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Date:11/24/2014 4:21:46 AM
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The Two Farmalls (Part I)
So Tuesday of this last week was a day that makes me proud to be a Countryman. (If it sounds that I'm bragging on myself and "my own", I apologize, but this is the way I feel) It was my day off that day, but I was called in to work. After a day of making "time-and-a-half", I returned home to work at the homestead for Big Brother Tommy, caught a ride with him to visit Ma at the nursing home, and then worked with Tommy for an hour to try and get both Farmalls started after a Winter's layoff and bedded down together at the Homestead.

You see, Eldest Brother David, recognizing that his life's journey was nearing its end, had told Big Brother Tommy and me that he wanted us to have his circa 1950 Farmall and to bring it back to the Homestead. He also told us to take his old hay mower along with the tractor back as well. (See "Hay Making, Part IV") So last Tuesday I had planned to try and start both tractors after a long Winter's layoff. From experience, I knew that starting either or both tractors was iffy at best. So when I was at Susie's, I figured that I would have to re-charge the battery or crank-start David's Farmall and let the alternator charge it. As it turned out, when I pushed in the starter of David's Farmall, his tractor started up immediately. I needed to play with the choke and restart the thing a half-dozen times and then play with the throttle in order to get the tractor to run smoothly, but we got it running. With Belle-Soeur Susie's help, I got the hay mower hooked up and put David's Farmall in "second" and at a low throttle, brought it back home. Don't know if we'll ever use it again, but it's nice to know that we could, thanks to departed Eldest Brother. (Please scroll up for Part II)
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