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GettingtThe Tractor Home II

GettingtThe Tractor Home II
I put the newpaper down and gave my brother-in-law a call. 'I found a Massey-Hrris 30 in the ads for 400. 00, can I use your pickup, might be a good deal. Jake (farmer across the road) said I can use his trailer. ' So Bill pulled up and I got in. Then we headed across the road. When we were pulling into the driveway I spied a 4 wheel farm wagon. I said 'How are we going to drive the tractor up the 30 inch height?' Jake was coming out the side door. He walked across the orchard and started to pull something out of the weeds and then pulled it out onto the driveway. I looked at Bill, he looked at me. 'Oh no!'. The trailer turned out to be a 5 by 10 flat bed 2 wheel home rigged job. The wheels were 15 inches and the axle was of the split 'I' beam that worked in scissor fashion. I think it was from an old Ford pickup front end. He welded it in the center to hold the two halves. When hooked to the F250 it had a slant that allowed 8 inches of clearance on the back. We got to the place and the tractor was running quite well except for burning oil in 2 cylinders and no brakes. I made a deal. I drive up to the trailer and we made ramps out of planks and put cement blocks as stops at the front end. The first try I broke a plank, and the tractor rolled back down. Thank God for the small clearance! The second try, I made it ok but chickened out when I got an image of myself going over the front end. The back wheels were still on the ramp. It rolled off again. The third try I got 3/4 through and cut the engine while in gear. The blocks were just nudged a little. Finally made it! We chained the whole thing down, got in the truck and prayed. While all this was going on the old timer was looking on with passive interest. 'Sunk a bit lower than I thought. I better get going. . . coffee's on'. I looked at Bill, he at me. I think we were both sweating bullets. We drove at 20 miles per hour. Higher than that and the trailer started to fish tail. We got it home OK through the back roads with no cops in sight. I noticed that the tires were half full and wanting to explode. They were very hot. Jake headed for his coffee and we thanked him. Last thing he said was 'Could a swore the Bobcat was heavier, . . oh well' Later on I learned the weight we were pulling, 3600 lbs. We were lucky that it didn't break a spindle or had a flat as the tractor would have keeled over for sure. It would have been wiser to use the farm wagon.

Spencer Greely, from ON, entered 2000-10-05

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