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#1 hydriv OFFLINE  

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 08:00 PM

I left for this show in Mitchell at about 6:30 AM because it's a 2 hour drive for me and I also wanted to take in the Milton show on my way home on Saturday afternoon. The weather wasn't great. Very windy. Quite cool since we have been labouring under oppressive heat and humidity for weeks. There were occasional showers with the odd downpour of rain but by the time noon rolled around, the rain became more intense. No matter though. The minute I arrived, I hustled my way around the fairgrounds and shot photo after photo.

Now, if you guys could just hold off posting, I'll keep adding replies with more photos and let you know when I reach the end. :D

When I initially arrived, I saw this little puller sitting next to a motorhome under the awning to keep the rain off of it. Nice workmanship.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 08:05 PM

This is a couple of strange GT's I have no idea who made them.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 08:12 PM

Switching for the moment to the array of ag tractors.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 08:25 PM

And now...... back to the garden tractors plus some "ORPHANS" from the wide-wide world of lawn tractors.

I was disappointed upon opening the hood and seat compartment of the New Idea electric to find no batteries present. Sometimes I wonder why guys bother bringing non-operative tractors to shows.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 08:45 PM

Here's some more of those orphans I was talking about plus some collections of single marques.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 09:03 PM

Back once again to the big boys from the fields.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 09:20 PM

Back to the garden tractors

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 09:33 PM

Here's an interesting John Deere shovel plow. Not quite sure why it was designed this way. There is also an old disc plow, a garden tractor lawn rake, a back blade with scarifier teeth and a trailer filled with old Briggs and Stratton engines.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 09:45 PM

OK... this is the final group.

You can't go to a tractor show and not pay homage to the age before all the noisy, greasy, smelly machinery that transformed agriculture and the way we got from point A to B.

There's something magnificent about these old carriages and cutters. The builders were masters at steam bending oak and ash as well as other wood species. The decoration was often hand applied by men highly skilled with tiny paint brushes. Enjoy.

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 10:14 PM

Great job sorting all those pics. make a very interesting collage.

My ? is where do this come from?Photo 033.jpg
Not here in Wisconsin. Have I been living under a hay wagon with flat tires???:confuse:

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Posted September 06, 2010 - 10:35 PM

You need to ask the Massey experts on that one. Maybe it was strictly a Canadian issue, I don't know. Once upon a time, we had a Massey plant here in Toronto but the thing is, I don't believe that Massey ever made the LT's and GT's that bore their name. It seems as though they subbed that out to one manufacturer or another.

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Posted September 07, 2010 - 04:45 AM

Great photos hydriv.
I have two questions:
What kind of tractor is this,I can't make out the name ?
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And what is this ?
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Posted September 07, 2010 - 06:11 AM

Those are some wonderful pictures you took hydriv.
Thanks for posting!
I never get tired of looking at old iron

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Posted September 07, 2010 - 06:22 AM

Maynard,

If you go back to post #2, you will see that I already anticipated your question. I don't remember what that little chrome medallion said but I do remember that it didn't make any sense to me at the time and I did stare at this beast for some time, trying to figure out whether is was home-made or factory-built. The jury is still out on that one along with the other one that was beside it. If you look behind the tractor, you will see the lower part of a 1941 Ford school bus in black primer that has been converted into a camper. It is for sale by the way. The people were still holed up inside that unit due to the rain and the fact that it was only about 8:30 AM when I shot those photos.

The other wee mower in the 2 shots in post #5 was parked right outside the VGTCOA tent where they were selling posters, T-shirts and memberships etc. I got the impression that mower plus the little "greens mower" next to it, were both brought into the country by the guys from VGTCOA. If you really want to know who made that RER reel mower, then you could go to the VGTCOA website, get their e-mail addy and then send my photo to them with your question. Sorry....best I can do.

I shot a photo or two of pretty much every tractor, regardless of size, that was on display at that show and was not covered up when I made my rounds. There were a few garden tractors that had water-resistant covers on them and the owners refused to take them off as long as the rain kept falling. I was there until 12:30 in the afternoon chatting with fellow Colt/Case collector Dick Kramer and his wife but by that time, the rain was unrelenting. Undoubtedly, some people showed up on Sunday with a few more machines that I never got to see but the bulk of the stuff was there on Saturday morning because the show opened on the Friday.

If you look at the spread of full-size Massey tractors that resemble the Massey GT's and LT's that people collect, one man and his wife own SIX of those tractors and hauled them all to the show. That's dedication. I have to applaud all of the people who brought their iron to that show because it's a lot of work and the cost involved to drive there, stay for the 4 days and drive home isn't chump change for anyone coming from a distance. Mitchell is just a small town a few miles west of Stratford, which is a small city of just over 30,000 people. It is famous for its Stratford Festival that puts on plays by Shakespeare every year. And just to the east of Stratford, is the small town called Shakespeare with about 750 residents. This IS "farm country Ontario" so while there may well be some local Stratford residents bringing iron to this show, the bulk of it comes from afar.

It's a two-hour run for me in my SUV, not hauling a trailer and moving along at speeds I hope I can get away with.

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Posted September 07, 2010 - 06:36 AM

hydriv,
I guess I was so interested in your photos that I forgot to read your write on that tractor.
That looked like a really great show,I wish that I liked traveling more and I would take in more shows than I do.




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