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Ladies and gentlemen, I am in need of your assistance finding a particular item. It is a 1 7/8" trailer ball that has a hollow center that allows a 5/8" carriage bolt to pass through and make the attatchment. These used to be quite common but are probably no longer manufactured because they're dangerous or some other stupid sh*t.

Anyway, if you don't mind looking at the pics and helping me find one (or more), eBay links, yard sales, anywhere, I'd surely appriciate it. Thanks.

posted by  vwhobo

ill keep my eyes open for ya:thumbs: whats it worth :hi:

posted by  BanffAutoSpa_ap

reminiscent of the old ball and hitch/pin combo.

posted by  Wally

I'll see what I can do. :wink2:

posted by  elchango36

what do ya need one of those for?

posted by  dodger65


The one you need has a hollow center. I'll refine my search.

posted by  Bronxie

It's for a working restoration on an old Farmall tractor.

I could use a 1 7/8" ball with a 5/8" shank if I could find one, but the type that I have pictured above is more correct and therefore cooler.

posted by  vwhobo

It's a '49 Model M in reasonable shape. The picture I posted is not the tractor I'm working on, rather a rear shot of another one with the same drawbar/hitch setup that I'm working on duplicating for a customer/friend of mine. Actually the only work it's going to do is pull floats in local parades and maybe do the occasional hayride for kids. Hence the need for "correct" hitch.

My personal ride is a '52 Ford 8N "tweener" named Wilbur. It's called that because it's one of a few hundred (there are no factory records of how many) built between the time Ford changed from a front mount to a side mount distributor but before they started installing Proof-Meters.

Here is a picture of Wilbur and me dragging a 72" bush hog about a year ago cleaning and clearing of some recently purchased land.

He's a lot like me... Not much to look at but hard working and dependable.

posted by  vwhobo

im of no use at all, but ive found,
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im sorry if what i have found is of no use to you at all:ohcrap:

posted by  True_Brit

Well it didn't help (the shanks are too large diameter), but you get an "E" for effort. Thanks for looking.

posted by  vwhobo

I haven't find anything yet, but isn't there a way to drill into a regular hitch? Or would that make it too weak?

posted by  chris_knows

I could probably take a standard 1 7/8" ball, cut off the shank, drill it through the middle, re-contour the top so the carriage bolt head fits correctly and find a way to broach or machine a square hole, but by the time I did that I'd have a $200+ hitch ball. That's the practical side.

If I did do that we'd still have a brand new, shiney, probably made in China hitch ball. An old one found hiding somewhere will carry the patina of years of use, abuse and non-use (much like the one of mine pictured). Much cooler from an aesthetic standpoint. I'm hoping to find one some old timer has in a pile of shite in his shed and will be happy to take $5 for it.

Thanks for the thought though. You also get an "E".

posted by  vwhobo

i msged a guy on a derby car forum i belong too, he has a tractor junkyard in belfontaine or sidney ohio(cant remeber which one). ill let ya know if he has anything and get you in contact with him.

posted by  adamc44


thats his email

posted by  adamc44

Hobo: I don't think I happen to have any of those kicking around, I can see, but it's doubtful, we have an old 52 Minneapolis U-series here, and I'm sure we've had a Farmall or two as well.

In the stead, check out this site, it's dedicated to antique tractors, and they appear to have a fairly active classified system.

That link will take you directly to the Farmall section of the site, I already checked their parts listing, nothing mentioned about the hitch ball however.

posted by  dodgerforlife

I'm sure you've found one by now, but I'll post anyway. Tulsa Ford New Holland. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 11919 E. Pine Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74116. 918-438-5665. Parts Mgr. Theron

posted by  BeNT

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