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  1. I sold a 555 IH cutter on a consignment auction for $300.  They were the last in the cut and throw line that included the 50, 55, and 550.  As far as parts are concerned I don’t think anything is available any more.  Knives and shear bars are high wear items and if it was never replaced, the spout and cutting chamber floor sheet can get pretty thin.

    One that has been outside will probably have rusted gathering chains and sprockets.

    if you could find one that was used little and stored inside, they are reliable and do a good job.  Good luck.

  2. The M&W governor is cool.  Also I noticed the wheel weight is bolted on a quarter turn off making it hard to put a wrench on the axle adjusting bolts.  I have a 400 my wife’s dad bought new and then put a 450 fast hitch on.  I remember the local IH dealer putting larger belly type fuel tanks in 400’s under some type of factory program.  The original fuel tank was waaay too small.  They are a very handy tractor to have around and I hope your friend is able to get it going.

  3. The 312 in my Dad’s 1957 Ford Fairlane had “Thunderbird Special” decals on the valve covers.  They weren’t FE motors, but called Y blocks.  The FE motor first appeared in 1958 as a 332 cid, 1959 as 352 and then the 390 in 1961.  I think the 390 tri power with three deuces was a factory option in 1963 and was called the M code in the Thunderbird.  My 1964 T Bird has a 390 with single 4 barrel rated at 300 horsepower.  Outside of supercharged 312’s in 1957 thunderbirds, I don’t know of anything different about the Thunderbird FE’s.  Beginning in 1961 there was a high performance 390 that had solid lifters and other special pieces that mainly found their way into police cars.

    I can’t recall any FE’s with “Thunderbird Special “ designation, but someone will probably dispute that.

  4. Not sure if the 1660 works the same as my 2366 or not, but the 23 has to be raised enough going around the end for a whisker switch mounted at the feeder house pivot point on the left side to dis engage the tracker and allow the centering potentiometer to do its thing.  Good Luck.

  5. There are a lot of variables to air drying corn.  Does your bin have a stirring device?, how wet is the corn?, how long do you want to store it and on and on.  With 90% humidity it is going to take a long time to dry it down with air alone.  I have shut the fan off at night on my bins that have stirators.  Don’t shut the stirator off though with wet corn in the bin because it can be very hard to start it again!  Sometimes you can freeze the corn with wintertime air and continue drying in the Spring.  The county extension agents have tables to advise how long corn will keep at various moisture levels.  Good luck.

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  6. 5 hours ago, Craig61019 said:

    What color are the wagons and what are they being pulled by😎

    Ha.  Green Demco’s being towed by a MX 120.  The MX has pretty good brakes.  Thanks for the responses.  Have a safe harvest everyone!

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  7. 1 minute ago, Red1566 said:

    Why is it so jumpy when it’s light?

    My theory was that the tires had enough bounce to kind of set up a feedback condition until the weight of the grain in the tank compressed them some.  I remember upping the tire pressure some too.

    Make all of the feeler adjustments by the book and by all means shoot some penetrating oil on the sensor tube bushings.  There is a mechanical linkage kit available to replace the cable that moves the header potentiometer if your header hasn’t been updated to that.

    Yes, the spring adjustment is pretty important for proper function too and don’t forget the coil spring on the left side.  If they are too springy, that can make the control bouncy.  Good luck.

  8. The fast hitch should bolt right up.  The hydra touch is a hydraulic valve in the valve stack that gets feedback from the hitch position via a series of rods and levers and a spider gear arrangement that allows the hitch to move to the position of the fast hitch lever.  If your 560 originally came with a drawbar and no fast hitch, there may not be a hydra touch valve present.  No problem, you can run the hitch off of one of the hydraulic valves and have up and down only like the 400 and 450’s had.  The draft control really has nothing to do with hydra touch.  It is adjustable linkages that turns pulling force into down force for traction.  Only really worked with mounted equipment.  Good luck.

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