Here she is aside of Gus the one ton dually for a size comparison
4/3/99 I got to put her to a bit of test last week. I bought a hydraulic cylinder, fittings, hoses, and ends. We then hitched up to the neighbor Slick's chisel plow. Power seemed pretty good. Traction was definitely the limiting factor.
6/16/99 Got a new muffler bolted on last night. The old one had rusted out on the outlet side and let the exhaust pipe start swinging around wildly. Slick had temporarily fixed it with some baling wire and a rubber bungee cord. Unfortunately, when removing the sheet metal to get to the muffler, a few of the attaching bolts broke off. My next project will be getting the hood sheet metal back on and hooking up the flex pipe that runs between the air pre-cleaner and the exhaust pipe.
8/26/00 A lot has happened to old Aunt Bea in the past year. She now has a brand new transmission and rear end. Apparently, a pipe that carries lubricant back to somewhere in the trans or rear fell out of it's mounting. I was doing some chisel plowing for my neighbor because he'd had a heart attack and needed to get his summer annual Sudan Grass planted. Near the end of the third field a horrible grinding sound appeared in low range. The TA and hydraulics felt a little odd as well. I eased it on home in high range and checked the hydraulic fluid. It was just about at the full mark, and I began to get worried. One day the next week, I drove it in to the Case/IH dealer in Marlin, TX. Aside from the bill, I got to see two 5 gallon buckets full of very expensive forged and machined gears and lots of large bearings, all with chips and pieces out of them.
I don't have a front end loader to stack large round bales of hay. The usual lifting spears of forks on the 3-point hitch make it hard to load hay on a low trailer, let alone anything any higher, such as a truck bed. An outfit called Hay King had an ad for a bale spear that used a hydraulic cylinder and extra linkage between the hitch and the spear. I called them and found out that the local John Deere dealer in Waco had them in stock. Honestly, that's the explanation if anyone saw me walking into a John Deere dealer. This extra linkage carries the bale even farther rearward than the regular 3-point spears, so only very heavy tractors can use them. Once I got adapters to go from Aunt Bea's Cat. III hitch to the Cat II of the Hay King spear, I was in great shape. I loaded 20 bales in one evening for guys who were hauling them away two at time on two trailers. To be able to sell hay, you have to be able to load it on the buyers trucks and trailers. I'd really like to have a loader tractor, but until I reach that point, this hay spear is a handy thing to have around.
1/6/06 Danny finishes buttoning up the engine from it's recent total rebuild