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  1. The '39 H's using the M/Super M filter is why Dad hung onto the '39 H so long, and the lack of Super H's on dealers lots or at auctions. The taller M/SM filter won't fit under the hyd tube or hose running back from the pump to the reservoir on SH/300/350. The last two filters I bought, a SH and an M filter did seem really expensive, one I know was over $20. Dad used BALDWIN filters for years, but he/we did 4-5 oil changes a year. I DO ONE. Hard to imagine how it can be so hard to keep track of 4-5 filters that fit everything from 1939 to 1960. Kinda like Chevy oil filters, PF-25 fits ALL except PF-35 fits all trucks except if you used a PF-35 on your car. I actually took the filter off the township's new '74 C-65 dumptruck with 366 big block home one day and IT would have fit my 307 small block but only left me about 4-5 inches of ground clearance. That filter extended below the frame and crossmember by 2-3 inches. PF-35 was plenty big. FL-1A fit all Ford V-8 & 6 cyl, and FL-1995 fit the Powerstroke diesel. I think some of the imported 4 cyl engines like the 1.6L & 2.0L 4 cyl OHC engines from Germany and England were different. I watched an episode of ENGINE MASTERS on TV, they tested the 10-12 most popular brands of oil filters in all the things they could easily test, oil psi, gpm of flow, smallest micron of filter media size. Tested all OEM filters, and 5-6 of the popular after-market filters. THE K&N Premium Performance filter had the finest filter media, flowed most GPM, lowest psi drop thru the filter, and was the one the three guys agreed would be their new favorite filter brand. Mine too! The K&N has a hex nut spot welded onto the end of the filter can, will make the filter easy to install/remove from my pickup.
  2. Both our Farmall 450 and the Money Pit 4010 had 15.5's. The 450 had nearly new Good-Year Super-Torque's, the zig-zag lugged tire, looked like Good-Year tired to imitate the Firestone Deep-Tread, big BEEFY lugs, 5 years of being the primary fieldwork tractor on 200 acres resulted in very little wear, duals were used on primary tillage, but I did do some plowing and disking without duals. The 4010 got a nearly new set of GY Power-Torque 15.5x38's a couple months after we got it. Eventually the injection pump got turned up to around 100 hp but we kept pulling a 4 bottom plow and 12 ft disk, and used the exact same duals used on the 450, in a gear about 1/2 mph faster than the 450 pulled the same implement. The Power-Torque's didn't seem to hook to the ground as good as the Super-Torque's, the extra HP probably caused that. The neighbor replaced the Power-Torque's we got with Firestone Deep-Treads on his 4020 with M&W turbo, he pulled 5-14's, an IH 500 series plow, and 15-16 ft Kewanee Disk. He was one of several guys around who NEVER ran duals. I'd have run duals on our Cub Cadet to mow the lawn except the 7 hp Kohler wouldn't have pulled a wide enough mower deck!
  3. Dad had a '56 F-350 step-side pickup, 292 and 4-spd. It had that silly exhaust cross-over pipe from the front of left bank to the front of the right bank, great thing to boil the gas out of the carb, fry the top radiator hose. I'm not sure why Dad tolerated all the problems that cross-over pipe caused. Dad ran it to town with the empty Heider auger wagon and picked up 5500# of hog feed, and before we left town we tossed 500# of bagged pellets for the creep feeders. And we STILL PASSED all the 6-cylinder Chevy pickups on the way home.
  4. CAST IRON drills like a " rotten banana" I once heard a machine shop owner say. I've used the peacocks on H's & M's for years, decades even, but the dipstick on the 450 was great. I thought IH had a Jig or fixture for drilling the blocks for dipsticks. Something could be faced up quick to get the angle right. The blocks have the flat where the tube should be cast into them. I forget what IH tractor came with a dipstick, the Industrials or the Orchard tractors.
  5. Whitey's Machine Shop in Milan, Illinois used to make those fan shafts. I forget what the steel was, Stress-Proof or Fatigue-Proof and the splines were "ROLLED-ON", and they were checked to be perfectly straight. They didn't want any wobble in that big heavy fan. It was a great idea, just a bit ahead of it's time because the new hardware wasn't available to make it work as good as it could. SON worked at Deere Davenport Works for 10 years, most of the time at the end of the grader line. Graders have an abundance of hydraulic flow & PSI, so their cooling fans are hydraulically driven, and are reversible on-the-go, HUGE fans too, there's engine oil, hyd oil, engine coolant, fuel coolers, and a couple other's I forget all depending on this fan. Lots more room under the hood on a grader than on a 5488. But a reverse rotation fan goes WAY back to the 1930's and '40's on IH tractors. And I bet the Deere hardware could be installed on 5X88's. The Deere fans rotate one way for a fixed time, then slow and stop, then rotate the other way.
  6. I mounted my AM/FM/cassette deck radio under the seat on my #72 facing forward. Headphones hang over the seat ready to wear.
  7. PETE would know for sure, but our '51 M had blind holes, the inside of the rearend raised up about an inch where the three bolts were. It was between 55 and 60 years ago Dad and I had that rearend apart.
  8. Buddy of mine went to college with Jon's daughter. He got a tour of "The Farm" years ago. Years ago when I went from East Moline to Des Moines every night I always thought that would be a neat place to visit.
  9. I normally read all these topics about truck wheels with lock rings. I got pretty good at fixing flats and changing tires in my early Teen years. I hauled in all our oats and earcorn, I could fix a flat and be back out in the field without really delaying things. All manual tools and a tiny air compressor. Dad did keep a pretty good supply of patches on hand. First time I was confronted with a truck rim with a lock ring was when I was hauling ready-mix. They had a tire cage, and all the breaker bars and sockets needed. I had seen truck tires fixed several times and survived my first repair. Dad used to buy old 1940's truck front axles from the local junkyard, and would weld the kingpins solid, make a non-steerable axle out of them, and use them on the 100 bushel augerwagon, water wagon we hauled 350 gallons of water to the hog lots with. Most were still spoke wheels, 3 pics rims. 7.00x20 tires which were replaced with 7.50x20's, tread was a pure luxury, if they held air you were good. I can't really remember ever having a flat. The neighbor needed a low profile axle for his Heider augerwagon and had DAD swap it in, and let Dad have his tall OEM Heider axle, single piece 6-bolt wheels for 8.25x20 truck tires. Lots of tires that size around cheap. That axle was under our augerwagon maybe 3 months when it snapped a spindle bouncing empty traveling across frozen ruts in a feedlot. It was drug up to the shop and parked and the old IHC truck steering axle put back on. If I remember correctly, Dad's 1956 F-350 single rear wheel pickup had 17" single piece wheels, 8-bolt hub. The 17" tires got to be impossible to find back in the early 1960's. The '60 Chevy C-20 had 16-1/2" tubeless single piece wheels, and the '67 F-250 had 16.5" single piece wheels too. The Chevy got a good pair of mud & snow tires that the Detroit Locker rearend promptly turned into slicks. The F-250 got a pair of Firestone Wide Oval truck tires on the rear, the Twin I-beam frt axle ground the outside edges of the front tires off real fast. The local car/truck/tractor/combine repair shop had a REAL good suspension guy that had been there for decades, I'm sure he could have fixed that truck. BUT I wasn't buying the tires.
  10. What's that box on the hood? The GPS screen so the guy could find his way out of his back yard? Dad drilled a HECK of a lot of holes in the hood of our 70, SON worked a whole day welding them up with the MIG welder. And the hood still looks great! I REALLY should put the decals on it, it will be a 100 if I do.
  11. I hope somebody's really proud of themselves painting an IH Cub Cadet green & yellow. Looks like crap. When Dad traded our Original in back in 1965 the dealer repainted it IH red & white, 2150 & 935 or whatever was correct. It sat under the awning in front of the dealership for a couple weeks, then disappeared. Was almost 40 years later Dad found out one of his coffee club and card playing clan members bought it and was still mowing with it.
  12. My buddy that drives for UPS said every semi they owned went into the shop to have deer whistles installed, and a couple months later went into the shop to have them removed.
  13. West Pullman Plant also made magnetos and distributors. I actually got inside the WP plant sometime in the early 1980's when I was driving semi, I'd spent the whole day shuttling trailers around before I finally got to load my paying load to pull home. I normally got paid hourly moving trailers around, seems like I got $8/hrs. It's days like that that caused me to carry a duffle bag FULL of detailed maps of Chicago showing every one of the low clearance bridges and overpasses across the whole Chicago area. I never got back to the one low bridge by the Stockyards a second time, but with my usual 13-1/2 ft high trailers going westbound I had to stop before the bridge, let east bound traffic clear, drive across all 4 lanes of traffic and down next to the curb and slowly creep under the bridge. First Rule of driving semi around Chicago, "If in doubt, turn your 4-ways on and just DO IT." The livestock trailers Dad pulled were only 12-1/2 ft high, the old Stockyards area was full of grocery/food warehouses, I picked up a semi-load of noodles at one, was within a block of The STONE GATE that I'd been by with Dad a couple Thousand times.
  14. Never had time to check out how they tied dozers down to trucks at Melrose Park. But at the tractor docks at FARMALL they used Very HEAVY gage wire, something bigger than #9 wire that they would run several loops from the tractors and down to the trailer, and I never had time to watch them but they had some sort of tool, maybe electric or maybe air powered that twisted those loops till tight, and those tractors were REALLY tied tight to the trailers. Those wire loops would be very hard to see in a photograph. One EARLY MORNING I'm jumping on I-280 off Rt 61 on the west side of Davenport, Iowa. Can't remember if I was getting an early start to a day or if a big day grew into the start of the next day, but a 20,000# coil of steel came loose on a trailer to the point it fell off the trailer, looked like it sunk a foot into the ground. I've done enough trailering to know I'm real happy I haven't done a lot of it. Hauling groceries and the occasional load of tires or rims was much easier.
  15. Dad had one for the M he put the 2M-E picker on, think he mounted it ONE year out of 20 that I remember, but by the looks of it, it had been on a year or two more than that. I think it was included in the IH Corn Picker attachment package with the pre-screener air filter intake, the steel sediment bowl to replace the glass one, glass breaks if it gets fire near it, leaking gasoline makes a bad fire a total disaster. There were other parts in that package too.
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