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Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:17 pm

This past weekend Princeton, West Virginia celebrated the beginning of the fall season with our 5th annual AutumnFest. Its a street fair type event featuring lots of vendors, games, activities, and a classic car show. My wife Sherri and I were invited this year. So I arrived bright and early Saturday morning with the Farmall in tow.



The one and only tractor drew alot of attention. I enjoyed getting to spend the day with my wife and daughter, even my dad came by to visit for a while. We really weren't expecting anything from the day, just trying to promote the virtually non-existant hobby in our area.

Incidently the man we bought this tractor from came walkin' down the street, I eyeballed him standin' in front of the tractor staring at it. I walked over to him and spoke to him, showed him the before picture I had there with the tractor and told him all I had done to it. He tried three times to get me to sell to him, but I turned him down. I did tell him I'd let him know if I ever did, although thats not likely to happen. That was a good feeling...

At the shows end they presented us with the "Dare To Be Different Award", and we we received a warm round of applause and cheers from the crowd. To say I was surprised would be an understatement!


That evening another local car club was hosting a Cruise-In at the local Sonic Drive-In and invited us to attend. So I drove the Farmall right through town to the cruise-in, just like I had good sense.


We had a great time answering peoples questions and listening to countless stories of tractors from their childhood. It was a neat way to spend a warm fall evening. This weekend we'll be attending the Lincrest Farms "Cows -n- Plows" Farm Show in Yadkinville NC. I'll post some pictures of that event next week.

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:32 pm

Dusti! As always the M looks great! What a great way to be recognized! "Dare to be different" !

I like it!

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:14 am

Cool Dusty

That's great :!: :!: :!: Sharp M ya did good :{_}: :{_}: :{_}:


Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:20 am

Great looking M. Wow!!!

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:33 am

That is completly AWESOME...and the tractor looks real nice.
Robert (congrats on the award) Miller

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:39 pm

Great job... :wink:
Princeton's not an area for that type of tractor so keep in in the road and off the mountain sides down there. :lol:
I've been asked to bring a cub to a local show up here in Ripley in a few weeks, so you've inspired me to get a move on. :wink:

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:06 am

Thanks for the compliments! Glad you guys can appreciate it. I'm not gonna lie...it was cool being the one that was drawing so much attention.


Yogie, No this aint a very good spot for a big ol' tall NF row crop tractor. There's only a handful around Mercer County. I only have a little part of my 2 acre spread I can operate it safely. Wish I could widen it out some but then I couldn't get it on my trailer.

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:13 am

I know what you mean. I have that trailer issue with my SM now. Got to me a new trailer in my future.

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:13 pm

Very nice looking M, hope mine looks that good when I get it done. You guys need to get deckover trailers then there is very little problems with width.

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:20 pm


Well done. Congratulations on the award.


Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:06 pm

I'm curious why you have the "spider" rear wheel hubs oriented the way you do.......dished in rather than out from the axle to the rim. I'd say 98% of all the farmall letter series tractors I have seen in the last 60 years are reversed from what your's are. I reckon it's personal preference but I'm just "used" to seeing them the other way. I like to see weights on rear wheels and they really look good mounted in the "concave" pocket. Just my two cents worth. JH

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:56 pm

Joe, not sure about Dusty's reason, but if you do not have an extra wide trailer it is necessary to dish them in to haul it.

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:07 am


John is right on track with his answer. My trailer is 74" between the fenders, so I have no other choice. I too prefer to see them in the wide position with wheel weights on the outside and around here it would be much safer that way. But you do what you must do, so mine are in the narrow position. I didn't bother reinstalling the wheel weights, no real sense in toting around the extra weight on a 150 mile trip to a tractor show either...

Re: Cruisin' - Farmall Style

Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:22 am

I reckon I've got a mighty short memory.......It wasn't but a few months ago that "Slappy" and I hauled his '50 M here (which is being rebuilt in my garage) and we had to do JUST that; we got by just reversing one wheel and had every bit of 3 millimeters to spare getting it into his trailor. He is doing a "blueprint" job on it and it is going to be beautiful. If I can round up someone with a camera and the knowhow to post a pic, I'll do it. JH
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