Monday, January 11, 2016
Tractor Parts Trip
Took a trip up into the Southern Plains today to begin purchasing the parts needed for the 861 diesel restoration.
The place I am using is a tractor sales/working farm location about 20 miles North of a town named Mexico, Missouri. The name of the place is Unger Tractor Sales.
I always get a kick out of going there. They know about everything you could possibly know about old Ford tractors and I usually love to walk around their old bone yard and see what I can find.
That row in the picture is just the recent stuff there is about 10 acres behind those grain silos with more old tractors, mostly Fords. I could walk around there trying to identify the old bones for hours on a nice day.
They had to order a few of the parts we needed so another trip will be coming up here soon and there were a couple of questionable parts that we did pick up that are going to need exchanged. I learned something new though in that the diesels had a balancer part for the crankshaft and some of them were different with no way of telling until you see them. We ended up buying the wrong balancer so that will need exchanging.
I got a used front grill for the restoration too though and it looks like it should work great with the 100 series front sheet metal I want to sub in. I imagine I will have the 861 back here within a month or so at this rate.
On the way I saw thousands of these tank cars parked along a railroad spur line along the highway. Not sure what they are made to transport but as I said they were literally everywhere. I am not even sure which railroad this spur belongs to these days to be honest but that many cars out of service has to be bad news for someone I would imagine.
There were just miles and miles of them parked and looking pretty new too. Who knows maybe they are just waiting to be used. Be interesting to see if they are still there next time I head up that way. I know they were there last time I went up about 2 months ago.
So I am back from the parts gathering mission and ready for evening chores. I will be so happy when the days start getting longer again.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!