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'32 "Duckbill" F-20


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Old 09-27-2012, 06:53:42 PM
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After about a year and a half of looking and walking around it in my driveway i finally decided to quit PROCRASTINATING and finish it
The first picture is when i bought it at auction and got it home. It ran but was fairly sick from sitting since the early '90s. After a little TLC i got it running properly but it had multiple oil leaks due to the gaskets being dried out.
My boss knows the man well that restored the tractor in about '89 and said he put just about every new timken bearing in it and completely rebuilt the engine.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...z/IMG_1002.jpg

While we had the engine out to reseal it i looked over real well. With the gas manifold and aluminum high altitude pistons it runs strong for an F-20

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Let the painting begin!

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And then finish product.
Its loaded on the trailer and head to the Fairview Oklahoma show tonight. Tomorrow going to put it on the baker fan and adjust the original style governor and tune the carb to my liking

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:04:26 PM
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Default Re: '32 "Duckbill" F-20

Caleb;
You have a very nice early F-20. Congratulations and nice work. I wouldn't be afraid to start farming with an F-20 or F-30. They were among the very best. We don't cultivate 4 times any more like we used to, but when that was done they were without equal for a one tractor operation, in my opinion.
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You do real nice work Caleb, something to be proud of.

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:34:58 PM
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Very nice! These are a simple machine, and a good tractor with seriously accountable historical signifigance. I think that early regulars and duckbills are worthy of much more attention than they usually get. I would jump at the opportunity to own a correct early regular on full steel any day!
Thank you for posting a most intresting resto that looks to be well done
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:48:27 PM
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Man Caleb, that thing looks NICE! That unusual steel really sets it off!

Hope Fairview turns out real nice this weekend, tell Dale W. and all the steam gang I said "Hello"! Hope to get to make it back out there some year.

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My heart skipped a beat.
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Caleb,very nice F20.I like the gray tractors much more than the red ones,they just see to stand out . The rear wheels are of the same basic design as the ones I have for my D case. Bet it will sound great on the fan,you should be very proud. Jim
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VERY nice old 20.
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Default Re: '32 "Duckbill" F-20

Very nice re-restore, Caleb. Well done! That is quite a set of "turf-cutter" lugs on those wheels!
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Man Caleb, that thing looks NICE! That unusual steel really sets it off!

Hope Fairview turns out real nice this weekend, tell Dale W. and all the steam gang I said "Hello"! Hope to get to make it back out there some year.

Mike M
Come on now Mike, you know you'll be at Pawnee next year. Plus I'd like to have some more of that fine shine
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Very nice restoration.John
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Thanks for the comments guys. I really appriciate it. Even though the tractor was a running tractor to begin with i couldn't tell you how many hours i have in using the correct style of bolts pulled out out 2 different parts tractors. Ive offically got more invested in this tractor than an F-20 is worth.

Well put it on the baker fan today to see how it pulled for a period of time. it did well.
I need to replace the governor springs as it will only get about 1100 rpm out of the engine with no load. It seems to have plenty of power even though it wont spin to 1200 but it will maintain its governed rpm properly though. The springs hold the fly weights in but are too weak due to age so they throw out and drop the rpm before it reaches the proper rated rpm.
Did figure out why International put the hand brake on the left wheel. The tractor still makes more power at a lower rpm than it can handle anyways. With a 2 bottom plow that was rusty it would pull the front end off the ground and you would have to jockey the hand brake to stay within the furrow
Got some pics ill post later
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Come on now Mike, you know you'll be at Pawnee next year. Plus I'd like to have some more of that fine shine
Yeah, I plan on being at Pawnee, but I think the last time I made it to the show in Fairview I was a Senior in High School!

At Pawnee I'll try to make sure we can have something to sample.....
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"Ive offically got more invested in this tractor than an F-20 is worth."



Thats called a hobby... I have to keep explaining that to my wife everytime I ask for the checkbook....lol...Nice looking F-20!
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Here is a few pics from the show

My wife wanted her turn and plowing


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Old 10-03-2012, 11:59:33 PM
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My dad takin it for a spin



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.............but not for long cause i think this ones gonna pull the the johndeere cultivator and the '35 F-20 will pull the van brunt drill and we will plant wheat with class

P.S. look at those lugs.....SHININ IN THE SUN! some one asked at the show why i would go to the trouble of all that work and put such a shiny paint job on to get it dirty and scratched up?
I told them if i wanted to look at it they can buy it from me and then i'll look. But until then it get used slightly for fun how it was meant to be
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"Ive offically got more invested in this tractor than an F-20 is worth."



Thats called a hobby... I have to keep explaining that to my wife everytime I ask for the checkbook....lol...Nice looking F-20!
luckily my wife enjoys this hobby with my son and I
She's got her own '29 U allis she paid for and is now harping on me to buy a traction engine so we have our own and let my dad tend to his 20-75 nichols
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Sounds like a good wife! You won the lottery!
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Caleb,if you can't play with your toy's, what good is having them. There are so many collectors out there that once they restore a tractor they don't want to do anything with it ,they say it deserves a rest,but what is best is what they were built for, work. Great looking F20,and you're lucky to have a wife that is with you in this hobby. Jim
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Awesome Caleb. We need to get together and park it and my Regular together side by side.
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