Finally had time to compile and upload video from the Annual North Texas Antique Tractor and Engine Show. There are several similar events held by different antique tractor groups in this area throughout the year.
This is the first time we've been to this one in Terrell, and it was pretty good. I've been to bigger shows, but there was still plenty to look at. The people are really friendly, and pretty much everyone was more than happy to talk to you about any old tractor or machinery that you had questions about.
They had an 8N Ford tractor, which is the tractor I grew up riding, custom painted in a Pink Ribbon Theme for breast cancer awareness. My Wife thought that was the neatest thing, and immediately wanted a pink tractor. And she say I'm random :)
They did a great job on the tractor, and it attracted alot of attention for the raffle they held to benefit breast cancer research.
Near the end of the video below, you'll see an ancient McCormick Deering Thresher being powered by an old John Deere 70 via a long-ass belt. Back in the day, reapers cut the wheat in the field - like a big mower.
If the reaper was a reaper/binder, then it tied the cut wheat into neat sheaves as it went. If not, then farm hands had to gather the loose wheat and tie it by hand. Threshers where used to seperate the wheat grains from the straw and chaff. This was a huge advancement over having to beat the grain out with sticks and winnow it all by hand.
The guys had some difficulty getting the thresher at the show to spit out the straw... but it was neat to see the old girl work anyway.
More pics in my flickr stream..