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    Hydramatic it likely is. I find the Hydramatic was introduced in the R-series in mid-1954 and replaced with a transmission with a park position in the 1955 S-series. I assume this was the B-W transmission as I see Hydramatic didn't get park until it was redesigned for 1956. With yours, I read you have to stop the engine, then put it in reverse to lock the transmission.

    Likely a Borg Warner which I believe Ford used at first, then developed into their own transmission while IH continued to use it until the Chrysler auto replaced it in the early 1970s.
  3. Over-sized Load or Under-sized road?

    Greenredneck's permit story reminds me of a mover preparing to move a RR depot in a small town. Every day, the DOT stopped by asking "Got a permit?" "Don't need one" was the reply every time. Moving day came and as soon as the truck hit the road, the DOT pulled up prepared to write citations. "Here's my permit" "Thought you said you didn't need one" "I didn't need one yesterday. Now I do. Here it is, now got out of my way."

    No ABS on these trucks. I'm not familiar with the parts, but there was a hydraulic power brake system used with an electric backup in case of engine failure so you still had power brakes. I'm guessing that's what that is.
  5. Gas engine production ended at Indianapolis in Dec. 1982, but I don't know how long they were available from inventory. The 1724 model says it was built with a gas engine, it would have be a 1754 with diesel. The engine size and serial number will be stamped into a pad next to the rear mounting bolt for the fuel pump. There is no reason to think it's not a V-345.
  6. On my 3rd reading of this book

    The reprint of the book is available from for $40.00. The Wisconsin Steel property was gradually cleared, not by Navistar as I understand it, bit around 2000 Navistar reacqired the site, probably under pressure from the EPA, and did the environmental cleanup required. This was completed in 2013 and there are now some other buildings on the property.
  7. mid 50's Cabovers at or under 26k gvwr?

    Yes, that 29,000# should be the GCW of a CO-1600. I thought it seemed heavy for a GVW. The CO-1600 started at 17,000#. I wouldn't rule out a special order for an SV-8 in a VCO--it certainly would fit--but it wasn't an advertised option and I've never heard of them. The RD-372, later the 406, offered as standard in the CO-190 would seem to provide about the same power.
  8. mid 50's Cabovers at or under 26k gvwr?

    When the CO-190 series appeared in 1954, it offered GVWs of 21,000 to 25,000#. 44,000# on this one indicates a tandem rear axle model. In 1956, a CO-180 was offered with GVWs of 17,000 thru 23,000. Not sure how popular this model was or if it lasted until the CO-Loadstar appeared in 1963. The CO-1600 was heavier with a GVW of 29,000#. There were no smaller COs.
  9. "Buffalo" compactor

    I worked at the National Auto & Truck Museum in Auburn, IN some years back and we had a Speedwagon on display. A girl about 20 came in and was photographing most of the old vehicles. She came out all excited and asked "Was there really a truck with that name?"
  10. Somebody save it

    Actually many of the Diamond Ts were built in Fort Wayne by IH. In the mid-50s, IH & Diamond T had a deal where IH built the COs while Diamond T built heavy duty construction trucks like the RD-222-H, predecessor to the 210-230 series and the M-series, for IH. I knew a guy who said his first job in Fort Wayne was to figure out whether a truck on the line got IH or Diamond T emblems.
  11. IH Engine Colour

    The colors do not designate engine size specifically, but rather were a scheme to help identify the various engine families which are related to the sizes available. This was not unlike the MaxForce 4, 5, 6, .... designations recently used by Navistar to designate engine families that also did not specifically indicate engine sizes without knowing the details. Here are some details I have compiled that may help make some sense of them: An overview of IH Truck Engines since the 1930's Willys-Overland 213" L Head in the 1933 D-1 Pickup became the HD Series, 174, 213, 232", which became the GRD (Green Diamond) Series, 175, 214, 233" in the K-Line in 1941 There was a UHM series, unknown displacement, OHV, wet sleeved, built 1938 thru 1941. The SD (Silver Diamond) series replaced the GRD for the L-Line in 1949. This was a new engine, 220 and 240", with a 264" added in 1954. These were replaced by Black Diamond engines of the same size in 1955 plus a 308 in the S-Line thru 1962, replaced by the Blue Grey 240/241/265" in 63 and used through 1969 when they were replaced by the AMC 6-232. The FAB was a valve in head with wet cylinder liners in 241 and 259" versions. This became the FAC in 1941 for the K-Line. Next was the BLD (Blue Diamond), a revised FAC with dry liners in 250 and 269". The BLD was revised to the BD (also Blue Diamond) series for the L-Line in 1949 with overhead valves and 250 and 269". These proved to be low in power so a sleeveless version designated the Black Diamond was introduced in 1952 with 282". A 308" version was added in 1954 to counter GM's 302" engine and it appears that the SD-220 and 240" engines became Black Diamonds for 1955. Built thru about 1969. The IH 6 cylinder engines were replaced with the AMC 6-232 in 1969. The FB3 valve in head, 279" engine became the FBB, 298" wet sleeved engine, followed by dry sleeved 361, 401, and 450" versions. These became the FBC series for the K-Line in 1941. This led to the RED series in 1942 in 361, 401, and 450", followed by the RD Series in 372, 406, and 450". A sleeveless RD-501 was added in 1954 (501 was built by someone else). Production ended in the mid-1970s. Details collected from various sources. Accuracy not guaranteed.
  12. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Having been there once, the two addresses opened into the same showroom with a junk yard out back. However, around 1990, the company went bankrupt with JC Whitney coming out of it primarily as a mail order company. They now have a rather impressive building on I-80 west of Chicago at LaSalle, IL, no more store in Chicago or junkyard.
  13. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, Is that an Oliver setting on your desk? The typewriter that is, sure looks like one that I have here. I've never seen another one before now. Howard
  14. Vintage Ads

    Speaking of CCIL, perhaps George and Ralph will remember this CCIL 810, built in Sweden. I only know of it because a Cockshutt collector near Fort Wayne imported one from Canada.
  15. 1210 IH pick up

    Correct. Change to 727 came with 1973 models.