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Bought a M Farmall

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#1 tractormike OFFLINE  


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Posted January 16, 2011 - 08:01 PM

Well I found a 1949 Farmall M for sale close by and went to look at it. It was originally a dual fuel tractor starting on gas and then switching over to kerosene but has been overhauled and converted to a straight gas engine. It still has the little one gallon tank that held the gasoline for starting. I looked it over and bought it. The rear tires were severly weather checked and coming apart but I bought it cheap enough to be able to afford new rear tires. The tractor was 24 miles from here so instead of going through the trouble of narrowing up the rear wheels enough to fit it one my trailer I decided to drive it home. I was hoping one of the rear tires didn't blow out on the way home! It must run close to 20 miles an hour as it took just a bit over an hour to make the trip. I got it in the shop today and mounted the new 13.6x38 tires. Here are a couple of pictures of the tractor and the old and new tires.


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Posted January 16, 2011 - 08:13 PM

What a great story. The tractor looks to be in great shape for its age and the fact that you drove it 24 miles speaks volumes. You didn't say what the temperature was today in your part of Wisconsin. Did you drive it straight home or take warming breaks ? Thanks again for your post.

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Posted January 16, 2011 - 08:30 PM

It was about 30 degrees that day. I put my long johns and my blaze orange coveralls on along with my good hunting boots, gloves and face mask and was toasty warm driving the tractor. My wife followed along behind with the van in case I had trouble but the old Farmall didn't miss a pop and we didn't have to stop until I got home. Around here tractor prices have dropped and I have been lucky enough to pick up 3 tractors pretty cheap in the last year. I have missed out on a couple Farmall H tractors this summer at an auction because a salvage yard was bidding more than I thought the tractors were worth. Hard to see complete running tractors heading to the big parts bin in the sky but you can only save so many! Now I have 6 farmalls, two A's, a B, Super C, H and now the M and that will probably have to do it for a while. I did quite well selling a dune buggy I had last spring and have used some of that money for the tractors.

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Posted January 16, 2011 - 08:47 PM

Nice buy!
Great Looking Farmall :thumbs:

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Posted January 16, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Man you did well on that one. Nice collection

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 05:25 AM

Nice looking Farmall,congrats.

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 07:39 AM

Congratulations!!! That's a great looking M. One of the best tractors ever made by IH. That one tire does look a little scary for a road trip!!

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 08:32 AM

Good looking M there Mike.

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 10:53 AM

Congrats on a nice looking M. That's pretty wild that the scrap yard was bidding more for the running tractors.
Glad you got this one.

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 11:52 AM

Nice tractor Mike, and a great story to tell about getting it home. Those tires were sketchy at best, probably was a good thing it was cool
out there for the ride home.

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 12:55 PM

Good save.
When the weather gets a little warmer & the grass starts up, how 'bout a family photo?
Get 'em all lined up & smiling. Red paint contrasting the green grass :D

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Posted January 17, 2011 - 09:43 PM

I will be sure to get a picture of the group together. Here is a picture of the family before the M joined in. From left to right, 1952 H, 1951 super C, B put together from parts, 1939 hicrop A, 1945 A.


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Posted February 23, 2011 - 06:22 PM

my brother had a 1950 M. Nice machine, but hard on gas. Nice find.

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Posted February 23, 2011 - 10:31 PM

That is definitely a nice looking group of tractors.