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. Home made or commercially built? Regards from Michael H. from Australia
  2. I have just read a post on another forum that mentioned there is or was an aftermarket three point hitch made for the Farmall 140. Does anyone know anything about it? Does anyone have any photos of such a thing? I assume it would use the arm of Single Prong Fast-Hitch and have a triangular attachment with the two side arms attached underneath the tractor. This would make the 140 a more update little tractor! Regards from Michael H.
  3. Now the confusing bits - Truck engines BLD = Blue Diamond engines and then later BD = Black Diamond engines UB = power units based on BD truck engines. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BD - "British Diesel" diesel tractor engines - British built engines - BD-144 used in B-250, B-275 Diesel & 354 Diesel tractors. - BD-154 used in B-414,424, 434, 444 & 364 diesel tractors) Totally unrelated to the US truck engines!
  4. US built engines - C = Gasoline or LPG engine tractor engine D = normally aspirated Diesel (all styles) DT = Turbocharged Diesel DTI = Inter cooled Turbo Diesel DV = V8 Diesel U = Power Unit (industrial engine) UD = Diesel Power Unit UR = "Red Diamond" based power unit UV = V8 power unit Power Units (industrial engines) up to the mid 1950s used a series number. "1" = 60 cubic inch through to "24" = 1091 cubic inch In the mid 1950s the naming system for power units was changed so the numerals reflected the approximate cubic inch size. Example - The Farmall Cub engine (59.5 cubic inch) was called the "C-60" engine. That engine was the basis of the "U-1" power unit. The "U-1" power unit was later renamed the "UC-60" power unit in keeping with the new system. The "Diamond" series truck engines used prefixes "GD" = Green Diamond, SD = Silver Diamond, RD = Red Diamond - Numerals represent cubic inch displacement. Regards from Michael H.
  5. I prefer "disking". To me "discing" looks like it should be pronounced as "dissing". Usually if you follow C with E, I or Y it is "softens" it to "s" (cent, cinder, cygnet etc.) K is always "hard" ( Ken, Kilroy, Kyle etc.) Regards from Michael H. P.S. I prefer the US spelling "plow" to the British spelling "plough"
  6. County was a British company that built Four Wheel Drive tractors mainly based on British Fordson & later Ford tractors.
  7. Thanks for the picture of the British assembled Loadstar. There is precious little information on these British built US designed lorries (trucks) on the Internet We had the same trucks in Australia, essentially a kit sent from the US and assembled using local assorted parts. P.S. I love the lead tractor on the load! I have only just found out the Cub Cadet was sold in Britain. Regards from Michael H.
  8. I am a "tractor guy" and don't know much about trucks. My question is what was the difference between the early Diamond truck and later Super Blue, Red & Black Diamond engines? Different cubic capacity? Mechanical changes? I have seen a reference a Red Diamond 450 and a Super Red Diamond 450 engines. Later model? Regards from Michael H.
  9. Very interesting photos! The 634 AWD is parked next to, I think, a 276 and you can see the family resemblance. The lower photo of the McCormick Super BWD-6 has it parked next to an International B-450, its direct replacement. Regards from Michael H.
  10. There was a International 634 with row crop features - adjustable "Farmall style" rear and front axles. I have a photo one in New Zealand, I'll think it is one my lap-top computer, I'll try and find it. Regards from Michael H.
  11. In Australia and New Zealand there was something called the "Empire Preference" where products imported from Britain and other British Commonwealth countries had lower import duties than products imported from elsewhere. The British imported Australian & New Zealand grown farm produce and the farmers bought British built farm machinery. Consequently many of the US built models were never sold in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia none of the US built farm utilities were imported. Australia imported most of the larger US built diesel Farmall tractors. New Zealand imported the I-606 D, I-504 D and Farmall 504 D & 806 D Regards from Michael H.
  12. Why was 756 Diesel dropped? Surely diesels were getting more popular. Here in Australia IH had almost all diesel range by the mid 1960s both in imported and locally built tractors. The only exceptions were the Cub Cadet 10* models and the Farmall 140HC which were sold in limited quantities. Regards from Michael H.
  13. The B-614 was built 1963-68 They were powered by BD-281 glow plug diesel engine. They were built concurrently with the B-450 tractor (BD-264 engine) The B-614 was styled to resemble the B-414 utility (big brother, little brother!) The Farmall B-450 row crop tractor was imported in the US Southern States in the early 1960s as a "limited import" I don't know why Canada didn't import them. My only theory is that they were considered too old fashioned compared to the stylish looking US tractors being sold in Canada by IH! Regards from Michael H.
  14. There were a small number 826 tractors built with the C-301 gasoline engine. These were only built in the Hydro style as an 826 gas Gear Drive would have been virtually the same as an 856 gas (C-301 engine)
  15. Got my attention! Is the 856 branded "Farmall" (row crop) or "International" (wheat land style) The Farmall 706 & 606 Utility, are they diesels? Very desirable and different collection! Regards from Michael H. Australia