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  1. I believe Matt Kirsch has the best explanation we can come up with after 70+ years. The tractor is for sure a Super AV with a plain AV serial number plate. While the number on the tag is very close to the end of A/AV production for sure, it just about has to have been swapped out later in the tractor's life. Why, and when, is anybody's guess but the R casting codes give it away as being built no earlier than the part with the latest casting date in 48. When you add in the engine serial number, someone swapping out the seat bracket from an earlier tractor is about the only explanation. Although production was more important than attention to details at the time, I don't see them making a mistake that big at the factory, but who knows. Just out of curiosity, what is the month/day on the casting codes? That will get you a little closer to the actual date it was built. I am going to guess that the tractor was probably built between May-July of 1948. Al
  2. I don't spend as much time here as I used to, so I'm a little late to the party, but I'll take a stab at a few things: EHauck 122 I am pretty sure you have a Super AV and somebody swapped the seat bracket(s) with a regular AV. The R casting codes say 1948 as does your engine serial number. That engine is past the first run of Super A engines--their numbers are documented in the Louisville records at the WI Historical Society. Super As got 113 engines. The "Super" was more due to Touch Control hydraulics than engine size. The Super A-1 in late '54 (That's A-One, not A-Eye) first got a 123. (Of course it's easy to make a 113 into a 123 but that's a different discussion.) mmi The WI Historical Society has serial number info from several IH plants, including Farmall. The Louisville records makes it easy to at least determine the month and year a tractor was built. They usually have the first and last serial number of each model. I think you are thinking about line set tickets/build cards being destroyed. Al
  3. Don't. get. me. started! My dad bought a used 5165 AW in good shape about 2 years ago. I mix 6-10 tons a week with it for him. I love the mill, the ability to grind 4 tons at a time, the hydraulic upload auger, and hydraulic elevation/swing on the unloading auger. I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate the unloading system itself! Apparently Art got Rube Goldberg to design it. That ring gear/worm setup for raising the unloading auger if it's a manual model is dumber than @#@! as well. A self-contained hydraulic system (Gehl) and the Gehl style unloading auger would make it a heckuva mixer. Al
  4. Interesting. I'm guessing somebody has switched seat brackets or something. What is the engine serial number? Either way, it looks like a good one. I just got a Super AV this spring. It'll take a lot to get it as nice as yours! Al
  5. Very cool! I keep seeing that the Cub will be celebrated (75th anniversary) and I've messaged a couple people but please don't forget the Super A will be 75 in '22 as well! I have a Super A that would meet "in the family since new." '22 is a long way out but I might be interested in showing. Al
  6. I'm still around. I mostly lurk now and then. Not proud to say it but keeping up with numbers has kinda fallen by the wayside. To tell the truth I never really got a whole lot of numbers to start with. A few years ago I had a chance to purchase a legit '47 Super A. I'm sort of at a point where if I buy a tractor I sell one, so the 856 found a new home. I know exactly where it's at, a friend bought it and it has a good home. More importantly, it's actually getting used! Al
  7. Yes. This has made it basically useless for me. Al
  8. Do you see a serial number on the engine? Will be on a flat spot on the upper right corner of the block behind the magneto/distributor. That can help get you closer though it would not match the tractor serial number. The Q code on the engine, bellhousing, and Transmission suggests a fairly early tractor, probably a '48 model. The S code on the touch control suggests to me it's been replaced at some point since that part would have been cast in '49. (Your Q codes made my ears perk up as I am looking for an early Touch Control with a Q code!) Hope this helps..... Al
  9. Mills International in Kinston, NC, in business since 1967, prior to this they were West Machinery Co. West moved into a new Prototype building in the early '50s. CNH made a "BS" move and jerked their contract recently.
  10. In the US they officially dropped Deering in mid-1949 I have a 1950 Super A with original paint, built around the time of the white demos (it's not one though) and it still has McCormick-Deering Farmall decals. These are the later ones with the IH emblem. Al
  11. Never been around a 350U but the 424 does have an 8 speed transmission, so speed selection is pretty good. My dad's 424 has neither live pto or power steering--but it does have spin out rear wheels......I've thought about trying to talk him into letting me swap them onto my 404 but I hate to change it...... Al
  12. I've never tried it but the old Mahindras are the same basic system. If you have a good parts diagram you might be able to cross-reference stuff. Al
  13. Yeah the factory handles for remote valves are under the seat......kinda strange but it worked I guess...... My dad's 424 survived my teenage years.....they are very durable! Does it have power steering? Al
  14. It's looking more and more like caseIH/Fiat/whatever has abandoned eastern NC--or decided to give it all to BS! Al
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