Sunday, July 09, 2017
Baxter Black: Balin’ Wheat
Glen said J.T. liked old pickups, too. But sometimes they had a mind of their own.
Early one summer morning J.T. loaded his good dog, Sam, and headed down to the wheat field. It had been cut and he planned on balin' some wheat straw as long as it still held the dew.
It was a fine western Kansas mornin'. J.T. made two passes around the wheat field before the sun burned off the moisture. He parked the 930 Case with the New Holland round baler and decided he could make it to Winona just in time for coffee shop communion. He leaped aboard his '79 Ford 4-wheel drive and cranked the engine. Unfortunately, it didn't crank back!
Starter problems, he knew. It had happened before. Something electrical that required a little short circuiting wizardry. He raised the hood. Sam lay under the tractor waiting in the shade for his command to "Load up!"
J.T. had no manual choke so he wedged a shotgun between the seat and the foot feed. Diggin' through his Snap On hi-tech tool kit, he fished out a fence stay and a pair of pliers. He shorted the faulty electrical connection. The starter kicked over and the engine caught. It was at that moment that J.T. realized that the ol' '79 was in gear!
It lunged into motion! He slammed the hood and dove out of the way! Out across the wheat field it chugged, pickin' up speed! Sam came out from under the Chase tryin' to jump in the back, but it was goin' too fast!