Good morning All,
Looking to pull in anyone's experience or thoughts so I can catch some of the details earlier on in the process.
I have a IH 544. It's a really nice sized around the yard tractor, has an IH 2000 loader on it and I really enjoy the tractor for the most part. Other than the fact it has the gutless c200 and the engine is getting pretty tired. I.e. I have to feather the clutch in 4th at times to keep from killing it. (Loaded tires)
I know my value would be in just getting a new tractor, but I love projects for the sake of the project, so I want to repower this tractor. I found a rebuilt, still on the stand, cummins b3.3 locally a couple years back and thought it would make a great power plant for this tractor. It's a fully mechanical engine with an inline pump, so should be good to go.
Just got in contact with Ed Leaman for an adaptor and flywheel. He mentioned a remote oil filter is needed so I have that on the list.
Not positive if I'll be able to use the stock starter, will find that out as we go.
Looks like there should be plenty of space based on my measurements between the rails and between the bell housing and radiator.
Beyond that there will be fabrication and modifications for motor mounts, linkages, wiring updates, etc.
How about fuel tank, any major modifications for going to diesel? Is a fuel pump going to be needed? I'm assuming gravity should be enough for this application.
Any other major items in overlooking?