Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Shining a Little Light on Things
Today turned out to be a much better day than the last four or five weather-wise anyway. The sun came up bright and clear while I was feeding this morning and there was frost over everything. Even a fine layer of ice that gave the mud I been trampling though for a week some stability.
The missing Rhode Island red hen was waiting for me at the door this morning too urging me to let her friends out so they could go forage as a group. Not sure where she spent the night but I bet it was on top of the coop/stall enclosed area on the wire roof.
First order of business today was to get the last two water tank heaters ran and plugged in. I installed some hooks along the side of the barn to hold the extension cord well off the ground above head height and made several tie off points. This way if they happen to get snagged some how nothing will get pulled loose. I dislike running electric wires all over and around the barn but this time of year it's a necessity.
I then went back and did a bit more looking at the new tractor. Something was bothering me about it a bit and a few odds and ends didn't add up which was making me scratch my head. For one thing the serial and model number plate was awful hard to read and looked like it could have been an 850 and not an 851. Sure enough a little more investigation and a quick response from a tractor forum I read and it turns out what I have is a 1956 Ford 850 not a 57 851 like the hood would advertise.
The key is that the 100 series tractors did not have a fuel gauge while the 01's did. My bet is the old hood on this girl got destroyed somehow and was replaced. Not a big deal to me actually as there is very little difference between the 850 and 851 other than about five more tested horsepower at the drawbar. Weight and lift is exactly the same.
In fact all I need to do now is find a Jubilee and I can say I got every model covered from 8N to 01 series :)
Maybe I should find a 2N and 9N too?
The five days of rain did however cause the round bales in the pasture to mold pretty bad so I had my neighbor drop off another couple of bales with his big New Holland. Got a few ruts in the process I am going to have to blade out now come Spring but the sheep and horses were much happier.
Looks like we are now 100% set for Winter. Bring it on and let's get it over with!!!!
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!