To keep the apples from getting wormy, which they do most years, Dad had to spray them. Over the years he experimented with different sprayers and finally settled on the one I use now.
The B Allis, 1951 I think, has a pto water pump connected with input hose to a water tank and sends pressurized spray out through the nozzle.
The B was balky this spring so a new switch, starter switch, plugs, filing the points and some timing got it going after a week waiting for parts in the mail. Then I stripped the set screw that holds the pump to the PTO shaft, so had to get a tap to make new threads. Finally got it all working and tested and will spray the apples early tomorrow morning when it is cool.
|Mr Petersen, my high school metal shop teacher would be proud of me! I had to buy a tap to go from 5/16 to 3/8, next size larger. Drill it out, then run the thread cutting tap through the hole so a bolt will again tighten.|
|The tap is through. I oiled it to help make it go easily, but with aluminum, not really very hard.|
|All tightened and ready for the summer. The chain is to hold the pump from rotating. Simple setup!|
I only spray Sevin insecticide every 2 weeks from June through a few weeks before picking time. This helps with coddling moth, apple maggot, and miscellaneous other leaf and fruit bugs. I don't use fungicides for apple scab as they are much more dangerous to spray for the sprayer.
The tractor starts easily. It runs smoothly on all 4 cylinders. I bought 2 gallons of oil and a new filter so I can change the oil.
When I was young, Dad had only 1 tractor, the Super C. Then he bought an old Farmall F14 so we boys could pull the drag, hay wagon, and other light work -- two tractors for more drivers. We parked it on the hill and coasted it to start as it didn't have a starter.
Then he traded the F14 in on a Ford Jubilee (1953) so he had a loader tractor. Then he added a bigger tractor -- Farmall 450. Then he bought the B Allis. He also used Everett's Farmall M. Finally he bought a Farmall 350 for his retirement tractor. I have the 350, the Ford he passed along to sister-in-law Connie after Byron died so they would have a good driveway plow. The 450 died and was parted out. The first tractor, Super C was used for parts for a second Super C (which I still have). I also have a WD Allis, Ford 2n (like a 9n) and a Cletrac crawler. A tractor for every machine!