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Michael Halsall

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About 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. Here in Australia the local version of the 55 Series baler was called the GL-55 and it used an air-cooled Wisconsin V4 engine too.
  2. I believe the Cane version of the F-30 had a serial number suffix "CNW' (Cane, Narrow rearend Wide front) According to Guy Fay's book the first F-30 Cane was built in January 1935. There was a F-30 Cane "High Speed" built in 1938. I have a reprint of 194O US farm machinery catalog, the F-30 Cane was still listed although the regular F-30 had been discontinued. Guy Fay's book claims some F-30 Cane tractors were still built to order until the Farmall MV came into production in 1942. Regards from Michael H. in Australia๐Ÿ˜Ž
  3. AC's equivalent of the Farmall Super C. Very collectable tractor. The right size tractor to put in a trailer behind a car to be taken to tractor shows! Regards from Australia.๐Ÿ˜Ž
  4. Great to see these old beauties being saved! There is a least one restored F-30 Cane here in Australia. Regards from Michael H.๐Ÿ˜Ž
  5. THe OS-4 Experimental tractor is an important find. I have seen original photos of one and always assumed that IH only built a couple and they were all scrapped. The fact that IH built a quantity of them and was experimenting with rear hydraulic systems in the 1940s is very interesting. Great to see this one in good hands. Regards from Michael H. in Australia ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  6. They were essentially a replacement for the 460 Utility. I-460 was built 1958 to 1963. I-606 was built 1962 to 1967. I have read that the 460 U wasn't involved in the Farmall 460, 560 recall. This may explain why there was never a Farmall 606 row crop tractor. If IH had built a Farmall 606 then they would have needed to redesign the rearend of the troublesome Farmall 460 to make it acceptable. IH, I believe, waited until 1965 to release the Farmall 656 which was an approximate replacement of the Farmall 460. P.S. The 606 Diesel was exported to New Zealand in limited numbers where it was considered a sturdy mid-sized tractor. Regards from Michael H.
  7. Does anyone here own a Build Sheet from the Farmall Works production line? According to the reference books these pieces of paper are long gone. I think if some still exist they would be an interesting thing to see and it would be a rather collectable piece of IH history. Regards from Michael H.๐Ÿ˜Ž
  8. A tractor as old as that has probably been fiddled with over its long life. I believe the first W-4 tractors that came to Australia in 1942 (?) were probably "bare bones" units with magneto only ignition, crank start and probably delivered on steel wheels. I've seen such a W-4 here. Many were later changed over to rubber tyres. Farmers are famous modifying their machinery to suit their operations. They weren't worried about being "factory correct"! My grandfather's W-4 (1944 from memory) and my father's Farmall H (194?), were both badged as "McCormick-Deering", both had rubber tyres, both had magneto only ignition, crank start, no lighting but both had belt pulleys and PTOs. The Farmall H had "AP" (Australian Production) disc style rear wheels and an Australian made muffler. Dad toyed with the idea of fitting a generator and starter motor to the Farmall H. He was told that there were Chevrolet (truck?) units that would fit. I like the idea restoring an old tractor while keeping the farmer's modifications to old tractor to give that tractor a unique history. Regards from Michael H.๐Ÿ˜Ž
  9. For anyone interested the AOS-6 (Australian Orchard Special) was built from 1953 to 1958, had a 248 cu.in. engine, like the original W-6, but had some "Super" features such as a channel frame and optional 3 point hitch. There were 3 versions, an "Orchard" version with an undersung exhaust pipe etc, a "Mixed Farm" version which had an upward exhaust pipe and was more like a W-6, and an AIS-6 "Industrial" version. They were all normally painted red although the industrials may have been available in yellow. I was offered a mechanically restored, but not cosmetically restored, AOS-6 for $1400 Au. I declined the offer as I believe the current owner had spent that amount repairing the tractor and he should advertise it for $2000 Au and negotiate down from there. Actually I'd probably have been excommunicated and made live in the workshop if I'd come home with another "restoration project". I have to justify those sort of expenses to the Chief Financial Officer (She who must be obeyed!) I'm sure $1400 Au. could be spent elsewhere around the house! Regards from Michael. H. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  10. I hope this helps. Try posting this request for information on the Red Power Magazine General Board. They main topics discussed there are old tractors and there are people who have B-250 & B-275 tractors. You restoration project sounds very interesting! What part of the would are you located in? Sorrow I can't be more helpful at the moment but I have long term plan to restore a small IH tractor like a B-250, B-275 diesel or similar. Regards from Michael H. in Australia๐Ÿ˜Ž
  11. Tractor as photographed in the Serpentine Tractor Museum Western Australia.
  12. In Australia there were a small batch of white painted McCormick International AOS-6 orchard ttactors built by the Australian factory. An AOS-6 is the Australian version of the American OS-6 with some Super W-6 features added. These were built as demonstrators to promote this model in the 1950s when it was built here. I will try and find a Google Images picture of one as a couple still survive in museums. Regards from Michael H. In Australia.
  13. Does anyone on this forum own or has owned a Case IH 265 Offset tractor. Are they a good little tractor? Are they actually a Mitsubishi built in Japan? They appear to be a replacement for the IH 274 Offset which was built in Japan by Komatsu. The little IH 234 was built by Mitsubishi too. Regards from Michael H. ๐Ÿ˜‚
  14. Nebraska Tests for the "9" crawlers - TD-9 Test #344 (1940), T-9 (gasoline) Test #372 (1941) TD-9 (update) Test #461 (1951) TD-9 91 Test #586 (1956) TD-9 92 Test #751 (1960) TD-9B not tested
  15. Great photo! Two tractors built at almost the same time, both with wide front axles, but one is a McCormick Standard and the other a McCormick Farmall row crop. It shows the similarities and differences between the two different styles. From this point on the two styles started to blend. together P.S. The Super W-6 must a 1952 model as it has the "tub" frame and the Super M must be slightly later as it has the steering arm behind the front axle.
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