Minneapolis Moline R Tractor with Minneapolis Moline CR Hay Rake (same as Cockshutt 311 Hay Rake) AND Ford 8n Tractor
Shawn Alfonsi of Ogden Utah shares a restoration story: "The hay rake was a difficult project because there were so many surfaces to paint. I'll never complain about painting a tractor again. The hardest part was finding replacement "teeth". I had no idea of how many styles of "teeth" existed. It took me almost a year of research to find a place in Canada that made the teeth for the Cockshutt 311 Hay Rake forty-eight years ago. That's before Cockshutt, Minneapolis Moline, and Oliver all merged into White.
The most remarkable thing was finding a person in Canada that still works for a rake tine manufacturing company and remembered the Cockshutt 311 hay rake. The big surprise was they pointed me to a place 30 miles south of where I live in Utah that still had inventory on the shelf after almost 50 years. They had 100 of them still in the box, and they looked brand new after taking off a few layers of dust. That was lucky!
It's very rewarding to meet people that still have a love of old farm equipment who are so willing to help, and really go out of their way to provide history, experience, and knowledge. It's my favorite part about taken on a restoration project, and I hope someday I can return the favor. As with any restoration project, it requires help from a lot of people, and the internet opens up so many opportunities to complete a project successfully."
Detail picture: Chain Tensioner - Idler Pulley on hay rake