The first of the implements pages is now online, pre 1900 sulky and gang plows. I will probably go back and work on more of the main pages now, but wanted to get a template done while what I learned on the wrench page was fresh. I also need to work more on the MolinePlowCo.com page.
Been a crazy couple of months between almost every weekend something going on and work, so work on the page has been slow, although I have been working on a lot of background and research projects as well. However, I finally have phase 1 of the wrench page done, which is a project I’ve been working on for weeks and wanted to do for years (phase two will have to wait until the implement sections are done). In working on it, I learned a few new wordpress tricks that will be useful in my next projects on here; but, it also resulted in a substantial amount of do over work. Another thing that slowed me down was waiting an action to take place that had two very rare Rock Island wrenches on it (one is so rare its not even in the parts books!). I was hoping to, and did, obtain them to include them on the page. It did make me realize how poor some of my wrenches are though so I will be in the market for upgrades. Not sure what I am tackling next on here, the wrench page opened up a way to tackle the other artifacts pages as well as the implements and gas engines pages. I feel like I should finish gas engines first so we’ll see, but I have also made substantial discoveries on the Peoria Drill & Seeder history that I should also get into a page soon. Hopefully, whatever I work on next goes a lot faster.
I realized I hadn’t updated this front page in almost two months. terrible of me. not sure anyone actually reads this anyway though. I have mostly finished the build pages and did some other tweaking. this last month and this coming month are going to be really busy so don’t expect much new content. I did some work on the engines pages as well, but still have work to do there. A lot of the work I have been doing lately is on pages that aren’t public yet so you haven’t been able to see my progress there, but yes, I am working on the page and also on the MolinePlowCo.com page which is due for another big upgrade soon.
At this time I have finished basic rewrites and upgrades on all the pages in the Company History section except affiliates, this includes RIP. I have been making more effort to include more info on the people involved. The same has been done on all the Heider Tractors sections with the exception of adding videos to pages. Some of these pages have some pretty major rewrites. Aside from the H’s and No.1 pages, the same is done for Rock Islands. you will notices I now have project build pages up for a number of tractors we have worked on. I will do some tweaking and adding on some of those pages, but they will also get their own front page. This is something I have wanted to do for a while due to facebooks slowness and it not being conducive to non facebook users. Contact page is up and running but not links. Not sure yet what I will work on after tractors, Implements will be seeing a total overhaul from the old section.
I had not planned to really start the rewrites at this point, but one thing leads to another and I ended up doing some serious revisions on the history pages. When I wrote them, I perhaps relied too much on modern sources. Since then, I have gained access to a lot of material I hadn’t had. Although there is a lot more to write about in some cases, I have to save some things for the book right? Anyway, there is now much more information on the Branch Houses, Buford & Tate, B.D. Buford & Co and Rock island Plow pages. For the moment, i am going to take a break on the history pages and go back to the tractor pages. For seeing what is new, if you see pictures it means I have spent time working on that page. If there are no pictures, chances are its a cut and paste from the old site. speaking of, all but the front page can still be reached through http://heidertractors.com/
Welcome to the new RIPC website. I know not much has happened the last almost two years. A couple of reason for that. First off, I lost the program I had been using. Second, I knew in my heart that that was a sign I’d reached the limits of that program anyway, so was looking for options. I played around with a few web builders, but hadn’t been getting serious because: Third, I really didn’t have a lot of interesting updates to write about. I actually hadn’t realized how outdated some of the pages were until I went and wrote the RIPC series for Vintage Tractor Digest as part of a series on early Tri City tractors including the Dain, Melvin, Bolte, Western Implement crawlers, Velie and Rood & VanDervoort. As I write this, one of the final articles in the series on the Moline Plow Company is heading to print. I think they are well worth checking out if I do say so myself and if there’s interest, we might be able to talk the gals into a compendium of the articles.
So, here we are. In September, just before our home show at Geneseo IL, Loren Book contacted me about being on a committee to plan and host a reunion of Moline Plow Co Universal Tractors, which will be held in 2019 at the Geneseo IL grounds. Out of that grew the immediate need for a Moline Plow website, which I jumped into. MolinePlowCo.Com was born, sister site to this one and a serious reason to get back into website building. This front page will serve as introduction and change log. For the time being, the old website is still online aside from the front index page, using http://heidertractors.com/ will take to the Heider page and from there you can navigate to the old pages. This will disappear in a couple of months as I get the new site fully operational.
So whats new? Right now, everything and nothing. New website, new layout, new everything. To start with I will be importing from the old site into the new pages with some editing on the more serious issues, but its going to be lean for a couple of weeks with a lot of the text up but not pictures. Pictures will be a big change that will allow much better linking between thumbnails and full size images and will be mostly automatic so fewer broken links. I have a lot less flexibility on layout so expect a lot more gallery type layouts.
In the semi near future, I do plan to add some pretty significant new content including a full break down of the implement lines by year and a wrench section (these two developed out of each other). Another change is I plan to substantially expand the other local tractors section in the future based on the research I did for the VTD articles though this will be longer term.