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    Senior Member peruano's Avatar
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    In response to comments by BigTorque and Wrenchpuller, here is a start of a tractor thread. If TWs are like tractors, its possible that many of us have a tractor in our background. I'll post a photo of the tractor that my dad bought when I was nine or ten years old, because the other tractor we had for me to drive had a clutch that was too far away for me to use. The new tractor, an Oliver 55 had the clutch directly below the drivers seat so all I had to do was stand up to disengage the clutch. Child labor laws were pretty loose in Illinois at the time. I probably had 1000s of hours of driving time before I was 15 and eligible for a drivers permit. But hey, I had a car at 13 so, who need a **** permit? Its hard to believe I was 9 so I may be off a year or two.

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    Here's what I work with now:


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    I lost all my family photos when my brother sank my boat, so no pics. I grew up driving a 8N Ford that ran on ethanol. My grandfather bought the tractor in the late 1930s and converted it to ethanol because he had corn and sugarcane but couldn't afford gas.




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    Grew up with an old allis-chalmers and then dad bought a Farmall C w/ narrow front end. Had tons of fun with those old tractors and drove the Farmall well before a car or truck.



    Current bain of my existance is a john deere 210c 4wd loader/backhoe. Abused to death and back by the previous owner and purchased by my mother-in-law. Now I am trying to clear a lot and build a 1/2mile driveway, and as my brother says, the tractor is part of the Army Reserves: "Good for one weekend of work per month"
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    I have 2 Fords, a 2000 that came my way for $100 and a 4000 diesel that was $1500. Neither looks worth anything, but they both do what I need done once jump started.




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    Best thing I can tell you. It was a Ford with steel wheels. I remember how those cleats shook the heck out of you on a hard pack clay road.

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    Not sure if this qualifies as a real tractor story, but here goes.



    I started riding motorcycles on one of those little mini-bikes with a go cart style engine and gas tank similar to this one.







    I had a bad habit of giving it gas and brake at the same time, so I burned up the centrifugal clutch in short order. The one I had was so old that parts weren't available, so my Dad took the deck off of a lawn mower tractor and that became my new "bike". I rode (drove) that thing through all kinds of places that it was never intended to go. I ran into fences, went through tunnels under the interstate, across cow pastures, down to creeks, you name it and I went there. I put so many miles on it the drivetrain (IIRC, it was some kind of sealed chain drive) finally gave up.



    Now that I think of it, that "tractor" kind of reminds me of my TW. Not fast and not flashy, but it allowed me to get from point A to point B and have fun doing it.



    I don't have a picture of that one, because that was like 100 years ago, but here is a picture of my current lawn mower tractor.




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    I also had access to a riding mower without a deck for a couple years, a 1955 Cub Lo-Boy. More of a lowered tractor than a riding mower. It had steering brakes so the open differential wasn't much of a problem in mud. If memory serves, it had 9 horsepower. It did a good job towing my sailboat back and forth to the river.




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    I grew up with a Farmall Super M, an old CO_OP tractor and several newer diesel fords. The Super M and co-op have been sold . I now have a 1953 Farmall cub with a 60" mower deck and several other implements. I sure wish the Super M and co-op had not been sold after my Great Grandfather passed away...

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    Many miles on a 60's era jd 3020 cultivating beans in my youth. Now I'm suck on just three acres, can only justify a 20 hp 4110.

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