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Our Farmall F12

In 1963 we needed a tractor to start haying on our grandfathers property that he had always used horses to do the work in the 40ís. The fields were still brush free but had not been hayed in 20 years since the beginning of WW11 All the equipment was used by the horses my grandpa had before the war. Thru the years these fields were used for pasturing the neighbors cattle so the brush never took hold. We had just moved from Minneapolis to Duluth because my aunt had died and we had to take care of grandpa & grandma PIt was a real fun change for us kids because we now were living in the COUNTRY., and grandpa was excited too because we were going to get horses back on his property again. He loved horses and wanted nothing to do with cows anymore PERFECT for us kids. We also needed a way to plow our huge garden & needed fertilizer from the horses , we got plenty of fertilizer but of coarse horse manure isnít as good as cow manure for gardens ,but it did help just contained weed seeds. We had alternating garden sites so it worked out well. Lots of vegetables came from those gardens. Grandpa knew all about gardens. Him and his brother did truck farming for money during the years before the depression and during the Great Depression. Both of them did this during the summer months and worked in the logging camps in the winters before the depression hit. Yes he used his team of horses in those camps.and to plow the truck gardens. Never used a tractor P. So horses were back on grandpaís farm again but they were not draft horses like before the war. They were riding horses but Grandpa loved them anyway. Even though he was too old to ride them himself PWell anyway the tractor we ended up with was a 1928 FARMALL F12 with a crank. Which my dad drove 10 miles from the farm of one grandpaís friends that was not farming any longer. My grandpa never even drove a car he walked everywhere. Even 3 miles to our closest supermarket although we did have a corner store within a mile. They didnít have much at those anymore , but they always had stuff for us kids to buy. PNow this Farmall F12 tractor was a great runner & worker but care was needed to be taken on hillsides. We never injured ourselves and learned how to operate it safely.. The only accident that ever happened is when my older brother raked me up in the dump rake. I still have the scares on my left arm. My mother found out about my injuries and took me to our doctor for tetanus shot. PWell I am 65 years old now & would never have traded those days for anything. Thanks for a chance to tell my story. 😀:. I am starting to rebuild the engine on a 1949 Allis Chalmers B. I will be in need of engine rebuild parts from you guys. I need to decide wether to do it myself our pay someone to do it. I hope you can help out. Thanks again

Timothy Alvar, MN, entered 2021-04-02
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