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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,

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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
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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
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