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MikeJ
01-30-2010, 04:36 PM
The subject of old tractors has popped up several times over the last few days from MisterBubba, Huntman933, Bullydog and others. If you are working on or restoring, using old iron around the lease or have a good tractor story from days past post them here. Lets see how many TBHers are still making good use of the old timers.

My grandfather bought this Massey Ferguson 35 brand new in 1963. It went through my grandfather, two uncles and a cousin before my dad ended up with it. It sat unused and abandoned until I got it three years ago.
http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/100_2378.jpg
http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/100_2379.jpg

Mechanically it was in good shape. The govenor assembly at the front of the engine is the only thing that was bad. After replacing that, both front wheels and tires, a good tune up and cleaning, it was time to start painting.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/P2010004_resize.jpg

A stroke in 2004 forced my left-handed Dad to retire from his welding profession after losing all use of his good hand. The stroke took his hand, but not his desire to be productive...He put his skills to use on the fender brackets that rust and time had nearly destroyed. Note that he stood up the rods so he could get the next one in the stinger with only one hand. After he finished the fenders, he swapped out the generator for a 12volt alternator. Who said a guy needs two good hands....

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/P2270013.jpg

Now we are getting close.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/P6050006.jpg

Here is my daughter planting oats at the deer lease. Its a working restoration---it would never win any awards at a tractor show, but I sure have enjoyed fooling with it.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/PA170029.jpg


I bet there are a bunch of these still cutting brush and making food plots. Post yours here too.

mnsmokepole
01-30-2010, 05:53 PM
Starting to look good,keep it up.

Mister Bubba's bulletman
01-30-2010, 06:22 PM
Sweet. I like the old MF's also. Really just about any tractor. Standard or Continental? Those blocks are getting expensive.

That's nice to see your dad working on it and your daughter driving. Your kids will love to see those when they're grown.;)b

MikeJ
01-30-2010, 06:33 PM
...Standard or Continental? Those blocks are getting expensive.

That's nice to see your dad working on it and your daughter driving. Your kids will love to see those when they're grown.;)b

Continental Z-134.

Somewhere I have a photo of me and my Dad on this tractor when I was about 18 months old. There is also one of my older daughter and my Dad before it was left to sit as in the first photo, before his stroke. You are right, they will love those photos some day.

Post your tractor here too.

Bullydog
01-30-2010, 06:38 PM
Very nice Mike, love to see yours as it progresses...

Mine is an 8n actually, and its a 2008 restoration from front to back..Its my play around...box blade...garden maker....take kids on rides and hopefully tight space food plot machine this year..Cranks over every time and runs strong..These old fords did alot of work most people dont realize they could do..;)b
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Course I cheat when I wanna to listen to the radio..;)
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TexaswBOWhunter
01-30-2010, 06:49 PM
I just sold an old 53 0r 54 8N..... My dad picked it several years ago (over 20) and we rebuilt front to back in the very early 90's, looked just like Bullydog's.... Used that thing for years and years, then it sat for the last few years as I moved to small acreage and didn't have a use for. A co-worker talked me into selling it to him.... He wanted to take it back home (somewhere up north) and rebuild it again to ride around in some parade that they do every year..... Anyhow, it's up there now and I assume he is going to be rebuilding it when the snow and ice melts down!!!

sailor
01-30-2010, 08:49 PM
I got a 52' 8N. But bully yours looks better than mine.
Mine works like a horse.
Good job Mike J

Aggie
02-01-2010, 02:15 PM
We have a 1950's Ford Golden Jubilee. Never had any major problems . Still want something newer but don't have the funds

sharkhunter
02-01-2010, 06:58 PM
I love old tractors... Thanks for sharing

snakedaddy
02-01-2010, 10:15 PM
yes it does sailor. but ya need to clean out the fuel lines so it will stay running. hahaha

txtimetravler
02-01-2010, 10:44 PM
grandpa still has his. welded the push bar to the axle so he can push bigger stumps over with it! That is one hard working man and tractor.

Mister Bubba's bulletman
02-02-2010, 07:31 AM
Here's one I found at the scrap yard the other day in Luling.

MikeJ
02-02-2010, 08:02 AM
Nice find Mister Bubba. How soon do we look for the "after" photo? :D

BigErn
02-02-2010, 05:42 PM
Here's one I found at the scrap yard the other day in Luling.


Is that a MF or a H Farmall?
Ernie

Mister Bubba's bulletman
02-02-2010, 09:06 PM
Is that a MF or a H Farmall?
Ernie

IH is what the label said. Wern't they all one company at one time?

Mister Bubba's bulletman
02-02-2010, 09:08 PM
Nice find Mister Bubba. How soon do we look for the "after" photo? :D

I think you could buy 3 complete ones for what it would cost to put that one back. Would be a challenge.;)b

louieagarcia
02-02-2010, 09:11 PM
Here's a little restoration I did. Not as extravagant of some of the bigger tractors but it was still a lot of fun! :)

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39134&highlight=john+deere

-Luis

Mister Bubba's bulletman
02-03-2010, 08:06 AM
Here's a little restoration I did. Not as extravagant of some of the bigger tractors but it was still a lot of fun! :)

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39134&highlight=john+deere

-Luis


Great job on that one. Makes me want to do mine a 8n color scheme.

Bullydog
02-03-2010, 09:14 AM
Here's a little restoration I did. Not as extravagant of some of the bigger tractors but it was still a lot of fun! :)

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39134&highlight=john+deere

-Luis

Thats pretty dang cool...I would be proud of it to.

All this talk has got me looking....Im on the prowl for one of these to fix up...(Popin Johnny) was my CB handle when I was a little kid and all we had was CB communication at the ranch. Grandad gave it to me cuz I talked alot..:)
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Bubbagq
02-09-2010, 06:47 AM
My friend told me to check out this thread. I just finished my very first rebuild yesterday. Finally cranked it up and backed it out of my garage (thank god) and put air in all the tires because it would not make it under the door with air in the tires. I drove her around the house checking everything out for a few minutes. I have to say for my very first tractor and only thing I have ever refurbished in my life, I think it turned out great. At least to me she is perfect, but I am sure to a person that knows what they are doing it is far from perfect.

Tractor: 1968 John Deere 820 German
Engine: 3cyl diesel 2 wheel drive
trans: 6 speed
hydro: 3 point lift
hours: 2,122 original hours

This particular JD was so hard to get any information on, or to find anybody that could help you with advice on this model. It was the first 3cyl diesel ever put into a JD. the 820 also was the first tractor to be built in the JD factory that had just opened in Germany. So you can only imagine the trouble I went though to to get any manuals or advice and parts. But on the other hand it makes this tractor one of only a few 820's around. I will post a a few pictures and would love to hear what all your opinions are on the finished product. I am already looking for my next!

Matt_C
02-09-2010, 10:57 AM
I like that rollbar.. Did it come from the factory with it or was that an add on?

MikeJ
02-09-2010, 03:06 PM
I will post a a few pictures and would love to hear what all your opinions are on the finished product. I am already looking for my next!

That is excellent. Man what a great looking tractor. Thanks for sharing.

Bubbagq
02-10-2010, 02:15 AM
I like that rollbar.. Did it come from the factory with it or was that an add on?

No the roll bar did not come on it, that was something i added on. For the protection in case it ever rolled on you, and also it has a canopy (I will post a pic) that is going to save you but when you are on this thing working in the dead of summer.

Thanks so much for the kind words, I am glad you like it. I put a lot of days into this stupid thing. But learned alot along the way and am ready to get started on another one.

turbowhunter
02-10-2010, 11:45 AM
Our old 3020 just received some new paint and stickers etc. Still runs good.


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Txjourneyman
02-11-2010, 05:48 PM
Heres my old 9n. It was running great until I forgot the lead additive again. Time for another head gasket! I can't decide if I want to do a restoration or just sell it. I never use it. I get on the jap gray market diesel when theres work to be done. http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w281/txjourneyman/IMG_0047-1.jpg

Nice job on the JD Bubbagq!

MikeJ
02-12-2010, 03:14 PM
Say...do any of you 8N/9N guys know where a good set of 28" rear wheels could be found? A fellow in Angleton needs a decent pair.

Mister Bubba's bulletman
02-12-2010, 10:51 PM
Heres my old 9n. It was running great until I forgot the lead additive again. Time for another head gasket! I can't decide if I want to do a restoration or just sell it. I never use it. I get on the jap gray market diesel when theres work to be done. http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w281/txjourneyman/IMG_0047-1.jpg

Nice job on the JD Bubbagq!

I never replaced an 8n head gasket. Should have but they just keep going.

The compression's so low on those things you shouldn't need a lead additive.

If your not already try some Autolite 437's. They provide a little hotter spark.

Maybe that would help.

That would be a fun restoration.

hunterman
02-13-2010, 11:30 AM
nice restos thats cool

Javelin
02-14-2010, 07:18 PM
My friend told me to check out this thread. I just finished my very first rebuild yesterday. Finally cranked it up and backed it out of my garage (thank god) and put air in all the tires because it would not make it under the door with air in the tires. I drove her around the house checking everything out for a few minutes. I have to say for my very first tractor and only thing I have ever refurbished in my life, I think it turned out great. At least to me she is perfect, but I am sure to a person that knows what they are doing it is far from perfect.

Tractor: 1968 John Deere 820 German
Engine: 3cyl diesel 2 wheel drive
trans: 6 speed
hydro: 3 point lift
hours: 2,122 original hours

This particular JD was so hard to get any information on, or to find anybody that could help you with advice on this model. It was the first 3cyl diesel ever put into a JD. the 820 also was the first tractor to be built in the JD factory that had just opened in Germany. So you can only imagine the trouble I went though to to get any manuals or advice and parts. But on the other hand it makes this tractor one of only a few 820's around. I will post a a few pictures and would love to hear what all your opinions are on the finished product. I am already looking for my next!


I have the exact tractor, my dad bought it probably 18 years ago. You are right on finding parts and info on them, even the deere dealership is rarely any help. They are good tractors though.

Txjourneyman
02-15-2010, 07:20 AM
I never replaced an 8n head gasket. Should have but they just keep going.

The compression's so low on those things you shouldn't need a lead additive.

If your not already try some Autolite 437's. They provide a little hotter spark.

Maybe that would help.

That would be a fun restoration.

I'll try that with the 437s Thanks!

Mister Bubba's bulletman
05-06-2010, 06:32 PM
This one took me forever to get done but it's finally back out at the ranch!

Whew.

She took lots of paint, a few used tires, another alternator, points, plugs, condenser, distributor, rotor cap, wires, a home built wiring harness including a $25 lifeline:o, a few new gauges and some 12volt lights.

The original fuel cut off worked about half the time so we put an aftermarket inline cutoff to keep all the gas from filling up the carb or crankcase.

Over spray on the tires and rad hoses aside, I think it turned out pretty good.

After a nice test run up the fence line and some pictures shes ready to box blade the road this weekend.

I do love side mount distributor 8N's.

Now it on to redoing the Kubota L 260.

Leftridge
05-06-2010, 07:40 PM
Wow, this is a really great thread.. I have a facination with old tractors like ya'lls.. I'm not inclined enought to restore one but I'd sure like to have one for my farm..

Great story Mike..

Bullydog
05-06-2010, 08:14 PM
Wow, nice Job MBB...

Mister Bubba's bulletman
05-06-2010, 08:35 PM
Wow, nice Job MBB...Thanks!

Did you ever find you a Popping johnny?

Bullydog
05-06-2010, 08:39 PM
Thanks!

Did you ever find you a Popping johnny?

Actaully, Im headed home to Athens in a couple of weeks to see family, and I am looking at one when I go back. It needs ALOT of work, but im taking my trailer just in case. ;)

Mister Bubba's bulletman
05-06-2010, 08:50 PM
Actaully, Im headed home to Athens in a couple of weeks to see family, and I am looking at one when I go back. It needs ALOT of work, but im taking my trailer just in case. ;)

Good luck and take lots of pictures.

Tbar
05-06-2010, 09:14 PM
http://inlinethumb50.webshots.com/44593/1155470458037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
My dad on the old 1949 Farmall Cub. Picture was taken in the mid 1970's.

I inherited the tractor but broke a piston ring while helping mow at the Mesquite Archery Club Range and decided to do a complete rebuild.

http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/20445/1155468257037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
Reconstruction

http://inlinethumb47.webshots.com/44654/1155468384037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
Repaint......

http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/46082/1155465822037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
Going Together......

http://inlinethumb06.webshots.com/45829/1155466165037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
My helper......don't worry, it is still attached to the chain hoist.

http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/46970/1155466344037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
Front end attached.

http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/20941/1155466542037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
I had a new radiator built for the tractor. Note alternator conversion to 12v.

http://inlinethumb64.webshots.com/47487/1155463600037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
Fitting up the exhaust.

http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/44391/1155469345037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
At the show. Belt cover removed. No battery box yet.

http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/47119/1102533058037363248S500x500Q85.jpg
Tractor in use.....


Tbar

Mister Bubba's bulletman
05-06-2010, 10:08 PM
Tbar, I want one like that! Beautiful.

MikeJ
05-07-2010, 07:18 AM
Tbar, I want one like that! Beautiful.

X2 Nice work Tbar.

bvincent
05-07-2010, 09:25 PM
Great thread. My uncles, cousin and I pulled a Farmall super C out of field back in the 80s and put it to work. Love old tractors ever since.

Joey~AP
05-08-2010, 03:58 PM
Sweet thread! My dad has my Pappaw's old 65 MF-135. It still works for a livin.

I got me a 50 sumpin Farmall Super C tri-cycle. Im gonna resto it when I get my shop built.

Bullydog
05-08-2010, 04:03 PM
Wow T-Bar....that cub looks great.

wellingtontx
05-08-2010, 11:35 PM
What is the difference between a Cub and a B Farmall ?

Tbar
05-09-2010, 12:11 PM
What is the difference between a Cub and a B Farmall ?

http://www.tractordata.com/photos/F004/4686/4686-td3a.jpg
http://www.tractordata.com/td/004/td4686.html

http://www.tractordata.com/photos/F000/286/286-td3a.jpg
http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/000/2/8/286-farmall-b.html



Tbar

josh_smith357
05-10-2010, 09:05 PM
Looking Good.

Russ81
05-10-2010, 09:28 PM
I need to get some more pics, this is the only one I got of our 4430 John Deere
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/59/l_44ac44b43b21485683dab4528a08b60f.jpg

MikeJ
10-23-2010, 04:19 PM
"...still earning their keep" can mean many things, I guess.

Our church is having a Halloween/Fall Festival next weekend and the planners want to include a hayride in the activities. So a little soap, half a can of red paint and some armor all on the tires and the MF-35 is ready to make a few laps around the church grounds with the kids.

Who puts armor all on 30 year old tractor tires anyway? :D

Couldn't get to the woods today, so tinkering around with old iron made for a good afternoon.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x102/MikeJ1157/PA230157.jpg

Stan R
10-24-2010, 07:07 PM
I love those old tractors...

RedneckMorton
10-24-2010, 10:27 PM
Here is an old farmall that is still in the family. I've only ever got to drive it a few times. Wish I could clean it up and put it to work.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n114/redneckmorton/Tractor.jpg


Here is the tractor that gets used all the time. Early 60s model IH 40? Runs like a song and as far as I know has never had anything major done to it.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n114/redneckmorton/IMG00231-20100703-1541.jpg

overcomer401965
10-25-2010, 05:04 AM
Man I love old tractors too. Lookin into buying an one pretty quick to go with the land Im fixin to buy. Grew up on the farm and when I left told my dad and grandpa I would never drive another but it just seems to be in the blood.

mshtrout
11-02-2010, 01:41 PM
Very cool! I love checking out the Ag. Mechanics competition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The old tractors are amazing!

BIGMIKE 214
11-02-2010, 10:35 PM
thats great

SWilson
11-09-2010, 05:37 PM
Man that gives me the bug to do one. Awesome work

AMK
11-09-2010, 09:59 PM
From a non-restoration tractor guy, very impressive and talented work. Enjoyed the pics. Beautiful machines.

jaypapa97
11-10-2010, 09:15 PM
I picked this tractor up several months ago for $800. It has a ford double hydraulic cylinder bucket and 6' shreddar. I love it. Having a hard time finding parts and information on it though. I have had to fabricate several of my own parts for it. I hope to restore it to look like the second pic after next spring. We are using it too much right now to tear it apart.

Tbar
11-12-2010, 04:38 PM
Great looking Ford..........!!!


Tbar

EarleyBird
11-12-2010, 04:57 PM
My dad completely rebuilt a 1954 55 HP Oliver from the ground up when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I learned on that tractor and it ran and worked its arse off until I was about 20 or so. Daddy traded it for some high-end wood-working tools and then bought a MF. Massey Ferguson tractors are some of the best on the market.