Martin Thompson

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About Martin Thompson

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  • Birthday 04/02/1977

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    Southland ,New Zealand
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    1941 Mccormick Deering Farmall A
    1945 Mccormick Deering Farmall H
    1947 Mccormick Deering W4
    1947 Case Dex
    Anything IH

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  1. McCormick-Deering mower

    This is a Big 6 mower ( has the BIG 6 cast into frame) it was restored a few years back by a friend of mine and we towed it with my Farmall A at a few shows. It has now been donated to a local vintage club. Marty,NZ
  2. Dad's (Blue) Tractor

    It will be something like this 654 This model was based on the Ford 5000 rated at 65hp built in the UK. This one belongs to the same guy as the 1454 shown previously on this topic. The 654 was his only loader tractor until this year when it was semi retired, and once again the steering lock is not great. This is a Ford County 1164, that a neighbor used to own , It always seemed huge when i was a kid growing up. County used the Ford 8000 engine matched to a 5000 transmission. They were rated at 116 hp. The outside wheels do get close but do not touch when turning. This is a Fordson County Super 4 based on a Fordson Super Major. Dad drove this County on a farm he worked on many years ago.It now belongs to the Thornbury Vintage Machinery Club. This custombuilt digger set up is built on top of a Ford County 654 , and was worked on the swampy ground around here Marty,NZ
  3. Dad's (Blue) Tractor

    Well done on getting the old Ford back into the family again and what a great project. Will be a very cool tractor when restored. Over here in the lower part of New Zealand we normally didn't get to see Ford tractors of that size ( Ford 7000 was a big tractor here back then). Ford dealers sold the Ford County range of tractors often used to develop new ground on steep slopes or swampy ground, where using two wheel drive tractors was just not an option. The Ford County 1454 was based on a Ford 8000 or 9000 (built in the USA) and converted to four wheel drive by County Commercials in the UK. Most of them were worked hard either by contractors or on the bigger farms ,most have been retired long ago but some farms do still use them on the difficult ground. Below is a 1454 that is still used most days. The locally built cab was removed a while back when the tractor went to the shop for repairs and has since been refitted. The photos with the cab on show the full steering lock of a Ford County , it certainly is not a small turning circle Thanks for sharing your project with us Marty,NZ
  4. Where to get points for Case DI with 4-JMA mag

    Saeli implement or Don Livingston at Rusty Acres would be worth trying. Were great when looking for Case Dex parts
  5. Spark plug Question

    Sorry to hear that nice LP tractor is still giving you grief Get some autolite plugs Tony. Unless you plan on working it hard a warmer plug may be needed( more so with LPG ). I know on the LP forklifts I used to service years ago plugs ,leads and caps were always being replaced a lot sooner than the gas machines. I now run autolite plugs in my old tractors after trying the NGK AB 6 plugs and found they were no better than the D16 Champion plugs for fowling. So far have had no issues . The NGk AB6 would probably be okay if my tractors were put into some hard work but not hot enough for parading. Marty,NZ
  6. IH Golf 12 ???

    Most likely a Fairway 12 standard (about 1934-38 based on the O12 )which would look similar to this one. I would imagine that they are not very common. Only 2991 O12s were produced and these numbers would also included the fairways. Only 114 Fairway 14 (1938-39) were built.There was also a Fairway 12 based on the F12 Farmall as well. Marty,NZ Fairway 12 at the Fiordland Vintage Club ,Te Anau New Zealand 1938 Fairway 14 (belongs to forum member IH KIWI)
  7. 1940 B timing marks & indicator

    Farmall A and B used timing marks on the flywheel not the front pulley. Take the plug out of the bottom of the bellhousing and turn engine over until you see the marks. Marty,NZ
  8. Coming to the end of my rope

    The crank shaft on my Farmall A is not threaded in the end ,the pulley relies on a tight fit. I had to warm the pulley up(not too hot as it will damage the front seal) and I had to file the key slightly to allow the pulley to fit correctly. Once I had done that it slipped on easily and I gave it a light tap with a block of wood just to make sure it was fully seated. I did try a new aftermarket pulley that didn't have the set screw but it would work loose and come of the crank so I found an original pulley with set screw and have had no problems since. I would measure the crank shaft and the pulley to make sure every thing is correct. I wouldn't take much to stop the pulley from fitting. If you remove the key will the pulley slide any further on to the shaft? Mine would go on about 3/4 of the way on. Does the key fit in the keyway properly? I would guess the key is what the problem is, if the pulley is the correct one for tractor. Marty,NZ
  9. Tractor Production Locations. re-up from 2011

    Farmall's A and B (serial numbers 501 - 198298) were built at tractor works in Chicago from what I have found up until 1947 then were built at Louisville (serial numbers 200001-220829). Marty,NZ
  10. Spare tire cover

    Mine was made up by a local sign writer using a photo of my Farmall A. The cover came from a local auto parts store. Marty,NZ
  11. 460 Utility diesel

    Hopefully the head gasket is the problem and is not the right thickness for your engine allowing the piston to contact the head. It doesn't look like you had the head milled or the block decked so that shouldn't be the issue. Before you pull all your pistons ,check the piston heights at TDC on all cylinders. Make sure they all measure the same and are within specification. I would then pull all the pistons and check the connecting rods again (make sure the one that has been hitting the head is still straight and not damaged) and also remove the pistons from the rods and check the bushings and the piston pins. I have seen engines that were rebuilt using the old pistons, where the pistons were left on the connecting rods and done low hours on the rebuild before starting to knock only to find the piston pins or bushes worn out allowing the piston to hit the head. Marty,NZ
  12. Why/where are the other countries?

    Randy I guess having some of us Kiwis take over your families farm for a few days would cause you to always remember us . I am sure you will have a armed guard on the gate now . Marty,NZ
  13. Red Power Magazine has arrived

    My July-August Red Power magazine was in my mailbox today. Great article on the differences of the Farmall A and Super A. Now to put my feet up and do some more reading. Marty,NZ
  14. Heat Gauge

    The original gauges on my 1941 Farmall A were in not bad order but the tube for the temp gauge was broken. I replaced both gauges (so the logo was not as noticeable) and I settled for the slightly incorrect IHC logo, I was lucky enough to get my gauges before OEM tractor parts shut the doors ,and the have the Rochester Manufacturing Company on the outside edge face plate like the originals that most reproduction gauges do not have. I think precision tractor parts make and sell them them now Marty,NZ. Gauges on my 1947 W4 have the two original IH logos.
  15. Farmall H 12 volt alternator conversion

    Maybe check out the videos on youtube on 6 to 12 volt conversion . They may be so some help. Steiner tractor parts have a video on there of fitting their kit. Marty,NZ