Red Power Isn't Always Red

| 7/7/2015 12:32:00 PM

Tags: Tractors, Farmall, International Harvester, Trip, Family Vacation, Mel Boone,

Mel BooneThe annual Red Power Round Up was held last month. It's held in a different location every year. This year, I got lucky to have it in my home state at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. With it being fairly close to home, I was able to attend.

Unlike most tractor shows that I go to, the Round Up is an International Harvester only show, while other shows feature all brands. The IH brand, if you're not familiar with it, includes Farmall, McCormick Deering, Cub Cadet, IH trucks, implements, and household appliances. At one time, the company was one of a few manufacturers of the M1 Grande rifle. One of the fascinating things for me were the trucks ranging from the Highwheeler/auto wagons built in 1908 up to the fairly new semi.

2015 Red Power Round Up, Sedalia, Missouri

2015 Red Power Round Up, Sedalia, Missouri

When you come to the Round Up, regardless if you are an exhibitor or a spectator, one thing becomes quite obvious. Red Power doesn't always mean it's red.

2015 Red Power Round Up, Sedalia, Missouri

7/17/2015 5:22:12 AM

Mel, old tractors are fascinating for sure. I rode many a mile on a f20 tractor seat. Plowing, discing, harrowing, and cultivating several years over Dad's hilly 80 acres. I'm always thrilled to be able to get up close to restored classic tractors. Parades are another great way to see restored tractors. I think I saw that "M" at the Iowa state fair one year. I talked with the guy that rebuilt it and he said it's a 348 Chevy engine and it bolts right up to the transmission of the tractor without modification. He started it up for us to hear those pipes bellow. It was awesome. Your right about not being good in the field. With that much torque it would just spin the tires or break something in the tractor part of the drive train. Still it's fun to see and hear that engine roar. :-) I know such a guy thing. ***** Have a great IH round up fair.

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