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My favorite childhood tractor was my uncles MM 670 Super...used to disk and cultivate with that tractor for hours...and the best thing was he had a radio...listened to WLS...lol. After that my 4-H leader had a pair of old diesel powered Oliver Super 88s. Loved those old babies...used to roll them down the hill and pop the clutch to start them...lol. The things I did as a young kid. Favorite tractor I never operated but always wanted to drive when I was young and thought was cool as heck...those IH 1468s with the V-8...remember seeing one with a big chrome straight pipe...that would have been a fine ride in the field.
 

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well I am not very old, but my favorite would have to be hands down my dads 1750 oliver. Just hearing that ole perkins rip up these hills we have around here was just awesome. Chopping corn into the late evening hours watching the flames shoot out the cherry red stack was just plain cool to me as a kid, and yes we had a radio too!!
 

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I'm only 20, but one of my favorite tractors when i was younger was(and still is) the old 4020. Its neat to start that old tractor to grind feed when its 20 degrees outside and listen to it start firing on all cylinders. Also I love to hear it roar when its on the baler or mower
 

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Old poping john, used to rack hay when i was 12 yearsold, thats when they made tractors out of something, Our new ones wont last near as long
 

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Dad had a Farmall H first tractor I drove and a Jubilee Ford. He traded the Farmall H for a 350 Farmall which we still have and the Jubilee for a 4000 Ford diesel. I mowed hay with both tractors and probably have more time on the 4000 witch we still use for tedding and raking. I don't know which was my favorite liked the size of the 350 Farmall and the sound of the Ford diesel. Both are still good tractors not ready to be retired. We have a 3020 JD, 4000 Ford 70's model and Kubota M5030SU but the old American iron is hard to beat for what we use them for.
 
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JD 4020, and JD 4440. still have the 4020, was my dads, motor been rebuilt once, has 16,000+hours on it. You should see the groves in the gearshift. It ran a loader for years untill we took it off and sold it last year and let the newer tractors take charge. It was used up till last year almost daily year round, now it don't do so much, I did start it up and let it run this past weekend while it was warmer weather, had to charge batteries and put block heater on it and shot of ether to get it fired up. Here is a photo of it stuck about 3 years ago trying to feed some two year old hay.



We sold the 4440 two years ago when we stopped row cropping. it had 6100 hours on it, first tractor I ever drove, it had the power shift trans, first time I drove it sitting in my dads lap I shifted a gear and it jerked and I jerked the gearshift at same time, and there we went back and forth till my dad hit the clutch and stoped it. LOL. I learned to use that hand rest by the gearshift after that.

 
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grandpa has John Deere B, I cut my teeth on that tractor raking hay with a NH rolabar pull type side delivery rake you could turn on a dime,and if you wasn't carefull there would be black marks on the tongue and a unhappy grandpa! Later we bought a V rake and it just didn't hardly have enough power
 

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JD 60, I still own it. Dad bought it while in the service. My grandfather used it as one of his own.
My grandfather also had a 60, an M and a 530 we took out from under the cotton picker when we quit planting cotton.
My uncle had a JD A. I bought the A as a teen, then gave it back to him last year (not running) for old times sake.

I learned to turn ground with the 530, pulled a 2-16 bottom plow.
When Dad and I began haying we did everything with our 60 and the 530.
When we bought newer tractors I had to re-learn the turning radius.
Those tricycle front ends could spin in place.
I intend to get the old 60 pot this year to fluff hay with.
 

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I'm still young and we didn't grow up farming, but dad had (and still has) a '50 JD B. Something went wrong with the rear wheel years ago and it sat up until 3 or so years ago when my brother got it going again. It needs some more work now and its been sitting under the overhang for a couple years. I really want to get it going again mostly because I hate to see it just sit there and it's taking up space and not doing any work! I loved to drive the old thing around and I remember my dad using it to brush hog. My favorite is one we still use, our '57 JD 520. My brother bought it from some family friends years ago. It had been sitting for a while, but some fresh gas and plugs and a battery and he drove it home (with a JD 40 spreader, too). We've been doing all our hay with that for the last several years; surprising the power it has. It's the most reliable thing we have *knock on wood* with no major problems (yet). I don't know the hours, but the tach stopped at 4044.4hrs (my 2020 stopped at 3000 on the dot, too). I just love the sound of the old 2 cylinders.
 
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I have to agree with the 466's making noise (music). The most enjoyable tractor I ran when I was younger is my grandfather's IH 4586. They pulled a 62' cultivator with a 64' coil tine packer.
The 4586 bent the crankshaft in the original 798 ci V8, to it got repowered with a Cummins 855ci big cam III set at 400HP, a road ranger transmission...and 13' added into the frame to make it fit. That was a tractor, he still has it but since they haven't worked ground since the mid 90s it doesn't do much. The paint has turned "old 'binder pink" because it takes up so much space in the barns and doesn't get used it sit outside and the new generation stuff goes in. It's like the old race horse being sent out to pasture, kind of sad in a way.
 

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Mine was dads Ford 8n and to really date myself and to testify to the durability of old tractors our other tractor plow and disc with was a John Deer D with the flywheel starter (also had the crank in the front The Arm Braker) wide frontend. Now I drive a JD 4430 cab can you say SPOILED?
 

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We had a Ford 851. It seemed to spend most of it's time running a belt driven irrigation pump by the "river". We ran range cattle so our International Scout was used a lot more.
 

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We ran range cattle so our International Scout was used a lot more.
I owned a 1970 International Scout.....toughest vehicle I ever owned......took it all over the hills and mountains of Tennessee. Even drove it down a 60 foot river embankment.....landed in a brush pile.....had it winched out and drove it home no worse for wear. Dangdest vehicle I ever owned.

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I owned a 1970 International Scout.....toughest vehicle I ever owned......took it all over the hills and mountains of Tennessee. Even drove it down a 60 foot river embankment.....landed in a brush pile.....had it winched out and drove it home no worse for wear. Dangdest vehicle I ever owned.

Regards, Mike
I have a 1967 International 1300B 4x4. Built like a damn tank, durable as a tank, rides like a tank, gets the mileage of a tank but oh so fun to drive.

Anyways, had it after all grown up but my favorite is my Grandfathers 1600 Oliver diesel. Inherited that tractor so it's still around, growing up I'd have to say a Oliver 88 diesel.
 

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Great thread guys. Dad started me out cultivating when i was 10, at 11 i was promoted to riding the stooker behind our square baler. Dad had '74 jd 1830 and a 12 foot 3pht massey cultivator. I remember the front wheels in the air most of the time and turning with the wheel brakes at the headlands. Dad also had 7' double v blade for summerfallowing. I learned quickly how not to overlap or miss anything! When dad bought a second 1830 and another cultivator i figured we were farming big time! Nowdays the fields are larger and seeding a half section a day easy but the most fun i have had farming is on those old jd's with no cabs. BTW is still hate overlapping more than a few inches.
 
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