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I had the great pleasure of visiting the collection of Mr. R. Chagnon of Coaticook, QC this past weekend. Mr. Chagnon's father opened an IH dealership in Coaticook in 1956. Mr Chagnon took over the dealership after his fathers passing in 1977 and operated it through the Case/IH merger, selling to retire in 2002.

He has gathered a beautiful collection of IH tractors as well as a few trucks, and some other nostalgic items. The entire collection is housed in a beautiful modern building, lots of good light and easy to walk through. I felt it was important to honour the great work he has accomplished in gathering and restoring these items by sharing a few photos with you. Most do not require comments, but I will add a few notes where I can.

First a few overview shots:

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A few nice Scouts. One of them is a 4 cylinder. Also, and "Aristocrat"!IMG_1875.thumb.JPG.ba42ad3d061805df88e87395e72e9339.JPG

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Now some tractors:

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A very nice 600!

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A narrow track TD6:

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Many tractors had their manuals on the seat!

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An 826 Wheatland Hydro, I  not very common.

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A 1206 Turbo Diesel, also rather unique!

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A few Hi-Clears:

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Apparently there were only four 664's sold in Canada, these were more popular in the US. Mr. Chagnon sold this tractor new and bought it back for his collection.

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Some more "Utilities:

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A very nice 6388 2+2:

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A 756 "Custom", IH's offering to compete on price against the competition like the green 4000.

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An 806 Wheatland GAS!

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When Mr. Chagnon found this 4156 it had a big triple-screw snow blower on the front (see holes in frame rails) and a big Detroit Diesel engine hung on the back to drive the blower.

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Some nice white demonstrators:

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A very nice assortment of "Industrials", some with Coleman FWDs.

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Some "100" series tractors:

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A nice 200 still wearing its original rear shoes!

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And with the "long rear axle" option!

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Even some Gold Demonstrators!

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The Cub Cadet was first available in Canada in 1962. This is a 1961 model that Mr. Chagnon's father went to the State of NY to purchase for an insistent customer who wanted one. Mr. Chagnon bought it back in later years for his collection.

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This one caught my eye, my father purchased this model when he retired.

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A French manufactured Cub:

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Back to some nice trucks, a 4X4 Loadstar 1700:IMG_1894.thumb.JPG.d128dd650cd27f3514feef5660661658.JPG

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This Fleetstar even has the original IH branded fog lights!

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I hope you enjoyed these pics, it was a dream realized to visit and here all his stories of many years as an IH dealer!

Wes

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Very nice collection. 

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Excellent!!!   You can take "Us" on a photo tour anytime!!!      Great work,  Tell the Tractor Collection Owner,   "Thank you"  

A very nice collection!!

Jim Droscha

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Very nice. Thanks for sharing

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WOW.  Just wow!

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Boy that is nice. Didn’t notice the 806 was a gas until second look that is rare.

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Beautiful. Red Power Magazine should start a listing of all the IH collections like this in their magazine. Be curious to know how many former IH dealers have their own collections.

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 That’s a nice collection for sure! 

 I believe I’ve seen some of those tractors and trucks in person at the Farmersville exposition in Athens Ontario.

 Thanks for posting Wes. 👍🏻

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Wow what a collection, very very nice. Any chance you grabbed any serial numbers for any of the registries? Either way thanks for the tour. 👍

2 hours ago, Wes W said:

had the great pleasure of visiting the collection of Mr. R. Chagnon of Coaticook, QC this past weekend. Mr. Chagnon's father opened an IH dealership in Coaticook in 1956. Mr Chagnon took over the dealership after his fathers passing in 1977 and operated it through the Case/IH merger, selling to retire in 2002.

 

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Outstanding pics. Thanks for taking us on tour also 👍🏼

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I agree. wow!! Thx 4 the great pics

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AWESOME! It would be hard to pick just one item out of the entire collection. Although I really like the looks of that 21026 with FWD and diamond cab

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Awesome collection !! Thx for sharing your pics ! 

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NICE collection. That Fleetstar 2000 is awesome!!

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Thank you for sharing the photos.

That is an outstanding collection.

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um...um...um... wow. 

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Beautiful collection. Just keep saying wow, wow, wow. Thanks for sharing😃😃😃😃

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That is really something!  That's more than just a collection , that's a museum!

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Thanks to everyone who took a moment to look at pictures and respond with kind comments!

10 hours ago, Qc.Can.IH man said:

 I believe I’ve seen some of those tractors and trucks in person at the Farmersville exposition in Athens Ontario. 

Yes, I am sure you saw some of these tractors at Farmersville. I know he goes there every year and he is good friends with Mr. Tackeberry of Athens. As a matter of fact, during our visit he was telling us stories of tractors and trucks he had sold over the years to Tackaberry, as well as units in his collection that he bought from Tackaberry. They share information and rare parts as needed.

Also of interest, he told many stories about Mr. Paquette, of the Paquette collection in Florida. They have bought and sold tractors and parts to each other for many years.

9 hours ago, red tractor fever said:

 Any chance you grabbed any serial numbers for any of the registries? 

Bad on me, I did not get serial numbers. Very sorry about that. I was so overwhelmed when I walked into the place that I think I kind of lost my sense of serious info collection. I hope to go back again at some time, I will do better next time 🙂

The other thing that does not come across in the photos and is hard to put in writing is all the stories. Every tractor had a history; where it came from, what condition it was in, sometimes how many hours, what was unique or different and on and on. In hindsight, I should of had a notebook to take notes. Also of interest were all the dealership stories; picking up tractors and equipment off the trains in Montreal and bringing them to the dealership. Setting up implements like manure spreaders.....how many hours they were allotted, setting up plows, discs, etc. What it was like competing against the other brands, what models sold the best, the importance of service and parts availability, what a wealth of knowledge and information!

Anyway, glad everyone enjoyed the pics.

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You're making it difficult to honor the tenth commandment!!  What a beautiful collection.

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thanks for the tour. that is some beautiful collection.

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6 hours ago, Eason said:

NICE collection. That Fleetstar 2000 is awesome!!

That would look so good at my place... just the truck I have been looking for !  

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5 hours ago, north of 60 said:

That would look so good at my place... just the truck I have been looking for !  

I'm the same way. That and the R series were the trucks I remember in the 60's

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