Michael Halsall

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  1. W series tractor lineage

    I have recently received a reprint of an Australian advertisement printed in in 1944. The advert. features the newly released (in Australia) W-4 & W-6 models. The W-4 is described as superseding model 10-20 and the W-6 as superseding the model W-30 There was a post on this forum a couple years ago about which Letter Series model replaced which F Series model. Some people said the Farmall M replaced the F-30 and others said M was a development of the F-20 The Farmall M derived W-6 replacing the F-30 derived W-30 suggests the "F-30 then M" theory, but then I believe this is based on HP & Plow Ratings rather than anything mechanical. The Farmall H derived W-4 was more of a "catch all" model that replaced both the 10-20 and the W-14. Interesting the Farmall H is advertised too but there is no mention of what model it replaced! Regards from Michael H. Australia P,S, The W-9 didn't appear in Australia until the late 1940s
  2. W series tractor lineage

    There are in central Australia, which is semi-desert, huge Cattle Stations which are huge because of the very arid conditions they can only run a couple of head of cattle per acre. These places are run by pastoral companies employing lots of workers. The average Australian farm in Victoria, where I live, is much smaller and is probably like you would find in California. My cousin is a sheep farmer and my brother-in-law farms alpacas and sheep. Michael H.
  3. TD9 spark plugs.

    I am interested I am following this post with interest as the Gasoline (petrol) Start Diesels are rarity in Europe and there there is always a struggle to get help with them. Great to hear of one still running! IH stopped making this style of engine in the early 1960s. Regards from Michael H. an Australian based member of the IH Club of Great Britain.
  4. W series tractor lineage

    The Letter Series diesel power units then followed the crawler models - UD-6 = TD-6 UD-9 = TD-9 UD-14 = TD-14 UD-16 , an oddity, it was the UD-9 plus two extra cylinders. It was never used in any IH crawlers, it was used in road graders etc. built by other manufacturers. UD-18 = TD-18 UD-24 = TD-24 Michael H. Australia
  5. W series tractor lineage

    The numbers used on the 1940s tractors and power units seem to have been a Series (model range) number. Going by the power unit models U-1 Farmall Cub U-2 Farmall A & B U-4 Farmall H, W-4, O-4, I-4 wheel tractors. U-6 T-6 crawler, Farmall M. W-6, O-6, I-6 wheel tractors. U-9 T-9 crawler, W-9 & I-9 wheel tractors These number didn't represent HP, number of cylinders, weight or anything else, it was just a Series number. Regards from Michael H.
  6. W series tractor lineage

    As an aside, I have a photo of the first Letter Series Farmall tractors imported into Australia, they were 9 Farmall A tractors imported in December 1939. IHC Australia then heavily promoted the Farmall A. Strangely the Farmall B & C weren't sold here. The Farmall H and W-4 appear to have been available here from 1942, I have seen an advert. from Queensland advertising that "Farmall model H and Farmall W-4" had arrived in their dealership. The early style Farmall Cub was imported in limited numbers. The US built O- & OS- orchard tractors don't appear have been imported here. Australia later built their own AOS-6 tractor. The WR- rice field tractors strangely don't appear to have been imported either, although we grow rice in Australia! Regards from Michael H. Australia
  7. W series tractor lineage

    The details you supplied about how many horses the Letter Series W Series tractors were equivalent to MAY have answered the question of where the model numbers came from. Did the W-9 replace 9 horses? The US advertising described the W series tractors in terms of "bottoms" (furrows ploughed) W-4 = 2 bottom, W-6 = 3 bottom & W-9 = 4 bottom In Australia the W Series tractors often were the first tractors many farmers owned so explaining them in terms of how many horses they replaced made sense. I H was keen to give these standard tread models separate identities from their row crop models and gave them quite separate model numbers. If they had used the earlier naming conventions they could have been called the "WH" & "WM" Regards from Michael H.
  8. F656 Hydro Serial Number Identification

    It would have been imported into Australia as a complete unit. The later 666 Hydro farm tractor was into Australia in small numbers but I didn't realise that any 656s were imported here.
  9. F656 Hydro Serial Number Identification

    Victorian number plate from the late 1960s. The 504 was never imported into Australia as a farm tractor, these have obviously been imported as complete units. The 504 Diesel was imported into New Zealand in smallish quantities. The four cylinder D-188 diesel engine used in 504 was effectively two thirds of the six cylinder D-282 diesel engine, same bore & stroke.
  10. IH GTI-817B engine

    I have seen a listing for the U-1091 power unit (non-diesel version of the UD-24 & UDT-1091 power units) In the Wisconsin Historical Society IHC records there are references to U-14 & U-18 power units (non-diesel versions of the UD-14 & UD-18) which appeared to have only got to the prototype stages. Regards from Michael H.
  11. IH GTI-817B engine

    Here's an IH engine that's new to me. IH have found an American printed brochure (July 1973) that has a list of construction equipment and power units then currently available. In the "Carbureted Engines" list there is an engine called the GTI-817B The GTI-817B was an inline 6 rated at 320 HP @ 1,800 rpm. The model number suggests G = Gasoline or LPG (?), T = Turbocharged, I = Intercooled or Injected (?) B = Series B I assume it is a non-diesel version of the DTI-817B diesel engine. Does anyone here know anything about this engine? Regards from Michael H.
  12. tjac56

    The information you seek will be on the Construction Equipment section of the Red Power Forums. Repost your request there!
  13. UD-24 power unit

    Dear all, I am posting this query here rather on the IH Engine Board as I know a couple of you own TD-24 crawlers. A Facebook contact has found a rough but restorable UD-24 power unit. This unit is apparently missing its serial number plate. Where are casting codes to be found on the TD-24, UD-24 engine? Where is the engine serial number located? Finally is there anywhere in North America that still has engine parts for the D-1091 diesel engine used in the UD-24? Regards from Michael H. Australia
  14. UD-16 550 adams grader

    UD-16 power unit was built 1947-54. I have never found a serial number list for the UD-16 but the above mentioned numbers suggest it would have been built late in production. Regards from Michael H. Australia P.S. Casting Codes, if you ever find them, would be Q = 1947, R = 1948, S = 1949, T= 1950, U & W = 1951, X = 1952, Y = 1953, Z = 1954
  15. Distallate/Gas differences

    To help educate our members "distillate" in North American is the same as "power kerosene" in Australia and "TVO" (Tractor Vaporising Oil) in Britain. The last British built Farmall with a TVO engine was the Super BM built until 1958 The last Australian built IH tractor with a petrol kerosene engine was the International A-554 Kerosene standard tractor built until 1963. The "distillate" option was available on some US built built Farmalls up to the 140. I have seen a US built Farmall 140 Hi-Clear with the petrol kerosene option here in Australia. In North America some of the bigger US built tractors had a distillate fuel option up the International 650 (1956-1958) but I believe LPG took its place as the "budget fuel" option in the North America Regards from Michael H. Australia
  16. UD-24 power unit

    Thanks for the info! I belong the an IH Power Units group on Facebook. The group is slowly assembling a list of serial numbers for US built IH power units. With your permission I will add give this to the group. Regards from Michael H. Australia
  17. Hydro option models

    I know nothing about hydrostatic transmissions. I have only have ever had anything to do with gear drive tractors. IH offered a Hydro transmission option on many models including the 656 (656 Hydro), the 666 (as the Hydro 70) and the 686 (as the Hydro 86) What were the advantages and disadvantages of a Hydro over the a gear drive tractor? i assume that the 656 etc. Hydro was dearer than the 656 etc. Gear Drive. I have read that the hydrostatic transmissions lost some power compared to the gear drive transmissions. Regards from Michael H.
  18. Old tractors, new oils

    I've seen a fuel and lubrication chart for IH crawlers from the 1940s. Obviously things have changed a lot since then and I am wondering how modern lubricants and coolants work in the oldest crawlers. Are modern hi-tech oils suitable for gas start diesel engines designed in the 1930s & 1940s? What are the best modern transmission and final drive lubricants for these old tractors? What are the best modern greases for tracks etc? Are the modern style anti-freeze coolants suitable for the old style cooling systems? Regards from Michael H.
  19. Dear IH collectors, I have started collecting IH brochures from around the world. I have recently found an International Cub Lo-Boy brochure, printed in the USA, with a date code 11-14-G. How do I decipher the date codes? The tractor depicted is the Lo-Boy with the white grille similar to the Farmall 130. Is there a list for each year's code? Regards from Michael H. Australia
  20. My suggestion was to talk to the people on the Red Power forums Trucks section. If the original power unit (UB-240) has been replaced by a similar truck engine (BD-240) then the "truck guys" would be more knowledgeable about that engine. Regards from Michael H.
  21. DVT-573 Hough 90 Payloader

    TD-20C used the DVT-573 engine
  22. My understanding is that UB-240 power unit was based on an IH 240 truck engine. I wonder if anyone on the "truck" section of the Red Power forums would know more? It looks like the original carb and governor has been swapped, possibly with units from another truck{??) engine.
  23. TD 340 engines

    The D-166 ( not D-168) engine is a bit of an oddity, it was only used in the TD-340 crawler and 340 Series farm tractors. Endurance Power Products Inc.(google them) claim to have parts for that engine.
  24. Hough H-70 Payloader

    I am asking here if anyone has any knowledge of the US built Payloader H-70 wheel loader? I am trying to find out what engine did this model it used. I have just received an antique sales brochure for the British built BH-70 "tractor shovel" (wheel loader) which used a Leyland 6 cylinder diesel engine. I assume the US version used an IH built engine. Regards from Michael H.