Michael Halsall

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About Michael Halsall

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  • Birthday 01/21/1957

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    Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
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    Engines from TITANs to TURBO diesels.

    McCormick-Deering & McCormick standard tread tractors.

    Classic Crawlers

    IH Corporate History

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  1. The idea of gently warming up and gently cooling down a diesel applies to modern turbo diesels as well as older style diesels. With modern turbo diesels it is highly recommended that you initially idle the engine briefly before putting the engine to full load and "idle down" the engine after working it to allow it to cool more gently. I have read that the gas start diesels were prone to cracking their heads if they were shut down suddenly in extreme conditions like snow. An very hot diesel engine suddenly shut down is then covered in freezing cold air and moisture is then under enormous thermal load. Regards from Michael H.
  2. If you store a vehicle for a long time things can go wrong. I have a Nissan Pulsar car i needed to store for about six months. It was happily driven into the driveway and six month later would not start. The fuel filter had to be replaced and fuel pump had to be cleaned, apparently muck and moisture, normally in kept in suspension, had settled settled and caused the problem. I have heard of people having problems with cooling systems too. Scale can settle at the bottom of a radiator if the engine isn't used and block the capillaries and I have heard of a stuck thermostat as a result of muck and scale settling on it. The suggestion was to thoroughly flush the system and put new coolant in before storing a vehicle. Regards from Michael H.
  3. Further off the subject. I have vivid memories of diesel stationary engines with decompressors. When I was a small child growing up on a farm we generated our own electricity using a lighting plant powered by a Southern Cross mark YB 4 HP diesel engine. I was only little but I was trained to shut the engine down by pushing in the decompressor. I used to reach across to decompressor with the crank-handle end of the crankshaft spinning in front of me. Today's Work Safe people would have gone ballistic! Having said that I always liked the idea a decompressor. You wind the engine up, safely remove the crank-handle, then release the decompressor to start the engine. Regards from Michael H.
  4. Not International Harvester, but interesting nevertheless. MURPHY brand diesel engines, made in the USA. Apparently built as power units and fitted to excavators or similar. I have just found posts about this brand on another forum and the brand and its products are new to me. Does anyone here own, or has owned, a Murphy diesel engine? Anyone here have any knowledge of their model range etc.? I don't believe this brand was ever sold in Australia. Regards from Michael H. P.S. i have found a video of one on YouTube - the multi-cylinder engine shown used a compression de-compressor to aid starting
  5. Both replies make sense to me.The Cargostar was a wide cabin version of the Loadstar Cab Over it seems. IH was famous (infamous!) for having different names for variations of their products, think of the "Farmall" & "International" versions of various tractor models. The Loadstar at the top and the Cargostar in the middle were never sold in Australia, we had our own International AACO and later ACCO cab overs. The one in the bottom photo, I have no idea, but I doubt they were ever sold in Australia The Cargostar would have made a lot of sense in industries where a 2 or 3 man crew is required, such as furniture removers etc. Regards from Michael H.
  6. I believe the Customs were only available as Diesels with a wide front axle. I noticed they are marketed as a straight "International" with no mention of the "Farmall" name. Regards from Miichael H.
  7. Dear IHers, I am a "tractor guy" and not very knowledgeable about US trucks. I am confused by the mid 1960s CargoStar & Loadstar cab over models. What was the difference the two trucks - they are look very similar. Some photos I have seen on the Google Images often give either "Cargostar" or "Loadstar" names for the same truck in the same image on different webpages! Regards from Michael Halsall in Australia
  8. Question time again. I have noticed that in the States that tractor pullers often convert wide fronted Farmalls to Narrow Front when competing in the "farm stock" classes. What is the advantage of a Narrow Front end? Surely there are still two front tires rolling along the ground. I thought Wide Front would have been more stable, particularly if the front wheels lift off the deck and then bump down at the end of the pull, Regards from Michael H.
  9. The later model Scouts were sold in Australia in a limited way. I had a half-hearted look at large Scout with a V8 engine (V304??) running on LPG, if I remember correctly, in Suburban Melbourne a couple of years ago. Right hand drive, Australian sold. It reminded me of a Ford F-100 in its size and style. Horizontal bars in the grille, if I remember correctly. It was an exhausted, battered old thing so I walked away. My understanding of the Scout in Australia was that they were imported as a knock down kit, from the USA, and assembled at IH Company of Australia's Dandenong truck plant. As Ian has pointed out Australia received original Scout (4WD only and only in a limited range colors) which was sold, as a rival to the British Land-Rover, to Australian farmers. There was a gap when none were imported for a few years then a very abbreviated range of the later models were available here. The Japanese brands have dominated the 4WD market in Australia for many years and the later Scouts would have struggled to compete. Regards Michael H
  10. Dear IHers, I am a "tractor guy" and not very knowledgeable when it comes to the Scout range. What models of Scout were the Nissan SD33 & SD33T engines were used in? What year were these models built? Were these models sold in Australia? Regards from Michael Halsall in Australia
  11. The badge says "International" rather than "Farmall" which is what you would find on a 1206 Wheatland rather a 1206 Row Crop tractor. Perhaps it was originally meant for export. The rear tires are very wide for row crop use too. Regards from Michael H.
  12. I have a question which has probably been asked before. What is the current recommendation for engine oil for the Gas Start Diesel tractors? Most modern "Diesel Grade" engine oils are designed for modern high performance diesels. What oil do people here run in their old style Gas Start diesel engines? Does starting on gasoline contaminate the oil? Do the modern "detergent" style oils stir up all the junk and gunk in these old engines? Regards from Michael H.
  13. Regarding the 284 Diesel, I did a Google search and a business called "Worldwide Parts Source LLC" of Michigan carry parts for the "Nissan SD-16" diesel engine as used in the 274 & 284 tractors - I hope that helps! Regards from Michael H.
  14. More questions about fluids and oils. IH had a hydraulic system called Hydra-Touch. My question is what is the correct, and current, recommendation for fluids to use with Hydra-Touch? Google research only confuses me. Some hydraulic systems use "hydraulic fluid" (think auto transmission fluid) and some use lubricating oil (30 grade or similar). If you use Hydraulic Fluid where you should use Oil or the other way around - expensive things happen! What is correct for Hydra-Touch? Hydraulic Fluid or Oil? Regards from Michael H.