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Michael Halsall

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  • Birthday 01/21/1957

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    Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
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    Engines from TITANs to TURBO diesels.

    McCormick-Deering & McCormick standard tread tractors.

    Classic Crawlers

    IH Corporate History

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  1. The tractor is rare in two ways. Firstly most 660s were diesel and secondly those rear wheels are rare too. I believe those wheels wee a factory option. What type of farming was the tractor original used for? Regards from Michael H.🛠️
  2. I have found it. The tractor is a 1930 build. That tag, once I cleaned the grease off it, reads "*.18.30", The first digit is unreadable. The serial number plate is missing but I found the engine number KC 178315, which suggests 1930 build year. Regards from Michael H. 🛠️
  3. You'll need a shady spot to work in. Here in southern Australia we're being hit with summer heat and humidity! I'm following your restoration of this British built crawler with interest. Regards from Michael H.🔧 Australia
  4. I'll try that. I remember my uncle used to have an restored 10-20. I was told it was a 1926 model, the serial number plate was missing, but underneath I found the stamp you mentioned. From memory it said "TW ?? ??26" which may mean "Tractor Works ?? 1926"
  5. The 500 C used essentially the same model D-155 diesel engine, as the IH 385 & 395 utility tractors, so Case IH should be able to help with engine parts too. The earlier 500 and later 500 E were tough little tractors and there a quite a few still "earning their keep" like your 500 C!
  6. A question for people who know their way round 1920 to 1939 McCormick-Deering tractors, particularly the 10-20 & 15-30. Where do I look for Casting Codes and Engine serial numbers on these old tractors? I have learned from experience of that serial number plates are either missing or unreadable on these very old machines. I know that casting codes didn't exist before 1931 but engine serial numbes can help approxiamately date a tractor. Regards from Michael H.🔧 in Australia.
  7. Possibly to comform to European road registration rules.
  8. Great video! It appeared on my YouTube "feed" so I watched it! I know nothing about the Hydro transmissions built by IH so this video educated me! Regards from Michael H,🔧
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    Do you have a B-250, a B-275 or both? The part number for the B-250 grille is 704 139 R92. I only have a B-250 parts book! I don't know if the B-275 used the same part number. Run that number past Case IH or Messicks etc. Case IH don't seem to have a listing for the B-250 but have a listing for the B-275. A majority of parts are similar or the same. Regards from Michael H. in Australia🔧
  10. Put a photo of it here, it sounds like it's still a good machine!
  11. I have recently seen an online auction of a lot of unrestored farm machinery, here in Australia. An item that caught my interest that was an LA ? LB? farm engine. Serial number was LAA 53501. The serial number plate was unreadable, other than tha serial number. I didn't buy the engine but I'm curious to identify it. My GUESS is a 1.5 to 2.5 HP LA from 1939. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Regards from Michael H.😍 in sunny Australia!
  12. 😎 Happy Christmas and all the best for 2022! Hopefully this COVID problem will be conquered soon and we can get on with living a normal life again! All the best to the very knowledgeable boys and girls and the RED POWER FORUMS! Regards from Michael H.😍 in sunny Australia!
  13. I have found the 4030 crane tractor listed in the 1974 Australian IH general catalog. I believe it was based on the 574 diesel farm tractor that was listed in the same catalog. Engine is listed as an IH D-239 diesel and the clutch is listed as an 11" Dynalife. I have been in contact with the people who put the Youtube video up and suggested they try either a farm machinery wrecker's yard to source parts such as the dashboard panel and the bonnet (hood) and ask for a IH 574 tractor parts. Possibly a Case IH farm machinery dealer may be able to help with new parts as the 574 is still listed on their spare parts website. Regards from Michael H. in Australia🛠️
  14. The Hebard shop mule in this photo was built around Farmall A & B components. It would have been called the "i-2" Industrial tractor or the "w-2" farm tractor if IHC had built these in house! I am calling it the " -2" as the power unit derived from Farmall A & B tractors was called the "u-2" Regards from Michael H.
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