Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Family member moving on....


This is sort of my send off to a tractor. No, it isn't one of mine. It is my dad's D-17 Allis Chalmers. He got it at a time that I really didn't give a crap about tractors, or any kind of farming at all. The farther I could get away from a hay bale, the better. In fact, I really don't have a lot of seat time on this old girl, she came on the scene at about the time I was leaving it.

My son DOES have mucho hours on that baby though. As does my sister...and her kids, the neighbor kids...well, you get the idea.

It is actually WAY more tractor than I'll probably ever need. I remember her as the best tractor dad ever had on the farm. So, now when I'm looking or buying a tractor, they get compared to her. That damn thing has more hydraulic power than the tractor is capable of using. Plenty of room to maneuver on that seat too....mine sure feel cramped by comparison.

Any time I think of fabricating something, the first thing that comes to mind is the "quick hitch" that dad fabricated for her odd ball snap couple system, and all the attachments that could hook to it. That tractor is more personalized than most folks houses.

I only make it home once, sometimes twice a year. In going through my photo's, I was surprised to find that she was in several of them, always in the background. Usually under cover of the barn or machine shed, but ready to roll if needed. The picture I'm using is from Wood Family Reunion I, 2004. cousin Scott,Uncle Don, me, and Kevin, with Rachel's girls playing on and around "Alice".

When mom called a couple years ago, asking what I wanted willed to me, that tractor was really the only thing that came to mind. I wasn't prepared for the question, but that was the only thing that popped in my head.

When it comes down to it, Alice is equipment. I've bought, sold, and traded for my share. Once in a while I'll get rid of somethingonly to want/need it back a few months later. Most of the time I make out like a bandit, or get something I wanted/needed more that what I traded off. I damn sure don't begrudge dad for selling her....or "it". Yeah, that makes it easier. All I've got to say is...Mom, make sure the guy that is buying her, oops, it, reads all our journal entries on this subject. He's buying a piece of Wood history. And he needs to take good care of the old girl.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Ye Ole Welder project.

Here is the latest project. This thing has sit out behind the shed for two years because I thought it was a lost cause. While showing my right hand man Al my junk pile on Saturday, we got to talking about it. Next thing you know, the boom pole is on the 670, and this baby was parked in front of the shed. After a day and a half of fiddling, this is where it's at. I haven't got to try the welding part yet, because the welding leads Greg gave me have TWECO quick connects...I've got to get the welder half of the connectors in the morning. I does seem to work great as a generator so far. Greg also came off of about 20 pounds of welding rod as well, so once I've got those, I'll give it a real test.

Fun stuff I tell you.