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1944 h with heat houser pics

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ericy

10-22-2010 07:21:08
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Here are a few shots of my h with a heat houser attached. What do you think?




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The Dukester

10-23-2010 19:33:54
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
We used to have canvas cabs on all the Farmalls and the McCormick Deering W-6 during the late fall, winter and early spring. The "Comfort Cab" on our W-6 had the additional side curtains, top, and back cover because we used that tractor for all our winter chores....hauling manure, grinding feed, hauling wood from the sawmill and the woods and pulling cars that wouldn't start. (My uncle's '48 Hudson Commodore 8).

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Janicholson

10-23-2010 09:23:24
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
You did an amazing job on the frame (I can tell because the fabric is applied somewhat better than it is on a standard frame!! Very nice job.
The windshield can be made from a piece of lexan polycarbonate (.093") from Menards or other sources (do not use plexiglass, it is not the same at all.)
THe polycarbonate will easily bend to fit a frame made from 3/4X3/16" strap bent to follow the H-H contour, and tabs made to attach.
Use 6-32 Fillister head screws to mount the plexi to the frame. Put threads in the frame holes and loos fit holes in the poly. use a rasor saw to cut off the excess bolt length, or purchase bolts with the exact length to avoid sticking out on the front side. Jim

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Ken Ind.

10-23-2010 04:59:55
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
Looks good, wish I had one when plowing snow with my H , I have a standard lift loader on mine , also have a 6' grader blade that goes on the loader and you push the snow with it. It suer gets cold with out a heat houser. Where I live that 2" turns into 2' in a hurry.



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ericy

10-23-2010 06:36:22
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to Ken Ind., 10-23-2010 04:59:55  
Ken In where abouts are you located im about 2 hours north of Indy



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Ken Ind.

11-02-2010 20:51:29
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-23-2010 06:36:22  
I am in West Lafayette north west of PURDUE hope to hear from you soon Kenny.



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Wardner

10-22-2010 10:32:20
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
What happens to the paint under the straps? Do you put some heavy poly between the strap and paint? Also seems like the grill might get caved-in should the canvas shrink due to alternate wetting and drying.

Looks nice though. Can you see where to drive over the cowl?



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LA in WI

10-23-2010 08:46:28
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to Wardner, 10-22-2010 10:32:20  

In the 1950s, no one that I knew of really cared much how tractors looked; they were machines for working. Tractor beauty was important for the dealers, but many farmers rarely washed their tractors. Mounted corn pickers, front mounted cultivators, loaders, hauling manure, etc. made new tractors look old quickly. Today's prettied up tractors (like I have done with my dad's H) would have astounded those old boys!

And in the late fall/early spring in the upper midwest the heat houser was very popular for all brands of tractors. The straps probably wore off the paint but keeping warm was paramount (there were very few cabs in those days, mostly home-made contraptions). And I don't recall a problem with shrinking/stretching due to moisture and cold; just adjust the straps.

Visability wasn't impaired very much, except the plastic windshield would get scratched up by quick wiping (with an old dry rag from the tool box) and driving into the sun could be a problem.

The only time the heat houser didn't work well was on a real windy day and you headed downwind; you would just open the throttle wide open and hope the fan would blast some warm air back to you. On warmer days it would get too hot while driving so we would just pull the front end of the houser back so the fan air would escape out the sides.

On very cold days (can you say "zero"?) when hauling loads of ear corn from the field, my body would be warm but my feet would get cold because there was a lot of unsealed area around the clutch and brake pedals. Of course, long underwear, 2 prs of jeans, 2 flannel shirts, a sweatshirt and a couple coats helped!

The man who drove the tractor with the mounted picker had to tough it out, but sometimes the haulers would trade jobs so he could survive the day.

The tractor that was used for clearing snow in the winter always had a heat houser.

I looked up the Burch Co. of Ft. Dodge, IA and I see that they still sell heat housers (also some canvas cabs now) for the old rear entry tractors; the price for a houser on an H is $352.75...a bargain when you are freezing.

No, I am not an employee or owner of the Burch Co., I just have fond memories of that nice warm air when picking corn or pushing snow in Iowa.

LA in WI

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agpilot

10-23-2010 04:51:53
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to Wardner, 10-22-2010 10:32:20  
Hi Wardner: There were many thousands in use during the 1950's and 60s and were well liked.. No real problems to your concerns. ( plastic wind screen was often used) It was just about the best after market add-on on long cold windy days during planting and harvest season... I am glad he posted pictures of his. Reminds me to get another one for myself.. ag.



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usetabesteve

10-22-2010 08:21:46
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
I like it. We used to have one for the 1951 M.
It had a windshield but I don't believe it ever had a full set of straps like that one.

One year I was fall plowing in mid December and Dad came out to get me because it had turned cold and started snowing. The ground was still turning nicely and I was plenty warm in the Heat Houser.



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ericy

10-22-2010 08:27:56
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to usetabesteve, 10-22-2010 08:21:46  
all of the old tie strape where rotted so i just used 1" ratched strapes cut down and got out the little ladys sewin machine when she was not home and fixed it lol



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LA in WI

10-22-2010 08:11:44
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
ericy,
Do you have the windshield also? Dad had that on our H yrs ago and was a nice help on windy days. That rig was the best survival tent I ever saw.
LA in WI



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ericy

10-22-2010 08:20:09
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to LA in WI, 10-22-2010 08:11:44  
no i do not have the wind shield .this is the heat houser that i had asked about a few days ago. I made all of the mounting hard ware my self and a buddy said that i need the wind shield now i'll have to try and find one...I found this ole heat houser in an old barn that was gonna be tore down



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Kevin - Mi

10-22-2010 08:00:20
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
I want one!!



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Allan In NE

10-22-2010 07:27:11
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
Yep,

That's how they mounted. Darn thing will run ya outta there when it's working hard. :>)

Allan



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Allan In NE

10-22-2010 07:27:10
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to ericy, 10-22-2010 07:21:08  
Yep,

That's how they mounted. Darn thing will run ya outta there when it's working hard. :>)

Allan



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Goose

10-22-2010 15:02:23
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to Allan In NE, 10-22-2010 07:27:10  
Reminds me of the time I was a teenager, helping one of the neighbors pick corn. I was driving an A John Deere on a pull behind picker and the neighbor was hauling.

It was a cold, cloudy, windy day, absolutely miserable, and I was darn near froze on the tractor. The neighbor disappeared for a half hour, and when he returned he had a heat houser for the tractor. That was living, after we put it on!.

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ericy

10-22-2010 17:53:43
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 Re: 1944 h with heat houser pics in reply to Goose, 10-22-2010 15:02:23  
the tractor club that I am with planed for a plow day a few weeks ago but the ground is like cement now they all decided to wait a while till the rain comes well my luck its gonna be cold out there on the wide open fields so id better put it on im not goin to freeze my a$$ just to play



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