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IH made the M7 tank only one of those left... what other tanks did IH build or Just build parts for?

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I believe there is only one M7 because the program was cancelled after only prototypes were built.  IH didn't built any other tanks.  The Davenport plant then build M-5 artilitary tractors and repaired Sherman tanks.

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I have these, took me awhile to find the Gold 5488 edition.  Other stuff I have is the 856 series trains from Athearn trains.  I need to dig them out to get photos, but there was 3 of them, the 1st was painted normal black and red, the 2nd was black and red but included an all gold locomotive, the 3rd included the locomotive and cars all being painted gold, which I was told there was only 4 sets made.   But here is some pictures to start with.  IMG_20200121_194716249.thumb.jpg.32c3f7c4eade4c3f92bf3e41aa800db8.jpgIMG_20200121_194633412.thumb.jpg.894fba1f9e32638a9951406f925675ad.jpg

the playset above is NIB and has the place mat with it.

The poster I bought from Girad Auctions.

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On 12/27/2019 at 4:50 PM, gmcdeadhead said:

just wondering, what would be the rarest international harvester collectible ? 

the mccormick deering W-14 would fit in.

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On 1/30/2020 at 5:11 AM, rustred said:

the mccormick deering W-14 would fit in.

Any particular reason for the w-14???

FWIW, I have relatives very close to you at Busby, ....small world eh 😀

Heath ,NZ

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because there was just over 1100 of these tractor built, and they were classed as rare.  I have w-12 , w-30 and wd40 which is not commonly seen either but there was more made like approx. 3500..   ooh wow , don't know if you want to tell the name? 

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It's interesting that the w14 was the most common of the std 14 series at around 1100 built ..I have an O-14 and Fairway 14 tucked away in the shed..... would like to find the other two (I and W ) to make the set .... the chances of finding an I-14 down here would be  pretty slim .

Relatives are the "Price " family in the Barrhead / busby area.

Jack and Jeanette, and their son Jason , and wife Penny .

You may also know Albert Miller (former JD dealer) who recently lost his wife Florence,.... lovely folk we met a few times over the years. 

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I have an I-14 Electric start/lights. I think that's a pretty low production tractor. 

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8 hours ago, rustred said:

because there was just over 1100 of these tractor built, and they were classed as rare.  I have w-12 , w-30 and wd40 which is not commonly seen either but there was more made like approx. 3500..   ooh wow , don't know if you want to tell the name? 

 

2 hours ago, IHKIWI said:

It's interesting that the w14 was the most common of the std 14 series at around 1100 built ..I have an O-14 and Fairway 14 tucked away in the shed..... would like to find the other two (I and W ) to make the set .... the chances of finding an I-14 down here would be  pretty slim .

Relatives are the "Price " family in the Barrhead / busby area.

Jack and Jeanette, and their son Jason , and wife Penny .

You may also know Albert Miller (former JD dealer) who recently lost his wife Florence,.... lovely folk we met a few times over the years. 

ooh yes I know Albert. big part of the Westlock tractor museum.  years ago we had a nieghbour called Howard Price. would be in the 1960's. don't know your relatives.

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7 hours ago, Dave Shepard said:

I have an I-14 Electric start/lights. I think that's a pretty low production tractor. 

I don’t suppose the little fella feels like a summer vacation down under to visit his cousins??   LOL👍

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4 hours ago, rustred said:

 

ooh yes I know Albert. big part of the Westlock tractor museum.  years ago we had a nieghbour called Howard Price. would be in the 1960's. don't know your relatives.

Yes that’s right, Albert took us through your museum in 2007,......very nice setup you have there.....love the weather vane ...LOL👍

Jack had two brothers, Larry(close by) and Chuck , ( now in BC)

If I’m ever back over that way It would be nice to meet up 👍

Heath ,NZ

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On 12/30/2019 at 9:16 PM, Howard_P said:

I believe there is only one M7 because the program was cancelled after only prototypes were built.  IH didn't built any other tanks.  The Davenport plant then build M-5 artilitary tractors and repaired Sherman tanks.

DAVENPORT PLANT.  As in IH Davenport Plant?  You mean FARMALL PLANT in Rock Island maybe, right across the Mississippi River from Davenport?   

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4 hours ago, DOCTOR EVIL said:

DAVENPORT PLANT.  As in IH Davenport Plant?  You mean FARMALL PLANT in Rock Island maybe, right across the Mississippi River from Davenport?   

I misspoke.  There was also a tractor plant in Bettendorf, IA that built Hs and Ms that also built armored vehicles during the war and apparently many of the industrial models the military used.  I don't know how long Bettendorf survived after the war, have heard little of it and Davenport came to mind first when I wrote that.

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how about a ih tennis racket that I found two years ago it came from the last presitident for IH Canada

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On 2/12/2020 at 7:20 PM, Howard_P said:

I misspoke.  There was also a tractor plant in Bettendorf, IA that built Hs and Ms that also built armored vehicles during the war and apparently many of the industrial models the military used.  I don't know how long Bettendorf survived after the war, have heard little of it and Davenport came to mind first when I wrote that.

Hmmm, there used to be a J.I.Case plant right up-river from the I-74 Mississippi bridge right along the river, they made some tractors there I think. Used to be lots of CASE Fleet trucks running around there.  Also, just west of FARMALL in Rock Island there was a CASE engine plant, made the little 4 cylinder engines for tractor/loader/backhoes built down in Burlington, Iowa.  I delivered a couple loads of tires there and interviewed for a purchasing job, The Purchasing Mgr that interviewed me was something else.

This is interesting,  going to have to research this more,  there's a big fancy motel there now, plus the NEW I-74 bridge under construction is just up-river of the old bridge, would actually be "east".  My Tractor Show Buddy's Mom used to work at that Bettendorf Case plant years ago.  Anyhow, if I find any info I'll post it.

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Well,  the little bit of searching I've done confirms that the property the Capri Hotel and Casino sits on was originally developed by William and Joseph Bettendorf into The Bettendorf Axle Company, the developed a one piece cast steel truck for holding the two axles on each end of a railroad car. They employed as many as 3000 people on 70 acres, was the largest railroad car manufacturing plant west of the Mississippi. Their plant was built in 1902.

They suffered hard times during the depression, and closed the plant in 1932 and the US Army did buy their unused facility which had two BIG capacity steel melting furnaces and produced tanks and armored vehicles for use in WW-2. And in 1946 was sold to J.I.Case for small tractor production. Case operated the plant till 1988. The article on Case and it's purchase of the Rock Island Plow Company plant west of Farmall mentions that IH Did occupy the Bettendorf Axle plant,  but it doesn't say exactly  when or what was produced. I did read an article from the Quad-City Times newspaper that said the East Moline IH plant originally started as a warehouse/storage yard for FARMALL.

It gets so confusing, about half the newspaper articles say Case bought IH, and half the time they refer to Case/IH as just Case,  makes it really hard to keep things straight.  I'll keep looking,  there has to be more information on when and What IH did there.

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Some interesting history.  I was skeptical of the statement about IH building tractors there although I repeated what I had read, but I can't find it again right now.  But it sounds like the Army purchased it for armor production and IH operated it for that and never built tractors there.

Keep digging.

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On 1/21/2020 at 8:47 PM, farmall57 said:

A rust free Scout

 Ditto. I had a 1979 Scout II.

 The inside body panels were raw steel.

 Stupid thing rotted out before the 48 month loan was up.

 Still wish I had it, great little vehicle.

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Don’t know how rare it is for sure but I’ve never seen another one

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There were hundreds, maybe thousands, of those around the plants and offices and I'm sure many went home with people.  I've got mine.

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