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The Official Tractor Thread ♣

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  • The Official Tractor Thread ♣

    I don’t know a *whole* lot about tractors and their history, but they have intrigued me since I was a boy. It seems every time I come across an article with an old tractor in it, I read the thing with vigor.

    Also, well-respected forum member Celadonite is really interested in them. Because of this, I figured I’d isolate a spot on our favorite chess forum so that we can post-up the neat tractor stuff we find.

    Yeah, it’s a little weird, but so are chess players; live with it.

    For the first post, I’d like to direct you to a neat article I found at Hemmings blog, which I read daily. If you are into *anything* mechanical that has wheels (and sometimes don’t!), that’s the place to be.

    Check it out:

    Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ returns | Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts

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    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

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  • #2
    Dang!!

    I wish I'd known that this thread was in the offing!

    I actually just gave away my Tractor Calendar as I was wasting too much time drooling slack-jawed absent-mindedly up at it day-dreaming, rather than accomplishing writing.

    (I "replaced" it with a world-globe, which I found reasonably priced in a thrift store. Now I can gaze up at that sitting on a shelf above me, as I slump glassy-eyed, slack-jawed and drooling instead of writing....occaisionally I even make an effort to spin the thing, so I have a different continent to trance-out over.)

    Suffice to say, Oliver Wendall Douglas was a hero of mine He and his Hoyt Clagwell, which was in reality a 1918 Fordson Model F. Oliver never rode it out into the Field of Honor without being clad in his finest lawyering regalia, hat and all. The man had style.

    Here's a funny site with a picture of My Hero riding the protesting Beast: Car Lust: The Most Famous Tractor In The World. Well, maybe.
    Last edited by Celadonite; 04-14-2012, 07:30 PM.
    "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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    • #3


      Whoa! I remember ERTYL! Do they even still make toys?

      I find tractors interesting for several reasons.

      1. they are rugged and powerful, and mud doesn’t stop them. Anyone not a fan of that needs their head checked.

      2. they have great big rear wheels with offensively big tread. No need to go on; that’s cool enough right there.

      3. abandoned tractors are creepy. That’s just a fact. I like the macabre side of things and so old farms with ghost-like tractors really get me going.

      4. their history is very intriguing.

      5. they were (are) the difference between starving and prospering for some. That’s important!

      Check out this ‘ghost tractor’ type image I found, C:



      EDIT!

      ooOOOooooo, this here is what I was referring to with the creepy bit earlier. This picture is creepy, solemn, sad, and beautiful, all at once:

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      • #4
        My Uncle Art was a farmer, and I have happy memories of toolin' thru the fields on his tractor with him. It was an old tractor, and seemed a mile and a half up in the air to me as a kid. I guess that's when I fell in love with tractors.

        Getting older and actually driving a tractor, it's just insane the amount of power they have. Very slow, but very powerful. Kinda like the tug boats of the fields, tractors.

        An old friend just bought a small farmstead, and a not-too new John Deere came with it. Looking forward to visiting and seeing it.

        That pic is sad, creepy, melancholy. The tractor's washed up and listing, like an abandoned and decaying tug boat left to die in an obscure portion of a harbor.
        "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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        • #5
          Tractors? I've no love for them.

          1. They clog up traffic on the roads from/to villages. Yes, there are a whole bunch of villages in the south of the Netherlands with effectively one way through. I 'fess that I've no idea how fast those things are allowed to go, but (provided there is space) I can overtake them on my bicycle doing roughly 30-35km/h (estimated); not uphill though lol.

          2. You'll often hear about a group of cyclist getting under one. You're as sure to die under the wheels of a John Deere, Fendt or one of those other abominations as you trying to catch a train, literally. This being a (or rather the) country of cyclists, tractors are bloody dangerous. On the outskirts of villages on narrow roads, they generally don't want to cede any part of the middle of the road either. So you either trust the car will come out from under a tractor's wheels unscathed or dive into the road's bank (and pray those trees don't have large upstanding roots).

          3. Worst of all and perhaps source of many troubles: no license is required for a tractor. If I recall there's a bill in the works to change that in 2014.

          I don't hate tractors either, but I'd rather most of them kept off the public road (impossible I know).
          Have you read the Forum rules?

          Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
          Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
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          • #6
            This one has a few miles on it; check the tread on those rears!

            Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

            An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

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            • #7
              It looked pretty good until I pulled off the tin and began working on it. It's a 1947 Massey Harris Pony. I'll have to dig out some pictures of my 1969 Ford 3000.
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              • #8
                Oh, neat! Loving that thing.
                Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                • #9
                  Check this out, C: Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction features aluminum hood Ford 9N | Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts

                  Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                  An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                  My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                  • #10
                    Shiny! Metal!

                    I gotta photo of some 1916 tractor, which rolled in our 4th Parade recently...will dig out/post eventually.
                    "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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                    • #11
                      Cool action shot!

                      Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                      An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                      My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                      • #12
                        History Channel already did a show about the history of tractors.
                        See:
                        Modern Marvels — Farming Tech — Full Episodes & Video Online — H2 on History.com

                        I learned about tractors in grade school in the 50's.

                        Note that there were early tractors run by steam.
                        The first tractors were stationary and ran farm equipment.
                        The internet is loaded with tractor info.
                        Some very interesting websites.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the vid! Real interesting stuff. Tractors are cool.

                          Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                          An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                          My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                            Thanks for the vid! Real interesting stuff. Tractors are cool.

                            Mine is nicer looking than that one but I wish I had the headlights and tail/work light.
                            "Slow down and the world comes to you." A Cat in the Hat cartoon

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                            • #15
                              Can't be too difficult to locate/hook up something that'll work, yea?
                              Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                              An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                              My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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