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  1. Speaking of CCIL, perhaps George and Ralph will remember this CCIL 810, built in Sweden.  I only know of it because a Cockshutt collector near Fort Wayne imported one from Canada.

    CCIL, Spring Tractor Show 2014 (1) (Small).JPG

    CCIL 810-Bolinder Munktel, Allan Adams Collection (2) (Small).JPG

  2. Turf tractor is a good guess.  The 150 Years of IH book has a picture of a Fairway 12, designed for use on golf courses and large estates although this one has triple 16" wheels in place of the singles it was built with.  600 were built between 1934 and 38.

  3. D-Series models were built from April 1937 thru 1940 with some models continuing into 1941 along with K models that were being introduced.

    I can say that the one in the ad is not a D-10--mostly because IH did not use the sequential numbering that started with the K-series for the D-series. If that were a K, a K-10 would seem likely.  D-series models were the D-2, 5, 15, 29 & 30 from Springfield, D-35, 39, 40, 50 and 60 from Fort Wayne, plus some variations on these (No, I do not know the logic behind this system). There are no distinct differences to to identify a particular model, but it seems likely the ad would be a D-50 or 60.  The D-35 was rated at 1 1/2 to 2 tons and the D-40 at 2 to 3 tons so one of those is likely the second photo.

    The pickup on the line is a D-2 Half Ton.  Note that there was not a D-1 in the lineup.  This was because the first IH pickup was the 1933 D-1 that was built for IH by Willys.  The design was then purchased by IH and reworked into the C-series that followed.  The D-1 model designation was not reused again in 1937 to avoid any confusion.  There is a heavier model on the line in the background in the second photo, probably a D-30 due to the cast wheel that can be seen.

    I love those assembly line photos.  I remember old-timers talking about the Springfield plant, which started as the Champion Reaper plant in the 1850s before IH was formed, having a dirt floor, but this is the first time I've seen proof of that.  I'd think the dirt was covered before the new plant was built in 1964, but that's an interesting photo.

  4. The Autowagon has to be a 1909 since that was the first year for them and the 1910 model got a small hood with a radiator or fuel tank.   Autobuggies only were built in 1907 and 08.  That bridge is in Spencerville, Indiana and was recently rebuilt after a semi ignored the height signs and tried to drive through it because his GPS said he could rather than using the new bridge nearby.   I think the driver spent 6 months in jail for that trick.  There are now steel beams mounted over the approaches to the bridge to prevent another occurrence.  That was an IH photo so I suspect this Navistar-owned Autowagon now at the National Auto & Truck Museum of the US in Auburn, IN is the same one.

    The semi would be a K-10, a KB would have chrome trim wrapping around the nose of the hood.

    IH Autowagon-1909.jpg

  5. The steam tractors apparently were worked on in the teens as a backup to the development of the ball bearing engine for the 10-20 and 15-30 series which was new technology at the time.  If this had not been successful, we might have seen a lot more of the steam tractor idea.  Wendel's "150 Years of International Harvester" has a paragraph on them, says "Boiler pressure was generally in excess of 500 PSI."  IH held numerous patents on the design and in the late 1920s, provided the powerplants for several self-propelled railcars for the Milwaukee Railroad which were used for 10 years--perhaps one of IH's more unusual products. 

  6. The factory tour sign makes me think the Studebaker Police Car photo is in South Bend, IN where their factory was located and it appears to be the Indiana State Police taking delivery.  I don't think they used the Studebakers for patrol cars, ISP patrol cars were all black in the 1950s, but I found a photo of a Studebaker like those with an ISP shield on the door that was used as a Safety Education Car.  I'll bet the ISP probably got them for $1.00 each for the publicity Studebaker got.

  7. That is street running on the railroad in New York City, but that is not a street car line.  The city required the railroads to disguise their locomotives in order to not frighten the horses (hopefully).  Here is a close up of one such locomotive on the New York Central. There is probably a conventional 0-4-0 switch engine under that siding.



    New York City loco.jpg

  8. On 12/22/2016 at 11:21 PM, Old Binder Guy said:


    Do you happen to know why they put some chrome on the K-6 but not the K-5 trucks? Maybe it was just a post WWII thing? Gary;)

    I'm not sure of when chrome was installed and when it wasn't.  Early photos of the smaller K-lines appear to mostly show chrome, but there are also a lot without and it may have been a option on them.  I'm sure war resulted in many without chrome because of shortages.  Most K-6s and up appear to have it so it must have been standard on them.


  9. 30 years in the International Truck Reliability and Quality Department in Fort Wayne which gave me access to lots of old files combined with an interest in learning all the IH history I could. I'll leave the steam engines and farming in the west to you, but trucks are my speciality.  Enjoy seeing your many pictures.

  10. On 12/19/2016 at 10:21 PM, Old Binder Guy said:

    I don't know the size of this IH KB-? 10, 11, 12? Hauling logs. I couldn't tell you how large IH built these KB-trucks. My uncle had a KB-6 and that was my only frame of reference.

    IH KB-something truck hauling logs Evan Ehrman red.jpg

    A little more K-series history for you:There was a K-series, 1941-46 and a KB-series 1947-49.  The main difference between the two was the KB had chrome trim around the front of hood which this doesn't have so it would be a K-?, probably a K-11, the largest until 1946 when a K-12 was added.  A KB-14, distinguishable in having a flat grille rather than pointed like the rest of the models, was added in 47.  (There never was a K-9 in the series, you can probably figure out why,)


  11. Yes, I often wish I had every car I've owned.  But then I remember there were usually reasons why they were traded besides wanting something different--they weren't new to begin with--and I think about what it would have taken to maintain and store them over the years.  I guess that's part of the reason nice old ones are worth a lot of dollars. Keeping my 38 year old Scout going is enough for me.

  12. Yes, there was a B-180, but no 190 that I know of.  That was covered by the R-190.  The BC was a part of the B-series (beginning in the A-series), a compact version (hence the C) that outlived the longer versions and evolved into the Loadstar.  The BC eventually got heavier versions, BC-190, 200, and up to BC-225.


  13. Here's a couple of McCormick hayloaders I saw at an Amish Harvest Festival in Shipshewana, IN last year. They were loading hay with another one and cutting wheat with a Daisy reaper and a McCormick binder.



  14. The Waterloo Boy was introduced by the Waterloo Gas Engine Company in 1913.

    In 1918, Deere, looking for a successful tractor they could sell after their first failures, purchased the Waterloo Gas Engine Company and continued to build the Waterloo Boy until 1923 when it was replaced by the Model D.

  15. M-H merged with Ferguson in 1953. Tractordata.com shows the Ferguson TO-30 being built thru 1954 and the TO-35 1954 thru 1960. Tractordata also says "The separate brands were retained until 1958, when the lines were merged and renamed Massey-Ferguson." This is when the M-F 65 appeared, but that doesn't explain the TO-35 thru 1960.

    Yes, that looks like an AC, perhaps a D-17?

  16. Yes, I think the Super 92 was the first Massey combine to have Massey Ferguson on the side. But the Ferguson name was in there a while before it started showing up on the decals. This Massey ad from 1956 shows the tractors as Massey Harris but you will notice at the bottom of the page, "Massey Harris Ferguson".

    When Massey and Ferguson first merged, didn't they continue both lines for a couple years before they finally decided that was too expensive and merged them. I don't know the years, but that could be the reason for for M-H-F advertising M-H (and Ferguson) machines.

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