We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not really. The Slater Mill up in Webster, MA is still operating, but it's only a fabric dying operation now. The Stevens Mill in Dudley MA is closed as are the Belding thread and cloth operations in Putnam, CT - have been for years now. All the Slater operations in Blackstone, Oxford, Millis MA are closed too. I think there is still a Belding plant operating in Palmer, but that's only for speciality cloth and fabric - like Kevlar, Mylar and other exotic fabrics.
Is that an H model? I can't decide if its H or a C. That wide front is deceiving.
I had an A - '50 - white demonstrator that was purchased locally. IH painted their demonstrators white and placed them with dealers with the stipulation that when they were sold, they had to be painted red. I bought the tractor from Foskett Equipment here in Woodstock. -Harold is a HUGE IH collector and has a collection that is the envy of a lot of museums - complete collection of letter series tractors starting with the F-20 up through MTA. Anyway, after I broght the tractor home, I researched the serial number and BINGO - a white A demonstrator sold by Harold's Dad to a local farmer.
Heh, heh, heh - needless to say, Harold was really PO'd he let that one slip through his fingers.
Hey BD, show the front view we sent! You guys are right - and there must have been 60 years of corrosion on the steering bar thing - momentarily at a loss for words!
Did a goose shoot this AM in a blind directly behind the steering wheel, but a famous CT guide had leased a big field about 500 yards further along. Wasn't using it this weekend but accidentally left his massive string of decoys in the field, possibly with corn, and about 500 Canadas made a bee-line for it at first light and stayed. We never saw another goose -- thus the tractor photos.
We have those freakin' geese in the corn field behind us. The hit the corn field for a while, then head down to the lake across the road for a while, then go back to the corn field for a while, etc., etc., etc.
I have a Ford 8N made in 1945 (thus its called a 2N, but its almost identical)
and a 1940 Farmall.
Theres not much similiarity between the two except for the things all tractors have in common,
The thing that I like about the Ford tractor is how the parts look so much like the parts on the Ford cars
My brother has a WWII vintage Navy Towmotor (used to tow aircraft) that is based entirely on the Ford 8N tractor. In fact, when we were restoring it, we compared a lot of what we were doing directly with an 8N manual.
I grew up running a 400, which followed the M, which followed the H. Hardly a difference between them, they just kept making a bigger version of the same tractor. In it's day there was simply no tractor more useful than the M, but International Harvester rode it's coatails for too long and by the time Deere came out with the 4020 in the early 1960's it was all over.