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dscf8820-Growl, snort, bellow, rumble…… growl….. Here she comes snow…. Old Allis is coming to kick your butt!!!!  With  dad with her you are in trouble for they will push you around and humiliate you once again…..   everyone bark their approval.. Go Allis!!!!!

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A cold, rainy weekend.  So, Dad put the blade on the tractor, got us out between the rain storms to run and looked for a new job and listened to the Reds lose again, the Canadiens win again and was highly entertained by the Maple Leafs as they continue their all offense, no defense hockey games which are proving to be the most highly entertaining games dad has heard in a while.

We collies yawned at the Reds.. they looked horrible again…. the Canadiens give us opportunity to celebrate and the Leafs, well it is overwhelming!

Snow is coming and dad is not liking it.  But, Old Allis is ready and itching to give the snow a real butt kicking.   As for use collies, we think we will just take a nap! 🙂

 

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Harry Merritt walked through the door of Allis Chalmers  with one thought on his mind.. how to take this company that built fine tractors away from 10 years of losses and to turn it into a tractor building powerhouse.  One of his first acts was to take apart a tractor and go over it piece by piece and find ways to make it cost less while increasing quality.  The tractor price fell from 1895 to 1295 and was better than before.  Then he decided the Allis Chalmers needed a new color and while riding through the mountains of CA on a train he looked out over a huge valley full of poppy flowers.  He had his men get some of these and told the paint department he wanted this copied for the paint on the tractor.  The famous Persian Orange color was born!

Then came one of the first row crop tractors in America.. the UC which was followed closely by one of the greatest models ever build the WC/WD/WD 45 series which evolved over 25 years.  Rubber tires then became offered first on AC tractors and then the tires filled with hydrochrloide.  Thsi salty brine added lots of weight and gave the Allis Chalmers greater traction.

But, Harry Merritt was not done… he fullfilled Henry Ford’s dream of a low priced small all around tractor that cost under $500. The model B was born and Allis Chalmers rode the wave to become the third largest tractor builder in America!  I own a Model B and it is one fantastic tractor!

Harry Merritt kept looking for that last ingredient that would put Allis Chalmers over the top.  Unfortunately he had it in his hands and dismissed it.  The idea was the three point hitch that used hydraulics to lift and turn implements and were simple to hook them up.  A device that changed the tractor world was in his hands when Harry Ferguson offered it to Harry Merritt.  Merritt turned down the idea and Henry Ford latched onto it and the rest is history.

Allis Chalmers rose to become a tractor powerhouse and built many fine tractors. But, the heyday of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s passed and they slid down the rankings a few notches.  The irony of it all is that the man who made Allis Chalmers a power house is the same man who also led them to their slow decline by not recognizing the the very item that would’ve led AC to the top  for having the Model B with the three point hitch would’ve had even Farmall chasing AC for years.

But, even with that Harry Merritt is still recognized as a genius who led a tractor company who was going to be shut down to become the third largest in America.  No small achievement at all…..

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100_5723-hmmmph… none of that means nothing I am a genius who didn;t miss the boat.. I discovered a little collie liquid down the gas tank makes that B scream like a demon…. just have to make sure the old guy never sees me jumping it over the other tractors…. muwahahahaah

 

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We are just hanging out while dad slaves away to feed us…..

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Thats okay… take your time old guy…. I have lots of plots to hatch while you are gone!

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Thats right… I Ginger will tell you when… now pull….. hehehehe  wonder how he will get that tractor off the garage roof!!! muwahahahaha

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I know nothing… nothing….. what tractor?  what roof?  hmmm… never saw that roof before in my life…. hehehehe  Hey, whats the deal with the bright light?  What do you mean I need to take a poly… er.. a polygraph test?  er…. it was Walter… yeah Walter.. thats right I saw him do the whole thing…. thats my story and I am sticking to it old guy!

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The collies continue to move forward and appear to be a more tightly united group the past few days.

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-In other news I have been quiet about the Liverpool Reds lately not because they have been mediocre but just to see what the team looks like. I have not been happy…. I think they have been playing way under their potential…. the rough start has made me wonder about it all… but I didn;t want to complain to early… give it time I kept saying…. It takes time for a bunch of new players to come together and today a lackluster first half made me begin to doubt this team would ever amount to anything. Then lightning in a bottle was unleashed when Lallana booted in a fantastically played goal. Anfield came to life and so did I and the collies.  The second half began and before we knew it the Baggie had answered and it was 1-1 and I really began to believe this team was done for the year.  But, never fear…. down came the Reds in a furious attack and Henderson answered with the go ahead and Anfield erupted as the collies and I danced with joy. As the game wore on Liverpool played some tough defense and the offense seemed to be getting a bit of rhythm going.  The Reds won and now are in 6th place.  I believe the worst is behind them now but this team has a  lot more work to do before they can become a contender.  But, at least they are heading in the right direction and Anfield at least sounded like it has its voice back now…… meanwhile I loved that the bitter sick and twisted had another loss across the park today… hehehehe  GO REDS!!!!

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In tractor news I finally have the starter fixed and put back in the WC and the gas leak appears stopped… hopefully.  The WC has given me fits the past year and everytime I want to take her to a show, parade or what have you she pukes something minor and finds a way for me to have to repaint after she stubbornly fights with me as I repair her.  A more stubborn machine I have never seen….  She still has a light miss but when this cold , rainy weather stops I will fix that too… but over the winter, I will be weighing whether to sell my WC to buy something else or to keep her… I have a love/hate relationship with the tractor for I love her when she runs and she can pull wonderfully, but she always has a Ginger like stunt up her manifold and I am tiredof fighting with this tractor.   We shall see….

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dscf9495-As Annie and I go down the road we get lots of waves and ppl even stop us and comment about her and ask a few questions.  They always say she looks nice but the other comment which I never had before until her is “she runs great”.   She does too….. this old tractor does run great but I can;t take any credit for that.   That credit goes to the J.I. Case company for a great design.  After all, Annie  ran darn good when I bought her and at that time she had a leaky gas line, crushed carb floats, 2  burnt valves, a cracked head and 3 broken valve springs and shot spark plug wires….  That she ran is amazing in itself, but that she ran good enough to drive 6 miles home is … well.. beyond description.

 

I almost gave up on Annie for I hadn;t planned on the cracked head.  But, for some reason I stuck with her and now as I go down the road with her giving her throaty bellowy  sound I smile for I love to hear her run.  Obviously others do too and I get a lot of compliments on how good she runs….  I don;t mind saying I am proud of this tractor. But, not for what I did to her, but for she is.. well .. one great quality tractor that was designed well.  The amount of neglect and abuse she took and kept running was just unspeakable….  no machine should be treated that way.  But, she spends her days here at the Meadow now in semi-reitirement, ready to go back to work when I get a plow set-up for her in the next couple of years……  When she does pull something the sound that comes from her motor is beautiful….  reminds me of a old car with that deep sounding growl and just exudes power.

ONe really neat thing I learned lately and have now taken action to get is that the Case IH company has on record all the Build Cards for the tractors made by Case.  A build card was tied to the tractor when they started buidling it and along the way it was checked for passing each step or it was listed what was wrong and that it was fixed.  They tell you the date it was built, any special options it had, the rpm’s it maxed out at, the rpm’s the governor kicked in at, the dyno test where they tell you the horsepower it put on the drawbar and belt drive and other bits of info such as what dealer it was sold to and if it was already sold the name of that person also.  This is a dream come true for a collector like myself.   I plan on hanging the photocopy of the build card over Annie’s parking space….    Old tractors are great mysteries for who knows who had them, what they went through or where they had been.   Unlike my Old Allis most tractors are a mystery and we collectors always lament we wish they could talk.  Well, a build card takes us back to their movement of “birth” on the assembly line and we can trace it till it leaves the factory.  Annie left Racine, WI in 1949… now I at least will know what date she was built and when she was shipped and where too…….if the implement or tractor dealer still exists I probably then will be able to get her sales slip copy signed by the original owner….  and the address of where that farm was…. if I have any luck perhaps the same family will still own that farm…….  if not at least I can drive by and take pics… and stand there and imagine Annie going across the surrounding fields…..

Yes, I almost gave up on Annie…. for a while I wish I had.. then when I started her the first time I fell in love….  While Old Allis is still my first tractor and the apple of my eye… Annie has turned me into a Case guy…..  I like Allis Chalmers,,, I always will…. but from now on… the garage will be filling up with more tractors from the J.I. Case company…. with one exception… a Oliver…..but that is another story in itself…..

In closing, we will get back to collies tomorrow…. but today I thought we could take a moment to share about the tractor that captured my heart  because when I realize how badly she was neglected and then heard her run after restoring I knew I had a treasure… she has heart and she wants to run….. Roger Welsch wrote “We love old tractors for old tractors have souls.”  Yeah….. they are machines… but somehow, in someway they have some sort of a soul…..  and that is why I cherish my Annie………

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collies 3-What is he doing?   Working on the lawn tractor….

collies 6-He is looking into the carburetor….

collies 7-Ever see what happens when Ginger plugs up the exhaust pipe and fills the carb with oil?

collies 5-Yeah,when you hit the starter  it back fires and blows oil all over your face….. he looks like me now!!!!

 

 

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Since Smoke passed dad has been hopping around trying to get things ready for the big push to get ready for winter.   Oil changes, plow mounting, screen fixxing, floor fixing, car readiness and other things are on the agenda to get done in the next month.  With lows getting down around freezing for the next several nights he is working at getting ready, especially Old Allis.  Add to that our coats needing care from our shed and dad has his hands full.  Work and looking for a new job has kept him hopping also.  But, he promises to keep things interesting here… so while he is tired tonight we collies thought we would post a few pics,,,,

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dscf94480-Dad on Annie touring the neighborhood…

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The feel of Fall was in the air today. Cool breeze, the dampness with a warm afternoon sun with a crispness in the air. The collies loved it running around and having one of their most active days in a while.  They are starting to shake the down mood that has been here at the Meadow since the loss of Smoke.  It will take at least 6 months for this to work itself out but it will.

The collies played hard and long with lots of running and barking, chasing squirrels, battling the train and one huge melee wrestling match that left me wondering what that was all about.

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Spent some time working on Molly cleaning up the distributor today, but it didn’t help much so tomorrow I will get to the points.  Cleaned the garage so we can be ready for winter….and took Annie out for a spin.  Today was interesting for lots of ppl were waving from their yards, others beeping as they drove by. I think they are starting to recognize the big old tractor. One neighbor said she can tell when the Case is coming for she has a sound of her own. 🙂   By next weeken high temps are supposed to struggle to reach 60…. could a early winter be on its way?   We shall see…

 

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dscf8070-what do we do next?  hmmmmmmmmmm……

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100_0058-I’ve had enough ball…….

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100_0084-Those boys and their balls.  I think I will take a nap…..I need my beauty rest…..

 

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