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  1. 1974 loadstar

    Ford had their Super-Duty engines that ran with the biggest gas V-8's IH made, made from 1957 to 1982. 401, 477, and 534 cid, plus they had 361 & 391's The GMC Big Block V-6's were popular too, everything from 305, 351, 401, 478, 637 V-8, 702 V-12. The rest, Chevy, Dodge, etc were modified car engines, sometimes extensively modified. But IH was the most popular, probably one IH for every one of everything else, so 50% market share. Into the 70's Chevy and Ford started eating into IH's share but when diesel became more popular IH owned that with the DT-466. Lot of DT-360 and T444E powered trucks too.
  2. IH Endgate seeder

    I can't even remember what herbicide it was, Atrazine most likely. But they planted corn on it It was fun watching that place get farmed. The two brothers that farmed it a couple years then bought it did some Crazy stuff. One Saturday night, after midnight, I'm watching a local TV late night B rated horror movie, and I hear a tractor! I run to the front room and the neighbor is planting with his 6 row planter! He made one half mile round and quit. When the corn came up he had six rows he got off the marker on by almost a foot. Guess that's why he quit.
  3. IH Endgate seeder

    After a winter of only grinding ear corn for cattle feed, with maybe moving some snow with the loader on the M once or twice, and maybe two Saturdays of hauling manure before the frost went out of the ground, getting into the seat and disking ahead of sowing oats was good, but actually sowing them was better. Must have been more planning between the Neighbor and Dad than I knew about, but as long as I got seat time I was O-K with whatever they planned. Was no hurry needed to get 40 acres sowed in a morning. I don't remember getting rained out from doing fieldwork a whole lot, but it happened. Funny but true story! BTO that first rented the 320 acres across the road got most of it fall plowed. Following spring he had his hired man try to disk in herbicide with his 1206 and 21 ft IH disk, had a 150-200 gallon tank mounted on the disk, pto pump and spray boom ahead of disk. He had 80 acres to spray. Kept getting rained out. After three times being rained out the BTO asks him, You must be about done with that piece right? Hired man gets this pained look on his face and the BTO asks, " You DIDN'T?" He did! He started over every time. First 15 acres had 3 doses of weedkiller, about 10 acres had two, and 10 acres only one.
  4. IHC parts dept 1980s

    That's where Dad got his Super M-TA in 1960 and think he traded the M-TA for the 450 in spring of '65. For parts we had Rishel & Son in Cambridge, Ill, but I'd get stuff at Gib Pritchard Implement in Geneseo. I went to Galesburg a lot, our family dentist and my orthodontist was in Galesburg, but never took the time to check out Westbay. Both Rishel and Pritchard had pretty good sized front rooms with parts shelves, and maybe a Cub Cadet or two, Pritchard had a fridge or freezer on one of my earliest visits. But not near as big as in that picture. The new dealer, Empire Equipment built a whole new shop building and store east of Geneseo on US Rt 6. Their front room resembled that picture. I tried to do business with them a time or two but they weren't interested in taking my money I guess. Got hard to keep IH equip. running when Rishel closed and then Pritchard closed in the '70's.
  5. What a crappy spot for an oil filter

    Son decided to do the first oil/filter change on his '14 Ram 2500 CTD when I was there to help. I was surprised what a pain it was to R&R the filter on that thing. Had to remove most of the clean air plumbing from air filter/intercooler to turbo. Can't really get it from below., can ALMOST get to it from the passenger side front wheel well. I was kinda surprised it was that difficult.
  6. My favorite International machinery.

    BTO I worked for looked like a Deere sales brochure, about everything was green/yellow, but he had an IH #56 silo blower. Owattona self-propelled mower/conditioner, and a Fox chopper. Chopper was brand new when I started working for him, it chopped fine but even a handful of hay in the wrong spot of the pickup head and it would shear the shear bolts to the feed rolls. It worked better being pulled by a 4020 than the 4320. I hope it fed better with the corn head, I never chopped corn with it.
  7. What a crappy spot for an oil filter

    Our 1988 Mustang GT had two drain plugs in the oil pan. The pan looped over the rack & pinion steering unit and the front part wouldn't drain without the extra plug. But it would have been nice if they would have moved that frt plug so most of the oil from that plug didn't hit the sway bar and splash all over! Son's '93 Lightning F-150 had the oil filter sticking down thru the front suspension some how, I only changed it once but it was an environmental disaster in the shop. Wife's 2003 Mountaineer was hard to get hold of the filter too. I used a steel strap wrench, two long extensions, and a universal joint between them to loosen and tighten. Then could only get about 1/10th of a turn at a time. There was barely room for your fingers to get the filter down and out from behind the radiator. My Volvo is no picnic either, canister type filter I have to remove half the air filter box and cold air inlet to get to. Strangely enough draining the oil & filter in my International 7.3L engine in my F-250 is a breeze! I have a sharpened hardened ring shank nail I poke a hole in the bottom of the vertical filter to drain it into a 5 gallon bucket that slides easily under the truck. I can remove the drain plug and drain the pan into the bucket while the filter drains. Normally there will be 2-3 small specs of oil on the floor when I'm done. I also pre-fill the filter plumb full and install it before filling the oil pan. There's 14 or 15 grease zerks I have to grease, plus T-case, trans, and frt & rear axles to check oil in. Plus I check SCA's every oil change with the Fleetrite strips. Done something like 110 oil changes in the old girl!
  8. Letter Series Brakes

    Pull the cast iron cover off and see what the friction disks and actuators look like. Disk brakes on my stage II Super H have to have nearly new friction disks or the steel balls lodge in their grooves and lock the wheel. Then I have to go the opposite way for that brake to release. Once I use up the adjustment on the set of disks I installed 3-4 years ago I'm going to find a machine shop to grind the cover surface that contacts the rear tub .030". Make sure the grooves in your actuators are clean, and smooth, no accumulated rust, and lube the grooves with some moly anti-sieze, new balls are cheap, I'd replace them, and the fancy coil springs that hold the two plates together. I don't like the idea of being able to easily lock a rear wheel by braking when running in 5th gear on the road, but the brakes on my tractor will lock a wheel in 4th.
  9. Toys we never got to play with

    Wife actually met the REAL B.A. back about 1991 at her work! Big commotion, lots of chatter, most of it from a loud fast taking guy with lots of heavy gold chains around his neck. Mr. T was at her work, a comic book distribution company to kick off some sales promotion. Wife was able to get two signed photos, She said He's not as tall as you think.
  10. Cream puff 2+2

    Side panel louvers via Plasma Cutter! Surprisingly similar shape on each side. I would think a lot of the exhaust would end up under the roof of the ROPS. To think of all the grief I went thru to keep those 20"x30" rims around and have somebody treat the tractor like that!
  11. Cummins 24v help PLEASE

    I subscribed to the magazine for a year right after I got my '96 PSD just so I could post on their forum. Some of those guys are Great, some are laughable in their lack of knowledge. Just like the guys on The Diesel Stop. One clown was bragging about how you never hear of a Cummins twisting off an oil pump driveshaft like you do a PSD! Which was the 7.3 then. The oil pump is in the timing cover like on a 400-series, driven off the front of the crankshaft. I pointed out that nobody ever sheared an oil pump driveshaft on a 7.3 PSD because there isn't really one, it's crankshaft driven. And if the pump stops for any reason, the engine stops before doing any real damage since the injectors are oil operated. Guy actually apologised for getting carried away. Then there was the guy I got in a discussion about stacks installed in the bed. I said I thought they were dumb, strictly for show. Some guy from Texas said all 3 of his Rams had stacks in the bed, and he hauls stuff daily. Probably a rake and his gym bag. I laughed at him, replied that in over a million miles of driving I had never had an exhaust exit in the cargo area of my truck, 4,6,10, 14, 18 wheeler, I suggested maybe he should try routing the exh into the cab, give him more cargo room. He was not amused.
  12. Shopping for pickups, not as fun anymore

    I bought a 2 yr old '78 F-150 swb reg cab 4x4 April of '80, 27,000 miles. Sheetmetal dissolved in water! In '87 when I traded it the drivers door was 3-4 inches shorter than the pass. door. At least the cab mounts didn't rot and let the cab sag. Dad bought a used '67 F-250 Camper Special in spring of '70, or maybe fall of '69. 2wd, 352 & FMX auto tranny, a pretty tu-tone, White cab roof and center belt along the body, top of body, inside of box, hood and rocker panels a turquoise blue-green. Hold something green up to the turquoise and it looked light blue, hold something light blue next to the turquoise and it looked green. About a month before going off to college end of summer of '72 I fixed rust holes behind both front wheels at the bottom of the frt fenders, right ahead of the doors. Truck sold on Dad's auction about 9th of December, was a bitter cold windy snowy day, truck was last thing to sell. Auctioneer, clerk, Dad, and two guys bidding on the truck. Brought $1400. I think the guy who bought it worked at IH East Moline. I worked there for 6 weeks end of January of '77, Febuary, and first week or two of March, while cruising the employee parking one day looking for one of the nine available parking spaces for the 300 second shift workers to park in I saw IT! My body work was rusting again, but after 4-5 years since I last saw it I thought it looked pretty good. The truck had four boat lashing hooks screwed to the frt & back sides of the box to hold in a slide-in camper that positively identified it as our old truck. Still had the spare tire hung out front hanging off the front bumper that was common back then. Truck had 4.10 gears, no overdrive, 16.5" tubeless low profile Firestone wide oval rear tires, ran about 3000 at 65 mph, sounded like an airplane cruising down the Interstate getting 9-10 mpg. If I took back roads and ran 55 I could get 11 mpg!
  13. I bet I saw the real tractor inside Farmall during the big strike about December '79 or January '80. Tractor was about a 5288 chassis with 1586 sheetmetal hung on it. Farmall was only working first shift, except for places like Plant Protection, Powerhouse, etc. I ran my forktruck down to shipping looking for pallets or something and saw this tractor different than Anything sitting outside the back door to the shipping office. I screeched to a stop and bailed off the forktruck and was looking it over, and about 10 seconds later Ray Eglund, #2 manager in QA at Farmall came to the door and hollared at me "Hey, GET AWAY FROM THERE! Oh, Denny, sorry, go ahead and look but don't touch and no, I can't answer any questions about it." I looked it over for 3-4 minutes, I made a couple comments but Ray kept his word, he didn't really say anything except just don't tell anybody about it. When I finally saw my first 5x88 about a month after we started building them and saw the new style sheetmetal i really liked the look. Those days were SO different than today. You actually had to bring a camera into work, nobody had cell phones with cameras.. I brought a camera to take pictures of Bald Eagles sitting in trees on the Riverbank where we ran from end to end of the plant. I wasn't supposed to take pictures of anything inside the plant.
  14. That picture right there shows the Biggest problem my Dad had with Farmalls, headlights clear back by the operator, actually headlights and instrument lights combined. He always felt the headlights needed to be up front in the grill like IH did on the later International tractors, but not until the Farmall 66-series rowcrops. IH was too confused about what to do for a cab on the 66-series. It seemed like Every year they used a different cab. Several different white cabs, only one red I think, never really cared for the look of the red cab. The "Backwards doors" aside, the 86-series cab was a giant step forward. Neighbor Dad traded help with farmed Dad's 80 after 1972. About 1976 or '77 he was shopping for a new plow. Local IH dealer brought him a 5-16 #720 plow out behind a new 1086. Neighbor and salesman made several rounds and neighbor decided to buy the plow. Salesman said, "Lets make this simple, take the tractor and plow and you can plow all day, I'll take your year old 4230 back to town." Neighbor didn't go for that at all. Neighbor said he didn't like the arc of the windshield, but that sharp curve and doorframe and huge muffler was O-K. Whatever, just another situation where a red plow used on a green tractor. You just about NEVER see that the other way around.
  15. Shopping for pickups, not as fun anymore

    I saw a used '17 in Calif. for $110,999. CNC Motors, Ontario, Ca. $1273/month payments. only 83 miles.