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Michael Halsall

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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.
  15. I have done an internet search for BTD-6 Service Manuals and have found a place in Britain called AGRIMANUALS.COM who specialize in manuals for various British built tractors. I have bought books from them and they happily posted them to Australia. The British built BTD-6 was different from the US built TD-6 especially in the design of the engine. The BTD-6 had several updates during its producton and it's important to know at what serial numbers these changes occured.
  16. Great looking restoration! Be proud of all your hard work!?
  17. I am a collector of IHC "stuff". I don't own an IHC tractor (yet!) but I have a growing collection of IHC bits and pieces. I recently aquired an old manifold which I was told was from a Mc-D. W-30 tractor. I now believe is from a McC-D. 10-20 tractor. The exhaust pipe seems to have exited from the lower left side of the tractor. In photos of 10-20, especially the early ones, the exhaust pipe exits from lower right corner of the side curtain of the hood. In photos of the W-30 the exhaust pipe points upwards through the left side of the hood. I have found 2 part numbers on the parts I now own "1714D" on the manifold and "706DC" on a pipe. McC-D. 10-20 or W-30? Regards from Michael H. Australia ?
  18. Very cool information! 1954 was a very big year for IH's farm tractor division, as well as the above mentioned Farmalls there were the McCormick Super W-4, the Super W-6 TA range, the Super WD-9 standard treads and Super WDR-9 & WR-9-S rice field tractors. All featured the famous Raymond Loewy styling.
  19. Does anyone know the serial number break or approximate date when the first Farmall Super C tractor was built with FAST-HITCH? I believe it was some-time in 1953 and it was IH's first attempt at marketing their Fast-Hitch system before releasing it on all 100 Series Farmall models in late 1954. Apparently Farmall Super C tractors with Fast-Hitch are now quite collectable! Regards from Michael H. in Australia ?
  20. Does anyone know when power-steering became a FACTORY option on the later 9 Series tractors? Was it available on the Super WD-9, Super WDR-9? It is listed as an option on the later 600 & 650 tractors. What brand was the power-steering pump on the 600 & 650? Has anyone had experience, good or bad, with power-steering on these big standard tread tractors? Regards from Michael H. in Australia ?
  21. This question has probably been asked umpteen times before, but when was the red, white and black IH block logo introduced? When did International Harvester OFFICIALLY begin putting the "IH" logo on their tractors? This logo is the famous "Man on a Tractor" logo. I have seen pictures of restored 1930's tractors with that logo incorrectly added by the restorers. It's like putting a "GM" block logo on a 1940's Buick! I have been shown a photos of a beautifully restored WD-40 tractor with IH block logos in it which I assumed were wrongly added by the restorer, but then I saw an "as found" picture of the tractor and it had IH logos on the hood before the "McCormick-Deering" name. My only suggestions is that it was repainted later in its life and the new logos were added then. Regards from Michael H. ? Australia
  22. 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.
  23. 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 Australia?
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