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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!

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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
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