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  1. IH 844 D246 engine rebuild

    You can take the oil pan off without removing the front end, if you loosen things a bit and are careful you can get the pan to come off. Have done it on a 674 to see what was going on, just loosen the remaining bolts a couple of turns to take the pressure off of the pan. I would look at the counterweight assembly driven by the crankshaft first before you take the head off.
  2. IH 844 D246 engine rebuild

    Andrew, call Anderson Equipment in Belleville, they will be able to help you out. Tons of that style of tractor in the area, they will have had lots of experience. Fawcetts in St.Mary's (near Stratford) lists some 784 and 844's in their salvage lists as well. Reis International in Carp/Winchester would be a good candidate as well as Hub International in Lindsay/Port Perry and Church's in Barrie, long time dealers. If you ask around you will also be able to find local mechanics and machine shops with experience. Very popular tractor line in the 80's. http://www.fawcett.cc/ http://andersonequipment.ca/index.html http://www.reisequipment.com/ http://www.hubinter.com/default.htm
  3. Have put a bazzillion hours on 1 of 674 and 4 of 684's within the family, never a rear end/trans issue, but have done two sets of bearings. Manure or mud between the flange and axle will jam in and fail the bearing. The grease fittings installed certainly helps to push things to the outside and lube the bearing as well. It is not too bad of a job, remove both tires, then you can pull the fuel tank and fenders as one complete unit with an overhead lift or another loader, then the axle housings are easily removed (watch to insure you have all of the axle capscrews removed, there is one hiding behind the web for the lower arms of the 3pt). With all of the capscrews out they can still really stick on when liquid gasket has been used. There is a service manual procedure for setting the proper bearing preload on the axles. Sorry don't have it to post. Nothing to worry about in the stoutness of the transmission and differential. We have always treated them as larger tractors than they are, and they have stood up really well.
  4. Vintage Ads

    The lowest hour 66 series I have operated probably had about 5000 hours on it, and it was not that quiet. I notice that the 1466 ad says it was the quietest tractor tested, is that just saying the rest of the 1972 tractor world was brutally noisey, or were they actually quiet when the insulation was new?
  5. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Gary, are those Morse Taper reamers? Looks like they have numbers on them for the MT number? Nice old stuff regardless.
  6. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    On the subject of Red Fife, it is making a come back. For several years there have been articles detailing a farmer(s) growing it east of Toronto, and of course like most retro stuff, there is an immediate demand for it, Loadstar, you might grow it again some day! http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/04/01/red-fife-wheat-how-heritage-became-so-hip/
  7. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    This makes me feel old, but in 1980 I filled a 50 foot silo with a Willys jeep on the blower! Slow as molasses in January, it was 38hp in a four banger, gas of course. The owner of the jeep was so proud that it could do it, we didn't have the heart to tell him that a farmall A might have been as fast. I remember having the hood flipped up, it leaked oil all over and it was cooking hot from working so hard, and had this peculiar hop when it really was loaded. They were short a tractor at the time, so rather than rent an additional one, they insisted to use the jeep. It used a LOT of gas while on the blower. But, he could drive it on the highway when done, so maybe he was actually pretty smart.
  8. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    For those of you who have pulled a series of diskers in formation like Loadstar's photo, how big of a job is it to get them to pull straight? It looks like the crawler is attached to the first one, rather than something closer to the line of pull through the centre of the middle disker? I see the wheels on an angle and likely the wheels offset the sidedraft of the disks on each one, but it looks like the whole contraption would put a fair amount of side draft on the crawler. Likely through a combination of the cranks and levers that I can see on the disker it balances out, but is this an issue to get setup, and once done do you have to re-do it when you get into other soil types, or is it hook'em up and go? And in wheel tractor terms, what would it take to pull 48' of diskers?
  9. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Question for you steam guys, back in the day how did they keep the boiler tubes from having a ton of calcium deposits? I am sure they tried to use soft rain water, but lots of times they must have had to use hard water. Did they add something or just descale from time to time, or not bother?
  10. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Ralph, does that 7721 (7701?) take a lot of power to run? Maybe you have not used it in heavy crops since I think you just started to run it last year. It must have a monster gearbox there somewhere to transfer the 150hp around a corner and distribute things. I can imagine you watch that pretty close for heat and lubrication. That certainly looks dusty to me! Do many people still run pull types in western Canada? Neat to see an action shot of it. Speaking of the small grain tanks, I guess pre-fertilizer days in the 40's, most crops would have allowed a fair amount of travel before filling the bin. They would have actually been decent machines if they held 50 bushels or so.
  11. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Steve, Andrew tells me that is a flax roll attachment, its driven by roller chains off the cylinder. It also has the pulleys to drive a windrow pickup. Ray I have heard that combining flax is quite dusty, never done it myself, but we used to do 100 acres with the AC66, and on a hot day when you could sweat a lot, the shower water would run black for a minute or two, just nasty. But I guess maybe no different than a self propelled where you could sit above the dust coming from the header all day. I have never threshed, but the older farmers tell me that was horribly dirty too, especially from sheaves that saw some rain? I often wonder if we in one full swoop lost air conditioned cabs and large equipment, how many farmers would say to heck with this. You have to really love it to work all day in the dust and dirt, no radio and sweat up a soaking too. Ray, if you can ever get a photo of the 2388 with grain head on, and the AC66 beside it, please take that and post it! The AC66 was actually a good working machine for its time, brilliant actually in how well it worked in many crops. But that grain bin. Would drive you right crazy in heavy crops. I remember a bumper crop of barley, 12 acre or so field, dump twice per round. Needed a grain buggy! steve
  12. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    They are also slow, maybe 10 acres a day. Ray That was a pretty good day for our AC66, most days were a struggle to get 7-8 acres done. I see that one has had an extension put on the grain tank, which would really make a big difference since the 18 bushel standard tank made stopping to dump the bigger part of the day in decent grain. Combining with that thing and an open tractor was also about the dirtiest job possible when there was a tail wind, with the side discharge nicely in line with the tractor operator. That was a job that would separate those that wanted to farm from the others. Ray, what is the contraption on the LHS (non discharge) side of the combine. Ours just had bare shafts there, always wondered what they were for? That picture brings back itchy and dusty memories of day after day with an AC66 and a 444 IH. Ugh.
  13. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Holy cow Loadstar, I know Saskatchewan has a special time system, but you must have a lot of it to type all of that.....
  14. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Has anyone transplanted a diesel into an old 1960's Loadstar? A 7.3 to keep it IH? Not sure when 466's could be spec'd in a Loadstar, but when your gasser is shot and you have an old F250 with a 7.3..........
  15. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    MB.Cat, what kind of mileage would you get with that setup? I guess Manitoba is pretty flat, I can imagine going up a long hill would require an IV of gasoline for the Loadstar!