It's rare for me to miss two days of blogging; I didn't even realize it had happened until I peeked in this morning. Here's the deal: Cliff's St. Louis sister and her husband came for the weekend to spend time working on their farm nearby; Cliff went to help them out Saturday, and I stayed home and fixed everybody a big, garden supper with a roast from the freezer. I didn't even think about my blog.
Yesterday I went with Cliff to the Wichita, Kansas, area to get the Oliver 550 tractor he's been pursuing. That's two hundred miles, one way. I had no blogging energy left, after that trip.
So what it has going for it is a sound motor and straight sheet metal, two of the most important things to look for in an old tractor.
It has power steering, something Cliff really wanted... although it leaks fluid like crazy; that's just another challenge for Cliff.
We now have that huge 1855 Oliver, the Super 55 we bought not so long ago, and this 550. I imagine these projects will keep Cliff busy into retirement and beyond. Eventually the Super 55 will likely be sold, but not until Cliff has some fun fixing some of its flaws.
Oh, and Cliff now has only $12 left in his tractor fund; I think he's going to need the extra money from that overtime they've decided to require from him at work, because tractor parts aren't cheap.