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  1. I have done a long search for propane fuel filters. I've looked and found the the part numbers for a 300 and 400 to be 64400DB. That part number is not going to get you anywhere. So I looked into the 706 and 806 part numbers. The numbers are 64400DC. I thought I managed to find some but again empty. Until I had a refund from Amazon. Which gave me another part number Baldwin PF224. www.877forparts.com

    It stated that IH 350-826 it works and MM tractors

    I hope this helps for the propane tractor guys!

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  2. 8 hours ago, Carl H said:

       Hi, I have manuals and have see the pictures of the parts. I can see the universal spinning the shaft at the steering box. I am believe something is broken in the steering box or the key to the steering arm is sheared.

    I was hoping to get some input from someone with experience with reworking the steering box or an easy way to replace the key on the worm gear shaft to the steering arm.. My 240U has "wide" front adjustable axle.

    I believe it is #6. You may want to take a look at the worm gear also since you will have it all apart. Screenshot_20210912-153921_Chrome.thumb.jpg.0505e5b7668454a8de4218f8d0917ded.jpg

  3. The 300U is a rare tractor.  More rare is a factory LP. What is even rare is intake and exhaust valves! The LP valves are about a 1/4 inch longer than the gas valves. I have looked every where! I've called Messick since they had them listed. Nothing! Using used valves is ok but there is a what if that you ask yourself. Having rebuilt the engine and dropping a valve is the last thing that you want to happen!

    I've came across a forum that a guy was in the same situation. What he ended up doing is have the valves made. Manley sales in New Jersey.  I called them up and shipped them a set of valves. 

    Has anyone gone to Manley sales before?

  4. What has helped us in our restoration project is getting a parts manual. Jensales has all the manuals you need. If you prefer online there is the caseih website (which isn't customer friendly) or Messick.com go to online parts and click on Case and type your model. Once you have the part number Google it. You can shop around for best prices. 

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  5. Most of the production serial numbers start with 501. Why?

    I assume that reading the serial numbers is the beginning of production in that year.

    According to Steiner's catalog of IH serial numbers 

    International 300 


    1956- 30219

    29718 is the total in 1955. 

    According to Tractordata.com

    30851 total 300U made.

    So in 1956 about 1133 were built. 

    Is this correct how I am reading it?

  6. I've heard that if you do certain things to your engine it will increase your horsepower. These various types of adding horsepower using a LP head on gas, use a straight pipe, fire crater or domed pistons instead of flat pistons. Using a higher octane rating or fuel additive. Putting a turbocharger or a supercharger! All of I have heard increase hp but by how much? If you were to do everything I've listed on a 30 hp engine would it increase it by 2,5, 10 or more horsepower? Not everyone has a  dyno available to them. It would be interesting to see how much each individual has increased hp.

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  7. I replaced my steering wheel on the 240 utility. The steering shaft was very loose in the tube. I seen that there was just a plastic bushing. I had to do a redneck engineering. I put zip ties down the tube. Started at the 6 o'clock position. Moving the shaft to get clearance on each side as I went. Believe it or not it works like a champ! 

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  8. I am going to look at a 300 utility on propane.  I run several propane tractors so propane is not an issue. 

    Is there any issues with the 300 tractor? 

    Pros and Cons?


  9. Just looked at a international 606 diesel. We didn't buy it! I was hoping for a start and go tractor with minimum maintenance.  First thing I noticed was a lot of J B weld on the housing! Then a crack on the hydraulic pump housing.  Then a crack front axle. The three point arm was welded up. Rear main seal was leaking among other leaks. Then it didn't start the guy grabs a bottle of either! When it finally did start it didn't really know what smoke it should produce gray, black, or blue! Then driving it the hydraulic pump and the steering were in a contest to see which made more noise! The tires in descent shape.

    So when I started to do the project in terms of money.  The 606 was a money pit. We have already had that experience before. 

    Seems like the utility tractor's were used and abused! 

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