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  1. On 4/19/2021 at 3:06 AM, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

    Wow!  A neat project.  Looks cool on steel wheels. Not as many gas 660 around.  Congratulations. 

    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. 4 hours ago, Tanker916 said:

    From what I can see they all look to be in decent shape.  I’m going to try the old unstoppable force meets immovable object next weekend to try to unstick the left side clutches.

    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!

  3. On 10/2/2021 at 12:35 AM, Rawleigh99 said:

    Yea, I follow CEE as well.  I saw video of him using it recently and was hoping to get more info on it.  It reminds me of the cranes they had on the loder aircraft carriers to throw damaged planes overboard.  Pretty neat.

    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🛠️


  4. On 4/14/2018 at 10:29 AM, 2+2 Guy said:

    Yep, I'm still here and still have the Shop Mule. First off, welcome aboard, Shopmule41 and thanks to metamora farmall for texting me and telling me about this thread. Always glad to talk about Shop Mules. Mine came from Manchester, New Hampshire and spent most of it's life at the Manchester Airport moving planes around.  I sure don't claim to be an expert on these little guys but I have amassed a fair amount of information on them over the last few years. I will be more than happy to share any knowledge and pictures that might help you.

    Here's a picture of mine when we first bought it. It was painted with spray cans and the restoration was a little crude. I have been working on getting it "Tonyfied" but life kinda got in the way. Hoping to get it finished up this summer if time and money permit. (two things I always seem to run short on)

    I'll send you a PM with my name and cell phone. Feel free to give me a call anytime. You are more than welcome to make a road trip down to Northwest Ohio also. I'm about half way between Toledo, Oh and Fort Wayne, IN. 

    Meanwhile, I'll dig up some more pics for you.


    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.

  5. On 10/18/2020 at 1:09 PM, rustred said:

    just because they are not painted dont mean they are non restored. i like them just as they are now.


    On 10/18/2020 at 1:09 PM, rustred said:

    just because they are not painted dont mean they are non restored. i like them just as they are now.

    In their "working clothes"!

  6. 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 ?

  7. On 8/20/2020 at 10:45 PM, bitty said:





    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.

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  8. 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 ?

  9. 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 ?

  10. 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


  11. On 12/31/2019 at 6:39 PM, IHKIWI said:

     Very cool project you have going on there?..... both these appear to have “narrow” rear ends....was this std for the cane tractors??

    Really pleased you are putting the effort in to save a couple of very unusual ( and probably rare) tractors ....good for you ?

    Do you happen to know production volumes for these cane specials???

    Heath, NZ

    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?

  12. On 10/17/2019 at 9:07 AM, Tj01 said:

    Well I’m new to the forum and all and I know most tractors on here are red but I figured I would let y’all look at what I’ve got. I bought this tractor in July and the man told me that it had been went through just needed a paint job so I ended up have to rebuild the carburetor and clean out the gas tank about 4 times. Had to take the generator to a local shop in town and have it gone through too. Now it was time to put the paint job on it so me and my uncle started stripping all the old paint off and putting primer back on. Hopefully soon we will be able to start spraying some orange on it. 








    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.?

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  13. On 11/9/2019 at 12:30 PM, Old-F20 said:

    Working on 2 F30 canes in the shop this winter. Front one is a 'low wheel' cane and the back one is a 'high wheel' cane. The high wheels used a spindle extension that bolts tot he axle making it taller and a bit wider. Both will be on full steel and the rears for the high wheel are 66 inches tall without lugs.




    Great to see these old beauties being saved! There is a least one restored F-30 Cane here in Australia. 

    Regards from Michael H.?

  14. On 1/3/2020 at 1:10 PM, Old-F20 said:

    1947 OS4 experimental. live hyd and rear hitch. 50 of them made
    1971 F350 390/C6 dana 60. doing an engine rebuild
    Super H with mower and sprayer






    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


  15. On 7/30/2019 at 11:54 PM, Diesel Doctor said:

    A number of years ago I gave my H serial and info to someone. Can't remember who?

    I see no H's are on the list.

    Is anyone doing them?

    I think some-one should keep of Farmall H serial numbers. The Farmall H was exported to many countries. The a list on the YT Magazine Tractor Registry with quite a list of Farmall H serial numbers, as the Farmall H was a very popular tractor in its day!

  16. On 2/10/2016 at 11:10 AM, Dia480 said:

    Does anyone know serial number codes to Power units? UBH 16849

    Looks like 1948

    I assume that is the "whole unit" (chassis) serial number. It appears that it was built was at Farmall Works in 1948 from the information I found on the Wisconsin Historical Society (McCormick International) website.  Is there a suffix after the serial number? These codes often tell what machine this power unit was attached to. The actual engine should have a separate serial number like a tractor engines has.

  17. On 2/22/2018 at 7:53 AM, Dia480 said:


    A "natural gas" version of the U-4 power unit is new to me. i know that series of engine didn't get a factory fitted LPG option until the Farmall 300 tractor. I have seen a "gas" fueled U-4 power unit in a Youtube video and assumed until now that it was an aftermarket modification. Interesting engine!

  18. I know this is a history question, but I hope one of the restorers here would know the answer.                                  What year(s) were the White Demonstrator Farmall built?                What models were built as White Demonstrators?                                      Here in Australia IH built a tiny batch of McCormick International AOS-6 tractors in the mid 1950s, I believe later than the US built tractors. Does anyone on this forum own a White Demonstrator Farmall?  Regards from Michael H.?

  19. On 09/03/2018 at 11:00 AM, hillman said:

    that's a very good question. I have a McCormick Orchard and Grove sales brochure and it does not hold to either marking on O and OS tractors. on one page an O has Grove on it and the next page Orchard- Same with the OS models

     When IH started building Supers they discontinued Orchard and Industrial models. OS4 is short for "Orchard Special"

    In Australia we had our own AOS-6 which was also always explained as "Australian Orchard Special - 6" The term "grove" was never used on them.                                                                                In our part of the world an orchard always means fruit trees (apple orchard etc.), whereas a grove could mean ornamental trees (palm grove etc.)

    Regards from Michael H.B)

    P.S. The AOS-6 was built in the 1950s and had some "Super" features such as a channel frame.

  20. On 09/01/2018 at 2:09 PM, SAM86 said:

    Next on the list to tackle was and still is the sheet metal. When the barn fell down the nose come, hood, gas tank and fenders all received heavy damage. The gas tank was beyond repair from internal rust and being dented so one was sourced from a salvage yard in PA. Having never done body work I bought some basic body hammers, dollies and made curved wood blocks to get the hood and nose cone back in shape. I probably have around 20-30 hrs just into straightening those two pieces. 

    To my luck all of three of my orchards had the perforated portion of the hood hacked for upright exhausts at some time. since I had to fix one we did all three hoods at the same time. Repair patches were cut, welded in and the drilled with a jig. Not perfect but good enough. Also had to patch the side and fix/replace the torn out fuel cover nut on the OS6 hood. Since we  fixed the OS4 hood I had to make a new and proper exhaust for it.












    OS-6, ODS-6 & OS-4 hoods (left to right)

    I assume you used modern plumbing fittings to replace the "downward pointing" exhaust manifolds and exhaust pipe as the originals are virtually impossible to find.

    Regards from Michael H.B)

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