SAM86

49' McCormick ODS6

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Thought I would start another topic on another ongoing Orchard project. Not really a restoration but a perpetual tinker project I have been working on before and during the OS6 restoration.

Bought this ODS6 from my parents neighbor after it had been sitting for 20ish years. I was old enough at the time to remember them trying to get it running but never followed through. On the positve side for me so many years later it had a new radiator and may pieces and parts were already cleand up. The engine was free and seemed to check out ok, I would soon be proven very wrong.

Towed/lifted it to my parents in July of 2014. A short list of repairs includes a complete clutch rebuild, rear axle bearings/seals, unloaded the rear tires and installed new tubes, new magneto, rebuild the carb, all new hoses, plugs and wires.

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Insert OS6 projet in July 2015. I was ready to try and get the engine running when we discovered a starting vave was not moving. Now that the head needed to be pulled The ODS6 and OS6 Traded places and priorities.

Pulled the head a month later and found two major cracks, pitted pistons, and a chunck out of one of the liners. 

Found a good head last year and had all the machine work dine this year. In the interm the injectors and Intake manifold were rebuilt. Since I am in no rush I was exploring all options for pistons and liners.

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August this year we got word of a local farm auction with equipment we knew the history of sold previously from a firends farm auction. One piece was a WD6 that had been overhauled with a complete new top end and all headwork. 

We were able to buy it and it came with a new radiator to boot. I needed another radiator as I stole the one off the ODS6 for the OS6. 

Been doing the engine swap over the last month with help fom my brother. Had to replace the rear main seal due to badly warped retainers. Changed all fluids and filters.

Started it for the first time yesterday, rack was stuck closed in the pump and had a bad miss in one cylinder. with a little patients we freed up the rack and a balve adjustment cured the miss. To surprise this is probably the smoothest of the gas start diesels we have. 

Took it out for my maiden ride yesterday. Still lots of tinkering to do. Have to make the exhaust so I can put the hood on.

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Wow!!  Great progress so far!  I would love to have a diesel in one of the letter series some day.

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Finally got around to making a new exhaust, the ole gutter pipe had to go. This one was a little more challenging to recreate as the original exhaust and cast elbow are long gone. I fixed the hole in the hood quite some time ago so I couldn't put the hood back on until the new exhaust was built. 

This is the third different McCormick orchard exhaust I have made. I start with pre bent tubing and cut out the needed pieces. Its way cheaper and turns out better than exhaust parts from the store.

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Nice work! Where do you get pre bent tubing?

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Rjpont, you can get the pre bent tubing from several places including Jeggs, Summit, Speedway, Hooker Headers. They are avaiable in single, multiple and combinationbend configurations. Most can be found on amazon. The one I have pictured is  2", 16ga mild steel, and was $17.00.

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Finished up a few small items this past week. For the first time in four years all of my Orchards are together and under their own power. Still a lot of little things to do, and I will probably be back in the diesel transmission in the distant future, she is loud. Nothing was evident last time it was open, outer axle bearings and seals were changed all others felt good and tight, no other oil leaks. Lined them up for some pictures and the kiddo had to get his in as well. Also had to get the OS6 and OS4 out as the diesel has to go into the barn first. Today was the fist time I fit them all in with tires on all three, its snug.

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Nice line up of orchards. I don't know a lot about them which leads me to ask why do these orchards not have the extra sheetmetal like over the tires and on the sides of the engine? I've seen other McCormick orchards that have the extra sheetmetal but I was just wondering why these didn't. 

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IHhogfarmer, Two variants of the orchard model were offered the O and OS (orchard standard.) Overall there were less OS models produced in both the "4" and "6" series. All othet fearures besides the extra sheetmetal were the sam. As to why two versions were offered my guess would be one cost, and two alot of older fruit farms just didnt need the streamlined fenders. The fruit tree size and spacing on some farms were far more generous in days past. 

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I don't know what it is about those tractors but I sure would like to have one.

Then I would have some more stuff sitting around that I don't need .LOL

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On 9/22/2018 at 12:02 PM, SAM86 said:

Rjpont, you can get the pre bent tubing from several places including Jeggs, Summit, Speedway, Hooker Headers. They are avaiable in single, multiple and combinationbend configurations. Most can be found on amazon. The one I have pictured is  2", 16ga mild steel, and was $17.00.

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On 9/25/2018 at 7:15 AM, SAM86 said:

IHhogfarmer, Two variants of the orchard model were offered the O and OS (orchard standard.) Overall there were less OS models produced in both the "4" and "6" series. All othet fearures besides the extra sheetmetal were the sam. As to why two versions were offered my guess would be one cost, and two alot of older fruit farms just didnt need the streamlined fenders. The fruit tree size and spacing on some farms were far more generous in days past. 

Interesting, kinda sounds like the standard/wheatland IH tractors where the only difference was one tractor could have more options than the other and the cost difference of a tractor with no options vs. one with options 

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Nice Looking good

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Gonna have to update that last set of pictures. Next project/addition has arrived. just in time for winter.

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is the new addition a 4 or 6 either way nice find with all the tin

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Rdew65, its an O-4. My brother and I were able to buy the tractor a few weeks ago without the side curtains. We knew of a set of side curtains that have been for sale  for quite some time. As soon as we bought the tractor we contacted the gentleman with the side curtains and made a deal. We just need the drivers fairing and it will be complete. 

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Very nice, about a year ago I also acquired an O-4 that came with the side curtains and rear fenders but the pair of side curtains I have need a good bit of work. I'm still trying to get my hands on a full set of tin for my O-6 before I get to deep into a full restoration on either one.  

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How do you find these orchards?? I wish I could have one since I run a 160-acre blueberry farm here in SW MI.

 

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9 hours ago, CubNamedOscar said:

How do you find these orchards?? I wish I could have one since I run a 160-acre blueberry farm here in SW MI.

 

We are right in the heart of apple country in Sodus, NY. There were alot of the orchard series tractors used in the area. Big farm across from my grandparents old farm had five ODS6 tractors opperating at the same time many years ago. This is one of them. I recall seeing quite a few listed in Michigan for sale and know of some people making multiple trips to MI picking them up. You should be able to find one close. The rest of it is all timing. To be honest the IH and Farmall group pages and Marketplace on Facebook have been one of the best resources lately. 

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