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What no love for the anteater around here?

Seriously I've been around various tractors since I can remember but none have made an impression on me like the JD 4450.
My seed, chemical, and fertilizer guy decades ago only farmed with anteaters... he absolutely loved them.

I always thought they were an interesting design and a neat looking tractor and kind of a neat idea. Never got to run one until harvest year before last. We were helping the BIL's nephew get his corn in after his CIH rotary combine caught fire up in the engine area and had to be repaired, knocking him out of the field for a week or so... not bad, but bad enough. We finished combining the BIL's stuff and brought over his 9600 Deere. I drove his 2388 anteater with duals all the way around pulling his cart. Neat old tractor to drive, but it takes a little getting used to. Seeing that mile-long hood turn sideways on ya in a turn is kinda weird, but no weirder I guess than having the ass-end of a regular 4wd articulated swinging around on the nephew-in-law's 8430. The only 4wd that "feels right" to me is the Case 4890 with the four-wheel steer and solid frame. LOL:)

Enjoyed driving that 2388. Liked the TA. Very handy!

Later! OL J R :)
 

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The first tractor in our family my dad bought in 1975 when I was in my mid 20s so never had one growing up. It was a 35 Massey made in England (I think) in the late 60s or early 70s, not sure. No loader, a 37hp engine and he pulled a 5' shredder behind it. Never would let any of us mow with it, not sure why. When he passed away 2001 he left it to me. I loved driving it and by that time I had grown boys who loved it as much as I did. We used it to shred ranch roads, senderos, and food plots. Then would disc the food plots as well. There must be close to 20 miles of roads and senderos on the ranch and as you can imagine with a 5' shredder it took more than one pass to clear them. We didn't live on the ranch so about the time you would get the last one cut (over a few weekends) it was time to start over! :(

We now have a couple of bigger tractors on the ranch with larger shredders so we can knock out the work in a few days and not have to push it. When I bought my first tractor I sold the little Massey and shredder to my uncle who kept it several years until he move on to a larger unit. Not sure where the little tractor is now or if its even running but it never gave us an ounce of trouble. Great little tractor that gave us its best and a lot of fond memories.
 

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Oh No, the anteater may have bit the dust, for the last two years it wouldn't shift into reverse but everything else worked fine. But lately it won't shift into any gear. Had the floor out and linkage is all good so the problem is in the trans. I think the cost to fix will exceed what I paid for the tractor so she may get parted out. But I wouldn't be too surprised if she turns out to be the only one left.
 

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Oh No, the anteater may have bit the dust, for the last two years it wouldn't shift into reverse but everything else worked fine. But lately it won't shift into any gear. Had the floor out and linkage is all good so the problem is in the trans. I think the cost to fix will exceed what I paid for the tractor so she may get parted out. But I wouldn't be too surprised if she turns out to be the only one left.
I passed the Ant eaters cousin, Snoopy on my way home the other day. Pulling a disk. (No till is not very common here).
 

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Our local case ih shop foreman calls the 2+2 a 1-1.

Custom manure hauler here uses one to pull a big knight spreader. Dad has run it a few times when he has helped us haul manure. Getting into it is kinda werid with how the steps or ladder is. It also shifts like the 86 series which isn't so good once your used to anything else. Cheap horsepower though.

I think they did make a few of the last 2+2s with a tranny like in the 88 series. That would be a major improvement.
 

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Oh No, the anteater may have bit the dust, for the last two years it wouldn't shift into reverse but everything else worked fine. But lately it won't shift into any gear. Had the floor out and linkage is all good so the problem is in the trans. I think the cost to fix will exceed what I paid for the tractor so she may get parted out. But I wouldn't be too surprised if she turns out to be the only one left.
Good gracious no man, they are still around. A few dairy farmers around here still have them and swear by them saying they are a great tractor to have, as long as you have more than one. One for work and one to grab parts from! :)
 

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My favorite tractor growing up was a John Deere 1010 Bulldozer. It was so slow that I was allowed to run it at age 9-10 years old. It is what gave me my out-of-control-bulldozer-fetish for sure, and the reason I have had many John Deere Bulldozer's over the years.

A wheeled tractor though has to be my Grandfather's Ford wide front end 900 diesel, just because they are rare.
 

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Good gracious no man, they are still around. A few dairy farmers around here still have them and swear by them saying they are a great tractor to have, as long as you have more than one. One for work and one to grab parts from! :)
Hey I think it's just the shifting fork, accessible from the top cover on trans which can be reached by removing the seat.
I'll be up there for several weeks starting in July so maybe I'll tear into it. Who knows maybe she'll live to plow another day.
 

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I started plowing, at the age of 10, with my Dad's, Fordson Super Major, with a International Ace Bottom Drag Plow, with Manual Hook Up. LOL. You would go plowing along, hit a stone tractor would race ahead get it stopped, back up to the plow, hook it back onto the tractor, hopefully not to many times, off and on, the tractor, and pray, the plow would come loose, from the stone, if not, it would unhook again, and repeat the hookup process, again.
Then I stared to run the Baler, when i was 12, with àn International 454, and later on, with an International, 674, for my Uncle. I still have my Dad's Super Major, and have a 674, of my own, with a 2250, loader.
I laugh, when I hear a younger generation farmer, complain about plowing, I inform them pretty quick, that they have NO Idea, of what plowing, is all about, I tell them, about what I started plowing, and they looked at me, as if I was telling a Far Fetched Story. LOL. Great memories though.
 

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I started plowing, at the age of 10, with my Dad's, Fordson Super Major, with a International Ace Bottom Drag Plow, with Manual Hook Up. LOL. You would go plowing along, hit a stone tractor would race ahead get it stopped, back up to the plow, hook it back onto the tractor, hopefully not to many times, off and on, the tractor, and pray, the plow would come loose, from the stone, if not, it would unhook again, and repeat the hookup process, again.
Then I stared to run the Baler, when i was 12, with àn International 454, and later on, with an International, 674, for my Uncle. I still have my Dad's Super Major, and have a 674, of my own, with a 2250, loader.
I laugh, when I hear a younger generation farmer, complain about plowing, I inform them pretty quick, that they have NO Idea, of what plowing, is all about, I tell them, about what I started plowing, and they looked at me, as if I was telling a Far Fetched Story. LOL. Great memories though.
 

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When my grandparents bought this place in 1955 they didn't have a tractor, but in 1960 they bought a brand new 1959 Ford 641 Workmaster diesel with a factory front end push blade. My dad started pulling a bush hog on it when he was about 9 I think, then I started raking with it when I was about 7. All of my siblings learned to drive a tractor on it. Love that little tractor to pieces, I bet I put over 2,000 hours on it myself raking hay when I was growing up. That's still it's job today. Pulls a NH 256 rake like a champ! Dad passed away in '13 , Mom told me that of all the tractors on the place, that one is NEVER for sale. PERIOD.
 

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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.:D
Agreed, my grandpa had a MM 670. We still have it. Strongest 75hp I've ever ran. I learned how to do everything on that tractor. The transmission was challenging, but I learned to love it
 

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My first tractor growing up was a Murry pedal tractor when i was maybe 4. Then Dad and Gramps took an old snowblower apart and cut the rear wheels off my Murry (that I wore out that summer) and welded it to the drive box. I remember plowing the driveway with that rig hours on end.. my Mom would have to pry my hands off the steering wheel to get me to come on for dinner.
Then when I was 6 Dad let me drive his backhoe and bring wood up from down back. It was a Ford 6500 and i remember it like it was yesterday.
Grandpa (my dads father) had an old 8n and it went too fast to learn on he said.. so my dad found an ols David Brown 950.
That was my tractor! No one else could seem to enjoy it as much as I did. I loved that machine it did everything i ever asked of it.
Then one cols winter night it was accidently left out side and froze up.. I wasnt around when it happened I was away with the BoyScouts doing a winter camp out.. when i got home and saw my tractor outside I flipped out but it was too late.. it had blown out the engine block because the antifreeze wasnt strong enough for -40° . I welded up the cracks as best I xould with nickle rod but it would still leak.. ultimately this led to the demise of my ol'DB..engine overheated one to many times and ruined the head and one sleeve. But by this time I was all grown and chasing girls.. that led to a shortage of money and the need for a real job.. back to school for better education and hence a much better job.
The old DB ended up getting scrapped by one of my younger brothers.. I was quite mad with him but got over it.
Now I have another DB/Case and hopefully it will provide as much memories as his older brother did.
 

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Sky, Tell me about your DB/Case please, Where you got it, how long you've had it, what model, etc

Thanks much, Dave
 

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The tractor I learned on was a 53 Ford Golden Jubilee. My dad bought it at an estate auction in early 90's. Second owner.

Fast forward to about 07, and it was basically parked. Older brother maybe used it another year or two. It had been rode hard and put up wet. Problem was it had brand new rear rubber. Didn't want to give that away taking the hit selling it. I thought one day maybe I could get someone to ffix her up... Every time I thought that I looked at it the next time I visited it and that thought went away. She was a bit rough.

I am good friends with the original owners grandkids. I had tried to get them to buy it before. Fast fwd to this summer. I was hanging out with them and their dad was there. Long story short, their dad had tried to buy that tractor before the estate auction. He is retired and a tinkerer. Dang tires made the price hard. So I said how about I give it to him, and maybe he can give it back to me someday. His face lit up.

A couple weeks later he brought it home. Two months later my friend sent me a pic of a really sharp looking 53 Ford. Painted right (this had a blue belly years ago).

Yesterday I was near and got to visit it. Beautiful. I will follow with a pic or two later. I do not have the before. But the after sure looks nice. Sure makes me smile that the new rubber kept it from going down the road for years. Seems as though it is home now.
 
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