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

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  1. The first IH tractors built in Australia were local versions of the W-6 & Farmall M. The stickers on the side of the W-6 were "McCormick-Deering" but these tractors were advertised as "McCormick International". The "McCormick International" and "McCormick International Farmall" names was used on Australian built tractors from then on until replaced by the straight "International" and "International Farmall" names in the 1970s. The French and British built tractors never used "Deering" in their names, they were "McCormick International" from the beginning until becoming straight "International" in the 1970s. Regards from Michael H.
  2. That's the style I was taken about, thanks for the photo & the info! Regards from Michael H.
  3. I believe the industrial versions of 600 & 650 tractors were not considered separate models. The 600 Industrial & 650 Industrial tractors were the standard models with special attachments or options added or features deleted. Yellow paint would have been an option. Special attachment would be things like fixed draw-bars, front-mounted tow-hooks and such. "Farm" features such as belt pulleys, swinging draw-bars and headlights were often not fitted to industrial tractors. On the the serial number plate, after the serial number, there may be a letter suffix which could could refer to a factory option. Some-one with an International 600 or 650 Parts Catalog should have a list of those options and Suffix lists. Regards from Michael H.
  4. New question about old tractors. I have seen several photos of old row crop tractors of various brands fitted with "Skeleton" rear wheels Skeleton rear wheels were extra skinny steel wheels. What farming operations used them? I assume they must have been for certain row crops . I assume to to use these wheels you would need very flat land and very solid ground. Regards from Michael H. P.S. Has anyone ever used a tractor with skeleton steel wheels?
  5. My I believe during the Second World War, the Germany government nationalized foreign businesses including IHC's Neuss Works Neuss Works continued to build farm machinery for food production . The products produced were then labelled "IHC" I have seen a photo of a tractor at Neuss , being inspected by a group of dignitaries, including a man in full Nazi uniform! After the war the factory was returned to its rightful owners IHC. Chicago then spend a lot of money restoring the factory to create jobs and revive farm production in Germany. I believe Neuss survived the war because it remained a farm machinery factory. A lot other factories that were converted to armament marking were utterly destroyed at the end of the war. The first post-war tractors Neuss produced were simply pre-war F-12 s One of our German, Matthias Buschmann, knows all about the history of the Neuss Works Regards from Michael H
  6. I believe outside the English speaking world IHC preferred to use the less complicated "Deering" and "International" names The W-4, W-6 & W-9 tractors were usually named "McCormick-Deering" in Australia but I have seen photos from Europe where these tractors were named "International". I have seen an old photo of a W-4 in Australia labelled as an "International W-4". Perhaps it was original destined for another market. I have seen a photo of a TD-14 crawler tractor in Argentina named as a "Deering TD-14" Regards from Michael H.
  7. Early IHC built products were sold mainly as either "IHC" or "International". The "McCormick-Deering" name wasn't introduced until 1922, long after the original merger. I believe there was court case in the US where it was considered having 5 brands of farm machinery owned and sold by one company would have been unfair to other manufacturers. I don't know anymore about it. Combining the two biggest brands, "McCormick" and "Deering" and selling them through a united dealership, especially in rural towns, would have made good business sense. The "McCormick-Deering" brand was only ever used on farm machinery - motor trucks and construction machinery were always branded as "International" IHC Australia was very closely connected to the American company, consequently the local branding of products followed the US branding. In France and Germany, before the war, IHC still sold their products through separate "Deering" and "McCormick" dealers. As a consequence, US built tractors sold in those countries were labelled as either "Deering" or "McCormick". I have seen photos from France of a W-12 tractor branded as a "Deering" and a TD-40 crawler branded as a "McCormick". Having said that I have been told a pre-War crawler in Australia branded as "Deering" rather a "McCormick-Deering", perhaps it was destined for Europe but was sent to Australia instead. Regards from Michael H.
  8. Here is a question for IHC machinery historians. I have found on Ebay Australia pieces of an old IHC grain drill for sale. I may buy an end section of the seed box as a "workshop decoration". What I find interesting is that this piece is stamped as a "Deering Grain Drill" rather "McCormick-Deering". I have no idea of the model of this grain drill. Does anyone know when IHC stopped using the stand alone "Deering" name on their implements? I know in Europe there were separate "McCormick" & "Deering" dealers within IHC before the war. Perhaps this grain drill was originally destined for the European market. The stand alone "Deering" name seemed to be used on horse drawn implements well after the tractors all became "McCormick-Deering" Regards from Michael H. Australia
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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