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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. On 1/3/2022 at 3:18 AM, rustred said:

    crawl under it and look up at the front on the transmission housing. it the date month and year is stamped right there. 

    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. 🛠️

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  3. On 1/3/2022 at 5:26 PM, Dave Mac said:

    Warm spot is not a problem this time of year, it is mid summer here in NZ, and machine is in a shed, so should be good 🤠

    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. 5 hours ago, rustred said:

    crawl under it and look up at the front on the transmission housing. it the date month and year is stamped right there. 

    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. 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!

  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. 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🔧

  8. 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!

  9. 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🛠️


  10. 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.

  11. On 3/13/2021 at 12:11 AM, BTD6NZ said:

    Dave, I would say if you have not done one before a manual would be handy - TD 6 - BTD 6 steering clutches much the same. There are a few things to watch out for. Prep work - seat - tank - battery - fuel lines - what ever else that will make access easer. Once top cover off a piece of heavy cardboard - ply to cover crown wheel opening. Mark flange to final drive pinion - bolts are off set - only line up in one position. The bottom pivot for throw out bearing shaft can be a pain - I like to drive machine up on to timbers to give a bit more wriggle room under tractor. You will need to make plates to compress spring - size of plates are in manual - good floor crane or lifting point above clutch being removed. It can be a very tight fit lifting clutch out - I have used a die grinder to take a bit out of the casing to squeeze it out. Once out a small press to compress spring to remove bolts - how easy - hard to take apart you will soon find out - ten years is a long time. One good side of the job is new parts are available - tractor parts.com - General Gear and Machinery - very help full crowd to deal with - have used them over the years. Very brief and am sure I have missed out a lot. Get your hands on a manual and have a good read  - help full if you have small hands - I see you mentioned your BTD 6 had under 2000 hrs - but I would be of the mind to do the other side as well. Just take care compressing spring when taking clutch apart.


    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.

  12. 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"!

  13. 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 ?

  14. 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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  15. 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 ?

  16. 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 ?

  17. 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


  18. 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?

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