Letters to the Editor

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I am writing regarding the November 2004 article on “Roadside
Revelations,” and the photograph of the tractor belted to an
unidentified threshing machine. The unidentified thresher looks
just like the Case in my back yard; I have not yet identified the
model year.

In the photograph accompanying the November article, and in my
photograph, you can see the serial number plate above dead center
of the front axle. Mine is difficult to read. I have replaced a lot
of the wood, wood bearings and the small wood shaker at the lower
back of the machine. I put a bagger on it in place of the grain
auger, and took off the straw blower at the back and replaced it
with a flat-belted carrier to take peanut hay to a stationary
baler.

It is now a peanut thresher. My dad’s cousin says all you have
to do is adjust the main cutting cylinder wider to stop from making
a sorry grade of peanut butter. It grinds up the peanuts, shells
and hay in one big mess if not adjusted correctly. Also on the old
Case threshers, you knock holes in the bottom to let the sand and
dirt out. My Farmall F-20 (with electric starter) belts the machine
at an idle. I have all the decals for the thresher and have started
to shine the galvanized metal and will paint it in Case red. I
might mention I found some green paint on the machine.

Chuck Carlock
Fort Worth, Texas

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