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George 2

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  1. A few items about the B414 gas . Yours is probably built somewhere around February 1963. Mine has a build of April 1963 on several of the castings and probably assembled in May 1963. The B414 gas was first introduced in the USA in 1962 but was not introduced in Canada until early 1963. Yours probably came in the first boatload in 1963 and probably was landed at Halifax in April 1963. Mine landed in Montreal somewhere in June -July period. It was shipped out to the dealer in July and I first saw it there at that time. We bought ours after negotiating for a month or so in November 11, 1963. Good rugged little tractor.
  2. Shane: May I ask what the serial number of your tractor is. I also have a 1963 B414 gas with power steering and 1501 loader. We bought ours new and it had the same seat as yours. Dad didn't like the seat and we changed it out a few years later for the 434 style seat. Ours was the only early gas one in the area and I just wondered where the rest of the gassers were. it now has about 4500 hours on it and never has had any significant issues. It is now more or less a shed queen. The serial number on mine is 2672 and engine number is 3902. Ours was originally sold out of the Montreal area. We moved away from there many years ago and it now resides here in western Ontario with me.
  3. On second thought give Richards Equipment in Barrie a call and I think Bob Junior will know the guy's name that has the 6 cyl M or Super M. BTW everything fits up at the clutch housing with the stock parts. The only surgery is the extended hood, at least that is the way it appeared to me.
  4. Farmall Doctor: There is a 6 cylinder Farmall M or Super M northwest of Guelph somewhere. I saw it at the 2016 IPM in Harriston. It had a C263 in it and it was a beautiful creation with some good bodywork on the hood. Ask around Chapter 20 and you can get his name from someone in the club. The guy is a well known collector from that area.
  5. A clean 9 or 10 is what you want. Bear in mind that most of the 1066 in this area have had the guts worked out of them and had their power turned up to around 160 PTO. Lots of them had the ring and pinion gears upgraded to the 1466 spec and the inner axle bearings changed to the uprated bearings. I had one like that and we detuned it back to 130 PTO where it should be. The 966 was rarely owned by BTOs and rarely had the guts worked out of it and as such your chances of finding a clean 966 are much, much better than finding a 1066 or even worse a 1466. I still have a 2800 hour black stripe open station 966 that has never been abused and it does what I need of it. The only real big improvement I made to it lately is I purchased a Steiner old mans step for the left side to make it easier to get up and down on it. BTW find a 966 with the 18.4-38 rear tires and 10.00 -16 front tires for a bit more traction. That is what mine are. A 966 has more torque rise than a1066 so the bottom line grunt isn't much different. However the 1066 can do the same work faster. A good clean one of either size should serve you well.
  6. Back 30 years ago I owned 59050 and later 61473. Both were black stripes but they got traded off in 1990 for the first Magnum 7110 I had. I know where 61473 is still about 40 miles from me but I don't know where the other one went.
  7. Nice. I am presently restoring a companion tractor, the International 544 utility gear drive gasoline. It is a fun project for myself and my son.
  8. What about Ford Arctic White they use on some cars?
  9. In certain areas LPG was very cheap and that is why they were popular there. In many areas like the area I live in here in Ontario propane was always as expensive as gasoline and as such diesels ruled the roost. For a short while here in the mid 1960's to early 1970's gasoline was cheap and quite a few of 656, 706 and 756 gassers were sold. There were even a few 666, 766, 806 and 856 gassers sold also. However, after the 1973 OPEC oil price hikes, their sales dried up totally. I remember only one 686 gas being sold and it was down at the Aylmer dealership.
  10. Very nice 656 restoration. I also own a Farmall 656 gas gear drive and of all the IH tractors I have driven over the years it is one of my favorites. Mine is called "Old reliable" as it will start unassisted in any weather. The 686 also is a favorite but it is a diesel and is noisier. Sooner or later I will get mine painted like yours. This year I replaced the clutch and maybe next year I will get the engine overhauled. But it is one step at a time.
  11. Go to www.tractor-part.com and click on dismantled machines then input 826 and you will see several S/N that have bit the dust. Not an extensive listing but still it helps.
  12. Yes, it is a big longshot. After I bought my 7120 Magnum, I met up with one of the dealers clerical employees. She knew how to use the warranty lists and it was for another tractor I was looking at. Then I had her type in my 7120 serial number, the next one after and the one before it. To my surprise the one after it was sold at a neighboring dealer 30 miles away. The one before it was located in California. I also remember in the IH days when some dealers would order a bunch of consecutive serial numbers in order to get the volume discount. In particular I remember 4 different 1086's with consecutive serial numbers at a dealer about 80 miles from me. I was looking at buying a new 1086 at the time and discovered the s/n's by accident when I looked down underneath. Other than those I have only seen one other bunch of consecutive serial numbers and those were on 84 series tractors at the introduction showing.
  13. You just made a long stroke 686 out of the 656. looks just like a 686.
  14. I have the older version of the XT3. Mine is a GT 2550. The only difference is the new sheet plastic on it. Mine is a good product. The only thing that is a bit light is the mower drive belt. I was told that all manufacturers make them that way for protection if you hit an obstacle..
  15. Massey also had unfunded pension liabilities problem in the 1980's. Instead they setup the combines group to fail from lack of funding. The emplyees of Massey Combines never got a cent of pension when Massey Combines failed in 1986. They tried suing VARITY (the parent company) but VARITY slithered out without paying a nickel. Conrad Black eventually got his come uppance in Chicago (and did time in Florida), but Victor A. Rice (VARITY) got off scott free.
  16. The 86 series and to some extent the 88 series tractors weren't what the public wanted. IH the inovator had lost this skill during the 86 series period. The sad part is IH had 3 point hitch designs dating back during the M and Super M days. Just look at a BM and Super BMD and see the three point hitch which they should have offered here. Also the 8 speed transmission on the British M's but not on the US M frames. Later on they had powershift transmissions in the crawlers by 1960. Why weren't these successful designs incorporated into the wheel tractors by 1965 - 1970 to match Deere. And their 86 series cab which was first designed in 1967. They had 9 years to get it right but messed it up and this cab was never right until modified to fit the Magnum. All of these events smell of complacency, arrogance, and general lack of competitiveness. It was all right when times were good but downright disaster when the ill fated grain export ban that Jimmy Carter imposed occurred.
  17. Ken: Don't hold back on us. What is unique about Brook's 5288? Did it have some experimental parts?
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