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Bought a 5088 today. Didn't they get advertised as the

"New number one"?

I have always wanted a 88 series. It will probably replace my 1486 as I think the transmission has given it up.

 

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It was. When watching Oran Samuelson's US farm report In the early 80's, IH ran commercials of the 50 series on there. The new #1. Thought they were coolest looking tractor smade. Allis 8000 series a close second.

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Is that a mack bulldog on the hood?

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  Good solid tractors.  The last of the long red line.  You will be happy!

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Good looking 88 for sure! Remember those ads well, "The New # 1", couldn't wait to own one. I was only 11 at the time, my first was a 1/16th scale 5288. Didn't get a real one until 2008, love it.

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Somewhere I have a belt buckle that said the new number I

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Congratulations looks pretty good!

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Good looking tractor, did you get a rack of front weights with it?

Tractor looks clean, straight and ready to go to work!

 

Matt

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I have a belt buckle with  ( The new number one ) and it's the 86 series

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Very nice tractor!  If you guys ever go on YouTube, that “New Number 1” commercial is on there, I’ve watched it plenty of times!

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23 minutes ago, IHC5488 said:

Good looking tractor, did you get a rack of front weights with it?

Tractor looks clean, straight and ready to got to work!

 

Matt

No weights, but I got them. Some of them are the Keokuk weights, but they will still keep the front end on the ground.

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9 hours ago, TractormanMike.mb said:

Is that a mack bulldog on the hood?

Yes, That will probably come off.

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What am I seeing on the remotes, did someone paint them to match the handles?

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Very nice! Looks like a nice find! That’s quite the hood ornament!

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Good looking machine!

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2 hours ago, mrfred54 said:

I have a belt buckle with  ( The new number one ) and it's the 86 series

Yes,  86 series.    Remember the magazine ads for the new # 1 showing the 86 series on a semi completely covered with a form fitted tarp with only the exhaust stack showing.

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2 hours ago, Mike56073 said:

What am I seeing on the remotes, did someone paint them to match the handles?

Some had a colored decal like the OP has. Ours has colored rubber covers on the remote handles.

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When i was 20 years old i bought a new 5088. It was the first 50 series tractor sold in Oklahoma.They gave me a new number one belt buckle with the tractor. I still bale hay with it every year. Only new tractor i have ever bought. I paid 40,000 for it. Financed through IHCC 

 

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21 hours ago, bitty said:

Somewhere I have a belt buckle that said the new number I

Dang I have that belt buckle too, somewhere boxed up in my IH collection of "stuff" which hasn't seen the light of day in decades. I gotta dig all that stuff out some day and inventory it all.

I am embarrassed  to say I have never had a chance to drive a 50 series tractor in the field performing field work. I test drove a 5088 once on a dealer's lot, that's the best I can say. Ugh!

Oh but I also got to drive Danny's "5388" around the fairgrounds at a Red Power Roundup a few years ago in Ohio! I guess that also counts. Thanks again Danny!

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On Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10:15 PM, Tunneldigger said:

Bought a 5088 today. Didn't they get advertised as the

"New number one"?

I have always wanted a 88 series. It will probably replace my 1486 as I think the transmission has given it up.

 

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That looks lik an awfully nice 5088. Is that the 5088 that was on Craigslist at Walker, Ia.?  If you don't mind me asking?

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Here's my belt buckle. Dad bought a new 52 in 1982, I think. I bought a 5088 a few years back.

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