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Old 09-01-2011, 09:53 PM   #29
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Old farm equipment is everywhere, not just in the plains states. It's just that the Eastern Half of the country has enough trees to hide stuff.
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LOL Ray, I went to Ga one year and stayed in the mountains. Over there they have wild vine that grows and covers everything in the summer. Right before I left, I went by a house tht I had gone by every day for months. Sure enough the vines, (they make hats out of that stuff,I dont remember the name of it), but the vines had died and there sat 3 old rusted out pickups that were covered every year in those vines.
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This is right up there with "why cant people drive the way I do?"
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:14 AM   #32
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Well, I'm guilty.

I have two cars hidden out in back. They are rare and parts are unobtanium. If something breaks on the one restored car those are pretty much our only source of parts.

For most of those farms getting parts means taking half a day to chase things down or wait days for a part to arrive. Cleaning up those old tractors and cars could cost way more than the cost of disposal. A broken part that can be salvaged from some of that is worth gold. Most old farmers are masters at fabrication because they have to be.
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If it all gets too much and the neighbors begin to complain it can always be called "art".....
Lol, I guess you could call that Car Henge!!
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On the farm I was raised on my dad and his dad kept all old equipment in case parts were needed. When something broke, out to the junk pile to find something that would work in the fab to repair. I am still doing the same. The head on my toad warped in June and I took the head off the parts pickup that I purchased 6 years ago for $200.00 and had that resurfaced and valves done and here we go for another 50K miles.................ronspradley
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You might be amazed at how many of those rusty hulks have been brought back to life and look like new(in fact many are like new). Many of these people belong to tractor clubs as I do. I can't take credit for renewing any but I have a 43 Ford I bought as a dead tractor that is now running fine and being used.
Just because something is rusty doesn't mean it is done working. in fact
a rusty plow set will work just fine if you hook it to a tractor and drop it in the dirt and go.
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Just because something is rusty doesn't mean it is done working.
Especially true about PEOPLE!
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DW and I are traveling from northern Michigan to the west coast on US 2. Observation: ALL THE OLD FARMS HAVE OLD RUSTY EQUIPMENT JUST SITTING IN THE EQUIPMENT YARDS. Why is this equipment not sold for scrap? This would yield some dollars, clean up the junk, and make the farms look better.
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Don't know about MI, but here in AK where almost everything we get comes by air or barge once you get here you keep it if for nothing else for parts.
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LOL Ray, I went to Ga one year and stayed in the mountains. Over there they have wild vine that grows and covers everything in the summer. Right before I left, I went by a house tht I had gone by every day for months. Sure enough the vines, (they make hats out of that stuff,I dont remember the name of it), but the vines had died and there sat 3 old rusted out pickups that were covered every year in those vines.
I suspect you are refering to Kudzu. The Amazing Story of Kudzu Another fine Japanese import...
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Watched a house get covered with kudzu over a period of a few years. Ahhhh, but we have a bug here now that is eating kudzu. I figure about 40 trillion of these bugs and a few hundred years and the kudzu problem will be solved.
On to the privet hedge that is taking over the entire state of Georgia.
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