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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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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

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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

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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
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 28, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
tractors were a family business for us--oliver tractors, formerly hart-parr of charles city, iowa.

my great uncle george managed the factory there for a long time. when he retired, they gave him a plaque that said, "you made tractors, george, the best in the land", and they were right. john culbertson, one of his assistants, has published a couple books on the good old days there, when everybody seemed to be on the same side and pulled together. these people knew how to have fun and work at the same time, a long forgotten pairing in most of america. the downside was that, due to the engine foundry, the factory eventually became a superfund site.

uncle george
uncle george
Credit: Tony Bird

my dad got a job through his uncle and stayed until oliver got bought by white motor corporation and merged with minnie-mo, cockshutt and other inky-dinkies, all of which died their corporate deaths in the 1970s. there are basically three companies left in this field, john deere, ford, and caterpillar. if you think teddy roosevelt's trust busting and subsequent antitrust legislation means a damn thing in the united states of america, i hope they have a job for you in china.

you'll still see olivers once in awhile. i see them in the fields around oxnard, ancient, but still running like tops. the philosophy was that farmers don't like to buy cheap equipment, they want things that'll last. the first time i heard the term "planned obsolescence" was while visiting my dad at corporate headquarters in downtown chicago shortly after they were acquired by white.

dad was a lawyer for the company, but he was a ham actor at heart, and he once did a great job of playing drunk at a business meeting with uncle george, one of the anecdotes in the book, which became legendary. he also liked to address farmers with the opening line, "we stand behind all our products ... except the manure spreaders."

Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 28, 2012 - 12:52pm PT
One Saturday afternoon, before our monthly management club meeting at the armory, George had a pre-meeting cocktail party in his basement. His nephew, Bob Bird, from the Chicago office, was the evening's program speaker. When I arrived, the party was just getting underway, and I chatted with Bob. He was immaculately dressed, smiling, and in great shape for his presentation. But as the cocktail hour went on, Bob looked and acted as though he had spent too much time at the bar bending his elbow. By the time we left for dinner at the armory, Bob's tie was loose at the collar, his shirt was partially unbuttoned and hanging out at the belt. In fact, he looked a mess; his speech was slurred and his walk was unsteady.

George was beside himself, and for once, he didn't know what to do. At the head table at the armory, Bob was boisterous, dropped his silverware, and created quite a disturbance. All eyes in the room were on Bob, as he proceeded to make an absolute ass of himself. George was embarrassed beyond words and tugged at Bob's sleeve to calm him down. George leaned over and urged him to give up trying to make a speech. This riled Bob all the more and set him off on a loud tirade against George.

Those of us who were seated close to George were mortified, but there was nothing we could do about it. Anything George said was brushed off and to no avail. After dinner the president of the club warily approached the podium, opened the meeting, and quickly conducted the business. With a furtive glance at George, as if to ask, "Do I close the meeting now or introduce Bob?", the president realized it was up to him to decide. Without dwelling on Bob's impressive background and wanting to get this bad scene over as quickly as possible, he simply said, "It is my pleasure to introduce Bob Bird from our Chicago office," and quickly returned to his seat.

As the crowd of more than 200 men and women politely clapped, Bob lurched to his feet, knocked over his chair and kicked it out of the way. His hair was disheveled, his shirt was hanging out of his pants, and he was more out of than in his suitcoat. Everyone gasped, and you could hear some whisper, "He's drunk." One even murmured, "My God, he really is stoned!"

Bob fell twice as he ascended the stairs to the podium. On the podium, he tried to grab the microphone, but in his apparent tipsy condition it took him three attempts before he conquered it with both hands. He wiped his nose with a sweep of his coat sleeve, rolled his eyes, opened his mouth, and struggled to stay on his feet. The room was hushed, and everyone including George was appalled at what they were witnessing. Bob closed his mouth, opened it again, then shouted, "INTERCOURSE!" The men blinked, looked at each other, and thought in disbelief, "What did he say?" The women bowed their heads, closed their eyes, and tried to hide their embarrassment.

While reactions swirled around the audience, Bob turned his back on everyone and disappeared behind the podium curtain. We all sat there stunned and looked at George to see what he was going to do. He just sat there as if someone had shot him. But momentarily Bob emerged from behind the curtain, and the audience had reason to gasp again in disbelief. It was a miraculous transformation. Bob was smiling; his hair was neatly combed; his shirt was buttoned and properly tucked in, and his tie no longer loosened. To my astonishment, he was as immaculately groomed and dressed as when I greeted him a few hours earlier. What's more, he was steady on his feet. He stepped confidently to the microphone, deftly positioned it, and in a clear, crisp voice and with a broad smile said, "Things aren't always what they seem." George looked as if he were a balloon that had just been popped with a pin. He, along with everyone else, had been taken in bigtime with Bob's carefully contrived charade.

The theme of Bob's speech was about relationships--social and business intercourse--rather than sexual intercourse. He talked about the art of communicating with each other and how important it is to convey correctly the meaning that is intended. He made the point that when he shouted "intercourse" we assumed he meant sexual intercourse, which wasn't the case at all since the word intercourse has many meanings depending on the full context in which it is used.

It was a superb speech. It was provocative--one that was long remembered and talked about for many years. When Bob concluded his speech, he was given a standing ovation, and the club president adjourned the meeting on a happy note. George hastily called a post-meeting party in his basement, and for the rest of the evening he was subdued and not his old self. But he did manage to tell Bob, "You sure fooled me. It was a hell of an act, but God dammit, don't ever do that to me again!"

from The Tractor Builders by john d. culbertson

dad, properly groomed
dad, properly groomed
Credit: Tony Bird

Credit: Tony Bird

i drove one of these during a summer job with the company in the 1960s. learned to plow--fun!

but dingus, really, on topic?
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Jul 28, 2012 - 01:15pm PT
Old saying is true, you really can't ever go home again...it's all gone...the people, the places, all the unique things.

Yep. We had one of those bridges, too. Built in 1890 it crossed Bluegrass Creek on Heckel Road. The bridge is gone, as well as most of the cool places it led to, replaced by I-164.

Me and the dogs had a lot of fun on Bluegrass Creek, BITD.

One old guy on our school bus route didn't believe in tractors. Mid-'60s and he still had a pair of massive draft horses. He did farm a small parcel, but it was really quite a sight.

I was visiting back home in the '80s around the time of the farm crisis and farm-Aid and all that. I asked my Dad about all that, thinking he'd be sympathetic to the farmers, seeing how "farm hand" was listed as occupation on his army records.

Wrong! He thought it was all their fault, buying those fancy tractors with air-conditioning and tape players!

Tony, I've seen an Oliver before. Nice story.
Jody

climber
Jul 28, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
Dingus, I drove one of these for two years when I got out of high school. Plowing at 20 mph was fun, unless the AC broke and you were enclosed in a sauna when it was 110 outside! :)

Jody

climber
Jul 28, 2012 - 02:23pm PT
Here's an old tractor near my house.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
No the secret heart is still there. The Romans said the same thing. It all comes and goes all the time. I've been back to my secret places, revisited my old haunts, some of them persist, the places of magic and power. You just have to have the time and patience to suss them out. Tractor pace, as it were.

DMT

ps I think that was a Farmall my pop restored. Looks a LOT like the one jstan posted, duddint?
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 28, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
Pa spreading sh#t with our Farmall.
Pa Spreading sh#t about 1971? Farmall tractor. Don't know the model.
Pa Spreading sh#t about 1971? Farmall tractor. Don't know the model.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Me working firewood about 78? with the Ford 800 or 850?
Ford 800 or 850?
Ford 800 or 850?
Credit: tradmanclimbs
That's our sugar shack by the horse
Ford 800 or 850 about 1977/78?
Ford 800 or 850 about 1977/78?
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Our neighbor George walker with his Farmall H 1965
Farmall H 1965ish
Farmall H 1965ish
Credit: tradmanclimbs
some of our critters, about 1968
Credit: tradmanclimbs
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jul 28, 2012 - 09:57pm PT
I make a living supplying parts for all these tractor... Those old ones and the new ones.
Nice to see these machines getting some attention.
The Ford N series changed the fabric of this nation.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 28, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
Can you tell what model my Ford was? Obviously it had a fancy new seat on it but it was pretty old 35 years ago.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jul 28, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
Looks like a 601 Workmaster
If U get me the serial number (By the starter), I can tell you all about it.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 29, 2012 - 12:32am PT
Cool stories everyone. I'm loving this quirky thread.

I recently had a pile of B&w old family photos dumped on me. My okie relatives from Kansas were all farmers. Included in the pile was the original patents with photos for some farming equipment they invented. I'll scan and post later. Pretty cool stuff.

Here's a little tractor story. Excerpt from a (true) story I wrote about growing up next to our neighbor "Cowboy Dave" as a kid:


The Old Backhoe.

The old backhoe sat quietly (or not so quietly) rusting in Cowboy Dave's horse pasture. It was one of those small- types and had been yellow at one point, but most of the paint had worn away. Once a year, Dave would attempt (not always with success) to fire up the old girl so he could drag around an antiquated disc-plow-thing to stave off the fire marshals. The broken down rusting heap was often left sitting close to our fence line for years, much to the irritation of my parents who found the backhoe to be an eyesore- especially when you added in its companions...the dead pincusioned speedboat ( also deposited in the middle of the pasture) with it's neighboring piles of hoarded old barbed wire.

Getting the backhoe running was always a lengthy ordeal. Cowboy Dave was no mechanic, and would be standing in the field all day, sweating through his cowboy uniform. There was much fussing with tools and grease, and bailing wire- lots of bailing wire. Using a toxic concoction of carb fluid and gasoline, and god knows what else, the engine would eventually fire. The entire canyon was painfully aware when the backhoe came back to life. It was always the same unbelievably loud BAM echoing through the hills followed by uneven rumbling and an ENORMOUS black column of smoke rising through the air. I always found it remarkable that such a small vehicle could create so much noise and pollution. In peak operating condition, the backhoe would break down 2 or 3 times a day, and the whole process would repeat itself...








TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 29, 2012 - 12:47am PT
"we stand behind all our products ... except the manure spreaders."

My best friend in my freshman year of college was a farm kid from Iowa who like many worked in the winter in a small town shop that made farm implements.

Don't remember the brand name any more, but he worked for an outfit that made a side unloading manure spreader.

Their slogan was of course,

We stand behind our product!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 29, 2012 - 06:30am PT
Don't have that tractor anymore. Both parent's gone many years ago...
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Jul 29, 2012 - 08:56am PT
My Ford 8N tractor was responsible for the house I'm sitting, ( with a little effort on my part).
I started logging a 60 acre timber track, on the side of a small mountain in N.H., in 1970, right out of Vietnam.
I can't tell you how many times I almost tipped that rig over while pulling a big log,( for Eastern standards).
That little tractor could pull an oak log
measuring 18-24 inches in diameter X 30ft. long, out of the woods, as long as you weren't going uphill.
The clutch plate was smooth steel, and real slippery when wet. When pulling a real big log, I had to be real careful to keep my foot on the clutch, while steering with the brakes, since the front end was off the ground at times.
You had to react REAL fast, if you hung up, since the front end goes up and over damn fast because of those big wheels churning. Almost as nerve racking as a long A4 pitch.
I'm very fond of that 8N, which took much abuse, from me. I made all the beams for my timber frame house in the woods with a Jonsered chain saw. Since the 4 sides of the log were removed, and discarded, the resulting beam, was in some cases, half the weight, of the original log.
Nevertheless; I have one beam, in Oak, measuring 12X14 by 24 ft. long. I weighed it, before putting it up. after drying it for 20 years, under cover, ( I'm not lying). It tipped out at 2400 pounds!
I'm diverging off the subject, but that little 8N, can pull like hell, and I'm still logging occasionally with it.




Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 29, 2012 - 09:26am PT
okay, i'll bring this thread back on topic.

i took the tour of the desert queen ranch last year. the guide was a ranger who had grown up on a ranch in colorado--i forget his name, but he was the ideal guide, offering insights into the resourcefulness of the keys family that only someone who had lived that life could know about.

bill keys basically inherited hidden valley from an outlaw, the kindlier of the mchaney brothers, who wound up spending his old age there--unlike his brother, who landed in the pen. keys took care of the fellow during his last days--you can see the outline of the shack on the backside of indian wave boulder.

keys's strategy for making a living on desert queen was many-faceted--mining, ranching, hunting and foraging, farming (some of his fruit trees still survive), and tourist cabins. the only gold he missed was the rock climbing. the ranch site, back in the wonderland and only accessible with a tour appointment, remains close to the way the family left it, just a bit worse for weathering. there is a large area which can best be described as a well-organized open-air parts warehouse--everything you need to get a tractor running.

our guide pointed out a giant diamond reo truck, 1930s vintage, which he said keys picked up for free out in the desert after it was abandoned stuck by the county highway department. it looked like it hadn't run in decades, but he said he was surprised a few years ago to find it parked about 200 yards from where he had seen it the week before. he learned that willis keys, just for the fun of it, had shown up with a few quarts of oil and a can of gas, picked some spark plugs out of the parts collection and got it going--something to do on a sunday afternoon.

take that tour if you're a josh regular--well worth a half day off from climbing. and willis's book, growing up on the desert queen ranch, available at the visitor's center, offers a lot more of the colorful history.

Credit: Tony Bird

cowboys! off topic?

self-starters
self-starters
Credit: Tony Bird
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jul 29, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Credit: pud
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2012 - 09:50am PT
Did you know tractors shrink with age?

THEY DO!

Consider the photo above of the dad and his kids on that little tractor.

To those kids? They think its as mighty as that 8-wheeled drive monster Jody used to drive. Its not 'a tractor,' no, its 'THE Tractor.' They will remember it all their lives, that tractor, like I and a lot of you remember our own tractor mythology and legend. As they mature?

The tractor will actually grow in size (in their minds), particularly if they move away or are somehow separated from their tractor.

But then, if they are lucky (like I was) they might get to visit their old home and go visit the tractor of their youth.

And they'll be shocked at the changes... not to their old home, yard, woods, town, bridges, strip malls and whatever. Oh all that's shocking enough, it deserves its own thread.

No they'll be shocked at how much that tractor has actually shrunken with age - like a wizened old man. They'll walk up to it in wonder, clearly remembering the days when that tractor TOWERED over them and climbing the wheel (they now look down upon ) was a BIG DEAL.

DMT
berghold

Trad climber
Calistoga
Jul 29, 2012 - 10:32am PT
Couldn't resist. Found on a country lane in Alsace, France 2011.  I kn...
Couldn't resist. Found on a country lane in Alsace, France 2011. I know. . . A Bulldozer is not a tractor !
Credit: berghold
whitey1

climber
california
Jul 29, 2012 - 11:48am PT
Credit: whitey1
International Farm-All nick named Mr. Thirsty
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 29, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
You just have to have the time and patience to suss them out.

or scuba gear.

many of the magic places of my childhood are now buried under jillions of acre-feet of reservoir.


god knows how many old farmalls and fords are rusting away down there.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 29, 2012 - 04:23pm PT
I see a lot of old tractors patrolling the power lines. Here's an old Cat taking a well deserved rest on a ranch in Elk Creek.
Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace
Credit: Timid TopRope
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 29, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
paranoid-android

climber
Jul 29, 2012 - 05:55pm PT
All your tractor are belong to me!

KlimbIn

climber
Jul 29, 2012 - 06:47pm PT

Today on my bike ride I saw this burned out tractor. The hay baler must have started it. Wasn't there a couple three weeks ago.

Credit: KlimbIn
OR

Trad climber
Jul 29, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
The family tractor
The family tractor
Credit: OR

I know, it's not officially a tractor but it was classified as one in the UK back in the day. It has a front and rear PTO and all sorts of farm equipment could be ordered and run off it. The man I bought it from said he used to run a haybailer off the rear PTO.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Very cool tractor there.

klk a Bitter Suit is ill-fitting for a historian. Only the precious jewels survive! And only some of them.

The fact pig sh#t always endures too should be of no consequence. :)

I'm in Dallas now. I know....

DMT
jogill

climber
Colorado
Jul 29, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
Losing $5 on a bet
Losing $5 on a bet
Credit: jogill

I bet my wife $5 her brother-in-law in Iowa didn't buy a Lamborghini tractor, confident that that company made only cars and trucks.

Lost.


;>(
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
So let me get this straight... a tractor thread, on a ROCK CLIMBING site, nets the great John Gill AND a Lamborghini tractor????

Seriously????

Hey Tony???

Told you it was ON TOPIC.

Hah!

DMT
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 29, 2012 - 09:21pm PT
Bogged down in NZ again.
Credit: guido
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jul 29, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
Porsche made tractors too.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 30, 2012 - 06:25am PT
seems kind of a sideways thread, dingus. might be okay to stand behind it.

stand clear of that shaft crank if you try to start that cat, TT.

that's as close as anyone has seen guido doing work since he built his boat.

i just saw a movie that told me colorado is a rich state--what a surprise. lamborghinis are well and good, but wouldn't you rather have a red ferrari?
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 30, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
ok, that lamborghini is gorgeous. sort of a like a modern version of the old ford we had.

Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 30, 2012 - 01:05pm PT
Lambo built tractors long before they ever built a car. Started tractors right after the war and didn't build any cars until the early 60s.
jstan

climber
Jul 30, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
That rubber looks really good, Joe. Dig it out and rebuild it.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 30, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
That's pretty cool. Imagine the planning session,

"Tractor sales are down. Farms are closing. No one is buying new farm machinery. What will we do???"

Down at the end of the table, grandson of the tractor dynasty, leans back and says,

"I know, we'll build exotic sports cars!"

"OF COURSE!" They all shouted in unison.

DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 30, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
BM Volvo 400 1968 mod. tractor


These ones were also called tractors for all their solidity: Gammal Volvo Amazon och Volvo PV. Some of the PV drivers are now using rollator when walking. A lovely attitude. The Swedish comment "Så här är det nog i himelen" means "This must be how it is in heaven"


Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 5, 2012 - 01:47am PT
A slightly earlier piece of farm equipment.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Aug 5, 2012 - 02:03am PT
Talked to an old Mexican rancher south of Ensenada about the history of his ranch. He was the first to settle there, and did so before the road was graded down the steep escarpment to his valley with the springs and oak trees. The existing road was up on the far side of a ridge, about 2000 very rugged vertical feet above the coastal plateau part of his property, downstream from his rancho to be.

He broke the tractor down to its components and hiked them all down to the flats, and then hired 8 hombres to carry the engine down intact, slung between two poles made from tree trunks. Once the parts were down he reassembled it and proceeded to build his new home. It was decades before the road finally got put in, and in the meantime he lived there with no car or truck, just the tractor.

The only spot in Baja I've ever rinsed off after surfing in a clean, spring fed stream, right on the beach.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 5, 2012 - 02:19am PT
Funny, when I try to load the second and third pages of this thread Google chrome sez

www.supertopo.com contains content from www.crownequipmentmaine.com, a site known to distribute malware. Your computer might catch a virus if you visit this site.

Sure it's nothing but ?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Aug 5, 2012 - 10:49am PT
BITD a poor man could farm all week and put the rear wheels back on his Ford for the Saturday night dance.

Chico tractor show
Chico tractor show
Credit: Timid TopRope

Most of the Chico area old tractor restoration crowd, show at the Woodland bash.
These guys keep the past alive and running.
These guys keep the past alive and running.
Credit: Timid TopRope
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Aug 5, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Vermont farmer in tractor crushes seven police cars

A farmer in the US state of Vermont who was facing a minor drugs charge is now in more serious trouble after driving a tractor over seven police cars.

Roger Pion crushed the county sheriff's cruisers on Thursday before making his getaway on the farm vehicle.

The 34-year-old was stopped by police in Newport city, northern Vermont, not far from the crime scene.

Sheriff's deputies were unaware of the destruction in their department car park until a resident called 911.

'Monster jam rally'

Orleans County Sheriff Kirk Martin said they were initially unable to give chase as their cars had been wrecked.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Rene Morris, who saw the crash, told a local news station: "I felt like I was in a monster jam rally or something.

"I just couldn't believe it, just backing up going over it, turns around makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up."

Mr Pion was detained last month accused of resisting arrest and marijuana possession, said police.

He was in custody on Thursday evening, facing a number of additional charges.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19112837

LOL…
Rokrover

Trad climber
SB, CA
Aug 5, 2012 - 06:09pm PT
An early Case: I'm a steam guy myself. Back in the olde country we called these traction engines. Just throw a long leather belt on that flywheel and you could thresh a whole mess of wheat. Not practical to plow the field, though. Steam power was best for pulling torque but not practical for quick startup. These days you need boiler certification before she blows and takes out a crowd of innocent bystanders. The good old days when machines had personality and practical function.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 6, 2012 - 12:46am PT
Credit: Mighty Hiker
OK, here's another one, a pretty hot unit. Something to get Dingus' attention on Monday morning, see how his thread has been cherished.
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Aug 6, 2012 - 11:19am PT
MH, that is a hot unit.

A friend has been to this and said it was great!
http://www.antiquefarmshow.org/index.htm
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2012 - 11:29am PT
Thanks you tractor lovers.

MH has GOT MY BACK!

DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 6, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
Around 1970-75 Belarus tractors were imported and sold by a local salesman at the place where I grew up. People from the whole area came to see the tractors. Here is one from the same period of time being restored (not a local one).

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 7, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
Varalöv, Sweden

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 06:36pm PT
JD4050 feeding heffiers @ 6:30am
JD4050 feeding heffiers @ 6:30am
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Was up @ my sisters dairy farm this weekend for her anual redneck party/cornroast. I play three sets in the pole barn and we have a 5 piece country band as well. Roast 500lbs of beef and a huge potluck. BYOB and roughly 500 people show up.. No matter that there is a big party you better kick you hangover in the ass and get back to work the next morening@ 4:00 am.. there was haying to do on sunday so I got a few shots of some of the tractors. Holy crap they got a lot of tractors.
JD 2950 pulling the hay ride.
JD 2950 pulling the hay ride.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
JD4840 cutting.
JD4840 cutting.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
JD2950 tedding
JD2950 tedding
Credit: tradmanclimbs
JD 4840
JD 4840
Credit: tradmanclimbs
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 13, 2012 - 06:51pm PT
Riverton, Wyoming, two weeks ago. I didn't mind the travel interruption at all.
Credit: HighTraverse
Credit: HighTraverse
Credit: HighTraverse
Credit: HighTraverse
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 07:11pm PT
A few more tractor shots from my sisters
Farmal H
Farmal H
Credit: tradmanclimbs
farm.
JD7930
JD7930
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Left to right. JD7930 JD7710 and farmal H
Left to right. JD7930 JD7710 and farmal H
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Andrew Laggis cutting with the JD4840
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2012 - 08:54pm PT
Knocking it out of the park there tradmanclimbs. Thanks.

Twice in the last two days I drove by a small vineyard / winery in the foothills to see 4-5 orchard tractors parked out front along the fenceline. Two old farmalls there for sure, one nicely restored (or maintained) like my pop's.

Twice I didn't 'have time' (read, too zoned out and road weary) to stop and snap a freakin photo. Turning around there is difficult.

I will get a shot of them next time up that way, promise (its on the way to my favorite bouldering spot)

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
Thanks DMT it is a bit mind boggeling how many tractors my sister has. it is a special place up there.. Don't get up there as much as I should. then again they don't have much time for socializeing and you feel guilty unless you are working......
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
I never felt too much guilt at dodging farm work, myself. Guess that's why I live in the burbs, man.

Tell your sister her tractors are admired from afar.

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:41pm PT
Party clean up crew on break..
Party clean up crew on break..
Credit: tradmanclimbs
I was not totally usless out there while I was shooting photos.. I hitched up the kite rake.. then I slunk back to the house and hung out on the porch with the rest of the slackers... At least I was not hungover;)
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
I think this is the last one of their tractors not counting the bobcat and the big front end loader? annother big one, JD7710 hitched up to a sh#t spreader last thanksgiveing.
JD7710 Thanksgiveing 2011
JD7710 Thanksgiveing 2011
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
Thanksgiving you say???!!! Thanks for WHAT?

Now THAT picture makes me glad (all over again) to live in California!

Cheers dude
DMT
John M

climber
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
Wow Tradman.. Is that your sister standing behind the tractor? I hope that you don't mind my saying, but she is a full on hottie.

I spent a few hours in a tractor. Mostly working orchards. Avocados, oranges, lemons, grapefruit.

There are a lot of things I liked about working on a farm but one or two that I didn't. :-)

My boss use to take us water skiing before work. Hit the lake at sunrise. Waterski for a couple of hours and then go work 10 more.

Cool thread..
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
The hottie is Isabella, My Climbing partner for the last 14 years and former GF....
Isa on the FA of Firewalk 10d/11a
Isa on the FA of Firewalk 10d/11a
Credit: tradmanclimbs
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Aug 13, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
The Tractor and Farm Museum in Bristol has a really nice collection.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:40am PT
She looks like she's been baling hay by hand , not tractor....
Woody the Beaver

Trad climber
Soldier, Idaho
Aug 21, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
This photo shows my son Jeff using our '79 Mitsubishi to help rig his experimental campus board.
A tractor's work is never done.
A tractor's work is never done.
Credit: Woody the Beaver
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 2, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
1970's International
1970,s International
1970,s International
Credit: tradmanclimbs
laying down the 3rd cut near Woodstock VT last week.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 2, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
Sweet!
perswig

climber
Sep 15, 2012 - 06:35am PT
























Bump.
Dale

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2012 - 06:52am PT
Love you Dale. Thanks!

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 15, 2012 - 09:09pm PT
Sweet!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 15, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
More to come when i get the time....
perswig

climber
Sep 16, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
^^
Get the time, man, get the time...











Dale

jopay

climber
so.il
Sep 17, 2012 - 06:59am PT
Cool thread enjoyed all the pictures. The one of the small bulldozer in France reminds me of the day an old partner and I were bushwhacking into a new area we had found on a topo, and there sitting in a field abandoned was the smallest bulldozer I had ever seen, upon close inspection it had lifting hooks at the corners and a military nomenclature tag that mentioned airborne something or other. I still think I should have tried tracking down the owner what a cool thing to restore, I think the tag mentioned being made in Wisconsin, anybody know about these?
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 17, 2012 - 07:05am PT
Small Tractor Blues

Utilitor, Midwest Engine Company of Indianapolis.

The owner is driving the tractor from 5:18.
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Sep 17, 2012 - 03:48pm PT
http://www.scottlondon.com/photo/burningman2012/018.html
A city girl myself, this is the first tractor I got to ride. Full bar and working kitchen. They were serving chili one night!

Eh, I'll learn the real ways soon enough...

Cheers

LS
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
For those who don't frequent the 'What song...' thread, Marlow's post above links other great examples of farm machinery as rhythm section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDHzK3Xe7Yw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqatMdB5vu4&feature=player_detailpage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ffsF_aMatw&feature=related

Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 17, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
Farmall M Tunbridge Worlds fair
Farmall M Tunbridge Worlds fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Farmall A Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Farmall A Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Isa and the tractors.. Tunbridge Worlds fair
Isa and the tractors.. Tunbridge Worlds fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Cockshutt Delux 50 <br/>
Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Cockshutt Delux 50
Tunbridge Worlds Fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Who exactly came up with the name for the Cockshutt Delux?
jstan

climber
Sep 17, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
There it is!!!!!


What's with the back rest? Makes it harder than hell to bail when the front end comes up.

PS: It's a sign of a truly great website when you see a tractor thread!!!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 18, 2012 - 02:02am PT
Tractor Nepal Style
Tractor Nepal Style
Credit: Karl Baba

Nepalese have these narrow terraced fields. Here's their tractor from 1985

Peace

Karl
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 19, 2012 - 01:37pm PT
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Sep 28, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
must have seen a hundred tractors today in the Del Monte pineapple fields. I know they are thoroughly modern versions and that most of you all are posting about older ones, but hey, a tractor is a tractor in my book. Here in Costa Rica they call a tractor a "chapulin" which means grasshopper, them things with the big hind legs. Here are 4 different makes that I could get close enough to take pictures of. They even named a tractor after our very own "Silver"

the Silverado
the Silverado
Credit: little Z

modified John Deere
modified John Deere
Credit: little Z

New Holland
New Holland
Credit: little Z

never did see what make this one was
never did see what make this one was
Credit: little Z
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 28, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Those are some bad ass tractors, Little Z. Thanks. Blown away by the content of this thread. Let's go for 200. I'm in love with the Minneapolis Molines though. Wow they are real beauties.

DMT
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Sep 28, 2012 - 11:20pm PT
I ain't got nothing on tractors, but here's a tractor beam:
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 28, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Google ads are a trip. Right now the banner ad at the top of this page here on Supertopo is running a tractor ad,

photo not found
Missing photo ID#265625

DMT
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 28, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
The Tractor Tavern is one of the coolest venues in Seattle. Saw the Red Elvises there a few years ago. And Pierre Bensusan. And Chris Smither.

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 29, 2012 - 10:38am PT
going out to feed the cows
going out to feed the cows
Credit: tradmanclimbs
saw this one while shooting trail ride sat.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 29, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
Bad assssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

DMT
Enty

Trad climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
I used to like tractors but I don't like them any more.............































I'm an ex-tractor fan.

E
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 29, 2012 - 03:25pm PT
this is what I'm talkin' about:



and here they are at work on Stately Pleasure Dome above Tenaya Lake too. Lots to get done on The Great White Book before winter sets in!! Big rush here!!

perswig

climber
Oct 3, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
I'm kinda partial to the Minnies, too, Dingus.





































Dale
perswig

climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Been driving the same route to work for the last 8 years and just noticed this sitting next to the road...





Looks like a Centaur cultivator, c. 1930?
Dale
BJ

climber
Oct 18, 2012 - 08:40am PT
Cool thread enjoyed all the pictures. The one of the small bulldozer in France reminds me of the day an old partner and I were bushwhacking into a new area we had found on a topo, and there sitting in a field abandoned was the smallest bulldozer I had ever seen, upon close inspection it had lifting hooks at the corners and a military nomenclature tag that mentioned airborne something or other. I still think I should have tried tracking down the owner what a cool thing to restore, I think the tag mentioned being made in Wisconsin, anybody know about these?


There were many manufacturers of crawlers in days of yore, including Lindermann in Yakima WA and Windorf in Portland OR. But... Struck-Magnatrac is still operating in Wisconsin

http://www.struckcorp.com/

Edit to add:

The Portland Oregon manufactured Windolph was powered by a Wisconsin engine in most of it's models

http://ronfoo.com/museum/windolph.html
rich sims

Social climber
co
Oct 25, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
Sorry no pictures of the tractors
I was sent to Illinois to start my first real job at 12 on my uncle’s farm mowing and plowing down government acres. $1.25 an hour, $10.00 a day I was rich!
Government acres, is land we were paid not to harvest but mowe
Best uncle a guy could ever have
Best uncle a guy could ever have
Credit: rich sims
down and plow the wheat back into the ground.
So I made two mistakes my first day. I stopped and turned off the tractor to pee.
So my aunt flags me down as I pass the drive way to the highway.
She then scolds me for turning off the tractor to talk to her and then again for turning it off to pee.
She says can’t you just hang it out and pee while the tractor is moving.
Oh that crossed so many boundaries for this shy 12 year old. LOL
What a summer for a city boy from San Diego, learning to drive tractors and trucks on the roads between the three farms.
Riding a stallion given to me that hated girls/women but would let me ride him and guide him with just a halter. Flirting with the not so old trainers helpers at the show horse’s stables made me feel years older, at least 15.
It was defiantly a summers of firsts.
perswig

climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 08:45am PT
Imagine skidding logs out of the Maine north woods in January, sitting in the fore-end wheelhouse freezing your toes off. At least during blackfly season it's too muddy to log much, otherwise the drivers would require transfusions weekly.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bIiy9zGwtY&feature=player_embedded

Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 27, 2012 - 08:59am PT
This truck is my tractor. (and gear tester) Gonna be doing some serious welding after this little episode...
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 28, 2012 - 07:30am PT
My neighbor Loyde is the local fix it man. he just pulled the plug on the life support for my truck. pronounced her dead.. :(
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Oct 28, 2012 - 10:22am PT
tradman, i've seen a firewall forward remnant of an AMC muscle car outfitted
so that it would attach in place of the bucket of a front end loader.
the 396 c.i. engine was powering a rotary snowplow where the back
of the vehicle used to be.

sorry for your loss
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Oct 28, 2012 - 02:34pm PT
hard to drink and drive a tractor.
hard to drink and drive a tractor.
Credit: Stewart Johnson
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 28, 2012 - 02:59pm PT
Surely EKat can throw in a few photos of old and new Zambonis? They're a kind of tractor, after all. Maybe even those snow-grooming machines she so likes.
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 28, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
This makes for a great Sunday afternoon read on one of the last lay hot days of fall (I hope). Great stuff here.

Loved Rich's story about the correct way being to "hang it out" and pee while the tractor is running. This is Guy 101! Ha ha!

I worked at a summer camp right out of college in Southern Wisconsin (Oconomowoc). I was the leader of a unit of younger teenagers and counselor. We lived in these giant surplus canvas army tents on concrete platforms. The camp had an old tractor (a Ford I think, don't recall much other than the fun of driving it) and it was a blast fer sure. Used it mostly for hauling a flatbed of camp equipment or a boatload of teenagers. More fun that you can swing a stick at. If I have photos, they are deeply buried.

There was also an old unregistered Plymouth Duster (or similar Mopar make) that was my "camp" car. Bald tires and beat up to hell, had some fun in that thing too, driving it around the dirt roads and fields.

TPFU!

Would definitely welcome eKat input on this thread!

My big unrealized dream in life is to be a snowcat operator. At least for one night to see what it's really like.

Eric
Borut

climber
french
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:56am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#270787
Nothing much, but I thought I'd drop by. Hello!

Great topic!


Borut
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 6, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
This is my tractor. just arrived today. needs lots of work. The crappy plow comes off tomorrow and the Fisher goes on. needs brakes, heater core,wireing,carb work, shifting linkage, etc, etc but man is she Cool!
1968 K20 3/4 ton dump.
1968 K20 3/4 ton dump.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
cowpoke

climber
Nov 6, 2012 - 06:17pm PT
store in Oslo (with stores in NY and LA, too, I think), Moods of Norway, is working on making the tractor chic







they have waffle makers too:
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Nov 6, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
There's a little spot on the Appalachian Trail, somewhere near Grayson Highlands in Virginia IIRC..been a long time ago since I was there... where you're crossing this big open area of rolling grassy hills. And someone took about 4 or 5 old tractor seats and sank the posts into the ground making a sort of park bench type setup.

Maybe I can find a pic, I sat there and enjoyed some medicinal and a nice sunset. Had to be the most comfortable a tractor seat in all my life (it helps that it ain't bouncing you all over and that you just spent the last 6 hrs hiking 20 miles with a pack)...EDIT: sumbitch, here they are:

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 6, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
The Worm is hoping for plenty of action this winter!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#272640
John M

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
Those crazy Swedes

Burnouts, brodies and donuts


Silver

Ice climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#273686
My neighbor the other day
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
Dude! That dude is TOTALLY SWEDISH!!!11111

Lolli drives like that. I bet that tractor feller listens to death metal too, seriously. I think I met that dude.

That is one... bad... ass... tractor.

And seriously, all the Swedes drive like that.

DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:42pm PT
Massey Ferguson 65


Starting the 1909 Blitzen-Benz - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xMa3_tT5mKA
The "tractor" starts at 6:25.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
ok the swedish turbo tractor rocks
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 02:58pm PT
I used to attend my Fair share of tractor pulls growing up in god's country (cuz no one else will have it harhar)...


That Swedish Turbo Tractor is the baddest assest tractor in the world.

The WORLD.

Prove me wrong. Don't be showing my some muscle bound Venice Beach showgirl of a tractor, it'll just get you mocked.

Swedish Turbo Tractors = Terror!

Lol. Just driving that thing would be terrifying. No helmet, no roll bar, wants to flip and roll like a beetle.... he's a good driver.

DMT
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:18pm PT
OK, I agree... that Swedish Tractor video is the best! I'm a quarter Swedish and this COMPLETELY explains my younger brothers' behaviour over the years! Ha ha!

Probably explains some of my own, but I'm not admitting it! :-)

Eric
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:24pm PT
Here's an old Gray tractor rolling in Minnesota
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
They left and moved to Hawaii, didn't they? Lost the best damn coffee shop in the world, that day..... oh man, to live in Modesto, climb in the Valley and coffee up at Buck Meadows, those were the days!

DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 15, 2012 - 04:40pm PT
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
La Fangiadora &#40;rice mucker&#41;
La Fangiadora (rice mucker)
Credit: little Z

this is a pretty unique sort of tractor setup used for mashing down aquatic vegetation and churning up a flooded bed of mud in preparation for growing rice. When in use the thing is under water up to the axels. I'll try to get photos of one on the job tomorrow. Got here too late today - the sun was going down...

Credit: little Z

oops, thread drift
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:10pm PT
It's built on an old Ford.
Bad Climber

climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
What a funny, weird, wonderful thread for a climbing site! My main connection with tractors was the 2007 Gibsonburg,Ohio, classic tractor show. I was cycling solo cross country and stumbled into it at the end of the Labor Day weekend. It was cool to see all that old hardware. Some photos here.

BAd
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
Part of a young buck's passage to manhood; learning to tractor. My nephew, on my 1974 JD1530
Credit: Tobia

Neighbor on Kubota, a newer tractor.
Credit: Tobia

Other tractors (of sort).

Another nephew, another tractor, Mack Ch613. (1995)
Credit: Tobia
Credit: Tobia
younger nephew
Credit: Tobia
They loved the air horns.

Biggest "tractor" I ever handled, a Lorain 50 Ton "Moto" Crane. I went to the factory and drove it home ( to a local construction company). The paint was still wet (literally) when I left the lot in Tenn. (1979)
210' hydraulic boom with jig installed.
Credit: Tobia
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
Tobia, what a monster that crane is, seeing one of those things always reminds me of that killer chase scene in the 3rd Terminator movie.

so here's some shots of those mucking tactors in action

he loves the slop
he loves the slop
Credit: little Z

his father was a mudder...
his father was a mudder...
Credit: little Z

his muther was a mudder...
his muther was a mudder...
Credit: little Z

these tractors mash everything in their path including lots of little critters and so there are always birds around coming to snag a moist, mashed, morsel (in this case the birds are Great, Snowy, and Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, and Great-tailed Grackles).

boys toys
boys toys
Credit: little Z

it still gets a job done
it still gets a job done
Credit: little Z
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 17, 2012 - 10:45pm PT
Still game.
Still game.
Credit: Gypsy Flores
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 20, 2012 - 03:13am PT
Tobia was thinking the same thing as me upthread.

Me at five. We were moving from Wheaton, Illinois back to Massachusetts. No one noticed I was driving the rig until I got to Ohio!

Tractors of a different color...
Tractors of a different color...
Credit: Fletcher

Eric
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 20, 2012 - 06:06am PT
Eric that looks like an old frieghtliner or International, I can't tell with the door open. Early 60's, cab-over type. Cab-overs were popular during late sixties through late eighties; but conventional type rigs came back due to safety, noise and other problems. Driving one is a strange ordeal; especially if you are usually in a conventional.

I think cab-overs are a thing of the past now; like a lot of the tractors on this thread.

My first cab-over experience that I can remember: talking the YPCC truck drivers into letting me jockey their trucks around the YPCC warehouse. I had to show them my CDL before making a bet that I could dock it, drop and hook to another trailer.
70's model Freightliner
70's model Freightliner
Credit: Tobia
perswig

climber
Nov 20, 2012 - 08:19am PT
Sweet additions.
Little z's mudder rigs look like steamship paddlewheels.
I like the b/w Ford in Fletcher's pic - running on tubes?
In BAd's link, looks like a Minnie? and the third grill showing below might be another Cockshutt?

Dig it.
Dale
jstan

climber
Nov 20, 2012 - 11:04am PT
Anyone here with experience on the Kubota L2550? Is this a tractor or a big toy? I will be using mainly the loader but the back hoe will be very good also. 27 horse. Grading and footings in sand. No 12 bottom plowing or any plowing for that matter. Might want to rig a grading blade. Thinking in sand a little urban machine is about right.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
I get a lot of google-delivered ad content on the Taco. I have not disabled banner ads, as I like to see them. I am always interested in how what I type into and view on Supertopo translates into paid advertisements.

So of course today I noted that once again the Tractor Pushers are coming for me!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#274720

I'm not buying!

DMT
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 20, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Yeah, Tobia, I'm not an expert on cab-overs, but my brother's were, so they are on my radar (one of those brothers is in that photo). Back in the 70's they were totally into tractor trailers. This was also in the era or CW McCall's "Convoy." I think that played a role in this. Anyhow, they took a trip from Massachusetts by car to New Orleans with my Mom. Their car "game" was to count and identify (pretty specifically) all the trucks they saw.

Needless to say, they saw a lot!



Eric
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
What a funny, weird, wonderful thread for a climbing site!

Yup. Someone come from away (Newf expression) might think it a bit odd.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
There's nothing odd about tractors.

Or climbers.

DMT
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
A mathemagician friend once insisted to me that there's no such thing as an "odd" number. He said that some numbers simply have more interesting properties than others. As he had a doctorate in math, I was willing to take his word for it.

Lawyers, when wanting to make such a reference, say "numbers not evenly divisible by two".
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 20, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
I used this B2100 Kubota on an geological dig. There wasn't much it couldn't do; it just took a little longer to get it done. I moved tons of overburden, shale and dug a decent trench with it in some hard clay. Kubotas are good machines.
Credit: Tobia
Credit: Tobia
klk

Trad climber
cali
Nov 20, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
jstan, if you get one, you hafta let me drive it!

Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:27am PT
My 1974 JDeere was built in West Germany. JDeere took over-stocked major components of other models and designed a tractor to utilize them.
It's a 3 cylinder 43 h.p. agricultural tractor. It wasn't in production for long. They made a 830; following the same formula.

I hate to hear that about Kubota moving to China. I wonder if they have been bought out, going after cheap labor or just trying to increase output. They make fine machines and have been for the past 25 years. The price is right; especially on parts. J Deere parts are ridiculously priced! Although my tractor is well built, things wear out.

Worst part is it is only 2 wheel drive; whereas modern tractors are 4 wheel drive.

I had a 1974 JDeere 310 backhoe that was a well built machine also.

I am going to my neighbor's house to take some pics of his antique truck and tractor collection. My favorites: 1948 Ford dump body and a 1961 B-Model Mack. He has restored them from the ground up.

Case is history, correct?

Interesting website for machine heads:
http://archives.hcea.net/index.php?p=collections/collections
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 21, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
I didn't know New Holland merged with anyone; other than Ford.

Ford and New Holland were good farm tractors. A lot 1960's-90's models are still at it. Who knows how many 8-N's are still running (pre-1960). There are 3 within 2 miles of my place.

Zephyr still around? They aren't big in the south; but I used to run one for a herbicide company. It seemed like a decent tractor.

I can't find where Kubota moved production to China; but I did discover Kubota has two factories in GA for assembling tractors and manufacturing ATV's and other yard machines.

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Nov 21, 2012 - 07:15pm PT
Back in Kentucky, I accidentally missed a turn and ended up on a wavy, one-lane road that just went on, and, on and on.... There were houses pretty regularly spaced apart, and three churches in this dozen miles I kept going on... It was Sunday and they each were holding services.

FINALLY, I see a sign telling me about the road. It says "No Outlet - Road Ends In Water." It was a public fishin' spot.

But, there was also this fine old tractor sitting on the side of the field.

Credit: happiegrrrl
jstan

climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
I looked up the history on Farmall. I can't believe our first Farmall A was only five or six years old when we got it. It looked exactly the same when we sold it 40 years later.
Credit: jstan

Here it has the row cultivator on it. Before I was full growed I had 130 times the power I have now. Damn! It really has been all downhill.

A D8.

Definitely.

A D8.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2012 - 08:18pm PT
happie that looks a lot like the hill country where I grew up in Tennessee. Really panged me there with that image.

jstan that sure is a fine tractor.

DMT
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:41pm PT
Khanom,
I figured that is what you meant. I remember the first kubota I saw. The state of Mississippi bought boat load of them to mow the right of ways with. I had to get out of the car and look at one; maybe 1980 or so.

Here's a strange configuration for a tractor used in South Georgia to haul long leaf pine and cypress out of the bottoms:
Don't load the mule, load the wagon.
Don't load the mule, load the wagon.
Credit: Tobia


tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 22, 2012 - 07:49am PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
My neighbor Loyde with his home made Doodle Bug. The rear end is a chopped down suburban. The front end and stearing box/ collum out of a toyota. the motor and tranny are a model T Ford. The hydralics run off of a dump truck power steering pump. the man is genius and a damn good neighbor.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
wow, great stuff, both the photos and stories. Seems like a lot folks are back home for turkey day, back where there are tractors a plenty.

Been seeing about 100 tractor an hour out here in the land of big agriculture. Yesterday missed getting some shots of real cool ones with these tall (like 8 feet) super thin wheels that they use in rice fields, however when I went to snap a photo there was no photo card in my camera. Left it in the computer.

Did get this monster today, on its way to level a field for sugar cane planting.

they call me Mr. Deere
they call me Mr. Deere
Credit: little Z
perswig

climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:47pm PT
Your neighbor's rig is pretty cool, Nick.



Dale
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 10:02pm PT
Winery tractor pull
Winery tractor pull
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

Drive by

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 24, 2012 - 09:16am PT
Thanksgiveing at my sisters farm.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
just does not seem right without snow...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 24, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
Anyone want to start a Treads Thread?
Anyone want to start a Treads Thread?
Credit: mouse from merced
Bucyrus Erie 22B in the dredge tailings at Merced Falls on Mike B's ac...
Bucyrus Erie 22B in the dredge tailings at Merced Falls on Mike B's acreage. Used for scooping out "bass ponds' fed by in-season ditches. Not a bass man, myself. He's got the Merced River in his front yard for trout, WTF?
Credit: mouse from merced
My brother's toy out in Merced Falls.
perswig

climber
Nov 25, 2012 - 09:42pm PT

Winery and tractor.
Check.


Weird forklift/bomb disposal unit combo.
Check.

Dale
perswig

climber
Dec 9, 2012 - 08:06am PT

Quick pic of this workaday rig on the way to T-giving.


Also, just scored this in the sale corner of a local bookstore.




Envy at will.
Dale

(Khanom - sorry; I missed your Irving reference before; I had vague rememberances of reading about a logging tractor, but I was thinking something by Carolyn Chute. Good reminder to go back and re-read some Irving. Thanks!)
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 12, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
Credit: zBrown

Credit: zBrown
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:47pm PT


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 14, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
In Case you didn't know, Merced has an agriculture museum, located on Highway 140.
http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1153185

MOSSBACK FARMERS RULE!

From the newest &#40;2013&#41; MCHS calendar, celebrating 1913 vintage...
From the newest (2013) MCHS calendar, celebrating 1913 vintage photos & stories.
Credit: MCHS
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Dec 14, 2012 - 09:44pm PT
J Forensic Sci. 1993 Mar;38(2):359-64.
Autoerotic fatalities with power hydraulics.
O'Halloran RL, Dietz PE.
Source
Ventura County Medical Examiner Office, CA.
Abstract
We report two cases in which men used the hydraulic shovels on tractors to suspend themselves for masochistic sexual stimulation. One man developed a romantic attachment to a tractor, even giving it a name and writing poetry in its honor. He died accidentally while intentionally asphyxiating himself through suspension by the neck, leaving clues that he enjoyed perceptual distortions during asphyxiation. The other man engaged in sexual bondage and transvestic fetishism, but did not purposely asphyxiate himself. He died when accidentally pinned to the ground under a shovel after intentionally suspending himself by the ankles. We compare these cases with other autoerotic fatalities involving perceptual distortion, cross-dressing, machinery, and postural asphyxiation by chest compression.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 14, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 15, 2012 - 07:43pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#278496
perswig

climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
That was awesome, Skully!

Dale
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 16, 2012 - 08:54am PT
Some of those Russians are a never say die bunch, huh?
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 16, 2012 - 12:40pm PT





Should give credit to Soni Honegger

see the whole show here

http://www.chamasteam.com/images/080226soni/web/pages/image000.html
Fletcher

Trad climber
The rock doesn't care what I think
Dec 16, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
That is tenacity, Skully!

Here's another where a helping hand from a gentle giant was needed:



Eric
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 16, 2012 - 03:23pm PT

With a little help.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 21, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Just popped up.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#279638
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2012 - 01:25pm PT
I get those all the time too, in between Nordstrom high heel and W hotel ads.

DMT
perswig

climber
Dec 23, 2012 - 08:07pm PT
A push-me/pull-you.








And an old skidder, still willing.




Merry Christmas, Dingus, and the rest of you tractor folk.
Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 26, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Christmas up @ my sisters farm..
Isa and the big JD
Isa and the big JD
Credit: tradmanclimbs
They are tradeing this one for an even bigger one...
They are tradeing this one for an even bigger one...
Credit: tradmanclimbs
jstan

climber
Dec 26, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
Boy! I could use a hundred yards of that Russian mud.

Delivered, mind you.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:54pm PT
Major cool old tractors on the Rose Parade as I type!

Eric
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 1, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Credit: The Larry
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jan 1, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
Nice one larry. dale as always pulls through with the old iron.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Twenty-five bucks.  Grandma's Antiques, Merced.
Twenty-five bucks. Grandma's Antiques, Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 7, 2013 - 02:57am PT
San Luis Dam, California Adequate, the Irish back saver, ca. 1963 or 6...
San Luis Dam, California Adequate, the Irish back saver, ca. 1963 or 64.
Credit: mouse from merced
Another Bucyrus Erie, not the backyard version.
perswig

climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
On the way to some ice, stopped to see this ...




... and saw this tucked in the corner of the dooryard.



A cool old Oliver dozer.
Dale
perswig

climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 03:56pm PT


Dale
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
Ford Car Tractor
perswig

climber
Apr 7, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Snow's gone, mud season almost never was, and I've been keeping an eye out for backyard metal.



















Some lift rigs. 1950s? Pettibone and a '70s Lull with a chaindrive hoist.









Along with the obligatory Deere and a nice sturdy Oliver.





Whoa.

Too much?
Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 7, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
Nice! i like the shot of the old Chevy pickup in the background.
perswig

climber
Apr 8, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Since it's just you an' me here, Nick...





...couple of trucks you'd like...
...and a last tractor, for the moment.





Dale

Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 8, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
I used to haul around a couple of those old pettibones, Dale. Those were serious death rigs. They ran, though. No extras, like brakes, though. ;-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 8, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
I've been seeing some really nice old tractors in my travels lately. I'll make a point of keeping a camera with me in the future.

NH is rife with them.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 8, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Owned and displayed by Farmers Tractor in Lynden WA
Owned and displayed by Farmers Tractor in Lynden WA
Credit: GhoulweJ
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 8, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Credit: GhoulweJ


Credit: GhoulweJ
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Apr 8, 2013 - 08:18pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#297996
perswig

climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
GhoulweJ, that Farmall is pimped!
We've also got a couple 8N's around here, show up at the usual fairs - sturdy little fellas.

Skully! The guy with Pettibone and Lull says the last owner of the Petti used it to move cars around a junkyard - that kinda cantilever action up high on a 4-wheel turning rig sounds skeeeetchy.

Brandon-, the potential for ending up in a ditch rubbernecking for old rigs is about the same as eyeballing for ice flows early season. Be careful and post yer pics.

Dale
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
That Farmall IS pimped!

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
1963 Deere 4010.
1963 Deere 4010.
Credit: mouse from merced
1946 Ford Model NZ by Cale Adkins.
1946 Ford Model NZ by Cale Adkins.
Credit: mouse from merced

There is a Pop Laval photo I've always liked of Henry Ford in Fresno in 1916, visiting J.C. Forkner.
http://www.poplavalfoundation.org/shop/product.php?productid=16404&cat=0&page=39
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 28, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Springtime in VT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 28, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Spreading poo... love it... feeding the earth!

Springtime and a young man's heart turns to... tractors!

Eric
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 28, 2013 - 02:09pm PT
Massey Ferguson history

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 21, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Greeeley Hill, CA.
Greeeley Hill, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Eastern Merced County, north of Hwy 140, and the Mariposa County line ...
Eastern Merced County, north of Hwy 140, and the Mariposa County line area in the base of the hills.
Credit: mouse from merced
The green tractor is listening to Mauro Giuliani's Sonata Eroica on his MP3. Mozart's even with him--it's my perspective.
Credit: mouse from merced
Planada tomatoes, corn, and orchards.
Planada tomatoes, corn, and orchards.
Credit: mouse from merced
Child's play into work.
perswig

climber
May 26, 2013 - 08:15pm PT










Dale
perswig

climber
Jun 3, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
Turns out time on the bike is good for spotting hidden hulks of rust.
Saw this tucked behind some shipping containers as I was fighting a headwind toward Friendship.







There's also a dozer rig that might be an ancient Oliver on the same stretch of road, but it sits behind a No Trespassing sign, and in Friendship ignoring one of those may mean meeting an unruly dog or a shotgun, so that one may wait.
Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 3, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Nice. Prolly see some tractors the weekend of the 15th. going up to my sisters. hear they got a new big one...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
Oooooooo get her to give us a video tour! Some nice pics at least?

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 4, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
I stole this shot from my nephues facebook. this is how Dan drove his date to the prom!
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Daniel is a Big Tall kid BTW..
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Wow he's lucky boy!

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 4, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
I like the older tractors but i am sure this new one made quite the impression on his date. probly has a kick butt stereo in it as well.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
What tractor?

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 4, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
Damn, i must be getting old...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 8, 2013 - 07:41am PT
Merced Antiques Mall.
Merced Antiques Mall.
Credit: mouse from merced
Idyllwild, CA.
Idyllwild, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Near Visalia, Hwy 99S.
Near Visalia, Hwy 99S.
Credit: mouse from merced
Near Visalia's rock prison, Hwy 99S.  Cotton harvester.
Near Visalia's rock prison, Hwy 99S. Cotton harvester.
Credit: mouse from merced
Herndon, CA.  Or Fresno, take your pick.  This is how the bug saw the ...
Herndon, CA. Or Fresno, take your pick. This is how the bug saw the future.
Credit: mouse from merced
This is a fork lift, rated at HUGE CAPACITY, and goes as fast in rever...
This is a fork lift, rated at HUGE CAPACITY, and goes as fast in reverse as in forward.
Credit: mouse from merced
I love running ditching machines.  It's like magic how quick it gets t...
I love running ditching machines. It's like magic how quick it gets the ditch jug, I mean boob, er, that is, dug.
Credit: mouse from merced
Just north of Maxwell, CA., near the wildlife refuge, off I-5.
Just north of Maxwell, CA., near the wildlife refuge, off I-5.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
We were once extras in "Cars."  Mel's Old West, Planada, CA.
We were once extras in "Cars." Mel's Old West, Planada, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Near Le Grand, CA.
Near Le Grand, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Hwy 59, Merced, CA.
Hwy 59, Merced, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Greeley Hill, CA.
Greeley Hill, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Greeley Hill, CA.
Greeley Hill, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Greeley Hill, CA.
Greeley Hill, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2013 - 09:13am PT
Sweet!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2013 - 11:09am PT
If I had a tractor I'd plow a new field.

Right now.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 11, 2013 - 02:40am PT
Pre-1938, anyway:  Ag Day or some such at the UC's Davis sub-campus.
Pre-1938, anyway: Ag Day or some such at the UC's Davis sub-campus.
Credit: mouse from merced
4-27 in front of the Tioga--the annual youth baseball league parade.
4-27 in front of the Tioga--the annual youth baseball league parade.
Credit: mouse from merced
I love a parade!
perswig

climber
Jun 14, 2013 - 10:24am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ilvy1tT-HI
Love Tractor

I'm bouncing in my seat
Trying to remember where all the levers are...

Dale
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jun 14, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
This thread has some old tractors, but it never gets old to me. Love this stuff!

Mouse, when were you in Idylwild?

Eric
Sir Donald

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Jun 14, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
[photo
Credit: Sir Donald
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tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 16, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
Isa on the chopper
Isa on the chopper
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Isa on the big JD
Isa on the big JD
Credit: tradmanclimbs
The big JD
The big JD
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 16, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
My nephue raking on a 1982 JD a few years ago.
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Jun 16, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
My Grandfather had a large dairy in Modesto. As kids we used to spend every weekend at the farm. For cleaning the corrals Grandpa would use little Ford tractors like this,

Credit: martygarrison

For larger work Grandpa was always an Alis Chalmers man and used tractors like this,

Credit: martygarrison


He would teach us to drive them as young kids and pay us to do discing as we got older. Great way to grow up.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jun 17, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Tractor cruising, Säter, Sweden 2009

The tractor song: I wanna drive your tractor (Danish, parody)
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 17, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Alrighty, then. . . a fine specimen such as this:

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came with this place when we bought it. . . and it's been running like a champ for 11 years.

Well. . . it took the chop the other day. . . the blades won't turn anymore.

:-(

SOOOOOO. . . this magnificent beast has taken his place. . .

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Missing photo ID#307278

Back when I was racing moto-cross (riding Maico and Suzuki) we called Husqvarnas "HunkVarnas". . . but that was just wrong, since this puppy is a frikken PORSCHE compared to the MW.

DOOD.

LOVE IT!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jun 17, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
My best wishes for the HunkVarna! :o)

OT: Simo Lampinen shows his Saab V4 1970ies rally car (from The Saab Festival 2013)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
eKat I need to see a pic you you hucking a wheelie on your huck varna!

Smoke the tires, SOMETHING! We need an American response to that crazy Swede on the hotrod tractor.

DMT
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 17, 2013 - 03:06pm PT

My best wishes for the HunkVarna! :o)

Why, thank you, sir!


eKat I need to see a pic you you hucking a wheelie on your huck varna!

Funny you should say that. . . I was just out in the barn dealing with TheHunk and just about got air driving out onto the lawn.

DAMN. . . that sucker's pipey!

:-)

I had to move MonkeyWard out behind the shop. . . with the yard trailer. Blanchard seems to think he's going to be able to fix it when he gets here in September. He's gonna take the mowing deck off and we'll keep using it for all the heavy lifting around here.

Odd. . . when you own a forest, you look at heavy lifting a little differently than you did when you just lived in one!

:-)

BurrrrrrrpBurrrrrrrrp. . . . (did that sound like me revvin' it up?)

ox
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 17, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Seven months later; but I finally took some pics of my neighbor's restored John Deere tractors:

John Deere General Purpose 1929 year model 23 of these were built. The tricycle design was copied to compete with Farmall.
gas,2 cylinder with horizontal pistons
Credit: Tobia
John Deere B Model 1938 year model gas, 2 cylinder with horizontal pistons
Credit: Tobia
John Deere 420 1958 year model, gas, 2 cylinder with vertical pistons
Check out the lights!
Credit: Tobia



Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 17, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Some other toys of Mr. Livingston. All of these he restored himself. The Mack he uses to haul the tractors to shows and parades. This man is 74 years young tomorrow! He can drive the Mack like a Toyota Tacoma; if you have ever operated a Duplex transmission you would appreciate that fact.


My favorite:

Mack B-61 Thermodyne
Mack B-61 Thermodyne
Credit: Tobia

I got to drive the Mack as soon as the paint dried. I wish I had a picture of when he hauled it in before the restoration, it came in on two trailers.

We used an old B Model for a pullout truck when logging; but it never looked like this one.


The old Ford is a work in progress. It has U.S. Army truck bed on it that is coming off for an original flatbed. The driver's seat is mounted on top of the gas tank. That is the way they did it in the 40's.

117 horsepower flathead
117 horsepower flathead
Credit: Tobia

Shifting a duplex in an old B Model (this is a quad 20 speed vs duplex 10speed) but it's the same game. It's easier to shift without the clutch!



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 09:15am PT
Kirby Mfg., Merced, on the road into town from El Nido, Highway 59.
Kirby Mfg., Merced, on the road into town from El Nido, Highway 59.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kirby Mfg.
Kirby Mfg.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kirby Mfg.
Kirby Mfg.
Credit: mouse from merced
These dudes are versatile!  Pumping irrigation water, El Nido.
These dudes are versatile! Pumping irrigation water, El Nido.
Credit: mouse from merced
On the way into Gilroy from Pacheco Pass.
On the way into Gilroy from Pacheco Pass.
Credit: mouse from merced
Along Highway 1.
Along Highway 1.
Credit: mouse from merced
Santa Cruz, along Highway 1.
Santa Cruz, along Highway 1.
Credit: mouse from merced
Santa Cruz:  just not quite Berkeley enough, eh?
Santa Cruz: just not quite Berkeley enough, eh?
Credit: mouse from merced
Warning!  Farming is dangerous.  Farm at your own risk.
Warning! Farming is dangerous. Farm at your own risk.
Credit: mouse from merced
Highway 395, between Janesville and Susanville, two places named for f...
Highway 395, between Janesville and Susanville, two places named for farmer's daughters, no doubt.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 09:20am PT
At the abandoned milling operation at Zamora, CA, on 99W, off of I-5.
At the abandoned milling operation at Zamora, CA, on 99W, off of I-5.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Another of time's victims at Zamora.
Another of time's victims at Zamora.
Credit: mouse from merced
Zamora, CA, dredge bucket.
Zamora, CA, dredge bucket.
Credit: mouse from merced
A bucket photo.
Road grader used by the Mariposa Roads Dept., parked at the museum, Co...
Road grader used by the Mariposa Roads Dept., parked at the museum, Coulterville, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
It's not a Fresno scraper, it's the real deal.
It's not a Fresno scraper, it's the real deal.
Credit: mouse from merced
Grader, Couterville, CA.
Grader, Couterville, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Coulterville, CA.
Coulterville, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Old NPS snow plow, El Portal, CA.  The weasel and this dude are kept i...
Old NPS snow plow, El Portal, CA. The weasel and this dude are kept in back of the El Portal Grocery, next to the Chvron gasserie in the fenced-off shed.
Credit: mouse from merced
Weasel, El Portal, CA.
Weasel, El Portal, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
Highway 140 near Planada, CA.
Highway 140 near Planada, CA.
Credit: mouse from merced
BJ

climber
Jun 25, 2013 - 10:44am PT
The Windolph is an old dozer built in Portland OR in the fifties. It is similar to the Struck Magnatracs which are still built. The Taylor was a American designed Chinese dozer which was the precursor of machines like the Nortrac and Montana. This machine was built about 1980.

The Chicago Pneumatic is an old air compressor with a flathead, abandoned in the upper Baron Basin near Harts Pass WA
420 man
420 man
Credit: BJ
Ancient Windolph
Ancient Windolph
Credit: BJ
Taylor
Taylor
Credit: BJ
Montana Logging museum at Missoula
Montana Logging museum at Missoula
Credit: BJ
Credit: BJ
Credit: BJ
perswig

climber
Jun 27, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
Good stuff.



And BITD...


Dale
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jul 24, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
2 Tractors For Sale
Located in Rescue
$4,400 takes both tractors.
Massey Ferguson 40 with loader and box scraper -Runs GREAT-
Massey Ferguson 3165 stuck in gear and needs battery (I have not tried to fix it). On this tractor it is PROBABLY an easy fix (half a day or less).

We purchased these tractors in April for more than I'm asking. We did not buy a piece of property we were looking at so we no longer need them. My experience using them is limited because of the short time of ownership/property. Both are diesel. I have not tried to start the 3165 -needs a battery-. The 40 is a runner, it fires right up and runs smooth. Really, they just need to start being used. They look a bit rough because they've been sitting.

I'd like them to be gone by the end of the weekend.
Thanks.
MF40
MF40
Credit: GhoulweJ

Massey Ferguson 3165
Massey Ferguson 3165
Credit: GhoulweJ
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 24, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
Credit: guido
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 24, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
I'll buy what's guido selling.
perswig

climber
Jul 25, 2013 - 03:10pm PT










Dale
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 2, 2013 - 11:43am PT
A McCormick-Deering at an abandoned petrol station
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Tractor made in...
Credit: Marlow
perswig

climber
Aug 2, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
^^ Now that's a pretty piece of metal. Those wheels remind me of a paddle steamer.
Dale
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 2, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
Two weeks in Michigan and Wisconsin almost tractored me out!

I know it says "No Passing Zone" but I got out-voted.
Well, to be honest it was a flat out veto.



But these two were pretty boss...


You can see this dude was jonesing big time! He is also, obviously, a connoisseur.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 3, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
A fleet of Fords with some others mixed in, all from the same orchardist.

If you are sold on something, stick with it.

And a Ford is still cheaper than you can afford.
Ford 8000.
Ford 8000.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ford 7000.
Ford 7000.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ford 6600.
Ford 6600.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ford 5000.
Ford 5000.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ford 4610.
Ford 4610.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kubota M8030.  A cherry bomb.
Kubota M8030. A cherry bomb.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ford Theater model 4500 once owned by JW Booth of Modesto.
Ford Theater model 4500 once owned by JW Booth of Modesto.
Credit: mouse from merced
perswig

climber
Aug 16, 2013 - 08:48pm PT














Dale
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 16, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
Those are some bad ass tractors, thanks!

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 17, 2013 - 12:03am PT
1951 Farmall H on my sister farm. this tractor has been on the same fa...
1951 Farmall H on my sister farm. this tractor has been on the same farm since it was bought new BINTD
Credit: tradmanclimbs
1951 John Deer. this tractor grew up on the fam accross the street fro...
1951 John Deer. this tractor grew up on the fam accross the street from my sisters farm. that farm is now part of my sisters farm and the tractor still works the same property though it belongs to a neighbor about a mile down the road.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
feeding the heffirs.
feeding the heffirs.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
seriously big fckn tractor parked next to the bunk.
seriously big fckn tractor parked next to the bunk.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Farmal H @ my sister farm. E. Hardwick VT
Farmal H @ my sister farm. E. Hardwick VT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Farmal H @ my sisters corn roast.
Farmal H @ my sisters corn roast.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Band in the hay/saw dust barn
Band in the hay/saw dust barn
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 17, 2013 - 12:07am PT
random Massy fergusen in Glover vt
random Massy fergusen in Glover vt
Credit: tradmanclimbs
perswig

climber
Aug 17, 2013 - 08:00am PT
^^
There's a good chance I know/knew the farm and/or owner of that rig, from maybe 20 years ago.
Dale


Oliver says to Ferguson, "If you keep your Cockshutt, you might not get a Deere John letter".
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 17, 2013 - 10:45am PT
Uno mas.
Ford 7700 on a dairy in Cressey, Merced River.  Keeps the flies off o'...
Ford 7700 on a dairy in Cressey, Merced River. Keeps the flies off o' ya, with the portable greenhouse, I bet NOT!
Credit: mouse from merced
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 24, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
The first Ferguson - the black tractor (the Irish)

perswig

climber
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
Couple of rigs, in situ for time out of mind, on my way over to North Cornflake.

Allis.


And this excellent hunk of metal that many of you NE'ers have driven by, I expect.









Dale

klk

Trad climber
cali
Sep 15, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
and for the soundtrack:

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 15, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Fair time again:)
Tunbridge Worlds fair
Tunbridge Worlds fair
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Chicks on tractors :&#41;
Chicks on tractors :)
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Massey!
Massey!
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

Tractor Chic.

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 16, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Sweet!
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 07:42pm PT






Dale
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 07:45pm PT










Dale
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 07:50pm PT












Dale
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 07:54pm PT












Dale
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 07:58pm PT










Dale
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 08:02pm PT












Dale
perswig

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 08:07pm PT










Dig it.
Dale
Gene

climber
Sep 17, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Thanks, Dale!!!! Good stuff.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 18, 2013 - 03:00am PT
Dale, a pretty fair showing.

We'll crank up the Waybacker Tractor and hit the time warp. What say we pre-set for Fresno, early 20th century?

Hit it, man!
Credit: mouse from merced
Fresno Fair, 1917.
Fresno Fair, 1917.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
The Fig Garden just planted.
The Fig Garden just planted.
Credit: mouse from merced
Leveling the Fig Gardens "hog wallow land."
Leveling the Fig Gardens "hog wallow land."
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Samson Tractors.
Samson Tractors.
Credit: mouse from merced

All these are taken from As Pop Saw It: Photographs of the San Joaquin Valley from the Files of Claude C. "Pop" Laval by Jerome C. Laval.

Pop rocks!
perswig

climber
Sep 18, 2013 - 09:46am PT
^^
Awesome, Mouse!
I'd love a print of that shot "Leveling the Fig Garden".

Dale


edit:

Not quite tractors

That cat is certainly a tractor in the truest sense. Nice rust find!
Rokrover

Trad climber
SB, CA
Sep 18, 2013 - 10:41am PT
Some relics now serving as the perimeter fence on a ranch off Yerba Buena Road, Santa Monica Mountains. Not quite tractors but topical enough for being in a climbing area.

Below the Santa Monicas
Below the Santa Monicas
Credit: Rokrover

Love that script
Love that script
Credit: Rokrover
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 18, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Those are very near Bob Dylan's place.
Never had the oppo to climb in there, but we always chose Tahquitz or some "better" class of rock to climb. Back when gas was cheaper...
That caterpillar is shedding.
perswig

climber
Sep 29, 2013 - 09:11pm PT




Dale
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2013 - 02:57pm PT






DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 30, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Awesome thread. You have access to an incredible amount of old tractors - Perswig's access is beyond belief...

The Ferguson TEA 20 history - BBC film
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 30, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
From my trip to Maine
Found 3 in Maine
Found 3 in Maine
Credit: T Hocking
perswig

climber
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:24am PT
^^ That little Case stole its front axle off a soapbox derby rig!









Dale
perswig

climber
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:29am PT










Dale
perswig

climber
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:40am PT
Some big boys. Three 730s, two apparently originally employed in Argentina and one from the Midwest.





I'm standing there checking out the clearances and this farm kid wanders over - we both agree it'd be pretty exciting working one of these given the topography we've got around here. Be ready to bail...!



And an aggie ATV.







Dale

damo62

Social climber
Brisbane
Oct 19, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
More pics of your JD Khanom, pleez :)
jstan

climber
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:10am PT
It is hard to believe anyone designed a tractor around the Fairbanks Morse. Our neighbors had them, And I still loved them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5BqathFN_k


Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Oct 20, 2013 - 04:29am PT
Does this qualify as a tractor? It's the only one I own.

Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 27, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
my 67 chevy K20 loading up with poop for the garden.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
perswig

climber
Oct 29, 2013 - 10:43pm PT










Dale
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 18, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
Sugar Beet Harvest - Norfolk
Sugar Beet Harvest - Norfolk
Credit: Marlow
perswig

climber
Nov 28, 2013 - 11:25am PT












Happy Thanksgiving.
Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 29, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
yesterday @ my sisters farm.
yesterday @ my sisters farm.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
perswig

climber
Dec 8, 2013 - 10:11pm PT










Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 25, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Nice Xmass lights.

My sisters farm on a very cold Christmass day 2013
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
perswig

climber
Dec 25, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
Peace to you and yours, Nick.
Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 25, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
You as well.
Nick
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
Thanks dude Christmas tractors. You know how to live. And your sister ooo la la! No offense to either of you!

DMT
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 26, 2013 - 03:27am PT
God Jul!
God Jul!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 26, 2013 - 10:41am PT
Nice job rSin! Goddanged tractors are addictive. Welcome to the fold.

TRactors are bad assssssss!

DMT
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Do mine count?

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Missing photo ID#307277

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Missing photo ID#307278

I think they do. . . especially since I couldn't make it around here without them. The old one is for hauling a trailer, these days. . . and the new one? Well. . .everytime I mow, I pretend I'm driving the Zamboni, makin' ice for the Olympics!

HA!

:-)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 26, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Yes they count. Could you use one to pull something, say your car, down the driveway or something?

My dad had an old rototiller for whivch the tines could be replaced by tractor wheels. He added a hand brake - a big stick on a swivel. One end of the stuck drug against the ground. He'd attach an old flatbed trailer he had and viola, it became our firewood tractor. That thing was bad ass with a 4 horse motor. It could pull 1-shitload (1 SL) of wood back to the splitting porch. It did not do hills well though.

DMT
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:06am PT

Yes they count. Could you use one to pull something, say your car, down the driveway or something?

YAY!

Yeah. . . I could pull my car down my 1/2 private road with the MonkeyWard but somebody'd have to be in the driver's seat of my car, puttin' on the brakes, cause that sucker doesn't like to stop with huge loads.

HA!

It works really well for hauling rocks and firewood. I wouldn't subject the new Husky to that kind of abuse, though. . . it's such a killer machine. . . so clean and well built. I've been having a blast mowing cool patterns into the lawn.

Funny thing, the GOOGLE EARTH shot of my place was taken while a professional mowing team was here. . . I wish they'd shoot it again right after I've done a cool pattern!

WEIRDO!

:-)
perswig

climber
Dec 26, 2013 - 09:54pm PT


Howdy, Kath!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 29, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
Credit: Jaybro
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 29, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Howdy, Kath!

Hi, Dale!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 29, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
Look at what Santa left for Mel!  An old Allis-Chalmers!
Look at what Santa left for Mel! An old Allis-Chalmers!
Credit: mouse from merced
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 30, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Credit: Jaybro

Run by alternate fuel source
Credit: Jaybro
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2014 - 11:17am PT
And a fine New Year's first-light-of-morning Tractor to you my friends!


DMT
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 1, 2014 - 11:24am PT
OK. . . I'll see your first-light-of-morning Tractor . . . and raise ya, a pink one!

:-)

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Missing photo ID#338281
perswig

climber
Jan 1, 2014 - 12:32pm PT






Dale

edit: Mel and Mare shore have some sweet rides! (Mouse, with apologies to all those Minnie-Molines, that Allis is one of the prettiest rigs I've ever seen. Thanks!)

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2014 - 12:46pm PT
Yeah that pink Deere looks cherry!

DMT
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 13, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Jan 13, 2014 - 10:35pm PT
I used to run a 1948 Allis-Chalmers model G that had been retro fitted with a floating grader board. I sure wish I had one of those now.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2014 - 06:58pm PT
The Oakdale Tractor Rodeo

A BIG sign for such a… small town. ;)


Wow that was cool how about this one?


She’s seen some recent attention.


The both of em look pretty good.


But don’t forget this working girl she’s ready for the job site.


He was too, till his wheels got jacked. Bastards!






Of course they have a nice little fixer upper for the handy persons amoung you.


Just picture the fields you’ll plow…


And then there’s this guy


He’s built for one thing…


Hauling ass, yes Sir!


Man I wanted to buy em all!


And ride on out of there in style.


So stop on in if you get the chance its just across the highway from the rodeo.


DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jan 26, 2014 - 10:44pm PT
Thank You!
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Laramie
Feb 10, 2014 - 10:17pm PT
The unassembled crane tractor and the moving shev block.
The unassembled crane tractor and the moving shev block.
Credit: Dingus McGee

This crane tractor was assembled for loading these reactor cylinder fr...
This crane tractor was assembled for loading these reactor cylinder from some special train flatbeds to some truck trailers having 96 tires under them with puller and pusher truck tractors.
Credit: Dingus McGee


The tractor crane assembled and in lifting position.
The tractor crane assembled and in lifting position.
Credit: Dingus McGee

The 96 wheel trainers used to haul to a single bed reactor form Rock R...
The 96 wheel trainers used to haul to a single bed reactor form Rock River, Wy to Craig/Rifle, CO. Several of the Auto Car Diesels used in pulling these loads blew their powertrains out enroute. Maybe 2set of 12 axles x 9 tons per axle = 216 tons but th
Credit: Dingus McGee


Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 3, 2014 - 03:51pm PT

Yeo Valley Rap Advert
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 7, 2014 - 11:23am PT
Kubota power!


DMT
Fletcher

Gym climber
A very quiet place
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:50am PT
Yeo Valley... gotta love those Brits!

Keep comin', an all time classic thread.

Eric
BJ

climber
Apr 7, 2014 - 12:02pm PT
Credit: BJ
Credit: BJ
Credit: BJ
Credit: BJ
perswig

climber
Apr 17, 2014 - 04:55pm PT
All in a day around Waldo County.






















Moo.
Dale

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 11, 2014 - 09:59pm PT
my neices BF's ford
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 12, 2014 - 06:59am PT
1970? White made by Oliver
1970? White made by Oliver
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Isa plowing with my brother in law
Isa plowing with my brother in law
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2014 - 01:38am PT
It'll bring a man to tears... such a beautiful sight to behold.


DMT
perswig

climber
May 18, 2014 - 10:14am PT
Haven't you guys seen enough tractors yet?

No?
Well, then:










Dale
perswig

climber
May 18, 2014 - 10:19am PT
And spotted this on the way to work; such a sexy chassis, even in disrepair.













Dale

jstan

climber
May 18, 2014 - 10:57am PT
A model A sitting out in the snow!

Bring it into the garage and fire up a coffee maker beside it.
perswig

climber
May 18, 2014 - 12:12pm PT
A model A sitting out in the snow!
Bring it into the garage and fire up a coffee maker beside it.

If you mean the rig atop this page, sitting in her little copse, I like to imagine this already happened.

She sits about 50 yards off Route 1 in Northport, sort of the start of economic depression along that coastal road. Her perch seems deliberate rather than accident or inevitable; I suspect her owner wants to show her a bit without risking vandals sullying her reputation.
You can see her paint, and while clearly not a full restore, it speaks to me of a month or winter under roof or canvas, with a short-stack woodstove or kerosene blower and yes, cups of joe, black with a pinch of salt (lots of ex-Navy around here). Her immediate neighbors being run-down trailers, overgrown dooryards, and abandoned sheds from gone-by boatbuilders, once you know where to look, she stands out like an apple among withering fall leaves.

Dale

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
May 30, 2014 - 03:55am PT

Leningrad Cowboys - Jupiter Calling

Make tractors, not war.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jun 1, 2014 - 05:04am PT
I could not have built my house without my Ford 8N tractor. All the beams I made in the woods were hauled out by the 8N; including many truck loads of logs used for floor boards etc.
Most of these are 8x8-30 ft. long Oak beams. Lower left are 12x14". <br/>
...
Most of these are 8x8-30 ft. long Oak beams. Lower left are 12x14".
This is only about 1/4 of the beams made. The Ford 8n is a real workhorse.
Credit: steveA
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jun 1, 2014 - 05:09am PT
The lumber for my house was all harvested with my little 8N.
The lumber for my house was all harvested with my little 8N.
Credit: steveA
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jun 1, 2014 - 05:14am PT
View of formal living room, showing a big beam-Red Oak, 12"x14". <br/>
The...
View of formal living room, showing a big beam-Red Oak, 12"x14".
The front end of my 8N tractor would be off the ground hauling that beam
out of the woods.
Credit: steveA
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 25, 2014 - 01:44pm PT
Good to the very last crop.
Good to the very last crop.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ride my tractor all night long And everyone will sing our song,--Leningrad Coboys
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 25, 2014 - 02:12pm PT

Leningrad Cowboys - Space Tractor


One of the most affordable tractors in the 1970s in the area I grew up - Belarus
Belarus MTZ 50 1973
Belarus MTZ 50 1973
Though my grandfather had an old grey Ferguson, slowmoving and friendly...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 25, 2014 - 02:22pm PT
Don't tread on me.  I'll tread on you.
Don't tread on me. I'll tread on you.
Credit: mouse from merced
perswig

climber
Jul 26, 2014 - 04:48am PT
Been thinking about GhoulweJ a bit this week.
Not sure why; only knew him here.

Anyway, tractor bump, dude.


Damn right we've got nitro. But seats'll cost ya.



Trike or row, ready to plow, harrow, plant.







All straight lines and business.







Plenty of 8Ns and even 9Ns around, but we don't see many 800s.
40hp at the bar, yessir.



Everybody's got a pretty Farmall, for parades and fairs and such.



How many miles mowed before put to pasture propping pulpwood?




Power redirected.



Keep your tools and lunch handy. Maybe the newborn, too? Might be darn soothing.



Change every 120 hours.


This, not so much.



If I got to pick, this would come home with me.
Darn near 50hp, $5K new in 1969.



Solid, Jackson.



Closer to home, this rig recently appeared.




Nice view.



Thanks for looking.
Dale




Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2014 - 05:26am PT
This IS a GREAT tractor thread!

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 26, 2014 - 05:41am PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
a few miles down the hill from my cabin
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 8, 2014 - 07:47pm PT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 9, 2014 - 04:08am PT
think i saw a grill tom a Ford 800 up thread. pretty sure that is what we had back on the farm when i was a kid?
Ford 800 or 850?
Ford 800 or 850?
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 9, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
Raking and baling.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 10, 2014 - 07:56am PT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 10, 2014 - 06:18pm PT
Nice funny video. in real life falling in the baler kills you. happened to a 16yr old kid a few yeas ago near here....
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 10, 2014 - 07:38pm PT
Raking ...







... and bailing





Too bad I missed out on the cutting. Hay cutting draws a swarm of Bald Eagles.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 10, 2014 - 07:47pm PT
Best time to go rabbit huntin'
JimT

climber
Munich
Aug 11, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
This made No. 1 in the British charts, enjoy!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 11, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
Andrew Laggis tedding hay. my sisters farm in the background.
Andrew Laggis tedding hay. my sisters farm in the background.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 19, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
J.C. Forkner's Ford tractors, 1920s.
J.C. Forkner's Ford tractors, 1920s.
Credit: mouse from merced

http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/fig-gardens/
perswig

climber
Aug 20, 2014 - 07:03pm PT











Oink.
Dale
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2014 - 08:41am PT


DMT
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Sep 14, 2014 - 10:22am PT
Ever seen a tractor smile? Mind did.

I just put a new tire on my '73 JD 1530. I've been needing one for about 5 years; but just kept airing it up. I'm pretty sure it was the original tire, the other side had been replaced before I took ownership in 1991.

I replaced the rear tires when I bought it.
perswig

climber
Sep 28, 2014 - 01:42pm PT
^
good for another 2 score and change, Tobia



Waddayoulookinat?


Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 1, 2014 - 02:58am PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
cool tractor repair shop I stumbled on in NH
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 1, 2014 - 03:01am PT
hey there say, neat share, tradmanclimbs... good to see tractor, instead of all the junk on the front page, ... :)

happy good eve to you, too, by the way... :)
perswig

climber
Oct 2, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
Nice bone-yard, Trad. First thought those big three in the back were Olivers, but more likely Internationals or M-H.


Powerhouse IH300 utility.




And a well-used Ford with a RonA-approved aftermarket option.

PULL!





Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 2, 2014 - 04:30pm PT
your 1st instinct was correct. the big green guys are Olivers.
Credit: tradmanclimbs
perswig

climber
Oct 2, 2014 - 06:41pm PT
^^
Wow, now there's a lot of muscle.
Thanks, Nick!

Dale
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2014 - 06:48pm PT
Buncha beauts!

I love you guys.

DMT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 2, 2014 - 06:50pm PT
Got to love the mobile pidgon launcher.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 3, 2014 - 02:55am PT
That banged up JD that dale posted shure looks like a real face. Possibly a shitfaced tractor?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 3, 2014 - 09:35am PT
Credit: T Hocking
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 3, 2014 - 09:50am PT
I learnt to drive a tractor at age 10 on my uncles farm in Iowa before I learnt to drive a car.
I hope to pass the tradition on to my grandson.
Grandson on his first tractor
Grandson on his first tractor
Credit: T Hocking
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2014 - 09:51am PT
Good job Gramps. I learned to drive on a 1933 Case tractor around the age of 10, as well.

DMT
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 3, 2014 - 10:12am PT
My first was a late 50's John Deere,
most of the Iowa farmers rode them because they were made in Moline Illinois. I was actually born in Moline when my folks lived across the big muddy in Davenport Iowa, at 9 mo.'s they moved us to Riverside Ca..
My families heritage consists of Iowa farmers and railroad workers.
58 John Deere
58 John Deere
Credit: T Hocking
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 6, 2014 - 05:00pm PT
This place was the mother load..
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Bushman

Social climber
Elk Grove, CA
Oct 6, 2014 - 08:37pm PT
Restored 9N after fire.
Restored 9N after fire.
Credit: Bushman

'Nine N to Death'

Had a fire on my tractor,
Back in twenty twelve,
The damage was extensive,
Into which I would not delve,

Only paid two thousand dollars,
For my beauty and my pride,
But when I torched my 9N,
I very nearly died,

The wiring and ignition,
Were melted to a crisp,
The hoses belts and gauges,
Had gone up in a wisp,

The steering wheel and starter,
Were fried beyond belief,
As was the generator,
It bringing me such grief,

The fuel tank hood and tires,
We're blasted by the flame,
The radiator damage had me,
Take his name in vain,

It sat for two long years,
Before I had the guts,
And then began collecting,
All the bolts and nuts,

It took one hundred hours,
And all that I could do,
To figure out the mess I made,
Then one day I was through,

I tested out the starter,
And oops it was in gear,
As it fired on the first try,
And filled my heart with fear,

It began to run me over,
As I struggled for the key,
The big tire grabbed my foot,
And started for my knee,

At the very final second,
The engine I did kill,
As I barely pulled my foot out,
From underneath the wheel,

The tractor's working awesome,
I surely must attest,
Now that she has been overhauled,
It's time to give a rest,

To the sweating and the toil,
To the drudgery and the grime,
And put to work my tractor,
As it starts up every time,

The honey do's are plaguing me,
So I'll say what the heck,
And try and start my tractor,
Without parking on my neck!

-bushman
10/06/2014
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Oct 6, 2014 - 08:41pm PT
Credit: pyro
Zuma Beach Tractors!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 6, 2014 - 09:01pm PT
Nice ode to yer tractor Tim,
rebuild as well.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2014 - 07:00am PT
Ah the life of a beach tractor! Hang out in the sun all day, watch some 6 foot blondes play volleyball, drag around a rake every morning and then its 'to the barn' for the rest of the da.

I'm sure the Indiana tractors shivering in their cold lean-to's are terribly jealous.

But the salts' gotta play hell on those things, eh pyro?

DMT
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Oct 7, 2014 - 12:11pm PT
But the salts' gotta play hell on those things, eh pyro?

probably!


dingus these guys have fun looking job's.. I go surfing super early and the tractor guy is my only hope if a shark attack occurred. I'll update when I can but some of the tools they use are kool!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 7, 2014 - 12:19pm PT

How to Rebuild a Ferguson T20 in under 10 Minutes

Inishowen Tractor Build Team
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 7, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 7, 2014 - 04:03pm PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
perswig

climber
Oct 9, 2014 - 04:00am PT
Great page, peeps. Thanks for the poem, Bushman.













And for the oddball of the day...



Dale
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 9, 2014 - 04:25am PT
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 10, 2014 - 03:01am PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Oct 10, 2014 - 03:20am PT
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 10, 2014 - 04:01am PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs