Michael Halsall

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  1. 560 vs 656

    Here is a general question for all those with a good knowledge of the 60 & 56 Series tractors. How different or similar are the Farmall 560 & Farmall 656 tractors? My understanding they both used the same engines but what about other parts of the tractor? The transmissions are different, but will any chassis parts interchange? Neither model was imported in Australia so I'm not familiar with either one. The 560 was approximately replaced by the 706 in 1963. The 656 was introduced in 1965 as an addition to the range ahead of the other 56 Series models. Regards from Michael H. in Australia. P.S. All the best for 2018!
  2. 560 vs 656

    It sounds like putting the D-312 engine in and not improving the rear end was repeating the "560 scenario" all over again! Regards from Michael H. P.S. Looking at YouTube videos I've noticed in earlier times plowing was done at a brisk walking pace, similar to a horse's pace, now plowing it done at a running pace which puts a big load on machinery.
  3. 560 vs 656

    IH was the king of special builds and one offs. It wasn't just Farmall Works either. The International 600, built at Melrose Park I believe, was essentially a diesel tractor but a small batch of gasoline ones were built. The industrial versions of some farm models were built in tiny amounts. There were apparently only 10 model 21206 \ (1206 industrial) tractors built. I assume they would have built among the other model 1206 tractors at Farmall Works. Both special builds would have been expensive to complete. Regards from Michael H.
  4. 560 vs 656

    Sometimes called "Parts Bin engineering" where parts from unrelated previous and current models are used in a new model.
  5. 560 vs 656

    I partially agree with your idea of the 460 and 656 being related. I have noticed that that the International versions of the 560 & 706 were Standard Treads. The International versions of the 460 & 656 were Utilities, so there must have been more of a size similarity between the 460 & 656. The TractorData website lists the lineage of those utilities as going 460 Utility, 606 (utility) and the 656 Utility Regards from Michael H.
  6. 560 vs 656

    The 560 was discontinued in 1963, the 656 was introduced in 1965. That gap of 2 years causes arguments about the model lineage. Was the 560 replaced by the 706 or 656? In Australia the 706 Diesel was seen as a replacement for the 660 Diesel - a big heavy tractor with the D-282 engine, The 706D & 806D were advertised as "giants" and in no way considered as anything to do with the Farmall M, W-6 sized Australian built A-554 range. Some people consider the 806 Standard the replacement for the 660, I think the 706 Standard was closer. In New Zealand, where the early Farmall 656 D was sold in limited numbers. it was considered a bigger brother to the 504D & 606D tractors also sold there. When the 40/60 models were replaced by the 04/06 models there were additions to the line up. In my opinion the 656, 806 & 1206 were additions to the range rather than replacements for previous models. Regards from Michael. H
  7. What's the difference...

    Nearly forgot - there was also an International 2656 industrial tractor. It was a heavy duty version of the 656 Utility, usually painted yellow and fitted with a reinforced metal grille.
  8. What's the difference...

    International 656 "Row Crop" and Farmall 656 "Western Special" (wheat land) Almost contradictory use of the "International" & "Farmall" naming convention. Originally "Farmall" was used row crop tractors and "International" was used for standard tread and utility tractors. The 56 Series was last series to have separate "Farmall" & "International" version of each model.
  9. What's the difference...

    There was also apparently a Farmall 656 "Western Special" which was an early style F-656 with a draw bar hitch and a wide front axle specially marketed to wheat growers in the North American wheat belt. Do a Google search to find photos of this version. Regards from Michael H.
  10. International Harvester US brochure year codes

    Thanks for this information. Looks like I have brochure from 1957 Regards from Michael H.
  11. Dear IH collectors, I have started collecting IH brochures from around the world. I have recently found an International Cub Lo-Boy brochure, printed in the USA, with a date code 11-14-G. How do I decipher the date codes? The tractor depicted is the Lo-Boy with the white grille similar to the Farmall 130. Is there a list for each year's code? Regards from Michael H. Australia
  12. 560 vs 656

    My understanding is that the 06 and 56 Series tractors were a "clean sheet" design that only used a few parts from previous models. The totally new and much improved transmission was to make amends for the transmissions used in the previous 460 & 560 tractors. It seems that the 656 was a "little 706" rather than anything else. The Farmall 544 appears to have been a 4 cylinder version of the 656. I assume mounted implements that fitted the 560 would have fitted the 656 too. In Australia, we had instead of the American Farmall 656, our locally produced Farmall A-554 and later Farmall 564 tractors which WERE an evolution of the Super MD tractors. In the standard tread versions of these tractors the original rear ends were improved by using American sourced 806 parts. The A-554 was styled to resemble the American 560 and the 564 was styled to resemble the American 656. Regards from Michael H.
  13. My W series collection

    i didn't realise that there were so many W Series scale models made. Great to see a collection of these tractors. I'll will have to start a collection too. Regards from Michael H. Australia
  14. McCormick OS6 Restoraton

    I just noticed your OS-6 (1951 build) is a "McCormick" rather than a "McCormick-Deering" making at quite rare, all the other photos I have of these tractors have the earlier name. regards Michael H.
  15. McCormick OS6 Restoraton

    OS-6, ODS-6 & OS-4 hoods (left to right) I assume you used modern plumbing fittings to replace the "downward pointing" exhaust manifolds and exhaust pipe as the originals are virtually impossible to find. Regards from Michael H.
  16. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    IH tractors built before 1937 are occasionally found with red paint, these advertisement explain why. In New Zealand IH reconditioned old McCormick-Deering tractors that had been traded in and repainted them "IH red" as a way updating them. These reconditioned tractors became "bargain buys" and were given a basic guarantee by IH. Regards from Michael H. P.S. I love the restored diesel TracTracTor!
  17. McCormick OS6 Restoraton

    What fluid did you put down the engine bores? Regards from Michael H.
  18. Vintage Ads

    I have seen this image somewhere else, Wisconsin Historical Images perhaps. The soldier's uniform appears more British (Canadian?) than US. The corporal's stripes point downwards (British Commonweaith style) and he is wearing a "tin hat" style helmet. Regards from Michael H.
  19. Vintage Ads

    My maternal grandfather had the same unit with the Super A engine. I can't remember if it was a 55T (twine) or 55W (wire) baler. Grandpa had a W-4 tractor which was smaller than the W-6 but did the job well. It was used for baling lucerne hay mainly. Regards from Michael H.
  20. Vintage Ads

    What year is the brochure from? Appears to be a Continental engine pre 1950s when the IH engines were used
  21. Vintage Ads

    What is the make is the engine? A Wisconsin? The Australian built 55 Series (GL-55) used an air cooled V4 Wisconsin auxiliary motor.
  22. McCormick OS6 Restoraton

    I am following this project with much interest! I have always liked the W Series tractors so the O series are as interesting to me. Great to hear you one tractor up and running! Regards from Michael H. from Australia
  23. International 384

    Here is a general question for all those with a good knowledge of International utility tractors. Question, was the 384 utility tractor sold in the USA? Does anyone here own one? I have just bought on Ebay a sales brochure from the US, dated 1/83. It advertises the 84 Series diesel tractors, 484 to Hydro 84, but no 384. Australia got the 384, but only very briefly Regards from Michael H. in Australia. P.S. All the best for 2018!
  24. Vintage Ads

    The first W-4 was BUILT in February 1940. The first W-6 & WD-6 were both built in May 1940. The first W-9 & WD-9 were both built in December 1940 according to Guy Fay's "Data Book"