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Moving first real snow with some old iron

Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by larboc, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. larboc

    larboc Member
    Messages: 98

    video hangs up for a few secs in the middle.

    Got home from deer camp to a foot on the ground, the '56 IH was the only truck with the plow already on so why not put it to work?

    The plow frame has a Douglas/Western Milwaukee, WI tag on it.

    Raising a little slow, need to check out the pump of valve

    ...and add power angle.
  2. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    floor brooms work wonders on old plow trucks for visability......:D...:laughing:
  3. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    yes, cleaning the snow off the window does help visibility, nice to see an old truck still working
  4. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    That rig has to be a man eater, no power steering, no power brakes and a real clutch, it has to be fun until the arm and leg pump set in......... So was that a flash light or "back up light" a factory option of aftermarket.......Thumbs Up
  5. larboc

    larboc Member
    Messages: 98

    O yes. You don't appreciate power steering until you plow with a truck that doesn't have it. Clutch is no big deal. Non-syncro trans slows you down a little bit though. The light was one of those blaze orange hats with the LED's in the bill mounted to my head. REALLY handy when you only have 8 hrs of daylight a day.

    As far as cleaning the truck off first goes, it's not worth it. It just comes back. I've been known to tunnel a view port through the snow on the hood after bigger storms.
  6. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    I can smell the exhaust every time I see it pass the light on the garage.
  7. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Nice old truck, how about some day time shots?
  8. larboc

    larboc Member
    Messages: 98

    It smells like an old truck should, you're mostly just seeing steam coming out the stack/clapper.

    Pre-snow, hauling around another IH product. Pulling a '58 with a '56!


    Background on the truck: Came in for scrap and a friend of mine who worked there told me about it. I couldn't stand to see a truck this American sent to china to be melted down to make a Harbor Freight wrench set so I bought it and drug it home. Had been setting for 30 years. Freed up the starter and cleaned the points and it was up and running with 75psi oil pressure and not a hint of blue smoke. I've changed the oil, replaced or rebuilt all brake components, new axle joints, patched tank, rear bench seat from a 2007 burb, new exhaust, list goes on.

    This winter it's going under the knife and getting a fuel injection system, potentially with a rotary muffler out of a grand national. Not sure if I want to paint it or not.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012
  9. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    That truck is perfect just the way it sits.....weathered.Thumbs Up
  10. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    I'd clean it up a bit and use it to do estimates in! Customers would love it!
  11. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Maybe hose off the bird chit and Armorall the tires......:nod:
  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Hey Larboc I think you might recgonize this lake.........I was there this past August.

    lake of clouds.jpg
  13. larboc

    larboc Member
    Messages: 98

    Looks kinda like lake of the clouds. Never been down there but hear it's a nice trip, the old lady and I were actually talking about taking the s120 and a little 12 foot john boat down there for the weekend camping sometime next summer.
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    You are correct. A friend has a house on a lake in Three Lakes Wisconsin which about 2.5hrs south and we decided to go check out Lake Superoir and the surrounding area one of the days. We also hit Bond Falls on the way up there which was a pretty cool place to walk around. That trip was my 1st time in that part of the world and really enjoyed it.
    We're heading back to Three Lakes this summer for another week of Cheese Curds, Sausage and lots of fishing. Thumbs Up
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Did you get see this Veiw at Cooper Habor

    Go back take your atv the trails are nice and you get to see more then you can from the Hwy

    2012Michigantrip 142.JPG

    2012Michigantrip 144.JPG
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012
  16. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Nope didn't go that far north, that view does look pretty cool though. We went to Ontonagon did a lighthouse tour and went west along the shore line to Porcupine State Park, then south to Gogebic Lake and back to Three Lakes for some night fishing.
  17. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    That truck is awesome! I couldn't let it get smelted either.
  18. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    That is a cool old truck. Why didn't you clean the snow off it so you could enjoy playing with it instead of guessing where you were and hitting your wife's table :confused: