OLD TRACTORS GOING STRONG


| November/December 1969



Tractors

Courtesy of LeRoy W. Blaker, Alvordton, Ohio 43501

LeRoy W. Blaker

Alvordton, Ohio 43501

I am enclosing a photograph of two of my gas tractors that I still use in my farming operations. The first one is a 15-30 gear drive McCormick-Deering that I bought new on November 4th, 1927. Besides lots of belt work, it plowed 5,000 acres of ground the first 10 years I owned it. In 1935, I installed new larger pistons and sleeves (4? inches in diam.) that made it the 22-36 hp. size. I had a fight with the I.H.C. Co. when I did this, as they said the guarantee was all off the two ball bearing crankshaft, but it proved all right and gave me about five more horsepower.

Also put their new variable speed governor on it, which was a great improvement in doing all kinds of belt work. About that time both front wheel spindles broke down just one day apart when driving it fast on a hard gravel road nearly eight miles per hour. The next year - 1936, it was put on rubber, and has its second set now. In all of hundreds of barnyards and thousands of miles travel doing belt work, it has never had a flat tire. I estimate it has done 30,000 hours of work.

In February 1947, I installed a new 6 cyl. 250 cubic inch (piston displacment) Dodge truck engine with electric starter. This engine would not pull as much on a heavy load as the original, but would do more work as it was speedier. At 1800 R.P.M., it developed 50 horsepower.

After 17 years use, this engine was still in pretty good condition. I installed a used Chrysler 'Spitfire' 6 cyl. 265 cu. in. engine with higher compression that has proved very satisfactory. This tractor has been used a lot every year since it was new 41 years ago, or a little over half of my life time.

This photo was taken May 2nd, 1968 when plowing a 16 acre field for soybeans that yielded 40 bushels per acre when combined in October.