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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Hopefully you can get it going! The D-239 engine was used in the 544, 574 & 674 which means engine parts are available. The 664 was a short-lived model, only about 1000 were built, so they are an interesting (collectible) model. Regards from Michael H.
  12. The Mazda engine in the 284 is a complete mystery to m The 284 was only sold in Diesel form in Australia and Europe. The Mazda powered version was apparently only sold in the 2WD version of the 284 and apparently only in North America. The Mazda engine is a complete mystery to me. I have owned a several Mazda cars and their engines were high tech OHC engines quite unlike a tractor engines. Are you able to source engine parts from Mazda car dealers? Regards from Michael H.
  13. IH 284, the best small IH tractor not built by IH. Komatsu chassis with a Nissan diesel engine. The Nissan 3 cylinder diesel engine used in the 284 is apparently very reliable. Your 284 fitted with FWA and the loader appears to be "punching above its weight" !
  14. Nice collection - interesting collection! It appears you have complete collection of the McCormick 6 Series orchard - grove tractors. The ODS-6 is always looked on as a highly desirable antique tractor because of its rarity. Guy Fay's book quotes - ODS-6 - 352 units built, OS-6 - 831 units built & O-6 - 1962 units built. Regards from Michael H. P.S. Now you have to collect an OS-4 and an O-4 so you will then have a complete collection!