For those of you who have wondered what happens when you have a flat tire on a tractor, fyi, you don't take the tire and rim to a tire shop, the shop comes to you. Curtis Hildreth from Thomas Tire in Asheboro, North Carolina came to the farm to fix a leak on my old International. Before he could remove the tire from the rim and replace the tube, he had to pump out about 55 gallons of fluid. The "water" is in the tires to add weight and help provide traction. Air powered pumps and jacks helped, but pure muscle did most of the work.
(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)