PT
Like this one almost exactly:



It had row crop wheels and when my pop up and moved us to Tennessee hill country he was afraid to take it with him. He sold it to the people who bought his house from him.

In the late 90s I had a chance to visit my old boyhood home on 7 acres in rural New Jersey (sssush don't tell anyone!) and lo! The tractor lived on!

My brother was offered the chance to buy it a few years back but he declined.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

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And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
Check this photo out of this old bridge over the Harpeth River in Cheatam County, Tennessee.

A massive flood took out this bridge a few years ago... I loved it and always went this way, for its lovely old school single lane wooden planked deck and iron works (oh how I LOVE bridges!!!) when coming home from Ashland City climbing.

My buddy snapped this shot one day as he drove home, the way was blocked, lol



Hah! I bet that scared the sh#t out of the driver!

Proof that row crop tractors ARE dangerous in Tennessee haha. Though I bet Pop never figured on this one lol.

DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 27, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
My grandfather had one of these. A fabulous workinghorse. He still had it in the eighties. We worked very well together.



One of today's monsters




Jstan

A great picture. Is that you on the tractor? I know the feeling. The Ferguson was one of my friends.
jstan

climber
Jul 27, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
We never should have sold that 30's Farmall A. It was my best friend.
Credit: jstan
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
Pop about to start his last tractor project....



The finished product, my nephew in the pic above has it.


Miss you Pop!

DMT
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 27, 2012 - 05:06pm PT
Boy, who built that lean to, Stevie Wonder?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2012 - 05:09pm PT
Now you're just being mean.

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 27, 2012 - 05:23pm PT
Our tractor 1965.
Our tractor 1965.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
This was our 1st tractor on the farm. photo taken 1965 by my aunt. we eventually upgraded to a Ford 800 or 850?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 27, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
I hope this thread has traction.

The Western Development Museum in Saskatoon has lots of plows and tractors and such, going back more than a century. Well worth a visit. http://www.wdm.ca/stoon.html

Standard Friday night date in farm country: Allis Chalmers and John Deere.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 27, 2012 - 06:01pm PT
Growing up in the rural south, I think we all got to drive a tractor at an early age as one of our first driving experiences.

Mine was on one of these (think I'd driven the neighbor's 68 Chevy pickup on the deer lease when he had to open the gate or something once before getting on one of these): 40's era Ford

Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Jul 27, 2012 - 06:11pm PT
My first driving experience was on a McCormick Farmall. I've loved torque ever since.

That's a nice rebuild, Dingus. What the hell is it?
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 27, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
elcap-- i learned on a forties ford.

also got to watch my grampa roll and light cigs with one hand.

i'd love to have enough ground to justify owning one. at the moment, i only get to buy tractor porn calendars.

http://classictractors.com/calendar.html

Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jul 27, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
First driving experience above the lawn mower was the late 40's John Deer A. I was amazed that it was still running, the thing was tough, and as my young mind did the math I realized the JD and my dad were about the same age.

Neighbor had an old international and before we could play we had the farm work to complete. Rarely drove that one but caught a gazillion bail of hay off the backside.

Hey it's the weekend, let's get out there and enjoy.

Aloha,
Will
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 28, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Dingus, we had a bridge that looked almost exactly like that..through truss, wooden deck, about 100' span, 12' wide, 18' up to the top of the tress, 'cept the railing was 2" angle iron or similar, instead of round stock. On Conley Ditch road, over Jackson Lake, built in 1909, and my @#$%^&* schoolbus used to cross the thing! Sketchy. They finally replaced it in 2000 with a new concrete monstrosity.

It was about a mile and half from my folk's house where I grew up. Dirt road lead to it, where my bro taught me how to drive a stick (paved that when they replaced the bridge) , decent bluegill and crappie fishing under the bridge. Every now and then some drunk redneck would jump off the top and about break their legs since it was only about 6' deep in late summer.

Old saying is true, you really can't ever go home again...it's all gone...the people, the places, all the unique things.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 11:26am PT
Elcap thanks for posting. Dickson county and surrounding Cumberland Rim country had dozens of those bridges. We dove off of them all it seemed, even into four foot deep water.

Those Ford tractors were and are ubiquitous in the hill country of Tennessee - just some a sense, the most popular small farm tractor in those hills. Wide stance (lol) much harder to tip over... amazingly I watched my friend lose control of one while baling in the downhill direction on one of my Pop's steep hillsides. (shouldnta baled going down!, he almost had to bail!)

The tractor started sliding, the baler jack knifed and locked his back wheel and he slide like 50 feet, rode that sucker like a bull, one hand up the other on the steering wheel. He shoulda jumped but didn't, claimed he was 'ready.'

At the bottom of the hill, he turned that sucker around and started back up the row, finishing the job and learning his lesson about baling in hill country.

Those Ford tractors are AWESOME!

DMT
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 28, 2012 - 11:43am PT
They were burly for sure. My neighbor got that one sunk into a bog trying to cross the little creek in the woods below his corn field where he'd cleared a little patch for some melons. Luckily my stepdad had a friend's front end loader, like a much smaller version of a D-9, sitting in our yard at the time (something about hiding it from the repo man!). We loved having it around, used it to skid out a ton of red and white oak from the woods behind the house to cut up at our leisure. So pops fired up the loader and went down there to pull him out. Big spectacle for us, way better than watching another block of Bill Dance and Orlando Wilson. I think payback was a loan of his bass boat for a weekend (both were church-going men, never seen either of them take a drink).

I don't miss much about the south, but there are definitely things we got out there that you'd never get growing up in the 'burbs.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 11:54am PT
Yep.

Cheers man. I need to get down your way dude. Give me a tour next time I'm in town whaddaya say?
DMT
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 28, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
it's all gone...the people, the places, all the unique things.

the banks have taken everything but the crank
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