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Tractor of the week. Week 9: 5488


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Can’t forget the one I have. Also have one and a 5288 in 1/64th scale.

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I don't have many good pictures of mine. They are both in work clothes but I would like to paint them here someday. Maybe next winter I'll get around to it.

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55 minutes ago, 5088 said:

I wanna hang out in your vault.  Few of those I've never seen before.  Thanks for sharing.

First picture is a large poster, came from Girard Auctions.  The rest are from farming magazines that I have found over the years at shows, ebay and here/say advertisements. 

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3 hours ago, Big Bud guy said:

I grabbed a pair of these off of eBay some time back.  

I have that one and the one for the 3X88’s

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One of my favorite IH models. I can remember when they were new I wished either my Dad or neighbor had one; unfortunately, neither one ended up with one. Worked on several over the years. The one that has always picqued my curiosity the most over the years has this for a serial # plate on it. I can tell it’s story for the last 30 years, but I’ve always wondered what it’s story before that was. 

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This is our serial number 

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1 hour ago, SDman said:

One of my favorite IH models. I can remember when they were new I wished either my Dad or neighbor had one; unfortunately, neither one ended up with one. Worked on several over the years. The one that has always picqued my curiosity the most over the years has this for a serial # plate on it. I can tell it’s story for the last 30 years, but I’ve always wondered what it’s story before that was. 

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Interesting,  I wonder what parts they couldn't find for it.

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14 hours ago, IHhogfarmer said:

I have that one and the one for the 3X88’s

 

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I might have the same one maybe.  It’s the one for the 3288/3688.  This is my 2nd New Number 1 and goes into more detail on the 88s vs the 40 series.  

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On 3/3/2023 at 3:02 PM, IHC5488 said:

A few more things I had stored in my vault.

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I can also remember an IH ad that showed a blonde lady in a 50 series shifting gears. I'm guessing the point of the ad was to show how little effort it took to shift a 50 series. Also can remember an IH ad showing a 50 series MFD pulling a large tillage implement(disk, chisel plow, field cultivator?) across a field. Funny how a guy can remember all those ads from 40 years ago.  

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Here is the legend of International Harvester , it’s the very last tractor built by IH before the merger with Case , it was converted into the Magnum . The very first Magnums that everyone got to see at the Farm Progress Show in the fall of 1987 where converted 50 series IH powershift tractors IH had built and would of been released at the Farm Progress Show in the fall of 1985 .  The conversion took the newly formed company 2 years to convert , the entire front half was redesigned , 8.3 Cummins , the back half of the tractor received an axel change , roof top/inner roof panel ,  dash assembly, clutch and brake pedals , key switch ,remote couplers . 
 

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5 hours ago, Big Bud guy said:

I might have the same one maybe.  It’s the one for the 3288/3688.  This is my 2nd New Number 1 and goes into more detail on the 88s vs the 40 series.  

It would be this one. Thought this trio would look good together since they have similar paint scheme, styling, and print date of 1981. 
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The perspective from the 5388 cab is interesting on a couple fronts. The much improved operator panorama of the narrow and gently curved IH hood versus the wider squared off Four Letter Word box. The dash structure closely resembles the one used in the 3688 prototype tractors minus the Casey instruments and plastic side panels. The main black center section matched the hood profile from the operator's station in those tractors and there was a different control system in the slot along with a steering wheel mounted stationary touch pad controller.

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On 3/5/2023 at 1:13 PM, SDman said:

I can also remember an IH ad that showed a blonde lady in a 50 series shifting gears. I'm guessing the point of the ad was to show how little effort it took to shift a 50 series. Also can remember an IH ad showing a 50 series MFD pulling a large tillage implement(disk, chisel plow, field cultivator?) across a field. Funny how a guy can remember all those ads from 40 years ago.  

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This is from the IH farm forum from the winter of 84

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On 3/5/2023 at 11:07 AM, IHC5488 said:

Interesting,  I wonder what parts they couldn't find for it.

Well, this is my story with that tractor. I know I've discussed it on here many years ago in bits & pieces, but now I will give you the long version.

It begins in 1993, when I started working for my old boss. He had this traded-in 5488 MFD tractor on the lot at the time. There was a lot of interest in this tractor from perspective buyers...after all, 7140 & 7150 MFDs were brand-new tractors at the time. My old boss probably sold that tractor a half-dozen times in the first year I worked there, only to have it returned every time for the same problem. Everyone that ran this tractor said that after operating it for several hours, the PPH functions (remotes and hitch) would all quit working. If you shut the tractor off for a few seconds, all of these functions would come back to work.....maybe for a few minutes, maybe for a few hours, you just never knew when it was going to act up again. A few different techs at our store had worked on it, as well as a couple other dealerships that were closer than our store to a couple guys that wanted the tractor. The first thing that everyone noticed on this tractor was that the PPH pump was not a standard hydraulic pump used on a 50 series IH. Early 50 series used a Cessna PPH pump, later ones used a Sperry-Vickers PPH pump. This tractor had a Hydreco PPH pump. 

About a year later, my boss called me into his office and wanted to know if I could figure out what to do with this thing.....he was getting tired of repeatedly selling it and then having it returned for the same problem. I contacted a guy that had formerly worked at our store for his advice on this matter; I knew he had looked at this machine for the problem before he left our store and I thought he could save me some time troubleshooting. He said the first thing he would do was to get rid of the Hydreco pump and replace it with the correct pump it was supposed to have....in this case, a Cessna pump. At least then you knew what you had to begin with. So, I ended up replacing the Hydreco pump with the correct pump; one thing I remember was that I had to get a new gear for the hydraulic pump drive as the input shaft between the 2 pumps was a different size and spline count. After I replaced the pump, we sold this tractor to a brother of the former tech I mentioned above....he still owns it to this day and would probably say its one of the best tractors he has ever owned.

Now....for the rest of this story.

A few months after going through all of this, I had to go to Steiger training in Racine. One day during the training, a bunch of us techs were discussing different aspects of our job. The subject of "oddball" machines got brought up. I brought up the subject of this 5488 as it was still fresh in my mind. A tech that was at this training asked me if the odd hydraulic pump was....a Hydreco pump. Astonished, I said that it sure was. He proceeded to tell me the following story. He had worked for an IH dealer in a small town around the Quad Cities area in the early 1980s when the 50 series IHs were new. About a year after the 50 series were introduced, his IH service rep. and some guys from the Farmall plant stopped at his dealership. They wanted to know if this dealership could find some customers who owned 50 series tractors that would be willing to do some research for IH. IH would replace the existing PPH pump on the tractors(since they were early ones, I assume most of them would have had the Cessna PPH pump) with another PPH pump that they were looking at using for future 50 series tractor production. He said he remembered 3 or 4 customers who had 50 series tractors from his dealership who agreed to use their tractors for this. They converted the tractors over to the different PPH pump, but IH also told them to keep all the removed parts just in case IH wasn't going to pursue the matter down the road. He also said that he knew a couple other IH dealers around the Quad Cities were involved in this project as well. I'm guessing at this point in time, IH was trying to cut corners anyway possible, so if some supplier come along to offer a component for considerably less $$$ than what IH was currently using, IH was sure going to express interest. About a year later, the IH rep. contacted his dealership and said that IH decided not to look into the matter any further, so the dealership was supposed to bring in all of those tractors they had installed the Hydreco PPH pumps in and convert them back to their original PPH system. He remembered they did all of his dealership's tractors, but wondered if this one was one from one of the other dealerships involved that somehow fell through the cracks(got traded out of territory, sold to someone else, repossessed, etc).

I've always wondered if this was some sort of a test rig for IH. A few years after he bought it, the current customer found some clutch plate material in the hydraulic filter housing; he was afraid it needed the odd/even clutches updated as he knew all about the 50 series transmission updates since he helped his brother off and on when his brother worked at our dealership. When we took the transmission apart, we found that it had already had the updated odd/even clutches, the updated countershaft, the MFD clutch was updated to the newer spring-applied/hydraulically released style, and the Master Clutch was in excellent condition. The stamping in the serial # plate saying "Parts Not Available" just adds to the mystery story of this tractor.

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