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What can you tell me about an International 385 tractor.

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There is a 385 coming up at auction in the near future. I'm looking for a good small tractor to bush hog, rake hay, etc. Are they cold blooded? Engine size and parts availability? Do they have a TA?

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Made 1985 as IH 385, 1985 to 1990 as CaseIH 385, D155 3cyl diesel, direct start (no glow plugs) 35 PTO HP, independent PTO, 3 pt, sometimes 1 remote outlet (sometimes none) 8 speed F 4 speed R, option electric hi/lo (T/A name dropped on CIH units) typically on 13.6-28 tires, fwa optional on CIH units. Usually ROPS equipped.

Decent little tractor for what you describe. Have a 495, owned a 385 in the past, wanted something slightly bigger.

Should start unassisted well into freezing weather, we have a block heater for "insurance" but I'm in Canada so -20 C starts not unusual, depending on where the tractor was initially sold it may have the ether assist start on it anyways, which is fine.

You can still get parts easily in my opinion,

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495man pretty well said it all-----my C-IH 385 has been with me since new and is a really nice small tractor. It replaced a MF 35 gasser and is much more tractor than the MF ever was.. Mine is used only as a chore tractor, mowing, etc but it sure satisfys us.

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Ok all you sharp tractor eyes. What could you tell me about this tractor.

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Retento, I checked that website. What got me was they have an International 485 but no 385 listed. I did see the CaseIH 385 listed on their site but didn't know if it was the same tractor.

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Tractor pictured is likely 1985 (last/only International Harvester year)

it has the ether assist start (white canister left side engine and black button below dash cowl)

Looks like a block heater fitted in rad hose too rather than the "pump style" one we have that is plumbed into it's own circuit from the block and back.

The exhaust has been cut down and spliced back on, ROPS frame totally removed from unit (our 385 was that way for low building)

Grill guard not factory, but looks like may be based on an IH front weight bracket (???)

has one remote judging from (a fuzzing looking) remote lever by right floor board / fender.

Would say it has no "T/A" as no dash lever to the right of column (never saw an IH 385 fitted this way, but have seen the toggle switch ala all CIH 85 series on the CIH 385 variant)

Can't tell much else other than looks like a typical 385 and should have all typical late 85 series features.

Retento, I checked that website. What got me was they have an International 485 but no 385 listed. I did see the CaseIH 385 listed on their site but didn't know if it was the same tractor.

no such thing is IH 485 (at least in North America) IH 484 and IH 385, became CIH 485 and CIH 385

385 and 484 very similar...bigger engine D179 and 42 PTO for 484, have to refer back the the specs, but seems to me 385 had slightly less hydraulic GPM(???)

Case IH 385 and IH 385 identical other than paint and grill.

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495man not to start a fight, but I have a IH485 in the barn that was bought new in 1986 by my grandfather. Looks like the pic of the 385 only with white wheels, it also does not have, never had a rops. It was bought from our local dealer.

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495man not to start a fight, but I have a IH485 in the barn that was bought new in 1986 by my grandfather. Looks like the pic of the 385 only with white wheels, it also does not have, never had a rops. It was bought from our local dealer.

IH did sell an "International 485" in europe, I guess it is possible, I'd be interested in pics of it, i.e. to see the lights, does the serial tag have 485 or 484 on it? Maybe a decal screw up in doncaster? The white wheels would be odd too as the late 84's were solid red / gray. Not by chance a repaint prior to sale of a black/red merger tractor? 485 with IH grill and CIH decals. Anyways, you've got me interested!

As far as the ROPs, they were all supposed to have it, however, I imagine it depended on the dealer installing them as IIRC the ROPS were north american sourced, in fact the ROPS on the 495 has "fits 85, 95 and 380B tractors" on the serial tag. Our 385 did not have ROPS on it either, however they were removed prior to purchase.

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495man The s/n does read 485, the lights are in the bottom of the grill, the decals are different than on the 385 that was pictured, the decals are black and white. We also have a CIH 485 the seat and grills seem to be the the only difference. I do not know how to do pics. Brent

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495man The s/n does read 485, the lights are in the bottom of the grill, the decals are different than on the 385 that was pictured, the decals are black and white. We also have a CIH 485 the seat and grills seem to be the the only difference. I do not know how to do pics. Brent

Lights in the bottom / mid grill would be the european configuration, the place where the lights "normally" are are blank. Sounds as if it may have been a "misimport" Probably some weird stuff happening around the merger.

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I would imagine that 485 probably crept in over the Mexican/Texas border.... Seen some strange Deeres (3120's) http://www.tractordata.com/td/003/td3942.html and some different looking Fords (5900's) http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/0...-ford-5900.html from down in Texas.

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