It's interesting how far back my "connection" goes. I'm 52, my Dad is 80, but his Dad was pretty old when he married and had my Dad. Yep, Grandpa was born in 1899, I always think that's pretty cool. Grandpa was one of the first in his area to buy a tractor, an Oliver of some sort. He didn't have that very long and got a JD A and B, not sure which order, then in 1953 bought a brand new JD 50, and in 54 a JD 40. He traded in the A and B. The first tractor I ever drover, er, steered anyway was a Massey 165, but followed pretty closely by that 50. I spent 100's of hours on that thing discing, drag harrowing, cleaning the barns, raking hay, whatever. Sadly we got rid of that quite a while back because the rear end housing was cracked very bad due to a hay mower that attached to it (in a rather oddball way). It could have been fixed by someone with the time, tools, facility, and talents, but we traded it off. Anyway, we still have Grandpa's 40, which is pretty cool to have. It doesn't do much anymore, but it's still nice to have. Never been restored, it's in it's work clothes as they say. The first combine I pulled was a 12A, then a 25, then we were big time with a self propelled 40 EB! Ahh.....days of eating dust and sunburn doing the oats.....makes ya smile!
Wow, i am 51 and my dad was 82 (just passed away this christmas), his dad was very old when married also, born 1895 Poland, he was a young man through WW1. This guy had the most amazing hair raising stores.
The one and only new piece of equipment ever bought on my farm was his No 9 Mccormick deering binder. i have it in the valley, all the wood has rotted off but all the steel parts are there, the chains are all serviable and still at the correct tension, not a part missing. I have the canvasses in the rafters like the day he pulled them off, and a brand new never used roll of twine still in the paper wrapper, also have the owners manual like the day he bought it, brand new not a mark, all hand drawn illustrations. It is so cool to go through the pages.
next to the binder is my dad's first combine, a Cockshut SP112.
I remember my mom sitting on the old WD9 (which i still have and use) pulling that freaking thing up and down the road trying to pull start it every year. He was real proud in the fact he converted the manual hand wheel header lift to a hydraulic one, Lol.
Next to that is the first combine i used, a 1962 massey ferguson 82. Standard steering, open cab. I was 10 years old when he put me on it. his dad put him on a 6 horse plow team when he was 10, so he figured, if it was ok for him, it was ok for me. Those were days when getting harvest done was worthy of a big party. Farmers sometimes really suffered on those pieces of equipment, and they were smiling at how far they came. Makes a guy feel so small and weak sometimes.