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#1 1206SWMO

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:56 PM

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I've been in contact with a real nice guy in Nebraska about this decent looking old 123 McCormick SP combine located in SE Nebraska.Its at his FIL's farm almost on the Kansas border.

It looks like a 123 with some 125 updates such as a lowered bin with unloading auger,and the wide back axle.Notice what great shape the unloading auger is in.

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Theres also a little 40 AC there but it looks pretty far gone.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:02 PM

Nice find there Blaine. Looks like shes been setting there awhile. :D I used to travel through Falls City sometimes when I was a roving mechanic.
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:03 PM

I'VE GOot a 125 that runs and drives like a kitten whats it worth with a brand new pickup attachment need a new shed for it drove it home 20 miles no problem
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 07:41 PM

I'VE GOot a 125 that runs and drives like a kitten whats it worth with a brand new pickup attachment need a new shed for it drove it home 20 miles no problem


Tony,
its really hard to put a value on an old SP combine as so few in decent shape ever change hands.Not very many people want to collect them as they are hard to haul and take up way too much storage room.

To me one that runs,is near field ready,and has always been shedded is worth 5 times what a non running one is thats sat outdoors for years.One thats sat out for very long is worth junk price at the most.Thats what the owner wants for the 123 IH in the pictures above.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:17 PM

To me it sure looks like a later SP125, might even be a SPV 125 as I see some of the V-belt drives on there. The SP123 never had the large tires either and the would need major changes to put on the large wheels that this one has. You should be able to tell if the hopper was lowered or if if is factory. never saw a 123 with lower auger unload but some of the later 125s had that option and also large tires and wide rear axle. the table on the 123 also had a canvas between the augers to take the grain into the feeder chain. Altold throw a nice looking old IHC combine. We got a new SP123 in 1945 and in 1950 got a SP125, in 1954 got a SP127, then a 141 then a 181, last one I had was a 403. Still have the SP125, SP127, & 403. I wrecked the 181and 141 for parts .Also have 2- 203s and 2- 140s pulltype with motor drive.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:48 PM

To me it sure looks like a later SP125, might even be a SPV 125 as I see some of the V-belt drives on there. The SP123 never had the large tires either and the would need major changes to put on the large wheels that this one has. You should be able to tell if the hopper was lowered or if if is factory. never saw a 123 with lower auger unload but some of the later 125s had that option and also large tires and wide rear axle. the table on the 123 also had a canvas between the augers to take the grain into the feeder chain. Altold throw a nice looking old IHC combine. We got a new SP123 in 1945 and in 1950 got a SP125, in 1954 got a SP127, then a 141 then a 181, last one I had was a 403. Still have the SP125, SP127, & 403. I wrecked the 181and 141 for parts .Also have 2- 203s and 2- 140s pulltype with motor drive.

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You could very well be right.I'm going to have to see the serial number 1st to really tell if its a 123 or 125.A great many 123's were updated using 125 parts.In 1959 my Dad bought a 123 that had the following done to it..

1 Grain bin was lowered and unloading auger added
2 The 9x24 duals were taken off and single 15x28's installed
3 Tricycle rear did away with and Ford 9N front end installed
4 The header canvas was done away with



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Here is a 123 I have bought in Kansas (not home yet) and its all original except the grain bin was lowered and an unloading auger was added.

I have a 123 IH parts book dated 3-15-49 and it shows factory parts to lower the grain bin and add an unloading auger,parts to do away with the dual drive wheels,parts to do away with the canvas in the platform,and parts to go to a wider rear axle.

I also have original sales literature for the 125 SPV and they came out with dual 9x24 drive tires.It had the lowered grain bin.

It sometimes gets confusing when looking over a 123 to make sure its not a 125.

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Heres a 100% original 123 hiding in the trees out in western Kansas.I hope to get it bought.100% original 123's are very scarce.


Any chance of us seeing pictures of all your old combines?You have some nice ones.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 12:50 AM

Blaine...............................where in the he** do you find all this stuff?? :wacko: :wacko:
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 04:56 PM

i'll post some picts of mine it;s a 51 looks different than this one would like to donate to some one that would display it guess I have to build a mueseum TS
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 06:49 PM

Blaine...............................where in the he** do you find all this stuff?? :wacko: :wacko:



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I have my sources.It seems like that one thing just leads to another. I make up a want list of things that I want and I never quit searching until I find them.I guess that I like the thrill of the hunt. :)

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 08:10 PM

Blaine...............................where in the he** do you find all this stuff?? :wacko: :wacko:


I'm always wondering the same thing, around here machinery like that would've been cut up for scrap years ago.
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