Before Alemites and Zerks, bushings such as the one supporting the shaft on an early 1900s engine were sometimes lubricated by adding grease to a cup and forcing it between the mating surfaces with a screw-type plunger that doubled as a cap for the cup.
Once found in the center of a steel wheel, this hub (complete with its foreshortened flat spokes) was once cutoff (cut-down in some references) and carefully welded inside a pneumatic tire's rim.
A finely finished collection of cream separators owned by Scott Punton, Valley City, N.D. Scott is partial to separators of virtually any age, so long as International Harvester is the manufacturer.
Happiness is what it's all about and judging by the smile, Bob Overmohle (Carroll, Iowa) is pretty happy when he fires up one of his large corn shellers.
Oliver's Superior brand drill traces its history back to the Superior Drill Co. This nicely preserved original-condition specimen was last seen nestled among wild sunflowers and Indian grass in a central Nebraska fence line. Sights such as this often inspire enthusiasts to take on new projects or finish old ones.
Fine-finish fanatics take the business of painting very seriously. This tractor was subjected to hours of grinding to remove its castings' gritty surface texture, followed by careful blocking of the entire tractor. Color sanding the final coat of green, followed by a buffed-out clear coat, creates a finer-than-factory finish.
This 1942 International Harvester Farmall Model H's refurbishing is in progress. The enthusiast took a back-to-front approach, replacing every bearing, bushing and seal and finishing pieces as he installed them, touching up scrapes and scratches as things progressed.
This garden tractor is about to have its engine jerked out with a slightly overbuilt hoist on its way to a complete refurbishing. (Its owner isn't meticulous about matching parts or paint color codes, so prefers not to use the word "restore.") The word "refurbish," like "vintage," offers students of old iron flexibility and a bit of protection from the "correct police" and even some masters.
Merlyn Irlbeck (Manning, Iowa) simply couldn't let this Adams grader go to the scrap yard, so he brought it home and made a temporary yard ornament out of it. At the moment, it is pretty close to the bottom of Merlyn's to-do list, but at least it is out of harm's way.
Quantity is definitely a plus when it comes to collecting agricultural artifacts. This fine array of ground-driven implements is a small part of the collection owned by Harold Eddy, Slater, Mo.
This tractor definitely qualifies as rough, but its owner, Rob Bush (Oconomowoc, Wis.), says the old Farmall is pretty complete and offers a nice example of the exhaust-vacuum lift (see black canister beside the grille). The lift is unusual because it was unreliable in a time when hydraulics were beginning to catch on and now proves the adage that junk and treasure can be one and the same.
One of the nicest ways to clean grunge and rust from smaller parts is with an enclosed sandblasting cabinet. Here, an enthusiast cleans carbon from exhaust valves removed from her Farmall Cub. A blasting cabinet this size also works for small- to medium-size sheet metal and cast parts such as pan seats and brake pedals.
Greasing this tractor's front hubs is a breeze thanks to the Zerk installed at its center. These nipple-like fittings have replaced the pin-type, bayonet-mount Alemites that were among the very first the Alemite Co. offered.