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03-05-2012 16:09:20

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Looking at masseyprides harvest photos reminded me of 2 trucks that seen their share of harvests in bygone years, the merc we bought at auction a few yrs back and the ford belong to my Dad, just got it out of the shop in aug/11. Dan-Alberta

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Dave Sherburne NY

03-06-2012 15:00:28

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to DCM, 03-05-2012 16:09:20  
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This is an old farm truck, It's a REO, owned by a fella from Canada. It was brought to where my son works to get it running properly. It's still on the same farm it was when it was bought new. They said it's had one paint job in it's life.

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03-06-2012 20:39:12

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to Dave Sherburne NY, 03-06-2012 15:00:28  
That is a nice looking truck, it reminds me of a Reo my uncle had, it was a 48 with the permanent grain auger on the top of the box, kind of a unique feature for its time.

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Stan - Florida

03-06-2012 05:23:52

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to DCM, 03-05-2012 16:09:20  

Just took a closer look at the '47...your dad had a great first name, eh?


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03-06-2012 14:55:42

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to Stan - Florida, 03-06-2012 05:23:52  
Hey Stan, its a classic alright, your name that is. Dan

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Jim in Sask

03-05-2012 21:31:04

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to JLK, 03-05-2012 16:09:20  
High mileage often indicates a previous life, something like a moving van or other delivery use. Still common to see high-mileage trucks that are bought up by farmers who put a box and hoist on them and run them for a few more years.

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R Wyler

03-05-2012 20:49:54

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to DCM, 03-05-2012 16:09:20  
Those are very nice. I wish I could get my 53 looking like that. My 53 Chevy 6400 is in bad need of restoration. If I can ever afford it. Mine has around 297k on the no longer working odometer and I do not know the history of the truck. Currently repainting the weathered wooden side boards so I can haul some wheat with it this summer. The 235 is easier on gas than that 327 in my other truck. Could the high mileage mean it was possible used on custom runs?? Most farm trucks here even old ones are low mileage.
This post was edited by R Wyler at 21:15:45 03/05/12.

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R Wyler

03-06-2012 20:40:43

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to R Wyler, 03-05-2012 20:49:54  
I might have looked at it wrong I will have to look again and make sure I read it right. That truck does have lot of miles I am sure. It had a 5 speed that was jumping out of gear. I took it out and put a good four speed in it. And the engine is out of a car with powerglide. I think the engine is a 53 also as I recall when I looked up the numbers.

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Josh in Pa

03-06-2012 05:36:49

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to R Wyler, 03-05-2012 20:49:54  
I thought Chevys of that age only went to 99,999 miles? Of the 3 old trucks I have the highest milage (53 Chevy 1 ton pickup) is around 90,000 and an old ford grain truck (48 F6) is the lowest at 17000. The Chevy pickup was completely worn out by that time. Spring bushings worn completely through, king pins junk, etc and it was on its 2nd engine.

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03-06-2012 05:11:35

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to R Wyler, 03-05-2012 20:49:54  
The trucks in the pics are both low mileage relatively speaking,both under 75k. The 47 ford was a freight hauler until about 1954 and then was made into a farm truck, Dad bought the truck nearly new, was sold in the 60s to a neighbor than bought back in the middle 70s from the widow and then into the resto process in 2004. The merc is the longest wheel base model of the 3 lengths that were available.

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03-05-2012 17:07:58

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to DCM, 03-05-2012 16:09:20  
That is right up my alley, do those still have the flat heads in them? I cut my teeth driving those old Fords in harvest..

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03-05-2012 20:06:45

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 Re: Old farm trucks(pics) in reply to Animal, 03-05-2012 17:07:58  
Both are flatheads, the big trucks had the bell housing cast as part of the block whereas the pickups had the bell bolted on.

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