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TD6 Series 62 main clutch/brake problems


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I have a 1964 TD6 62 series that was converted to an orchard model low seat tractor. The problem I'm having is the main clutch and left brake are constantly needing adjustment. I use an offset disk so I'm constantly turning left, but I do not ride the brake and clutch. Because of this problem I am very careful to not ride the clutch or brake. My mechanic that has been doing the adjustment is very knowledgeable and familiar with this tractor and cannot understand what's going on. He said there is a clinch nut that he makes sure once he does the adjustment he tightens it down and makes sure everything else has been tightened. I don't know if the clinch nut is on the brake or main clutch. He tightened the main clutch up so tight about 4 weeks ago that I was having trouble getting it in and out of gear. Now 4 weeks later it takes about 3 pounds of effort to pull it into gear. If I load it on my tilt bed trailer the clutch slips. Is this problem typical with this tractor?

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No this is not usually a problem with these tractors. The engine clutch should be set to take 40 lbs. of pull to engage. The brake adjustment is as follows: tighten the turnbuckle (27) until there is no free play in the brake pedals (14), then tighten the set screw (6)  until it contacts the brake band (1), then turn the set screw 1/3 turn out, tighten the locknut making sure the set screw does not turn, then loosen the turnbuckle until you have 3 inches of free travel at the brake pedal, tighten the turnbuckle lock nuts. When your mechanic has the inspection plates off have him check the thickness of the brake lining, you may be ready for a reline job. These tractors are pretty trouble free.  TD6-62 brake parts description.

Make sure you have a minimum of 4 inches of free play in your steering clutch levers. On a orchard conversion these numbers may be different. Can you post some pictures of the tractor, the drivers compartment would be good.

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Nice job on the orchard conversion, I would have to see the linkage to figure out if the ratio is the same as a std. tractor. The numbers I gave you are for a std. non converted tractor. I have two 62 series orchard versions I bought for parts machines, they may have been done by the same shop that did yours, mine came from Watsonville area. The one I use is an ag. 62 series.

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Hi Louie,

I heard that International never made a series 62 orchard model, but because of the high demand for orchard tractors in our area, they offered a conversion kit, which included a D2/D4 seat and all the other necessary parts, is that correct? My friends, both orchardists, bought this tractor and another one new, along with the conversion kit, and converted them themselves. They were both very good mechanically and were able to do it. They since have passed away so are not around to ask about it. I got this info from one of their sons. You might have known them, they were from Cupertino area, Matt Katicich and Bob Saich.

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I am not aware of an orchard conversion kit, I know there was a  IH dealer on Mathilda Ave in Sunnyvale that did conversions. IH did offer a low seat attachment, it did not use Cat parts, the attachment does away with the floor, has different fenders, the seat is lowered with a smaller fuel tank (lower), batteries are moved from under the seat to the left fender, your legs and feet straddle the transmission.  I'll post pictures of the attachment later. I ordered my TD6 from the IH dealer in Watsonville, it was one of the last ones available, all the literature I have on these tractors there is no mention of an orchard conversion, the low seat attachment may have been their option for orchard use.

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I think the IH dealer you are referring to is Redwine Tractor Company. They were originally in Mountain View and then moved to Sunnyvale. They were also an AC dealer. Boy, i'm sure dating myself.

I called it a conversion kit, but like you stated, it was an attachment. I have a D2 5U and it's the same seat as I have on my TD6, so maybe when Matt did his conversion on the tractor that I now own, he just took it upon himself and got all the parts he needed and did the conversion. He was a pretty bright guy when it came to equipment and I could see him doing that.

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T & J Garage, 2 Japanese brothers, I think their names were Tom and Joe. They had a heck of a business, then in the later years they got big doing boxes for garbage trucks. I had forgotten they had the IH tractors. 

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