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George 2

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  1. Yes, the Farmall 656 was a very versatile tractor. I have one on my farm and it is my favorite of all the tractors (Including Magnums and a Maxxum). I call mine "Old Reliable" and it will start unassisted on any day of the year anytime. The only thing is that it will not run smoothly on anything less than the super premium 91 Octane gasoline. But that is a small price to pay since I use it less than 50 hours per year.
  2. That is an interesting 1939-40 brochure. I have the two brochures that seem to be combined in this one. One is the A& B brochure. The other is the H & M brochure and they are the same coloring and were date coded in late 1939.
  3. 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.
  4. Red Turbo: Do you have the International 600 tractor brochure also? It would be nice if you could post it (if you have it). I have the 650 brochure and was wondering how much different the 600 one is.
  5. Yes, that test track was at Milliken (now a suburb of Toronto). Back in 1969 I toured the test track with a friend of mine who worked there. They also had a section of road with a surface they called "Belgian pavay". It was pavement full of potholes and small raised lumps. It was like going down a washboard gravel road and shook the guts out of you and the machine you were driving in.
  6. Look at that grille on the M The grille part extends at least 3 inches higher than the regular production models. It puzzles me.
  7. I have the next revision of that brochure and it includes the WD9 and WD6. That is probably a fall 1940 printing and the revision is a 1941 printing.
  8. I also have that Vol 37, No 3 in 1955 Canadian Tractor Farming magazine. My parents used to get them sent to us starting in late 1954 and continued to get them up into the 1970's . Then I started to get them from my local dealer. I have also bought copies from 1950 to 1954 to complete my collection. I also have some of the US version of Tractor farming from the 1940's and 1950's that I bought from vendors at shows. Sometime about 5 years from now I should sell the collection. One of the good issues was from about early 1963 showing the 4300 that Patricks John Deeres grandfather had in SW Manitoba. I remember looking at the pictures and wondered why such a large tractor was needed. Of course today 300 HP is small in 4wd terms.
  9. The Dexta was a 35 HP tractor about the size of the MF35 with the 3 cyl diesel engine. It changed up in a complete revamp to the Ford 2000 and 3000 series in 1965. The Major was a 50 HP tractor that was changed to the Super Major, then the Power Major and finally a complete revamp into the Ford 5000 in 1965. There were lots of Dextas and various Major series in the area I grew up in. That is why I always said the IH B450 would have sold well in our area as they were a direct competitor to the Major series. Ford and Nuffield dominated the 50 HP market in the early 1960's in my area. There was not a 50 HP Farmall (450 or 460) to be seen anywhere in that area.
  10. One of my favorite singers. Still going at 83. He did a concert in Calgary for the Canada day celebrations on July1.
  11. The lone 580 survivor with 354 Perkins diesel is owned by three Maryland Cockshutt collectors.
  12. CCIL did not operate in eastern Canada. That is why I am not familiar with them. It appears they operated primarily in Manitoba , Saskatchewan, and Alberta. My first encounter with a CCIL machine was when I visited Saskatchewan in 1970.
  13. That is interesting, and I don't know why. To me the Cockshutt 40 and 50 would have been a good match for Australia since they were similar to the IH Super AWD6 in size and power level. If I encounter Bill Cockshutt on the summer antique show circuit, I will ask him. That is a big if as he is about 88 now.
  14. The M prototype with styling similar to the Oliver 88 was produced in late 1938. This is the unit in the picture directly above your M tractor. IH had a meeting in late 1938 and it was decided that the Oliver 88 styled M and H were going to be too expensive to manufacture profitably. That is why Raymond Lowey the famed architect was called in the to do the restyling to a less costly version. That was done and there was a lot less sheet metal on the production tractors. Notice also that the 8 spoked rear wheels on the prototype were reduced to 6 spokes. It wasn't until 1956 that they went back to 8 spoked wheels.
  15. There were thousands of the smaller B414's sold in eastern Canada, BC, and the USA. The big B450 was only sold in the southeastern USA and only included the Farmall model. The standard B450 was not sold in Canada although a few came here with their owners when they immigrated to Canada.
  16. Ralph: They were in the east. We had them in Ontario and Quebec but I think it was the smaller model. I remember as a kid seeing them at the plowing match on our farm in 1953. IH had tractors that would have competed with them price wise but they were never imported into Canada. Certainly the Farmall 450, 460, and 560 were not competitive price wise. The B450 was competitive price wise with the Ford Super Major, Nuffield 4/60, and the David Brown but was never imported into Canada.
  17. To OBG and others who have or had pneumonia: This disease is deadly for older people. Just look at what happened to Merle Haggard. I am 70 and had it last spring in late April. I had three bouts of it before finally getting rid of it with the more expensive antibiotics. In July I got the Prevnar 13 shot and in September I got the Pneumovax shot. So far so good this spring. Just make sure you get these two shots after you are clear of pneumonia. They are apparently effective on about 95 % of the pneumonia strains. They also told me to get a update shot in about 5 years with some new additional strains protection. Good luck but take this disease very seriously. It is a killer.
  18. $64,900 makes sense for a 7130 2 wd equipped without 3 point hitch as they were out west . Here in the east the 7130 with 3 point and 2 wd retailed for $68,000 to $69,000 depending on how many aux valves they had. The 7120 was $8000 cheaper in the $60,000 range and the 7110 was $4000 cheaper than the 7120 and sold for $56,000. I bought a new 7110 that year with 2 valves and I paid $54,900 for it. Two years later it got traded on a 7120 with 3 valves at $61,000. They were all 3 point tractors and 3 point was about a $4000 option. Mine were all 2wd tractors. MFD was another $8000 -$9000 option on them all
  19. Not meant to be picky but you are a little bit early. That picture is from 1965 or early 1966 as it looks to be wintertime in the background. I still think the white face 656 had some of the best styling IH ever had.
  20. 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.
  21. M-F also stands for MacLean - Fogg a manufacturer of shouldered cap screws ( like the ones on the hood of Farmall 706 and later tractors) Massey used them and I thought the M-F stamped on the heads was for Massey Ferguson. However, one day about 10 years ago I learned the truth about what the M-F stood for.
  22. The Macdonald who bought out the Kilberry's was originally from Nova Scotia and he had been a Vice President at Cockshutt Farm Equipment before moving to Winnipeg. There is a Mac Don advertising flyer that has this info on it. I got a copy last fall.
  23. Something I found interesting. The Macdonalds who ran Macdonald Bros Aircraft limited in Winnipeg are NOT related to the Macdonalds who build the draper grain heads under the Mac Don name and also in Winnipeg. Just a useless bit of information.
  24. I think you might add "pulls the whole plant out, muddy roots, stones and all". That is how white beans were harvested here 35 to 40 years ago. Hence the need for a good stone picker.
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