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New Englander last won the day on October 15 2019

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    The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly

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  1. Speaking of flags: Half staff on the 11th.
  2. We kept that car for several years and never had any problems with heating or cooling. It seems that Barrs only seals leaks without plugging heater cores or radiators. If I wasn't so busy at the time I would have taken the bare head from GM, bought a set of valves and springs, keepers, etc., and swapped it but it wasn't in the cards. Some of the old time radiator sealers I know would plug the leak AND the heater core but a little internet research found that others had the same experience I ultimately had - it just plugged the leak and held under pressure!
  3. Stuff does work well. My wife had a 5.3 Suburban with a cracked head. GM would supply a head under warranty as there was a SB about it, but only a bare head. It leaked exactly where the Sb said it would - under the valve cover, leaking into the oil. I didn't have time to deal with it and used Barrs. It sealed up completely: I looked!
  4. For that much money I think I'd be inclined to live with it.
  5. The best strategy may be to learn as much as you can to maintain it. If you totally emerge yourself in the technology it will likely become less frustrating. Back when gasoline engine emissions control was first introduced guys who didn't understand it started ripping stuff off sometimes making it worse. Admittedly, those first efforts on carburetor engines were primitive and led to driveability issues. Now with computer controls it's long in the past. Computer controlled diesels should also be well on the way but, as I understand it and not from individual experience, some components are troublesome and have bad history. Gain the knowledge and be ready to keep ahead of those issues. It may require you to acquire an expensive scan tool but figure that into the purchase price of the machine. I still see guys get frustrated when their cheapie code reader gets them to throwing parts when a better scan tool and some research on how things work can isolate a problem. Sometimes one sensor will trigger lots of codes but if you look at it logically you can find the root cause. Find the forum (support group) for the machine. Or maybe deleting the whole mess may be an option providing you can program the computer.
  6. The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly

  7. Here's a 3616 that's still going: There's no question the Case 580 is a better loader/backhoe. This 3616 is gas, so it starts well in any weather. It's a shuttle shift. Every now and then I see an AD for a hydro; it usually reads "runs good, ............doesn't move". Anyway, I have few complaints about the old girl. The hydraulics are strong and both the loader and 3141 hoe work well. I've resealed just about everything so it's pretty dry. Anyone used to working a modern hoe probably wouldn't like the controls but most everyone doing serious work now is using an excavator.
  8. Actually there are several reasons. One being that IH actually lead the way with inovations that it took other companies decades to adopt. More than 2 cylinder engines, Diesel powered farm tractors, row crop farming, shift on the go transmissions, hydrostatic transmissions, ceramic friction materials in clutches and etc. I can't verify that IH was first in all of these revolutions, but were responsible for many. And these only include tractors and do not include farm equipment designs. Another reason can be found in the Nebraska test results showing time and time again how they out- preformed other similar hp sized models built during the same time period in torque rise and HP hr/gal figures. As a mechanic that works on many brands of pre 1985 tractors, I can verify simplicity of designs with very few "Rube Goldberg" contraptions found in other "popular" brands. (Like the SCV, 24 volt split load electrical, pony motor starting and Permaclutch in JD). The sheer numbers of IH tractors are still alive and well and farming around the world today in spite of the fact that the newest International tractors are now over a quarter of a century old, testify to their durabily and usablity. Although I am an admittedly an IH fan, I will be the first to say that they and their products were not always THE best, but overall you would be hard pressed to (leaving opinons behind) honestly find another ag equipment producer that matched IH for innovation and contributions to designs and manufacturing proocesses that paved the road to our country being an agricultural giant that it is. I don't have any particular brand allegiance. Does it do the task and is it reliable are my criteria. I see Tee shirts and decals that talk up Deere killers and the like but rarely any of the like announcing they're IH killers, perhaps because that's already been done. Even Deere knew they had pushed the two cylinder too long but, although primitive, they were fuel efficient. The 720 had fuel figures better than anyone. As for pony starting, International had start on gas, run on diesel about the same period as Deere was using pony motors. Cat used a pony as well. I still have a 620 gas and although it's mostly retired, it will still start in any weather and put in a day's work. I bought an 86 series, my first IH other than industrial, because it was a cheap and reliable power source, not because of any technology as they were well behind the power curve by then. Deere had a reliable power shift for years while IH was still flogging the TA. The 86 is an ill-shifting machine compared to the competition. I like it because it's simple and suited to the task I assign it. When it comes to maintaining old stuff, simple is good. It really cannot be compared the competition of the same period for technological advances. If it could, perhaps they, IH, would still be in business.
  9. IH 786, 3616, 3414, some green stuff :-)

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