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Re: First IH or Farmall

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Matt E.

01-15-2013 07:54:03
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My first memory of driving was a family friend's 560 that Dad borrowed from time to time. I drove while Dad rode the hay rack. I couldn't push in the clutch, Dad would get us started and I'd drive slow around the field (it was pretty flat) while Dad stacked. I could yank it out of 2nd though into N.

One time Dad told me which row to turn to and I turned into the one closer. Too close and I bent the long tongue of our New Holland baler before Dad got the clutch pushed in. Thinking back I can't believe all us kids survived living on the farm. I was the only boy and the youngest of four. I must have been 6 or 7 years old at the time.

I'd say the very first Farmall I rode on was a 650 diesel. Dad said he'd work in the garage all day and plow at night. He was a farming mechanic, LOL. The 650 had a cab and Dad built a box that I slept in while he plowed most of the night away. I begged to go with him everywhere and Mom got tired of it so I went with him no matter what. I was 2 or 3, Dad had a big auction when I was 4. I have one memory of the 650 before it left the farm the day after the auction.

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 Re: First IH or Farmall in reply to Matt E., 01-15-2013 07:54:03  
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When I was about 9, Dad started me pulling the NH 77 baler while he loaded on the hayrack. We had a 1940 JD A that he would adjust the clutch so I could just barely engage and dis-engage it. Dad always raked his windrows heavy, which was okay if it didn't rain and had to "tip them over" a couple times to dry. This twisted them up like a rope so if I got to a heavy place, it would keep pulling hay in after I pulled the clutch... must have sheared 50 pins in my lifetime that way. Some days Dad wasn't very happy with me. Was sure glad when he got the JD 60 in '53 as it was a lot easier and I was 11 years old and a little stronger.

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