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  1. The symptoms you describe could also be the result of a female coupling locking ring not working freely. When you push the hose in as far as possible, you may be actually opening both valves, but if nothing grabs the hose coupler it can give the impression of hydraulic pressure holding one of the valves shut. All it takes for this malfunction is a small burr / deformity on the female coupling body for the lock ring to get caught on. I fixed mine by removing the assembly from the tractor, disassembling the body and chucked it up in a lathe. Put a little valve grinding compound in the lock ring and lap the lock ring to the body until smooth action returns.
  2. Going through my old Harvester Highlights , there was a story about Palmer Marine. They bought predominately I.H. engines for their products, including the PU12 thru the modern V-8s. At the end of the story, I.H. was blamed for the down fall of Palmer because they had to fix a large percentage of the 549s under warranty. The claim is that the engine had to be completely dismantled, but the author doesn't know what the problem was or what caused it. My question is, how did the 549s hold up when they were used in trucks?
  3. A post started by Drewu223 a couple months back sparked some comments that led me to believe that DDA is not a favorite powerplant. I have 11 of them in various vehicles and wouldn't part with any of them. Over the years, I've noted that the 6V-53 is most frequently in the crosshairs so I will address that unit. Greasy? Yes. Noisy? Yes. But both situations can be minimized with a little thought applied to routing of the airbox drains and air intake. Someone mentioned that tuning them was an art. Maybe, but it was more of an art to be able to make them leak-free. I think the leakiest parts were the tin valve covers and blower-to-block gaskets. The cast valve covers were a major improvement. In '85 they were pretty dry motors once you got the blower glued down good. The blower, for some reason, seemed to just disintegrate it's gaskets every couple years. On the last try I glued the gasket to the block with super weatherstrip adhesive and another light coating on the gasket before setting the blower on it. Another common complaint is no guts. Pull a couple-miles-long grade in a single-axle with a trailer and a backhoe? Not in overdrive. In hi-direct with 3.70 gears , hammer down, you might get 40 mph. But we're only talking 160 hp here. I have a 1978 1800 Loadstar which my Dad bought new. When the 446 wore out for the 3rd time, he went to the salvage yard and picked up the 6V-53 that is in it today. An otherwise reliable truck, it was about 2 seasons of changing to heavy-duty components before it could be run for more than a week without breaking something. The I.H. trans with less than 20,000 miles was the first to let go. Replaced with a post-War 5W43 Fuller. Twisted the slip yoke off next. Broke several axle shafts, then years later it was unwise to take it too far from home because the ring and pinion were getting so bad. Recently, a friend had given me a complete rear axle assembly from a '91 Ford L9000. I was a little worried about making the jump between 4th and overdrive with a single speed axle (the L-9000 was a 7 speed ) but with a 4.11 gear it worked quite nicely. It may not be a world burner but there is enough power to get the job done, and is a real fuel-pincher. Maybe I was mis-interpreting those whom I call Detroit bashers, but I can't equate all these broken components with "gutless". The underside of my 1800 is bone dry, by the way. As an experiment, brazed 3 nipples into the Y-pipe to attach the air box drains and draft tube. Muffler filling with oil? In a few weeks, we'll see!
  4. Anybody know of a source for the bellows in an A-C 6-V electric fuel pump, or a complete pump?
  5. Have 18.4 - 38s, radials, want to fill about halfway. How much liquid? How many bags of calcium? Any truth to rumor of mixing in lime to minimize corrosion? Thanks, Fritz
  6. Geoff Tate, Eric Adams, King Diamond, Bruce Dickinson - - all vocalists with an incredible range
  7. In recent months I have seen factory photographs of I-12s without governors. One was in an old Red Power the other was in a photo slide show online, I think the guy's handle was Farmall 51. Under what circumstances would the tractor be set up this way?
  8. May I ask why you don't break up the rear ends in these tractors when you turn them up? All I ever hear about is how 560s were always overpowered and broke things, but it doesn't seem to concern you guys too much. Possible the 560 rumors weren't as big a deal as publicized?
  9. Way back in my old Red Powers or Harvester Highlights, IH was battling JD over the 843 corn head. Isn't it true that IH already had a corn head on the 141 while Deere was just offering theirs to the public? My point being that 30 years have passed before this lawsuit... When do gathering chains and snapping rolls become old technology? How many innovations can you put on a corn head? How long did it take John Deere to infringe on IH with the GP? 5-6 years? By the way, I never did hear how the lawsuit turned out. Last I heard, IH lost but they were going to appeal.
  10. Personally, I've never been in a situation where I needed a coulter. I go back in after planting and rip the headlands, I.E. no trash to cut. I've ripped fallow weedy ground (short vegetation) without any trouble. Unless the coulter somehow controls the resulting mound behind the subsoiler, I don't see any need for it. I've never had a subsoiler with a coulter, so I don't know. I think that one more downer for a coulter would be, that since you are supposed to rip when the ground is dry and hard, a coulter would just make it more difficult to keep in the ground. Fritz
  11. How much for the whole thing?
  12. In '86 Stanadyne was having bad trouble with those pumps. You could have a brand-new one ( from International) for $242. When they quit using a plastic governor drive ring the troubles went away.
  13. I'm glad to see there are some sensible people on this forum. If you had asked this question at Yesterdays Tractors, everyone would be telling you how bad they suck because they don't have as much power as a Duramax, Powerstroke, or an 855 Big Cam. I bought my first on in '85 in a F-250 4x4, and every year until '91. ( I still have the '86 F-350 2-WD, '88 Super Duty, '89 F-350 4x4 and '90 Super Duty. However, I saved all the engines as the trucks disintegrated.) Three things I didn't like: 1) The pre-'87 four-speeds with aluminum bell housing always cracked at the fulcrum as soon as the clutch dust absorbed all the grease lubricating the throwout bearing, raising the release pressure. To fix this, weld up the old bell housing until there is enough weld to reach the front of the transmission and grind it down flat, so the fulcrum has some support to push against. A new bell housing will not cure the problem. 2) The ZF 5-speed beginning in '87 did the job, but are expensive to rebuild. All the syncros need to be changed during overhaul, not just the bad one. As soon as you clean everything up and re-assemble, the new one you bought will work, the rest will start acting up. They also have too high first and reverse for my liking. One Super Duty is 157"WB with a tool body and a crane. You don't want to do too much off-roading with this one. 3)Beginning in '87, the most miserable glow plug system ever installed on any Diesel world wide is on this engine. The Positive Temperature Coefficient system is basically crippled with one glow plug out. With everything new it barely works. Best way to make this system work is to keep your block heater in working order. The 6.9, on the other hand, was a magnificent cold weather starter. If it had 6 good glow plugs, and if it would turn, it will start at +5 deg. F UNASSISTED. ( Of course, I had 10W in the crankcase, to make sure it would turn.) 6.9s had the same G.P. system as 5.7 Diesel in the Oldsmobile, which didn't have any microprocessors to sense voltage draw, just a relay and a control switch and the glow plugs got full power whether they were any good or not. Was the 6.9/7.3 powerful? Not really, but they got reasonable mileage and they STAYED TOGETHER!
  14. What is the purpose of: 1) the bored holes in the front frame, right next to the joint where it attaches to the trans housing, near the bottom. They have bushings installed. And 2), the axle housings have a finished surface on their ends, suggesting an area to install a saddle and cap, or the wheel and seal retainer could be removed and a device slid onto the axle and retained with the seal retainer. (Something like a chain case for grader tandem axle). Thanks.
  15. Hello all , I have been out of the Red Power loop for a long time, but I still have all my Red Powers from '99 back.They are all dog-eared from being read all the time, and two columnists I really enjoy are B. Mitchell Carlson and Gene Preston. Are these guys still around? another guy, John Hoover, never wrote much, but when he did it was worth reading. He was knowledgeable about the UD-16 in motor graders. He was somewhere in Canada, and I tried sending him a letter recently but it was returned to me saying he hadn't been there in 15 years. I hope these guys are still around and in good health.