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Ncorrigible    Posted 06-15-2017 at 21:54:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • What a day!
  • Near here, in a small town of Viola Minnesota - I believe Dennis Carpenters home town - they celebrate the old practice of paying a bounty for pairs of gopher rear feet (Minnesota is the gopher state). Today was one of their festivals, and in their parade they featured Ford tractors. I brought out my 871. I washed it and made it all pretty, and it ran fine right up to the first time it caught on fire. I thought it was a gas fire, but the two ( I think they were legionaries ) saw it was a bird nest on top of my exhaust manifold and doused the fire with water. They were of the opinion I could finish the parade. I did, but I did not get back to my truck before it re-kindled. Again I was blocking the main street, and again others saved my tractor. This time a town resident used my screwdriver to get every hint of bird nest off my exhaust manifold. It looked to me like wren nesting materials, found over the the exhaust, over the start switch, and over the governor. A fire extinguisher will be ordered for each tractor tomorrow. I will also have a new pre-use procedure I have probably used that tractor 10 to 15 times this year - I move my wagons and trailers with it - I just never ran it long enough to start a fire. Check above the exhaust manifold will be on the pre-flight list

    john77046    Posted 06-16-2017 at 13:23:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I live in Minnesota and am on the Town Board. The County pays $2.00 and the Township pays $1.00 for a total of $3.00 for each front pair of pocket gopher feet turned in to one of the township supervisors. Sometimes the landowner may also pays "a little' to encourage someone trap their ground. Usually just kids trap gophers for a little extra jingle.

    Our local paper also announced a coyote bounty paid exclusively by the county. I don't know how much it is per coyote but usually not worth the gas to travel to collect the bounty.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 06-16-2017 at 13:19:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Mice are worse than birds around our place, and they build nests in places a bird wouldn't consider, or can't get into. A tractor fire on paved roads is inconvenient. Fire in a dry hay field is deadly serious.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 06-16-2017 at 07:18:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • " A fire extinguisher will be ordered for each tractor tomorrow."

    Yep.

    Tip # 11

    Ncorrigible    Posted 06-15-2017 at 22:19:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I missed some punctuation - see today's 'Pearls before swine' comic for context. I also should mention there was an excellent turn out of Ford tractors. I saw 3 of the regulars from our annual antique tractor drive and two locals from Ford / Fordson Collectors who have their meet at Olmsted County Historical Society in Rochester MN Aug 11-12 this year. I will probably bring my 74 3000. I hope to have a removable key by then. There was a (I assume) a Father ( maybe grandpa / Daughter ) team - his was conventional paint - hers was mainly pink with some black. I thought they were both great.

    John in Mich    Posted 06-15-2017 at 22:05:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm sure it was a bit embarrassing but the tractor and you are safe. Great day.

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