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Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-11-2017 at 19:05:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Here are some pictures from this past weekends’ annual Fall Family Farm Festival at the Thumb Octagon Barn in Gagetown, Michigan. A unique piece of architecture, the barn was built with steam and gas powered tractors running sawmills and such –no Home Depot around then to go buy lumber. My grandfather and his brother were part of the crew that built the Barn as well as other structures in town and area like St. Agatha’s Church, also in Gagetown. I met and talked with an elderly lady who is the Barn historian and we are going to get together some quieter day to go over photos and history books. I also met several new Ford Tractor guys and gals as well. The Barn has a few Ford Tractors pulling the shuttle wagons around. I met one older fella who had, what he called his dads’ 1941 9N. It was painted entirely with Ford 8N Medium Grey paint. When I was talking with him I politely told him it was painted wrong, that it should be the Ford 9N Dark Grey, often mistakenly called battleship grey. “No, no, no…” he fired back. “This is how it was when dad bought it new in ’41!”. Rather than argue with him I then started pointing out features that were not on the ’41 model –oval tube radius rods for one. Then the most obvious one was the engine block casting code: “ D 6 4 ” which denotes April 6, 1944 when the block was cast. He then said he thinks the engine was replaced at some time, but wouldn’t budge on his paint color belief. This is how myths get perpetuated and handed down through families. I gave him my card and said we could get together some day and I’d bring all my books to go over the Ford Tractors as he doesn’t live that far from me.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Walt/Tx    Posted 09-12-2017 at 12:36:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have a lot of fun at shows with Ford facts. I take a color folder of John Smith I.d. Facts with me and
    even that doesn't convince some guys. One thing that has come up a couple of times is the gold jub confused with gold demonstrators.

    steve19438    Posted 09-12-2017 at 09:18:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • some PA barns.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 09-11-2017 at 21:18:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Like my 2N. The previous owner was absolutely certain his father bought it brand new as one of the first "red belly" tractors. It was obvious trying to convince him otherwise was just going to be a waste of breath. Maybe a local salesman allowed a potential customer to believe what he wanted to believe. Of course I perpetuated the error by repainting it red belly colors.

    AL CT    Posted 09-11-2017 at 21:06:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • There's a octagon barn like the you show located in Mass. Visited it years ago, can't remember exactly where, I think it was north of Boston heading towards NH.

    BTW, play nice with other tractor owners. They are steadfast in their beliefs. A saying I like to use is as follows: you can take hours explaining something to someone, but you can't make them understand what you just told them.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-12-2017 at 05:26:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Al-
    yes, there were many of these built. The Purdy family was responsible for this one after seeing one in Iowa in the late 1800's. Here's the LINK to the web site where you can read about its history. The Purdy family were in the banking business and after the Depression, went to Washington to petition the president to institute a form of Federal protection for the banking business. Thus the FDIC was born. Another note, and I find this a bit humorous, is that the construction company who built those structures then were called the Munro Brothers. Those of us who watched "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres" might recall the Munro Brothers brother and sister carpenter team in both shows.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Wayne N Ind.    Posted 09-11-2017 at 22:01:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim I just got home from my army reunion. We had a ford talk and one of the guys was sure Henry installed a factory flathead V8. And said there never a 4wheel. I just happen to have my iPad with me .lol had a good time anyway. I wear the fordson hat and fords always come up. Everyone has a ford story.

    Loren, CA    Posted 09-12-2017 at 01:17:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • How did the reunion go, Wayne? Some day maybe I'll get to one of those 46th reunions, I hope!

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