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Here is the story from 1994. My city deweller neighbour moved to the country in 1992 with one horse a race horse not the trotters mostly seen in this area.
Any time he needed tractor work done he gave me a call. I used my 555 to hual a huge oak tree to my house that they had taken down on the edge of his drive so they could get the well truck in there.
I used the 44 standard to plow what was to become his yard and the 30 to disk it up silky soft. The 1952 mustang pulled the grain drill that planted the grass seed and the rye cover crop. The 1953 Mustang brush hogged the pasture that the 44 standard and 555 pulled big russian olive bushes from. the 53 mustang even back filled his pole barn they built 3 feet off the ground.
While I was having a good time working my masseys George was haboring a want of a tractor of his own.
He was going out and looking at all the local dealers at stuff then call me to go lokk at the ones he liked. OH he found some horriable stuff, An IH indrustral tractor that squeeled like a pig if you raised the front bucket. A ratty old B110 they cranked and cranked and about when you gave up it started.
He passed on a beautiful Farmall Utilty 300 with a 3 pt convertion, front loader and sickle bar mower. After a week I asked him if he didn't want the 300 and he said no so I called my brother in law who bought it, beautiful tractor runs like a dreem even today.
Then one Morning George calls and asked if I had time to go to an auction sale site and look at some consigned tractors there.
Of all the tractors there I told George the CA Allis with the plow disk and cultvator and a D17 sitting along side it were the best tractors of the bunch. I came home and told Kare he was going to buy the CA.
sunday Morning he called and asked if I could go hual his tractor home Monday morning. I told him I could and when I got to the auction site and George pointed out the D17 you could have knocked me over with a feather.
It needed some help right away. I built a new battery tray so it didn't have to be bungy corded to the right running board. Ran new wires where they had shorted out under the rotten battery tray.
George happly drove it around in the field out back pulling a 8 ft. disk I loaned him. Good learning experince that was as one morning he called and said the disk was up on the back tire, to short of a turn and not watching the equment.
Another morning he called and asked if a front loader off a WD would fit it. I told him that I had a welder so yes it fit.
A couple days latter he called and asked if I could go get the front loader and a bunch of other stuff. I ended up taking the Mustang with the front loader to load up the front loader he bought with a rear blade, one of those bucket scrapers and a allis mounted field cultvator.
I got all that stuff home for him. He went on a vacation for a week so I got the front loader to my house with the tractor and had it mounted and working when he got home. I also rigged up a hitch so he could use the back blade to clear snow from his drive way. His wife said he was fired and to call that guy next door to clean the drive. George had left a big pile at a place in the drive they turned around in and she got stuck.

So any way it is mine now and I really like it. We had WD's and wd45 at one point when I was a kid.

Building one of Kares flower gardens, removing the clay and hualing in woods top soil.



Stuck in the mud trying to move the big rock to the area near the honey house every one wants to back into.



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As you can see it needs paint. But first it needs a bunch of other stuff. One of the plugs started miss fireing a couple years ago and when I went to replace them one came out but left the threads in the head. a easy out got broken off trying to remove that part. the head needs to come off and go some place they can fix that with stuff I don't own. It needs a new intake exhust manifold, and a sterring wheel because some of the center spokes have broken out and I don't have the pieces. One brake pedal is frozen up and the other hardly holds. It is nearly a useless tractor to me with out a 3 point hitch. Best one I have seen on the net for it is nearly 600.00 dollars more than I am willing to pay.
I've been looking at home built units and some are just god awful in design, Like you can't run the PTO with some thing like a brush hog if you have the 3 point on.
Some look so chincy I am sure if I hooked a 6 foot snow blower up it would break.

Did I forget to say when George got crippled up wit RA and moved in to a condo in town he gave me Allis and all the equpment?

Any who I am wanting to get started getting some of the things done this summer.
 
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Looks like a nice solid worker there Al. Look forward to seeing you do your work on it.
 

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Thanks for the nice comments. I'll keep pictures of the restoration as I go along, this time with digital camera instead of the old 35mm SLR.

OH!! That rock I went back with Kares Massey Harris Pacer and hooked onto it with a chain to get it to the honey house. The blade on the pacer postioned it perfectly. A gutty tractor fpor it's 16HP size



This is where we put the block rock. Really you would not believe the number of people who backed into the honey house.



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Here is a better picture of the rock.




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Rained most of the day yesterday. Took the time to call around to some shops I thought would be able to remove the spark plug remains. They are all really nuts, wanting to drill out the holes on every one of the cylinders and rethread them for a bigger size thread. that would intail me trying to find the bigger plugs that matched the heat range of the oringinals.
I called an old friend who would have been a rocket enginner today were he able to afford colleage to get a degree.
He told me the next time I was up his way to bring the3 head by and he would clean the plug remains out the proper way or he would find me a different head.
If I remember when I go there I'll get a picture of his snow removal set up. A home built sno blower from a silo filler, a hinged frame with a front steering axel from a 3/4 ton ford truck in front and the same set up in back. a pair of 390 cid ford engines power the hydrlic pump that runs the snow blower and the truck/tractor part. He gets nearl all of the towns peoples bisness as he can get into some of the tightest spots to clear the snow.

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One of the 390's runs nothing but the hrydrlic pumps that power the snow blower and all the lifts and angling. The blower stands nearly 5 foot high has a double auger and a clump busting shaft on top. that hrydrlic pump also lifts the blower for transport, angles the chute from right to left but up or down as well dont want it angled up if blowing snow anywhere near a building with windows.
The second 390 was a at the right price engine to power the carrier all the electrical stuff and of course the heater thaqt contains a seprate blower and heater core to keep the windows clear.

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with out all the smog junk that was put on the latter model 390 they were not to bad. I had a 1958 Ford 4 dr hard top with the (352cid) 360HP police inasepter engine that got 23 to 24 MPG on a stead pace. A 1959 ford 2 door had a stock 390 that got 24 to 25 MPG steady.

The 390 In my 1974 3/4 4x4 truck wasn't so good it would only get from 12 to 17 MPG but it wasn't stock. Has a low RPM cam and a 780 holley duel feed carb.

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