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Old 02-08-2006, 03:40:49 PM
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Craig and Harry,
Did my subscription to SmokStak include me slipping over here and cheating on my steam engine? I will give it a try posting some pictures here if there are no objections. Just let me know if this is objectionable and I will cease and desist.

The first photo was taken at my place at a show about 13 years ago. My grandson, Maverik Bursch was with me on my 1935 (Yes, I know it is supposed to be gray. It was one of them that was repainted after a complete overhaul years ago. They painted them red to make'em look like the "new" ones.) McCormick Deering TracTracTor TD-40.

The second photo is one I took on my big brother Bill's Brownie Hawkeye in 1951. Dad got stuck in Beaver Creek (at our homestead in the Judith Basin of Montana), straightening out meanders to make more hay land. There are three TD-40 there. This photo was in the current Engineers & Engines and you may have seen it in there. If you don't get E&E and haven't seen one for a year or more, you should look again. Brenda has done a great job with it!

The third shows us moving a large oil tank at the old homestead in Montana's Judith Basin, near Lewistown. My uncle Audie is on the first TD-40, I am running the TD-18A, and my cousin Fred is running the other TD-40, which is now my TD-40.

The last picture is of Grandpa Yaeger's 1910 Aultman-Taylor 30-60, serial number 47, at the homestead near Lewistown. They are hauling grain to the elevator at Glengarry, where I went eight years to the one room school. This picture was also in the last E&E.
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So,.........Gary, over to the dark side, come you have ? Decide you must, whether to resist the force , hmmmmmmmmm!

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Gary:

The pic of the crawlers stuck up to their armpits, reminds me of early photos I have seen of the Alaskan Highway whilst under construction.

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gary, i snuck over and checked out your steam photos anyway the other day. i cant thank you enough for them and being an ih guy, great crawler stuff! keep e'm comin! russ
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Craig and Harry,
Did my subscription to SmokStak include me slipping over here and cheating on my steam engine? I will give it a try posting some pictures here if there are no objections. Just let me know if this is objectionable and I will cease and desist.
Gary, putting ME before HARRY...............well...............um..............
The only objection I have is you didn't start SOON enough.....
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I am old and make slips on computers. Somehow, I hit submit. Sorry. I am an analog guy trapped in a digital world.
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Russ,
I hope you like these IH crawler photos. The first one is of 1955 TD-18A, 181 series with Bucyrus Erie hydraulic dozer. My son Mike and daughter Michaelle are posing on it.

The second is of the McCormick-Deering TD-40 TracTracTor Dad stuck in Beaver Creek. My nephew Randy Yaeger is my son Mike's partner in a 20 hp Reeves steam engine and is 48+ years old, dating that old color photo at the homestead in the Judith Basin of Montana. Randy is immediate past Chief of the Montana Highway Patrol and was their "bear in the air" for 20 years, so if any of you got a ticket on a Montana highway in the past 22 years, due to the airplane, he did it.

The third picture is of the wide gauge in the middle of those other three, a wide gauge International TD-40, moving my uncle Frank's house in the late 1940s.

The last is of a TD-9 Dad once owned and is shown pulling one of two Advance Rumely combine harvesters they used on the farm.
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A couple more gas tractor pictures. The first is of Walter Mehmke in the 1920s, with his 30-60 Aultman-
Taylor and threshing machine. This naturally became the first gas tractor in the Mehmke Collection near Great Falls, Montana.

The second is a 15-30 Rumely Oilpull moving the Lauzons School near Scobey, Montana.
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I thought some of you guys with gas might like to see one VERY fine tractor. It is a Model L Emerson-Brantingham three wheeler owned by my friend Dennis Black near Arlee, Montana. This national prize winner is an impeccable restoration and one of a kind, restored. There is another, lacking many parts, at Choteau, Montana.
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Gary no one wants to follow a fine tractor like that Model L but I will try and add a little color to your post, this is a Case Model 810 Ag Crawler that came from your region, this was a one owner tractor and it came with the orginal owner certificate, a 55 gallon barrel of new parts and spare cutting blade. This unit is probably not very high on most people lists as far as user friendly and big horsepower but none the less kinda rare as I know of no others around, having said that now Craig will come up with one out of his back pocket. For the history buffs this model was made in 1958 and is sporting the worlds first power angle blade, Case later sold the patent rights to Cat above 150hp so that's why you wont find any big Case crawlers around. In the beginning the 600 series had the first power shift type transmission and the 800 series had the power angle blade and the powershift transmission. any way that what the books say. I am curious if you have ever have seen one of those big cats with the power angle blade prior to 1958 as we know some books are not completely acurate.
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The first picture is of a 40-65 Hart Parr that belonged to Fred Thurston in North Dakota. His 80+ year old son Donn is in our local iron club. Donn says this is a 30-60 Hart Parr revved up to 320 RPM and re-rated at the Nebraska tests. I don't know, but that is what he said.

The second is of an, so I was told, 8-16 Case three wheeler here in Montana spreading natural fertilizer.

The third is of Mike Tyler's Fordson Trackson at Moore, Montana.

I took this last picture at belgrade, Montana at the Barnes Steam and Power Show several years 2-bottom plow with the late Vince Dailey's 1918 tractor.

I am going to a funeral at Missoula for a couple of days, so I'll "see you" when I get back.
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All these great photos made my day! Thanks for sharing them. ---John
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Well, Gary, I guess I don't feel so bad now about hauling home that 1928 D JD last weekend from Oklahoma! (I wuz kinda hiding in the closet about this indescretion....I think the Gaar-Scott's ain't too happy about this last purchase, either) I've been itching to spin some wrenches, but right now the old girl is sitting under 3 to 4" of snow in the backyard, quite a rarity for the Memphis area.
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Gary no one wants to follow a fine tractor like that Model L but I will try and add a little color to your post, this is a Case Model 810 Ag Crawler that came from your region, this was a one owner tractor and it came with the orginal owner certificate, a 55 gallon barrel of new parts and spare cutting blade. This unit is probably not very high on most people lists as far as user friendly and big horsepower but none the less kinda rare as I know of no others around, having said that now Craig will come up with one out of his back pocket. For the history buffs this model was made in 1958 and is sporting the worlds first power angle blade, Case later sold the patent rights to Cat above 150hp so that's why you wont find any big Case crawlers around. In the beginning the 600 series had the first power shift type transmission and the 800 series had the power angle blade and the powershift transmission. any way that what the books say. I am curious if you have ever have seen one of those big cats with the power angle blade prior to 1958 as we know some books are not completely acurate.
Glenn,
Interesting story. I haven't even tried to follow the early Case crawlers yet. There was one in a sawmill at Lewistown that I worked in for a summer about 15 years ago. I'd never seen anything like it since. Was yours in the Kalispell area?
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Well, Gary, I guess I don't feel so bad now about hauling home that 1928 D JD last weekend from Oklahoma! (I wuz kinda hiding in the closet about this indescretion....I think the Gaar-Scott's ain't too happy about this last purchase, either) I've been itching to spin some wrenches, but right now the old girl is sitting under 3 to 4" of snow in the backyard, quite a rarity for the Memphis area.
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Mike,
I won't tell your Gaar Scotts if you don't tell my Case? Snow is unusual in your area. Ours is all gone here in Kalispell, but they have 150" atop Big Mountain, 15 miles away. I'm posting a picture Mike placed on the steam thread the other day, showing his and Randy's Reeves, with he, Jake and Pam, which my wife took the picture. It shows the Reeves and if you look closely, my two F-14s are there. One is on rubber, which I am not supposed to be talking about here, but the other... although being covered with rubber tires, is actually a steel wheel tractor. Sorry I am skating so close to the edge of the "ice", Harry and Craig.
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The first picture is of my daughter in law Pam's grandfather Albert Stordahl running a 40-80 Avery on Montana's highline, for the Williams farm.

The second is a Mort Christensen photo of a 40-80 Avery turning a Rumely separator near Conrad, on Montana's highline.

The third photo is of my good friend, Carl Mehmke, beside his 15-30 Rumely Oilpull at his museum east of Great Falls, Montana.

Ths last picture is of Carl's Square Turn tractor and his friend Vic Enes is plowing with it at a 1990s Mehmke Plow Day.
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The first picture is of the Tresch farm's Flour City 40-70 in the Judith Basin. They were neighbors of ours and Mrs. Tresch and my grandma were first cousins and former residents of Andermatt, Switzerland. Tresch tractor and Yaeger's Aultman Taylor thresher were working together in this picture.

The second picture is one I took at a Mehmke Plow Day several years ago. It shows the 40-70 Flour City, 25-50 Minneapolis and John Schrock is studying the 27 Hart Parr single cylinder tractor.
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I thought some of you guys with gas might like to see one VERY fine tractor. It is a Model L Emerson-Brantingham three wheeler owned by my friend Dennis Black near Arlee, Montana. This national prize winner is an impeccable restoration and one of a kind, restored. There is another, lacking many parts, at Choteau, Montana.
Gary
I have a friend that has a Model L Emerson-Brantingham also, and he has managed to gather about 95% of the parts to put it back together. It does'nt look like much now, but hopefully it will run again someday.
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There is a E-B collector over in the Rockford, IL area that has a restored Model L E-B. I recently sold him a E-B mailer that opened up to a beutiful colored 25" X 35" wall poster that he will hang on the wall of his museum. Last name is Paulson.
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There is a E-B collector over in the Rockford, IL area that has a restored Model L E-B. I recently sold him a E-B mailer that opened up to a beutiful colored 25" X 35" wall poster that he will hang on the wall of his museum. Last name is Paulson.
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I'm sorry... I didn't lie on purpose... I was just going by what Dennis told me about 10 years ago when I took those pictures at Belgrade, Montana.
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