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Old 08-19-2007, 06:48 PM   #1
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We took the kids to a tractor show this weekend. Mom and Dad have a '38 John Deere B - same one they had when I was a kid, although he sold it to my cousin back in '75. This summer they'd procured an old wood-sided manure spreader. We took the trailer over (actually DW drove it over) on a Wednesday a couple weeks ago; I followed after work on Fri) and helped get it ready. We stripped out some of the flailing bits, and set it up to install the critical parts: School bus seats.

Mom kept calling it a "t*rd hearse," I gently reminded her that since it now had seats it was a "Limo" and maybe MTV would pick it up for a "Poop My Ride" segment.

This weekend there was a machinery show near them, and we drove over Fri PM, although my parent's went Thursday.

During the obligatory parade, Dad let me drive the B, with DW & the kids (& G'ma too) in the manure spreader/hearse/limo tossing Tootsie Rolls & bubble gum to whatever spectators we saw. (Dad drove his "A").

The B is gorgeous. My brother in law snuck a restoration on it last Fall - kind of a reverse dowry sort of thing. Anyway, it's all shiny and everything. Much better than when I was 10.

I'll try to add a pic or two once we get them downloaded & hosted.

Kids had a great time even though there wasn't a playground. Being able to camp on site was great.

Fun Fun weekend.
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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Glad to hear you had fun. The thread title certainly got my attention.
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:35 PM   #3
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Sounds like a lot of fun. I'll look for it on RFD T.V. They often show these Parades and gatherings on "Machinery of the Past."
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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this thread got my attention...

sweet subject.

picture of how we do it here on the ranch in simi valley...

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Old 08-19-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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Talking Manure makes many things possible

Too funny!! My folks rehabilitated an ancient manure spreader ages ago as a result, one of my first unforgettable towing experiences was an old Case and a manure spreader, I learned very quickly not to put the tractor in 4th and try to get it over fast don't do it please...I do prefer towing an Airstream cause I can go faster than a tractor in 4th gear and do not get hit by flying clods of ....
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:49 PM   #6
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Ok, I’ll admit that this sounds like a worse ride than a square baler. Square balers are truly the Devil’s device.

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Old 08-19-2007, 08:44 PM   #7
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Glad to hear you had fun. The thread title certainly got my attention.
Terry - that's the same reason I looked!
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:59 PM   #8
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The Limo Revealed!



The tractor's a '38 (I think), the spreader & the Schwinn are both from the 1960-1964 timeframe
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:21 PM   #9
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We had one about like that (without the seats)...it was full and near dark so I parked it up on the hill so we could spread it the next morning...but forgot to chock the wheels Never saw Shtuff fly that far and wide before in my life My grandfather was laughing too hard to be mad. But I did have to clean up the tractor and me seeing how I was still in range when the spreader went past Ahh the simple life

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Great ride, great read.
I love seeing those old machinery pieces restored.
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:05 AM   #11
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We always said that was one product that no manufacturer would stand behind.

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p.s. From my house, I can see the home where Ed Nolt lived in New Holland, PA. Ed was the originator of the world's first automatic hay baler during the 1930's, that ultimately became the mainstay product of the farm equipment company called "New Holland".

You gotta love the history of those old pieces of farm machinery.
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All most of us need is a little time and some room to manure. When I saw the thread, I thought my wife had posted it! The big agri-fair in Tulare every April is about 300 acres of the neatest stuff you'd ever want to see.
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The tractor's a '38 (I think), the spreader & the Schwinn are both from the 1960-1964 timeframe
Those green machines are clean!
Do you know whose steam tractor is in your second photo? I have a soft spot in my heart for external-combustion equipment.
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