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Old 09-11-2007, 02:33:29 AM
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Some Big 4 tractors plowing in Saskatchewan
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Old 09-11-2007, 11:48:38 PM
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I wonder how many acres they would break in a day with that fleet of machines? Must have been an impressive sight to see back then.
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:23:20 AM
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Wayne, love those Big 4 pics, here is a scan of an early rail delivery photo, and a real nice Big 4 with gang plow & guide that was at Mn. show
If anyone has information on that old rail photo, I would like to hear about it, thanks everyone.
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Awesome photos of those plowing scenes! Must have been quite an experience. Sorry Tony, don't have any info on your picture, however I'm sure that's the only place you'll see that many Big Four's together again!

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Old 09-12-2007, 05:51:34 PM
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I know it is thrill to see these old machines in action today at shows and such, also in pictures, I love looking at pics of this old stuff.But I would sure like to hear what the men who used to operate them day after day had to say. It sure seems that operator comfort wasnt even thougt of in those days. But I would still like to make a round or two with one of them.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:28:38 PM
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The pic of the train load of Big 4s appeared in the May, 1913 Canadian Farm Implements magazine. I think I placed a print of it on here quite a while back but haven't a clue which thread now - Big Ol' Iron???
The article says it was a special shipment to Regina, Saskatchewan, 45 flat cars with 1 tractor each. Left Minneapolis Feb 10, 1913 on the Soo Line (part of Canadian Pacific Rys). Total length of train was 1875', value of shipment was $165,000 and $33,000 was paid as import duties.
Half were unloaded at Regina and the rest went to Saskatoon. The train was run through the daylight only, taking 15 days. During night stops, E-B reps showed a motion picture presentation at local theaters showing the tractors in action around the world. The company had an order for 70 tractors to Saskatchewan but only had these 45 ready to ship. They wanted to use this for full promotional value!
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An early Big Four by Minneapolis Gas Traction.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:31:02 AM
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I found a couple more photos of Big4 tractors
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Here are a couple more of my Big Four pictures.
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My late friend, Tom Stebritz sent me a very poor photo of a Big Four tractor with a "self-starter" as evidenced under the platform in the picture. I don't remember any more about this outfit and would likely have to hunt pretty hard to find the letter it came in.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:02:35 AM
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I can well imagine anything to help to start those big engins on a cold fall morning was blessing. The man whose father used to own my oilpull would run it all winter on the sawmill. He told me that when they would shut down for the night, his father would drain the cooling oil out of the engine block and keep it in the cook shack near the stove. He would then put a tarp over the tractor . In the morning he would put a pan with hot coals and ashes under the heads, warm up the plugs with a torch, pour the warm oil back into the rad and use hitest gas to start it. They would start to get it going at 5:00-a.m, to be ready to start sawing at 7:00-a.m. If everything went good.

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Wayne,
That's quite interesting, and makes a lot of sense. I've always heard of old farmers pouring boiling water in their Fordsons, but never thought of pouring hot oil in an Oilpull rad!

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